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The Final Pass

Let me preface this with a story related to me by Dan Molochko of the S.F. CA. area.  He was bidding a hand when he saw an auction that went something like this (the actual auction may have been lost to the ages):

W
N
E
S
1
P
1
X
XX
P
P
?

 

He picked up his bidding cards and led to what he though was 1 DBL.  He had missed the redouble and thought his partner had converted 1 for penalties.  

 

The lesson he took from this was to always play a final pass card, to never just pick the cards up.  

 

Not waiting for three passes to end the auction is one of my pet peeves in bridge.  You see auctions and actions like this one all the time:

W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1
P
3NT
P
?

 

At the point that South should be passing 3NT he starts picking up his cards.  This essentially robs his LHO of about 3 seconds of normal tempo in which he might have been using to decide on a close double.  If he stops the pick up of cards, or delays, he conveys UI to his partner - due to the irregularity of his opponents.  But this UI would never be allowed to stand regardless by a director (could you imagine passing slowly here and partner finding the winning diamond lead?)

Does it really cost so much time to end an auction with three passes?  I don't remember people not using three passes before bidding boxes - it is really just laziness that has become commonly accepted.

 

How do other people feel about this?  

 

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