Rules & Etiquette
When a hand has been played, the player sitting North should fill in the details of the hand on the traveller: this will be the opposing pair number, the contract, who was declarer, the initial lead, the number of tricks made, and the final score.
He should then show the traveller to the player sitting East, who should check that the hand has been scored correctly. This is important, as mistakes can be made and it may not be obvious what the correct result should have been when the scorer comes back to it later.
The most common mistakes are:
- putting the details on the wrong line (they should go on the line with North/South's pair number
- writing the wrong East/West pair number
- writing the wrong number of tricks made
- scoring as vulnerable when it was not vulnerable, and vice versa (especially if the two pairs are at different vulnerabilities)
It is also considered polite to show other players what other contracts have made or failed on the hand earlier in the evening, but you should not spend too long discussing these - please wait until you have finished playing all boards first.
If you're not sure how to fill in a traveller, please read the section on scoring