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I actually didn't mean it to be an insult but a good natured ribbing. I apologize to anyone that took the reference the wrong way.
Nov. 11, 2016
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Thanks!
Nov. 11, 2016
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Thank you!
Nov. 10, 2016
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I am guessing 3NT, 5, and 4 are all not making and opening 1 would have led to game going down. If so, I think the biggest problem problem on this hand is that the initial pass reeks of a wire.
Oct. 20, 2016
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I'll be doing that. I've also polled 173 of the players online hands from acbl sb tourney and found 50 of them to have something irregular happen, either an odd lead, bid or pass when making the irregular action put their side in a plus position and none of the irregular actions causing q minus position.
Oct. 11, 2016
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It may be, but historically, this marked improvement.
Oct. 10, 2016
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Ok, I wish for all of my finesses to work at my table but not at the other.
Oct. 10, 2016
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A bit of it all I guess. However, my initial suspicions are more than suspicions when the player was on my team in a swiss and made a deliberate unethical choice. Since then I've been watching his play and finally offered up a session at MPs. If any of the questionable actions should have cost us match points, then I could have written it off but all of them should have netted us positive positions.

Another thing, he tends to jump to slams seeming off the world from the auction and they happen to make but stays out of the ones that can't.

It is most likely from scoping results in the playing area but could easily come from checking out hand records posted for the common game from earlier time zones as well.
Oct. 9, 2016
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I have four more examples from one game where my partner made very fishy actions, like passing an opening when we have a misfit and can't make anything, not making a standard takeout double when that action would get us to a bad spot, irregular leads.

I only played with this guy once because I had suspicions something weird was going considering he can't give carding, makes highly erratic bids that tend to get good results and doesn't understand defense but somehow gets good results.

How should I proceed forward?
Oct. 9, 2016
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In fairness to that partner, I have said many times, always show me when you have four card support for my suit. I was actually quite happy to see the dummy. Some bad results are worth it. :-)
Oct. 9, 2016
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So, I just jammed 3NT on the auction hoping for the best. (I do that a lot.) Partner drops

6 4
9 6 5
A K Q 7 5 4
K 7

for their weak 2 bid. That seems a little weird but partner says they meant to open 1. Okay. It happens. The clubs break 4/1 and diamonds break 5/1 so 3NT had no play. 2 should have won the auction and been a top board. Something smells fishy.
Oct. 9, 2016
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So you bid 5 like a normal person, lho doubles, all pass. LHO leads a low and dummy hits with QJx Qxx T9xx xxx. You take your minus 500 and move on. Unlucky.
Oct. 9, 2016
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Ace/Eight is commonly confused. At this point, the director has to look at the hand and see if there was any logical reason to not call the Ace. In other words, your side holds AQJT98 of a suit, you could call for the 8 to finesse against the King, but if your holding is A82 opposite K3, there is no reason why the 8 would ever be called.

The King/Ten sound different enough where they are not commonly confused and playing the Ten is a fairly normal play in regards to that holding, even with KT2 opposite 543, to see if the QJx were onside.
Sept. 11, 2016
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That's 100%, and the Ace would not be considered unauthorized information, if the card change was allowed in Dummy. However, with the Dummy also claiming that the Declarer called for the King, I don't think there is much option but to let the King stand. Otherwise, sadly, a lot more people would be claiming they called for the other card.
Sept. 11, 2016
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Speaking as a former director, and as a player that has annoyed many tournament directors, it's generally best to let the small stuff like this go at the table, without raising a fuss.

If you have a small amount of passive-aggressiveness, like I do, a fun and harmless way to deal with poor director rulings at the club is to buy the ACBL's rule book and highlight the section that relates to the poor ruling. Wrap it up and give it to the director. They'll generally get a little laugh out of it.
Sept. 11, 2016
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3:1 Wins. Not the worst director ruling I have heard of but it approaches it.
Sept. 10, 2016
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No I do not. However, I am the only one that has access to any information you give and I won't be doing anything with it other then sending out one batch e-mail a month. The separate companies that have access to your information are PayPal, Ecwid, and Wix. Ecwid is the online store that goes through PayPal for credit card processing and Wix is the web sever.
Sept. 4, 2016
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Thank you!
Sept. 4, 2016
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Sorry, I was just editing the site. Please try again.
Sept. 2, 2016
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Thank you!
Sept. 2, 2016
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