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ACBL 2008 Law Changes (2 pp)  09/08/08     I Pulled the Wrong Card (2 pp)  12/10/16
pending      ---     Opening Lead Out of Turn (2 pp) 11/17/13
Claims (3 pp) undated     Procedural Violations and Penalties (2 pp)   undated
Common Improprieties (4 pp) 09/03/08     pending        ---
Convention Card 06/03/08     Revoke Procedures and Rectification (3 pp)  12/29/16
Declarer's Options w a Defender's Penalty Card (2 pp)  12/29/16     Stop Card 01/29/19
pending (2 pp)       ---     pending      ---
Director's Role / Proprieties / Mechanics (2 pp)  undated     Unauthorized Information from Alerts  06/05/08
Dummy's Rights and Limitations (3 pp) 07/03/17     Unauthorized Information during Play  06/05/08
Duplicate Bridge is a Timed Event (2 pp) 06/15/11     pending      ---
Enabling the Post-Game Postmortems (1 pg) 04/06/13     pending      ---
Hesitations (6 pp)  08/25/08     Zero Tolerance Policy (3 pp)  undated

Alert Series
Do I "Alert" or "Announce" or Does My Partner (2 pp)  01/29/19
Failure to Alert / Mistaken Alert (2 pp) 05/15/14
Unauthorized Information from Alerts  06/05/08
All About Alerts (7 pp) 05/15/14
ACBL Alert Regulations (2 pp) 01/01/12

Aids for Directors
Bridge Director Tips (1 pg)   01/14/18     Posting to VCBridge.org (5 pp)   05/17/17
Club Monthly Report (2 pp)  03/06/17     Relay & Bye Stand Setup for Mitchell Movements   10/13/11
Convention Charts  05/xx/15     pending       ---
Directing a Swiss Teams Game (6 pp)   03/07/17     Updating Masterpoints in ACBLscore (2 pp)  01/18/15
Directors Basic Operation of the Bridgemates (5 pp)   04/18/18     Vulnerability Strip  undated
FTP (6 pp)  08/12/17     Working with ACBLscore (20 pp)  01/31/18
Pickup Slips - 3 Brds  undated     pending       ---
Pickup Slips - 4 Brds  undated     pending       ---
Pitfalls, Avoidances, Remedies (6 pp)  01/18/15     pending       ---
Viewing Club Game Results on ACBL's Site (1 pg)  06/17/18     Saving & Uploading Club Results to ACBL's Site (2 pp)  05/19/18

6/12/08 David Stevenson: Unauthorized Information--during the Play
Unauthorized information during the play may arise from hesitations, a question about a bid, or implications from a penalty card.  Penalty card implications might be that partner wanted to lead that card, or that partner might have a sequence headed by that card.

The method of dealing with unauthorized information (UI) in the play is identical to the method during the bidding.  First, you summon the Director to establish there was UI.  Then, you recall the Director at the end of play to look at the hand.  Make sure that players do NOT shuffle their cards!  The Director needs to consider the play in making a ruling on the result of the UI.
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6/5/08 Unit 114 Website: Unauthorized Information--from the Alert System
The alert system is for the benefit of the opponents—it is unauthorized information for you & your partner.  The lack of an alert is also unauthorized information.  Whether your prior bid was alerted or not, your next call should be based on the cards in your hand, the opponents' bidding (at your own risk), partner's earlier bidding and the assumption that partner recognized the meaning of your prior bid.  (Take the opponents' hesitations and discomfort into consideration at your own risk also.)

If you become the declaring side, you--whether dummy or declarer--now have the requirement to inform the opponents before the opening lead of any misexplanations or disagreements.  The defenders may call the director if either (or both) feels their side has been damaged.

If you are defending, wait until play is over and then explain.  If declarer feels damaged, he/she should call the director.
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6/3/08 Bob Gruber: Convention Card
The Convention Card is for the benefit of you and your partner before the game begins.  During the auction and during the play of a hand, it is for the benefit of the opponents.  It is forbidden fruit for you or your partner to "sneak a peek" during those times.

As long as it won't slow the game, it's fine for you to personally review and/or discuss your conventions briefly between hands and more extensively between rounds, but limit your reviews to those times.  Additionally, at the table, the card should be turned to be easily read by an opponent, NOT by you.
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6/2/08 Dick Wagner: Stop Card
The Stop Card was removed from Duplicate Bridge in 2018.
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