header                Issue #27               Oct 2016

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Query received on 27 Sept

You sit down against opponents who like to beat up weaker players at a small unaffiliated (for good reasons) club.

The opener on my left opens 2 Spades which is alerted as singleton/void spades, 12 - 18 points.

If this were (say) Links and you were directing, what would you say if called to the table at this point?




My Reply

Thanks for your mail.

We need to stamp out practices of this sort as it is affecting the enjoyment of bridge players, as well as inducing players to stop frequenting clubs that tolerate players playing anything nilly willy. It is not bridge.

AFFILIATED CLUBS MUST CONFORM TO THE SABF REGULATIONS.   A quick inspection of 2-openings states:
TWO LEVEL OPENING BIDS
OPENING suit bids at the 2 level or higher may indicate ONE of the following:
a) a weak single-suited hand with a minimum of 5 cards in the suit, the minimum point
count and range must be specified;
b) A two-suiter where at least one of the suits is designated, the minimum point count
and range must be specified;
c) a three-suited hand where at least one of the suits is designated;
d) a hand containing at least 16HCP;
e) a hand that guarantees 8 playing tricks, if played in that suit.
 
OPENING No-trump bid at the two level or higher indicating a two-suiter with at least one suit
specified.
 
2C: ARTIFICIAL opening bid indicating ONE of the following:
a) 16 or more HCP or 8 or more playing tricks, balanced or unbalanced, forcing for at
least one round. Suit need not be specified;
b) 16 or more HCP or 8 or more playing tricks, balanced or unbalanced, game-force.
Suit need not be specified;
c) Two-suiter, one of which is clubs;
d) A three-suiter, specified shortage.
 
2D: ARTIFICIAL opening bid indication ONE OR MORE of the following:
a) 16 or more HCP or 8 or more playing tricks, balanced or unbalanced, forcing for at
least one round. Suit need not be specified;
b) 16 or more HCP or 8 or more playing tricks, balanced or unbalanced, game-force.
Suit need not be specified;
c) A three-suiter, minimum point count and range to be specified;
d) Both majors, minimum point count and range to be specified;
e) A 5-card major, the minimum point count and range must be specified;
f) As in a) above, but with Diamonds as the suit denomination.
g) Multi showing a weak opening in a major, combined or not with strong
hands. Point count and ranges must be specified.

Recently I had to disallow a pair opening 2C showing EITHER a weak 2 in clubs or the usual strong variety, as it did not conform.

This is verboten at ANY level of bridge: The opener on my left opens 2 Spades which is alerted as singleton/void spades, 12 - 18 points

The “SABF Regulations for the Control of Conventions” must be adhered to in all SABF-affiliated clubs.

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Sid Ismail
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