Etiquette

Proper observance of appropriate etiquette is a very important feature of bridge and all players’ enjoyment of the game. Conduct and Etiquette are the subject of Law 74 of the 2007 Laws of Duplicate Bridge; all players should be familiar with at least the tenor of this Law, even if not the fine detail.

As a basic guide, the following acts should be avoided:
1. Continuing to talk when the director is speaking, or not listening to instructions given by the director.
2. Varying bidding calls (e.g. Pass vs. No Bid) or varying the way a bidding pad is marked or bidding card is displayed.
3. Looking intently at any other player during the auction.
4. Bidding with excessive haste or reluctance, including marking a bidding pad with special emphasis.
5. Passing or doubling with excessive haste or reluctance.
6. Bidding when there is still a Stop Card in front of you (put out by your right-hand opponent).
7. Making a call with undue delay which may result in conveying improper information to partner (including ‘hovering’ over a bidding box and/or choosing a bidding card and then replacing it).
8. Indicating by facial expression or in any way showing approval or disapproval of partner’s call or play.
9. Giving by word, manner or gesture an indication of the hand held.
10. Giving unauthorised information as to an incident of the auction or the play.
11. Giving unauthorised information by asking leading questions; questions that imply a certain distribution of your own hand.
12. Asking questions about an opponent’s opening bid (especially one level openings) when this has not been alerted.
13. Volunteering information which should be given only in response to a question.
14. Attracting attention to the score or the number of tricks won, or the number of tricks still required for success.
15. Playing a card with special emphasis, or playing a card with undue delay when it does not need consideration.
16. Detaching a card from one’s hand before it is one’s turn to lead or play, or detaching a card and then replacing it.
17. Looking intently at another player’s hand to observe the place from which a card is drawn.
18. Preparing to “gather a trick” before all four cards have been played.
19. Making remarks or mannerisms which may deceive the opponents.
20. Showing an obvious lack of further interest in a deal.
21. As dummy, touching a card unless directed to do so by declarer.
22. As dummy, leaving the table during the play of a hand, without first asking permission to do so.

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