Henk Uijterwaal | 1 Dec 01:01 2007

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BLML usage statistics for November 2007

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   24   svenpran (at) online.no
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   17   Gampas (at) aol.com
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   11   john (at) asimere.com
    9   t.kooyman (at) worldonline.nl
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    7   mustikka (at) charter.net
    7   dalburn (at) btopenworld.com
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Henk Uijterwaal | 1 Dec 01:01 2007

List of BLML Abbreviations

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              Usenet Bridge Abbreviations

ABF        Australian Bridge Federation
AC         Appeals committee
ACBL       American Contract Bridge League
AI         Authorised information
ArtAS      Artificial adjusted score
AssAS      Assigned adjusted score
ATF        Across-the-field [matchpointing]
ATTNA      Appeal to the National Authority
BBL        British Bridge League [now defunct]
BGB        Bridge Great Britain
BIT        Break in Tempo
BLML       Bridge-laws mailing list
BoD        Board of directors [ACBL]
BoG        Board of governors [ACBL]
BOOT       Bid-Out-Of-Turn
CD         Convention Disruption
C&E        Conduct and ethics [often hearings]
CC         Convention card
CHO        Center Hand Opponent [ie partner]
CoC        Conditions of contest
COOT       Call-Out-Of-Turn
CoP        Code of practice
CPU        Concealed partnership understanding
CTD        Chief Tournament director
DBF        Danish Bridge Federation
DIC        Director in charge
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Gampas | 1 Dec 13:56 2007
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Re: Double and appeal

In a message dated 30/11/2007 20:18:59 GMT Standard Time,  
guthrie <at> ntlworld.com writes:
[Torsten ├ůstrand]
What is your  ruling?
.................. S: K 7 3
North deals ...... H: 3 2
Both vul  ......... D: K J 7 4 2
.................. C: J 8 2
S: J 6  .......................... S: A T 9 5 4 2
H: A 9 ..........................  H: 8 4
D: Q T 6 ........................ D: A 3
C: Q T 6 5 4 3  .................. C: K 9 7
.................. S: Q 8
..................  H: K Q J T 7 6 5
.................. D: 9 8 5
.................. C: A
_W  _N _E _S
.. _P 1S 2H
_P _P*2S 3H (*Break in tempo)
3S _P _P 4H
_X  AP
4H= 790

[nige1]
Assuming that ...
(1) North hesitated after  South bid 2H and
(2) Torsten has told us all relevant facts

I think  ...
[A] North's hesitation over South's 2H is likely to convey the  
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Sven Pran | 1 Dec 15:21 2007
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Re: Double and appeal

> On Behalf Of Gampas <at> aol.com

> .................. S: K 7 3
> North deals ...... H: 3 2
> Both vul  ......... D: K J 7 4 2
> .................. C: J 8 2
> S: J 6  .......................... S: A T 9 5 4 2
> H: A 9 ..........................  H: 8 4
> D: Q T 6 ........................ D: A 3
> C: Q T 6 5 4 3  .................. C: K 9 7
> .................. S: Q 8
> ..................  H: K Q J T 7 6 5
> .................. D: 9 8 5
> .................. C: A

................

> And I agree with either 2S+1 or 3S= as an adjusted score.

Sorry, I fail to see how East with any "normal" defense can avoid two losers
in spades and one in each side suit for a total of five losers? 

Regards Sven

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Gampas | 1 Dec 16:39 2007
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Re: Double and appeal

In a message dated 01/12/2007 14:21:44 GMT Standard Time,  svenpran <at> online.no 
writes:

> And I agree with either 2S+1 or 3S= as an adjusted  score.

Sorry, I fail to see how East with any "normal" defense can avoid  two losers
in spades and one in each side suit for a total of five  losers?

Yes, I agree. It looks easy to switch to a diamond in time. As the 3H bid  
seems fine, I would therefore adjust to 3S-1.

