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At the recent Gold Coast Congress I found myself in the Open Teams Competition playing against two world class opponents. All was going well until midway through the match when this auction occurred:

W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
P
X
5
P
P
P

Now, when I bid 5 my RHO heavily sighed, could not believe what I had bid and passed it out asking his partner "Are you going to call the director or am I?"

At this point I hadn't actually noticed nor considered the implications of partner's mildly slow pass of 2, but that is not the issue of this article. The play began and my RHO was becoming more and more flustered, muttering to the table things such as

"Look I get he might have been thinking about bidding 2 but most of the time they're thinking of raising"

"You can't bid 5 when partner hesitates"

"Bid 3, 4, you can't bid 5"

"At least bid 4, make it look more legit", at which point my partner said "don't be like that".

5 made, the director was called after the hand and they ruled that the table result stands, but that is also not the point of this article. The main point of this article is not so much with this individual incident, but rather with this behaviour in general.

I am increasingly finding behaviour such as this more and more common at the Bridge table at all levels of game that I play. I am experienced, but still a youth player - what if I was new? What if this was my first congress (as it was for one of my teammates), and did not know of my obligations both ethically and under the laws? Is this the way to introduce someone to them?

What can I do about this? What should we do about this?

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