Today the WBG Championship Committee has issued the following statement:
At the start of segment 5 of the Open Teams Championship, on Sunday September 12, 2016, the Spanish team refused to start the match in a timely manner. They had raised the issue of whether an American pair’s agreements for third seat opening was properly disclosed. There was no allegation of unethical behavior.
The Spanish team wanted a ruling on this complaint before they would begin the match.The director found there was insufficient evidence presented to require any change by the Americans. The Spanish were directed to start the match.They were warned that a late arrival penalty could be imposed. They refused to start play at this time.When the match finally started, a 32 IMPs penalty was imposed, based on the actual start time of the match.
This decision was reviewed by the WBG Championship Committee, which changed the penalty to a 10-IMP procedural penalty, since the teams were all present 45 minutes prior to the starting time.The procedural penalty was imposed because the Spanish team refused to obey the tournament director’s order to start play
Source: WBF Wroclaw Bullettin No 12
USA Captain Oren Kriegel has written the story at BridgeWinners: click here »