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All comments by Robb Gordon
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Other - the selection process should be clear and transparent BEFORE the Euros.
June 20
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I would have bid 5D (Exclusion KCB) over 3D.
June 19
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Pass, but 6C after I double.
June 18
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Thanks for all the comments thus far. Keep them coming!
June 17
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Hi Randy - thanks for participating in this. Your obligation when suspending or barring a player (and there is no prohibition against suspending nor against using that word) is to notify the player(s) affected and the ACBL Club Department. You should say the reason for the discipline and the nature (suspension and length, prohibition against playing with a certain player, or barring). If the suspension/barring includes special games like NAP, GNT, STaC and the like you should say so as that give the player certain appeal rights.
June 17
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That is SO sad. What a sweet guy!
June 15
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For this situation I think Law 73C is more appropriate than Law 16. It is that egregious.
June 13
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Not so Steve. In ACBL (I am quoting) - Disallowed: “Psyching of artificial or conventional opening bids and/or conventional responses thereto. Psyching conventional suit responses, which are less than 2NT, to natural openings. ”
June 9
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Not alertable in ACBLland. But other Zones and NBOs have other alerting rules. I was surprised that I received a warning for not alerting my partner's weak jump overcall in Israel. Know the local rules.
June 9
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3 is my mixed raise. 3 is my 4 card limit raise. That is what this hand feels like.
June 7
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I don't understand 3. Of course partner is going to bid 3 on his QX or even TX and I am never going to find what I need to know. 5NT gets me there as long as we don't play this as something obscure (how could it be pick a slam here?).
May 23
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1 Heart. This looks like 4-4 to me, and I can open a good 4 card major in 3rd seat. I want the lead if we are on defense. Side benefit is it may keep opps out of NT partscore if neither has heart stopper. Downside: Partner is 4-3 in the majors and supports hearts.
May 17
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I don't think this is a good example. Edgar Kaplan frequently editorialized on faulty conditions of contest that made “sportsmanlike dumping” advantageous - the idea being that the objective is to win the EVENT, not each match.

However, he would call dumping to your friends or countrymen something else. Cheating.
May 11
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I agree with Mr. Sharples, however I vehemently disagree with Mr. reppert. “Fighting fire with fire” is NOT the was ACBL wishes to pursue Active Ethics and it will only lead to further deterioration. I am sure Mr. Reppert is kidding, but I can't let that comment pass.
May 8
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I was on that team.
May 7
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Oh no- that is very sad. Warren was a gentleman and a pleasure to play with and against.
May 7
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Let me quote from the Active Ethics statement at ACBL.org (http://www.acbl.org/tournaments_page/ethics-and-discipline/active-ethics/)

In addition, the actively ethical player contributes to the enjoyment of all players by continuously striving to maintain a courteous attitude toward both his opponents and his partner and by avoiding any behavior that would make anyone uncomfortable.

I find it disturbing that the OP (if I understand him) is making the statement that this was caused by e-w failing to be “actively ethical” and n-s calling them out on it.

The only violation of Active Ethics here was the behavior of N-S.
May 7
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I hate forcing passes. Nevertheless, in these auctions I play pass is forcing through the contract that we were forced to on our own. In this case that contract is 3H. Therefore pass of any bid by opps from 3S to 7NT isn't forcing.
April 22
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“Forcing pass” is a partnership agreement, and I play very few of them. One can make a case either way here, but I would assume not if not explicitly agreed. Suppose the 3 Heart bidder has Kx x AKQJxxx Axx. 3 Hearts is slightly speculative but I am sure many (including me) would choose that call. Why should he have to fall on his sword at unfavorable vulnerability? Give him Ax instead of Kx and everybody would bid 3H, yet you might not beat 4H and 5D might go for too many even if you knew 4H was making!
April 16
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I hate my 5C bid. Lame.
April 14
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