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Good Bridge etiquette means you greet opponents, praise both partner and opponents (well played), do not criticize (good try), not gloat (we got 100%) and most importantly, speak politely to your partner, opponents and especially the Director.
At the Start of a Round
Check that you have the correct boards
Announce the basics of your system – e.g. “forcing club, strength of No Trump opening card, 4 or 5 card majors”
During the Auction
IF USING BIDDING BOXES
Do not allow your hand to hover over or fidget with the bidding cards in the bidding box while you are considering the bid you will make. Perceived uncertainty can convey unauthorised information.
Whenever an alert is required to draw attention to a conventional call made by partner, the ALERT card should be taken from the box and shown to both opponents (making sure it is seen by both), before being replaced in the box.
The next opponent to bid has the option to ask for the meaning of the bid.
If making a jump bid, before you take out the bid you intend to make, place the “Stop” card on the table to alert your next opponent that a jump bid is about to be made e.g a pre-emptive 3 ♥ bid.
Once you place your jump bid on the table, wait 10 seconds before returning the “Stop” card to the bidding box. This allows your opponent to bid “in tempo”, without undue hesitation that could convey information unfairly.
When your right hand opponent employs a stop card, wait for it to be removed before you make your next bid.
At the end of the auction, make sure the bidding is completed by having 3 passes on the table.
Leave the bidding cards on the table until the opening lead is made.
This allows declarer and both defenders to review and analyse the bidding. The opponent on lead has the opportunity to ask for clarification of the bidding e.g. the meaning of a bid etc. It also may help to prevent a lead out of turn.
This prevents you leading out of turn
Your partner now has the opportunity to ask questions about the bidding. If they have none, they should say “Thank you” or “No questions” and you can turn your lead face up. Dummy can then be placed on the table.
Try to keep the board on the table, with North pointed in the correct direction, to ensure there will be no misboarding.
When Dummy, don’t play any card, however obvious, until asked by partner.
When Dummy, don’t look at opponent’s or partner’s hands or shift around on your seat.
As Dummy, you may alert Declarer if it appears that he/she may be about to play from the wrong hand BUT if you are not quick enough to prevent Declarer from playing from the wrong hand, you cannot intervene at all (Rule 42. b).
At the End of play
Don’t take the cards from the board after they have been returned to it after play. Penalties will be incurred if cards are misboarded.
Only move to the next table when the TD has moved the boards and asked you to move.
Calling the Director
Let one player explain the facts to the TD and avoid raised voices that may distract other players at nearby tables.
Make the Tournament Director your friend – he/she is there to ensure everyone has a fair and enjoyable game.
More details are available in the annual CBAI Diary or from the rule Book – “The Laws of Duplicate Bridge”
ENJOY YOUR GAME!!