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Congratulations Eric!
Dec. 6, 2018
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I could not disagree more, Richard. Club games are still the lifeblood of ACBL. Good players (if they are also good bridge citizens) play in these games and cheerfully mentor the less experienced players, both in technique and deportment. For purpose of perfecting ones game at the expert level, I agree. But bridge is more to me than that.
Dec. 2, 2018
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While I agree with this in principle, most contracts for NABC's (or other meetings of its ilk) require a certain amount of money to be spent with the host hotel on hospitality. If you dispense with late night snack that reduces options. A good way to take care of this, if permitted, is chits to use at the snack bar. Unfortunately, there were no snack bars in Honolulu, probably because of available starbucks and ABC stores.
Dec. 2, 2018
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I am a member of the ACBL Laws Commission and the National Recorder. I also grew up with parents who directed club games and I have been a certified director since I was 14.

Law 9B1(a) stetes -
B. After Attention Is Drawn to an Irregularity
1.(a) The Director should be summoned at once
when attention is drawn to an irregularity.

The only “irregularity” here was if the splinter was in fact “announced” instead of simply being alerted (with or without a request for explantion). While you are certainly entitled to call the director at any time, I would think it better to call only when you are certain, announcement notwithstanding, that an irregularity/infraction has taken place.

While I doubt that you intended to call to make anybody nervous, at a club game this type of call does sometimes create bad feelings (but I certainly WOULD call the director when the opponents stumble into 6D, probably before the opening lead).

As the director, I would have explained at the time that the “announcement” if that is what it was, is an improper way to alert this, then I would leave the table and tell the table to call me back if there was a problem. Yes, I would have called the director back if 6D made and expected an adjustment.

As the director, I would use this as a “teaching opportunity”, speaking to the e-w pair privately after the game and explaining a little about the alert procedure, and how it is only to benefit the opponents, and how players have to pretend there is a soundproof screen surrounding partner, and that nothing partner does or says, outside of their participation in the auction is authorized to them.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Anybody like the idea of “self-seeding”? If a team wants to play up, put them in the highest bracket you can. If a team wants to “play down” they can “step aside” and be moved down if they were marginal for the top bracket and be replaced by a “play up” team. Should work for everybody.
Nov. 30, 2018
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Why would I act?
Nov. 28, 2018
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Not sure what the extra stuff is. I will repost
Nov. 26, 2018
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They not only didn't upgrade me, they refused to give me my $10/day breakfast allowance and my free water.
Nov. 26, 2018
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There are certain plays I remember from when I was just starting to really learn. This was one. I had about 200 MP and was playing in a Swiss against a good older player with about 8000 points and I led the K. He (dummy) literally threw the stiff Q down and I was (further) hooked.
Nov. 16, 2018
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I worry about “gunslingers” - people who play on teams to help them qualify without any intention of continuing with that team.
Nov. 14, 2018
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Bidding 3 seems to stand out. If you double and it goes 3 followed by two passes, how are you going to describe? You can bid 3 which would seem to be a NT probe, but for what? How will partner know about your degree of support?
Nov. 14, 2018
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If this is allowed, there should be a ranking of events. Anybody who qualifies for the open championship MUST play in that and not play in any later trial. What the pecking order is following that is open for discussion, but I would think Seniors, Women, Mixed, since I would consider this the order of prestige these events hold.
Nov. 14, 2018
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1H. All forms, all seats, all vulnerabilities.
Nov. 13, 2018
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Telly Savalas. Don Adams.

But in the 30's-50's bridge was so ubiquitous that it would be hard to find a “personality” that wasn't familiar with the game.
Nov. 8, 2018
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You slept in the middle of the road?! How lucky you were! We had to sleep on electrified rail tracks being very careful with our hands. We didin't have to worry about feet - we had none, and had to crawl 10 miles each way in a hurricane!
Nov. 6, 2018
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My High School German is hopeless but this is what it looks like (thanks to translator program):

Acol-Bridge Club München e.v., Plinganserstr. 6, 81369 Munich Mondays, 14:30 (couple, weekly) Tuesdays, 19:00 (couple, weekly) Fridays, 14:30 (couple, weekly) Sundays, 14:30 (pair, monthly (see Home-page))

Bridge Club München-Lehel e.v., STEINSD Orfstr. 1 A, 80538 München Mondays, 14:30 (couple, weekly) Tuesdays, 10:00 (couple, weekly) Tuesdays, 14:30 (beginner, weekly) Wednesdays, 14:30 (couple, weekly) Thursdays, 10:00 (couple, weekly) Sundays, 14:30 (couple, weekly)

bridge Club München e.v., Bridge domicile, Sckellstr. 6 (at max-Weber-Platz), 81667 München Mondays, 19:00 (couple, weekly) Thursdays, 19:00 (team, weekly, until further)
bridge club München-Planegg e.v.,

bridge domicile am Maximilianeum, Sckellstr. 6, 82152 Munich
Tuesdays, 14:30 (pair, weekly)


http://www.bridge-verband.de/ if you want to try your luck.
You might also try http://www.bridgeguys.com/International/germany.html
Oct. 23, 2018
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It really is interesting. My parents ran games in the ‘60s and ’70s. They were all evening games and all popular. Afternoon games were small except Weds. when the “doctors” played and Sat. Some of the people that played at night were as old as the people who now don't want to play at night. I wonder what has changed.
Oct. 18, 2018
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Other - The board was not legally shuffled and dealt. Therefore the board should either be thrown out immediately or shuffled and re-dealt.
Oct. 17, 2018
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I know you are in Australia but I suggest you contact museum@acbl.org - they have some fantastic resources.
Oct. 10, 2018
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“I can show you the ACBL regulations. Will leave it to others to find the WBF regulations.

Look up Section 3.3.4”

There is no 3.3.4. Perhaps you mean 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.”

Reporting unauthorized information does not rise to this standard unless you specify that a player DELIBERATELY took advantage. Most UI situations create a judgement situation for partner. He/she has to choose an action NOT suggested by the UI if it is a logical alternative. This is subjective and experts do not always agree. If you don't believe me read some of the appeals casebooks.

In short, a violation of Law 16B1 is generally not an issue of ethics, a violation of Law 73C is. (this is an over-simplification but good for a general idea)
Oct. 8, 2018
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