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  • A small subset of bridge players does seem to manage to find any excuse to behave childishly!
  • In the event we didn't pursue a request for a ruling, partly because it wasn't clear we were in time (team-mates having forgotten to tell me as captain that there was an issue, so I didn't hear about it till the following morning), and partly becaus…
  • @Gra said: With Gordon's chunky 3334 many (most in the Tolle?) pairs would be in a game forcing sequence after 2S so bid 2NT or 3D rather than 3H. Is this something we should know as it eliminates many hands opposite. It wasn't in the …
  • I can understand the motivation of a pair who wish to give minimum useful information to declarer, at the cost of giving minimum useful information to each other in defence, but I do worry about implicit information from partnership experience. In …
  • @Am4Fun said: One of the key points here one needs to understand the difference between hesitation and bidding in tempo. As an example, I have a regular partner who takes forever to bid on anything other than pass. His tempo is much longer t…
  • @BGM said: I really don't think it's up to the director to decide. Every club needs to have a policy here, which should be driven by the preference of the players themselves. I do think it's odd when clubs who have several directors don't se…
  • @Am4Fun said: Having a separate book apart from the Laws of Duplicate is cumbersome and confusing for the typical bridge player, IMO. A cross-reference between the Blue Book to the Laws would greatly aid players. Having played the game compe…
  • @Gra said: I've not seen the information sent to captains but if not already included perhaps something about 'allowable methods'. The regulations for the NICKO include (at regulation 18): "Level 4 agreements are permitted throughout the …
  • @Mitch said: Any ambiguity over this should be resolved if you assess the penalty for the two revokes independently, and in reverse order: One learns something new every day. Of course it makes perfect sense when you think about it.
  • In applying the law to the second revoke, I assume that tricks won by the offending side are counted taking into account any tricks transferred as a result of the first revoke, so that there is no question of a trick being transferred twice or the o…
  • @Martin said: The trouble with this sort of thing is that a well liked person does it and 'gets away with it'. A less liked person does it and is banned for some period of time. Fair play maybe, but what if the person that is 'punished' …
  • @16248 said: Apart from being complicated and very difficult to administer, it's very unfair. I'm happy with the idea that players should not use UI but this law goes way beyond that. Well, it's not as draconian as it used to be, as we …
  • The EBU has a model constitution for clubs which includes a schedule of disciplinary procedures. Go to https://ebu.co.uk/clubs and select Model Club Constitution from the menu on the right hand side. Whilst this forum was primarily intended for TD…
  • @foxymoron said: If I had to guess partner's hand it would be something like the following: S x H KT9x D AJxx C Axxx. And I have no idea which action will work! I'm afraid it wouldn't occur to me for a moment that partner had that hand. Par…
  • @Martin said: It seems to me to be a matter of ideology that a slow pass shows more values, or that a slow raise to 3Major shows close to bidding 4. Why not shows close to passing or close to a raise to only 2Major? I don't think it i…
  • Put another way, declarer has the option to require (what he thinks will be) a helpful lead or to avoid (WHTWB) a damaging lead. In order for that to work as intended, the Law needs to be as it is. Given the sort of layouts in which declarer is li…
  • @Vlad said: What you are saying is that if partner makes a bid that is not included in your system and therefore undiscussed, and the opponents ask what it means, you would say 'not discussed, but forcing'. Sort of. What I would say is "We …
  • @Martin said: Can we prove that 2S was not an option till the hesitation? Can we prove that the hesitation suggests that 2S is a better bid than the alternatives? Can we prove that S didnt puase in order to MAKE north pass? What would be …
  • @16248 said: You have to be careful with a poll because the key part of L16B1b is 'using the methods of the partnership.' Yes, as the TD you have to find out if the pair are playing anything relevant that your pollees might not expect, befor…
  • Sure, it is sensible to interpret an undiscussed call as natural if that is plausible. Whether that is plausible in respect of the 2 bid in my earlier example is still something of a toss-up. You have raised an interesting question about forcing …
  • I know quite a lot of people (myself included) who regularly tell opponents to hold their cards up when they are in danger of being seen. I have been known to say to an opponent who keeps on making his cards visible something to the effect of "if y…
  • @JamesC said: As others have said, you need a poll. I think finding bridge players who will pass may be tricky, but I could be wrong. Slow passes nearly always suggest not passing. I in fact wonder if, since longish hearts and a moderat…
  • @gordonrainsford said: I don't believe passing is likely to be found to be a logical alternative, but if you want to find out you should poll, and if you are polling, here as in person, you should give the hand and the auction without telling …
  • @Vlad said: Your partner W has doubled or bid 2H, you have alerted and, when asked, given the explanations as stated. North passes. What will you do? Guess well, I hope.
  • I like the ACBL example. In any event, E/W are not profiting from their infraction. They are just getting back to even. If there had been no POOT, they would presumably have got to 4 . The fact that they can explore for a possible spade fit afte…
  • @Vlad said: If you alert your partner's call and explain that you are alerting because you have no agreement and therefore don't know what the call means, are you not passing UI to partner? Remember that it is not of itself an infraction to …
  • @Vlad said: Why should offender's partner be allowed to explore major suit fits after the 1NT response (made as a comparable call) when a legal 1NT response (had the POOT not occurred) would have precluded responder having a 4-card major? If t…
  • @milton said: So you say that every no-agreement bid is alertable, either natural or conventional. Is that consistent with 2000 minute you believe: "The committee considered situations where an obscure call is made and the partner in…
  • @Robin_BarkerTD said: If experience players make assumptions that inexperienced players know what they are doing, then the experienced player are unlikely to receive redress if those assumptions are wrong. I agree, but I should have said "sp…
  • @milton said: @Abbeybear said: One of the things we have to live with in the Laws is a certain inconsistency of terminology. Yes because we have inadmissible and legal. If those two were one term, we would have no consisten…