Behaviour at the Bridge Table

Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. To promote the enjoyment of the game, Canberra Bridge Club members are expected to:

  • Arrive punctually for all sessions of play.
  • If you know you cannot arrive on time, ring the club to let the director know.
  • Be courteous and friendly to your partner and opponents.
  • Greet others in a friendly manner prior to the start of play on each round.
  • Give credit when opponents make a good bid or play.
  • Do not be rude to your partner.
  • Do not gloat over good results.
  • Play at a reasonable pace and leave post-mortems till after the session.
  • Abide by the laws of duplicate bridge.
  • Comply with any instructions issued by the director.
  • If playing in a club event, make your convention card readily available to your opponents and fill it out completely.
  • If asked about the meaning of a bid or signal, provide a simple and complete explanation.
  • Do not object to a call for the tournament director, or dispute or argue about a director’s ruling.
  • Turn off your mobile phone.
  • Assist in tidying up at the end of play.

If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, call the director immediately. You can also speak to the club’s recorder about behavioural issues that are best handled privately.

Annoying behaviour, embarrassing remarks and any other conduct which could interfere with the enjoyment of the game are specifically prohibited under the laws of duplicate bridge. The director can assess disciplinary penalties.

Serious violations may be referred to the committee for possible disciplinary action. Details are set out in the CBC by-laws.