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Law 92:

An appeal shall not be heard unless both members of the partnership concur in making the appeal.
Dec. 4
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If you have the clear agreement that double shows the diamond ace, shouldn't the hesitation suggest that South holds an ace in a different suit, hence a diamond lead is explicitly not “demonstrably suggested”?
Dec. 2
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“No, it is not condescending, because I am right.”
Nov. 30
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(insert Monty Python quote here)
Nov. 29
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Thanks!
Nov. 22
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Ah, I see. Yes, the 2007 laws change about insufficient bids could be motivated as you say. However, it is also possible these laws were changed to conform to the general principle that a call (or play) can't be retracted unless there is good reason to do so, and someone's ignorance about the laws is not a good reason. So, the insufficient call is retracted (unless the next player accepts it), but if the offending player replaces it without knowing the consequences of his action, that's his own fault.

I think the motivation of the recent change in claim laws is to cater to club players who don't like TDs adjudicating claims, or claims at all, and simply want to play till the end. It often happens that declarer claims, the opponents say “play it out” and declarer complies, which is (more or less) legal now.
Nov. 22
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Could you elaborate on that restriced choice argument? I don't see why either player should be more likely to hold three hearts.
Nov. 22
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“That is the way bridge should be played.”

I very much disagree.
Nov. 22
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Not correct. If an insufficient bid is corrected before the TD is called, the next player certainly doesn't lose his right to accept the insufficient bid. Basically he can choose which call he accepts, in both cases with consequences for the offending side.
Nov. 22
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7NT was making, and yes, it scored above average. One pair managed to get doubled in 7NT for a clear top.
Oct. 30
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From a local club today:

A
AKQxxxxxx
AK
A
Oct. 29
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First, I wouldn't worry about clubs 8-1, especially when both opponents had a chance to bid them.

Second, why discard the king? That tells them you don't have any diamond losers anymore. I think it is much better to discard a small diamond, suggesting a problem in that suit.
Oct. 9
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Well, that is exactly the question. However, I'm pretty sure that “Who cares?” is not the answer.
Sept. 14
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Law 68A: “A player also claims when he suggests that play be curtailed.”
Sept. 14
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If the opponents called the director at this point, I would rule your statement to constitute a claim, and proceed accordingly.
Sept. 14
Ulrich Voigt edited this comment Sept. 14
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Unlikely, but yes. In a tournament I have been directing, I have once seen someone revoke on the opening lead.
Sept. 14
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The purpose is to estimate how we are doing, so I can adapt my strategy. Why should I play with less information than I am entitled to?
Sept. 14
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Maybe because I know I have to draw trumps now, and whatever the layout is, it is right to lead the second one from dummy.
Sept. 14
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When I'm teaching, after some board people ask how they should have bid their hand. I ask them to put their cards on the table, so everyone can understand the situation we are talking about. They start doing so, but interrupt several times for comments like “Should I have doubled?”
Sept. 14
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Is this really the wrong time to think?

Would you rather think in advance, only to find out that Qxx is behind you so you couldn't win anyway (or Qx in front of you, so you couldn't go wrong) and your thinking is wasted?
Sept. 14
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