Tournament Director Courses - Judgement Rulings

For whom ? EBU members with some experience of directing club duplicates who wish to improve their understanding of the laws governing duplicate bridge and their application in clubs, in particular where judgmental rulings are required. This is Day 3 of 4.

Objectives On completion of the course, participants will:

  • Have a good appreciation of the image which should be ideally be projected by the tournament director.
  • Recognise the situations in which a judgmental ruling is required of the Director and understand the procedures by which such situations should be handled. In particular participants will understand the Laws and Directives as they relate to unauthorised information, misinformation, hesitations in bidding and play and claims.
  • Understand the steps that may be taken following such rulings, including score adjustments and appeals.
  • Understand the principles governing the EBU directives on alerting.

Prerequisites Participants must be members of the English Bridge Union. They should have played duplicate bridge at club level, but no previous experience of directing is required. If possible, those attending should bring with them a copy of the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge 2017 and a copy of the current Handbook of EBU Permitted Understandings (the 'Blue Book'). You may be able to borrow these from your bridge club.

Content The course includes talks, discussions and individual group problem solving exercises. Tuition will be by tutors experienced both in teaching and tournament directing, who will be able to answer questions and explain current thinking on the interpretation of the Laws and Directives. An 'EBU Club Directors Certificate of Attendance' will be issued to all who attend this course.

Duration One day. The course will usually start at 10.30am and finish at approximately 4.30pm, but timings may vary from venue to venue.

Location The course will normally be run at bridge clubs in a number of locations across the country.