The Thinking Director
Introduction (you are here)
When the Laws Require Thinking
The Unexpected Situation
Laws About Directing
Supporting Directors


Dummy faced the opening lead. Then LHO started putting his hand down as dummy, getting as far as three small diamonds. How do you rule?

If your goal as director is to blindly follow rules, you probably decide that the three diamonds are penalty cards. However, this is obviously not an equitable ruling.

This long essay rails against the notion that a director can or should just mindlessly follow rules. Instead, a director should -- and must -- make judgments and decisions.

The final issue is creating a millieau in which directors are not afraid to make judgments and decisions.

Next: When the Laws are Wrong

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