Laws and Ethics

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Laws and Ethics News

Amendment to the 2017 law book

Following a meeting of the WBF Management Committee, Law 26B has been amended.


Law 26B now reads:
When an offending player’s call is withdrawn and it is not replaced by a comparable call, then if he becomes a defender declarer may, at the offender’s partner’s first turn to lead (which may be the opening lead) prohibit offender’s partner from leading any (one) suit which has not been specified in the legal auction by the offender. Such prohibition continues for as long as the offender’s partner retains the lead.

We would suggest making a permanent change in your new law book. The alteration can be easily made with a pen, or you can print this document, cut it to a sensible size, and affix it in your book at the top of page 53.

Errors in the 2017 law books

The WBF have issued a notice advising of two errors in the text which they provided for the printing of the law books, and which has only been noticed after the EBU had printed their version of the book. These errors have been corrected in the EBU's pdf version which can be downloaded via this link, however those purchasing a copy of the book should note the necessary changes.

The changes which should be made are:

In 'Definitions'
Under 'Play', the final sentence should be numbered 4. So the full definition of play reads:

  • 1. The contribution of a card from one’s hand to a trick, including the first card, which is the lead.
  • 2. The aggregate of plays made.
  • 3. The period during which the cards are played.
  • 4. The aggregate of the calls and plays on a board.

In Law 23 C:
Law 30B1(b)(ii) should be Law 30B1(b)(i)

Laws of Duplicate Bridge to be updated in 2017

The World Bridge Federation will be updating the Laws of Duplicate Bridge in 2017, and these will come in to effect in competitions in England from the start of August.

You can buy a copy of the new law book now.

Please note that the WBF have notified us of two errors in the text - see here for more details.

This video from the EBU's Chief Tournament Director, Gordon Rainsford, explains a little more about the introduction of the laws, and the impact it will have on some of the more commonly occurring situations - those covered in our 'How Can I Help You?' series of videos.

Courses will be organised by English Bridge Education and Development to help TDs update their knowledge of the Laws. More information on those will be available soon.