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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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Positions like this are of course possible - they are just incredibly rare. Maybe the most common situation is: White gives check, Black can only block it by moving some piece in between, coincidentally giving check, White captures blocking piece, checkmate. But in such a case, White won't have to think for a while before checkmating. (And the game will most likely end by resignation before that.)
Sept. 14
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My “favourite” example of writers/directors having no clue about chess is a scene I have seen maybe a dozen times in movies, but never in real life:

- One player makes a move, announcing “Check”.
- The other player thinks for a while, then makes a move announcing “Checkmate”.
Sept. 14
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East showed a single club, West did cuebid clubs - how likely do you think a club lead from the king is?
Sept. 8
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Law 9: “Any player, including dummy, may attempt to prevent an irregularity.”

Quickly leading yourself is one way to do this, you can even say “It is not your lead, partner”.
Aug. 30
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I can't imagine making such a bid undiscussed.

If I decide to open 2NT with KQJ10xx (not sure what could possess me to do so), then I would stick with it and pass partners raise.
Aug. 23
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Over the second double, partner might chose 2 with a weak 33(43) hand.
Aug. 22
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Unless the opponents could see each other's cards, they didn't know it was an eight card fit - they might have hoped for 9 trumps. Even if you judge bidding 6 to be a serious error, it was certainly not unrelated to the infraction, because without the misinformation this contract would surely not have been reached.

The director definitely should have been called.
Aug. 22
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In the second hand, I agree that you have acted correctly in view of your UI. However, there is still the matter of MI; with correct explanation, I doubt the opponents would have reached 6. Without seeing the full hand this is of course impossible to judge, but I guess there should have been an adjusted score.
Aug. 21
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What if I disagree with both pass and 2? I would have bid 3 at either opportunity.
Aug. 19
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So it's a slam on a finesse?
Aug. 14
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“Easy on club directors?”

Not at all.

I had many situations where players simply didn't understand the consequences of the available choices. And for the typical 70+ year old club player, I don't blame them.
Aug. 10
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A strong jump shift to 2, if they play them, will surely be comparable.
Aug. 9
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