Laws and Ethics

Welcome to the EBU Laws and Ethics pages, the home of all our resources on the Laws of the game. Whether you want to get a ruling, arrange an appeal, download one of our forms, browse through our many publications or find out about TD training, you should find the information you're looking for here.

Laws and Ethics News

Laws of Duplicate Bridge to be updated in 2017

The World Bridge Federation will be updating the Laws of Duplicate Bridge in 2017, and these will come in to effect in competitions in England from the start of August.

This video from the EBU's Chief Tournament Director, Gordon Rainsford, explains a little more about the introduction of the laws, and the impact it will have on some of the more commonly occurring situations - those covered in our 'How Can I Help You?' series of videos.

Courses will be organised by English Bridge Education and Development to help TDs update their knowledge of the Laws, and a new Law Book will be available to purchase from mid-May. More information on those will be available soon.

Club gets funding from council for TD training course

A Hampshire club has received funding from its local Borough Council so that members could attend a Tournament Director training course organised by English Bridge Education and Development.

Three members of Chilworth Bridge Club attended the course thanks to a grant from Test Valley Borough Council. The club hopes that the training will enable directors to run sessions throughout the year, thereby encouraging the valuable social and intellectual interaction the bridge can provide to residents in the area, particularly older players. Other clubs may wish to follow Chilworth's lead and approach their local council for support.

Chilworth BC is not affiliated to the EBU, but the courses run by EBED are available to all bridge clubs, whether affiliated or not - affiliated clubs receive a discount which is funded by the EBU. More details on EBED's TD courses are available here.

Members successful at County TD Course

The annual EBU County TD training course took place over the weekend of September 10th/11th at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry.

Course members were put through their paces with some fiendishly difficult directing simulations provided by Mike Amos. There were fewer candidates taking the course this year (perhaps knowing how tough it is put some people off) but congratulations to the following who were successful:

  • Distinction Pass: Adrian Goulding (Wakefield), Jeff Smith (Manchester)
  • Pass: Don Collier (Great Missenden, Bucks), Neil Cliff (Dereham, Norfolk), Mike Green (Reading) and Alan Rodger (Chelmsford, Essex)

Updates to the Blue Book and White Book now available

The annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book have been made by the Laws & Ethics Committee. They are available to download or view now. These regulations apply to all events held on or after 1st August 2016. Summaries of the changes to both books are also available.

A small number of copies of the Blue Book produced in 2015 are available for purchase through the EBU Shop - there will be an insert which covers the changes for 2016. The White Book is not available in a printed form.

The L&E Committee has also produced the next in the set of booklets of EBU Appeals. This covers all the appeals made at major EBU events in 2014, and is now available to download.