Thursday, November 29, 2012
An appeal shouldn't be a free shot
One of the things I enjoy reading in the Daily Bulletins from NABCs is the Appeals Cases. The one shown above (from San Francisco and now being played) caught my eye. (Click to enlarge.)
After South opened 1♣ and West overcalled 1NT, North bid 2♣. In their system, that showed a one-suited hand. East passed and South duly bid 2♦. North corrected to 2♠ which was passed back to West who bid 3♦. This was passed out and made three.
There was one problem: Over 2♠, East hesitated 10 seconds (North claimed it was longer than that), and 10 seconds in an auction like this is an eternity.
The director polled some players, found that none of them would have bid 3♦, so he rolled the contract back to 2♠ making two. No harm no foul, right?
Now comes the part that's hard to believe -- East-West appealed the director's ruling.
The committee upheld the ruling, of course, so again, no harm no foul, right?
I'm sorry, but I just don't get that. I can make an unethical bid, and if I don't like the ruling I can appeal it at no cost?
That's just wrong. At the very least, they should have received an Appeal Without Merit Warning. Actually, I think East-West should have gotten a penalty, perhaps one-fourth of a board. They made a bid that wasn't allowed, wasted everybody's time (director and committee) and should have to pay a price.
What do you think?
(You can read the full write-up on page 12 if you click here.