Better Behaviour at Bridge: Monthly Memo (6)
How do you Play your Cards?
Law 45A: Play of a Card from Hand
"Each player except dummy plays a card by detaching it from his hand and facing it on the table immediately in front of him."
Simple enough – but an area where many players have acquired mannerisms which some might find irritating.
For example: cracking the card so that the play is not silent
keeping hold of the card and turning it over too soon
looking for marks for artistic impression by playing with some kind of flourish
removing a card from hand and admiring it for some time before either playing it, or returning it to hand
Law 44B Sequence and procedure of play
After the lead, each other player in turn plays a card…
We should never play out of turn – and that includes declarer’s call of a card from dummy.
Law 74 – Conduct and etiquette
B3 As a matter of courtesy a player should refrain from detaching a card before it is his turn to play
This goes beyond irritation:
an inexperienced player may find this intimidating
it might be construed as giving Unauthorized Information to partner
Perhaps you know someone who could do better in playing his cards…….could it be you?