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I second the nap. It's worth more than the meal, although something small may help. I've done this in the car when necessary. Big difference.
July 15, 2015
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There needs to be a better reward for winning a time consuming and difficult besides master points or assorted tchotchkes or trinkets.
Could events be run with either a small or not so small optional pool that would be returned to players who performed well?
I know this could open a Pandora's box, but the inevitable is that if bridge is not made more exciting, it will wither and die. The powers that be in the ACBL really need to think “outside the box” in order to attract interest from all ages, but especially youth.
July 13, 2015
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Thank you, David
June 12, 2015
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Having 3 and 1 is a big negative. If it were 1 and 3, I would dbl
June 12, 2015
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If this helps, I was totally certain that RHO knew what my 1D overcall was. LHO, perhaps not. Here's my final thought: Although the opps have no obligation to ask, all of this could have been avoided if they asked my partner the meaning.
When I play against players who may not announce a xfer, special dbl or something else special, I prefer to ask,or pause, etc. rather than set up a potentially advantageous situation for me later. I want to try to win by better bidding, inferences, card play, etc instead of winning by irregularities. Sadly,higher level pros welcome the rule book as much or more than bridge skills to win. I will continue to wake up opponents if they don't alert, have them pick up penalty cards, change calls out of the bidding boox, etc. Sorry if that makes me a bad partner/teammate.
Finally, the director could have asked LHO what he would have done if he was alerted awsy from the table, but adjusting the board was easier.
May 26, 2015
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So, in a nutshell, whoever commits the first faux pas pays a 100% penalty. As I said, we could all save time and effort by stopping play and having the director award par to the non-offenders. Of course, the non-offenders may achieve better than par, so they need that chance. Technically, I'm sure that you are correct in your interpretation. For the dying out game of bridge, it may not be the best thing.
May 26, 2015
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Suction was added at the table when the opponents mentioned their system. That should satisfy the pre-alert. The jurisdiction was the NY Regional.
May 26, 2015
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I held something like Kx,AQJxx,Ax,Kxx for my 1D overcall showing either hearts or spades + clubs. The opening club bidder had very long diamonds with most of the missing strength. LHO did in fact have a weakish hand with spades. I will record the hands in the future. Wish I could be more specific.
May 26, 2015
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Again, my thanks to the BW community who responded. To those who feel that the failure to alert entitles the non-offending side to par regardless of any result that they achieved at the table after this, I ask the following:
After a clear failure to alert, is there any point in even trying to achieve a result? If the non-offending side will be awarded the best possible result after this, why not stop play, let the non-offending side look at each other's hands and decide what par is?
Or is the idea that the non-offending side should see how good things get at the table, and if it is not par, call for an adjustment?
To the early comment made that we by Sylvia Shi (that we should know what we are plying), please be aware that this system where a 1C opening can be strong at times, weak at other times, but always artificial and forcing, was one that we had not seen before. We made a defense on the fly (suction) before the match started.
I suppose next time given that situation, we can simply play nothing unusual, or perhaps not play at all. I suspect not playing at all is the choice many (maybe newer players) make after such an experience.
While the opponents were within their rights to call for an adjustment, I hope that if I were in their position, unless the opponents were peers or better, I would let this go, and not take the two way shot that many so called (classless) professionals are eager to take.
May 26, 2015
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Thanks to all who commented. The whole auction to the best of my recollection was:
1C 1D* 1H* P
2D P 2S P
3D P 4C P
4D P 5S P
6D

1D should have been alerted to show hearts,or spades & clubs
1H was meant as a transfer to spades. No alert.
May 25, 2015
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The question was about the director's adjustment. Your comment didn't directly address this.
May 25, 2015
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Very entertaining and enlightening post. I suspect that not being bogged down with too many conversations too early may help you focus in the card play. Btw, can I send you my precision notes?
May 23, 2015
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Fwiw, partner held KQJ9xx, Q10, Ax,xxx. Comments welcome.
May 10, 2015
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Thanks, Yuan. The only time I posted a bidding poll, there were no results. AnywaY, I read and value your comments.
May 10, 2015
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Precision Today by Berkowitz & Manley, but there are some good articles by Woolsey out there too.
March 9, 2015
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Nov. 28, 2014
Howd Sloan edited this comment Dec. 1, 2014
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