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gesta | 1 Dec 22:12 2007
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Re: Is ordinary Stayman no longerartificial? [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]


Grattan Endicott<gesta <at> tiscali.co.uk
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Guthrie" <guthrie <at> ntlworld.com>
To: "Bridge Laws Mailing List" <blml <at> amsterdamned.org>
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Subject: Re: [blml] Is ordinary Stayman no longer 
                   artificial? [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

> [JF]
> Are you using the word "information" in some special way?
> 
> [DALB]
> No - it is you who is doing that, in the sense that you are using the 
> term in the sense in which it is used in the phrase "information 
> theory". I am using the term in the sense in which it is used in 
> English: that is, if North has provided South with some information 
> about North's hand, 
<
+=+ I am inclined to wonder how the phrase "about North's hand" 
has come to be inserted in this sentence. Does it imply that the sense 
of 'information' in the laws is in some way directed to information 
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Guthrie | 2 Dec 01:50 2007

Re: Double and appeal

[Paul Lamford]
And I agree with either 2S+1 or 3S= as an adjusted score.

[Sven Pran]
Sorry, I fail to see how East with any "normal" defense can avoid two 
losers in spades and one in each side suit for a total of five losers?

[nige1]
Would Torsten please tell us how many tricks were made in spade 
contracts at other tables? (Assuming that the competition was for 
pairs or multiple teams)

I realise that a director would be burnt as a heretic for such a 
suggestion. -- "The context is never exactly the same at any 2 tables" 
--- but I feel this would provide a basic "sanity" test for Paul's and 
my theories.

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David Burn | 2 Dec 02:11 2007

Re: Is ordinary Stayman no longer artifical?

[GE]

I am inclined to wonder how the phrase "about North's hand" has come to be
inserted in this sentence. Does it imply that the sense of 'information' in
the laws is in some way directed to information about North's hand? Where
does such a suggestion arise?

[DALB]

I have always presumed that the laws prohibit communication between partners
other than by means of legal calls or plays, but that this prohibition is
intended only to prevent (say) North from communicating anything to South
about North's hand (or anything else that might influence South's bridge
decisions) other than by means of legal calls or plays. I would have no
difficulty, for example, with an auction along the following lines:

North: "Hello, my dear chap. How's the wife? 1NT."

East: "Pass."

South: "Very well, thanks. 2C."

Now, if it were suggested that "How's the wife?" showed a maximum, or that
"Very well, thanks" showed at least an invitational hand, then the auction
could well attract the attention of the judiciary. A prima facie case might
arise if South were, for example, either a bachelor or a widower. But
otherwise, one assumes that "information" in the context of the laws of
bridge relates only to relevant information that might be conveyed in the
course of a hand of bridge.

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David Burn | 2 Dec 02:31 2007

Re: Double and appeal

[Paul Lamford]

And I agree with either 2S+1 or 3S= as an adjusted score.

[DALB]

Someone (it may have been Sven) suggested that no "normal" defence would
fail to take five tricks against spades. Well, a heart lead will beat 3S,
but no other lead will. It is entirely possible that South at the table
would start with the ace of clubs, hoping later to put North in and get a
club ruff - after that, any half-way competent declarer will make nine
tricks in spades.

How probable it is that South would lead the ace of clubs is left as an
exercise for the reader. It is obvious, though, that Sven (a highly
competent director) has completely overlooked even the possibility. That is
why bridge judgements should be left to bridge players and not tournament
directors.

David Burn
London, England

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Gampas | 2 Dec 11:55 2007
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Re: Is ordinary Stayman no longer artifical?

In a message dated 02/12/2007 01:10:07 GMT Standard Time,  
dalburn <at> btopenworld.com writes:

[DALB]

I have always presumed that the laws prohibit communication  between partners
other than by means of legal calls or plays ...

[Lamford]

I had presumed this only applies before the cards have been removed from  the 
wallet. If not, then I must confess to an illegal coded agreement I had with  
a former partner, where the question "Would you like a drink?" meant "How 
good  is this pair that has just arrived at our table?", and the reply "Yes, a 
pint of  lager, please." meant "Dead from the neck up."

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