DOREEN MACMILLAN: Bridge Scene - Mind your boards folks!

Duplicate bridge has certain rules and laws which must be observed to keep the game as fair as possible. The game of Duplicate Bridge is a timed event and teams are allotted usually 15 minutes to complete the boards at their table so chitty chatter and comparison of scores should be held to a minimum. This is a clocked event and if you live by the clock and do not complete your series of boards you may get a late play or an average board.

When playing Duplicate Bridge the player sitting North is officially designated as the scorer and table custodian. The North/ South team is responsible for turning the boards after each hand and moving the boards from the table when the round has been called. North /South players are responsible for the boards to be in order and responsible for the boards to be facing the right direction for playing. They are also responsible for the scoring and for getting one of their opponents to verify the score. The East or West player should not touch the boards unless asked perhaps, to move them to another table across the room

When the hand has been played, players should not remove another player’s cards form the board to review. The player can remove his hand for discussion, but must replace it before another player removes a hand from the board. The Law states that only one hand can be taken from the finished board at a time as each player is responsible for maintaining the correct 13 cards in his /her directional pocket.

The ACBL has several ongoing tournaments which are played in Clubs throughout the year; The Ace of Clubs ,The Mini –McKenney, The Masterpoint Race for Seniors, Youth, Juniors, Sectional, Online. Each of these contests is stratified into categories such as (0 to 5) points, (5 to 20) points, (100 to 200) points on up to 10,000 plus masterpoints.

The Ace of Clubs winners are recognized for achievement at the Club level, and only masterpoints won at Clubs count for this race. The totals exclude points won in special games and sectional tournaments at Clubs. A player is placed in a category based on the number of masterpoints he or she had at the beginning of the year, and in the 5 to 20 masterpoint category Marguerite Matson of Naples Florida placed 25th in the Ace of Clubs ACBL-Wide contest. Congratulations Marguerite!

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