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  • [Foxymoron]: "I am unclear what the current requirement is for a logical alternative. It was, for a while, 30% of those polled would select it (the so-called 70% rule), but now the guidelines are something like 20% would seriously consider it (accor…
  • [Martin]: "For myself, I rarely pause for thought and I am known for never underbidding. So, should I ever hesitate at some point in the future and then support my partners spades to the 3 level, it would not suggest that I was close to bidding 4S, …
  • [Abbeybear] "The problem is that if you poll on a forum like this, everyone will know that there is UI from something, and on a very simple auction such as this, it's odds on that it's a slow pass. But I guess the same applies when a TD bears down o…
  • It doesn't surprise me that EBUScore can't work out what's going on, but that's only because I've used it so much and got to know its limitations. Had I not been so familiar with it it would have been self-evident to me that if you tell it which pai…
  • I double-checked my adjustments because one of the players complained the website was showing one of his teammates playing his contract on the switched board. The scoring programme is showing that the teams have been arrow-switched so the scores are…
  • I put the scores back in, set the pair movements then put in the arrow-switches and averages. It all seemed to work fine, although for some reason the arrow-switches are not showing up on the website results. It may have been my mistake and I'll try…
  • I think the advice given to "Foxymoron" is correct, with the proviso that "allowed" should be read (as Dibbler says) as "allowed without forcing partner to pass". I think if it's your agreement to open, say x xx Jxx KQJxxxx 3 and with this hand …
  • Thanks, I'll try this when I'm next at the club (Wednesday) and report back. I suppose if necessary I could leave the scores unswitched and make a manual adjustment (in IMPs).
  • [ais523]: "Adjusted scores shouldn't be used in an attempt to penalise people anyway, that's not what they're for. If you think someone deserves a penalty, give then a procedural or disciplinary penalty, as appropriate. (However, for something like…
  • I agree with Abbeybear. Sequences 1 and 3 are normally game-forcing, so should be alerted if non-forcing (but not if played as only a one-round force). Sequences 2 and 4 are variously played as a one-round force or strong but non-forcing (2 may be g…
  • [gcd] "So,the one or two suggestions of “no alert” requirement will mean that the “doubling” pair may have information not obviously available to the opposition. That said,it may be a wider issue of EBU affilliated clubs not actively encouraging t…
  • If partner is expected to bid unless they have a hand particularly suited to defence, I don't think this should be alerted, but should be clearly marked on the convention card (under "Aspects of the system the opponents should note" on the front pag…
  • I tried to teach how to deal with this on a club TD course at the weekend, really to explain that if the wrong players start the board they should be allowed to finish it and keep the score obtained (provided neither has already played the board). T…
  • This happened to me a few months ago. I found it a lot of work, but I managed in the end.
  • [ais523] "People are suggesting that because it's what Law 93 requires. The Director in Chief is required to handle all the Law-based parts of the appeal (with the appeals committee only being able to rule as to facts and bridge judgement, although …
  • [Abbeybear] "If, however it is decided that the 3 bid should have been allowed to stand, then there has to be an adjusted score for an assumed number of tricks in that contract. Now in terms of the number of tricks, both sides are treated as non-off…
  • [GrahamC]: "Should the possibly weak (permitted to be 8 HCP, by agreement) 3rd seat 1h/s bid be alerted, as it is may be less than a normally expected opening bid? ...or sufficient mention "3rd in hand might be light" on convention card, preferabl…
    in Psyches Comment by VixTD October 19
  • I think it would take an exceptional club to be able to form a committee of members with sufficient wisdom, expertise and impartiality to form a workable appeals committee. We had an appeal at our club a few years ago which was dealt with on the nig…
  • In applying law 53A I was trying to give declarer an advantage by giving them the choice of which card to accept as the lead. I didn't consider "social pressure", but I see what you mean, Robin. I'd be happy to apply law 49 to make the original lea…
  • It's still not clear to me whether the first card played remains the lead to this trick and the second becomes a penalty card, or whether offender can choose which card is played, or whether declarer can choose. I can see arguments for all of these.…
  • [Weejonnie]: "The second card has not been led out of turn if you regard it as being led to this trick - so I don't think law 53A applies." It was certainly the intention of the offender to lead the second card to the trick, and for it to supersede…
  • OK, it seems it's not just me. I did consider laws 45E1 and 57A, but it doesn't seem right to rule that it is a fifth card played to a trick or an attempt to play to the next trick, when it was clearly neither of these. It's even a stretch to say i…
  • Adam, the problem with this is that it feels just like another version of the league. I'm not saying it's a bad idea for a format, but it won't be embraced enthusiastically by the county players.
  • [BarkerBridgeTD]: "Let narrowest loser pick a date/venue for a losers play-off - if all three play, play a triangle in 4 stanzas (half-time score break), if two play then head-to-head, otherwise narrowest loser walks over. Semi-final draw avoids re-…
  • [Mitch]: "Run an all-play-all qualifying round, qualifying (two or) four for the knockout.stage." We did also consider abandoning the knockout format altogether and see if an all-play-all teams championship on one day gets more support, but I would…
  • [Alan]: "You must have the same problem often unless you manage the entries somehow to get 8 or 16... If it's a knockout you have accept byes as part of the format." I don't object to including byes per se in the format, but I think the ratio of …
  • Yes, and a good thing it is too. If your opponents' misexplanation gets you a better score than you would otherwise have got, you don't need any adjustment, because you haven't been damaged. It's only when you've been disadvantaged by the misexplan…
  • [Martin] "With 16+ HCP its fine, or with 5 controls, but not if it is clubs i think" [weejonnie] "it has 5 controls and is a pretty good hand that qualifies under a Benjamin 2 Club hand. (8 playing tricks in an unspecified suit: if the suit is not …
  • I think Gordon's point is that responder could have quite a strong hand if opener is known to be weak, so they'd be unlikely to want to double the final contract. They are entitled to know their opponents' agreements, but not that one of them has mi…
    in Misinformation Comment by VixTD May 25
  • If the laws are "designed to define correct procedure and to provide an adequate remedy for when something goes wrong" as the introduction states, it strikes me as strange that the status of an insufficient bid wasn't clarified by a wording such as:…