✓ Turn off your mobile phone. (If it is vital you have it on, leave it on 'vibrate'.)
✓ It is necessary to play quite quickly – about 7 minutes per board.
§ Each New Round
✓ Greet your new opponents as they arrive at your table.
✓ Explain your system clearly and simply, if asked. Answer any questions clearly.
✓ Sort and count your cards quickly, so that you can bid promptly at your turn.
✓ Do not sort through your cards again when it is your turn to bid.
✓ Do not ask what a bid means unless you are intending to bid. Ask any questions when the auction is over.
§ The Play
✓ Do not put your bidding cards away until the initial lead has been made.
✓ When you are making the initial lead, play your card before you write down the contract or enter the details in the Bridgemate. (Three people are waiting!)
✓ Place this card face down on the table first, to check whether partner has any questions about the auction.
✓ As dummy, lay out the cards before you write down the contract or enter the details in the Bridgemate. And lay out the cards as quickly as possible. (Three people are waiting!)
✓ As declarer, plan your campaign before you select a card from dummy.
✓ As dummy, do not play the first card (even if it is a singleton) until declarer has worked out his plan and called for it.
✓ As declarer, always call for the card you wish dummy to play (unless dummy is away from the table or has a disability, making the play of cards difficult).
✓ As declarer, when you lead to a trick, wait for LHO to play his card before calling a card from dummy.
✓ After playing a card, allow other players time to see it before turning it over.
✓ When making a claim, explain your intended line of play clearly.
✓ When the hand has been completed, North should fill in the score on the traveller or Bridgemate quickly. East confirms it is correct.
§ On Completion of the Play
✓ Do not hold long post-mortems unless you are clearly well ahead of the other tables.
✓ Do not touch other players' cards - ask them to show you.
✓ North handles new boards.
✓ Thank your opponents at the end of the round and move quickly to your new table.
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