Forgetting the system
Occasion: Saturday Links (C-Section), 26th May 2018
West North East South Pass 1D 3C* 3S 4H 4S All Pass * Alerted as GHESTEM = majors
When 4S was bid West had a feeling that East made an error. Nothing was said during the play.
The play: 10 was led to the ace and declarer finessed the J which lost. West hastily cashes the A and sees the king drop on it, gives East a heart ruff. Declarer won the club return, drew trumps and advanced the J from hand but West covered. She lost a diamond at the end for -1.
At this juncture, East owns up to making a mistake. She forgot Ghestem and meant her 3 bid as a weak jump overcall. DIRECTOR they call.
They complained about the bidding mistake, I complemented N-S for still getting to the 4 contract, then I asked how the misinformation/misbid affected their play. We went throuh the play sequence and then she conceded that A-K in diamonds was required to drop the queen. Everyone was happy with the -1 score.
A player is allowed to make mistakes, being human. East was distraught at making the wrong bid and forgetting the system. I had to pacify her.
This misbid is not an infraction. Misexplanations and non-alerts (classified as misinformation also) are infractions.
Law 75C. Mistaken Call