To ensure maximum enjoyment for all players, please take note of our protocol.
Please be seated before 7.25 (1.25 afternoon) when the director, whose job it is to ensure that the session runs fairly, smoothly and within EBU rules, will set the movement.
Good manners are expected at all times.
Pairs should have identically completed system cards and at least one of each pair must complete a score card. Failure to comply with these points means that, in a dispute, the benefit of the doubt may be given to the opponents.
North is responsible for checking they have the correct boards and opponents, recording the results and passing boards on.
Cards should be counted face down and the board in play must remain on the table, pointing in the right direction. Cards must be shuffled after play and returned to the board.
Questions relevant to the bidding may be asked only when it is your turn to bid and only when the meaning will genuinely affect your proposed bid. You are, however, entitled to ask for a full explanation of all calls after the auction has ended and before the lead card has been faced or when it is your turn to play a card.
Bidding cards must remain on the table until after the initial lead has been faced. The lead should be faced and dummy displayed before recording the contract on scorecards or the BridgePad.
Try to play within the allotted times and be aware that slow play affects the timing of the movement. Playing of late boards may be permitted at the end of the session.
Many scoring errors can be corrected on the BridgePad if done in time and so should be reported to the director and/or scorer immediately.
Should you finish your play before others, please be respectfully quiet. Postmortems should not be held unless you are well ahead and should be done quietly.
If time allows, please share the BridgePad results with all players at the table.
Players should remain in their seats and move tables only when director calls the movement.
When a movement requires a change in playing positions, it is requested that players change seats to ensure results are correctly recorded. Those with restricted mobility may claim exemption to this.
Anyone wishing to participate in duplicate bridge, whether as player, official or in any other capacity, should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment, and not be subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political class than any other person.