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  • In a Precision system, opening 1D on a singleton is not uncommon.
  • I have encountered a few pairs who, when asked about their discards, offer that they often false-card when they think it is more likely to mislead declarer than partner.
  • Playing Precision, I'd open 1D on a 1345 hand but, of course, that would be alerted. In a supposedly natural system with an agreed 1D/2C handling of that shape, 1D is the start of a potential canapé and should be alerted.
  • Maybe Bradford because of their large, isolated building. Great dream
    in TD dream Comment by Tag May 6
  • @VixTD said: I'm still not sure how I should have ruled. As I see it, the first lead was made and then the defender gratuitously faced another card. He can't change his played card (the first one), even if declarer would like him to change i…
  • Isn't that called trolling?
  • I have one partner with whom I play attitude on opening lead and thereafter discard what we don't need unless something clearly significant pops out. It's an interesting way to play, having to work out the hand from what partner seems not to care to…
    in No Signals Comment by Tag March 12
  • I'm sure we can all imagine some large number of ways in which a fumble might happen but they all fall far short of making what could reasonably be called a play.
  • The actions of detaching and facing imply deliberate intent. The Laws referenced don't say anything about a card that becomes detached and falls to the table, thus facing itself. It is an exposed card, not a played one.
  • @Vlad... Laws 45 A, B and C define what is a played card. None of these include a card accidentally dropped. Most odd that anyone would suggest that the second card was played.
  • Simply because they knew something about partner's hand that we didn't, which could become relevant in the card-play or even when making a decision in the bidding. As I said, I got over it. I played a strong club, five-card majors system with one p…
  • I used to have a small bugbear about people not pre-announcing 5-card majors but I've learned to adapt. "Could be short" is fine but I still think it would be nicer to have a heads-up beforehand. Similarly, whenever someone is playing a system other…
  • Maybe they should learn about SOS redoubles while they are wondering whether the double could have some strength and whether it's forcing partner to bid again - both being questions they could have asked.
  • 72C is applicable here, too, though. While it's not an offence, per se, to give UI to partner, it is an irregularity to give partner information by extraneous remarks or gestures. The player could be expected to realise that such an irregularity cou…
    in What is AI? Comment by Tag March 3
  • Thank you, Robin, 72C is a good one to keep in mind,
    in What is AI? Comment by Tag March 3
  • I'd certainly give his partner a warning for giving UI by his reaction. I might then insist that he respond as he would to an opening 2C bid, presumably with 2D. Obviously, partner then takes that as a 2D response to Landy and replies appropriately.…
    in What is AI? Comment by Tag March 2
  • In this situation, I always take the opportunity to point out to the player that it would have been in their best interest to call the TD before trying to correct it themselves when something goes awry.
  • @Senior_Kibitzer said: @Tag said: if they can't agree on the play then it's a revoke for no better reason than that the defenders put their hands away before agreeing to a result We don't know from the OP whether a result …
  • From what you describe, the declaring side still had their cards in place on the table, which should help a lot with recreating the play, as Barrie describes. As Gordon suggests, if they can't agree on the play then it's a revoke for no better reaso…
  • Well, you can't volunteer information about your own bids during an auction and defenders can't correct until the end of the hand. If MI has already been given by partner then you're stuck with it until either the clarification period or the end of …
    in No agreement Comment by Tag February 26
  • Surely, with such a treatment, the 2C bid should be alerted and described as "either Stayman or a weak takeout to a minor", rather than simply announced as Stayman. On second thoughts, and re-reading Frances's comments above, it is still Stayman an…
  • Presumably, for there to have been a description of 2D, someone did ask and was duly informed that it was a Benji-2D bid. I'd hold him blameless in this, rather than suggesting that he assume the opponents are fibbing about their agreements and that…
  • With a weak hand and huge support for partner's suit, making some vacillating bid can be your only option. You're always going to game but there might be more if partner has a big hand. Forcing continuations after partner also changes suit or, worse…
  • Delayed game raises have been common practice for decades.
  • You might get a similar situation playing 5-card majors and a forcing 1NT of 1S-1NT-2C Again, the 2C bid could be on three cards and needn't be alerted, since it's deemed to be natural with 3+ cards in the suit. Another fairly common situation is …
  • They say that they forgot to alert, I say that they gave misinformation, which caused us to misinterpret our own bids.
  • If you're lucky, unless you are considering a PP to go with blatant misuse of UI, the incident can often be quickly resolved with "Were the non-offenders damaged?".
  • Thanks, Vix. It turned out well for them for all the reasons I expected. I think East bid well.
    in Fielded psyche Comment by Tag February 6
  • Regarding point 2, dummy can strive to prevent an irregularity by declarer. The irregularity hasn't been committed until declarer plays a card to the subsequent trick, so dummy can speak up until he does so. Interesting point as to the "play period…
  • @JeremyChild said: @ais523 said: What about !s J8 !h AQ6 !d AKJ32 !c KQ5? That hand looks like a 3!d overcall to me (at least, I can't think of an alternative call that seems appropriate in the situation, unless 3!s has been ag…