Minutes from the 2019 AGM now published.
24 Jun 19 : minutes of the second June meeting of the new committee
23 May 19 : minutes of the 2019 AGM have been published,
18 Apr 19 : latest newsletter - Mar/Apr 2019
We need to remember that these are aids to obtaining full disclosure (ie, you know as much about your opponnents system as they do) but that they are not the only means to that end. Carrying and exchanging convention cards is another approach. It is our duty when playing to ensure that the opposition are not disadvantaged by lack of disclosure. To avoid giving unauthorised information to partner, we can only volunteer information - outside of the above mechanisms - once partner is no longer involved. We should automatically do this as dummy or as declarer before the opening lead is faced, but if defneding we are only allowed to do it at the end of the hand. In that last case, if declarer has been disadvantaged then the Director must be called and (s)he will retore equity.
In comcmon situations, failures to alert to the right time or alerting when not necessary do very little damage to the game. We must therefore be gentl with newcomers to Duplicate Bridge when they stumble on these.
A short reminder on announcements is available by click here, and the more complete EBU version is available from click here.
Copies of the WBU version of the 2017 Laws (spiral bound and clear acetate covers) can be obtained via the WBU web site, or from Fleming Bridge Supplies. Cost for individual copies is cheaper than the EBU book, and the WBU will do a discount if a bulk order is put in.
A summary of the rule changes prepared by Patrick - click here. A more detailed list created by Tony Haworth - click here.
A new editiion of the Laws will come into force at the start of August across England. The changes are not radical; many of the changes are clarifications of current practice and the general thrusts of the Laws remain (a) to reach a meaningful bridge result as often as possible, and (b) to restore equity, rather than to punish. Briefings on the rule changes were given before the bridge game at Stroud, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury in AUgust 2017 (and can be repeated on request - if your club wishes to host such a session please ask Patrick).
Poster with the above - click here.