THE Laws and Ethics Committee have agreed some minor
changes to the Blue and White Books to take effect on August 1st.
After the first year in their new formats there are, thankfully, very
few changes to either publication.
In the Blue Book there are NO CHANGES TO PERMITTED
UNDERSTANDINGS in section 6 (Level 2), section 7 (Level 4)
and section 8 (Other permissions).
There are some changes to detail to make things clearer. In
particular we have changed a few words in 7C1(iv):
7 C 1 (iv). Any combination of meanings that show either or
1) At least five cards in a suit, specified or not,
which must not be the suit opened, and/or
2) At least 5-4 in two suits, either or both of
which may be specified or not, but both of
which must not be the suit opened.
(Words in bold indicate the changes)
In section 9 (Level 5) a couple of minor changes have been made
to bring the regulations into line with EBL and WBF regulations.
The full list of changes is available from the website
together with updated versions of both books for down loading.
There will not be a reprint of the Blue Book this
In the White Book the changes are mostly to clarify existing
regulations/advice and to correct some typos. However, we have
made a change to one of the correction periods detailed in #2.5.1
and #2.5.4. This concept of 'Gross and Manifest scoring errors'
(which no one really understood) has been replaced by:
Later scoring errors: This is the period referred to in Law 79C2
within which certain scoring errors can be corrected. No request
for a change in score will be entertained once this period has
expired under any circumstances. The only errors which will be
corrected in this period are errors introduced by the officials, and
errors which have an impact on multiple scores (such as players
sitting in the wrong direction in a Swiss match). This does not
cover errors such as entering a wrong score, which should have
been found by checking at the time.
A complete list of all the changes plus a new edition is
available from the website.
The International Laws of Contract Bridge
Members may be interested to know that the Portland Club, which
regulates rubber bridge, has published a new code of laws replacing
the 1993 ones. The new laws took effect on April 1st and are
available from the bridge shop (£5) - make sure you ask for the
green book. These apply to rubber bridge ONLY. The Laws of
Duplicate Bridge 2007 (red book) remain in force for ALL
DUPLICATE GAMES. r
28 English Bridge August 2014 www.ebu.co.uk
Changes to the Blue
Book and White Book
GARDEN CITIES FINAL
CONGRATULATIONS to Coventry & North Warwickshire Bridge
Club (represented by Stephen Green, Roger Bryant, David Jones,
Garry Watson, George Cuthbertson, Ian Handley, Martin Jones,
and David Kenward) who successfully defended the Garden Cities
Trophy, and claimed a fifth win in the last ten editions of this event
for club teams-of-eight.
THE EBU is pleased to announce the introduction of a new
competition, the Player of the Year Championship.
Players will gain points based on finishing in the top places of
the most prestigious events on the EBU calendar. The player
accumulating the most place points in the year (1st October to
30th September) will win the prize of £1000.
The events for which points are available include knockout com pe
titions and congress tournaments, and the first event will be the
Two Stars Pairs at the Autumn Congress in October (see below).
While this competition will appeal to those battling for the top
prize, we also hope that it will prompt some friendly rivalries
amongst those lower down the points list as they vie for bragging
rights amongst their club-mates. Previous experience indicates
that the prize money will be covered by an increase in entries.
The full list of competitions which will make up the Cham pionship
Series, and the points that can be scored in each, will be
available on our website at www.ebu.co.uk/competitions.
70th Autumn Congress
THE Autumn Congress will be held in Peterborough on 17th to
19th October (see page 18). This will not only be the first congress
which will award points in the new Player of the Year Champion ship,
but is also the 70th year of the congress. The main event, the
Two Stars Pairs, has been won by some of the greats of the English
game since the first competition in 1945 and the list of winners
can be seen at www.ebu.co.uk/node/466.
To mark the anniversary, the new venue, and the start of the
Player of the Year Championship, the Two Stars Pairs will follow a
new format. The qualifier on Friday is a 12 x 4-board Swiss Pairs,
scored by match-points (not VPs). The top 20 pairs qualify for the
Two Stars Pairs, the next 20 for the Satellite pairs. Those who don't
qualify and those choosing not to play on Friday will play a Swiss
Pairs on Saturday, with 9 x 6-board rounds scored by VPs. So two
different, independent, Green Pointed Swiss Pairs events are on
offer, plus the main finals for those who qualify. We also have our
two-session multiple teams event on the Sunday.
Join us for this anniversary event in Peterborough, try to add
your name to the illustrious list of winners, and also use the free
time in the schedule to visit some of the local attractions, such as
Burghley House or Peterborough Cathedral. r