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Jeff Ford
Jeff Ford
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Jan. 8, 2011
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I recently completed six years on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Bridge Unit. I am an ACBL Board of Governors member and a representative from the BoG to the Competitions and Conventions Committee. I also help manage and direct a once-a-week bridge club on Mercer Island. And occasionally I find time to play bridge too. Smile

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Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
The C+C committee changes membership fairly often. I wasn't on the committee when the 44 majors hand was removed from GCC, and have no idea why it was done. The minutes of the committee are published. If finding out who made that decision is important to you, you ...
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
4+ card multi meets the definition of constructive. Meeting that definition isn't the same thing as being allowed.
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
Michael, I agree with you and don't understand the ban. But there are some players who think it is intrinsically unfair to have defenders signals based on information they know and declarer doesn't.
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
Currently the ACBL alert procedures treat bids in suits the opponents have bid quasi-naturally as cue bids. (For example, you are required to alert if you play 2D natural over a Precision 1D.) In general the rules for what is allowed for cue bids, especially on lower charts will be ...
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
I'm not in love with our definition of encrypted signal, so I appreciate the comments here. Richard's definition is certainly the idea we are trying to capture.
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
Yes, that's correct.
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
We considered that, but decided that those calls are not automatically constructive. However "purely destructive" overcalls that are the lowest overcall aren't prohibited.
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
As the chart currently stands, if 1 always has 2+ diamonds (and doesn't contain abnormal shapes), it is quasi-natural and can be opened with any strength in 3rd/4th. If it could be singleton/void, then it has to be Average strength.
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
Ah, I see the point. The question is whether to treat, say, a 2H bid showing hearts and a minor different than a 2H bid showing just hearts for the purpose of what overcall methods you are allowed. I don't think we considered this.
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
Yes, if you wanted to play "transfer overcalls", for example, that would be ok including spades as a "transfer to NT". It was not intended to ban Fishbein. I can see how the wording does do that. We probably need to add something for 3-suited hands.

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