Elections by The ACBL Board of Directors under the 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge

  1. Law 1B: The back of each card must be symmetric (Law 1C) and the ACBL encourages the use of packs where the face of each card is also symmetric.
  2. Law18F: The ACBL Board of Directors authorizes tournament organizers in ACBL sanctioned events to use bidding boxes. Any alternative method which is necessary to enable a person with a disability to compete is authorized subject to the approval of the Director.
  3. Law 40B1 and Law 40B2(a): An opening bid of 1NT and an opening bid of one in a suit, which by partnership agreement could show fewer than 8 high-card points, is designated a special partnership agreement. These two special partnership agreements are disallowed in all ACBL sanctioned events.
  4. Law 40B2(a): Both members of a partnership must employ the same system that appears on the convention card.
    1. During a session of play, a system may not be varied, except with permission of the Tournament Director. (A Director might allow a pair to change a convention but would not allow a pair to change its basic system.)
    2. At the outset of a round or session, a pair may review its opponents’ convention card and alter its defenses against the opponents’ special understandings and preemptive bids. This must be announced to its opponents. The opponents may not vary their system after being informed of these defensive alterations.
    3. A partnership, by prior agreement, may not vary its understanding during the auction or play following a question asked a response to a question or any irregularity. >
  5. Law 40B2(b): Whenever written defenses are required or permitted, they may be referred to by any player whenever it would be appropriate to refer to an opponent’s convention card.
  6. Law 40B2(c): In addition, a player is permitted to consult an opponent’s convention card at his RHO’s turn to call.
  7. Law 93C1: A further appeal to the Regulating Authority (ACBL) may be allowed only as follows:
    1. On a point of law to and at the discretion of the ACBL Laws Commission.
    2. On an allegation of bias of a committee member or members to and at the discretion of the ACBL Appeals and Charges Committee. The appellant is required to present evidence that the bias was not known at the time of the hearing.
    3. The appeal must be filed within thirty (30) days of the decision of the Bridge Appeals Committee that heard the issue.
  8. Law 93C3(a): Except as noted in 7 above, the responsibility of dealing finally with any appeal of a Director’s decision is that of the tournament’s specified tournament body.