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Finally, someone dares to mention the elephant in the room
Nov. 25, 2015
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@Ray: ‘Class of player’ seems like a delicate issue for TD's. It can't be easy telling a player ‘Yes, I actually think you are capable of such a blunder’
Nov. 24, 2015
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I can't fault the manner in which the TD handled this tricky situation.
Nov. 24, 2015
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My thoughts exactly, Michael H.
Really good yarn, Michael R.

Plenty of lessons for everyone on this thread.
Personally, I am more convinced than ever that fierce competition and sportsmanship are perfectly compatible at the bridge table
Nov. 23, 2015
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You can sometimes get away with the misanalysis of a bridge hand on BW, but god help you if you misplace an apostrophe
Nov. 20, 2015
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Tensions will be running high at the Young Chelsea next Wednesday evening
Nov. 20, 2015
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The game is becoming anti-social
Nov. 20, 2015
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Compromising photographs ?
Nov. 20, 2015
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That was funny.
Bonus marks for resisting the obvious gag that they should not be allowed to play with each other
Nov. 14, 2015
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Boye,

Hanan Sher is one of the good guys in this story. You are on the same side :)

Nov. 9, 2015
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A bridge controversy is never settled until Michael Clark produces the summary video.
Nov. 6, 2015
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That's fair
Nov. 5, 2015
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Kieran,
Even at club level, why not pay declarers the ultimate compliment and assume they would play hands like you would ?
Impossible, I know :)
Nov. 5, 2015
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You are right on the money.
Claiming without a plan is bad, but making speculative TD calls to achieve unlikely results is much worse.
On the ethical spectrum this ranks with appealing at cricket when you know the batsman is not out (a practice which, incidentally, can result in a ban)

The fair result for the hand presented here and in Zimmerman v Sasa is 13 tricks.
I am sorry, my friends, but B.Brogeland is right.
Again.
Nov. 5, 2015
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Mats Wilander sounds like the sort of man who would have accepted declarer's 7NT claim.
Nov. 5, 2015
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The Laws of Cricket specifically state the game should be played within the Spirit of the Game, as well as within the Laws.

Nov. 3, 2015
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Ron,

Boye Brogeland's tactics stack up pretty well when compared to the rest of the bridge world who sat on their fat arses for 15 years, doing nothing other than gossip in the bar, while cheating prospered.

Cheers mate.
Nov. 1, 2015
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Yes, diving at soccer is a real ethical issue and, in my opinion, a much stronger analogy to the ethical issues at bridge which were raised in the other thread.
Oct. 29, 2015
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The spirit of the game is real, Peter. I have seen it :)
Oct. 28, 2015
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Equating love for game with blindly following the rules is misguided. Often the rules will conflict with one's natural sense for fairness and sportsmanship. In such cases, many resolve the conflict by choosing sportsmanship. This is the approach presumably espoused by the Norwegian Open Team, and I for one, applaud them for this. Obviously they value their reputation as gentlemen more than a few imps.

Suppose you are playing against an elderly (arthritic) player who has difficulty handling the cards. Are you going to jump on the table screaming ‘Director!!!’ every time this player drops and exposes a card?
Oct. 27, 2015
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