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You are quite correct David. My senior memory hardly shocks me anymore.
April 8, 2018
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As a former New Yorker, I can recommend the Eastern States. The Goldman Pairs is the oldest continuous 4+ session championship going back to about 1927. The winners (other than me) are like a Who's Who of bridge history.
April 7, 2018
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I have enjoyed serving on the Laws Commission with you since 2006, and to my recollection since I began you have always chaired. I want to publicly express my admiration for the work you do there. We encounter some complex situations and usually about half the LC members are lawyers, and the rest of us usually think we should be lawyers so discussions can get arcane and long-winded. You have a skill of bringing things under control and into focus despite (because?) of your quiet voice and gentle nature. Thanks for taking the time for this important role.
April 5, 2018
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I have asked the TD's (through their field supervisors) to forward Zero Tolerance penalties (Behavior Violations) to my office. It is easy to do - just snap a picture of the form with a smartphone. How well they comply is beyond my control, but the short answer is yes, we ARE tracking ZTs.

Thanks for helping me clarify this Don.
April 4, 2018
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This is why it is our responsibility to reach out to the accused party to counsel and/or investigate. If the reporter demands confidentiality and investigation would destroy that confidentiality we have to honor it, but we can also take no action on the Player Memo other than to record it in case there is a pattern of conduct.
April 3, 2018
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Absolutely. In fact that is exactly what we do. We receive the Player Memo and determine jurisdiction and forward to the appropriate recorder. However we are trying to get more accountability so we want ALL Player Memos in our database at Horn Lake, as well as any record of disciplinary action or investigation. The reason is obvious - how else can we detect if a misstep at a tournament is one-off or whether there is a pattern of behavior?
April 3, 2018
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Ed - thanks for posting this. You should NOT have to inquire to get a canned response. In fact if you file the PM electronically (we encourage this) at http://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/ the response will come automatically. If you don't get a response like this or your paper memo isn't acknowledged for a week chances are we never got it.
April 2, 2018
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True - as long as the incidents aren't recorded. We are trying to change the culture in the ACBL.
March 28, 2018
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Ed if the issue is with the Tournament Director acting as such the best place to report is to his/her Director-in-Charge (each tournament has a D-I-C). If that fails you can send email to recorder@acbl.org and we will see that it gets to the field manager.

If the director is playing in the tournament, he is just another player and is treated the same as any other player. Therefore - write a Player Memo.
March 28, 2018
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Other responders were correct that you should call the director whenever something untoward happens at the table.

You might also consider filing a Player Memo (http://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/) and allow the Recorder to investigate.
March 28, 2018
Robb Gordon edited this comment March 29, 2018
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I simply wanted to get it right. I wasn't expecting passers to come out and bid now.
March 25, 2018
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5 - the value bid. I am not convinced new suits are necessarily cuebids here.
March 25, 2018
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That is a good point. In general it gives opps more bidding options.
March 23, 2018
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Posted twice by accident Please answer other problem.
March 23, 2018
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Don't know what I am doing wrong. I put in the auction twice but it didn't take. The auction was Pass by Partner, 4D Namyats to you.
March 23, 2018
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I am going to repost with a slightly different auction.
March 23, 2018
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There is nothing interesting to report. No UI. Somebody chose to bid 4H directly over 3S and hit the jackpot. I thought it was clear to act over 3S (not necessarily with 4H but double would have hit the same jackpot). Obviously BW suggests it is not clear.
March 21, 2018
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Outstanding!
March 19, 2018
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I think 4NT is clear. Double is basically takeout and I have two places to play with values.
Feb. 26, 2018
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I addressed this very question in a new post - https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/links-to-acbl-nabc-video-recordings/
Feb. 14, 2018
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