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You write: “and specifically the ACBL version of the laws”. Why do we so often see things like this? There's just one set of laws; the WBF version.

And if you mean “regulations”, please say so.
44 minutes ago
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Your three first sentences aren’t true.
Nov. 18
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Over here quite a few play 1NT-2, 2c2 = 4c + longer clubs, combined with garbage stayman. That means 1NT-2, 2-2 might be 44, 55 and any 45.
Nov. 18
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If they play inverted minors as GF, 2 would be a compapable call for sure. Likewise if they play a light opening style, 2 as 11+ would qualify as a comparable call.
Nov. 17
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Not correct at all. Any hesitation can provide UI, whatever action the slow player take.
Nov. 17
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Actually, you can have lots of stationary pairs in a Howell movement, using what we call appendice tables in Norway. I know there’s a different English expression for this, but can’t remember it.

What you do is let two adjacent tables share boards. At one of these tables NS i stationary, at the other EW. Our current scoring program doesn’t let you do this easily, though playing barometer, there’s not much use for it.

If you have six tables and want to play a Howell movement, you add such a table to the last table, and play a complete movement with nine rounds.
Nov. 17
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Actually, we don't provide printed hand records.

But after each round the total standings and the last rounds hand records are shown on a large TV monitor. And after the last round, you'll find all the information on the clubs home page, for example last night: http://blibestbridge.org/result/view/0880/2017-11-16?node=89254
Nov. 17
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Why on earth do anyone use Mitchell movements? Oh, I know, you don't play preduplicated boards. It's a stone age movement, not used at all in most clubs over here, and only very seldom in very few clubs.

Most TDs here would probably know what a Mitchell movement is, and have no clue how to set up an even number table movement. But if they where told that they had to use a Mitchell movement, they would still do fine, since our scoring program knows.

At my local club, we play barometers. Only when our duplimate was to service did we do something else, and then we played Howell movements for a couple of weeks.

We're a small club, mostly 5-6 tables twice a week, now and then only four tables. We play a 27 boards barometer (9x3 boards), and have three sets of preduplicated boards. (With 4 tables we of course play 28 boards.)

Larger clubs either have two sections, or (more often) play a single section swiss pairs tournament over 24 or 27 boards.
Nov. 17
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Clearly, the WBF By-laws (Article 8.11) and the Disiplinary Code allow the WBF to sanction individual players today. The current Disiplinary Code was effective on January 1st 2016. The previous one, applying when the German doctors were disiplined, might not have allowed this.
Nov. 16
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Yuan, that's part of the Vinje defense. Except that then it's the other way around; you lead the ace from an even number and the king from an odd number vs a suit contract. In Vinje, 3rd hand signals the number of losers in the suit in declarers hand - low=odd number of losers, high=even number of losers.

I played Vinje's defense in a few partnerships in the period 1984 through 1991, and really liked it.
Nov. 14
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As I understand the OP, declarers RHO asked to see the previous trick BEFORE his partner played to the next trick. And he didn't turn his own card face down on the table.

Thus he has the right to see the previous trick by law.
Nov. 10
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There’s an obvious poll alternative missing….. None
Nov. 9
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Sorry, missed the opening lead even after reading the OP twice!
Nov. 9
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Unfortunately, opponents are on lead, and presumably lead a diamond. So he lost a trick in each suit; there was no loser to pitch on the 8.

Edit: If they lead a diamond there’s an inconsistency in the OP, since any lucky break in hearts or clubs won’t help; only guessing spades matter.
Nov. 8
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Well, GF might not mean GF for you. For others, it most definitely does.
Nov. 1
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It’s no gamble at all, IMO. I’ve got a six loser hand with good texture in my suits. I expect to make game most of the time. Turning down partners invite would be anti field where I play, and IMO also against the odds. The latter depends upon your style regarding invites; I prefer reasonalbly sound invites, I don’t need much of an excuse to accept.
Nov. 1
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What, did’t they ever learn about game bonuses???
Passing isn’t on my radar.
Oct. 31
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I can't understand east not bidding 3 over 2. With that said, forcing to game and then passing 4 is nuts, IMO. Much better to double 2 by west, 3 or a jump to 4! by east would at least get them to game.
Oct. 31
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While I agree that 3 was a bad/crazy call, overstating west's values tremendoulsy, it's far away from being totally nuts, as was easts pass. No way can 3 be natural, it's a conventional GF (if west wanted to play in clubs he would let north declare, doubled, probably).
Oct. 30
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OK, missed Kit's post about pass not being an LA, not allowing 4 but other routes to 4. In that case I definitely agree with James.
Oct. 27
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