East opens 1♠, South – pass, West – 1NT, North – 2♣, East – 2♦, South – 2♥, West – 3♦. North then hesitates for a long time and passes. South now bids 3♥ on:
The auction then proceeds: 4♦ by West, passed out, and the result was -1.
Can South justify bidding 3♥ after the long hesitation?
Should the director (called) have disallowed the 3♥ bid, and adjusted the score to 3♦ making?
Mike Baker – Haverfordwest
What is the correct treatment in a pairs competition of a board that cannot be played – neither pair involved is in any way at fault. It has been suggested that each pair should be awarded 50% but this seems to penalise a pair if they had otherwise achieved greater than 50% and vice versa. If there is a missing pair in a movement, for the pair sitting out, the boards are simply no included in the calculation of their score – should the “no play” board be treated in the same way?
Ian Hill- Monmouth.