[The director has the responsibility for rectifying irregularities and redressing damage. But it is important for players to have at least a passing knowledge of the laws applying to the most common irregularities. For the next couple of months, I will summarize for you some of those most common irregularities.]
The rules have changed in recent years. It used to be that if a player revoked, the opponents were generously rewarded. Here are the basic facts you should know about the revoke (also called a "renege").
Definition - Failure to follow suit when you could have.
When is a revoke established? - When the offending side plays to the next trick.
An unestablished revoke – Must be corrected. In the case of declarer’s revoke, the card is returned to his/her hand without penalty. In the case of a defender, the revoke card becomes a major penalty card. (This will be explained in a later laws segment.)
Rectification after an established revoke
0 tricks – if the offenders won no tricks from the revoke trick on
1 trick – if the offending side won a trick from the revoke trick on
2 tricks – if the revoking player won the revoke trick and the revoking side won another later trick
Adequate compensation – If the director deems that the non-offending side was insufficiently compensated, an adjusted score can be assigned. This is rare and would occur only if the non-offending side were unable to score a series of tricks that rightfully belonged to them had the revoke not occurred.