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The game of bridge is one to be enjoyed.  Facilitating the orderly playing of the game is the responsibility of all participants.  The players at OBC are expected to be familiar with the Laws and the Etiquette of the game which can be explored starting from this page.

Session Guidance

Each session at Oxford Bridge Club varies in the style and standard of play. An 8 page leaflet called "Playing Bridge at OBC" is available so that a player can consider which session may be most suitable for them. Click for a page with further detail.

Best Behaviour at Bridge

All players are expected to be familiar with the principle of Best Behaviour at Bridge and to observe them all the time. 

Bidding, alerts and announcements

Partnerships are expected to have convention cards and to be familiar with the rules for bidding and for alerts and announcements. The intention is to avoid mishaps at the table which might give an unfair advantage to one side or the other.  However in the event of any mishap or irregularity, the Director must be called so that any problem is resolved fairly.


The document on etiquette describes the orderly conduct at the table which enhances everyone’s enjoyment and allows the Director to maintain a regular rhythm of play through the session (generally 2 boards every 15 minutes).  If there is any mishap at the table then the Director should be called - see the section entitled “During Play” in the Playing Guidelines.

Playing Guidelines

The OBC Playing Guidelines summarise the main expectations for a Master Pointed session at the club.  The Director is responsible for implementing these guidelines and for the smooth running of the session.  Players should be familiar with this document and with the information about etiquette referenced below.  Familiarity with procedures at the table helps everyone keep to time.

Host System

Oxford Bridge Club operates a host system for many of its bridge sessions. This means that a player can arrive at the club without a partner and will be "paired up" with another player who has come without a partner, or with the host.  See this page for a list of hosted sessions. 

The host system is intended to provide partners for members and visitors who occasionally arrive without a partner - it is not intended as an alternative to members finding partners for themselves. Players using the host system frequently on Wednesday and Friday evenings are expected limit themselves to a maximum of 10 times per calendar year.  There are currently no restrictions on use of the host system at other sessions. Pianola's partner finding service may be used to help you find partners. If you have problems using this please contact the Membership Secretary (contact details here) to ask for help. 

NGS exemption for hosts: as host, you are entitled to request that the session in which you act as host be excluded from the EBU's NGS grading scheme. This is particularly useful if you are concerned about the effect on your NGS ranking of playing with an unfamiliar partner.  If you ask for NGS exemption, you must notify the scorer and/or director before play starts. From 1 August 2017, the host must also notify the EBU, via their EBU member's account (MyEBU), that they wish to have NGS exemption within 30 minutes of the start of the session. The club hopes that members will do this via their smartphones, to save disturbing the scorer at the beginning of play. However if this isn't possible, you may ask the scorer to let you log in to the EBU website on the scoring computer (you will need to know your login details). It may also be possible for the director to notify the EBU via their EBU members' account on your behalf. A letter from Gordon Rainsford of the EBU outlining the reasons for this change may be viewed here

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