Bridge Etiquette: Ready Bridge

Ready BridgeSlow play can be a challenge in golf. If a group agrees ahead of time to play Ready Golf, it can help with this problem. Here’s an example. If the player who won the last hole, and is expected to play first to the next hole, is delayed, then a player who is ready is invited to step up to the tee. Tips on the Internet suggest how golfers can play in a more timely fashion by having the philosophy that the person who is ready to play, should play.

Ken Horwedel, from the American Contract Bridge League, gave ideas about Ready Bridge. If we’re on lead, making the opening lead takes priority over writing the contract in our Convention Card or talking about the last deal. If the lead has been made, and it’s our turn to face the dummy, we should be ready to do that before we do anything else, so that the three players who are ready to play can get started.

There could be lengthy lists of ways to implement bridge etiquette through Ready Bridge. Some seem obvious but in practice they can be the cause of uncomfortable situations.

We’ve probably been in a game and seen a player hesitate before making a play by pulling one card out of the hand and putting it back. Then perhaps looking at the other players before taking another card and even bringing it close to the table, but not touching the table, and then returning it to the hand. We need to be able to put a card on the table when it’s our turn to play.

If we’re playing in a tournament and are finished when the round is called, but the next table is not, we should leave our table and let the next pair sit down. They’re ready to play and we should give them that courtesy, even though we might have to wait for the next players to finish

We look forward to hearing your ideas about Ready Bridge. E-mail kathy@betterbridge.com