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Barbara has voiced her opinion numerous times, that this should be on the acbl.org web site, not a non-ACBL one.

Since I was one of the instigators to get this forum on BW, I clearly do not agree with Barbara. If we had tried that approach we would still be waiting for the software to be developed to handle a BoG Forum. And even if it were implemented through the ACBL, you would still find many BoG members who would not join (unless put on automatically), and if on any such forum, would not participate.
Sept. 20
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There are some BoG members who are heartily opposed to using BW as our forum. Barbara Heller has spoken out against BW more than once at GoB meetings.

And as long as ex-BoD presidents and ex-BoG chairs are BoG voting members, let's include them as well. A number of them are active at BoG meetings.
Sept. 19
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Depending on the level of the game, I would probably call the TD after 3 minutes of declarer thinking, and ask for a delay of game penalty.

Many years ago in a regional, declarer went into the tank for a couple of minutes or more, deciding whether to finesse me or not. I didn't want to let her have a tell, so after watching for her to play a card, I stared off at an object across the room (and to the side of her head). She called the TD and complained that I was staring at her and making her uncomfortable.
Sept. 18
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1N over a strong club shows non-touching suits, said Tom roundly…or pointedly.
Sept. 18
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“Your example has 4 Quick tricks, that's plenty of defense. AKQJxxxxxx x x x, on the other hand, is not a 2♣ opening. ”

I give you my oft-quoted hand from a regional in 1983 where I opened 2: Kx,-,AKxxxxxxxxx,-.

Finding partner with nothing but the A makes 7 all but cold, yet there are only 2.5 quick tricks (less defensively against any other suit).
Sept. 15
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“Why do ”newer“ players insist on playing conventions they neither understand nor are likely to remember??”

It's probably different for various new players, but my wife, who has 70 MPs (mostly from online play), is crazy about learning conventions. She does often forget them or the follow-on details until she has lots of practice bidding with them. It turns out her bidding is the best part of her game. I try to get her to concentrate on improving her declarer play, mostly to no avail.
Sept. 8
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“If your partner had ‘studied’ and then bid 3N….”.

It is hard to answer this hyperthetical question. I do remember considering if I had any UI from partner's expressions and mannerisms. When I concluded I didn't, then I took inference from RHOs questioning and from my own hand. Had partner hesitated or made a non-verbal action I would have considered it UI and just bid per partnership agreeement.

This was a 1st or 2nd time partnership so it would have been impossible for me to detect subtle twitches or expression that regular partnerships might recognize. My opponents agreed after calling the TD that they didn't see any indication of body language to indicate a misbid.
Sept. 7
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I had the same auction in a national BAM event against recent Bermuda Bowl winners. My partner was the one who wanted to play that 2N-3N showed 5S and 4H, and following my 2N he bid 3N in tempo. After I alerted, my RHO asked what it meant and seemed perturbed. So once determining there was no UI from partner, I used the inference from RHO and passed. We lost the board anyway because I made 3 and at the other table they made 4.
Sept. 6
Stu Goodgold edited this comment Sept. 6
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“In that case, would it become AI, as long as you shared it with opps? (Not that doing so could conceivably produce UI…)”

Absolutely not. You are supposed to follow the law regarding any UI you obtain by the various methods described in Law 16. Sharing your UI with the opps does not relieve you of the UI restrictions, nor does it make the UI into AI for you.

As for manner v mannerism, the following can be found in wikidiff.com

Mannerism is a derived term of manner.
As nouns the difference between mannerism and manner is that mannerism is a group of verbal or other unconscious habitual behaviors peculiar to an individual ….while manner is mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything; method; style; form; fashion.

This would appear to say that mannerism or manner are close enough to produce UI in the same way.
Sept. 6
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I agree. Law 16B1 says: “Any extraneous information from partner that might suggest a call or play is unauthorized. This includes …unmistakable hesitation, unwanton speed, special emphasis, tone, gesture or mannerism.”

Mannerism would seem to be the category that the OP describes.
His partner bid in a manner that would indicate she did not think about showing a limit raise with the Drury bid.
Sept. 5
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I find that beginners don't know how to defend. At least they don't know how to signal partner, even with standard methods.
You could spend a lesson teaching defensive carding and how to use it. Compared to any other convention, it is used at least 10 times more often.

As declarer, unless I know the defenders well, I automatically ask “leads and carding, please?” upon the opening lead. Ever so often in a club game, I get a blank stare, or a ‘what?’ from a novice RHO. Indeed, they might not even bother to signal their partner of watch what card they play.
Aug. 30
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Cable cars have long lines of tourist waiting to get on board. They travel at a lesiurely pace and cost $7 each way. Not you best choice to get somewhere but certainly a joy to ride.

The ferries to Marin Co. do not run late at night when the evening session is over. BART does run to 1am or so and is the best choice for travel late at night aside from Uber and Lyft.
Aug. 24
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I was the transportation chair for the last SF NABC 7 years ago. If I remember correctly, the hotel parking then was $56. Not certain but I think coffee at the hotel was $4 a cup back then.
Aug. 24
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Happy birthday to you, Steve!
Aug. 23
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There are lots of options besides parking at the Marriott.
You can park across from the Marriott at the 5th & Mission public garage for $34 for the day. There are other parking lots that are reservable and cheaper, although not as close. BART is also a good option for commuters. You can even reserve a parking space at many BART stations.

In San Francisco, with a handicap placard you can park on the streets where there are parking meters and not pay for an unlimited time.

See the ACBL web site: https://nabc.acbl.org/sanfrancisco/plan/#transportation

Incidentally, I am the SF NABC host committee chair for transportation and wrote the material on the ACBL Web site under Public Transportation.
Aug. 23
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Others have said this: I only abstain if I wish to add a comment.
If I have no interest in the poll, I just ignore answering.
Aug. 17
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Yu asked for what is standard. I take that to mean what a C player would lead from this suit. I suspect most would lead the standard 4th best.
Aug. 15
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Steve, thanks for putting this on the BoG Forum. It made for an easy place to review the BoD motions in detail. I had a question about a couple of the motions and the answers were right there.
Aug. 8
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AFter a BOG meeting, and after a BoD meeting, people tend to have a quiet spell and tend to other business. Not all of us are in the bridge business full-time like you. So a lull in posting is expected. But as you note, only about 1/2 of the BoG is on Bridge Winners and of the ones that are, only a handful ever post. Then again, most of the BoG members at the meeting have no intention of ever walking up to the mike with a meaningful comment.

It is unfortunate that Steve's proposal came just before we had to vacate the room for the 1pm game set up. That severly limited discussion. Another problem was that it was a complex motion and certainly not one to be presented just before a forced adjournment. Plus complex motions are rarely passed since they are hard to understand without deeper study.

The Las Vegas BOG meeting did not seem under attended compared to recent other BoG meetings, coffee and bagels nothwithstanding.

Jeff, you appear to be a huge fan of Bahar. He is from NYC so perhaps you are friends or colleagues. In my brief encounter with Bahar, he seemed like a nice guy with an overflowing pot of ideas. I got the impression that he is a workaholic, putting in long hours and dedicted to what he does. Sometimes workaholics running a business expect the same from the staff and that doesn't usually sit well for the non-workaholics.
Aug. 7
Stu Goodgold edited this comment Aug. 7
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Len, I appreciate the work you are putting into this, but right now task force recommendation are in limbo. Any and all details will be ineffective until the BoD gets enough new members or changes of heart to actually consider the task force work as viable.
Aug. 7
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