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A TD/committee must be able to specify what the UI was, if they are to adjust the score.

It is not enough to state that a certain bid is insane and therefore UI must have been present. I don't see what rule would allow for that.

I agree that W should be interrogated about his motivation for bidding 3N and then pass to 4Sx.

If this (in combination with the rest of the facts) leads to the TD/committee feeling comfortable about specifying what concrete UI that predominantly likely was there, then they could go ahead and adjust. If not, they should not adjust.

EDIT: This was a response to Michael Rosenberg.
Dec. 30, 2012
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I think that there is a good case for arguing that W's 3N reveals the misunderstanding and therefore sets E free. 3N makes little sense opposite 2S & 3S natural signoffs. Any realistic minded player would be thinking *misunderstanding* here, if 2S would have been transfer in a noncompetitive auction.

Also there is a good case for saying that whatever still relevant UI (see above) E had, it did NOT suggest bidding 4S. If I thought that partner thought I had C+S then I would be terrified about being taken back to 5C and would never ever bid 4S over 3N. 4S seems suicidal in that context.

So I lean towards allowing 4S.

W's bidding is suspicious. Why would he leave in 4S on a doubleton when doubled? If E was shotgunning his spade bids as described, there is a good case for deeming that this misbehavior gave W the UI that E likely was just bidding natural spades all the way. W was fielding his partner's misbids and I would be quick to assume UI.
Dec. 29, 2012
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Why are people not bidding 4 to show a gameforcing hand with long clubs, when we have a gameforcing hand with long clubs?

I assume that normal principles after a T/O of 2 apply, including lebensohl.
Oct. 9, 2012
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Re N's pass to 2S: It seems that the correct explanation would have been no agreement, which would not have been alertable here. So there was no misinformation at that point.

Re N's pass to 4S: It is disastrous that an experienced W fails to object to his partner's explanation in time, which would have allowed N to undo his final pass. N's asking indicates he might have bid 4S with a different explanation. If split scores are possible I would give one here, since it is unclear if N would have sac'ed if told “no agreement” by W, especially since N had been quiet until then. If split scores are not allowed I would have ruled 4SX-2.
Aug. 27, 2012
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I feel that clicking clocks for every bid and every card would be a significant nuisance in bridge (unlike in chess and bg), and that it might interfere with the natural flow of the game when it runs fast.

Perhaps the timing should be optional. So that I could choose to start a clock on an opponent if he goes into the tank. Still with a time delay on the clock of say 15 sec. I think there should be a special time delay for trick 1.

I imagine the clocks running upwards. So if my partnership has tanked say 4 min more that the opponents during the set, then TD should assume us to be responsible for the first 4 min of the table delay (and split the rest of the blame if we are more than 4 min late).
Aug. 5, 2012
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If 2N could be any suit (good-bad) then south has a good reason to preempt 4S before they might clarify. If west has a normal 5H only opposite a raise then he is under a lot of pressure now. This is a flaw with good-bad 2N.
Oct. 10, 2011
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I would be worried about last hand psycic bids or the like. It could really get ugly to watch, especially if some ‘dark partnership magic’ appears to have been involved in a given success.
May 5, 2011
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