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  • 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:…
  • Martin: "wasn't 2C announced as strong forcing, strong game force etc...? etc?" Only if it is natural, showing clubs and no other suit.
  • On the last TD course that I ran I was asked about the following situation that one of the candidates had come across: Dummy: 1073 Declarer: AK 5 The contract was spades, the lead in dummy, the defenders had only red cards. Declarer led a club, r…
  • I was the director concerned. I didn't ever say that there would be no adjustment because other players had made four spades. I did say that any adjustment would have little effect because it wouldn't overtake those in our heat who made 4S, but I qu…
  • I don't think he was trying to get on a particular side of an opposing player, nor position himself to open the bidding, I think he was one of the few players who like to sit in specific compass positions, for reasons best known to themselves. (I us…
  • Thanks, Robin, that's useful to know.
  • [GR]: "So, no, it seems you are not allowed to change once you have selected a position, unless agreed by the director." On Sunday I ran (while playing) a Mitchell with the last two rounds arrow-switched. When I announced that the player who up til…
  • Yes, sorry, Weejonnie, I think you're right. I was thinking it was during the auction. Having different rules to handle the consequences of a player's clumsiness if it occurs before the auction has begun (but after they've withdrawn their cards) or …
  • [SDN]: "Your statement that 'you will not be able to make the actual ruling until you go back to the table and he makes a call' is what I have been driving at in another discussion also but somehow (mis)understood the comments by others to mean that…
  • "Before the auction began North dropped an Honour card which only East saw. I cannot find a ruling in the law book." So long as the dropping of the card was the fault of North alone, and that South would not have been able to see the face of the …
  • So what is it that stops the names being sent automatically? Is it if it finds a name that's not in the database? I've downloaded the EBU database (admittedly not recently), and it normally recognises all the players in our club and county competiti…
  • It's the same as yours, Gordon. Which one do I choose to get the names to be sent automatically?
  • I've been to the club and looked and I still don't know what my name source is set to. I've tried looking in the manual and not found anything. The player database has "EBUScore\Pairs\PSMembers.dat", and I know if I click on "change database" I get …
  • I've no idea; I'll let you know after my next visit to the club.
  • I can't help Rob with his query, but I'm keen to hear any answers. I play and direct regularly in two clubs. In one I'm the only one to use EBUScore, everyone else uses Scorebridge. Their names come up automatically, mine don't. At the other club ev…
  • I think in general if a player is told something specific about their opponents' agreements they are entitled to act on that information until it becomes clear that it cannot be true. Tag makes a good point that it only can't be true in this case be…
  • If you are using Bridgemates with EBUScore one possibility is to delete all the existing scores for the withdrawn pair and replace them and all future scores they were going to get with "no play". There is probably a way of entering "no play" on the…
  • If North had realised at some point during the auction (perhaps when South alerted 3NT) that they were playing "system on" over an overcall, he should have called the director and corrected his own failure to alert 2NT, either immediately or at the …
  • I originally thought the overcaller might actually have got away with passing 5, although I agree raising to six looks normal. So you could still stick him with 6 , but what if the only route to 6 were via 5? Under the old law your adjustment would …
  • I gave overcaller's hand a while back: AKJ93 void AKxxx 876. I wasn't ever given the defenders' hands (Graham may be able to supply them), but I believe 5 was made and 6 adjudged by the director to go down four doubled, which I find a little surpri…
  • If we look at the actions available to partner over 5, some people think pass is allowed, but I don't; I think they have to bid on to at least 6 because if pass is an alternative to bidding (at least) 6 it is suggested by the UI from the use of the …
  • First of all, if the overcaller was in any doubt that 2 could have an artificial meaning they should alert it (BB2D2) and if asked say something like "I'm not sure we have an agreement, we play Stayman over 1NT openers, but we haven't discussed what…
  • Weejonnie, I can't fault your literal application of law 12C1(c), but I just think the Laws Committee have cocked up the wording again, they are not trying to change the long-established principle that use of UI is only corrected when it causes dama…