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I don't think any fumbles are acceptable. But we are human after all and things happen. If I fumble thus transmitting UI and partner takes advantage of that UI that is a serious situation.

An experienced pair should never be thinking with their hands by reaching for several bids as they think.

Do you call on every hesitation? I doubt it. If one did call for every break in tempo, fumble and failure to hesitate over a skip bid there wouldn't be enough directors to handle every call.

As I understand it the purpose of the player memo is to record serious or apparently serious breaches of of norms that would normally fall through the cracks. I.e. you get a great result so there can be no director adjustment or need for a committee.

For example, a few years ago I called the director after a top pair shrugged and huddled their way to a slam. We called the director. The slam went down. I submitted a player memo so the situation would be on record.

If a pair seems to flagrantly huddle fumble transmitting UI then I'll submit a player memo. It's subjective. The recorder is supposed to be objective, evaluate and track these things. If you call the director about this the director might say… Don't do that. Nothing more will be done. If you submit a player memo the situation will go on record.
June 21
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If I called on every fumble I would be calling all day.
June 21
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Philip I did answer your question.

From above - Assuming that West knew it was a transfer, and all indications are they did, what could West have possibly been considering bidding? 2S or a super accept. I can't think of anything else.

East had a perfectly normal 2NT bid. Why didn't they make it? 3NT is a huge overbid facing 11-15.
June 21
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Randy that is pretty cynical. I turned in a recorder form about a situation that occurred last week. The player fumbled with their cards and flagged a suit preference signal. Their partner then shifted accordingly which was the only shift to let us make the contract.

I believe that the issue with the fumbling of the bid box is more concerning than subsequent action or final result and should be reported.

In fact if you get a good result the only way to get it on record is through a player memo. It would be pretty ludicrous to call the director when you get a good result.
June 21
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Barry you have a good point (you trouble maker) However it's hard to argue that the 3NT(over) bid wasn't influenced by the card fumbling and break in tempo.
June 21
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Perhaps the recorder could weigh in here. Rob?
Jay my understanding is that tracking bad actors is secondary purpose of the player memo. The bigger purpose/benefit is to address inappropriate actions and educate to prevent future occurrences.

To improve the player experience for all.
June 21
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I give up.
June 21
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Lets consider the options.

Assuming that West knew it was a transfer, and all indications are they did, what could West have possibly been considering bidding? 2S or a super accept. I can't think of anything else.

East had a perfectly normal 2NT bid. Why didn't they make it? 3NT is a huge overbid facing 11-15.

A recorder form is not an accusation. This is a perfect case for player memo. There was a breach in proper bid box procedure by an experienced pair if nothing else.
June 21
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Really Philip?
A pair with 20000 combined points should know better than reaching for and fumbling with the bids before selecting a final bid.

Jumping to 3NT with a normal 2NT bid after partner clearly had a problem over 2H could have been influenced by UI. Now it's also possible that the 2S bidder wasn't sure whether 2H was a transfer but East's action is concerning.

Clearly there was a breach in proper procedure with the bid box. This alone is worth a recorder form.

The recorder form is not an “accusation” it is simply a report of what happened. Seems perfectly appropriate in this case. Clearly the player needs to be educated as to proper bid box procedure.
June 21
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Marty some work more and some less. In my experience on various committees the BOD members have spent countless hours for no pay and little if any gratitude. There are reams for material to read and issues to address. Agreed that much of the work could be done by those in HQ or subcommittees but the image of a boondoggle is really not applicable.
June 14
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John you have been out of the game for a while. The “perks” have disappeared. The old board that used to get wined and dined and made extra money getting reimbursed for full fare flights while flying economy went away in the 80's.

From what I have seen, the board members work very hard. They spend countless hours working on behalf of the membership for no pay. Would you be willing to put 20+ hours a week into a job for a free room a few nights at every NABC and a couple of meals?

That said it is clear to me that the board is too large and much of the work is not global/strategic.
June 12
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Randy, I had a number of conversations with Bahar during his short tenure. He never expressed that view to me.
June 11
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Chris - agreed that there needs to be a big change in the organization if we are to survive. The current BOD structure reinforces a perspective that is, in many cases, in conflict with the needs of the ACBL as a long-term viable entity. Rates have been raised on clubs and players to keep the Titanic afloat. Some weaker regionals are supported because they are “money makers”.

IMO to survive we must reduce the size of the board and have a structure that isn’t solely geographic based. Perhaps three regional directors and 6 at large would result in a nine-member board meeting once or twice a year providing only strategic direction to League management, leaving the minutiae to the staff and sub committees.

This concept was not popular with the board. Many are fiercely defending the need to protect “local interests”. One has to surmise that they don’t have confidence in the District and Unit boards advocate for local needs. Sadly few of those in a position of power are willing to make the tough choices.

We simply cannot continue this way.
June 11
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Thumbs up…
April 3
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I would have loved to do that. The alternative was to not have the poll at all. You are welcome to rank them in a post.
March 18
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Unfortunately the polling option doesn't allow for priority votes or a grading scheme but you are welcome to do so in a post.
March 18
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I can't see how declarer could possibly go right when west never bid holding x,xxxx,xxx,AKJxx (after unpassed partner doubles 2H)
March 18
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Ridiculous ruling. I know life is short but the ACBL should be made
aware.
March 3
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Totally biased poll
Jan. 31
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Mark you seem to be implying that the pair has questionable ethics. Are you suggesting that they have secret signals, clip boards or have seen the hand records prior to the game?

It seems pretty obvious (to me) that this isn't a strong pair. From just two boards I would suspect that North is very aggressive and South passive. Random pairs do random things usually to their detriment.
Dec. 26, 2017
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