Traveller stated contact 3NT+4 13 tricks but score is 640. Which should be used?
In reality contract was 5D+2 but everyone else was in NT hence error, it shouldn't happen but does.
Ideally the scorer/TD should try to contact the players.
The Club TD course did teach the TD to use the numeric score when there is a contradiction. This is on the basis that when scoring by hand (paper and pencil) the scorer will only read the numeric score and need not be looking at the contract.
We do try to encourage players to draw attention to possible mis-scorings before the end of the evening (rather than finding a question mark when you get home). But when faced with 2NT made 8 scored as -100 and no way of checking with players or any obvious 'right answer' I tend to split the score: 120 / -100 and note the fact when the results are published so that an aggrieved party can request a corretion
Seems very harsh, when it is an agreed method to take the score. Perhaps a New Year's resolution: be kinder to the customers! This also applies to your approach to angled bidding cards be nice!
Apologies for the delay in replying but I had such a Happy New Year that I have only just got round to logging on again
Our Club never has had this 'agreed method'; our scorers have always been asked to check scores against contracts and now ScoreBridge does this when entering travellers manually.
Anyway is it so harsh to give N/S a poor score (when they wrote a score that is possibly incorrect and is to their advantage) and not just their unlucky opponents? But really it is just a way of getting the players, when I email them, to produce a speedy reply.
The score on a board is entered by N/S onto traveller or into BM or equivalent and checked by E/W. Both sides are equally responsible for correct scores so any method that penalises N/S more is unfair.
Anyway, there is a generally accepted method. If your club wishes to adopt a harsher method, feel free, but I think it not unreasonable for me to point out it is harsh.