Psyche or Misbid - + help on ruling
Q J 10 8 7
8 4 3 2
A 10 7 K J 6 4
Q 7 4 K J 9 5
A K 6 2 9 5 3
J 6 5 K 9
Q 9 8 5
10 8 6 2
A Q 10 7
Matters of Fact
Board 16 : Dealer West : EW vulnerable
West North East South
1NT* Pass 2C X
2D** X*** AP****
Contract 2DX by West -3 = -800
1NT* - Alerted as 12-15 may contain a singleton
2C - Stayman
**At West’s turn to bid, West asked North the meaning of South’s Double. This was explained as being 16+ HCPs.
X*** The second double was not alerted.
Before the AP**** E/W asked South what was meant by North’s X. South replied she believed North had diamonds. East Passed.
Before play commenced South made no comment on the information on the partnership agreement provided by North.
The N/S convention card provided no information on the partnership agreement of the meaning of the initial double
After the play West reserved rights with the director.
1. Advice on Ruling
2. How would you classify the X by South (psyche , misbid , deviation)
Other info – Both pairs are regular long term partners, club players, NGS 8/9.
My View is
1. Partnership agreement / explanation of the X is accepted (i.e. 16+) (no misinformation)
2. Result stands
3. The South bid is a green psyche – bordering on a misbid
4. North South are advised about the White Book guidance on partnership and the need to explain to directors unusual bids in the psyche area