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Richard Hills hildalirsch at gmail.com
Mon May 9 04:13:24 CEST 2016


Some pertinent thoughts from Grattan Endicott and Edgar Kaplan on the
subject of bridge ethics:

http://blml.rtflb.narkive.com/fCYsyDBQ/it-s-illegal-but-ethical-sec-unofficial

Best wishes,

Richard Hills

On Sunday, May 8, 2016, Richard Hills <hildalirsch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Alain Gottcheiner:
>
> [snip]
>
> I wouldn't lead a club, fearing AQ facing void, or perhaps I would,
> others being nearly as dangerous.
>
> Does North hold a void ? (most probably not in a red suit) Do they play
> exclusion BW ? Is North the kind of guy who likes to leap to slam to
> avoid giving away information ? etc. So no lead stands out.
>
> [snip]
>
> Richard Hills:
>
> Yes, I was the kind of guy sitting North who likes to leap to slam,
> because I have not yet adopted the Exclusion Blackwood convention.
> An American blmler publicly asserted that I was unethical for a previous
> successful leap to slam; he argued that my leap "proved" that I had
> infracted Law 16C via non-existent so-called unconscious / invisible UI. On
> this occasion the complete deal is a counter-example to the
> American blmer's deluded belief:
>
> .............KQ8632
> .............AKJ73
> .............KJ
> .............---
> AT4.........................---
> 986.........................542
> AQT975..................8642
> T.............................K86432
> .............J975
> .............QT
> .............3
> .............AQJ975
>
> Obviously I could not have overheard a whisper from a player at an
> adjacent table stating that, "6S is cold," since 6S is not cold. Indeed, in
> this ten table Mitchell-with-a-skip movement all of the other
> eight declarers scored exactly eleven tricks. But since I was the kind of
> guy who likes to avoid giving away information East had to guess the
> opening lead.
>
> East misguessed with a low club. I finessed the queen of clubs, discarding
> the jack of diamonds from my hand. Now I attempted to cash the ace of
> clubs, but West ruffed with the ten of spades. Plan B. I overruffed and
> played on hearts. With the heart suit breaking 3-3 dummy's singleton
> diamond disappeared.
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Richard Hills
>
> PS Of course the Serious Error was perpetrated by the Walter the Walrus
> sitting West. Walter deemed a mere 10 hcp insufficient to overcall 1D after
> South's opening bid of 1C. Those players not slaves to the Milton Work
> Point Count would automatically overcall 1D, due to the diamond suit
> quality and two Quick Tricks. It is poetic justice that the Walrus's
> failure to overcall meant that Walter failed to cash one of his Quick
> Tricks.
>
>
>
>
> On Friday, May 6, 2016, agot <agot at ulb.ac.be> wrote:
>
>> Le 06.05.2016 10:21, Richard Hills a écrit :
>> > Matchpoint pairs
>> > Dlr: South
>> > Vul: Both
>> >
>> > In principle North-South play an Aussie variant of Acol. The
>> > uncontested North-South auction proceeds:
>> >
>> > 1C (Announced as 4+ clubs) - 1S - 2S - 6S - all pass
>> >
>> > You, East, hold:
>> >
>> > ---
>> > 542
>> > 8642
>> > K86432
>> >
>> > What opening lead do you make?
>> > What opening lead(s) would be a Serious Error?
>>
>> So that it cuts the link between irregularity and damage ? None.
>>
>> I wouldn't lead a club, fearing AQ facing void, or perhaps I would,
>> others being nearly as dangerous.
>>
>> Does North hold a void ? (most probably not in a red suit) Do they play
>> exclusion BW ? Is North the kind of guy who likes to leap to slam to
>> avoid giving away information ? etc. So no lead stands out.
>>
>> Okay okay. The CK would be a serious error.
>>
>> I would disallow a club lead if West had hesitated before passing.
>>
>> Best regards
>>
>>    Alain
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