Law 74 – Conduct and etiquette : A2

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

Players often complain about bad behaviour at the table.  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
  • Be calm – no emotional outbursts
  • Be considerate – bad language and cutting remarks may upset opponents evenwhen 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

 Let us all make an effort to be more tolerant of the foibles of others:

  • 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
  • If you are a more experienced player try to avoid patronising your opponents.  Do not assume that opponents are trying to mislead you. If you are dissatisfied withan explanation ask for clarification – but not in such a way as to appear to accuse them of dishonesty
  • Remember – no-one is 'right' in these situations. You cannot excuse your own bad behaviour by citing bad behaviour from someone else.