[BLML] Unfair?

Jeff Easterson JffEstrsn at aol.com
Sun Apr 29 09:54:02 CEST 2012

I don't understand this.  Of course you can use §23.  But to return to 
the original incident: when a declarer leads from the wrong hand, is 
reminded that the other hand has the lead, then repeats  the lead from 
the wrong hand, is reminded again and then leads a third time from the 
wrong hand: either, as someone else wrote, he is demented or cheating.  
I see no other explanation and doubt that many demented persons play 
bridge.  In the original posting there was no mention of confusion, 
uncertainty, absentmindedness.  As I recall it was reported that "he 
snapped out the same card".  Ciao,  JE

Am 29.04.2012 03:04, schrieb Jerry Fusselman:
> On Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 7:02 PM, Sven Pran<svenpran at online.no>  wrote:
>> Maybe not,
>> But I don't know how I otherwise should describe the action by a player who
>> will gain significantly by incorrectly leading from dummy, after being
>> reminded that he is in his own hand again tries to lead from dummy, and when
>> he is re-reminded about the fact even a third time tries to lead from dummy.
>> (Except of course if he suffers from dementia.)
>>> Gordon Rainsford
>>> Sven, I think your assumption of cheating is not warranted (I play with
>>> someone who does things like this quite often, because he is confused),
>> but
>>> in any case we have the carefully worded Law 23 that we can invoke without
>>> making any such accusation.
>>> Gordon Rainsford
> I am not sure I understand Sven's reply.
> Sven admits (with "maybe not") that he might be wrong to assume that
> there has been conscious cheating, but nevertheless, he maintains his
> right as a director to publicly assert that cheating has happened,
> even though it is merely his estimate, and he is not even 100% sure in
> his own mind that he is right.  It seems to me that Sven's style
> courts error and invites litigation for libel or slander.  Both risks
> are quite pointless.  Gordon has it right.  Use Law 23, and you don't
> risk this kind of incorrect conclusion on your part or unpleasant
> litigation from bridge players.
> Jerry Fusselman
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