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More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
The ACBL regulation states that psychic control bids are "disallowed". The WBF/ACBL Bridge Laws are completely silent on the subject of psychic control bids. So to be pendantic about it, I suspect that the real underpinning of the ACBL psychic control rule under the Bridge Laws is that such ...
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
Hi Gents, Well, seems like we have descended to picking the flys#!t out of the pepper. I would have hoped that you would give me enough credit to know that not all psyches are illegal (as I defined psych legality earlier on). The example that I gave was obviously ...
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
Point taken Art. But my statement that psyches are "conditionally legal" is effectively correct. 1. Psych bid is made (defined as distortion of suit length or hand value) 2. Psycher's partner has "more reason" than the opponents to know that it might be a psych 3. Therefore the bid ...
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
OK Bridge Winners, I am going to give this one more go for whatever that may be worth (likely nothing based on the commentary offered on this post so far). An earlier commentator (a director according to his BW profile) stated that "psyches are legal" according to the WBF/ACBL ...
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
Relying further on the Bard..... "The Bridge Winners doth protest too much, methinks" Unclear to me why anyone would object to tracking psyches, unless they have something to hide.
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
Mark, thanks for this post. We seem to be on the same page on this subject. In my opinion too, the ACBL needs a consistent psych bid tracking mechanism, similar to the one that apparently exists in Australia and, I believe, other bridge jurisdictions as well. That is the only ...
What happens after a psych
Ed, what I am proposing is different than the current player memo recording mechanism. The procedure for recording a player memo is very structured, and once a given event is documented in a player memo and accepted by the ACBL recorder, it is an established "black mark" against the player ...
What happens after a psych
OK, thanks Ed. The details could be discussed, but in general your suggestion sounds reasonable. But in order to implement something like that, the ACBL would need to set up a psych logging mechanism like they have in Australia, according to the OP.
What happens after a psych
Ed, I am still interested in what you think it takes to establish a pattern of psych bidding of a given type which would be considered an implicit agreement. Bridge law 40.C.1 makes it clear that if such an implicit agreement exists, it is not legal.
What happens after a psych
OK Ed, so how many times psyching in similar circumstances DOES it take before it becomes an implicit agreement?
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