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Reminders of Proper Etiquette and Manners

ATTITUDE AND ETIQUETTE     

By Kent White

 Law 74 of the “Laws of Duplicate Bridge” is clear regarding proper attitude and etiquette, but is the most abused of the 93 laws the Director is asked to enforce. The important aspects of the law are presented here in bold italics. Comments not in italics attempt to amplify on the meaning. 

Law 74

 Conduct and Etiquette 

A.   Proper Attitude 

1.     A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all times. 

a. Greet your opponents as they/you arrive at the table. 

b. Say something pleasant to your opponents when they/you leave the table. 

c. Compliment your opponents on good bidding or play. 

2. A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game. 

3. Do not argue with or be disrespectful to your partner.

4. Never criticize your opponent’s bidding or play.

5. Never give a lesson to an opponent unless it is requested.

6. If you and partner have a bidding misunderstanding, clear it up away from the table.

7. Be careful not to gloat. Commenting that you have a top board can be construed as gloating. Complimenting partner on his play or defense at the table in front of the opponents can be gloating, especially if errors by the opponents caused a good result for your partnership.

8. Avoid lengthy postmortems. They have no value at the table, they slow the game and they tend to shake confidence in the partnership. Postmortems have a place. Post game.

Last updated : Mar 25, 2016 00:35 HAA
Planning the Defense - Counting Declarer's Tricks with Jo Ann Lynds

Wests Leads the ♠ J. 

Assuming declarer wins the ♠ A in dummy and leads a low heart, you have to do some fast trick counting.  What is your plan?

 

(Declarer opened 1NT (15-17 pts) so give her 16 points and dummy came down with 10 points.  Therefore, they have 26 points.  Subtract 26 from 40 = 14 points between your hand and partner's.  You  hold 9 points so partner has about 5 points give or take a point.  He has shown up with 1 point in spades so has about 4 more points.)

Given the play of the ♠ J at trick one, count declarer for three spade tricks.   

Given the clubs in dummy and your clubs, it looks as if declarer may have five club tricks available for eight tricks.

If these assumptions are correct, you cannot play low on the heart play from dummy as you would be letting declarer sneak a ninth trick.  (When declarer has enough tricks in three suits to make his contract, it's time to switch to the fourth suit!)

Rise with the  A and shift to a low diamond.  Now is your chance to snag four diamond tricks.  Go for it!

The Bottom Line:

When playing jack denies, it is easy enough to count declarer's tricks in that suit.  However, even if you weren't playing jack denies, you know from declarer's play of the ♠ A at trick one.  If partner were leading from KJ10, declarer with the queen, would have played low from dummy.

Hand courtesy of Kantar Lessons I by Edwin B. Kantar.  Copyright 2002.

 

Last updated : Mar 25, 2016 00:51 HAA
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Calendar
Fri May 27, 2016
South Shore Sectional, May 27 -29
Best Western, Bridgewater
Director: Karl Hicks
Mon May 30, 2016
Stratified Pairs
7:00PM
Director: Boyd Wells
Tue May 31, 2016
Tuesday Afternoon,Stratified Pairs,Sanctioned, $3.00
1:00 PM
Director: Andrew Endendijk
Results
Thu May 26, 2016
Stratified Pairs
7:00 PM
Director: CharlotteCooling
Wed May 25, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs, $2.00
1:00 PM
Director: Lorne Cock
Tue May 24, 2016
Tuesday Afternoon Stratified Pairs, Sanctioned $3.00
1:00 PM
Director: Andrew Endendijk