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Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs
Sunday 23 June at 2pm
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This is the first in an occasional series where I will look at certain Laws based on incidents at the OBC, sometimes observed by me or otherwise reported to me. The series is intended to help players improve their understanding of the Laws.
Laws 42 and 43 cover what Dummy can and cannot do. Basically, Dummy cannot do very much. Dummy may keep count of the tricks; Dummy plays cards as directed by the Declarer and makes sure that the dummy hand follows suit. Dummy may ask a Declarer, but not a Defender, whether they have no more in a suit once they have not followed suit. Dummy must not participate in the play in any way and must not look at cards in anyone else’s hand.
Importantly, Dummy may try to prevent an irregularity but may not call attention to an irregularity during play; Dummy must wait until the hand has been played before calling attention to an irregularity. So, if Declarer looks to be about to lead from the wrong hand, Dummy can advise Declarer where the lead is. However, if the lead is in Declarer’s hand but Declarer asks for a card from the dummy hand, Dummy should just play the designated card from dummy and do absolutely nothing else. I am sure most of us have broken this Law at some time (I certainly have): it is a natural reaction to say something, but that is the wrong thing to do. More on a related topic next time.
Martin Illingworth, Chief TD
Summertown Bridge Club and Oxford Bridge Club are jointly running a
Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs event
in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK and Safeline
on Sunday 23 June 2019 at 2.00pm
To download the entry form click here and to enter online click here.
Oxfordshire Bridge Association is holding its popular annual green-pointed weekend congress over the weekend of 8th to 9th June this year.
There will be green-pointed Swiss Pairs on the Saturday and green-pointed Swiss Teams and a Friendly Pairs event (for pairs rated at NGS 9 or lower) on the Sunday.
The venue is the Marlborough School Enterprise Centre, Shipton Road, Woodstock, OX20 1LP.
Booking is now open. Click here for the congress brochure. Online booking is available via the OBA website,
Richard Sills & Viv Stevenson beat Carol Benzie & Liza Furnival in the final of the club's rubber bridge knock-out competition, held on 30 April, in a very closely fought match. Very well done to Richard & Viv; they will receive the Meltzer trophy at the AGM in July.
The full draw for the Meltzer Competition is here.