Judy Kay-Wolff


The following has been copied, in part, directly from the ACBL Bible of things to do and not do.  IT IS SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED At THE PLAYERS.   I suggest this is not a one way street.   As my husband, Bobby, suggested earlier ….. the same should apply to directors and their action, behavior, treatment of paying customers, knowledge of the rules and laws, etc.  Obviously, they wouldn’t have passed the Acid Test in LV on the 22nd of October.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Be cool! Bridge is fun.

The ACBL Board of Directors and Management are committed to improving acceptable player behavior at all times. In accordance with Laws 74, 80F, 81C4, 90A, 91, and 92A (Laws of Duplicate Bridge) the following policy outlines what is expected of all players during NABCs and other ACBL sponsored events, as well as in the playing area before and after each session.

The ultimate purpose of the Z-T policy is to create a much more pleasant atmosphere in our NABCs. We are attempting to eradicate unacceptable behavior in order to make the game of bridge more enjoyable for all. Below are some examples of commendable behavior, which, while not required, will significantly contribute to the improved atmosphere:

Since Friday’s Folly at the Sectional in Las Vegas , many people (other than the ones directly involved) have been infuriated and spoken up on my various blog sites, starting with the original one which I appropriately entitled ‘The Bastardization of Bridge’ and a couple ensuing ones encapsulating the same incident.

Wearing a director’s shirt with their names emblazoned on their badges does not necessarily qualify them to be judge and jury.  This begins with the club level and so on up – until you get to the Trials and World Championships where most of the Best of the Best are hired to assure professional disposition of the problem situations that arise.

For the gory details  see the earlier sites (especially Paul Ivaska’s rendering of yesterday on “Time for Some Leadership” if you are not familiar with all the foibles that came to light.  In the meantime, I think the Zero Tolerance Policy for the directing staff should be given serious thought.



ReneNovember 9th, 2010 at 9:17 am

Well said — and certainly a matter seriously worth considering!

Why are we the culprits when in this case, it was clearly the directing staff in toto? It would be nice for LV (and the rest of the ACBL’S domain) to have the directors get their facts straight before fouling up an event and accusing innocent people of slow play?

RKNovember 9th, 2010 at 9:19 am

Liked your title! Something to think about.

Judy Kay-WolffNovember 9th, 2010 at 10:18 am

Take a look at “Paul’s” remarks on the blog about Leadership. Looks like the Scottish Bridge Union stepped up to the plate, reversed the error AND PUBLICLY APOLOGIZED. How elegant!