Dietlind Kellner of Austria did a presentation on appeals that contained an example appeal with Grattan Endicott as Chairman - and many will remember his efforts to deal with a player who had been instructed to act as an unruly bombastic professional player. Some of us thought it was a draw!
To set it up, Dietlind produced a practice example, and here it is:
E called TD after play explaining that W had asked for a description of opener's hand after the 3 bid, receiving "4, 5, 14-16 HCP" as an answer. With correct information he would have led (especially because W might have doubled 3).
After finding out all the facts, you, the TD, decided to adjust the score to +200 for E/W. Furthermore you penalised N/S an extra 20% of a top.
N/S appeal (score and penalty).
Prepare an appropriate appeal form.
The decision certainly needed more facts than the ones listed above. Invent all the facts you need as appropriate.
Dietlind allowed people to work in groups over producing an appeals form, and then chose the most suitable [prepared by Mike Amos and John Pyner] as her example. But she also delighted in reading out one answer she got, and here it is, with permission from Dietlind and Fearghal.
I had just left a table down the room and was heading towards the top of the room when I heard some noise behind me. I thought I recognised the voices.
But surely I couldn't hear voices from a table so at the other end of the room. I turned around and my worst fears were realised when I saw that the commotion was indeed coming from 'Hannibal's' table.
The local TDs were familiar with this elderly gentleman's temper. He loved to 'chew' directors, hence his nickname 'Hannibal'.
Anticipating a call for the TD, I made my way towards the exit, hoping the Chief TD would be nearer Hannibal's table when the inevitable call came. However, I was not quick enough and the roar for "DIRECTOR!" made me turn white and freeze on the spot.
The CTD was busy at another table, but I caught his eye, and he smirked to wish me luck. As I approached the table, already shaking, I could see that Hannibal was already entangled with East-West who were two ladies.
I got to the table just in time to stop East from saying or doing something nasty.
"Can you keep the noise down please?
"We are all friends here, so we can sort the problem peacefully."
"Anyway, why are you here? Where is the real TD?
"Why do I never get real directors at my table? Now run along and send the 'boss' down."
So I will have to adjust the final score."
"So I am adjusting the score to 3NT-2 [-200]."
"Why would my partner finesse a diamond and risk going down when he has 9 top tricks?
"Partner might be 'pug' ugly and a bad bidder etc, but even he would know not to finesse the diamond."
"Of course I will finesse the diamond, because I will see that I need to make ten tricks in 3NT to avoid losing to the other normal pairs who are making +620 in 4."
"I am never playing in this event again. It is always too cold, too expensive, nasty opponents and incompetent directors!"
Laws: 75D2 40C 74A1 74A2 74B5 90B7 90B8