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I usually start off by saying to the next person.

“Right you have a couple of choices. I'll explain the options and the consequences and then you must make your choice without consulting your partner.

First..”

(Mind you after I have spent half an hour explaining comparable calls they have usually fallen asleep).
Oct. 16
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The claimer could have denied the request to play on and called the TD to rule under law 70. He also need not have drawn attention to the revoke (whether this is active ethics is debatable - the laws fully say that you need not draw attention to your own infractions (other than MI)).

The laws also clearly say that when a side has committed an infraction the NOS can take any action that is allowed to best benefit them - and that the TD cannot amend his ruling because the rectification appears too stringent or too lenient for the infraction incurred.

That being cleared, I do hope the West player would ask the TD to waive rectificaton for cause - but there is definitely no obligation or moral compulsion for him to do so.

(I wonder who got the couch that night).
Oct. 16
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Well I think it was put in to allow players to sort out a claim amongst themselves - because in many a case players did in fact play out after a claim was made (in breach of the 2007 and earlier laws). the effect of the 2017 laws is in effect to say - OK if you all agree then sort it out yourselves - but don't come crying to the TD if the claimer makes use of the information you have provided him whilst discussing the deal.
Oct. 16
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I played a web at the club once - we only had one set of boards so duplicated them at the table. We lost 25% of our membership.
Oct. 15
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Oh well - maybe they should read http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/placing-the-cards-2-i4j6oerma7/ as a primer then.
Oct. 13
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the NGS in EBU have two sets of ratings - individual (by area) and partnership (national only).

Being able to get good results out of a poor partner is an integral part of bridge and a player that can do so reaps their reward in a higher NGS ranking.
Oct. 12
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I would go for support xs and xxs (still not common in the UK) and IIRC drury was banned in the UK as a psychic control. Transfer responses to 1 were certainly not popular at all.
Oct. 12
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Maybe I am doing myself an injustice - I thought that intermediates (at least those who come to this site and thus have a desire to improve) would know that there are such things as squeezes - and hands that come around illustrating squeeze defence don't come up that often.

This is, after all, eventually only a positional squeeze (switch N and S hands and the squeeze wouldn't work even if the JH was led.) (If any intermediates are reading - the reason is that the menaces (K single, A9 extended) would then NOT be in the UPPER hand i.e. BL(U)E fails.)
Oct. 12
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I hate the NGS - I was ranked as an Ace (of clubs), now I'm just a Queen. Obviously my bridge skill is diminishing with anno domini.
Oct. 11
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No doubt West asked what the 2 call meant . . .
Oct. 11
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Anytime you get below par score our grade drops - which makes it a bit easier to get back up again. It is self-correcting.

The one thing I have noticed is that the change in percentage in results is not linear - it is much harder IMHO to go up from e.g. 65% to 70% in a session than to go up from 50% to 55% in a session. The NGS does not reflect this - the amount you score above your predicted result is prcessed in a linear manner.
Oct. 10
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At my table I passed partner's 2 Club response - however 2 clubs goes off. It was on reviewing the hand in the bar afterwards that I spotted the suitability of the hand for an article - provided the final contract was 2 Spades.

If you want to check - it is hand 22 http://www.stgeorgesbridge.co.uk/Results/Oct19/191009r.htm

I am not sure how the play went at all the tables of course - and maybe the bidding went 1 - 2 - 2. For instance a club might have been led - although the proposed order of play seems reasonable.

(Another pointer that East has the A is that they didn't switch to a diamond at trick two ot three - but that is also irrelevant to the discussion).

I intended this to go into the intermediate forum - but I misposted - oh well.
Oct. 10
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That can cause problems BUT the EBU own article on the NGS myths https://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/miscellaneous/ngs/clark-article.pdf may help.
Oct. 10
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Which version?

NGS - gives current performance for club players

Masterpoints - lifetime achievement or how much money have you spent to attend events.

Gold Masterpoints - awarded in the top competitions and degrade over time - to rate the very best players on their current form.

(As an offsett - I find the NGS stops frivolous psyching etc, which is to the benefit of all players. You don't mess around if you attach a high NGS grade as asign of virility.)
Oct. 9
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Because players (especially novices) don't like changing direction at different tables in different rounds - believe me - I've tried it!
Oct. 7
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I've run this through on Jeanie - if I am right (big if) you do best not to arrowswitch table 3. This gets a balance of 72% (compared to a 11 table hesitation which is 81%).

(We usually get 6 or 7 tables so run a share and relay (bye-stand) with one arrowswitch or a straightforward 7 table Mitchell but play only 6 rounds with one arrowswitched.), but I agree that 18 boards is enough for a novices and a hesitation is much more easy for them to use.
Oct. 7
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I suppose it depends where the office is. I have the computer about 6 feet from where I sit (I usually have the round monitor options shown so I can spot slow tables and know when to call the round - usually when two tables are still in play).

I don't like using the suspicious scores feature - the problem being that I will get extraneous information about the hands. Which means that my partner is unlikely to be able to play the board. Since I am usually playing with a pick-up partner when directing, I believe it more encouraging for them to enjoy playing the whole event. (Sometimes of course the suspicious score turns out to be nothing of the sort). This is one reason why I like the enter-opening-lead option enabled.
Oct. 5
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I find that:

1) Players have readily accepted entering opening leads.
2) It prevents incorrect scoring.
3) Entering the lead hardly takes any time. My only request is that North makes the opening lead (when their turn) before entering contract details into the bridgemates
4) We use duplimating machines so can upload the file to the bridgemate server (through EBUScore) (this also allows me time to review the hands the novices will be playing on Monday)
5) This Monday we have switched to pbn format from dup format so there will be a hand analysis function (I hope) working.

Maybe in the UK we are more accepting and tolerant of change and technology.
Oct. 4
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Last night in a spade trump contract declarer led the KD from KJXXX. Partner (holding the Ace) - ducked assuming declarer was trying to set up the suit. Declarer then led a low diamond and my partner went up with the Ace, aiming to block the suit - but the LOL ruffed.
Oct. 4
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EBU guidelines quite clearly assume that asking a question can legitimately wake-up opponents - so obviously means it is AI.
Oct. 3
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