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Except in Lake Wobegon.
8 hours ago
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The right lead if partner coughs once.
April 20
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See all four hands? Is that how Cthonic does it?
April 18
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3 relatively recent examples. First, start of a regional KO semi. RHO's phone in his pocket beeped. He quickly turned it off. We hadn't yet started play. No director call. We lost match by 2 IMPs.

Second, beginning of a segment in a GNT match. LHO remembered he hadn't turned off his phone, so he took it out to turn it off. Again, before we started play. We ended up losing very closely.

Third, RHO had his phone out in the middle of a session, after being warned a couple of times that session, and many times before in past (and subsequent) sessions. This time I called the director, who assessed the first or second of four penalties that session.

I am comfortable with my actions in all three cases, including the two where a director call probably would have reversed the result.
April 16
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True, but the same thoughts apply in principle.
April 16
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I believe these are “active” members in Chicago and northern New Jersey.
April 16
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Do you call the director when a phone is exposed? What would be the active ethics thing to do? Would you call this a similar dilemma?
April 16
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In soccer, i.e. what the rest of the world calls football, especially at the youth level, refs are constantly told about players breaking the rules. Almost always, the spectators are wrong.
April 16
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Frances, are you based in Suburban Wales or South Scotland? :)
April 12
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Timo, I must disagree about your characterization of class of player. Many, many, many…. years ago when we were novices, my partner and I got to 7NT. While my LHO was considering his lead, my partner put out dummy and said, “lead,” effectively claiming 13 tricks - as dummy - at trick 0. He knew from the auction we had around 16 tricks and no losers.
April 12
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Oh, the differences between the Queen's English and our American tongue. When I talk about a pitch, I'm referring to baseball, a sport maybe derived from cricket, but takes only a couple hours to play (or 3-4 in the pro leagues) instead of a week. And if I give you the boot, I'll be using my foot on your …., not donating what's on it. :)
April 11
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It depends on the exact distribution and the quality of the suits. If my minor and spade suits are decent (YMMV), I likely will bid spades. If my strength is elsewhere, I won't. If I'm 4333, I likely will bid NT. If I have 3 hearts, I might raise, depending on the rest of the hand and what other gadgets I have available.
April 10
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John, in soccer, or what everyone outside of USA/Canada calls football, the act of being too far advanced is called “offside” without an “s” at the end. In American football, the act of being across the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped is called “offsides” with an “s” usually appended.

In soccer/football, the collection of 17 regulations that every official must know and every player ought to know is officially known as “The Laws of the Game.”

And now I'm done tooting my FIFA.
April 10
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Ian, don't assume that the players know the laws (which is the correct terminology for the sport you are implying). They too often do not, especially in the land where they often add an “s” to the name of the violation.
April 10
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I once played a Swiss with a pick-up partner. By the third round, when I got to the table, I told the opponents not to bother asking what my partner's bids mean, as she didn't know herself. :)
April 10
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Of course. I just thought it would be an interesting hand to discuss.
April 10
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It should have been a push. :) The range of IMPS (it was IMP Pairs/Teams) was something like +14 -12.
April 10
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As Paul Harvey would say, “Now for the rest of the story.”

If you open 3 or 4 , the bidding will continue: dbl-pass-pass- gulp. When you win the eventual club lead, dummy comes down with the K, no s, and nothing else. You lead a diamond, and LHO shows out. (Well, at least in duplicate they don't get 100 honors.)

The board was played 12 times. 5 times in 3X, once in 4X, 4 times in slam EW, either or NT, making, and twice at 4 EW making 6. Naturally it was the talk of the tournament the next day.

What did I do? I looked at it, said to myself that opening would be a bad bid, and ……. bid 3. 8 card suits are so seductive. (I actually was down only 4 when the defense let me score the spade K, so we gained on the hand.)
April 10
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Apples and oranges. In the financial case, while it was legal, it was unethical because they knew the consequences of their actions would be to c-word their customers, and they could have chosen not to sell them. In the bridge case, the law forbids him from doing anything else, so ethics is not in play.
April 9
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Lynn, your post is out of line. His text clearly states the problem, and he used the hand generator to show the hand, something many others failed to do. Go back to golf.
April 9
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