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12 English Bridge April 2016

She was correct up to the end of your first

paragraph. The 'win a trick with a card that could

have been played to the revoke trick' no longer

applies. The question now is simply whether or not

the revoke card won the revoke trick. However

when it comes to considering whether you deserve

an adjustment in equity it is irrelevant what

happened at other tables - all that matters is what

would have happened at your table without the

revoke. So I suspect she gave the right answer there

too, but not for the reason you have given.

Law 58a says 'A lead or play made simultaneously

with another player's legal lead or play is deemed to

be subsequent to it.' So I think you should rule that

RHO played first, LHO created a major penalty card

with the ™8, and the ´9 was played (prematurely) to

the trick. LHO's penalty card needs to be played at

the first legal opportunity, but if RHO gains (or

retains) the lead before it's been played, then

declarer has the option to insist on, or prohibit, a

heart lead - in which case the ™8 will cease to be a

penalty card. If declarer allows any lead the ™8

remains a penalty card.

It is correct to score an unplayed board by using

Law 12 to award AV/AV-/AV+ according to

responsibility for the delay. It is not lawful to use the

Not Played function (which effectively awards both

sides their session score for the unplayed board)

when a board is removed due to slow play.

The two occasions when it is appropriate to mark

a board as Not Played are (temporarily) when you

have designated a board to be played later on, or

when you have changed the movement for everyone

to shorten one or more rounds by one board.

So when you have to take away a board due to

slow play, you are correct to score it as AV if both

pairs are partly at fault, but you should investigate

the cause of the slowness and on some occasions it

might well be right to award AV+/AV- or even AV/AV-.

You should never score it as Not Played in

these circumstances. r

PETER Jackson wrote, 'Defending a hand at my

local club, partner led a small trump, dummy

followed with a trump, declarer threw away a loser

and I took the trick with the ace, my last trump.

The next trick declarer trumped my lead. The

revoke was established. The director ruled a one

trick penalty (later they had made another trick).

I suggested it might be two as his last trump rather

than the revoke card made a trick.

She said she would review the decision to see if

we had been disadvantaged at the end of play.

Analysis of the result showed another pair had the

same score as us and therefore she could not give

us an extra trick because we would then be

outright winners on that board. Was she right?'

DAVID Wilson said, 'Hull BC is moving into the

21st century and has purchased Bridgemates. I

notice that we can score a board as Not Played.

Rightly or wrongly we have always scored an

unplayed board (eg when a table has run out of

time) as average for both pairs. However it seems

to be more sensible if scored as Unplayed.

Obviously if someone is culpable then we can give

A- (and A+ to innocent players).

Is there any EBU guidance as to whether we

should use Unplayed as opposed to Average as it

obviously makes a difference to a person's score.'

DAVE Edwards asked, 'Part-way through a hand,

declarer's RHO, on lead, puts ´10 on the table.

Thinking it was his lead, LHO puts ™8 down, then

realises it was not his turn and puts ´9 down too

and I get called. Declarer and dummy agreed there

was a split-second between RHO and LHO

playing a card but didn't agree which was first.

Opponents didn't know.'

Revokes, leads and unplayed

by Gordon Rainsford, Director

Email your questions to Gordon Rainsford at

Gordon, English Bridge and the EBU are not responsible if the information provided is incorrect or incomplete.

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