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Ethics and discipline are key to maintaining the integrity of competitive bridge. See below for rules of conduct at the table and forms to dispute gameplay.

Disciplinary Actions

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Disciplinary Cases As of October 4, 2021

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Active investigations Recorder Complaint Pending Charge Cases Pending Negotiated Resolutions Cases Heard and Decided NBO Reciprocated Discipline Members Disciplined
30 18 6 17 8 2 32

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Hearing Reports

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  • In re Keith Harrison and Joan Webb, 2021-ACBL-1
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    ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations

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    ethicscdrThe purpose of the Code of Disciplinary Regulations (CDR) is to provide a fair hearing to every ACBL member charged with a disciplinary infraction. However, it is to be understood that disciplinary proceedings are not criminal or civil trials in that they do no involve personal liberty but rather the privileges of membership in the ACBL or continued participation in ACBL sanctioned events. The CDR also applies to non-members of ACBL when participating in ACBL sanctioned events.

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    Player Memos

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    Disciplinary Processes

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    These forms and documents are to be used in the disciplinary process contained in the Code of Disciplinary Regulations (CDR). To use the interactive forms, you must first save the document to your computer. Access your saved copy then fill out the highlighted fields and save again. You can then attach the document to email or drop it in the mail.
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    Resources for All

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    Resources for Charging Party

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    Resources for Disciplinary Chair and Appellate Chair

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    Resources for Recorders

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    Other Policies

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    Active Ethics

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    Actively ethical bridge players do everything they can within the scope of the game to defeat their opponent at the bridge table while making that experience an otherwise enjoyable one for them.

    A primary objective of the ACBL is to continue the concerted effort that was inaugurated at the Fall 1986 Atlanta NABC to try to instill in all players the concept that vigorous efforts should be made to insure equity and enjoyment are benchmarks of Bridge.

    Every player should strive to make sure that opponents have in no way been harmed through incomplete or misleading information as to the meanings of his pair’s coventional calls and treatments. An aggressive approach along these lines on the part of each and every individual will do much to make sure that Bridge remains the game that you enjoy so much.

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    The philosophy of active ethics tells us that winners should be determined solely by skill, flair and normal playing luck. Actively ethical partnerships take pains to ensure that their opponents are fully informed.

    A major tenet of active ethics is the principle of full disclosure. This means that all information available to your partnership must be made available to your opponents.

    Let’s take a look at weak two bids from the point of view of full disclosure. When an established partnership opens a weak two bid, they have a great deal of information of which their opponents are not aware. The convention card discloses the point range, but little else. However, the partners are aware of the range of hands on which the bid can be made (discipline?, suit quality requirements?, five-or-seven card suits allowed?, side four-card major ok?, void ok?, positional variations?, etc). Full disclosure requires that all these inferences, restrictions and tendencies be made known to any opponent who inquires about their style.

    If you are interested in knowing these things about your opponent’s bid, merely say to the bidder’s partner, “Would you tell me more about your style?” You may use the style inquiry’ to ask about any call your opponent makes.

    The actively ethical player will often go beyond what is technically required in volunteering information to the opponents. Quite often, the declaring side in an actively ethical partnership will volunteer such information before the opening lead is made. (But remember, when there has been misinformation given, such as a failure to alert or a mis-alert, there is a LEGAL obligation on the player whose partner misinformed the opponents. He, the bidder, must give the opponents the correct information at the end of the auction if his side is the declaring side or at the end of the play if his side is defending.)

    New players or infrequent partnerships usually will not have understandings about the items discussed here and , of course, it will be perfectly proper for them to reply “We have no agreement as to style.”
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    Active ethics enables players to compete on equal terms. In addition, the actively ethical player contributes to the enjoyment of all players by continuously striving to maintain a courteous attitude toward both his opponents and his partner and by avoiding any behavior that would make anyone uncomfortable. These social attributes are VITAL to the game of bridge and duplicate bridge.
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    Failure to finish on time can do a great deal to chase players away from the game and is extremely distressing to waiting players. Bridge is a timed event. If a pair takes more than their share of the allotted time for each round, they are inconveniencing their fellow competitors, as well as gaining an unfair advantage over them. When a pair has fallen behind it is incumbent on them to make up the time lost as quickly as possible whether at fault or not.

    The actively ethical player makes a concerted effort to catch up when they have fallen behind, regardless of the reason for their lateness. All players are expected to develop this good habit.

    Remember: Slow play is subject to penalty, and the penalties are well earned when slow pairs disrupt the normal progression of the game.

    Additionally, players should be available to start each subsequent round promptly, avoiding wherever possible, being late to a table for non-bridge reasons.

    At the discretion of the TD, slow play penalties will be deemed to be either disciplinary (and unappealable) or procedural. If the latter, appeals committees should tend strongly to reject all routine appeals against slow play penalties. When they do deny such an appeal, they should consider imposing an additional penalty for a frivolous appeal. The burden is on the appellant to demonstrate that some unusual circumstance makes the penalty inappropriate.
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    The latest version of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge defines a convention as a call that, by partnership agreement, conveys a meaning other than willingness to play in the denomination named (or in the last denomination named), or high-card strength or length (three cards or more) there.

    All ACBL events are “governed” by the appropriate convention chart which lists those conventions permitted in the event. Conventions not included on the chart are not permitted in the event.

    Part of the “right” to use a convention is the responsibility of deciding when it applies in probable auctions. The opponents may be entitled to redress if you did not originally have a clear understanding with your partner of when and how to use a convention you are playing.

    For example, a partnership that chooses to play conventional bids over opponents notrump opening bids is expected to have discussed at least the following:

    1. Does it apply over strong notrumps?
    2. Does it apply over weak notrumps?
    3. Does it apply in the direct seat?
    4. Does it apply in the balancing chair?
    5. Does it apply when used by a passed hand?

    We all occasionally encounter situations where we are not sure what partner’s bidding means. There exists an added responsibility if that uncertainty arises from a convention you and your partner have agreed to play. In these situations, you should tell your opponents all you know. Sometimes, the director will even ask you or your partner to step away from the table so that the opponents can talk openly with the remaining player.

    Actively ethical players do everything possible in these situations to bring their opponents back to even terms — to remove any possible disadvantage accruing to them from their side’s failure to have a complete conventional understanding.
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    Zero Tolerance Policy

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    Mail the recorder

    Note: forms must be completed in ink when submitted by mail. For help with these procedures and/or forms, please call the Compliance Coordinator at 662-253-3146.

    Mailing Address:
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    Attn: National Recorder
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