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Our Monday games provide a friendly atmosphere for bridge, learning and laughter. It is not necessary to have a partner! Come out and enjoy. Starts at 1:15 pm, but be there at 1:00 when possible or let us know you are coming. We now play in the Lions Club room at the rear of building, so no stairs!



Be careful not to gloat. Commenting that you have a top board is considered gloating. Complimenting your partner on his play or defence in front of the opposition can be gloating, especially if your good result was because of their error.

Avoid game  postmortems, they slow the game and there is a correct time for them. 

Dont Argue with your partner during a bridge game .... it is embarrassing for everyone at the bridge table.

Encourage new players with patience not impatience. 

Heart of the North Temiskaming Shores
Zero Tolerance is for Every Club and Every Member
Zero Tolerance is for Every Club and Every Member

Remember to brush up on your etiquette! Did you read the article printed below? Great reminders for new members as well as seasoned!

Can you remember when you first started to Play Bridge? Think how you would want to hear of your mistakes?

A friendly tip after the game will be excepted much more than a lecture.

Patience is required.


Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behaviour is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment. The EBU is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity. It considers it a fundamental principle that 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 belief or social class than any other person. 
This guide serves as a brief reminder of how to behave at the bridge table. We are sure that all players naturally follow this code of conduct but there are times when concentration and pressure can take their toll and it is for these situations that we issue this as a reminder. 

  • Greet others in a friendly manner prior to start of play on each round.
  • Be a good “host” or “guest” at the table.
  • Make your convention card readily available to your opponents and fill it out completely.
  • Make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and opponents.
  • Give credit when opponents make a good bid or play.
  • Take care of your personal grooming.
  • Ensure that your mobile phone is turned off.
  • Enjoy the company as well as the game. 

Remember that it is rude to criticise your partner or opponents in public, to be less than polite at the table, to gloat over good results or object to a call for the tournament director or to dispute or argue about a director’s ruling, or generally to make any personal and disparaging remark. 


Please call the Director if you think you may have been affected by bad behaviour.  You will be helping others as well as yourselves.


As in all games that are governed by rules and regulations, bad behaviour will be penalized ….
If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately.  Annoying behaviour, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A.  Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties.  This can include immediate disciplinary board penalties and may lead to disqualification from the current event. In addition any violation may result in a disciplinary hearing where player(s) future participation in tournaments will be considered. 

English Bridge Union
November 2017 


THE KINGDOM OF BRIDGE  - Taken from Sylvias Bridge Fairy Tales 

Once apon a time in the Kingdom of Bridge, the Emperor noticed that there was an ever increasing din at his bridge games. Overtime the din became so loud that the Emperor could not concentrate.

So he called upon the Court Wizard for a solution. Sire, if we has bidding boxes it would cut down on the noise of players verbally bidding. It would also eliminate players being able to hear what was being bid at an adjoining table on boards they might be playing next.  The Emperor much appreciated the Wizards wisdom rewarded him greaatly and announced to his subjects that henceforth bidding boxes would be used at all bridge games within the Kingdom!

Years passed and once again the Emporer noticed a growing din at his bridge tables.When it became unbearable, he on again called upon the Wizard for advice. Sire, your subjects are aging. As they age their hearing lessens, resulting in their talking louder and louder without realizing it. When partners try to converse at t if he same time the opponents are trying to converse, they end up almost shouting at each other. Alas in addition to the noise this causes, it results in any discussion of a given hand to being heard at adjoining tables( if not further away). Other than issuing either hearing aids or muzzles to all the Kings subjects - which lacks in practicality - I have only one suggestion, Ye must establish etiquette rules for thy subjects that deal with noise and post them throughout the Kingdom. Thus, the following was posted throughout the Kingdom!


When ye partners and opponents wish to participate in separate conversations, one pair must removeth itself from the table. If thy partnership wishes to hold a detailed bidding discussion, removeth thyselves to an area where they will not intrude on others.

Thou shalt not discuss hands after the play. If ye wishes to them, move away fro m the playing area. As Emperor, I understandeth my subjects desires to aideth those with hearing afflictions.

However, thou shalt make every attemt to modulate their voices. If ye are told ye are speaking too loud, ye are. Because all others are speaking does not mean thee must.