Morris Jones and Gary Porter have produced an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) laws quiz for players to test their knowledge of what they think is the correct call after an infraction has been committed at the table.
This quiz points out the need for players either as offender, or offended, to call the director as soon as an infraction has been committed to avoid misunderstandings. The director will come to the table to correct the error, and play can resume.
Many players feel the calling of the director is upsetting and the caller is just “not being nice,” but players should think of the call as an opportunity to get back on track. Although you groan and grind your teeth, you should not take the call personally; these are rules which make this game so great.
Five of the test questions in the quiz deal with dummy, and actions dummy may and may not take during the play of the hand. The general agreement is that dummy is a silent partner and may not initiate a call to the director until the last trick is played, and only than if he noticed an irregularity during the play.
Dummy may not help the declarer play the hand by reaching for cards before the declarer asks. He may not correct the direction declarer has placed his cards to indicate winners and losers, as one of the prime jobs of the dummy is to keep the win/ lose record straight, and interrupting the declarers train of thought could affect the declarers line of play.
Also during the play, dummy may not look at the opponents convention card because dummy might call attention to something of interest on the opponents card which might affect declarer’s line of play. Dummy is allowed to prevent declarer from leading from the wrong hand and may tap on the table to tell declarer he is to play from the board.
Congratulations to Katherine Walsh and Joy Haxton for their 73.51 percent game, Janet Mathews and Betty Ellingson for their 70.71 percent game, Bette and Bob Batson with 71.43 percent and Mary Anne Geppert and Judy Munn with 70.58 percent.
Get your team together for a unit Swiss team event on July 31 at 1 p.m. at the Naples Bridge Center on Golden Gate Parkway.