predictable system violations
Robert Frick <rfrick <at> rfrick.info>
2015-02-08 14:21:24 GMT
1. An expert house player is playing with a beginner. They agree to play odd-even discards; the house player
knows the beginner doesn't know what those mean. What should the opponents be told about discards when
2. Someone (my parter, actually), agrees to play that a weak two bids show 2 of the top 3 honors, even though
this is not good bridge. Then, when she realizes it is not good bridge, she opens a weak two with only one of
the top three honors. Is it okay that the opps are told she has two of the top three?
3. Their card says 10+ for overcalls. He overcalls with 8 HCP, and has no explanation except that he wanted
to. Can he fill out his card this way?
4. They agree to play 5-card majors, an opening 1 Diamond shows 4, and an opening 1 Club shows 3. Then, in the
face of 4-4-3-2, they open 1 Club and the opponents are told this shows 3. Is that fair?
5. Playing opening 15-17 HCP no trumps opens 1 NT with only 14 HCP. If he miscounted points, fine. If he forgot
his agreement, fine. If he has a good hand that really has the strength of 15 HCP (for example, all of the
tens), fine. If he decided to psyche? Fine. But if he did it because he likes to open 1NT with 14 HCP? I have a
problem with that.
There is a common theme here, of course. The current laws require only that players describe their
agreement. It does not require them to follow their agreement or explain what they actually play.
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