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Nice to see, Csaba, that your ruling and your own bidding are consistent with each other! A Committee should strive to do what's right, and for the three of you, you made the right decision, though some may disagree and possibly disagree strongly (contrary to popular belief, hesitating does not “bar partner from bidding”. How fortunate to have two hands almost exactly alike in the same tournament!
17 hours ago
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Gift the cheaters an automatic win, and at the same time, take a huge bridge-related procedural penalty myself (failure to play the game of bridge as intended), Jeff?
18 hours ago
Gary Hann edited this comment 17 hours ago
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A corporate Board is always “fully responsible” for the entire organization, Steve.


The BoD here mandates that the A & C Committee be comprised of only BoD Members! It is a subcommittee of the BoD.


None of this is required by any statute(s), nor could it be interpreted in that way.


In the USA, the Executive nominates, and the Senate ratifies, potential Supreme Court judges. All branches participate in the process, but should the US Senate require that the Supreme Court be its subcommittee and be staffed with sitting Senators? That would certainly make as one the legislative and judicial and be unconstitutional, and that's the way it's done now in the ACBL.
Feb. 17
Gary Hann edited this comment Feb. 17
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Awesomely worded and presented Invitation!


“those who suffer from a cheating syndrome” :)
Feb. 17
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If everyone did it, any pairs section would quickly be reduced to shambles and become an embarrassing nightmare. A team game, however, would require the most stalwart of courage.
Feb. 17
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My early expert mentor and partner said “Gary, they don't know what you have”. At matchpoints, 3 without any fear, given that partner understands the situation and doesn't act foolishly, like raise.


3 at match points, but not at IMPS. In a team match, my first priority is ***avoiding any disasters*** and the ensuing dismay of my teammates, so my full attention is directed to that goal.
Feb. 17
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To me, Anant, 1 - 4 is a partially preemptive best guess and suggests that partner's response seems to have improved my hand, however slightly.
Feb. 17
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In my partnerships, 4 is defined as 8 1/2 to nine tricks in hand, and at least seven trumps with no more than 1 loser. With “about” 8 tricks, this hand approaches, but does not overcome, this rule.
Feb. 17
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Thanks for posting, Shawn! Of note, one of Peg Kaplan's University of Minnesota teams ranks #2 through the third round :)
Feb. 17
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Gee, John, proactivity! What an amazing concept!
Feb. 17
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OMG, Roy, incredible kudos to this action. What a pair of principled players, no matter the consequences.


We surely need this option in the ACBL.
Feb. 17
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Definitely family of choice! :)
Feb. 16
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I suddenly se that East has the singleton Queen, which I had forgotten in making my recent responses. While that wouldn't justify a jump to 4, as a previous post suggested, I can see that 3 is more than reasonable.
Feb. 14
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If I'm in the minority, I accept that. I've always played with those like me, bidding our hands to the max. Because the 1 bid says nothing about the quality of the suit, I prefer to err on the side of caution. Certainly agree that others may evaluate far differently
Feb. 14
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@Michael - congrats on having the perfect system for this hand, awesome in fact :)


The question of what the specific 2 bid gives up over other uses of the opening 2 call could always be on the table . . .
Feb. 14
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Any 3 jump rebid by East would likely be stronger than the actual East IMHO. This makes the proposed 3 rebid at the absolute bottom end of the jump rebid spectrum IMHO. The suggestion that it, or any other jump, is “automatic” doesn't comport with my understanding of the strength that is being conveyed.


Many would likely consider East a strong 2 rebid over 1.
Feb. 14
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“I prefer to have the next bid for our side.”
Feb. 13
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Agree that finding slam in 's is nigh impossible, unless with a relay system to locate the singleton Jack.
Feb. 13
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Thanks, Larry, Richie being admirably unconventional and single minded, to the end . . .
Feb. 13
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None of the above/explain is always a useful option, especially here :)


Never having been a Director, I'm confident that anything Ellis did would be far better than whatever I could craft . . . in this unique situation . . .
Feb. 11
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