2C opening bid with 14 HCPs and only four controls
A had from tonight's SIM pairs (Board 9 Thursday 4th October)
S 872 AK53
H J1097 KQJ9652
D J6 2
C AKQ95 J
Bidding goes Pass from North (after which NS pass throughout) then
4NT 5H (ordinary BW 2 Aces)
6H all pass
2C was alerted and South asked West what it meant. West said "our strongest bid" and S further asked whether or not that was 23 and West replied "at least 23 but could be stronger".
When dummy hit the table I immediately thought that this bid was illegal.
14 HCP and only 4 controls.
Blue Book states
To be considered a ‘Strong’ opening bid or overcall, the minimum allowed by agreement is
either or both of:
(a) any hand of at least 16 HCP
(b) any hand of at least 12 HCP with at least five controls.
Partnerships who agree that an artificial opening (such as 2) may be made with a hand with a lot of playing strength but limited high cards (such as eight solid spades and little else) must disclose this clearly. For example, the opening could be described as “Either a strong hand or eight playing tricks in a major”. This applies even if the minimum agreed strength is in line with (b) above.
There is no restriction on the strength of a natural two-level or higher opening bid but similar requirements for full disclosure apply.
I reserved our rights and raised it with the Director at the end of the evening.
The Director examined it and agreed that the 2C bid wasn't compliant with the Blue Book and nor was the explanation consistent with the hand.
EW has no convention card.
It was deemed that West had no prior knowledge of the fact that E had bid this way and therefore 6H+1 was allowed to stand as it was effectively a psyche.
As all other pairs were playing it from East's hand, the one pair who were in 6H were held to 12 because S led AD so we got an outright bottom - probably in the country too!!
My question is whether anyone on this forum feels that there is any other way to rule.
As it was SIM pairs there is a commentary which states that 6H will be very hard to reach unless E opens an illegal 2C.
This was borne out at the 10 tables in our Club where only one other pair reached 6H.
The difference between W playing in 6H making 13 and East playing in 4H making 12 is 11 MPS for NS.
Any views please.
I'm particularly intrigued as to what the point is of defining which bids are or aren't legal if there is no redress against someone who makes an illegal bid.