Tournament Focus: Spring 2010

Laws & Ethics Corner

by John Pain

Orange Book Permitted Agreements

Additions and amendments to permitted methods take effect from August 1st and any applications to change anything need to be received by the Laws and Ethics Committee by the end of February.

If you wish to apply for approval of any agreement not currently permitted, you should send it either typed on A4 paper to the Secretary to the Laws and Ethics Committee, EBU, Broadfields, Bicester Road, Aylesbury HP19 8AZ or by email. You should include a logical defence to any agreement and indicate how it is to be shown on the convention card.

The committee tend to look more favourably on applications that are not especially difficult to defend against.

The Tangerine Book

The Laws and Ethics Committee has produced a simplified version of the Orange Book which it hopes will be more readily accessible to members. The Tangerine Book has some useful information about how to behave at the table and what to do when things go wrong. The main part is a straightforward list of what can be played at the various competition levels 2, 3 and 4. For most club and tournament players this will be all they ever need.

There is also an appendix giving more details of what is permitted at each level.

For those who need a complete reference work the Orange Book is still available. The new Tangerine Book runs to just 14 pages with the appendix being 10 pages. It is available in electronic form from the EBU website in the Laws and Ethics section.

John Pain
Laws & Ethics Committe Secretary