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Ask Jeremy by Jeremy Dhondy

Quick Play, Slow Play

Email your questions to Jeremy Dhondy at

or write to the editor, Elena Jeronimidis, at 23 Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LR.

Jeremy, English Bridge and the EBU are not responsible if the information in the letters is incorrect or incomplete.

declarer had been, say, pointing to a card, stricter (Law 45C1).

RAY WHITBY asks: May a three-card but had not actually called for it or HHHHH

suit be opened by arrangement with- touched it, then it would be proper to say I’ve received quite a few letters recently

out alerting the opposition? something like: ‘You are in hand partner.’ about slow play in clubs and what to do

Once declarer has actually called for the about it. There is no doubt that it spoils

card, the infraction has happened and enjoyment for many players and if they

If your agreement with partner is that 1® dummy must do as he is told. express their disappointment by not retur-

(or for that matter 1t) may be a three- Once declarer has played from the ning the club will be on a downward spiral.

card suit, there is no need to alert. If it may wrong hand, the opponents may decide I suggest:

be two or fewer, then it does require an whether they want him to do this or play • Getting the club committee to decide

alert (this may change to an announce- from the correct hand. They are not how it wishes to approach this rather

ment shortly). The relevant bit of the permitted to consult so it is the first player than leaving everything to the long-

Orange Book is 5G3c1. It should however to make his intention clear that counts. In suffering, probably volunteer, director.

be noted on your system card. You may this case your partner indicated his pref- • Being clear on timing. Keep a visible,

not agree to open one of a major on a erence by playing a card. accurate clock to help both with timing

three-card suit unless you are playing a As is often the case with players who and any dispute. An announcement of

Level 5 (top level) tournament. recite the law, declarer was wrong when he time remaining by the director may help.

said: ‘It’s dummy’s role to watch and • Having a clear rule as to when you may

correct errors during play,’ as a look at the start a board. For example, some clubs

ASHLEY NICKLIN, Southend writes: law book will tell him. say no board may be started if there is

In a suit contract the queen of spades I expect the director had no difficulty in under three minutes to go. It may be

was called for to be played by declarer pointing to the right bit of the law book. possible in some clubs to allow a board to

who was actually in hand. Partner be played at the end if both pairs wish to

played while dummy hesitated pick- do so. Print notices to say what you are

ing up the card. Dummy then said: SIMON WHITEHOUSE asks: If de- doing and put them on the wall – and in

‘The lead was actually in declarer’s clarer is last to play to a trick (i.e. the the club newsletter if you have one.

hand.’ My partner replied: ‘You may lead is from his left), at what stage is his • Accepting that fining and issuing

call the director but I’ve accepted the card deemed played and non- penalties is unlikely to work and should

lead.’ A fracas ensued at the hand’s retractable? My partner (declarer) only be used in extreme circumstances.

end due to this being a complete pulled one card to play, then, with it • Reminding players that it is often not

bottom for declarer. half-way to the table, decided to change slow play that is the problem but the

Declarer was unhappy that the card it. LHO had seen the card and asked inordinate amount of time spent check-

was not retractable and at the end of the director to rule that it had been ing results, studying the traveller or

play said so, and also that: ‘It’s dum- played. The card had neither been faced bridgemate, filling in the personal score-

my’s role to watch and correct errors nor tabled, but had got far enough to be card and lecturing partner on how he/she

during play and I feel that the next seen. Can it be altered at that time? should have played the hand.

hand playing the card quickly didn’t • If a few players are not only slow but

allow the error to be corrected!’ decline to change their habits, then the

Please can you advise what dummy Law 45C2 covers when a card played by committee may appoint one of their

is actually authorised to say and do? declarer is ‘played’ and not retractable – number to speak to them and suggest

whether it is seen or not.. that they must speed up to remain in the

Was it in the opinion of the director game. In the end, if you set a reasonable

The rights and limitations on dummy are ‘held face up touching or nearly number of minutes for a round you can’t

contained in Law 42 and Law 43. Dummy touching the table or maintained in such have one pair taking five minutes extra on

can seek to prevent an irregularity but a position as to indicate that is has been each round without spoiling the

once it has occurred he has no right to played’? If so, then it cannot be retracted. enjoyment of others or making them

draw attention to it. In the case you cite if The laws on defenders played cards are miss the last bus. r June 2013 English Bridge 43


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