34 English Bridge February 2018 www.ebu.co.uk
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.
Ask Robin Compiled by Robin Barker
Trouble at the table
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
'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?'
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
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
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
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
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