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TD,Scorer & Dealer Instructions
Dealer Responsibilities

The Dealer’s main responsibilities are to use the Duplimate machine to deal fresh sets of hands for a session and to ensure that the set is given a file name that the Scorer can analyse and print, and also publish on the internet along with the results of the session.

The Dealer’s responsibilities include:
To use the Duplimate machine  to generate a new set of hands and to give this set of hands a file name with the format YYYYMMDD/colour/type where YYYYMMDD is the date on which the hands were created,colour is the colour of the boards used and type (optional) signifies whether the high visibility cards were used i.e large 
Taking the boards out of the box, and then taking the cards out of the boards and feeding them into the Duplimate machine  to generate a new set of hands.
Replacing decks containg cards that are marked or sticky.
When the dealing is finished, to load them back into the box so that the boards are in sequence such that they can be distributed easily during the session when they are played.
Putting a label in the box that says what the file name is and who dealt the cards. Also to put the appropriate preprinted label in the box that says when the boards were created
If physically able and happy to do so, the dealer should take the box to the storage area on the ground floor. 
When finished dealing switch off and cover the Duplimate machine
If there is no bridge session due to start, then switch off the PC and the lights in the office.


Scorerís Responsibilities

The Scorer’s job is to get EBUScore to receive data from the BridgeMates, score the event, print the final results and send the results to BridgeWebs and Pianola, and to print the analysis of the hands played in that session. The Scorer is in charge of the BridgeMates and the computer. 

The Scorer’s responsibilities include:

  • Running the hand analysis and producing the printout of the hands played during the session. Unless supervised, no one else is allowed to run these programs.
  • Collecting names of non-members (preferably printed) together with their EBU Number.
  • Agreeing with the TD the standard movement to be played, and if appropriate how many rounds are not to be played at the end.
  • Entering details of movement on the PC. Apart from printing hands, there should be nothing more to do until the last result has been entered at the end of the session.
  • During the session, making notes of mis-scored hands and incorrect or missing names.
  • One or two rounds before the end of the session, or during the Tea break/sit out, the scorer will print out copies of the hands, with the appropriate date in the heading, for distribution to the participants at the end of the session. Where possible, especially on competition nights, the scorer should try to be accompanied by a non-partner when doing this.
  • At the end of the session, (or even after the results have been published), correcting scores and names, printing results, attaching hands if the Duplimate machine was used and publishing results on the web.

It is important to correct errors as they could impact the outcome of internal competitions, and will also have an effect on NGS gradings.

  • When finished switch off lights and PC in the PC room


NB If there are known errors with the results and the scorer doesn’t know how to correct them, then he/she shouldn’t try to. He/she should contact Barry O’Connor (or James Carpenter) who will arrange for it to be sorted and results published. The same applies if results have been published on the web but are incorrect. (Stuart Kay/Trevor Waddilove also need to be told as it could impact P2P).

Tournament Director's Responsibilities

The Tournament Director(TD) is in charge of the playing area and dealing with matters relating to playing bridge. Some of the responsibilities can be delegated but they include:

  • Ensuring that the club is open half an hour before the session starts so that members are not waiting outside
  • Selecting the club standard movement to be played, preferably 5 minutes before play is due to start, as this allows a prompt start.
  • Ensuring that the appropriate amount of table money is collected. Ask for a volunteer to collect the table money and ensure that the table money is recorded.
  • Telling the scorer if there are any players who are non-members or unlikely to have a number that can be entered into the Bridgemates. If this is done before the session starts then the new player’s name can appear on the Bridgemates.
  • Informing scorer of standard movement (from the brown book) to be played, and which if any is the missing pair.
  • Distributing boards and Bridgemates – pressing OK on each Bridgemate to ensure that there isn’t a hangover from the previous session
  • Welcoming everyone to the session and reminding all players of ‘Best Practice’ at the table.
  • Making announcements as necessary.
  • Controlling pace of play to ensure finishing near to expected time.
  • Dealing with queries about laws, etiquette & play
  • Authorising scorer to adjust/change scores and deal with anomalies e.g. boards switched.
  • Asking members to help at the end of the session by returning the Bridgemates and boards to the table near the screen at the front of the Club, to put the bidding boxes in the centre of the table and to leave the chairs neatly around the table. All cups, mugs and glasses to be taken to the kitchen and loaded into the dishwasher. Help with clearing up would always be appreciated.
  • After the session, put the Bridgemates away and put the boards in sequence into the box and take to the PC room so that dealers know that they need to be redealt.
  • Ensuring that the boiler is on standby and and the dishwasher is put on.
  • Ensuring that the kitchen is left clean and tidy.
  • Ensuring that all windows are closed, lights are switched off and that the club is locked up after the session has finished, with the alarm set.
  • In there is a need to evacuate the building (even if just a fire drill), ensuring that all people who were inside the building are accounted for.


The TD must not analyse/print hands without agreement from the scorer