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2012 USSBC Appeal #1

Lusky
A1087
KJ3
Q10862
9
Mcgarry
KJ
854
3
AK107432
Falk
Q654
AQ10
A97
865
Levine
932
9762
KJ54
QJ
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
X
XX
2
P
P
3
P
P
P
D
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

Facts

In a contested auction, North made a support redouble and alerted East of that fact. South did not alert and when asked about the the meaning of the redouble by West, Levine just shrugged. West believed that the RDBL was therefore showing a strong hand and he therefore interpreted his partner's jump to 2 aspreemptive in nature. and he therefore passed and passed again when North competed to 3which was made for 110 for N/S.

Director's Ruling

The TD ruled that the failure to alert the redouble was misinformation "MI" and that the result of that MI prevented E/W from bidding and making 4 and adjusted the table result to E/W +620. N/S appealed.

Appeals Committee Decision

The Appeals Committee "AC" initially agreed that S's failure to alert W of the meaning of XX and shrugging when W inquired as to its meaning was MI which may have discouraged E/W from bidding higher in Spades. The AC considered the applicable law 12C1(e) which requires awarding the non offending side (E/W) an assigned score the most favorable result that was likely had the irregularity (the MI) not occurred. The AC concluded that the combination of both bidding 4and making it had it been bid did not meet the standard required by the law and as such awarded E/W +170. However, the law requires a different standard to be applied to the offending side (N/S) which is the most unfavorable result that was at all probable had the irregularity not occurred and awarded N/S -620.

Appeals Committee Members

Jeffrey Polisner, Chair
Chip Martel
Peggy Sutherlin

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