This is how we play

WBT's goal is to create a fun, safe and fair place for all bridge fans to enjoy the game.

We encourage all members to treat others how they would like to be treated themselves, and to follow the guidelines below. Members who are unable to follow these rules will be subject to warnings, restricted privileges, suspensions, or even having their accounts closed.

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Community Conduct Policy

  1. Be kind, helpful and forgiving.
  2. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, bigotry or violent threats.
  3. Do not abuse, attack, threaten, discriminate or mistreat other players/members in any way.
  4. Do not open more than one account.

Sportsmanship Policy

  1. Follow the Conditions of Contest (CoC) for the tournament.
  2. Explain your partnership methods precisely.
  3. Pre-alert your opponents if you are using methods you believe they may be unfamiliar with. Better safe than sorry!
  4. Play in an even tempo without unnecessary breaks (unless you have a bridge problem to think about).
  5. Do not harass or accuse your opponents.
  6. Be polite and appreciate good plays by your opponents.
  7. Do your best on every single board.
  8. If you have reason to believe that someone is not playing according to the Fair Play Policy – This is how we play – please file a report to WBT.

Fair Play Policy

Do not get help from any other person, player or coach during play.

Do not allow anyone else to use your account or access anyone else's account.

Do not use any bridge program that potentially could increase your playing ability while playing.

Do not use your partnership’s notes and convention card during play (unless stated differently in the Conditions of Contest).

Do not receive, by any methods, any knowledge about the cards you are playing or will be playing.

Do not receive, by any methods, any knowledge about the result in ongoing matches you are playing in. Substitute players with such information are obliged to inform the players at the table and call a tournament director.

Do not break tempo to mislead your opponents.

Do not utilize information that are brought to your attention due to tempo variations from your partner.

Bid and play in an even tempo, especially when your partner is still involved (for example during the bidding or on defense). If you break tempo there shall be a bridge reason for it (not just following suit or signalling). Your opponents may utilize information from tempo breaks while your partner is not allowed to.

Accept that tournament directors are likely to rule against you if you get a result that could be influenced by tempo breaks.

Make sure you have adequate information about how to play on the bridge platform before entering a tournament. It i’s your responsibility to know the Conditions of Contest and play in accordance with the rules and regulations of bridge.

If you suspect that an opponent could be getting some sort of outside help, this is not an excuse for you to do the same. Please contact us and share your concerns.

Play Detection Staff

Our Detection Staff will constantly monitor all play at the World Bridge Tour. If suspicions are raised against a player or pair, WBT Investigation Committee will conduct a thorough investigation, gathering statistics and reports on the said player or pair. Our investigation will include data analysis and manual judgment. To remain effective, other aspects of our detection methods are confidential.

The WBT Investigation Committee will provide a complete and anonymized report on the said player or pair to the WBT Fair Play Committee. They will make a ruling based on the report provided by the WBT Investigation Committee. At this stage, the said player or pair will be informed in writing about the ruling. The said player or pair are entitled to request an appeal meeting with WBH via video-call (e.g. Teams or Zoom) within 14 days after notification for suspensions lasting more than one month. The identity of a person that has filed a report on any player to WBT will not be revealed.

If you have any questions about our policies, please reach out to our Support Team.