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So did I - but the guard option looks risk-free.

Nice hand Daniel.
May 19
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I play a relay too. Auctions are slower and there isn't any UI leak in spite of the time. Unless the concept is new to you, the memory aspect is overrated, but it takes time to build hands as you go along.

When an unfamiliar sequence comes up, of course things slow down but I don't see that as unusual for any system.

I suppose there are places where UI could clearly be transmitted like opening - relay (..n) - slow 3N or slow 4 (stop signal).
May 18
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Peg, I hope my main point wasnt lost in my comment.

It takes a minimal amount of effort to count to five. It takes substantially more to construct hands for partner that fit our bidding.

We have all miscounted key cards and done other dumb (er, careless) things.

When the tray gets slid and partner starts tanking, its usually pretty obvious something is up. Huub's screenmate even noticed it and said “he miscounted”.

Once we get tipped off, do we then start getting to prepare our appeal defense by starting to create hands for partner? I dont think so.

If the tray came back quickly with 5, we would bid 6 without a lot of thought. And when partner autos 6, we know there's a key card missing since partner can last train with 6 red.

But an eternity lapsed before 6. Im sure it wasnt intentional but this screams, RECOUNT. He did and the score got changed.
May 17
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Steve, while I agree with most of your reasoning, I have a hard time allowing someone to start mentally manufacturing hands to justify partner's RKC call when they can't be bothered to mentally process what is in front of their own nose.
May 17
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Paraphrasing Kit in the other thread: “if we record every bid that we don't agree with, then the recorder will be deluged with unnecessary reports”.

Personally:

1. Would want to hear the exact alert
2. Perfectly ok if East says something once, but South doesn't need to respond. I would not press it.
3. South acted like a jackass.
4. The director, and I am pretty sure who this was, has no business doing that job.
May 16
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I have no idea if partner has running clubs or a flat 18, although the latter hand type seems more likely.

I like 4. We are charmed to hear 4 and a 4 response seems pretty good too.
May 16
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Partner will not boost holding an Ace. He also might be stuck for a call over 3 with an 8 count and x or xx.

I may hit a buzz saw with A9xxx on my left, but that's life.
May 16
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Jim, I doubt they have that overt agreement. I even doubt they have an unstated agreement (but it's more likely) but that would require a degree of awareness from South.
May 16
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I must say I do not care for some of the undertones of this post.

Is North trying to exploit a weaker EW pair? Last I checked they don't play on the same team.

I do not think it's a crazy bid and the kind that wins matchpoints when it works. It's the suit we most want led.

The fact that North is a pro is irrelevant to the discussion, sorry.
May 15
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When we are jammed, invites go out the window, unless there is a way to.

Suggest using 3 as spades, inv+ and 3 as GF.
May 14
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Got that, thanks. How do we force?
May 14
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What do you suggest with 5=2=3=3?
May 14
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1. Would have opened 1N (but thats a style issue).
2. Would have bid 3N over 3. That seems kind of clear to me actually.
3. No idea where the 6 call came from - other than some vague notion that 5m is already scoring poorly so damn the torpedoes!
May 14
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1 - 1 auctions in 2/1 suck. When I play 2/1, I really like 1 - 2 to simplay be a 2/1. It should deny primary heart support - you can make up a 2 call on a random 5 - 3 hand if necessary.

Here, we haven't even showed clubs since we have to create some silly force after 2.
May 14
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I'll let others question and complain about how the decision was made.

I say bravo.
May 13
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Thanks Mark.

Hopefully this thread can be refocused on its original purpose. ACBL governance is too important.

I love the idea that potential district board members should complete a position statement. This would give unit board members a better picture of who needs to serve.

Thread drift about who should be electing district board members is pointless.

That being said, I would wager that most unit board members do not have a clue about the dire straits the league is in. Before a candidate submits their position, some serious education should be done so that they understand the importance of their vote and getting reform-minded individuals in.

What about a national campaign directed at unit board members? Someone probably has the numbers, but here's a WAG -

I'd guess 250 units in the acbl. In Texas there are 4-5 large boards that pretty much hold the power. Other districts have power even more centralized than here.

I would also look at which districts are winnable; i.e., a targeted race. Normally you'd have the ability to poll, but that does not seem rational for this exercise. Instead, look at the win rates and see if there are opportunities, however, I do not know how much info the person that runs elections will divulge here.

That being said, I don't think it's going to make too much difference. A unit board will elect people they are familiar with, and those people are classically the district board members that have been in place for a long time. The typical board member is someone that has done a lot of volunteering so their face will be familiar to board members. And let's face it - we vote with what and who we know.

While these people provide a great service to their local tournaments and unit boards, this experience is far down the list of qualifications for being an effective board member of a national non profit organization.
May 13
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Depends on opening standards.

In my partnerships this would not be enough to game force.
May 13
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I really wanted to lead the J. But just could not pull the trigger, but it seems like a reasonable shot.

Sure enough, Qxx flopped in dummy……
May 12
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This is exactly the kind of hand that should be bidding 3N.

Sometimes the diamond hook works, you know :)
May 12
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