Always maintain a courteous attitude to everyone, partner, opponents, Director, kibitzers, team-mates.
Do not express displeasure or satisfaction at a lead, play, bid, double or any other call partner makes.
Always make sure that any conventional bids used by you and your partner are alerted, and clearly explained to the opponents in answer to a question. Make sure that your convention card is correctly filled in, legible and available to your opponents.
Do not look to see the place in his hand from which another player pulls a card in playing, nor draw inferences therefrom.
Always make bids and plays in a uniform manner without special emphasis or inflection of the voice or method of playing the bidding cards which would give partner information on the nature of your hand
Do not draw any inference from the fact that partner has hesitated, or has bid with any special emphasis or inflection of the voice.
Always make sure that you announce skip bids before making them, and that you pause at least the recommended time after a skip bid, while looking interested. Clearly counting the seconds or looking bored while waiting after a skip bid is a very serious breach of ethics.
Do not hesitate, either in the bidding or in the play, in order to deceive the opponents.
Always claim to speed up the play if you are certain that all the tricks are yours, or that there is no doubt at all how many tricks each side is going to make.
Do not prepare to lead to a trick before the previous trick is completed. Do not play early.
ALWAYS call the director at the first sign of an irregularity. Never make your own rulings. For Duplicate players
NEVER FAIL to exercise active ethics and full disclosure. Keep your (filled out) convention cards available for your opponents. For Duplicate players
But it is not
your duty to call attention to your own breach of law, such as a revoke made by you or your partner.
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