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Paul Barden
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On the first 3NT hand, your partner's Q switch gave declarer the opportunity for an elegant play. His winning line after taking A was to lead 3 off dummy. If you rise with J you have to lead a black suit round to dummy, allowing declarer to cash that ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
The key criterion for the WBF fractional scale is that each additional IMP of victory margin, up to the maximum, should lead to a non-increasing gain in VPs. (The "concavity rule".) That is, the graph of VPs against IMPs slopes upwards but curves towards the horizontal. This property is built ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
I've already said that I'm not. I've not commented at all on any of the various unsavoury accusations. However, the WBF fractional scale is plainly superior to the integer scale. So far as I know, there was no guidance in the Conditions of Contest as to which ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
[i]the insinuation by Barden " to be determined after it's known how the choice will affect the result" in effect saying that the scale was adjusted to alter the result is outrageous.[/i] It would be outrageous if it existed. I'd be surprised to find that anyone disagreed ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
Things which are a bad idea include: - Leaving details of the scoring method, such as the VP scale, to be determined after it's known how the choice will affect the result. - Not informing all contestants before the start of play of how the event is to be scored. - Allowing ...
How do you rule on this sitiuation
[i]he is allowed to infer it from the lack of an alert[/i] Is he? 16C refers to a withdrawn "call or play": that is plainly the sense in which it later uses "action". So I think a change of non-alert does not override the instruction in 16B1 and ...
How do you rule on this sitiuation
If South did what he's supposed to do, then he judged that pass was the best call in that auction, and it is not the director's business to rebid the hand for him. Or if South did what he's supposed not to do, then it's not ...
How do you rule on this sitiuation
[i]If North says he would have bid 2, then South (who now has the correct information) would not necessarily pass it even though he did so at the table...[/i] I think this is wrong. South is not allowed to bid differently depending on whether or not North ...
Spotting Chances
It was important to make a show of strength to talk opponents out of their cold 6 contract. I'm surprised that having worked that out you didn't cash your thirteen tricks in 6.
Blue Over Red Boards
I've learnt from this thread that vulnerability inserts are popular in the USA while being almost unknown in England, and I think many other countries. It seems to me that you'd be better off without them. If there's a single sticker on the board to tell you ...
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