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Aid memoir

edited 12:23AM in Bridge Laws
I was once told that no aids as to the final contract were allowed to be left out - e.g. by leaving the final contact bidding cards on the table.

I am now told that this is allowable by EBU rules and ethics. Can you please clarrify. 


  • edited 12:23AM
    Under Law 40C3 (a), a player is not allowed aids to memory, calculation or
    technique: for example, looking at the scores on the back of bidding cards during
    the hand is considered an aide-memoire and therefore illegal.

    Sometimes in events with spectators the organisers allow the final contract card to be left on the table.

    Players can write the contract on their scorecard, enter it into a bridge mate etc so I don't think if the bidding card was left there it would constitute and aid as defiend by the law. It is essentailly up to the club though as to whether to allow it not for individual players
  • edited 12:23AM
    A few players at our EBU club routinely tilt a card from within the bidding box to remind them of the contract. I would have thought that this is a clear aide memoire. 

    Unless it has been recently updated, Law 40C3 (a) starts with something like "Unless permitted by the Regulating Authority...."  Does this mean that allowing the practice is a matter for the club for regular weekly meets but would usually be illegal in competition?  

  • edited 12:23AM
    Hm... it is really interesting question. I think that it is legal for 100% but you should consult about that question because it is not a game!
  • edited 12:23AM
    The laws in the US forbid such memory aids. You are permitted to ask what the contract is, but such memory aids are (and should be) illegal. Here is one reason why they should be disallowed: the angle of the bidding cards could be a signal, or failure to use the aid could be a signal, etc. I think that it is not a challenge to remember the contract, and that it would be a disservice to say "You can use this memory aid, but not others." If there were a uniform way to do that, so that, perhaps, the bidding card was left in a particular location all the time, that would be better -- but why? How much effort does it take to ask what the contract is?
  • LynLyn
    edited 12:23AM

    One of our older players has developed dementia so we allow the contract to remain visible.
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