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I recently kibitzed a person who has been known to sit on appeals committees. He prematurely detached a card on nearly every round, and on every deal. He did held his cards below the table, so it was less noticeable. But still, it was clear he was doing this. When declarer did not follow the defender's plan, more movement.

Even those people (not on lead defenders) who rearrange to bring the “obvious” card to the right most of their hand are conveying UI.

I personally do see the necessity to rearrange the cards, especially if there is a huge gap in the middle, or to conceal the fact that the card played is not at the left edge (suggesting highest, or second highest).

I also think that experts and experienced players need to stop these silly habits.

I recently played against a person (not on lead) who detached their card, placed in face down, and refused to play it for quite a while. He announced “I am playing this card, but I am thinking”. When we asked him to play it, so can see it, and have some thinking time too, he replied “I've seen experts do this so I know it is fine to do it”.
March 9
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Thanks for posting. Shocking, sad, and interesting.
March 9
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Grafton is the main subject of this article in The Guardian.
https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/1999/may/28/features11.g29
when the court case took place, it made the national newspapers.

I read one account of his attire, which matches the clothing he wore for this TV clip.

Apparently the court hearing was highly amusing.
Feb. 28
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Yes, he is in a few scenes.
Feb. 28
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thanks - typo corrected
Feb. 28
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Adam Meredith used to bid blind even before arriving at the table. If the bartender was delayed in serving him, he would ask another person to let the players at the table know that he was opening 1 spade.

He always sat north on table 1.
Feb. 23
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I kibbitzed Irving Rose announce to the rubber bridge players he was opening 1NT blind. 12-14.
This was in the hundred pound game.
His partner thought for quite some time and bid 6NT.
result : 12 tricks.
Feb. 22
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Download font Gill Sans Bridge. Black suits are solid, red suits are hollow. Then, if you want, do macro to make hollow suits red.
Feb. 13
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Some play that raise of splinter is Void Inclusion Roman Keycard. Known as VIRK, written up by Kantar about 15 years ago. Handy and exciting.
Feb. 5
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Even more rare is mention of the card game Barbu, played by bridge players in North America and Europe. There is an entire book about a game of Barbu, murder and some detective work.

https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-game-Bambu-Roger-Gouze/dp/B000BVCTFM

Author: Roger Gouze
Publication: 1964
Feb. 4
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He wrote for Contract Bridge Journal. Here is an article.
http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ebumagazine/1947-09.pdf
Jan. 29
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What do people think of this hypothetical situation:

Assume players A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1, C2 are the best pairs, in partnership (ie A1 and A2 are partners, etc).

A1 and A2 decide to enter the trials playing not with each other, instead, with clients, and earning good money.

If they succeed in coming in 1st or 2nd, they get to play representing their country (and also earn). If they don't, then surely they will be selected as the “Pair 3”, by the selection committee.

What they stand to gain is more than they stand to lose (of course we all know there is a downside for A1 and A2, but as a long term strategy … isn't it a good one?).

Who has done what wrong?

By always picking 1, 2, and 3 in a very long trial (ie over many days), they can't use this strategy.
Jan. 24
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Thank you Steve. I would imagine that is is a perfect example of how an organisation can seek to negotiate a group rate. Don't get me wrong, I am not being critical, I am just wondering if there is an opportunity here. I realise that there may be some practical issues.

In the UK small builders (one person companies) can provide special insurances against the guarantee for clients at very cheap rates (eg they guarantee roof for 10 years, but they buy and “give” to client an insurance in case they themselves go bust). They get the good rates for the insurance by being a member of a federation or trade association.

Perhaps more than you needed to know … but I was hoping that something similar might exist. eg ACBL members can buy insurance for ABCDE (whatever) from company (ZZZ) at good price. So the ACBL doesn't provide it themselves, but acts as a condition for the good price.
Jan. 14
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David, that makes sense. I wondered if there was a company that specialises in providing insurance to freelance educators, and that's why I asked. For example, we have vehicle insurance aimed at very low mileage drivers.
Jan. 14
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Thanks for the information Henk. I will send you a private message.
Jan. 13
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Personally, I need none. I was asked to look into this. Taking this text to be right:

“The difference between public liability and professional indemnity insurance is that public liability is tailored for claims by members of the public for injury, illness or damage while professional indemnity covers claims by clients for professional mistakes or negligence.” then ….

I guess perhaps I should ask about both. I guess if a student signed up for a course, and felt that the teacher was not teaching what was claimed, or the standard was poor, or duration of lesson short, or no material handed out when promised (or out of date). Regarding liability, then I guess the examples you provided Ray are what might be typical. How about if the teacher has booked transport which was cancelled or late, and as a consequence the people did not make it to the event in time (having paid for accommodation, or maybe also letting down teammates, then having to book alternative transport).

I think in the USA if a teacher rents space in a building for an evening or a day, then the owner/lessee has responsibility to have insurance as part of the lease and ownership conditions. So I think we are not talking about ceiling falling in, or burst water pipes, heating/cooling failure.
Jan. 13
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Enjoying listening to this. Sounds like Jeff was in a bathtub. Was he?
Jan. 8
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Ed: at the top of my mind was “strange man knows where I live”.
Dec. 25, 2019
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It is well known, and for quite a number of years, that the backs and fronts of cards have a minor shift.

I find it easier to see the flaw on AKQ cards because of how the images is framed.

see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge_sorting
for a classic use of this flaw in trying to gain advantage.

Using the front of the cards it is very easy to signal …. just play your card one way up to show something or another.

I have brought this to the attention of the authorities in the past, and they have acknowledged the flaw.

If you want to see examples, just google “king of diamonds” and there are a whole bunch of non-symmetrical cards.

Not every deck has flaws, but if one card is flawed, then they are all flawed.
Dec. 16, 2019
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in his autiobiog CONFESSIONS OF AN ADDICT there are some amusing and detailed references to illegal behaviour, but from memory, all about rubber bridge.
Dec. 5, 2019
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