Richard (“Explaining agreements” thread):
>>An extreme example of this situation occurred when as dealer I passed
>>with a balanced 6 hcp. What’s the problem? The problem was that my
>>partner, Hashmat Ali, correctly alerted my Pass. I then realised that we
>>had abandoned our long-standing Strong Club system to experiment with
>>a HUM Strong Pass system. So for the rest of the auction I obeyed Law
>>20F by explaining Hashmat’s calls in accordance with our current Strong
>>Pass system, and I also obeyed Law 75A by me bidding in accordance
>>with our once-and-future Strong Club system.
>>We eventually arrived in 3D in a non-fit, -250. The silver lining was that
>>my obedience to Law 20F meant that neither opponent had the AI
>>available to execute a penalty double. J J
Herman (“Explaining agreements” thread):
>Exactly, and this is the correct thing to do.
>Suppose the TD arrives at the table and asks you to prove that you are
>playing the strong pass rather than the strong club. You are claiming
>misbid, but perhaps the TD will not accept this and wish to rule
>In [my] opinion, your actions are the worst possible ethics dWS-wise. Do
>you really want your ethics to depend on which system the TD is going to
>ascribe to you?
Tell a lie because the Director will not believe the truth?
No, no and no!
My ethics depend upon me trying to tell the truth to the best of my ability,
++not++ upon what an incompetent American Director will eventually
guess is the truth after she seeks advice from an American lawyer (instead
of her seeking Law 85 evidence).
By the way, a very funny panel show (broadcast in Britain and Australia)
is “Would I Lie To You?”
Herman De Wael:
>What if you honestly have no idea which of the two available
>convention cards is lying near your opponent?
I may forget our partnership’s entire system, but I do not forget to
previously complete two identical System Cards. J J
Hilaire Belloc, Cautionary Tales (1907),
Matilda [beginning and end of this cautionary poem]:
Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one’s Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
The effort very nearly killed her,
That Night a Fire did break out—
You should have heard Matilda Shout!
You should have heard her Scream and Bawl,
And throw the window up and call
To People passing in the Street—
(The rapidly increasing Heat
Encouraging her to obtain
Their confidence)—but all in vain!
For every time She shouted “Fire!”
They only answered “Little Liar!”
And therefore when her Aunt returned,
Matilda, and the House, were Burned.