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Patrick Shields
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Feb. 5, 2012
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Alerting when there's no agreement?
And that quote is the key point : failure to alert is a definite declaration that the bid is natural : if such certainty does not exist, the opponents are entitled to know, and this can be done without creating UI problems.
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I must declare that I am not good at, but must try harder, to follow the Michael Rosenberg interpretation. But to me, the reason we see alternatives being mentioned here (and used in practice) is that a consequence of the current Laws and the current Regulations is that once someone ...
Cue-bid after Polish 1!C is overcalled
I have always played it as 55+ major-minor with enough values to compete, as if I show one suit and they bounce I might not get to show the other.
How would you rule?
I voted OTHER, thinking that West should be rebidding 5 over 4 and that East could well pass that. So that must be part of the outcome. This result would be remembered better than any PP and might have a better effect.
2NT opening
I have played it both ways (one minor, both minors), and its occurrence is so rare it is hard to tell which is better, but I have found myself switching to both minors more often as that avoids it being a Brown Sticker convention and I save myself the hassle ...
Ethical - can we avoid this word?
Again no quarrel with the above but the discussion is clarifying for me what the problem is : it is that while there is no stigma with accidently breaking a rule (any game, including the Laws of Bridge or any regulations) it is very difficult not to associate the word UNETHICAL ...
Ethical - can we avoid this word?
The catch with using it in judgement situations is the implication (even in "soft cheating") that the action is deliberate. This is what we must avoid.
Ethical - can we avoid this word?
Bobby The use of the phrase "active ethics" and the application of ethical/unethical to choices made during the bidding of a hand are completely distinct uses of the same word. I don't think we have any conflict.
Great sportsmanship at the senior trials
In the European Championship, this issue should not be a dilemma for the players concerned. They should have clear instructions from their captain as to how to behave in these circumstances, and they should follow that instruction. Failing to give the players clear instructions is a failure by the captain ...
Doubling weak twos
I ask myself on this hand how I feel if partner has spades (I'll wish I hadn't come in) and what I expect if partner doesn't have spades (they'll outbid us and know how to play the hand) - and find I haven't got enough of ...
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