Remember to uphold ACBL's Zero Tolerance policy.
Over the past year, the Gainesville, Gatorbridge, and Oak Hammock Bridge club directors have received a number of complaints of players using cell phones during the sessions. In the past several weeks, the objections have increased. In as much as these are all ACBL sanctioned clubs, the directors have agreed unanimously to implement the ACBL policies and disciplinary penalties for Electronic Equipment (http://www.acbl.org/about-acbl/administration/acbl-handbook/vi-electronic-equipment/).
Exceptions will be given to law enforcement, practicing physicians, and players who must be available for medical-related calls. If you feel you qualify for an exception, please inform the Director-In-Charge. He will communicate his decision to the other directors.
To view ACBL's policy on Electronic Equipment, click here.
Click here for guidance on how to handle hesitations.
To read a summary of the 2017 changes to the Laws of Duplicate Bridge, click here.
The ACBL Alert Chart can be found here.
To view the Goren point chart used in the Bidding Restrictions documents, click here.
To view specific ACBL prohibited bids, click here.
To view ACBL bidding requirements, click here.
To read Larry Cohen's article on How to Behave Like a Professional, click here.
We have a number of new players in our club. Because of this, it is worth repeating the well known adage that there are no secrets in bridge. Your opponents are entitled to know what systems you play. You should bring a completed Convention Card to all club games. It is illegal to use a system not described on the Convention Card. If you use a non conventional bid, it must be PRE-ALERTED. For example, if you open a hand with less than 10 high card points, you must pre-alert this non conventional opening before the auction begins. Openings of less than 8 high card points are completely illegal. Non conventional overcalls, doubles and no trump bids also have to be alerted. Included in these obligatory alerts are passes that have a meaning other than pass. For example, if your partner opens a strong 2C, followed by an overcall by his/her LHO, a pass by you may mean, by partnership agreement, that you have a supporting hand. This MUST be alerted.
A copy of the ACBL Alert Chart is available under then new menu item: Reference Documents.
As of August 1, 2016, ACBL permits opening a no trump with a singleton ONLY if the singleton is an A, K, or a Q and there is no doubleton in the hand. For complete rules on this, click here.
To read the Case Study on the Recorder's filing on Unauthorized Information, click here.
To view a list of common types of Unauthorized Information, click here.
For a brief definition of Unauthorized Information click here.
To learn, in detail, how to handle Unauthorized Information, click here.