The ‘Dos’ and ‘Do nots’ - our Club rules!
1. DO chat in English when the table is in play.
We are an International Club with many different languages spoken by our members - but English is the preferred language at our tables when the cards are on show - unless exceptional circumstances require another language to be used for a short time. For example: to explain ‘netiquette’ or part of a system to a new member.
Do you know that the ‘official language’ used at all major Bridge Competitions, worldwide, is English?
2. DO wait as long as 4 or 5 minutes for a player who has disconnected from your table – whether an opponent or partner.
Despite modern technology, the internet can still cause bad connections. When the player returns, any board partly bid or played - must be rebid and replayed exactly as before so that no-one is disadvantaged by the disconnection. If that player does not return, the board may NOT be played by an incoming, different fourth. In that case, select a different board.
All boards offered should be bid and played. Passing a board out will affect everyone's results.
3. Dummy DO keep quiet about the hand until the last trick has been played.
What is crystal clear to dummy, may not be to one or more still playing the hand – and that includes your partner. Say nothing and you won’t spoil the game for the others.
4. DO Kibitz - but quietly please
We all love to watch others, but when kibitzing, please don’t send chat to the table during the auction or the play. During a break between hands, you could let them know you are there – if they don’t want you – they will tell you !
If you are Lurking and want to speak to someone who is already seated, maybe playing at a table – go to that table and wait until a suitable moment, before sending your chat so that you don’t interrupt the game or disturb the players.
5. Misbids and Misclicks DO happen
If you misbid or misclick, it is better to say nothing at the time and then, at the end of the hand explain what happened. See the clear rules on Misclicks of cards and Misbids HERE
If there is a problem either with bidding or play, (perhaps a mistaken explanation), DO continue to the end of the hand, as pleasantly as possible. If you feel strongly about what happened, then submit an Ethics Report. This may not mean someone will be penalised; just that the facts will be reviewed by an experienced Tournament Director and you will be advised of the conclusion reached. This may include an OMPs or PPI adjustment. Sometimes, if all 4 players agree, the hand may be skipped without being completed and another board selected. We encourage reports of Psyches and do keep records. Also, we then are able to check that they were not 'fielded'
6. DO enjoy the bridge
But be thoughtful of the other players. PLAY BRIDGE don’t teach or criticise – unless you are being paid for it ;) Remember that extreme tiredness or mood enhancing substances (wine etc) can make you ‘frisky’ and perhaps will affect the quality of your game. They also may affect the quality of your chat – and what seems amusing to you – may be not at all funny to others.
The DO NOT'S:
1. DO NOT ever leave the table before finishing a board/hand or set of hands required.
We have clear guidelines when players 'quit' a board before the hand is over. Especially, if at the time, they were doing badly. Please always finish the hand first, say your goodbyes and then leave. Make sure all four hands are on show and the scores have registered before you click that button !
Make sure that when you enter a competition, you remain until all the boards required for the entire event have been completed. In DIDO DAILY this of course means only 4 boards but other competitions can be as many as 24 boards. DON’T start a competition and leave without finishing it!
If you are disconnected or your computer froze, or some other emergency, please send an email or sticky note of apology to the other 3 players explaining the situation. You may also send an explanation to: firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that you are not mistakenly accused of quitting.
See the clear rules on quitting HERE
2. DO NOT communicate privately
Bridge Club Live does not approve of the use of SKYPE, MSN, telephone etc. with anyone whilst playing in the club, as this might cause delay, and in any case is viewed as rudeness to the other players at the table. Such communication with 'partner' or indeed any other member of BCL is particularly unnacceptable as this could easily lead to the inadvertent exchange of unauthorised information, and even without such exchange, may well cause misplaced suspicion of cheating.
3. DO NOT use the word "cheat"
We take all allegations of cheating very seriously. If ever you are unhappy with any actions at a table, finish the hand underway and leave politely, then send in an Incident Report. We have specialists who will follow up your concerns and take any appropriate action. You must not ever use or imply the word "cheat" at the table or anywhere else in the club. To do so - is a serious breach of our Code of Conduct and will be dealt with accordingly.
4. DO NOT swear or use abusive language anywhere in our club
Bridge Club Live is a friendly place. We work hard to keep it that way. Please do your part to maintain this atmosphere. Never use foul language of any sort – abbreviated or otherwise. Re-read any message before sending it – type and wipe – if it may be taken badly. Take an extra moment to re-read anything that may hurt or offend.
5. DO NOT start play without announcing your bidding system and any additional conventions to your opponents
Make sure you know what system your partnership is playing before pressing ready to play. Remember to tell your opponents what you have agreed to play with your partner. You need to do this whenever a new opponent joins your table. (When seated – send all your chat via ‘TABLE’ button. This way – everyone sees it)
6. DO NOT criticise or gloat at your opponents’ expense
Remember ‘type & wipe’? Keep out of opponents’ discussions – don’t tell them how they could have or should have played/defended. It is better to keep your mouth (fingers) quiet instead of getting yourself into hot water.
It is not good etiquette to rub salt into opponents' wounds. If you have a good score - great - but remember it means the opponents have NOT. If you have been gifted a score by their mistakes – stay quiet.
7. DO NOT take excessive time to play a card or to play the next hand
It is absolutely correct to take some time to think during a hand. Most people – declarer and defence - do this when dummy appears, or when having a difficult decision to make. It is not unusual to have to wait every now and then for a little longer than the normal tempo of the game. Whilst this may be caused by someone thinking, it may also be an unavoidable internet delay. So do not take undue meaning from pauses. Please try to keep the game moving at a comfortable pace. If the phone or doorbell rings or if you have a minor emergency - type 'brb' (be right back) BEFORE you leave to deal with the interruption. Be as fast as you can. Everyone accepts a brief delay if correct procedures are followed.
Also when a hand is finished, some post-mortem analysis is reasonable, but not too long and certainly not spilling over into the next hand. Arrange to chat with partner after the session and let the game flow smoothly.
8. DO NOT forget your table manners when sitting down or leaving a table
Say hello or welcome when you join, and goodbye/thank you before you leave. Otherwise you will be thought of as a rude and unsociable person.
9. DO NOT open more than 1 account per person