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Best Behaviour

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 

EBU Annoucing Rules

Updated 3rd August 2023 – Effective 7th August 2023 

Announcements:

  • only apply on the first round of bidding i.e. the first (non-Pass) bid and the next three calls
  • apply equally over intervention and to advancer’s bids i.e. partner of overcaller
  • never apply to overcalls
  • do apply above 3NT
  • always extend with fuller description where appropriate

          Please be tolerant if opponents alert when they should announce or announce when they shouldn’t.

Opening Bid

Description

Announcement

1♣  / 1 

Non-forcing,

may be fewer than 3 cards

“May be X” where X is 0, 1 or 2.

 Extend e.g. “May be X and may have up to 5 ” 

1NT

Natural, non-forcing

“12 to 14” (or appropriate range) and  extend e.g. “may contain a low singleton”

2 suit

Natural, may or will have just one suit

“Weak”, “Intermediate”, “Strong, non-forcing”,

“Strong, forcing”

2NT/3NT

Natural, strong, non-forcing

No Announcement (or Alert)

 

Response
to 1 suit

Description

Announcement

New suit 

(including jumps below game)

Natural, forcing

No announcement or alert

Natural, non-forcing (not passed hand, not over 1NT overcall)

“Natural, non-forcing”

Natural, game forcing

“Natural, game-forcing”

Artificial or natural, with support

ALERT

Artificial, showing another single suit

Announce: name the suit shown 

1♣   – 1♠ : denying a major

“No major”

1NT

Non-forcing, up to 10 HCP

No announcement or alert

Non-forcing, may be > 10 HCP

“Up to 11”, “Up to a bad 12”, etc.

Forcing – does not show specific suit or suits

“Forcing”

Extend e.g. ”may have weak raise”

Artificial, showing another suit

Announce: name the suit shown 

 

Response to 1NT / 2NT

Description

Announcement

2♣ / 3♣ 

Asking for 4-card majors

“Stayman”  Extend e.g. “at least invitational”

New suit 

(including jumps below game)

Natural, non-forcing

“Natural, non-forcing”

Natural, forcing 

“Natural, forcing”

Artificial, showing another suit

Announce: name the suit shown 

DOUBLES

Bid that is doubled

Meaning of double

Announcement / Alert 

ONLY ON THE 1ST ROUND OF BIDDING:

Natural 1NT opening bid

Not penalties

ALERT

Penalties, but may be based on a balanced hand with less than 15HCP 

ALERT

Suit bid showing the suit

Penalties

ALERT

1NT response

Penalties

ALERT

ANY

Shows a single suit

(different from the suit bid i.e. a Proxy)

Announce: name the suit shown

AFTER THE 1ST ROUND OF BIDDING:

ANY

Takeout or Penalty  

No announcement or alert

AT ALL STAGES OF THE AUCTION:

ANY

An unexpected specific message e.g. number of controls; relates to another suit; shows weakness in bid suit; Lightner

ALERT

REDOUBLES

Bid that is redoubled

Meaning of Redouble

Announcement / Alert

ONLY ON THE 1ST ROUND OF BIDDING:

ANY

Shows a single suit

(different from the suit bid i.e. a Proxy)

Announce: name the suit shown

AT ALL STAGES OF THE AUCTION:

ANY

General strength or desire to play 

No announcement or alert

Other

ALERT

ALERTS

Unless mentioned above, below 3NT continue to alert artificial calls and those with a specific unexpected meaning. In addition alert:

  • Natural opening bids, or responses in a new suit, that have a second suit or support for partner
  • Lead-directing Passes above 3NT

  

© The English Bridge Union 2023.

 

Updated 3rd August 2023 – Effective 7thAugust 2023


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