Head TD Corner
Important notes and Instructions from your Head TD
Important notes and Instructions from your Head TD

1. Open & Women Teams
For the Semi-final, Final and play-off sessions, It has been decided that:
- The team ranked higher after the RR stage will be the Home team in sessions 2, 4 & 6 in the Semi-final match.
- The team ranked lower after the RR stage will be the Home team in sessions 1, 3 & 5 in the Semi-Final match.
- The team ranked higher after the RR stage will be the Home team in session 2 in the Final or Play-off match.


2. All Teams' categories ... Last RR

The last Round Robin for all categories shall be done according to the final ranking of the teams in the previous played rounds.


3. Open & Women Categries

- Teams from Open & Women Categiers, the top four teams will qualify to the semi-final stage after playing 3 complete RR according to the published schedule.

- The top ranked team after the 3 complete RR stage will choose their opponent in the semi-final from the 3rd or the 4th teams and the remaining 2 teams will play against each others.

- The semi-final match will be played in 6 Sessions, 16 boards each in IMPs.

- The final match between the semi-final winners will be played in 2 Sessions, 16 Boards each.

- Play-off between the semi-final losers will be played in 2 Sessions, 16 Boards each to detrmine the 3rd placed team.

- In all the knock out stages, there shall be a carry-over = 0.5 IMP to the team who scored more VPs in the RR stage.


4. Request a review

1. First step is to review the TD ruling with the Head TD

2. Second step is apply for an official review by submitting a review form through the TD in charge of your case.

3. A request for a review of a Tournament Director's ruling must be lodged within 30 minutes of the first posting of the official score for the Session in which the board was played that is the subject of the ruling. All such requests must be lodged by the team’s Captain or his designee, or by one member of the pair in the Pairs events.

4. When lodging a Request for Review the appellant must make a monetary deposit to the TD. The amount of deposit required will be US $ 100.

5. The case will be reviewed by a person who was not involved in the original decision.The Reviewer will check that the TD has gathered the necessary evidence of what occurred when the infraction arose. The Reviewer will then need to be satisfied that the correct law was applied and that other TDs were consulted where appropriate. In matters involving the judgement that was exercised by a player following
unauthorized information, incorrect explanation or failure to alert, the Reviewer will clarify that suitable players have been asked appropriate questions to enable a judgmental view to be obtained. Finally, the Reviewer will check that the ruling that was issued based upon all the information available to the TDs was within the bounds of reasonableness. The fact that the Reviewer might have determined a slightly different ruling would not be good reason for the ruling to be varied. In the event that the process had not been followed properly in some material way, the Reviewer will ask the Head TD to correct the failings and issue a new ruling.


5. Smoking, Eating and Alcohol, Mobile and electronic devices

The following is strictly forbidden during play:

  • Mobile phones and any other electronic devices, Mobile phones will be collected and there will be a regular check each session by the TDs.
  • Eating (even if only biscuits)
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Going to the WC without permission
  • Talking loudly during or at the end of any board if the player is unhappy about his/her partner's bid, hand play or defense


 6. General

  • When checking the Bridge-mates, take some time. Each detail needs to be confirmed in your mind. A casual verification of an incorrect score can affect the final outcome to a surprising extent.
  • Bridge is a timed event. It has to be. Nobody is entitled to more time than anybody else. Serial offenders may well find they receive a procedural penalty.
  • Bridge is a competitive game, but you do need a partner and opponents. It is the right of those around you be allowed to play in a pleasant environment.
  • Calling a tournament director is not an act of hostility, as some players think, but is, in general, the best way to avoid a problem. Just do so in a civilized way.
  • Ensure that the players at nearby tables do not hear your conversation about a board. If this happens, they cannot play the board because of unauthorised information, while the culprits are penalized.
  • When you alert Partner’s call, Give a full explanation in writing. To offer a system name is generally a poor idea. For example, to say: “That’s a Bergen raise” overlooks the fact that players choose to assign different points ranges to different bids.
  • Make sure you agree the number of tricks made before returning your cards to the board at the end of a hand.
  • Observe correct procedures, such as leading face-down at trick one, and leaving the bidding cards on the table until there are no further questions about the auction.
  • Keep the board that is in play in the middle of the table (or as close to that as is practical).
  • Morning sessions commence at 10 am, You need to be at the venue at least 10 minutes before play starts.
  • If you hesitate discernibly, you compromise your partner (although this does not mean Partner is automatically barred from bidding or doubling). However, your hesitation might lead to an adjusted score.
  • When a player takes more than a normal time to make his call, it is not an infraction if he draws attention to the break in tempo. His screen-mate, however, shall not do so.
  • If a player on the side of the screen receiving the tray considers there has been a break in tempo and consequently there may be unauthorised information he should, under Law 16B2, call the Director. He may do so at any time before the opening lead is made and the screen opened.
  • Failure to do as above provides may persuade the Director it was the partner who drew attention to the break in tempo. If so he may well rule there was no perceived delay and thus no unauthorised information. A delay in passing the tray of up to 20 seconds is not regarded as significant.