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

Robert Frick rfrick at rfrick.info
Mon Jul 2 03:42:07 CEST 2012

On Sun, 01 Jul 2012 18:54:48 -0400, <richard.hills at immi.gov.au> wrote:

> 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.

If you are thinking of this as a power, then I am not sure the  
parenthetical stuff is needed. Directors now feel comfortable delaying  
their intervention.

If you are thinking of this as a duty, then you are leaving it unsaid when  
the director intervenes -- sometimes the director has the duy to intervene  
right away and sometimes he doesn't. You might as well just leave that  
part as a power.

> 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.*****
> [Footnotes]
> * 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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