Magazine article The Spectator

Legal Advice

Magazine article The Spectator

Legal Advice

Article excerpt

IF you've never played bridge in a tournament, you'll find it very different from the game you play at home. Suddenly, everything is deadly serious: there are directors, rule books and a whole minefield of regulations. At a tournament not long ago, an official came over to tell me that I had made an 'illegal' bid. This was a Level 3 competition and my bid (2[diamonds] to show a Weak 2 in a major) was permissible only at Level 4. For a moment I thought he was going to arrest me, but I escaped with a penalty.

Sometimes the game becomes so legalistic that it's like being in a law court. At the recent Portland Pairs, for instance, one player hesitated before passing; her partner bid on regardless and the opponents at once 'reserved their rights':

5[hearts] went one down; 4[clubs] would have made. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.