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  • @weejonnie said: I suppose the announcement should be "Weak to strong non-forcing", if the meaning of 'strong' in announcing 2-level contracts is the same as the EBU definition of 'strong'. (WBF allow any 13+ hand to be described as 'strong').…
  • I'm a great believer in claiming to save time (although not against some opponents, where by definition it won't save time), but when there isn't much time to be saved, such as in a 2-card ending, I tend to play the penultimate card and then show th…
  • @Alan16248 said: I am working from 4B1b that says if it's not announceable it may be alertable. But a natural 1NT opening is announceable, so 4B1b doesn't apply. It may be that the wording of the Blue Book can and/or should be improved, but…
  • @Frances said: In my opinion, 'normal bridge' would be to upgrade maybe 10-30% of 11 counts and downgrade 5-10% of 15 counts Those playing "good 11-14" would open 40-50% of 11 counts I'm rather surprised that you put those figures so high…
  • @Alan16248 said: As a rough guess from my memories of the last few months I think the chance of downgrading 15 points to an opening 1NT is about 5% or less. Upgrading 11 points is more like 1%. Most people who don't stick religiously to the …
  • @gordonrainsford said: I find the biggest problem with these sorts of agreements is disclosure, and I'm certainly worried that this player seems to be deliberately trying to minimise the amount of information that can be disclosed. I think …
  • @JamesC said: Hmm. The undiscussed follow ups could be a problem if there are sequences which recur which appear to cater for the fact that partner has the second option. It's largely a disclosure issue. Plenty of people open light in 3…
  • @weejonnie said: Maybe I didn't make myself clear. of course North has no UI and can bid whatever he pleases. BUT IF the bid of 3 is anti-systemic i.e. there is no way he can respond 3 systematically after South's response then that fact is AI…
  • @SDN said: From the posts it does seem clear that a number of us, assuming we consider ourselves to be in the same class as the players (this is important, otherwise what we would bid in the same situation is not relevant) and using the same s…
  • @weejonnie said: I suppose to some extent whether 3 is permissible in this auction would have to be found out. Also: If NS play some form of Unusual No Trump then this would also suggest that the 3 call is anti-systemic. The alternative is tha…
  • Would those who would not adjust because they consider 3NT to be contra-indicated, rather than suggested, by the UI, consider a PP under Law 73C if the 3NT bid was noticeably quick? Would those who would adjust (other than rkcb1430 who has already …
  • I think this brings into focus a change in the wording in Law 16 under the 2017 Laws, which I can't recall seeing much discussed. "...could demonstrably have been suggested..." (the wording in force from 1997 to 2017 - prior to that it was "...coul…
  • @ais523 said: @Frances said: When I was taught basic Acol, I learnt that all 3-level jumps were natural and game forcing. That is what I would expect without an alert. That's pretty interesting in terms of how "highly unex…
  • @SDN said: To me it seems that there is a lacuna in law 21 inasmuch as it does not cater to such situations. There are other laws which have sub-sections which effectively say that 'notwithstanding what has been stated above, if the TD determi…
  • @ais523 said: OK, so here's an attempt at making a clear example. It turns out that this is actually a really specific situation, but here's a situation where it could come up that's at least plausible: I may come back to this when I have mo…
  • @ais523 said: 0-7 with a 5-card suit, though, is (per Blue Book 4F1) announced as "weak" and cannot be alerted (4H3a bars the alert in this case, and 4B1 is clear that an alert is not required). I personally think that this is wrong, as most p…
  • @weejonnie said: Since you are representative of the club (who are the tournament organiser) maybe you could seek direction from the club committee who should be setting the Conditions of Contest. I definitely agree with this. The WB seeks …
  • @gordonrainsford said: It's unusual to play Lebensohl after a club bid... Really? I can't say that I've ever excluded Lebensohl after a 2 overcall and can't recall anyone suggesting in a system discussion that we should. In one sense the …
  • I agree with ais523 about 2 and 3. I would definitely alert 1. Whilst I would expect some people to be playing a 3 response as artificial and therefore alertable for that reason, I do think that most people would assume that an unalerted 3 respo…
  • If you are even contemplating issuing an adjusted score or a procedural penalty, you have to identify an infraction. Opening 2NT with a small singleton may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it is not, of itself, an infraction. It is possible that…
  • @Frances said: "They didn't want to know" isn't quite fair. "They had a big argument about it" would be more accurate. My apologies. I appreciate that the very brief response I had from the then L&E Secretary which led me to make the c…
  • @SDN said: @Martin said: Well, I cant vouch for the laws, but for me an irregularity would be something wrong where the people involved are not to blame (such has having 14 cards or 5 aces in one hand), where as an infraction would…
  • @Tag said: Fair enough but I don't see the equivalence. In English the two expressions are not the same. No, they are not the same, but I believe their effect in this context is the same. @Tag said: It seems that the White Book offers…
    in Law 41D Comment by Abbeybear August 16
  • I agree with everything that has been said, but would observe that whilst (contrary to what one sometimes hears) the rules for alerting doubles have not changed substantially for some time, doubles are still an area where a substantial number of pla…
  • The Blue Book example does make is crystal clear in my view: [7F3(a)] "One message (typically attitude) is given according to whether the card played is odd or even; a different message (typically suit preference) is given according to whether th…
  • @BarkerBridgeTD said: But nobody plays that a strong 1C opening is game forcing, Which is why I submitted to the L&E some time ago that it was illogical to apply to strong 1 openings the same standards (in terms of the minimum strength …
  • @BarkerBridgeTD said: But nobody plays that a strong 1C opening is game forcing, One of the reasons why I like to play a strong club system is that one is not forced to make a choice at one's first turn as to whether or not to show a GF or n…
  • @weejonnie said: Presumably he allowed the change. Indeed he did.
  • There are surely irregularities which are not infractions (but not vice versa)? If something seems to have gone wrong, even if a player can't put a finger on an infraction (or potential infraction), he is entitled to draw attention to the irregular…
  • @Martin said: Is it not too late after all parties agree, accept the entry into Bridgemates and then muck their cards? Unless the 3 parties (not counting dummy) all agree to the order of play, how can it be established if a revoke took plac…