Where cards are in hands.
I gave my laws talk today (more on that later).
Some very interesting questions came up.
Law 40B2D states that "Unless the Regulating Authority provides otherwise a player is not entitled to any aids to
his memory, calculation or technique during the auction period and play". This statement is under a law entitled "Partnership Understandings", strongly implying that it refers to (and only to?) details of their partnership agreement. However, WB 1.64 implies a much wider remit.
I always understood that the only note you were allowed to make (and refer to) was what the contract was, and if it was doubled. Is this true? If so, is this from 40B2D / WB 1.64 or elsewhere? Where does the right to note and refer to the contract come from? 41C only gives a right to be informed.
Here comes the juicy bits:
1) The person enquiring, when declarer in a NT contract, always arranges his suits in hand so that any bid by an opponent are on that opponent's side of his (declarer's) hand. Is this allowed, or does it fall foul of the "no aide-memoire" rule?
2) When dummy, he does the same thing (declarer is aware of this). Is this allowed? This sounds to me like Dummy participating in the play.
3) Is declarer allowed to request that Dummy's suits be laid out in a particular order? If so, can this be used as an aide-memoire like with his own hand in 1 above.
From the same person:
4) Can you draw inferences from an opponent rearranging their hand? This suggests they have just played their last card in a suit (and are rearranging to red-black). By corollary with 74C5 it would seem wrong, but there does not seem to be a law prohibiting it/