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How seriously do you want it?

How seriously do you want it?

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 28th August 2023

Written by: Ton Kooijman

There is an issue in the bridge laws that keeps me busy for a long time already. It deals with L12C1e which tells that the non offending side is only held responsible for its damage when it causes an extremely serious error which is not related to the infraction. A good example is a revoke and an example Edgar Kaplan once gave is the first lead with the 9 from KQJ9, being fourth best and giving declarer a trick with the 10.
Because TD’s tend to hold also non offenders responsible for their choices/actions we even changed the laws in 2017 by adding the word ‘ extremely’ to ‘ serious error’. This means that the non- offending side in practice almost automatically will be completely compensated for the damage created by the offending side.

Let me give you an example that occurred last week here in Marrakech:

East explains to North 3Fiori as shortage, which is the agreement, but West tells his screenmate it shows four or more clubs.

South leads Cuori8 for the queen and ace and declarer plays Fiori5 for the king and makes his contract. South played low, ‘knowing?’ that North will ruff.

EW do not deserve better than 4Cuorix -1, the result had South been rightly informed. But do NS deserve +100? The laws say ‘yes’. What do you say?

If you want to react use tonkooijman41@gmail.com or lkelso@ihug.com.au, or meet me in the venue.

Ton Kooijman

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