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Steve Willner
Steve Willner
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June 14, 2013
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Oct. 6
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Live and play in Boston area.

United States of America

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The Evils of E-W and Sitouts
Heh! As standby players, the robots don't pay, but they aren't eligible for the "free play" coupons to the winners. However, if they wanted to play in games where they weren't needed to fill the movement, I expect they'd be charged the usual entry fee. :-)
The Evils of E-W and Sitouts
Yes, the robots do surprisingly well some weeks. They are ineligible for masterpoints, so they always appear at the bottom of the posted rankings. I suspect anyone at our club who would care hasn't noticed how the robots do. If our Director started giving them the free plays, I ...
Tournament director rulings...
Or the caddy fouls a board or some other accident that's no player's fault. Ed's point was that in the ACBL, avg+ to both sides happens a lot because it keeps the customers happy. On Vigfus' original question, that view has not yet reached North America, at ...
Keycard response with ten trump
Simple rule for kickback is that if either of us has bid spades naturally, kickback is off, and 4NT is the ace-ask. Call it "coward kickback." It may leave open whether 4NT is keycard for hearts or for spades, though, and also whether 4 is to play or a ...
Class of player
Coming late to this, but why do so many people think the "class of player" footnote in L70-71 means the exact opposite of what it says? In effect, it says class of player doesn't matter for a claim ruling because even the best player can have an oversight or ...
The Evils of E-W and Sitouts
Our club uses a robot pair to avoid sitouts except in a few special games that prohibit it. A robot pair is not ideal but better than a sitout. If you use robots, there's a trick to the setup to avoid showing a hand from the next deal to ...
Different Systems
L40A2 seems relevant. In effect, the second-to-act pair makes a contingent agreement: "over strong, we play X, over weak, we play Y." The first-to-act pair makes a call, then has to explain what the call has shown.
Different Systems
I thought the ACBL has an explicit rule disallowing varying one's system during a session. If there is one, it applies only at ACBL tournaments, not at clubs nor in other jurisdictions.
Different Systems
In the ACBL -- and please, folks, put your location into your profile -- the practical answer is that clubs can do whatever they want as long as they pay their sanction fees. That would include an extra 5 points for a spade contract or 53 cards in a deck. At least ...
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
Richard: no one claims the fert problem is "insurmountable," but unless the fert is 1, it's a real problem because it takes away bidding space that's needed to find one's own contract. I'd happily play against a 1 fert with nothing more than a ...

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