Duplicate bridge is a timed event and most directors try to keep the game moving. The American Contract Bridge League asks that you keep the clock in mind as you review your scores after each hand and leave all the discussion until after the round. If players take more than their allotted time between hands they are inconveniencing other players who either have to wait or are rushed.
Try to develop a tempo of play. Ethical players make a concerted effort to catch up when they have fallen behind regardless of the reason for their lateness. Slow play is subject to penalties, so develop your strategy and follow through as quickly as possible.
Duplicate bridge depends on winners winning solely by skill, flair and normal good luck. Actively ethical partnerships go out of their way to make sure they alert their conventions and provide full disclosure to their opponents.
If an explanation of a convention is necessary, the player who voices the convention must remain silent as his partner explains. If the explanation is faulty the caller must correct the explanation before the opponent’s lead.
All of the bridge clubs in Naples participated in the Sectional Silver Points Games, February 8-14 against all Unit 128 players. Unit 128 encompasses most bridge clubs in Florida, and the players below represent the top winners from the Naples area.
Coming first (C) in a 386 table, Tuesday’s Afternoon Stratified Open Pairs event, was the team of Stephanie Lohri and Sandy Anzilotti. First in (A) in a Tuesday Evening 625 table competition was the team of Mary Sauer and Martin Baff. First in (A) in a 401.5 table, Wednesday Afternoon Stratified Open Pairs game was Jack Shinehoft/Martin Baff. First in (B) Joanne Darling/Marie Mauer and first in (C) Jane Austermiller/Ruthann McCarty. Thursday Afternoon against 393 tables scoring first in (A) was John MacDowell/Fabienne Wilcox. Friday another big 419 table game resulted in Paul and Bea Urban placing first place in (C). Many other Naple’s players playing against fewer tables made the top list. Special congratulations to Martin Baff, who topped the “100 Best List” of the tournament, having earned more Silver Points than any other player.