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Gotta give you props for that one. Well played!
July 30
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Obviously I can't comment on a 2010 conduct-related Player Memo - I have been National recorder since September 2017. I am not in charge of tournament directors. What I do tell them is that for this “little stuff” (I consider this particular insinuation written about by OP in that category) they need to write ZTs. Some of them are great, some not so much. What will (should) happen if a ZT isn't written or is written, but isn't sufficient in the view of the victim, a player memo should be filed. I'll take from there (or refer to the appropriate local recorder who will take it). Before you say “my recorder doesn't do anything” be assured that any Player Memo that comes through our office (and if procedures are followed they ALL should) will be followed up until resolved, by me personally if necessary. It's a new day.
July 30
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Everybody who commented about the bridge position here - interesting but not relevant. CDR states that the following is grounds for discipline: “3.4 Accusations of unethical bridge conduct publicly made at an ACBL sanctioned event, not made privately to a tournament director or other tournament official.”

Call the director - immediately before things heat up. In a relatively minor transgression such as this I would expect that a Zero Tolerance penalty would address the problem. For a more serious accusation, file a player memo (AFTER calling the director - a witness is always good).

This kind of crap is not acceptable in our tournaments.

Having said all this, I think declarer was embarrassed by his stupid play and was making excuses.

What to do if your oppenent IS unethical? Speak PRIVATELY to the director and/or file a player memo documenting the incident as completely as possible. https://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/
July 30
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He simply needs to be cloned.
July 27
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Perfect. I’m ALWAYS knocked out by midnight. No medication necessary.
July 16
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I remember years ago a bunch of young (at the time) guys from Lansing, MI had sweatshirts made up that said “1100 is just another number” - and sometimes they tried to prove it!
July 12
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That WAS Drysdale. Sandy was always a gentleman, although in hin younger days his control was lacking and I am sure he plunked a few. For the record, I am not denigrating anybody. I am grateful for those who play in our tournaments. They are helping to keep our game alive.
July 4
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Seriously?
July 4
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The culture of bridge has changed since I started and we had to walk to tournaments in the snow, with bare feet, and uphill in both directions.

Seriously, when I was starting out, the thing that made me keep coming back is that I got to play against the stars. When I was growing up, like many boys my age, I dreamed of playing professional baseball. After it became clear that my lack of talent was going to prevent that does anybody really think I would refuse the opportunity to take the field with Micky Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Harmon Killebrew, and Sandy Koufax? I would be in uniform and on the field in seconds!!!

Yes, when I played tough pairs or teams, they usually beat me up, but every once in awhile I'd do something “clever” that gave me a good result and something to brag about. In the meantime I learned, about technique, discipline, psychology and table comportment.

Yes, the culture has changed, and the ACBL, rightly, has changed with it. If the ACBL doesn't do what its members want (within reason) why would people continue to play?

But for any of you that are part of that lower bracket and refuse the opportunity to “play up”, you are really missing something. Try it sometime.
July 4
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First of all, a free 1NT bid in this auction is not 6-9. If counting points more like 8-bad 11. Why are people rushing to make a bid here? We are in a force. Pass. Partner will know spades are controlled and we are interested in going further.
July 1
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Thanks Kit and Michael for one of the most interesting, educational, and downright fun threads/articles I have read in a long while!
June 25
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George always showed dignity and class at the table. He was a spectacular personality and an asset to bridge.
June 24
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This “feels” like a 3 bid, but having so much in spades, it is possible that some of it is wasted. The rest of the hand is quacky.
June 23
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Years ago there was a Bridge World article about something similar. I’m guessing by Frank Vine. Declarer was missing QJxx. Declarr led toward t che AKT the queen dropped on his right. Before he had a chance to take a restricted choice finesse there was an alert and explanation that they always played..Q from QJ tight.
June 18
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I play that as a game try. But I don't agree that these auctions are analogous. In the given auction, we can be confident that there is no fit in the first suit bid. Furthermore we can't be completely confident that WE have an eight card fit!
June 14
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I like to play a lot of non-penalty doubles, but it seems like saving this double for an invite in hearts (VS 3H being competitive) is cutting too fine a line and would cost some opportunities. We have an 8 (possibly 7) card fit, and the opponents have not indicated any fit at all.
June 13
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It’s an opinion and has no official significance. My star chamber is closed this weekend. :)
June 9
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No sympathy for the non-offender here. Falling asleep isn't an excuse. But the offender should be strongly punished and should be informed that the next similar incident will earn him a no-expenses-paid vacation from organized bridge.
June 8
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I loved the money games in the Detroit area. You could play LOTS of hands every hour. Lots of bad contracts. I learned more there about card play technique (often the hard way) than anywhere else. I guess for young people online serves the same function (get lots of hands in) but this was special. And the characters…
June 5
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Great post! Yes, the video recording was introduced to detect and/or prevent cheating, but it has often proved invaluable to Tournament Directors. The ACBL is in the process of expanding this capability and hopefully you will see it in Las Vegas. As an aside, I will mention that when major cheating among several “top” pairs was exposed in 2015 Kit Woolsey was one of the most diligent people in taking his time to view the videos we did have and helped expose cheating, and the bridge world owes Kit and others like him a debt of gratitude.
June 4
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