Grattan grandaeval at tiscali.co.uk
Mon May 10 11:29:26 CEST 2010

Grattan Endicott<grandaeval at tiscali.co.uk
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" Thus times do shift, each thing his turn does hold
  New things succeed, as former things grow old."
                                 [Robert Herrick]                         .
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <richard.hills at immi.gov.au>
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Sent: Monday, May 10, 2010 7:47 AM
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> Grattan Endicott:
>>>+=+ The dictionary says that used after 'could', 'might' or
>>>'may', the word 'well' is an intensifier just as 'indeed'
>>>would be in these same situations. To say that something
>>>'could' be the case means that it is a possibility while the
>>>insertion of 'well' calls for a higher probability than does
>>>'could' without it.
> Nigel Guthrie:
>>I agree with Richard: a rule's meaning shouldn't depend on
>>subtleties of idiom or punctuation. Anyway, in this instance,
>>specifying a "higher" probability makes sense only if you know
>>what probability is exceeded.
> Hypothetical 2018 formatting of Law 23
> Law 23, Awareness of Potential Damage II Indicative Example
>                                      II
> Whenever, in the opinion of the       II For any infraction it
> Director, an offender could have been II possible to argue that
> aware at the time of his irregularity II it "could damage" the
> that this could well damage the non-  II non-offending side.
> offending side, he shall require the  II Thus "could well
> auction and play to continue (if not  II damage" means that Law
> completed). When the play has been    II 23 applies to specific
> completed the Director awards an      II infractions. E.g. RHO
> adjusted score if he considers the    II opens a 2C game force,
> offending side has gained an          II you overcall 2H, LHO
> advantage through the irregularity*.  II responds 3D, partner
>                                      II raises to 6H, RHO bids
> * as, for example, by partner's       II 7D. You contemplate a
> enforced pass.                        II cheap save in 7H, but
>                                      II partner doubles out of
>                                      II turn, not accepted by
>                                      II RHO, thus compelling
>                                      II you to pass. Partner
>                                      II holds the ace of
>                                      II diamonds. This is a
>                                      II clearcut "could well
>                                      II damage", so the score
>                                      II adjusted under Law 23
>                                      II from 7Dx down one
>                                      II trick to 7Hx down
>                                      II many tricks (and you
>                                      II find a new partner).
> Best wishes
> Richard Hills, Aqua 5, workstation W550
> Telephone: 02 6223 8453
> Email: richard.hills at immi.gov.au
> Recruitment Section & DIAC Social Club movie tickets
+=+ "Over the years there has been a marked increase in
the expertise and experience of Directors, which has been
recognized in the new Code by the increased responsibilities
give to them."
                [ Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2007 - Preface.]
I know you are out of sympathy with this, Nigel, but it is
the adopted philosophy of the 2007 revision. 'Acts of
the Apostles 9:5.' .
                                 ~ Grattan ~   +=+

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