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Psyches - and fielding them

Hi All,

I've struggled for a couple of days to write this article - this is my third attempt.  As such, my apology in advance if you judge the questions/points raised have been done in a poor way.

I've noted a couple of Avon's recent articles and some of the responses, in particular as they pertain to psyches, both now and in the past.  On the basis of some of the comments, I fear I do not properly understand some current bridge laws and/or playing regulations - and the rationale/history which may underpin them.

For me and others like me, if any, here are some questions which attempt to right this knowledge gap - else refute some of the opinions recently expressed.  I would appreciate any constructive answers, especially from knowledgeable administrators and directors

  1. What is the definition of a "fielded psyche"?
  2. If not clear from (1), what is wrong with some/all fielded psyches (implicit in this question is the sub-question as to whether there is more than one major type of fielded psyche)?
  3. Are fielded psyches illegal in bridge law, in the playing regulations of certain jurisdictions and/or not at all?

 

I wondered about this once before, where I polled various UK (my current residence) and non-UK players, including from the US, Australia and Sweden about the following deal - which some of you may recognise - from an IMP-scored European tournament

South
932
K942
9
AK1062
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT
X
XX
2
P
?

I believe South raised to 3 then passed out LHO's 3 - for what it's worth, this seemed a reasonable take on the deal to me (but not to many).

In general, the UK pollees railed against this approach, levelling accusations of "fielded psyche" and similar, whereas the non-UK respondents were in general far more sanguine, some raising hearts but talking about getting to 5, some simply passing now, etc.

Ian C

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