A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game.

We need everybody to co-operate in a two-pronged attack on unpleasantness. Let us all make an effort not to interfere with others’ enjoyment of the game.

  • Be quiet – no shouting or cutting remarks at partner/opponents.
  • No yelling for the Director.
  • Be calm – no emotional outbursts.
  • Be considerate – cutting remarks may upset opponents even when these are directed at partner.
  • Be nice – if an opponent is clearly upset an apology may help, even if you feel you have done nothing wrong.
  • Switch off that mobile phone

The other prong requires us to be tolerant of the foibles of others We should not have unreasonable expectations of how others should behave.

  • If someone has annoying habits try to explain that these upset you before you actually become upset – they may not realise that their behaviour is upsetting.
  • Give the offender the benefit of any doubt – take the kinder view.
  • Remember – no-one is ‘right’ in these situations. You cannot excuse your own bad behaviour by citing bad behaviour from someone else.

Remember, that at the end of the day we are all friends joined in the common love of this wonderful game called bridge.