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In Palm Springs, Isaw a team with something like 85k total playing in Bracket 2 of a Swiss. There were 2 play up teams, the 85k won by a country mile, sometimes these things are not sensible.
Jan. 15
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if 1d is short, 2 d should be natural and 2cl should be 2 suited. If a casual partnership maybe this agreement is not in place then 2d is delayed natural, therefore x is certainly takeout.
Jan. 14
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I don't get the delayed 2d bid, so it is entirely possible East was keeping his powder dry Until they knew more. Having said that even if double is do something intelligent, it still shows values, 2DX -1 OR 2 might be the best we can do on an otherwise uneventful board.
Jan. 14
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I have been looking in my rule book, and I cant find execution anywhere. Is it possible this was rescinded under the new Rule 23, and a comparable call should be used in its stead, say flogging with a cat o nine tails, or drawing and quartering?
Jan. 14
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No idea what North was doing but full marks for the use of dithering.
Jan. 12
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1sp- 2nt
I held Q10XXXXX of spades and nothing else, Opps,who were basically talked out of their making Minor suit slam, wanted to report it as a psyche, hand got passed around the room, most of the Pro`s said they wished they had thought of that.
Psyche sure, but great conversation in the bar.
Dec. 31, 2018
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So we all play the ultimate psychic control, Drury. Seems some psychic control bids are still allowable.
Dec. 30, 2018
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I have no problems giving anyone a break from playing in my club, be the break long or short, I find when they return they are much improved bridge citizens. As a small club owner the proof of concept for me is my table counts are up year on year for the 4 years I have been open.
Dec. 28, 2018
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Not really , we have Laguna Woods 10 miles south, but mostly we run a pretty tight ship, which generates loyalty. I am never scared to give someone a little break from bridge for misbehaving or being anti social. And I try to remember everyone's Birthday.
Dec. 25, 2018
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I must be bucking the trend , we have a year on year increase in table count for the last 4 years, however this year look like my increase is going to be in single digits.
Dec. 25, 2018
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They have them in Laguna Woods, they only seem to get used when opps have a bad board or when they don't understand the bridge discussion going on across the table. I don't believe I have ever used one in anger though I have got one out when partner didn't follow my defense.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Medical Excuse.
LM pairs at last Toronto nationals, I felt ill during second session, could not continue ended up in Mount Sinai, triple bypass and valve replacement later, I notice the directors had a pair of caddies fill in, and registered my 22% score. Given how ill I was I am not sure I would have bettered that 22 had I stayed to play.
Seems you need a really good excuse for a Medical Excuse to work, nearly dead is not quite enough.
Dec. 25, 2018
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One of our Pet Peeves is that there is no real Flight A partnership desk. Partnership Desk is one of the hardest things to run, its not only masterpoints but will people gel together as partners. Margie knows everyone, so that helps a lot.
Also the thought of someone not having a game with a partner that is of the same or similar level is abhorrent to us, there is no feeling quite as bad as not being able to find a partner at a Nationals.
It also gives us great pleasure to see how many of the pairs she put together managed to qualify the next day or get in the overalls.
Dec. 24, 2018
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Doesn't mean much, some of the pairs that were caught during the great scrutinization, had Kibitzers/Investigators throughout tournaments and were never caught through that means.
Dec. 24, 2018
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My wife Margie Michelin,brings an infectious love of the game and a great ability to make the attendees feel part of the procedings.
Patty Tucker, anyone that can get people to stay in and interested after Learn Bridge in a day must be way up there, the numbers speak for themselves.
Untold numbers of teachers that keep people interested and coming back.
Dec. 24, 2018
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Points of Interest
1. We reinstate people caught cheating.
This is a fact , it is part of the rules governing the ACBL that this is a possibility ,it is discretionary in that we do not have to do it, but it is allowable under those rules.
2. We have regulations in place for those reinstated.
They must not play together again.
They Must show remorse
They are under lifetime probation( or at least used to be) etc.
3. Every time we reinstate.
There will be those that complain and decry the deplorable action, and those that plead for mercy and second chances and complain that those seeking lifetime exclusion are in some way less than compassionate human beings.
All of the above are facts, and even though some of us may not like them, it is up to those that do not like the rules as they stand to agitate for change. Groundswells of public opinion have been known to be effective in changing entrenched positions.
At some point in the future in their respective home organizations, the likes of Fantunes Pikarov Fartz Wladescu will all be reinstated and some of them will apply to be reinstated to the ACBL. Some already have been reinstated at home and are just biding their time to apply Each of those pairs viewed as individuals generate different levels of venom on the part of our membership.
We either have to decide that our rules are one size fits all , or that we are indeed prepared to look at each case on an individual basis.
Dec. 24, 2018
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My lot complained today when I wanted to shorten to 24 boards, in order to finish on time, They had consumed 4 bottles of champagne, 12 litres of wine, 12 roasted chickens plus stuffing 8 cherry or pumpkin pies and a bottle of my Balvenie Doublewood along with various candies and other treats. Some of the director calls for revokes and bids out of turn were hilarious.
Dec. 21, 2018
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sure it does, I have been shown defenders hands as dummy many times,no one expects dummy to tell partner. Its probably wrong but it happens a lot more than you think.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Why are you guys speculating about what was planned.
He looked in opponents hand and signaled his partner by placing three fingers on his arm to signify which side held the 3 diamonds.
there is no great code or method here just opportunistic cheating.

What to my mind is the shocker to be taken away from this, is the table director was later removed from their job as an EBL director for post changing scores in a club game.
Dec. 20, 2018
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My thoughts for what they are worth, is that BITs in uncontested auctions normally look longer to the non involved side and shorter to the involved side. I have been guilty of thinking through options when partner tanked and not noticing the BIT. I have also been guilty of over estimating the time of a BIT when not involved in auction. But I don't think I have ever not noticed 92 seconds by either side.
Dec. 19, 2018
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