Board fouled in first round
It never ceases to amaze me how our little darlings keep coming up with new ways to test our knowledge and application of the laws.
It's the first round. Table has played and scored the board. South, whilst removing the board from the table, drops it and the cards go flying. They can't remember the hands well enough and there are no hand records available.
I make them redeal the board so others can play something, and I mark the board as fouled for that round - presumably the scoring software (EBUScore pairs) treats it appropriately.
EW complain that they got a good result on the board, but since it now cannot be compared to anyone else, they will end up with (presumably) 50-50.
There is a discussion to be had about how responsible South is for this situation (it was accidental, but South is known to be clumsy and we can always take more care), but leaving that aside for now, let's assume South is deemed responsible for the situation (perhaps he got cross and threw the board down).
My instinct is to want to award EW 60-40 - it is not their fault don't have the opportunity to get a good score, but can I?
The board has been played and scored, so I can't see that there has been damage per 12B1: "Damage exists when, because of an
infraction, an innocent side obtains a table result less favourable than would have been the expectation had the infraction not occurred." The result has been obtained and was not affected by the infraction.