Changes in the Laws of Duplicate Bridge
1. Call out of Rotation (bid out of turn)
If you pass or bid when it is not your turn, this no longer forces your partner to pass. Calls out of rotation may be withdrawn and later replaced with comparable calls which allows the offenders to continue bidding. There is no longer an immediate restriction on your partners bidding.
2. Explanations and Alerts
When asked to explain your partner's bid you may consult the opponents' system card before giving a reply. (Law 40)
Do not explain an agreement where one does not exist e.g. by stating an opinion as if it were an agreement, or "I'm taking that to mean..." (Law 75)
If you realise you have given a wrong or incomplete explanation of partner's call or calls, you must call the director prior to the facing of the opening lead. (Law 20) The old law required you to call the director Immediately.
3. Unintended calls
The criterion for judging when a call is unintended has become more stringent because loss of concentration in not justified for changing a call. (Law 25)
Dummy may now try to prevent any irregularity by declarer. (Law 42)
You must correct a revoke when attention is drawn to the irregularity (instead of when you become aware of it). (Law 62a)
6. Making a claim
When claiming or conceding, you must show your cards.
With the concurrence of all 4 players, play may now continue if the non-claiming or non conceding side so requests, but the attained table result will then stand. This procedure can only be followed if the Director has not been called. (Law 68)
7. Lead Restrictions
When an offending player's call is withdrawn and it is not replaced by a comparable call, then if he becomes a defender declarer may, at the offender's partner's first turn to lead (which may be the opening lead) prohibit from leading any (one) suit which has not been specified in the legal auction by the offender. Such prohibition continues for as long as the offender's partner retains the lead. (Law 26B)
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