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Major Penalty Card - To prematurely or deliberately face or otherwise expose an honor card to opponents (except by Declarer).  If more than one card is exposed, each exposed honor becomes a major penalty card according to the Laws.

1.

The offender must play the exposed card at the first legal opportunity:

Declarer may accept the lead of another suit

Declarer may mandate lead of the exposed card
 

2.

The lead of the offender's partner is controlled by the declarer; if player leads prematurely, the card also becomes a major penalty card.  As long as offender's partner is on lead, the declarer may:

Require a suit lead of the exposed card (only once)

Prohibit the suit lead of the exposed card (as long as offender's partner is on lead)

Allow offender's partner to lead anything (continuing to maintain all rights associated with #2 as long as offender's partner remains on lead)
 

3.

If the offender inadvertently exposed 2+ penalty cards:

Declarer may designate which penalty card shall be played, but only for the first trick (other exposed cards are returned to the offender's hand)

Declarer may forbid the suit lead the any exposed card as long as defenders are on lead (all exposed cards in the forbid suit are returned to offender's hand)
 

Penalty card  - see also Lead penalty
Adjusted score - 50
After declarer's acceptance of play other than penalty card - 52
After defender's lead out of turn - 56
After lead out of turn - 53 - 56
Card retracted to correct a revoke - 61
Declarer's acceptance of play other than penalty card - 52
Declarer, inapplicability to - 48
Disposition of - 50
Dummy's hand, inapplicability to - 48
Exposed card of defender - 49 - 50
Failure to lead or play penalty card when required - 52 - 61
Fifth card to a trick - 45
Inability to lead or play as required - 59
Lead out of turn - 54 - 56
Major penalty card defined - 50
Missing card - 14
More than one penalty card - 50 - 51
Obligation to follow suit - 50 - 59
Procedure after illegal play - 60
Rank of exposed card, significance - 50
Retracted card as - 52 - 54 - 56
Unauthorized information from - 50

See Duplicate Decisions

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