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New HBC Policy for Correcting Scoring Errors

The HBC Board of Directors has instituted the following policy for reporting and correcting scoring errors that are discovered after game results have been posted. 

Players should make every effort to ensure that scores are entered correctly into the Bridgemate devices during the game.

If a player reviews the online results after the game, however, and believes a score at his or her table has been recorded incorrectly, it is that player’s responsibility to notify the club, either by phone or email, within 24 hours of the results being posted on the website.

If the correction benefits the reporting player, that player is also responsible for first contacting the opponents and obtaining their agreement to the corrected score. The reporting player must confirm such agreement has been obtained before any correction can be made.


If a player identifies a scoring error at another table that materially affects the outcome of the game, that player may reach out to the players involved and seek their approval to request a change.

The club manager or a game director will make changes that have been confirmed by the players involved if those changes are requested within 24 hours. 

Adjusted results will be reposted online and on the notice board at the club



If your partner makes an alertable bid or an announcement, it is required that you put out the blue alert card when saying "alert" or the announcement ("transfer", "could be short", etc.). 

This will help those players who have a hearing loss.





Hartford Bridge Club - September 2, 2015



The following resolutions, proposed by the HBC Marketing Committee, were unanimously approved by the Hartford Bridge Club Board on September 2, 2015.


Team Games


The Hartford Bridge Club Board endorses Team Games being offered on a quarterly basis on Sundays. If games are popular consider increasing the schedule in second year.


Education Committee


The Hartford Bridge Club Board endorses the creation of an Education Committee that will develop a roster of educational programs including seminars, speaker series and traditional classes. Classes should be targeted at various skill levels from beginner through experienced life master players. One aspect of the Education Committee’s charter will be to review the recommendation of HBC offering an additional limited game.


Mentorship Program


The Hartford Bridge Club Board endorses the formation of a Mentorship Committee that will draft a Mentorship program to be piloted in 2016. The Committee will assess the most recent HBC mentorship program and best practices and determine ways to provide mentorship to members.


Marketing and Communications Committee


The Hartford Bridge Club Board endorses the recommendation that the Marketing and Communications Committee be continued. The Committee will assist the club manager and directors in promoting the HBC.  The committee will develop posters, ads, fliers, and emails to assist in promoting games and classes and information to current and potential members.


Seating Preferences (Revised Sept. 2015)


In the last few years the Board of Trustees have twice reviewed concerns regarding the large number of persons who are requesting preferential North-South (or occasionally East-West) seating. In September 2015 the Board clarified Hartford Bridge Club policy as follows:


Directors will accommodate seating preference requests based on need(s), either by phone or in person at the Club’s game registration desk, in both cases prior to a game. No phone requests other than those requesting accommodation for need(s) will be accepted. Requests based on need should be made by leaving a phone message or making an in-person request at least one half hour prior to the start of the game.


Requests for preferential seating not based on need(s) will be honored on a first come, first served basis, assuming that the request(s) do not affect the balancing of seating necessary for a game. The Board clarified this policy as the demand for preferential seating continues to be problematic for our Directors.





Soliitation of any kind is prohibited at the Bridge Club.

Posting of notices is not allowed without permission of the club manager.




  •     Bids that do not conform to the ACBL General Convention Chart are prohibited.  As stated, “Conventions and/or agreements whose primary purpose is to destroy the opponent’s methods” are banned.  (See the link to the ACBL GNC on the HBC website).


  •      All pairs participating in ACBL sanctioned games will carry and display convention cards revealing bidding, conventions and carding agreements.   (See the link to Standard American and ACBL Convention Cards on the HBC website).  Allowances and/or exceptions to include: Pairer/Player assignments, impromptu pairings, “call ins” and a playing director.                                                                          

  •      Teaching professionals, i.e. persons who accept payment for private bridge lessons, are prohibited from participating in all limited master point games. 


  •     Effective March 1, 2015 the master point limit for afternoon games are as follows:       

                        Monday:    0 - 750

                        Wednesday:    0 - 299

                        Friday:     0 -499  (Non-Life Master)


  •      When in doubt….CALL THE DIRECTOR.  It is the game director’s responsibility to resolve/rectify any issue with the bidding or play of the hand.  It is the player’s responsibility to ask for such assistance whenever there is an issue with regard to the bidding or play of the hand.   


It’s been about a year since this policy was in a newsletter, and it has been noticed lately that psych bids seem to be on the rise.

For all of you who have made psych bids, have been psyched or may someday be psyched, please note the new HBC Board (and ACBL) approved policy.

1.If a player makes a psych bid (one that purposely and grossly misrepresents either distribution or point count) THE PSYCHING PLAYER MUST CALL THE DIRECTOR UPON COMPLETION OF THE HAND and report the psych. Failure to do so will result in a procedural penalty equal to the top on a board.

