header                Issue #23               June 2016

These pages are an attempt to inform bridge players of  the laws governing our game.  In particular, we will be looking at everyday situations where the TD is called.
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Always call the TD for any infringement, however minor -  do not take the law into your own hands.

The revoke that couldn't cost

Was this a legitimate TD call?

My Reply

Query received from Robert Stephens

I got called to a table last week, where the players had just completed the hand, and the defenders claimed there was a revoke on trick 10. Declarer had 3 trumps in dummy, and 2 in her hand (with a side card), no other trumps outstanding.

Declarer played a trump from dummy, and instead of following suit with a trump, she discarded the side card... obviously she couldn't have lost any of those 3 tricks no matter how she she played the hand, but the revoke was nevertheless established.

I felt it was unsportsmanlike behavior by the defenders to call attention to the revoke, and expect to be rewarded for it, and that they should rather have received a procedural penalty, or a warning anyway... what do you think?

When the opponents realised that no trumps were outstanding (trick 10) and dummy had 3 trumps remaining, they should have gracefully conceded. Declarer played a trump at trick 10 probably thinking that he had to draw one round more. Thus the TD should have given declarer all 3 tricks.

And I agree with you Robert as to how you feel about these opponents - it is my feeling also that this was not a TD call if the opponents were sportsman-like. Unfortunately there are two kinds of players:
those that will win by playing well and fairly; and the other type that looks at The Laws in order to extract manna from heaven...

If this was not a straight-forward situation like trick 10, then this would apply:

The law states that if you went through a red robot, even at the quiet hour of 3am, you are breaking the law and should pay a fine.

Unfortunately that it true for revokes in bridge too. There is a price to pay for not paying attention.

The powers that write the laws (and I met them) have relaxed lots of things e.g. Law 25A, but they are adamant that revokes will not be softened...

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Sid Ismail
National Director

June 2016

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