Dublin North Region

Tournament Director Course

DNR Club Level Tournament Directors' Course


Date: Saturday September 28, 2019
Time: 10.00 - 17.00
Venue: St. Gabriel's Bridge Club, Clontarf
Cost: €20 per person but if a club is sending three or more people, this is reduced to €15 per person
Presenters: Norma Madden & Aidan Synnott (Norma and Aidan are CBAI qualified Regional TDs)
Enrolment: The most efficient method for individuals is online by clicking here. Club secretaries may book groups from their clubs by clicking this link. Alternatively, you may send an email to the Honorary Secretary or text or call her on 087 619 2302


This course is aimed at those who wish to become Tournament Directors in their local clubs. No prior knowledge of tournament direction is assumed but the course will still be of benefit if you are already involved in straightforward tournament direction in your club and wish to expand your knowledge and confidence. This is an all day course. Movements and Scoring will be covered in the morning, Laws and Etiquette in the afternoon.

There has been a marked increase in the number of Clubs in the Region that have recently acquired, or are considering the acquisition of Bridgemates. Accordingly, this year's course will, for the first time, incorporate a section on Bridgemates Scoring. This is not intended to be comprehensive as that would require a dedicated course. Rather, it is intended to give an overview of what is involved in setting up the system and will hopefully serve to demystify it. For those who are particularly interested, there will be an opportunity to gain supervised "hands on" experience of running the system during the lunch break.

You are advised to bring a packed lunch as there are no catering facilities on site. Alternatively, Tillie's Cafe, which serves lunches, is directly opposite the club. It is planned to break for lunch from approximately 12.45 until 14.00.


If you are attending the course, it would be highly desirable to acquire a copy of the current Law Book. You are absolutely not expected to read it from cover to cover but a general awareness of what it contains would be helpful. It can be purchased in book format from the
CBAIs Bridge Shop. Alternatively you can download a copy free of charge from the World Bridge Federation’s Website in a variety of formats. You should NOT use the 2007 Law Book (often called “The Red Book”) as the changes made in 2017 were quite extensive.

Topics covered will include;
The Role and Duties of a Tournament Director
Requirements for a Movement

Pairs Movements

  • Straight Mitchell Movement
  • Share and Relay Mitchell
  • Skip Mitchell
  • Howell Movements, full and three-quarters
  • Movements for awkward numbers of tables
  • Basic Movements for two session and two sections events
Match Point Scoring for Pairs Events (Manual & Computer)
Basic Teams Movements
Basic Teams Scoring
Running a Pairs Competition using Bridgemates
Laws and Etiquette

  • Basic Good Behaviour at the Bridge Table
  • Calling the Director
  • Announcements and Alerts
  • The Alert Card
  • The Stop Card
  • Laws Governing the Positioning of Boards and the Auction
  • Comparable Calls
  • Calls out of Rotation
  • Insufficient Bids
  • Leads out of Rotation
  • Penalty Cards
  • The Revoke
  • Lead Restrictions
  • Claims and Concessions
  • Misinformation, Unauthorised Information & Hesitation
St. Gabriel's Bridge Club is located in St. Gabriel's Parish Centre, which in the grounds of St. Gabriel's Church in Dollymount. There is a large free car park. To view on google maps, click here.