2.All players are encouraged to report psychs. If the psyching player has not reported the psych there will be a procedural penalty equal to the top on a board.

3.If a psych is committed against a player of lesser ability or experience it will be considered bad sportsmanship and a penalty equal to the top on a board will result.

4.If a player psychs more than twice in one event, there will be a procedural penalty equal to the top on a board.. This does not mean that it is acceptable to psych twice in every game. Psychs should be rare.

5.Excessive psyching can result in barring from the club for a period of time determined by the HBC board.




A gentle reminder.  Our directors are finding the movement from table to table and from board to board is being slowed by members who are anxious to review the bidding sequence, the play of the hand or, in some instances, to giving mini-lessons to their partner or to the opponent.  In addition to the time delay, it is apparent that adjoining tables are "enjoying" the preview of the boards that they will next be playing.  (It really does help to overhear a person loudly stating "6NT was cold partner if you had played for the hearts to break evenly.")  We do not wish to interfere with your enjoyment of the game but please try and save your reviews and commentary for the close of the round and only then if time allows.....and do so quietly.  Better yet, make mental notes and spend a few minutes at the close of the day with your partner reviewing the hand record and the specific board(s) that caused consternation.   A piece of advice, if you will.....avoid being defined by the papaprosdokian:  "I've stopped listening so why are you still talking?"




Quiet Please


Post mortem discussions are not appropriate during a round.  Among the bad things that can result are

·   delay of the game,

·   offending your partner,

·   offending the opponents and

·   sharing information with the next pair to play the board. 

If you feel you must discuss a hand with your partner, wait until the round is finished and take the discussion away from the playing area.




Procedures When You Need A Partner


  • If you know you are coming without a partner, please notify the director at least 30 minutes before game time.  860-953-3177.

  • It is important to be aware that if you come in without a partner and refuse to play with the pairer, you will not play in that game.

  • Remember to be courteous to your partner at all times.

Procedures for the Pairer/Player

  • The pairer/Player Coordinator will seek volunteers to serve as the Pairer/Player.  When a member agrees to serve he/she will confirm that commitment by signing the calendar for the agreed upon date(s).

  • The Pairer/Player will  be present on the days(s) of the month as assigned.  (Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to game time and report to the Game Director.)

  • The Pairer/Player will be assigned as a partner for any pairless player as determined by the Game Director.  It is not the responsibility of the Pairer/Player to assist in pairing and he/she should not attempt to make any any arrangement for any player arriving at HBC in need of a partner. 

  • The Pairer/Player will play free of charge on the day assigned.  In addition, the Pairer/Player will also receive a $7.00-off coupon to be used at any future HBC game.

  • If  the Pairer/Player's services are not needed (as all single players have been assigned partners) he/she will receive two $7.00-off game coupons.




Players whose individual masterpoint totals exceed the limit allowed in restricted games are not permitted to play in or kibitz those games.  This restriction applies to all partnerships, including the mentors and mentees.  As an exception, the game Director can request an advanced player to participate in order to complete a movement.  In this instance, the Director is responsible for the decision and no masterpoints will be awarded to the non-eligible partners.




Kibitzers are welcome at open games only, provided they follow ACBL Laws:





Proper Conduct during Bidding and Play:


  • A spectator must not display any reactions to the bidding or play while a board is in progress.  He should not look at the hand of more than one player without permission from the Director.

  • A spectator must not in any way disturb a player.

  • A spectator must refrain from mannerisms or remarks of any kind (including conversation with a player).

  • A spectator should be seated.

  • A spectator may not touch any player, player's chair or table.

  • A spectator may speak to fact or Law only if requested to do so by the Director.

     The Directors Role:  The director is completely within his right to impose necessary restrictions on spectators in order to guarantee reasonable playing conditions for the contestants.  Any kibitzer may be barred for cause by the Director.

     Example:  The Director may limit the number of spectators at a given table and eliminate standing spectators or spectators moving from one table to another.  Only in extreme cases should the Director clear the room completely of kibitzers.  Such an action would be warranted if the room is already too crowded with players to accommodate spectators.  At certain stages of a knockout team event, it is within the Director's province to forbid kibitzers from watching specific areas of play.

    The Player's Role:  The players are expected to extend all reasonable privileges to spectators.  A player may not bar all spectators from his table.  He does have the right, however, to object to the presence of a specific spectator and may have one such spectator barred without assigning cause.

    The Role of a Club Manager:  Club officials are urged to extend all reasonable priviliges to spectators and to understand that kibitzing is part of the game.


 Kibitzers are NOT permitted at HBC during limited masterpoint games.




What to do when a claim is made


When you claim the rest of the tricks in a hand, all play must cease.  You are required to state your line of play.  “Play it out” is not an option.  If there is any question as to whether the claim is correct, the director must be called.




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