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'Artificial' is redundant, the call was alerted.
Why ask about spades;? You can assume not if they don't tell you and get redress if they should have said something.

Asking about spades and then passing could be considered to give your partner UI. If I had been west I would have barred myself from bidding at this point. However, as others have said, West's original pass is inconcievable.
Jan. 12
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The idea that constructive is a sub-range of weak just blows my mind, it makes no linguistic sense to me.

Mind you; you guys have so many terms for raises that I don't understand that you may as well be using the E.L.James Scale.
Jan. 12
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I think you're right, I need to re-write it.
Jan. 12
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I had to attend a speed awareness course for being caught doing 32 mph in a 30 zone.
Unfortunately I was following a large white van and didn't see the ‘public safety vehicle’ in time.

This was a full day course, on a weekday, in a nearby town and I had the privilege of paying £80 to attend.
Jan. 11
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Thanks for sending it David; however, this again is about how you value a hand for bidding purposes.

The purpose of this chart is to impart meaning to your description of a bid your partner has made. Think of it as a dictionary of terms, you say your partner has shown an average hand, they can get an impression from the chart of what that means.

The idea is definitely not that you use the chart to decide what to bid.
Jan. 11
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Well done on admitting to changing your mind, its very hard to overcome one's instincts.
Jan. 11
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In ebuland you are not supposed to remove your bidding cards until the opening lead has been faced.
Jan. 11
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The problem is that the original post contained much thought directing narrative and little actual evidence. I am busy writing an article on this which you may find interesting (or not).
Jan. 11
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One man's meat is….

All of these terms are actually undefined and will mean slightly different things to different people; add in ‘judgement’ and its no wonder we get so many MI cases.

Which is why I started this thread:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/strength-chart-for-unbalanced-hands/
Jan. 11
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EBU regulations include controls (in the definition of strong) but not LTC.
Jan. 11
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I think one or two players are missing the point here, this is not about hand valuation for the purposes of bidding.

This is about disclosure and how you describe your agreements, such that what you mean by ‘good’ is what I mean by ‘good’.

Full disclosure would include other considerations such as shape (shortage, long suit) and even LTC if that's what you base your raises on.
Jan. 11
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I have whole days like that! :-)
Jan. 11
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Peg: as I have said elsewhere there was no clear reason for the committee to overturn the TD's decision so they should rule against the appellant. This is only right and proper.

This doesn't necessarily mean that all (or indeed any) members of the committee would have ruled the same way had they been the TD.
Jan. 10
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I also couldn't find a specific law prohibiting me from singing “why are we waiting” when the round timer has expired but tables are still in play.

The laws do a good job of covering most things in a pretty efficient way.
Jan. 10
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When I used to interview graduates if one was doing particularly well I used to ask them ‘what do you think of speeding on motorways?’

Note that I was only interested in how they dealt with the question, and not knowing my view, rather than their actual answer.
I didn't leave them squirming too long!
Jan. 10
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I can only find 90B3 but it seems to me to be sufficient.
Jan. 10
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Because it was presented in such a way as to predispose you to support East, this probably wasn't done on purpose.

It may surprise you that I agree with the appeal committee's decision, they should support the TD unless he has made a clear error. When there is doubt the decision of the man on the ground should be respected, he has more evidence from body language etc than will have been presented to the committee.
Jan. 10
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Hey, I see the hyperbole waggon just rolled up.
Jan. 10
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Why question a scene so beautifully painted (apart from the cardboard cut-out seated west).

Two pantomime villains sit N/S whilst the TD, replete with wings and a halo, hovers in the background awaiting foul play. Our hapless victim occupies the east seat; and then the moment we've all been expecting: “I've been wronged I tell you, wrrronggged”.
Jan. 10
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Do you mean the 3rd hand circumstantial stuff?
Jan. 10
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