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Q1. They can only point out that the last card is

pointed wrongly, and only before their side plays to

the next trick.

Q2. Yes. Dummy may attempt to prevent an

irregularity. But dummy may not draw attention to

an irregularity. So the time limit on preventing the

irregularity is when the irregularity is committed.

If declarer leads from the wrong hand, either

defender may accept the lead, or may require its

retraction. If the two defenders want different

things, then the defender following the illegal lead

gets to decide.

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Trouble at the table

P

aul Jesper asked, '1. Can dummy or either

defender point out to their respective

partner that they have one (or more) cards

from played tricks incorrectly orientated and have

therefore won more/fewer tricks than is actually

the case?

'2. Can dummy, if they feel/sense that declarer is

about to play from the wrong hand, say something

like 'your hand partner' or 'you're in dummy

partner'? If so, when?

'If a card is actually played/called for from the

wrong hand, can either defender accept this lead

and how long have they got to say so?'

E

ric Brereton continued, 'another happening

was 1® by North which was overcalled 1™

by East, I as South doubled. West then

pulled out the stop bid then replaced it with a

PASS. The director ruled this was OK and no rule

was broken.'

E

ric Brereton asked, 'We have noticed that

many pairs are staring at declarer while they

are playing the cards. Is there a law that the

EBU has against this or is it just bad etiquette? Can

dummy call the TD regarding this? Is there a

penalty?'

It is possible that West meant to Pass all along - but

pulled out the STOP card by mistake (a mechanical

error) and corrected it with a PASS. In this case the

director is correct to rule that there was no

infraction.

Otherwise, West was going to make a skip bid and

then changed his mind. The STOP card is not a bid

and West is in time to change his mind - there is no

requirement to make the bid good. In this case, the

director should rule that East has unauthorised

information: East must avoid using the information

that West was thinking of making a skip bid.

2. A player should carefully avoid any remark or

extraneous action that might cause annoyance or

embarrassment to another player or might interfere

with the enjoyment of the game.

C. Violations of Procedure

The following are examples of violations of procedure:

5. looking intently at any other player during the

auction and play, or …

So it is against the law and is bad etiquette. I

would not say just bad etiquette - breaches of Law

74 should be treated seriously.

Dummy should not call the director during the

play unless someone else has drawn attention to an

irregularity; in this case dummy should wait until

the end of the play and then call the director.

Breaches of Law 74 can be subject to a

disciplinary penalty.

The law is LAW 74 - CONDUCT AND

ETIQUETTE. In particular Law 74A1, Law 74A2,

and Law 74C5.

A. Proper Attitude

1. A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all

times.

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