Case 6

The bidding in an Auction deal was as follows:--

1st 2d 3d

Round Round Round

North 3 Royals Redouble Double

East No No No

South 4 Hearts No Double

West Double 6 Clubs Claims new deal

The deal was played and resulted in the Declarer taking six tricks, a

loss of 600. The question is whether West's claim should be sustained

or this score counted, it being a part of the case stated that the

declaration which was the subject of complaint was made inadvertently.


Law 54 provides that "A player cannot redouble his partner's double,"

but does not penalize such action. The prohibition is intended to

prevent an increase in the value of the tricks and a penalty is not

attached, as the additional double is generally a careless act, not

likely to materially benefit the offending player.

It goes without saying that any such double is most irregular, and any

suggestion of strength thereby conveyed will not be used by an

honorable partner. The same comment applies to the remark, sometimes

made, "Partner, I would have doubled if you had not."

A player repeatedly guilty of such conduct, or of intentionally

violating any other law, should be reprimanded, and, if the offense be

continued, ostracized.

In the case under consideration, this question does not arise, as it is

conceded that the act was simply an inadvertence. Even, however, had

its bona fides been questioned, the decision would of necessity be

that the score be counted, as the laws do not provide a penalty for the


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