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3D after 1NT is not forcing?
Dec. 27, 2019
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It also works the other way. You have a lead directing double of the minor but you're told it's the weaker raise, now you pass because you haven't got a TO double.

At MP I play the double is always TO or always lead directing, depending on my partner's preference to avoid this problem. At teams you can ask before you start which raise is which.
Dec. 5, 2019
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Richard, the ACBL allows discretion regarding ACBL regulations but clubs are not allowed to ignore the Laws. In the Ruling the Game column by Mike Flader in Bulletin #2 from the 2012 Atlanta NABC, he wrote

“Remember that one of the few things that a club must agree to do in obtaining an ACBL sanction to run games is agree to follow the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. Law 40 permits psychs, so clubs cannot simply prohibit them.”

I know some clubs do ban them, including one of my local clubs, but they aren't allowed to
Nov. 24, 2019
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In KSU you could open 1 and rebid 3
Oct. 22, 2019
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In the ACBL there were no announcements. They were experimenting with alerts and “special alerts” at the time but that didn't last long.
Oct. 14, 2019
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About 15 years ago on BBO, there was a mock vugraph presentation of the 1995 Bermuda Bowl finals between Nickell and the Canadian team with commentary from some of the Canadian players, including Fred Gitelman, George Mittleman, Joey Silver and Eric Kokish.

There was one hand where Meckwell, with 27HCP and an eight card spade fit, powered their way to 2S and made +110. At the other table Mark Molson and Boris Baran got to 3NT down 2, -200, after a 2NT opening.

If I could ask them one question, it would be “How on earth did you stop so low?”
Sept. 25, 2019
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At our table, N bid 2D over 1NT, E doubled and led a trump. It was pretty bloody.
Aug. 31, 2019
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Thank you for a wonderful tribute to a terrific person
Aug. 6, 2019
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David I'm in the same jurisdiction as you and I've taken First Aid and CPR courses every three years for the past two and a half decades. I've never been told there was a legal obligation to seek assistance.
June 18, 2019
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Bruce, 3 is game forcing in Kaplan-Sheinwold which was the first thing that crossed my mind.
May 26, 2019
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That unfortunately fouls up the rest of our response system so it's not an option.
May 26, 2019
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I'm not a fan of 2nd negatives over 2's either but sometimes one has to compromise.
May 25, 2019
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Martin I agree but that assumes partner should've responded to 1. In fact they shouldn't have, but they did.
May 25, 2019
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If you open 2, you'll probably get the following auction, with 3 a second negative.

P P 2 P
2 X 3 P
3 P ?
May 24, 2019
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At my table the auction was similar until W, liking the vulnerability, decided to bid 5D over 4H, doubled by N.
May 10, 2019
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Isn't N likely to double a club q-bid?
Nov. 23, 2018
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The Edmonton Grads women's basketball team won 17 World Championships in a row, 1924-1940 and in their 25 years of existence had a won-loss record of 502-20
Sept. 20, 2018
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Announcing a NT range and the use of the stop card are ACBL regulations rather than law and clubs have always had a lot of leeway regarding regulations.

I doubt any club has ever lost a sanction for not following the Laws. Looking for reasons to quarrel with club owners, and that's what it would be, isn't in anyone's interests.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Thanks Tom
Sept. 19, 2018
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This is from Mike Flader's “Ruling the Game” column, 2005 Summer Nationals, Bulletin #2


The trouble with psychs — part 2
This article offers advice to club managers and
directors on handling psychs. Remember that one
of the few things that a club must agree to do in
obtaining an ACBL sanction to run games is agree
to follow the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge.
Law 40 permits psychs, so clubs cannot simply
prohibit them. Here are some suggestions,
however, for dealing with this vexing topic.
1. Education
• Educate the victims. The best way to combat
psychs at the table is to trust partner. When there
seem to be 50 high-card points in the deck, always
assume that partner has his or her calls.
• Educate the perpetrators. It is perfectly okay
for pairs to do everything legal in an attempt to
win when playing in a sectional. In a club game,
however, a more relaxed atmosphere should be
encouraged. A top pair should not have to psych
against pairs with considerably less experience.
Encourage them to “play it straight,” a tactic
which will result in a friendlier atmosphere and
help the less experienced pairs improve and can
even lead to the mentoring of the newer pairs. The
top pairs will still win most of the time. Suggest to
them that psyching against weaker pairs in a club
game should be viewed as unsportsmanlike.
• Define for everyone what a psych actually is
— a gross misstatement of either the strength or
the shape of one’s hand made with the intention of
misleading the opponents.
2. Policy implementation
• Require that all psychs be reported – twice.
Once by the victims and once by the offenders. A
notice to this effect should be posted in the club’s
playing area. All directors in the club should be
aware of the policy and its purpose – to increase
everyone’s enjoyment of the game.
• Set up a log book to be used by the directors
to record psychs.
• Have your directors keep your log book up
to date.
3. Policy enforcement
• Be consistent! If pairs fail to comply with
your regulations in reporting of psychs committed
by their side, assess a penalty against the pairs in
the games in which the psychs occur. You will
have to do this only once or twice for perpetrators
to know that you mean business.
• If a pair seems to have an implied agreement
to psych, they need to get an adjusted score and/or
a procedural penalty. This can be done completely
within the laws. (The law that applies when
adjusting a score is 40C.)
• Follow up on reports of excessive, frivolous
or unsportsmanlike psychic activity. Penalize the
offenders where appropriate.
• Speak to frequent offenders. If you can’t
persuade them to clean up their act, place them on
probation or suspend them from your club. If you
are suspending a player from your club, you must
do this by letter, and a copy of the letter must be
sent to the ACBL Club Department. Unlike other
bodies of the ABCL such as units and districts, a
conduct committee is not required.
Sept. 18, 2018
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