Each New Round
Greet your new opponents as they arrive at your table.
Explain your system clearly and simply, if asked. Answer any questions clearly.
Sort and count your cards quickly, so that you can bid promptly when it is your turn.
Do not sort through your cards again when it is your turn to bid.
Do not ask what a bid means unless you are intending to bid. Ask any questions when the auction is over.
Do not put your bidding cards away until the initial lead has been made.
When you are making the initial lead, play your card before you write down the contract. (Three people are waiting!)
Place this card face down on the table first, to check whether partner has any questions about the auction.
As dummy, lay out the cards before you write down the contract. Lay out the cards as quickly as possible. (Three people are waiting!)
Declarer should thank their partner.
As declarer, plan your campaign before you select a card from dummy.
As dummy, do not play the first card (even if it is a singleton) until declarer has worked out his plan and called for it.
As declarer, always call for the card you wish dummy to play (unless dummy is away from the table or has a disability, making the play of cards difficult).
As declarer, when you lead to a trick, wait for LHO to play his card before calling a card from dummy.
When making a claim,explain your intended line of play clearly.
When the hand has been completed, North should fill in the score on the traveller quickly. East confirms it is correct.
On Completion of thePlay
Do not hold long post-mortems unless you are clearly well ahead of the other tables.
Do not touch other players’ cards – ask them to show you.
North handles new boards.
Thank your opponents at the end of the round and move quickly to your new table.