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66 English Bridge February 2016

Ask Gordon - more from page 43

Ask Gordon - more from page 43


I was playing in our club's regular duplicate session.

The bidding - only by our side - was 1´-2t-2´pass;

so I was declarer in 2´. After about two

uneventful rounds there was a bit of a distraction

on an adjacent table, which held us up for a


Having won the previous trick it was my turn to

lead but I could not remember for sure whether we

were in two spades or three spades so I looked at my

score card to check. One of our opponents objected

strongly to this and called the director who, to my

surprise, agreed with the complainer that I was not

allowed to look at my card for any reason. I feel that

such a prohibition is illogical. Could you please

confirm whether or not it does exist (the Rulebook

is unclear on this) and if so, why? On this occasion

the director imposed no penalty other than to say

that I should not do so again.

As noted in my reply to another question on page

43, you are allowed to ask what the contract is at

any time, but not what the auction was once you

have played to the first trick from dummy.

However there is also the following in the Laws:

L40C3. (a) Unless permitted by the Regulating

Authority a player is not entitled during the

auction and play periods to any aids to his

memory, calculation or technique.

So I think you would be safer to ask what the

contract is, rather than risk having your opponents

imagine that you might be looking at your

scorecard for any other reason!

Additionally it's worth noting that the club itself

is the Regulating Authority for its games, so it

could if it wished make a regulation to allow this.


What should the director rule here?

Declarer was in 5t. A heart was led and dummy

went down with a 5-0-2-5 distribution. No one

noticed that this was 12 cards. Declarer discarded

allowing RHO's ™A to win trick one, thus

promoting her own ™K. She took the diamond

return and ruffed a heart in dummy. After eight

tricks had been played dummy straightened his

cards and out popped the queen of hearts.

Neither I - a basic level club director - nor a

county director I later consulted, could find

anything in the rulebook which appeared to cover

this situation. What should the TD's ruling be?

Here's the relevant law:

14B. Hand Found Deficient Afterwards

When one or more hand(s) is/are found to

contain fewer than 13 cards, with no hand having

more than 13, at any time after the opening lead is

faced (until the end of the Correction Period), the

Director makes a search for any missing card, and:

1. if the card is found among the played cards,

Law 67 applies.

2. if the card is found elsewhere, it is restored to

the deficient hand. Rectification and/or penalties

may apply (see 4 following).

3. if the card cannot be found, the deal is

reconstructed using another pack. Rectification

and/or penalties may apply (see 4 following).

4. a card restored to a hand under the provisions

of Section B of this Law is deemed to have belonged

continuously to the deficient hand. It may become

a penalty card (Law 50), and failure to have played

it may constitute a revoke.

So dummy revoked on the first trick. However,

Law 64B3 tells us there is no rectification for such

a revoke and we go to Law 64C to see if we need to

adjust in equity.

From your description, it doesn't seem as though

the number of tricks would have been any different

if dummy had played the ™Q on the first round, so

there would be no adjustment. If in fact declarer

would have made fewer tricks without the revoke,

then you would adjust accordingly. r


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