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Ethics re: opening 1NT with small singleton in quasi-ACBL competition

Opening a natural 1NT with a small singleton is currently disallowed in ACBL, for better or worse. The bid is defined illegal, with likely restitution via score adjustment, and possible punishment via procedural penalty.

Online, in one of the Tom Reynold's KOs, I did it; to make matters potentially worse, my notrump was weak, I thnk 13-15 in that seat. The devil didn't make me do it; robot bridge did - admittedly, perhaps a distinction without a difference. Playing with BBO GIB (my most frequent partner), I would have opened 1NT with that shape; and it didn't occur to me in the moment that I should not do that. A few seconds later, I recognized what had happened.

I chose to keep quiet. I don't remember if opponents misplayed the hand, misreading my shape. I apologized after the hand, telling the table what had happened and why.

My question: is it ethical to open 1NT with a small singleton in a match like the Reynolds KOs? It's true that they are not ACBL sanctioned, therefore not subject to ACBL rules - whether you agree with said rules or not. But it's also true that the vast majority of people playing in these events typically play in ACBL events, and can probably reasonably expect you to follow ACBL rules, to the extent that they are applicable to online bridge.

It is ethical to open 1NT with a small singleton in a Reynolds KO or equivalent event
It is not ethical to open 1NT with a small singleton in a Reynolds KO or equivalent event
Other (Insert joke about necessity of "Other" response)

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