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Spingold Chances SF- part 3
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This is the third of several hand articles from the Spingold.

Congratulations!  Your team has made it to the semifinals, Blass vs. Spector

Before proceeding though, let me again reiterate my thanks to Jan Martel whose tireless efforts on all of our behalf make the Vugraph broadcasts truly World Class.

You sit down as North setting aside your novel, pull out this collection, you're call is: ?

North
J6
KJ109654
J1083

Both North's called 4D over which one East passed (would you have?) and the other bid 4S with that auction proceeding as follows:

West
Q754
AK82
A
AK52
North
J6
KJ109654
J1083
East
AJ10932
Q10753
2
7
South
K86
94
Q873
Q964
W
N
E
S
4
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

At your table, East passed and South made a reasonable bump to 5D, but to no avail and your table's auction proceeded as follows:

West
Q754
AK82
A
AK52
North
J6
KJ109654
J1083
East
AJ10932
Q10753
2
7
South
K86
94
Q873
Q964
W
N
E
S
4
P
5
X
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

West
Q754
AK82
A
AK52
North
J6
KJ109654
J1083
East
AJ10932
Q10753
2
7
South
K86
94
Q873
Q964
W
N
E
S
4
P
5
X
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

The play was quick, making 6 at both tables.  What we found interesting was the initial preempt and the initial action or inaction taken by the two Easts.

In later discussion, we discussed that the trays at both tables passed with a good amount of time elapsing each time.  This didn't happen on normal auctions, but seems to be allowed on hands of this nature and we wonder if this is good for the game and do the prolonged pauses convey UI?

Later in this match, one side did in fact lose 13 imps on a bidding sequence that also involved a prolonged period of deliberation prior to the tray being passed and upon protest, the offending side lost the appeal and the result was reversed back to game rather than slam.  Unfortunately, it wasn't until nearly the end of the 4th segment that the result of the appeal was finalized.  Shouldn't this be something that should be completed by the end of the segment the action took place in as the position of the match is unknown and may impact the players' later actions?

I have great appreciation for the gravity of the situation and what is at stake for all involved, but it seems that on hands like this UI is conveyed and that we have lost control of this part of the game by allowing the auctions to proceed at a snail's pace.  When opp.'s have time to leave the table for beverage and rest breaks during the auction and play due to glacial bidding and play how can UI not be conveyed?

In the third quarter of this match, one table used nearly 80% of the time allotted to play fifteen boards, but had only played 4.  Eventually time was added, they played through the break and into the fourth segment's time.  Ultimately, they were allowed to finish all the boards but IMO something needs to be addressed.  Many comments were made by commentators and our wonderful video moderators that there was sufficient time to nap between calls and plays.

Thank you and please feel free to comment.

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