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Infraction or not

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Posted 2022-September-27, 10:31

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Law 16B. Extraneous Information from Partner
1. Any extraneous information from partner that might suggest a call or play is unauthorized.

From my dictionary:

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ex·tra·ne·ous | ikˈstrānēəs |
adjective
irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with: one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material.
• of external origin: when the transmitter pack is turned off, no extraneous noise is heard.
• separate from the object to which it is attached: other insects attach extraneous objects or material to themselves.


In the case of bridge, "extraneous" refers to information from partner not directly derived from partner's calls and plays, or from a few other sources designated as "authorized" in Law 16A

Law 16B goes on to say, in effect, that one cannot use this unauthorized information in choosing one's own calls and plays. Note that the suggestion must be "demonstrable". If the director is going to rule that a player violated Law 16B1, he has to be able show what the UI was (not "he asked a question", but "he asked this question, and it pretty obviously suggests... because…") and how it may have influenced the alleged offender's call or play. Obscure ("not clearly expressed or easily understood") arguments won't cut it.
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