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Robin Barker
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May 9, 2012
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about me

Started playing bridge at Cambridge University in the 1980s.  Started directing at national level (EBU) in the 1990s.  Some directing at zonal level (EBL) in 2000s.  Now (2010s) National TD for EBU and still playing: mainly in teams knockout competitions.

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> In our jurisdiction, however, being too vague about lower > strength limits is considered inadequate explanation. If there is a culture/policy of investigating/penalizing poor disclosure, even when it does not cause damage, then the OP should call the director to report the inadequate disclosure.
Movement and scoring
A short triangle in Swiss Teams is a three-way match played during one round. (As opposed to a long triangle, played over two rounds.) In EBUScore SwissTeams, you can select long or short triangles when assigning with an odd number of teams. Then you have to get the right pairs ...
Online Bridge Ruling: Failure to Alert and Wild Bids
Online there is always one explanation given to both opponents (not so different to F2F). With screens there are two explanations given to different opponents - if the explanations are different, the opponents are likely to misunderstand their own subsequent bidding.
Played the wrong board?
The spirit of Law 15 is that results obtained should stand. I think you should try and prevent the other room from playing board 11 if they have not started (and play 11,16-21 in stanza 3). Otherwise tell the other room to play 12-15 and have 8 boards in ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
Logic of announcing 1NT is perhaps because opponents play different defences to different opening 1NT ranges.
Gold Coast Ruling
Zeno lives!
Gold Coast Ruling
The poll was not restricted to those who are "the class of player" of OP (or of the corresponding player at the other table).
Play (Interruption)
It is sometimes necessary to distinguish an incomplete designation from a not completed designation. Declarer "play" Defender "that means you have to play small" Declarer "you interupted me, I was about to say '... the queen'" Then declarer may rule that declarer was saying "play the queen" and rule that that ...
A Bridge Problem (of Sorts)
= 1 + 4 * sum_b=1..35 35Cb 3^(b-1) = 1 + 4/3 * sum_b=1..35 35Cb 3^b = 1 + 4/3 * ((sum b=0..35 35Cb 3^b ) - 1) = 1 + 4/3 ((1+3)^35 - 1) -- binomial theorem = 1 + 4/3 (4^35 - 1) = (4 x 4^35 - 1)/3 Similarly ...
A Bridge Problem (of Sorts)
With doubles but not redoubles the answer is 1 followed by 35 3s! (Not spoiler alert - this question wasn't in the original post.)

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