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presumably because 9>8
May 19
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lol ken
May 8
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leading low from good suits, high from bad suits is called attitude. this is popular on the continent. as for the ‘rules’ of it, that's a little complicated. it's a very flexible method. the idea is the lower the card you lead, the more you want the suit returned, as opposed to being tolerant of a switch. so the longer/stronger the suit you lead, the lower the card, and the less you have in other likely the suits, the lower the card you lead. for example, aq932 is a very strong holding which you really want returned, so you'd probably lead the 2, whereas q742 is a crappy suit, and you might well lead the 4 or even 7. however, as it's so flexible and involves reference to other suits, it's impossible to say when anyone would lead from a given holding with certainty. this leads some people to think that it's a method for those with dubious levels of disclosure (i play attitude leads myself so i don't believe that).



reverse attitude leads would be leading high from good suits and low from bad suits. yes, i know when signalling ‘standard’ is high encouraging, but these are leads, not signals.

as for the doubleton lead, was this against a suit? most people who play attitude leads do so only against no-trumps. against suits they normally play some sort of count orientated leads. low from a doubleton fits with 2nd/4th in the polish/bulgarian style.

call me cynical, but as the opps were playing benji, there's a good chance they don't actually know what they're doing and their methods could be a mash-up of things they've read and misundersood,
March 1
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lol paranoid a bit? bad players are allowed to get good results
Feb. 19
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south is obviously clueless. i'm not referring to the 1 club opener. i'm referring to the 3NT bid.
Feb. 14
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otoh it's a fine slam to miss, but otoh north did too little.
Jan. 13
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ignore
Jan. 8
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bidding is a lot safer at imps.
Dec. 22, 2018
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It's utter tripe to say one can't double 3 after passing 1. Most people don't overcall on 4 card suits or with hands with decent suits which are otherwise below the HCP threshold for an overcall, but that's plenty to double for the lead. Still, we can't assess whether the opps would likely bid on as we haven't seen their hands. The TD did know their hands and evidently conducted a poll (we don't know how well this poll was conducted but, again, without seeing the hands we have no reason to doubt its accuracy) to see how the bidding would develop with correct alerting. Yes, you do need a poll in MI situations to arrive at a suitably weighted ruling.

As for the tournament being in Hawaii not France, that's not legally relevant. You might think that a splinter is normal and shouldn't be alerted, and you may well be right, but the ACBL has laid down regulations which say otherwise and these particular opps seemingly had no reason to doubt what they were effectively being told.

As for calling the director when the MI came to light, the player over the 3H bid couldn't have his opportunity to double back at that stage, he could only have his final pass back. Calling the director at that stage would perforce be pointless and could just result in the non-offenders giving UI or tipping declarer off as to the layout.
Dec. 4, 2018
Alex Hydes edited this comment Dec. 4, 2018
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a hand with extra values that's not shapely enough to bid itself but which would be happy enough for the double to be removed. this hand is much more common and more awkward than a genuine penalty double.
Nov. 6, 2018
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east has an obvious 4nt bid, unless double is penalties which would be a rather unusual agreement, except at the lowest levels of the game.
Nov. 5, 2018
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The OP made a mistake in presentation in using examples from Wikipedia. He should have restricted himself to other sources. Rightly or wrongly, Wikipedia is seen as being more copyable. No-one would suggest it's not copyright theft to copy verbatim, for example, BBC Leicester (one of the other sources in the article).
July 25, 2018
Alex Hydes edited this comment July 25, 2018
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you may also want to look at this link for previous form:-

https://www.bridgeclublive.com/A/Information/Library/DOCS/News/PressRelease-01.htm

Copied here for those scared of clicking links:-

LONDON 27th February 2001

The International Online Bridge Club (Bridge Player LIVE!), Europe's foremost provider of live Internet bridge (http://www.bridgeplayer.com) was recently forced to instruct solicitors to protect its confidential, copyrighted database that had been downloaded from Online Bridge’s computer without its knowledge or consent.

IOBC are the service provider for the English Bridge Union’s (“EBU”) own Online Bridge Club (http://www.ebuonline.co.uk).

An IOBC computer was being used for a demonstration of the EBU Online Bridge Club at the EBU’s annual Summer Congress in Brighton, England last August. A third party obtained details of more than 25,000 contact addresses from this computer, without permission, and the database was stored onto floppy disk.

The disk was passed to British bridge journalist, Mark Horton, who gave the database to E-Bridge Inc, a US based competitor of IOBC. Mailings using this data were made by E-Bridge who were immediately contacted by IOBC’s solicitors to stop further activity.

E-Bridge have since signed an undertaking, without admitting liability, confirming they have stopped using the information and that it has been deleted from their computer system. E-Bridge have maintained that they did not know how the disk had been obtained.

Mr Horton, for his part, has agreed to an out of court settlement for undisclosed costs and damages.
July 23, 2018
Alex Hydes edited this comment July 23, 2018
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That's a pathetic attitude. You do realise the aim is to win points, not post-mortems, right?
July 14, 2018
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i don't have any documentation sadly. there are no convention cards in this event
March 21, 2018
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well quite. i personally wouldn't force to the 5 level at matchpoints and nor would i be happy bypassing 4S. i would be a lot more tempted by 4H if it were an option though.
Feb. 21, 2018
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double asks for a heart stop. why didn't west bid 3nt?
Feb. 6, 2018
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there was an individual trial for the u20s in 1993. they no doubt took the view that u20s were too stupid to grasp the concept of partnerships or system.
Jan. 11, 2018
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3 over 1nt would set spades slammy. p didn't do that so he's unsure as to strain.
Jan. 2, 2018
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'roughly what he had shown so far'turned out to be a weak nt with 3 diamonds and 4 clubs
Dec. 13, 2017
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