“I have always believed that your attitude your partner is as important as your technical skill at the game.” Rixi Markis, one of the all-time great players.
Before you sit down to discuss what you are playing, you should start your partnership off on the right note. Half the battle of winning is being a good partner. Always observe the following.
1) Do not give lessons, unless you are being paid to do so.
2) Never say anything to your partner unless you would want him to say the same to you. If you are unsure whether your partner would want you so say something, don’t.
3) Never “result” (criticize your partner for a normal action just because it did not work this time).
4) Unless your intent is to clear up a misunderstanding, avoid discussing the just played. If you cannot resist. Be discreet.
5) Remember that you and your partner are on the same side.
6) If you feel the urge to be nasty, sarcastic, critical or loud – excuse yourself and take a walk.
7) Do not forget your partner wants to win as much as you do.
8) When there is time between hands, do not discuss bridge.
9) When you want to consult another player about a disaster, ask about your hand, not your partner’s.
10) Do not ever criticize or embarrass your partner in front of others.
11) Remember that bridge is only a card game.