Auction and Explanations
|* agreed break in tempo
Play - N/A
5HXS NS -500
Tournament Directors Statement of Facts and Ruling:
EW claimed damage in that North took an action in bidding 5H
which may have been based on the unauthorised information available from the
break in tempo before South's Double.
It was ruled that passing 4SX was a logical alternative to North and therefore
there was an infraction under Law 16, which resulted in damage to EW. Score
adjusted to NS -790.
Reasons for Appeal:
I believe I would pull the X even if it were in tempo. East was
bidding strongly, free bid clubs and free bid 4S. With shortage in
spades South would X with a good hand and void. On this auction I
thought he was void, otherwise he could pass.
Decision of the Appeals Committee:
Appeal dismissed. The committee was of the view that 75% of players
of equal standard would not have bid 5H without the break in tempo and that the
BIT made the 5H call more attractive. Unanumous decision by the committee but
the appeal was considered to have merit.