Comparison of Laws 2007 and 2017
By Laurie Kelso WBF Laws Committee Secretary
in ABF newsletter of May 2017.
"Over the next few editions of the ABF Newsletter I will be covering some of the more important/interesting changes to specific laws.
There are now fewer automatic penalties (rectifications) and Directors have been given greater discretionary powers (in order to achieve more equitable ‘bridge’ results). While the material effect of many of the laws is unchanged, the actual wording and sentence structure has been reworked with a view to increased clarity. Although the main impact of the new laws will be felt by Directors, here a few preliminary items of player interest:
Dummy will now be permitted to prevent any player (previously it was just declarer) from committing an irregularity.
When a player has given wrong information about a partnership agreement and becomes aware of it during the auction, he is no longer obliged to rectify it immediately, but may instead wait until the auction is completed.
When a player makes a claim or concession, that player is now required to face his hand and both sides (all four players) may now agree to continue play, rather than summon the Director. However, if they do agree to play on, then the table result will stand. Alternatively if they elect to call the Director then all play ceases and the claim is adjudicated as per the current laws. More to come".