1. 'Dummy can't revoke'
Dummy can revoke, but Law 64B3 tells us
there is no 'rectification' for such a revoke.
However, as with any other established
revoke, if the non-offending side are
damaged by the revoke then the director can
adjust the score under Law 64C to restore
2. 'It was in the same breath'
This phrase is not used in the Laws, and the
important thing when correcting an
inadvertent call or designation is not so
much how quickly you do it, but whether or
not you changed your mind. Changes of
mind are not allowed however quickly you
3. 'The revoke didn't gain a trick'
The revoke laws aren't only there to restore
equity - they also contain a punitive element
to help focus everyone's minds on the most
basic requirement of the game: following
suit. That means that sometimes you will
lose a trick even if your revoke didn't gain
you anything, and conversely you might end
up no better off after your opponent has
revoked - though you should never end up
4. 'Play on'
Law 68D tells us that play should cease
whenever a claim or concession is made, so
if your opponent tells you to play on, you
should instead call for the director because
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that is the proper way for your opponent to
contest your claim. If you do carry on and
play, that may be considered to provide
evidence in clarification of your claim, so if
you play on and get it wrong you might well
be ruled against even if your claim would
normally have been considered valid.
5. 'Make it good'
The law about insufficient bids is a good deal
more complex than this and you should
always call the director to ensure that both
sides' interests are protected. You may be
able to correct an insufficient bid under Law
25 if it was unintended, but otherwise your
LHO has the option to accept it. If it's not
accepted and was not unintended, then the
complicated and unpopular Law 27 will be
applied. If you have made a premature
replacement before the director has ruled,
you may well find your options limited.
6. 'It's North's responsibility'
Actually, the only thing for which North is
specifically made responsible by the laws is
moving the boards at the end of the round.
When scoring with Bridgemates we have a
regulation that either North or South is
responsible for scoring, and either East or
West is responsible for checking. Otherwise,
a pair which is stationary at a table is
primarily (though not solely) responsible for
proper conditions of play. Don't expect to be
able to blame the other pair if you go to the
wrong table! r
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Common Misconceptions about the Laws
- by Gordon Rainsford
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