ACBL Laws Commission Minutes
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 30, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 A.M.
The minutes of the Washington meeting were approved.
An ACBL Board of Directors resolution to permit sponsoring organizations to allow club players to look at their own convention card during the auction was discussed. The conflict between Laws 80E and 80F as opposed to the footnote to 40E was noted and whether this type of regulation might be an appropriate item for conditions of contest.
The Laws Commission found that looking at your convention card is contrary to the
present Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge (Laws). The Commission noted that, while
the Laws prohibit such a practice, there is no specified penalty attached to looking at
one’s own convention card. However, other consequences in law (for which the director
may have to apply law 16 or 84E, for example) may result from so doing. There was a
consensus that this matter be referred to the drafting committee for further consideration.
WBF draft revisions to Law 27 were discussed. A consensus emerged that the law
should be changed in some way to allow for corrections of conventional bids to be made
without specific penalty if the information transmitted by either the insufficient bid or its
WBF draft revisions to Law 40 were also discussed. Some specific suggestions as to how to revise the draft were offered. A more general discussion ensued regarding how to enforce full disclosure with Law 40 while still maintaining practicality at the table. Included in the discussion was under what circumstances it is correct to have the bidder explain his own call in his partner’s absence (with and without the use of screens).
The Co-Chairman suggested and it was agreed that as the WBF draft proposals were lengthy and in need of detailed review that the draft be studied by smaller groups of the Laws Commission who would later report back to the Laws Commission as a whole with recommendations. It was also agreed that the WBF Drafting Committee be asked to clarify the intent of the changes with notes and examples.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 A.M.