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The units are battery operated and automatically power down after 20 seconds. The OK button is used to re-activate the unit when it is powered down and nothing is showing on the screen. This button is also used to complete a data entry and move to the next screen. The Cancel button is used to erase an entry or series of entries and move back.
North should activate the Bridgemate by pressing OK. The main screen will be displayed, with the version number. At this time you can adjust the contrast using the + and – buttons. Press OK again and your Section number (A) will appear. Unless instructed otherwise by the director press OK, then enter your table number. Press OK again to move on to entry of players’ numbers. Enter the EBU membership number for each player in turn followed by OK. If any player doesn’t have or know their EBU number just press OK but get them to write down their name and position for the director.
Once the numbers have been validated the device will display the players’ names. Press OK again and the round information will appear - Round Number, Pair Numbers and Board Numbers. Note your pair number if necessary and acknowledge with OK. Enter the first board number and press OK.
Once agreed enter the contract, declarer and result (use the Pass key if the board is passed out and 0 if the board can not be played) and press OK. The verification message will be displayed and North should pass the Bridgemate to East for verification. Full details of the board, contract and results will be displayed. East should check the entry and, if correct press the Accept function button. If incorrect the Bridgemate should be passed back to North to correct the details (using the cancel button) and again the the result should be verified.
The Bridgemate will then show the percentages with the option to view the Scores. Press OK to move onto the next board or end the round. The Scores function button will still allow the scores to be displayed again. If you have entered something wrong, press Cancel until the incorrect data has been deleted and then enter the correct information.
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.
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.
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.
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