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I’ve played a couple times in a club where the stated rule was no claims. Too bad, I claimed anyway, though only against players who weren’t clueless. Because there were too few of them, I haven’t been back there in years.
March 16
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I’ve made claims stating something like, “I’ll take x s, y s and z s, and take them in an order so I can get them all.” Never been challenged after opps look at my hand for a few seconds. Maybe not a perfect statement, but is often less confusing.
March 15
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Helen Sobel. You won’t be playing bridge all the time.
March 14
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That could never have happened with Palmer.
March 13
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One time I was in third seat, partner's opening lead was the suit of dummy's singleton. I sat there for about a minute. Finally, declarer asked me if I were going to play. I replied that she had not yet called for a card from dummy. I was shot a dirty look.

Yes, the opps were C- level players, but even they should know the basic rules.
Feb. 26
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Talking to the TD doesn’t always work. There was an incident at a Regional last summer where my RHO, who was visually impaired, was doing a similar thing. My partner as dummy noticed it and called the director. Yes, that was a mistake in procedure. The TD chided my partner for calling (he was right), but took no action against the opponent. Without going into details, the opponent became verbally abusive to my partner, so much so that I filed a recorder report (my first, and hopefully last). This opponent certainly knew better, as he was once an officer in the ACBL. But I heard later on that his antics were normal for him.
Feb. 24
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This can actually work! One time both my partner and I forgot we were playing a particular convention (I forget what it was). We got to an optimal contract. Afterwards we realized what we had done. Had we both remembered, though, we still would have gotten there. NHNF. But I wonder what the director might have said.
Feb. 15
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I once had a hand with 6 hearts and 3 spades that I opened 2, or so I thought. It wasn't until a couple tricks into the play when someone made a comment that I realized I had actually pulled out the 2 card.
Feb. 15
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Maybe I should construct my sentences better. :)
Feb. 12
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This looks like part of an Ottlik construction.
Feb. 9
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There's a BLACK checkbox on the back of the ACBL CC for this sequence. Checked, it's forcing; unchecked it's not.
Feb. 8
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How about those who have a CC, but it’s so covered with tournament patches that the only thing you can read is their names, if that.
Feb. 7
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Jim, why not put that pre-alert on a card, possibly laminated, and hand it to the opponents each round? It would save time and probably make it easier for them to understand what’s happening.
Feb. 5
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Did they have a major suit fit? If they did, they deserved the result. If they didn’t, s*** happens. You can’t be perfect, no matter how hard you try.
Feb. 3
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Or, you could rebid 2NT, and partner could rebid 3C. Now show your major holding with whatever methods you use.
Feb. 2
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Could it be that the teams were not GNT-eligible, I.e. not all members had qualified?
Feb. 2
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It should be noted that Linda (and I) are spoiled, since we play in D6. We typically have around 20 or so teams in each of the top three brackets, and a reasonable number in C. The first weekend is held in two locations, and the second in one place for the 4 survivors in each bracket. Yes, we need 4 days. And A is held separately so people can play in two flights if so inclined.

Perhaps if the other districts studied how D6 accomplishes this turnout, they would get better attendance.
Jan. 31
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Andrew, I see no indication that either will happen anytime soon.
Jan. 31
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Then again, sometimes you need to do something drastic. Last year I played against someone who was visually impaired. He made things extremely unpleasant for all at the table - deliberately. Without going into details, we had several director calls, and I filed a recorder memo because of his reprehensible treatment of my partner. The problem wasn’t his physical handicaps, it was his personality disorder. (I later found out that his crass behavior long predates his vision problem.). But nothing was done. Perhaps because he had been a high ranking ACBL official.
Jan. 29
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Fairly standard is Ogust-like responses: 3 min, 3 max, 4 min, 4 max. Some reverse the second and third steps. The ask is invitational.
Jan. 28
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