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Is it ethical to "hesitate" (for thought) when a problem becomes foreseeable, but is not immediate?

There are probably numerous examples, but here is the one I'm using. You are defending a contract, and it is late in hand. Declarer is running a long suit, and you know (from seeing dummy) or believe (...
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What are the rules regarding play of a singleton?

A player waited 3 minutes to play a singleton. We were playing 3 NT and an opponent paused 3 minutes on the second trick leaving 2 minutes to play 11 tricks. What are the rules regarding this ...
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Is it unethical to "mislead" partner if s/he is the weakest player at the table?

Normally (on defense), you try to play in a way to reasonably "signal" and inform partner of your holdings. But suppose partner is the weakest player at the table, and is unlikely to read ...
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What is the etiquette behind "thanking" partner for dummy?

When you are a (bridge) declarer, and partner lays down dummy, it is customary to say "thank you partner." But suppose a declarer got into a sloppy habit of saying "thank you partner&...
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Are there bridge behaviors that are technically within the rules that could be considered unethical?

I would imagine that there might be more than one example, but the one that occurs to me is connected with "pysch" bids. That is the practice of bidding values that one doesn't have, in order to ...
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Can a Pit Card Game be Won if two players refuse to trade with another particular player?

My sister and I had an argument after I stated that I did not want to play Pit with them anymore because her husband and her son for some unknown reason refused to trade with me. Since she is always ...
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Can one use alternate evaluation methods, e.g. "K&R" to defend actions that appear to violate your convention card?

I'm playing in a tournament, and I fill out a convention card that says I will open with 13 or more points. I pick up a certain 14 "worst" point hand (per Milton Work's 4-3-2-1 count) and decide to ...
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If you decide to play for "top or bottom" in duplicate, are you supposed to consult with partner?

Sometimes, if a player falls behind in a duplicate tournament, he will try to alter his standing by doing things that the "crowd" would not (e.g. making safety plays), getting a top score if he is ...
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In duplicate, is it ethical to base your play on other people's body language?

In bridge, there are some times when you can assure yourself of x number of tricks (just enough for your contract) by making a safety play to guard against an adverse 4-1 distribution. If you don't ...
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What constitutes "wrongful" hesitation in bridge?

The protagonist is West (W). Declarer leads a small card of a suit in which dummy, to W's left, has A8. West hesitates before playing in the following four situations: He has Kx (x<8). This ...
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Question on ethics or rules

I would very much like to know the correct ethical procedure for the following play. Hearts are trump. West led a small club North played a small club East played a small spade I as South played a ...