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Robin Barker
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May 9, 2012
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Started playing bridge at Cambridge University in the 1980s.  Started directing at national level (EBU) in the 1990s.  Some directing at zonal level (EBL) in 2000s.  Now (2010s) National TD for EBU and still playing: mainly in teams knockout competitions.

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Howell problem - how to fix on Bridgemate?
If you can't fix the pair numbers in the scoring program you should be able to put in a match-point adjustment to give the right match points to the right pair. If the match point score is NS:X EW:Y then add (X-Y) to EW's match points ...
Director's Handbook.
The order of topics is not so important - manuals are not read in order. What is needed is a structure which at least the author is comfortable with. My experience with the EBU White Book is that many just use the PDF and as long as there is consistent terminology ...
I am still not sure about the correct procedure here
> Alerting a screenmate has downsides if there is not a corresponding alert and the same information provided on the other side of the screen. The downside is due to the different information, not the alert; at least not according to WBF/EBL alerting regulations, which include the following: 'N.B ...
Pre Alert for Lite (HCP wise) opening bids
The German rule is not far from the English rule - the difference is that 8+ hcp applies in all positions, additionally rule-of-18 in 1st/2nd. So in England you can't agree to open this hand 1 in any position.
Illegal 1NT
I don't think that Law 40B4 is the relevant law. 1NT was ruled an illegal bid not the illegal use of a (special) partnership understanding. All we have is Law 40B2(a)(v) restricting the use of psychic artificial calls, any penalty/rectification should be specified by the Regulating ...
Illegal 1NT
If the bid is ruled illegal (rather than the agreement) I would expect the opponents to be entitled to an adjusted score based on the illegal bid not having been made.
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
The law is Law 66D 'After play ceases, the played and unplayed cards may be inspected to settle a claim of a revoke, or of the number of tricks won or lost; but no player should handle cards other than his own. If the Director can no longer ascertain the ...
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
@Steven: the point is that there are equally 12 tricks in 6 IF are 3-2.
Was this ruling correct?
West would be in a different position if he knew 2 was weak (from NS system card?). The knowledge that 2 was weak and South's explanation of "strong" are authorized, and he can choose to double 2NT on that basis. Law 21B1 does not apply to West ...
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
As I mentioned above, 'Disallowed Bidding Agreements' and 'Psyching an artificial opening bid' are based on different powers of the The Regulating Authority. Law 40B2. '(a) The Regulating Authority: (i) is empowered without restriction to allow, disallow, or allow conditionally, any special partnership understanding. ... (v) may restrict the use of ...
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