When discussing etiquette at the bridge table, the conversation eventually (usually) gets around to the subject of “Slow Play”. In general, bridge players don’t like sitting around twiddling their thumbs because a couple of slow tables are holding up the game.
A bid has just been followed by three Passes. You are on lead and the auction is over. Or is it?
This discussion is about games played under ACBL regulations (there are some differences in other zones). It seems a lot of players do not have a clear understanding about the end of the auction and the asking of questions about the auction.
When I do my short (approximately 5-minute) chat before a game that I’m directing, I talk about things like “leads out of turn”, “revokes”, “unauthorized information” and the “role of the director”. Those sorts of things tend to deal purely with the auction and the play; however, there is another aspect of the game — the social aspect.
The Director arrives at the table to be greeted by: “He played a card and then went to change it!”. “No I didn’t, I thought of playing a card and decided on a different one.”
What are the rules (Laws) that apply to played cards?
The lowly bridge board, the tray that holds 52 cards as four separate bridge hands — would it ever be hard to play duplicate bridge without it. It is central to our game, but so often we fail to follow the rules about using it and how the cards are to be controlled.
Some of those rules are so ingrained that we follow them by habit, but others we sometimes seem blissfully unaware of.