James Vickers |
Club rules ( 13:11:05 TueJun 17 2003 ) |
I have been given the task of reviewing the club rules. Ours is a bridge club affiliated to the county association and the EBU. As far as I understand the situation, the club, as the sponsoring organisation, can impose any playing rules it likes so long as these do not conflict with the laws of the game.
So we are bound by the WBF laws (the blue book), but not the EBU regulations (the Orange Book).
For instance we could decide that a Stayman 2C should not be alerted (Orange Book stuff), but not that a passed out hand should be redealt (L22A). We could declare that a bid is not made until the bidding card is placed on the table (contravenes OB 7.3.2, but no law), but not that declarer's deliberately played card can be retracted without penalty (would contravene L45). We could not ban psyches (L75B), but we need not impose a 60/30% score in the case of fielded psyches as the OB recommends (6.2.2). (We could, if we so wished, impose 60/0%, for instance.)
Is my understanding so far correct?
One of our existing rules states that "Any player or players that wilfully refuse to play a board will automatically score zero on the board. Their opponents will score 60% or their own average, whichever is the greater."
Notwithstanding the fact that the TD could award 60/40% in such cases and add a disciplinary penalty of 40% of a top for the offenders, is this rule as it stands in contravention of L12B and L12C?