Our last round opponents were Lynn Deas-Curtis Cheek.
Board 15. NS vul. Dealer S.
N E S W
p 2D p 2H
p p p
There was really nothing to the bidding and play to this hand, but it took the
three forever to finish the hand. Deas and Cheek played very very slow.
By that time the score with 2 rounds to go had been posted, and it was right
behind me. Lots of players were watching and the room was in chaos.
In that chaos we started the last board of the qualifying day:
Board 16. EW vul. Dealer W.
N E S W
p 1N p 2H*
p 2S p p
x p p p
I opened a 15-17 NT on 3rd seat and Fred transferred. Cheek made a balancing
double. So far so good. I contemplated if it is necessary to preempt to 3S but
rejected that idea. The chance of them making 4H is low with my 3A's.
The matter took an unexpected turn when Deas chose to pass. That made me very
happy as my 14 count hand plays best in S.
Deas led a DJ -- even better to my Q. Now my contract is not in any jeopardy.
I ran the ST and played another to 9. Deas won the 3rd round of trumps with
By then another good thing happened. On the trump Cheek pitched C2, upside
down. So Deas led a C to the J and my A. I have control of every suit so I can
afford to ruff a D in dummy and pull the last trump. Then I set up the C for
my 9th and 10 trick. 2Sx+2 for an unusual +1070, and all the matchpoints.
We looked at our score with 2 rounds to go and found we had a 57%ish game.
Since we had an average in the afternoon session, we were not in danger of not
It turned out, Deas and Cheek, with the last disaster board, missed the cut
and took an early exit.
As we thought that due to the last hand, there was no way our percentage would
drop, the director called our attention and they've made the decision on board
N E S W
p x p 2S
p 3D p p
x 3H x 3S
p p p
The director ruled that my alert of the 2S was unauthorized information, which
made it more attractive for Fred to correct to the 3S. So the contract was
changed to 3H doubled. In 3H doubled, it was determined that the most likely
result was down 1. So the score was adjusted from -100 to -200.
This was a major blow as -200 was always disastrous, especially when NS was
cold for +120. It turned out -200 was only worth 3.5/51.
The director advised us we had the right to appeal but we forfeited the right.
The director also notified us the procedural penalty issued on board 27. Man,
being deprived of some hard earned matchpoints was surely not a great feeling,
even, when I think about it, we really deserved that.
As I thought about the ruling, I found it makes no sense. Not in that if Fred
passed, I would try another 3S; rather, everyone missed the point, and we
should get a worse score -- although not by much.
The damage was not solely done by the unauthorized information, the biggest
damage was from my mis-information. Suppose I correctly informed oppo that 2S
was a transfer to C, and then I bid 3D, what would the North bid? Pass, of
course. So it seemed to me that the contract should change to 3D by E. Down 4
or 5, which is non-material.