ACBL43 – Dummy’s Rights                   Ward Trumbull

                                                                                                                  May 1, 2012

What Dummy Can/Should Do                                       Page 1 of 1


  1.  Ask declarer to check his hand when declarer doesn’t follow suit.

It is dummy’s responsibility to catch any declarer renege.


  1.  Remind declarer which hand he is in when he’s on lead.


  1.  At the end of the hand only, call attention to a renege by one of the defenders.  Be sure to make a mental note of exactly on which

trick the offense occurred.


  1.  When laying down the dummy on a notrump contract either:
  1. Lay the opening lead suit down first to dummy’s right.

It’s a helpful reminder for the declarer.

          Or    b. Do not lay down to dummy’s right any suit the declarer

has bid, especially his first bid suit, even if it is the opening lead suit.  He might have a relapse and think he is playing in that suit’s contract.


  1.  As a courtesy, stop a defender from leading out of turn when:
  1. Their partner is on opening lead.
  2. They were not the person who won the last trick.


  1.  Tell declarer when he files his card from the trick in the wrong



  1.  Count the displayed dummy to see all 13 cards.


What Dummy Cannot/Should Not Do


  1.  Touch any of dummy’s cards until declarer has indicated which card

is to be played.  However, we all do it.


  1.  Call a renege to the defender’s attention when it occurs.


  1.  Ask declarer or either defender to turn over a played card from

the last or any previous trick.