Rules are, or should be, to make the game fair. Of course what is fair is somewhat subjective but I am forming the view that there is a group of wrinkled old grumpy old ladies at the EBU with nothing else in their lives who sit around thinking up new rules just to perpetuate their existence. I know from life experience that some people just simply like rules for themselves. They get a kick out of knowing the rules and telling other people what they are doing wrong. These people have lost sight of fact that the game is something to be enjoyed and the rules are simply to make the game fair – for the people the rules are their for them to catch people out and make them look inferior.
We have just come back from a RTW cruise where the Bridge director started by announcing her EBU qualifications and then spent most of every day policing the tables to ensure strict enforcement of the rules. I was particularly irritated by the insistence that the boards stay in the middle of the table during play; not to the side or in the corner of the table or the chair besides but smack bang in the middle of the table making us play the cards over the top of the board. Notwithstanding the fact that all four players were happy for the board to be placed elsewhere she insisted that it stay in the middle of the table because “that’s the rules.” - stupid.