[BLML] Duplicate Bridge Law 2017 Law 81 + footnotes [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

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Mon Jul 2 00:54:48 CEST 2012

Hypothetical 2017 Law 81 - The Director

A. Official Status

The Director is the official representative of the
Tournament Organizer.

B. Restrictions and Responsibilities

1. The Director is responsible for the on-site
technical management of the tournament. The
Director has powers to remedy any omissions of
the Tournament Organizer.*

2. The Director applies, and is bound by, these
Laws and supplementary regulations announced
under authority given in these Laws.

C. Director's Duties and Powers

The Director (not the players) has the sole
responsibility for rectifying irregularities and
redressing damage. The Director's duties and
powers normally include also the following:

1. to maintain discipline and to ensure the orderly
progress of the game.

2. to administer and interpret these Laws and to
relevantly** advise the players of their rights and
responsibilities thereunder.

3. to rectify an error or irregularity of which the
Director becomes aware (but not necessarily as
soon as the Director becomes aware***) in any
manner, within the correction period established
in accordance with Law 79C.

4. to assess rectification when applicable and to
exercise the powers given in Laws 90 and 91.

5. to waive rectification for cause****, in the
Director's discretion, upon the request of the non-
offending side.

6. to adjust disputes.

7. to refer any matter to an appropriate committee
and/or appropriate person (for example, the
official Recorder).

8. to report results for the official record if the
Tournament Organizer requires it and to deal with
any other matters delegated to him by the
Tournament Organizer.

D. Delegation of Duties

The Director in charge may delegate any duties
to assistant directors, but the Director in charge is
not thereby relieved of responsibility for the
correct performance of those delegated duties by
those assistant directors.*****


* The Tournament Organizer must publish
Conditions of Contest in advance, but the
Director is permitted, if necessary, to create ex
post facto Conditions of Contest. For example,
the Director shall create an ex post facto tie-
break Condition of Contest if the Tournament
Organizer has forgotten to do so.

** The Director confines such advice to the
rights and responsibilities of the players that are
relevant to the situation that the Director is
dealing with. For example, a player is not entitled
to request the Director to recite the IMP table
which is embedded in Law 78B.

*** For example, the Director may become aware
of an established revoke during the play of a deal,
but the non-offending side may be blissfully
unaware of the established revoke. In that case
the Director should delay drawing attention to the
established revoke until only Law 64C (Director
Responsible for Equity) is applicable. An earlier
intervention by the Director during the play could
well unfairly disadvantage the offending side, due
to them being unfairly outnumbered in the play by
three to two.

A second example is the Director observing an
an opening lead out of turn, but none of the
players drawing attention to that infraction. The
Director should not intervene immediately, thus
the Director should let declarer unintentionally
become dummy. But at the end of play the
Director should consider whether to use Law 23
to adjust the score.

**** An example of insufficient cause would be,
"The opponents are my friends, and we have no
chance of winning but they do."

***** In particular the Director in charge should
review an assistant director's ruling which may be
appealed. The Director in charge should ease
the squeeze on the appeals committee by
reversing an incorrect ruling by an assistant
director immediately, rather than waste the
appeals committee's time by instead requiring
them to do so.

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