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Who are the fools promulgating this stuff? Wow.
Aug. 16
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Sorry, but this was the right call.
Aug. 4
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Seems to me like it's time for the grand slam force.
Aug. 2
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Was Vic Mitchell always that unethical?
July 28
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A cheater should be banned for life. No readmittance.
June 30
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There should be no statute of limitations on cheating. Poland should be barred from international competition as long as these cheaters remain unpunished.
June 25
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How much would shipping be to 85207?
June 10
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Flannery
June 9
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Jude Goodwin's Teach Me To Play comes to mind.
June 7
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The response was that they were playing “normal responses”. 2D OSTENSIBLY showed a diamond suit sort of “screw you, partner”. East is supposed to respond 2C so West can describe their hand (pass w clubs, bid 2D with diamonds, bid 2H with majors).
May 17
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West took gross advantage of UI (the failure to alert). I would have rolled this back to 2D by East AND hit E/W with a procedural penalty (half a board) for use of UI. Players of this level SHOULD know better.
May 17
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I've begged partner to use 1NT Beta. For some reason he doesn't like it.
May 11
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The redouble was alerted, and my partner answered “no first or second round control.” when asked.
May 10
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I know. Part of the reason I posted this is that I gave the hand to a number of people locally and I was SHOCKED at the number (about a third) who took action. If I'd taken even one minute to think about it I never would have done it. Not an excuse, tho…
May 9
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It was more like I was looking for confirmation of the fact that I screwed up, and I knew I screwed up almost as soon as the hand ended.

I bid 5H over 4H. Partner then bid 5S, and THAT I passed. So it didn't affect the score, but my action was wrong.
May 9
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Even the BridgeBaron bots are better than GIB.
April 24
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That would have to be a separate Flight A for them to legally allow Mid-Chart, no?
April 24
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Get rid of the books and make it GCC. Period.
April 21
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What would you say to those of us who are disheartened by ACBL's refusal to open up the convention charts–we fall further and further behind the world every day. Why should gadgets such as Multi 2D not be GCC-legal when they are almost everywhere else in the world? I don't think American bridge players are any less capable than, say UK bridge layers, who somehow manage to handle it…
March 31
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Many moons ago, I had a partner who complained I always played all the hands. One day, we were playing in a regional Flight B Swiss, and she played the first board of the first match. As I put the dummy down, she said to me “I guess you're letting me play some hands today.” After that, over the next 55 boards, I played 30 of them… and she played none. She couldn't get too angry, because we wound up third overall, but she never let me live it down. :-)
March 10
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