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All comments by Narsingh D Agnish
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I agree. A player who has a history of out-of-turn leads needs to be identified and appropriate actions taken against him.
Nov. 11
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Just to add a note of clarification (which I should have included in my original post). Again, a direct quote from “Ruling the Game:”… even if declarer made an honest error when he called for the A from dummy and the next player followed, Law 72C still applies. Intent is irrelevant. It only matters that a player could have known at the time of his irregularity that it could work to his advantage." In other words, any time an irregularity occurs, the director MUST assume that the offender knew exactly what he was doing. I personally think this is an excellent idea. It takes the pressure off the director as he does not need to stand there and psychoanalyze the offender to determine if it was an honest mistake or an intentional one.
Nov. 10
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I agree 100%. It is best when both partners play the same convention. Reminds me of an “accident.” Over my one heart opening, partner jumped to 3 clubs which I play as preemptive and weak while my partner plays as Bergen raises. It was an utter disaster.
Nov. 4
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How about introducing chess clocks?
Nov. 4
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Thanks Alex for the kind words. Yes, I really enjoyed playing for many years at the Saskatoon Bridge Club, met a lot of wonderful people many of whom are sadly no more.
Oct. 24
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“… and to take away any advantage gained by an offending side through its infraction.” In my case, the declarer clearly had 13 tricks and her revoke on trick one did nor harm the non-offending side nor the offending side gained any advantage (she was going to win the first trick by playing her heart Ace had she not trumped my heart King). In the case cited in the Bulletin, declarer had the last three tricks and no damage was done to the non-offending side by the revoke (if I were the defender, after leading a club I would have simply conceded the last three tricks; I also wonder why the declarer did not just claim the last three tricks).

As to Law 12B2 “The Director may not award an adjusted score on the grounds that the rectification provided in these Laws is either unduly severe or advantageous to either side.” Well according to the advice in the Bulletin, a revoke is a revoke and a one trick penalty is a must. I find that unduly severe.
Oct. 24
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Alex, I don't think you would have done that and, yes, I'll do the same when a similar situation arises in the future.
Oct. 23
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You are 100% correct. I spent the next two minutes trying to calm down the lady who was really upset and was practically in tears.
Oct. 22
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I felt that it was worth a discussion. The example cited in the Bulletin's “Ruling the Game” is very similar to my situation. Dummy wins the club lead and has two good diamonds. But because the declarer revoked on the club lead (won by dummy's ace), the director assessed a one-trick penalty, a ruling agreed to by the ACBL directors. I could not believe the ruling, hence my article.
Oct. 22
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Looks like the Smith team conceded the match after the fifth set.
Sept. 30
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Thanks for the story, it made my day.
July 7
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Rodwell did two good things on the last board: he passed and after cashing one high heart, switched to diamonds. Had he continued a second heart, ruffed, another heart ruff would drop the queen and set up heart jack as the second discard for declarer's two club losers.
May 21
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As manager of a non-affiliated bridge club, we used to have fun bridge once a month. Every hand, the contract was 1 NT redoubled by the dealer. The effort was how to settle for down four (a top!) instead of down five.
May 4
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May be showing hearts and diamonds. Without interference, responder will bid diamonds first (transfer to hearts) and then diamonds (to indicate a 2nd suit).
Feb. 20
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Victor Mollo for the sheer enjoyment and Reese for his brilliant and serious writing.
Feb. 20
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In the Comox Bridge Club (BC), I played with Dorothy Branch on one occasion and with Cynthia Tree on another. I was told that the two (Tree-Branch) have played together.
Oct. 28, 2017
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Congratulations, a well-deserved award (about time).
Aug. 21, 2017
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It is a shame that one team had to lose in the USA1 vs Bulgaria quarter-final match. Bulgaria won the sixth set rather handily (58-26) even though USA1 had their front line fighting it out. I was hoping for a USA1 - USA2 semi-final but that was not to be.
Aug. 21, 2017
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Lot of players play inverted minor suit raises which leaves no bid for the range of 8-11 points. I have seen many of these players play jump shift in the other minor (e.g., 1♣ - 2♦) as a limit raise.
Aug. 1, 2017
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Since we can win gold and silver points in club games, why would we want to sectional or regional tournaments? I am looking forward to the day when I'll be able win platinum points in a club charity game!
July 30, 2017
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