header                Issue #19

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Always call the TD for any infringement, however minor -  do not take the law into your own hands.

Law 7B

Count your cards

Exam answer

In January, I ran a TD course in Johannesburg to train and educate Club Directors. 11 Participated and this proved to be a very successful venture, where all 11 attendees made a concerted effort to learn TD techniques. Hats off to them!

Here is a question I posed to them in the evaluation test. The test was "open book".

At trick 11 South realises that he is a card short. It is found under the cloth of the previous table which passes the board. It was the HK. No revoke was made, fortunately.

Any penalties, and to whom?

Here is the answer that would have gained full marks -

Law 7B2 states: "Each player counts his cards face down to be sure he has exactly thirteen; after that, and before making a call, he must inspect the faces of his cards."

South therefore committed an infraction and has to suffer a DP (Disciplinary Penalty) and this equates to a quarter-top. More importantly, though, is that the TD should educate the players at that table the necessity of counting cards before fanning and looking at them. If the person committed this foul for the first time and there were no revoke penalties, a stern warning might be enough.

Now we hop over to the person responsible for being negligent and hid the card under the cloth - he gets a stern warning, and perhaps ask this person to count his cards on each board before returning his cards after playing them.

The marks for this question: 3/50 or 6%.

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Sid Ismail
National Director
Feb 2016

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