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If there has been an irregularity I do not see why I should be worried what my director call reveals to partner. I get people do not always call the director during club games (I don't), but I would frequently (almost always) call the director here in a tournament (particularly after W bids 6NT) so I'm not convinced there is any UI anyway. Might a good director have asked NS away from the table what (if anything) they would have done differently with correct information and N could establish he would have doubled 3S?
Jan. 21
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I'm not a laws experts (in terms of the exact proper procedure), but it seems like this situation is pretty conducive to polling? If everyone is doubling 3S with a more clear explanation (and they are not with given information) then there was damage?

I want to protect the non-offending side, but it seems a little self-serving to wait until after the play is over and you *know* a spade lead is right to offer that you would have doubled 3S.
Jan. 20
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My experience in Toronto was similar. They gave me a really awful room and I was essentially told that if I wanted something better, I shouldn't have booked through the ACBL.
Jan. 20
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Thanks everyone. I eventually passed at the table with reasoning along lines of commenters. In some sense this was not a success when partner held
Axxxxx - Qxx xxxx

However, many did not open 2H allowing partner to open 2S (would you in second seat?) so you are already way behind the field regardless of what you do (E has a natural diamond lead through partner's Q so those playing spades from the N ended up taking one fewer trick)
Jan. 20
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Jan. 20
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How does pass destroy trust if it's wrong?

If there was a way to show diamonds and invite game, surely everyone would make that bid, but since there isn't (presumably 3D is gf in this sequence?) you have to choose from imperfect bids and I do not see why any trust will be lost if you're wrong (even if partner judges your judgement to be off).
Jan. 16
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I don't really understand the objections. If you do not think it is a worthwhile service, don't use it and come up with an alternative way to advertise your tournaments. It's not like it would actually be free to the membership if the ACBL just paid for the service and let districts/units use it for free.
Jan. 12
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No. It was just a bidding discussion on what the *other* hand should do and there was disagreement as to whether a hand like this would balance if you passed as S.
Jan. 12
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I know there are two camps who will not agree any time soon, but despite agreeing with Kevin that the tournament was well run, the playing site was nice etc. the 1:00/7:00 schedule alone may keep me away in the future.
Jan. 11
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With several partners, I play that 1m - 1M - 2NT shows a 3m rebid with three card support for the major (and 1m - 1M - 3m denies three card support). The 17-19 balanced hand opens 1 and over 1M rebids 2 (after which two of the other major asks opener to clarify his hand type and 2M is to play opposite 17-19 balanced).
Jan. 7
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Jan. 7
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Well, as has been quoted elsewhere in the thread, according to the actual ACBL regulation, he did not meet the requirement to have his master points resinstated. If he were to renew for three years, he would.
Dec. 12, 2019
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No, obviously not (I never said I thought Paul L's response was one I approved of if that's what you're implying) . . .
Dec. 12, 2019
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Yes, I understand that the economics are such that it is frequently in a business's best interest to do this, but I still think it's shameful (and I respect businesses that attempt to satisfy a customer, but still stand up for themselves and their employees when confronted with an unreasonable customer).
Dec. 11, 2019
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So what if it's actually the case that the ACBL clearly explained their policy to Amir and he just misunderstood? Should they just give him what he wants after he attacks the organization and calls their employees liars in a public forum? I certainly would not want to work for an organization that treated me like that (to clarify I mean I'd be upset if someone attacked my work in a public forum and my employer's response was to roll over and give them what they want)!
Dec. 11, 2019
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Dec. 11, 2019
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Melanie: Maybe because he NEVER mentions the cost being a barrier (either to him personally or hypothetically) in the myriad posts he has made on the topic I (and I assume other) assumed that had nothing to do with his failure to take the ACBL up on their offer.
Dec. 11, 2019
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If you care so much and plan on continuing to be an ACBL member, then why don't you just pay for the three year membership (that you would be paying for anyway) now and get your points? If you are really done with the ACBL for good, then why do you care about the missing masterpoints?
Dec. 11, 2019
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This *does* seem like it was (or could have been) a misunderstanding. I think you undermine your credibility when you loudly accuse someone of lying (with no evidence) when there is a reasonable alternative explanation. Even if this is the ACBL's fault for communicating poorly, it does not mean they are “bold faced liars.”

I think that as long as the ACBL continues using masterpoints as a stand in for skill level for the purposes of bracketing etc. they *should* give people their masterpoints in situations like this. I'm less sure whether they should if they have a clearly worded regulation that says they should not in this situation even if there was a misunderstanding. I definitely do not think they should after you make a public display of accusing them of being liars etc. Even though the “customer is always right”, I'm loathe to see the customer get anything when they denigrate the business . . .
Dec. 11, 2019
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If the comment would have been made respectfully, I might agree, but the way it was phrased was insulting to Fu/Li
Dec. 6, 2019
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All good points, Richard. I was trying to get an idea if the objection was ACBL specific or just resistance to doing things in a new way. I know it took a lot to convince my mother to stop sending checks in the mail (which at least to me seems like one of the least secure ways of sending money to someone) . . .

Without knowing many details, this “Live for Clubs” initiative seems like a good one, so I'm hoping any concerns are assuaged (and if people view this project negatively, I'd be curious to hear why).
Dec. 3, 2019
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Would you using something like Venmo/Paypal etc. each month to pay the ACBL? How is payment currently being done that is more secure? Is the issue that you specifically do not trust the ACBL with your information or do you not leave your credit card on file with anyone (for instance, I have payment information of some form on file with probably 25-50 or more merchants/service providers, so likely would not be bothered to give mine to the ACBL)?
Dec. 3, 2019
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“I should perhaps have bid 6♣ but 6NT worked out well.”

You missed a really good 7 so worked out well seems like an overbid (not saying I would get to 7C at table).

Is natural the best use of 4NT after partner cooperates with a slam try (even with your methods, is it a wise bid?)?
Dec. 1, 2019
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