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@Andy: I can think of a few differences between enforcing revoke penalties and calling for a ruling on the hand in question.

1. When my opponent revokes, I am 100% certain that all of the authors of the relevant law fully intended the penalty to be applied in the specific situation that happened at my table. I am somewhat doubtful everyone on the committee that agreed to this 8-trick rule really intended to make it illegal to open an Acol-Two or equivalent with the hand being discussed here.
2. When I revoke, unless I am playing against a beginner (new to duplicate bridge), I can be almost certain that they know they are entitled to some redress, and that all they need to do is to call the director and they shall receive it. Against most opponents in the EBU, I could get away with opening this hand with 2C.
3. While not everyone agrees with automatic penalties for revokes, most bridge players will at least find them acceptable. I think most would disagree with outlawing a Benji 2C opening on AKJ9xxxx - xx AJT.

(If I understand some of your other posts correctly, you are saying that 2. did not apply when this hand actually occurred. That certainly makes a difference in my view.)
Jan. 10, 2017
Arend Bayer edited this comment Jan. 10, 2017
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Gonzalo, for this to develop into an “unconscious agreement” there is one more thing that needs to happen: Kevin would have to remain unaware of the fact that Justin opens EVERY HAND IN 3RD SEAT NON-VULNERABLE. (Sorry for caps, just want to emphasise.) Likewise for Justin about Keven's 3rd seat opening. Don't you agree that this seems quite unlikely?
Sept. 23, 2016
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David Burn: “I imagine ‘could be illegal’ might be counter-productive, even if true.”

I doubt that would be accurate. The WBF definition makes it illegal to agree to open a balanced 7hcp hands (“King or more below average strength”, where “average strength” means 10 hcp with no “distributional values”). I would think that almost all hands opened by Jeff and Zia, or by Justin and Kevin, would qualify as better than that due to their distributional values.
Sept. 23, 2016
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Gonzalo, the idea that Justin and Kevin form an unconscious agreement to open all hands in 3rd seat non-vulnerable seems absurd to me, and I thought it would seem absurd to you as well. Wouldn't you think they know each others tendencies well?
I think this is just a convenient way for you to tell yourself that your team did not, in fact, accuse them of cheating, after your team did, in fact, accuse them of cheating.
Sept. 23, 2016
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Dear Ignacio Jiminez,

on Bridge Base Forums, your team mate Gonzalo posted: “The captain had warned us that maybe we would retire, and so after 2 bids on first board he told us to stand and leave.”
(See http://www.bridgebase.com/forums/topic/74926-world-championships-calendar/page__view__findpost__p__897511 )

Maybe you and Gonzalo could clarify this comment - it does make it sound as if the decision to walk out during the middle of the hand may have been planned ahead of time, at least as a possibility, and that it wasn't quite as spontaneous as your writeup here suggest. (If you were trying to force the TD to come to a decision, surely it would have been better not to interrupt play in the middle of a hand?)
Sept. 23, 2016
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I admit I find this question a little odd. From the intro: “He also enjoys goofing off with his sons (Jacob in high school, Elijah in middle school)”.
Sept. 23, 2016
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Richard, I think you are trying to put the wardrobe in order while an earthquake is bringing down the entire house. Before fixing its rules, the WBF needs to learn to enforce its rules. As long as the WBF thinks it is ok to change CoCs in the middle of a dispute, or to ignore CoCs when enforcing them would be politically awkward, I am not sure there is anything that can be improved.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Harald, I think your interpretation is extremely charitable to the Spanish team (or to the Spanish npc). The charge was an undisclosed partnership agreement to open EVERY hand in 3rd seat non-vulnerable. Justin and Kevin are way too thoughtful and attentive as bridge players and as a partnership for such an agreement to exist on a subconscious level only.

If you accuse them of opening every hand in 3rd seat non-vulnerable, and of not disclosing that fact, then you are accusing them of an intentionally undisclosed partnership agreement, i.e. of cheating. If you stop play in the middle of the hand in order to force the director to rule on your cheating allegation immediately, then you are accusing them of cheating and creating a big theatre out of it. The middle ground that Gonzalo tries to claim (“maybe they weren't aware of it”) does not exist.
Sept. 14, 2016
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Harald, the traveller also says the lead was H7. Is the lead entered by the players on bridgemate? It would be odd if both the vugraph operator and the player handling the bridgemate made the same mistake.
Sept. 14, 2016
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Sorry, I didn't intend to start a long discussion about Frances Hinden. What I wrote above was my guess based on her decisions and the impressions I got from various posts by her here and on Bridge Base Forums (BBF). (Others might get offended if they receive no recognition for being the best left-handed red-haired bridge players alive, and if I was aware of that and felt they deserved it I might congratulate them on being the best left-handed red-haired bridge player.)
Some who know her liked my comment, so maybe they agree with my guess. But it's not a big deal either way! (The bigger deal from my personal perspective is that she is one of two regular BBF posters still playing the Open event.) And it certainly didn't meant to prove anything!
Sept. 12, 2016
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I'd think if Frances Hinden desired to be recognized as on of the best female bridge players, she would have chosen to enter womens' events at some point in her life.
Sept. 11, 2016
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Fortunately, the WBF has a policy that anybody refusing to play against any other participant is immediately disqualified, and it is well-known that this policy is always enforced rigorously and consistently.
Sept. 11, 2016
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Why wouldn't you dare to pass 4? If you have a horrible hand for diamonds, then passing is your best bet even if partner intended it as forcing.
Sept. 8, 2016
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Josh I am surprsied - what kind of rules are these? It's a natural bid by a limited hand, we don't know of a fit in another suit, and we haven't established values for game.
Sept. 8, 2016
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I mean the percentages on the front page.
Sept. 7, 2016
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I understand now, and have voted accordingly - but I'd describe my behaviour as “I always look at the results, then sometimes check the comments and who voted for which option”.
Sept. 7, 2016
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There is still no option that accurately captures my personal preference. I always check the poll results; then I read the comments if I found the problem interesting or if I found the poll results surprising. (I.e., I don't read the comments if I find the problem boring and the poll results are what I expected.)
Sept. 7, 2016
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I'd bet on something like Kxxx x xx AQxxxx.
May 16, 2016
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I agree with what you say. But why does that mean we should lead a diamond? (Which you voted for.) I think it's more likely that they have a 0=6=5=2 hands with two small clubs and partner doubling based on AK, and less likely that they have an 11-card diamond fit. (Would need pretty much 6-6 shape and 2NT overcaller having five diamonds - both possible, but in combination that's asking for a lot I think.)

Edit: I also find it difficult to construct a hand where partner has a diamond void, yet only bids 3S white/red.
Feb. 5, 2016
Arend Bayer edited this comment Feb. 5, 2016
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I agree that splintering with a singleton A can work badly, but I think often *not splintering* with a singleton A works even worse!
Jan. 20, 2016
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