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SSD (Simple System Disclosure)

There are a whole series of FAQS on SSDs that can be accessed by clicking HERE

1. SSD now applies in Special Comps Rooms, BiWeekly IMPs and the Spade/Heart Room

When the SSD is applied in all rooms we will get nearer to a level playing field between regular partnerships and pick-up pairings in all the more competitive rooms in the club.

2. You can look at your own partnership SSD at ALL times

Our Honorary CTD Barrie writes: "Law 40E2 of the 2001 Online Laws states: “During the auction and play, any player except dummy may refer to his opponents’ convention card. If permitted by the sponsoring organisation, in special events …… a player may refer to his own convention card.”

The “sponsoring organisation” in our case is BCL itself, and BCL hereby regulates to designate the events in which SSDs are required to be “special events” and permits the viewing of the information contained in the SSDs of one’s own side by players at any time during the auction.

The philosophy of the Laws Committee of the WBF (World Bridge Federation) when they commented on the 2001 laws, and which is shared by the current and former BCL CTDs, is that it is unfair for experienced partnerships to be able to refer to detailed system notes during an auction, but that there are some limited circumstances where inspection of one’s own system is reasonable. In their commentary to the Laws of online bridge, we note that the lawmakers particularly had in mind that we could allow consulting of short form convention cards, which is what our SSDs are.

The information contained within one’s SSD is purely that of basic methods and does not include any details of further agreements that frequent partnerships would have discussed."

3. The new SYSTEMS Tab at top of playing screen to access SSDs, Alerting Do's and Don't's, Claiming Advice and Systems & Conventions Glossaries with provision for Convention Card links to be included in the near future.

4. All your partnership SSDs are available from your Friends List


What North/East will see when they sit down with a partner:

The Basic Bidding System drop-down amended and added to:

The Opening One No-Trump drop-down is unaltered:

The Opening Major Suit Bid drop-down with a minor alteration:

The Opening Two Bid drop-down is unaltered:

The Discard System drop-down has one new addition:

What South/West sees and is asked to Confirm/Decline:

What your opps see when they arrive at your table: