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Partner cue-bid 4S with this, and we got to 6H which was very lucky to make. I basically told partner what Philip just said.
Oct. 5, 2015
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They wouldn't have had any problem if WE had gotten the three zeroes, I'm sure.
Oct. 1, 2015
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The opps were fully alerted and given full explanations. And we made sure the system was GCC legal–including checking with the author–before starting to play it.

Why did you assume we didn't do any of the above?
Oct. 1, 2015
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Sorry! Modified Italian Canape System. Canape on top of a Precision Club base.
Oct. 1, 2015
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That doesn't justify violating the Laws and giving someone a 1/2-board gift.
Oct. 1, 2015
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Actually MICS is general chart. It may push it to the bleeding edge…but it is GCC legal.
Oct. 1, 2015
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You're quite right about the explanation, but when you talk to these people in the way you've suggested their eyes roll even more.
Oct. 1, 2015
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1 MP wouldn't do much, but a 1/2 board penalty might leave an impression
Sept. 28, 2015
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Banned for life. Don't care who they cheated against. They cheated.
Sept. 25, 2015
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The four folks (so far) who voted score stands–I'd love to hear your reasoning? To me, this is a clearcut case of egregious use of UI–if this had happened in a tournament I'd hope the person would get a procedural penalty/punishment on top of it.
Sept. 23, 2015
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No, in the real world the hand was ice-cold for 7 on any lead. :)
Sept. 23, 2015
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The schedule at the last NYC regional (10 and 230, I believe) was great, if you live in Manhattan.

I'm a Long Islander, and I was going to play at the tournament…until I realized I'd be fighting rush hour standing room only on the LIRR/subway in BOTH DIRECTIONS.
To hell with that. Tournament organizers need to THINK before they plan these things…I know that a LOT of people I spoke to on LI had the exact same reaction to the schedule I did.
Sept. 17, 2015
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Yea, MP Pairs. Sorry about that.
Sept. 12, 2015
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Absolute confidentiality for those accused? Sounds like a way to keep dirty little secrets from ever finding the light of day.

We don't do that when people are accused of murder.
Cheating is the “Murder 1”, so to speak, of the bridge world.
If there is enough evidence to bring someone to a “trial”, to use Chris' language, then the events should be public knowledge.
Sept. 3, 2015
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SCREW the cheaters. You get caught cheating, it should be goodbye, good riddance, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, and don't EVER come back.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Sorry, missed it, and thought it was new.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Either he's crazy, or figures he has nothing to lose.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Ed, at the clubs I've played at it's more like “we don't give procedural penalties unless we have NO OTHER CHOICE, because it annoys the players”. And it's reality in all too many places, because too many clubs are just getting by as it is and can't afford to alienate customers.

Not saying it's right, but it is reality in too many clubs, unfortunately.
Sept. 1, 2015
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Proper ethics at the table? In club games? What a concept!

*Sarcasm off*

Seriously, though, Mel is 100 percent right…but there are SO many other things, also, that need to be cleaned up at the club level.

I happen to patronize the same club Mel does on Long Island. I would need a book to tell you all the AE violations I see there in a month. Unless it is clearcut, dried, and extremely clear, calling the director for these sorts of things is a lost cause, even when you KNOW someone is point-blank cheating. It's a small club, and like so many others the owner is barely making it…and the vast majority of the people there are going to act like you've accused them of being pedophiles when you call the director for this sort of thing. The director isn't going to risk losing a customer unless she absolutely has no choice.
Sept. 1, 2015
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Perfectly and absolutely correct.
Aug. 31, 2015
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