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54 English Bridge October 2019 www.ebu.co.uk

CANCELLED BOARDS

My partner and I sat down to

play the first two boards of the

Summer Seniors Championship

Pairs against two well known

English International players.

Unfortunately one of the players

had not arrived. Little or no

effort seemed to be made to

establish his whereabouts until a

few minutes before the 2.00pm

start. The other player, therefore,

played the boards with a stand-in

partner. We achieved two near

tops and appeared to be off to a

flying start.

However, shortly after, one of

the TDs came to our table and

said the boards would be

cancelled as the missing player

had not turned up and his

partner had participated no

further in the session. This was a

huge disappointment.

The TDs felt it was the 'rub of

the green'. On a procedural level

there must be a better way of

handling these situations. I

remain unclear as to why the

international was, or felt, unable

to continue after it was

established that his intended

partner would not be

participating on the day. The TD

informed me the stand-in was

only available for one hour. In

my opinion if a player without a

partner accepts a stand-in, this

should be on the basis that he

must complete the session . . .

either with the stand-in or with

his partner when he arrives.

I would have reacted

differently if I had two bottoms

instead of two tops on the boards

- but would the player who

walked away have done so quite

so readily if he had achieved two

tops? If the stand-in was truly

available for only one hour, then

he should not have been

permitted to play unless the

missing player was definitely able

to arrive within that period.

There should be no opportunity

for anyone to play both ends

against the middle and stand-ins

should be available for the whole

session. Hugh Thomson

It would always be better if

players were to contact their

partners as soon as possible when

there is any doubt about their

arrival, but the reality is that they

sometimes do not. In this instance,

they appear to have made a lastminute entry

which made it even

less likely that the player expected

his partner not to arrive.

Yes, it would have been better if

you had been told of the possibility

of the results not standing, and I

imagine that would have

happened had anyone thought

this to be a likely eventuality. As it

was, I expect the primary

consideration of the TDs was to

get the game under way with all

tables playing if at all possible.

It's always good to have

suggestions on how to improve

protocols. However, if we were to

make demands on substitute

players of the type you suggest, we

would have far fewer members

willing to help us out in this way,

and therefore more disruption to

our events. Gordon Rainsford

EBU Chief Executive Officer

A WRONG-SIDED DOUBLE

I read Neil Rosen's article on the

Helvic wriggle with interest

(June 2019/p19), but noted it did

not address what happens if the

double comes from the 4th

position:

1NT Pass Pass Dble

Pass Pass ?

Here, a 'Forcing Pass' by

responder ends the auction.

I've looked at many options on

the market and they nearly all

assume the double comes from

the left hand opponent to the

1NT opener. However, I did

come across the Elvington

Wriggle: regardless of which side

the double comes from,

responder bids a five card suit, if

he has one, as an old-fashioned

weakness take-out. This has the

disadvantage that the hand is

played by responder, but no

option is perfect. If responder

does not have a five card suit, he

redoubles. This is alertable and

asks opener to bid his lowest

four-card suit. With tolerance

(three or more cards) he passes.

If not, he bids his lowest four

card suit looking for at least a 4:3

fit. If responder has a decent

hand and is confident that 1NT

will make, he can pass.

Bryan Boulter

CORONATION STREET

After seeing the notification that

bridge was going to be played in

the Coronation Street soap I felt

this was something I just had to

watch as I know it is extremely

hard to get across what a great

game it is.

Send your letterslou@ebu.co.ukr, Lou Hobhouse

Raggett House, Bowdens, TA10 0DD, or e-mail lou@ebu.co.uk

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EBU agrees with the views expressed or that the comments are factually correct.

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