Playing a Teams-of-Four Match
Playing the first half
1. Decide how many boards you wish to play. Twenty-four is most common. Play generally goes quicker than at the club, due to no moving between rounds, but twenty might be more convenient if you plan a break for supper.
2. At one table, a home side pair sit N-S, and an away side pair E-W, and at the other, vice versa.
3. Place boards 1-6 (1-5 if you are playing a twenty board match) on table 1 and 7-12 (6-10) on table 2.
4. Shuffle, deal and play the boards, keeping score (duplicate fashion of course) as you go along.
5. When you have finished, swap boards form table 1 to 2 and vice versa and without reshuffling, play the boards again. Compare scores, and reach agreement with your opposing pair. At this stage, each board has been played twice by the two teams, once as N-S and once as E-W
6. E-W pairs then join their N-S team mates and compare scores. The difference, if any, is calculated for each board, seperately, and converted to International Match Points (IMPs) using the scale published on a standard score-card.
7. Enjoy your supper - go easy on the vin rouge!
Playing the second half
8. The away pairs resume in the same seats as for the first half. The home pairs swap tables (and thus, swap polarity).
9. Repeat the steps 3 to 6 but using boards 13 -24 (11 to 20, if playing a twenty board match).
10. If you are playing in a league match you may have to convert the result from IMPs to Victory Points (VPs).
A set of boards is available at the club, for you to borrow.