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  • I'd accept the 0/3 or 1/4 playing at the table against a leading pair but not from the pair in question. IF that's permissible for a director difficult to draw a line to stop hesitation replacing competence. AB. Not only is the extreme hand I…
  • Oops Meant QJ109x KQ KQJ10xx -
  • Just so someone takes the opposite view an unlikely but possible hand. Opener might have bid the same up to 5D with QJ109xx KQ KQJ10xx - it's 9 tricks partner and we can't treat it as strong. So now with 3 rather than 0, if that's thei…
  • Also in national competitions. A few days ago in a Nicko match, playing 3 weak 2's a game forcing 2C was opened with Q987xxxx KQ10x A - The pair weren't representing a new or small bridge club but a long established one with their own multi-r…
  • Thanks for comments. A related/similar query: Several pairs now play, for example, a strong NT and their 1C may only be 2 (announced) with 11-14/18-19 balanced. If one's double of that includes a weak NT e.g. a 13 count any 4432 is that ale…
  • Tag No doubt you're correct but a tricky conversation if the director arrives at that stage of the auction. As offender needs to be careful not to actually correct the explanation presumably should (must) say something like "I misdescribed the 2…
  • The hand that bid 2NT, then 4D, was 9 J109xx KQJxxx K which may be AB's 6 good diamonds Anyway, the director (at an EBU affiliated club) ruled "he's entitled to bid his hand" so 4D is ok. If it makes any difference ? the pair have played ab…
    in No alert Comment by Gra April 2018
  • So, IF a pair do play positive responses to 2D I'll test my understanding. 1. If N bids, say, 2S that isn't comparable as per 1H - 1S, etc. 2. If N bids 2H wirh a genuine negative that is comparable and the bidding may proceed normally. 3. …
  • Probably less experienced players don't double enough but how much better than A9x would one want to double 3D opposite a strong balanced hand, surely a double doesn't suggest we might play in D. That's why I think passing, leaving it to partner, …
    in Leeway? Comment by Gra February 2018
  • What about East's Pass over 3D ? whether slow, normal or fast should it negate any thought of leeway for East - looks to me as though it's assumed to be forcing and encouraging UI.
    in Leeway? Comment by Gra February 2018
  • Much worse if both members of a partnership arrive without warning after the requested time. I agree with SDN unless the club have guidelines otherwise. Think (hope) I would warn the 'offender' not to start the 2nd board after 19:38/39 which is …
    in Early Start Comment by Gra February 2018
  • 6C should, in my view, be 1 off IF declarer selected the best line but easy to make fewer tricks. 5S would be less easy had the defence known about the 5-5 but both spades and diamonds break favourably.
  • Well put Ab. However (in my awkward thinking mode ) it is possible that the defective trick can't be established. Someone has led to a trick before the previous trick was complete so .... ? My guess is that this problem is likely to be an i…
  • null I rather think we're relying on you to tell us 'Deliberately' exposing 3 cards might attract a procedural penalty ? If so it would be V harsh, presumably the Director has discretion not to further penalise the unfortunate offender.
    in Lead card Comment by Gra January 2018
  • One minor point not mentioned is that the 3C bidder, if still intent on playing in S or D, might have bid 5D but that's less likely to 'wake up' partner. Anyway, as per the advice from VixTD the director confirmed his decision of 6C going off. …
  • I, for one, didnt know about adjusting to 5C rather than 6C so correct to mention it. Whilst 5S was fortunately making 6C should go down, does this alter the adjustment. I assume that the partner of the 3C bidder isn't expected to mention what 3…
  • The 5S bidder wss 5053 and over 1H a Stop3C bid would show Spades and Diamonds.
  • It was 3 board rounds and the cards for board 10 were in board 11 etc etc. So, when a playing director I now check my cards on the final board, which is rarely played, are the same as on the printout provided.