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February 2020 English Bridge

Unless declarer intended to claim (Law 48B2 and

Law 68), the cards exposed by declarer are picked up

and do not become penalty cards (Law 48A). The

correct dummy is put down and play continues.

M

artin Jennings asks: Playing Simple

Precision, I opened 1t (announced by

my partner as 'may be as short as two,

may hide five clubs'). My partner then bid 2®,

which I passed. I was chastised by the Director

who insisted that I should alert the 2® as nonforcing.

I appreciate that in England, Acol is the

norm, but does the Blue Book reflect this fact?

R

oger Brindley came across an interesting

situation: The bidding concluded and at

the facing of the correct opening lead

declarer immediately put his hand down, thinking

he was dummy.

Non-forcing responses by a non-passed hand are

alerted. Blue Book 4H2(d):

A non-forcing new suit response, to a non-forcing

suit opening at any level, below game, unless

responder has previously passed, bids over a natural

NT overcall, or makes a double jump.

I

an Lewis asked: Tonight at the club, at least

two people opened this South hand using

Benji 2®:

In both cases, the convention

card was not asked to be

looked at but in both cases,

the card is slightly outdated

and says 'eight Playing Tricks'

and on one card, the words 'Rule of 25' and on the

other 'or 21/22 HCPs'.

2® was alerted by partner and when the

opponents asked the explanation was it should be

Benji style and 'strong'.

What do we do with these auctions as this hand

doesn't satisfy the rules of 2®? Or with the

announcements made (or not made) and the

convention cards, does it stand? Should an

adjustment be made in either case?

I do not think that any adjustment should be made

on the hands you know about or other hands, as no

one has asked for a ruling. This is a matter for

education and disclosure.

Players/partnerships must realise that calling an

agreement 'Benji' or 'eight playing tricks' does not

necessarily make it permitted.

DPartnerships should agree what their 2® opener

shows.

DThey should ensure their agreement meets the

regulation in Blue Book 7C1.

DThey should alert 2® and (if asked) explain their

agreements.

DIf the 2® bid is not 'strong' according to the

regulation (16+ HCP or 12+ HCP with 5+

controls), the explanation should make this clear,

and it should be clear how the agreement

nevertheless meets the regulation.

The following is a permitted agreement:

Strong balanced (21-22), OR a strong hand with a

long minor (8/9 playing tricks), OR an intermediateor-strong

hand with a long major (7/8 playing tricks).

The hand you gave is not 'strong' according to the

regulation. I suggest that if the pairs want to open

such hands with 2® they restrict the non-strong

hands to those with a long major.

This could be explained as:

Eight playing tricks in any suit, may be less than 16

HCP if the suit is a major, but will be 'strong' if the

suit is a minor. r

R

obin Barker is the EBU's Deputy Chief

Tournament Director. He is editor of

the White Bookrobin@ebu.co.ukard to

answering your questions. Please email him

- robin@ebu.co.uk.

The author, English Bridge and the EBU are

not responsible if the information provided is

incorrect or incomplete.

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distribution if they need to know. If 'Staymanesque'

meant the same thing to everyone then it might be

a satisfactory response, but so often using names for

conventional meanings is misunderstood.

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