[BLML] Screen problem from Iceland [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

richard.hills at immi.gov.au richard.hills at immi.gov.au
Fri Apr 27 02:29:30 CEST 2012

Robert Frick:

>Do we really have to read the rules to see
>that this isn't fair?

Richard Hills:


Only when The Drafting Committee is
thinking about _changing_ The Laws of
Duplicate Bridge is a Platonic ideal of
"fairness" relevant. In all other cases
contextual "fairness" applies, with the
context being the current -- operative --
edition of the Lawbook.

For example, under the 1975 Lawbook, in
situations where declarer led from the
wrong hand, it was "fair" for the defenders
to demand that declarer led The Same Suit
from the correct hand, and it was "fair" for
the defenders to thereby gain a bonus trick.

The 1987 Drafting Committee consulted its
Platonic ideal of "fairness" and changed the
Law. Since 1987, when defenders demand
that declarer lead from the correct hand, it
is "fair" for declarer to lead Any Suit.

Digory Kirke, the magician's nephew:

"Grown-ups are always thinking of
uninteresting explanations."

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