It's my first post here so I'd like to say hello to everyone. :)
I was a tournament director of an international teams tournament (a relatively small one, mostly for invited friends) and I was called by a player after the board was played. The player (North) did not see an alert during the bidding therefore he misunderstood his partners' call which ended up as total disaster.
Before the first board (this was the 5th) EW:
- informed NS about their openings
- informed NS about transfers after 1C
- asked if they mind "knocking" alerts instead of taking ALERT from a bidding-box
NS did agree for the knocking as an alert procedure for the round (they actually knocked themselves). Long after the incident I've found out that S didn't pay attention to the talking before the round and didn't remember a thing from that listed above. On the other hand, N did confirm everything and he was aware of the conventions used by EW.
The bidding was:
pas pas pas 1C*
pas 1H* 1S* pas
3S x 4C x
pas pas pas
There were no screens.
1C - alerted by knocking the table, 11+ HCP, 2+ clubs
1H - alerted by knocking the table, transfer to spades (7+ HCP, 4+ spades)
1S - NOT alerted, take-out (showing other suits)
K 9 8 6 2
Q 6 4
K J 6
North didn't see the alert for 1H because he was busy reading the print-outs from the previous round ("how could I have such a minus in the butler here?") but without doubt the alert was there and it was clear (South instantly did admit that) but silent. Nobody noticed that North could have missed the alert.
North have heard that the alerting one should make sure that the alert has been seen by both the opponents and West did not so.
West argues that it's not his fault that North fell asleep - should he next time shake him and scream "DID YOU SEE THE ALERT?!"
My first impression was that:
- West failed to alert in the proper way (by "proper" I mean "making sure that both the opponents are aware of it")
- North violated law 74 and did not paid sufficient attention to the game
On the second thought - is there really a rule that you have to make sure that the alert have been seen? Every one knows that (I'm pretty sure I even read it once or twice) but no-one could point it for me. I couldn't find it in Laws of Duplimate Bridge, thus it is possible that this rule does not apply for this tournament.
Anyway, I've thought about 4 options:
1. Violation of alerting procedure leads to the damage for the non offending side - ADJUSTED SCORE.
2. Falling asleep (or reading history from previous round) is not a proper behaviour and the damage was done because of this fact - RESULT STANDS
3. Both sides are offending - SPLIT SCORE (bad score for both pairs).
What would you do as a tournament director having whole night to decide?
Marcin Waslowicz (sorry for my English :P )