To bar ... or to be barred is a question every bridge player must ask himself or herself. The reason is that the governing bodies for the game of bridge have specified, stipulated, and determined the course of conduct, etiquette, and courtesy at the bridge table in the bridge room at the bridge tournament. It is important for every bridge player to be attentive, considerate, and concerned with these policies

The source on this web page is excerpted from The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge as published by the American Contract Bridge League, Sixth Edition, ISBN-10: 0-943855-44-6

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........ from any action at the bridge table can occur under certain circumstances, which are regulated either by the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge or by ethics. These circumstances can be caused unintentionally or intentionally.

To be barred from further action is a penalty for certain infractions committed at the bridge table. They can include any of the following.

LAW 23: DAMAGING ENFORCED PASS
When the penalty for an irregularity under any Law would compel the offender's partner to pass at his next turn, if the Director deems that the offender, at the time of his irregularity, could have known that the enforced pass would be likely to damage the non-offending side, he shall require the auction and play to continue and consider awarding an adjusted score (see LAW 72B1).

LAW 24: CARD EXPOSED OR LED DURING AUCTION
B. Single Card of Honor Rank or Card Prematurely Led

If it is a single card of honor rank or is any card prematurely led, (penalty) offender's partner must pass when next it is his turn to call (see LAW 23 when a pass damages the non-offending side).

C. Two or More Cards Are Exposed

If two or more cards are so exposed, (penalty) offender's partner must pass when next it is his turn to call (see LAW 23 when a pass damages the non-offending side).

LAW 25: LEGAL AND ILLEGAL CHANGES OF CALL
B. Delayed or Purposeful Correction
2. Not Condoned

if the first call was legal, the offender must either

(1) Let First Call Stand

allow his first call to stand, in which case (penalty) his partner must pass when next it is his turn to call (see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side).

LAW 27: INSUFFICIENT BID
B.  Insufficient Bid Not Accepted

If an insufficient bid made in rotation is not accepted, it must be corrected by the substitution of either a sufficient bid or a pass.

2. Conventional, or Corrected by Any Other Sufficient Bid or Pass

If either the insufficient bid or the lowest sufficient bid in the same denomination may have been conventional or if the bid is corrected by any other sufficient bid or by a pass, (penalty) the offender's partner must pass whenever it is his turn to call (apply LAW 10C1 and see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side; and the lead penalties of LAW 26 may apply).

3. Attempt to Correct by a Double or Redouble

If the offender attempts to substitute a double or redouble for his insufficient bid, the attempted call is canceled, and (penalty) his partner must pass whenever it is his turn to call (see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side; and the lead penalties of LAW 26 may apply).

LAW 28: CALLS CONSIDERED TO BE IN ROTATION
A. RHO Required to Pass

A call is considered to be in rotation when it is made by a player at his RHO's turn to call if that opponent is required by law to pass.

LAW 30: PASS OUT OF ROTATION
A. Before Any Player Has Bid

When a player has passed out of rotation before any player has bid, (penalty) the offender must pass when next it is his turn to call and LAW 72B1 may apply.

B. After Any Player Has Bid
1. At RHO's Turn to Call

After any player has bid, when a pass out of rotation is made at offender's RHO's turn to call, (penalty) offender must pass when next it is his turn to call (if the pass out of rotation related by convention to a specific suit, or suits, thereby conveying information, the lead penalties of LAW 26 may apply).

2. At Partner's Turn to Call

(a) Action Required of Offender

After any player has bid, for a pass out of rotation made at the offender's partner's turn to call, (penalty) the offender must pass whenever it is his turn to call, and LAW 72B1 may apply.

LAW 31: BID OUT OF ROTATION
A. RHO's Turn
2. RHO Acts

If that opponent makes a legal  bid, double or redouble, offender may make any legal call; when this call

(a) Repeats Denomination

repeats the denomination of his bid out of rotation, (penalty) offender's partner must pass when next it is his turn to call (see LAW 23).

(b) Does Not Repeat Denomination

does not repeat the denomination of his bid out of rotation, the lead penalties of LAW 26 may apply, and (penalty) offender's partner must pass whenever it is his turn to call (see LAW 23).

B. Partner's or LHO's Turn

When the offender has bid at his partner's turn to call, or at his LHO's turn to call if the offender has not previously called  , (penalty) offender's partner must pass whenever it is his turn to call (see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side), and the lead penalties of LAW 26 may apply.

LAW 32: DOUBLE OR REDOUBLE OUT OF ROTATION
A. Made at Offender's Partner's Turn to Call

If a double or redouble out of rotation has been made when it was the offender's partner's turn to call, (penalty) the offender's partner must pass whenever it is his turn to call (see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side).

B. Made at RHO's Turn to Call
2. RHO Bids

If offender's RHO bids, the offender may in turn make any legal call and (penalty) offender's partner must pass whenever it is his turn to call (see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side).

LAW 35: INADMISSIBLE CALLS CONDONED
B. Action by Player Required to Pass

If the inadmissible call was a bid, double or redouble by a player required by law to pass, that call and all subsequent legal calls stand, but, if the offender was required to pass for the remainder of the auction, he must still pass at subsequent turns.

LAW 36: INADMISSIBLE DOUBLE OR REDOUBLE

Any double or redouble not permitted by LAW 19 is canceled. The offender must substitute a legal call, and (penalty) the offender's partner must pass whenever it is his turn to call (see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side); the lead penalties of LAW 26 may apply. (If the call is out of turn, see LAW 32; if offender's LHO calls, see LAW 35A.)

LAW 37: ACTION VIOLATING OBLIGATION TO PASS
A bid, double or redouble by a player who is required by law to pass is canceled, and (penalty) each member of the offending side must pass whenever it becomes his turn to call (see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side). The lead penalties of LAW 26 may apply. (If offender's LHO calls, see LAW 35B.)

LAW 38: BID OF MORE THAN SEVEN
No play or score at a contract of more than seven is ever permissible. A bid of more than seven is canceled, and (penalty) each member of the offending side must pass whenever it becomes his turn to call (see LAW 23 when the pass damages the non-offending side). The lead penalties of LAW 26 may apply. (If offender's LHO calls, see LAW 35C.)

 


     
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