Lead out of turn by dummy
dummy made an opening lead out of turn with a low club and their LHO followed suit, then declarer played the ace - then director was called to the table by the correct person on lead. it happened very fast, or so I was told.
declarer, not listening said I accept that lead. do they have the right to do this knowing that they have won the trick? plus when I said I need to think about this one, declarer promptly said " we cannot play this board". I said of course you can, instructed the correct person to make their lead and told their partner to leave their card on the table as a minor penalty card and for declarer to return the card to their hand. Did I handle this badly and can anyone with more experience explain the best way to sort this one out please?
I may need coaxing here through law 53!
Law 53A states that the lead is accepted if the next player plays a trick (subject to law 53B)
Law 53B says that the player whose turn it was to lead can make a lead to the trick (subject to law 53A)
So at first glance it seems we have a circular argument - I THINK this means that if the player to dummy's left was on lead (instead of dummy) and has played a card then that card may be deemed to be the lead to the trick rather than playing second in hand and accepting dummy's lead out of turn. If so dummy's card is withdrawn. It also seems to indicate that it this occurred when declarer was due to lead i.e. his RHO led, then if declarer leads, the card played by the defender is withdrawn - and doesn't become a penalty card - although Law 16C applies. If declarer doesn't play a card then the opening lead becomes a major penalty card.
If this is the case then in the circumstances above, the trick has been accepted by dummy's LHO playing to it and dummy's RHO cannot lead to the trick.
I cannot see how the opponent can have a minor penalty card since it hasn't been played unintentionally (Law 50B) - minor penalty cards are very rare.
Then JeremyChild contributed:
@weejonnie is spot on, including their assumption about how 53 and B interact.
The only relevant thing here is that Dummy's LHO played to the trick, thus accepting the lead.
It is perhaps worth mentioning that only a member of the opposing team can accept a lead out of turn - declarer may not accept dummy's lead out of turn.
JamesC then wrote:
I'm not sure about the other point, is dummy allowed to make a lead out of turn? I've a feeling if declarer didn't call for the club then it's simply an illegal play and there's no option to accept it.