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Ah! Conduct and etiquette at the table. Think you are well behaved? Think you know how to conduct yourself at the table? Read on and find out...

Law 74(A2): Conduct and etiquette

"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."

There has been a lot of correspondence recently complaining about bad behaviour at the table. Unfortunately it is difficult for the powers that be to take any action after the event – both sides must be heard and the facts are difficult to establish.

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 at partner/opponents, no yelling for the Director - call calmly.

  • Be calm – no emotional outbursts.

  • Be considerate – bad language and cutting remarks may upset opponents even when they 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.

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