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NICKELL-ASSAEL Appeals Hand

Here is the hand that sparked an appeal by Team ASSAEL.  Note this is not the official committee report, just a report of what was presented to the committee.  We assume the full writeup will appear in the ACBL Bulletin.  

 

Gur
J86
AQ43
A965
Q2
Weinstein
AK4
K62
QJ84
J93
Tokay
Q7532
K7
K108654
Levin
109
J109875
1032
A7
W
N
E
S
 
2
P
P
2
P
3
X
P
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
3
6
2
2
0
1
4
7
Q
3
0
0
2
6
4
Q
9
2
0
3
7
2
A
4
0
0
4
2
J
K
A
3
1
4
10
10 tricks claimed
E/W +620
6

Opening lead: J

The facts

The pass of the double was encouraging.

All players agreed there was a 1-minute Break In Tempo (BIT) prior to West’s bid of 3. East felt he had too strong a hand to pass. 

 

The ruling

After polling several experts, it was determined that PASS was a logical alternative to 4. 5 of 8 experts passed, 3 bid (1 4, 2 4).  The BIT suggested that bidding would be more favorable to E/W than passing.  Therefore the director adjusted the score to 3S+1 scoring 170 for E/W. The score adjustment was based on law 16B.

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