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Rules & Regulations

The 2007 Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge were adopted by the WBF in October 2007. The ABF adopted these laws on June 1, 2008. The ABF assigned the power under Law 80 to regulate events (other than ABF events) to the State Associations for 5 years; in 2013 the ABF renewed this for a further 5 years.

Copies of the laws and information about them is available at the following locations:

WBF (2017 Laws*):
ECats :

*The WBF has set a deadline of September 30th, 2017 as the latest possible date for Zones and NBOs to commence using the new 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge.

Anti-Doping Regulations

In January 2009 the WBF adopted a new set of Anti-Doping Rules under the revised (2009) World Anti-Doping Code (the “Code”). These rules are available on the WBF website at www.worldbridge.org/rules-regulations/anti-doping-regulations/.

As a result of a survey taken in Lille it has become apparent that some players may have been taking medications which actually are included in the WADA prohibited list. Further information from the WBF is provided in the document below.

PDF File WBF Anti doping information for NBOs (July 2013)
In line with its obligations under these rules the Australian Bridge Federation draws the attention of its international players to their obligations under these rules.

WBF Codes

A full list of WBF Regulations, Rules, Codes and Policies can be found at www.worldbridge.org/rules-regulations/

International Representative Players Charter

Any player or official who accepts a position in an international team is deemed to
be aware of the document below and have accepted and agreed to abide by its contents.

PDF File International Representative Players Charter

ABF / NZBridge

The 2007 Laws of Duplicate Bridge provide for the Regulating Authority (c.f. the ABF/NZ Bridge) to select certain Law options and to regulate their usage within its geographical region. Regulating Authorities are further permitted to provide regional interpretation and guidance as to the application of such options and regulations.

The document below contains a joint ABF / NZBridge interpretation of those Laws:

PDF File ABF/NZBridge Laws Interpretation, Regulation and Guidance
(June 1, 2011)
PDF File Determinations of ABF as Regulating Authority (August 1, 2013)

ABF Regulations


PDF File Tournament Regulations (February 5, 2012) updated March 7, 2014 (Section 26 deleted)
PDF File System Regulations (March 1, 2014)
PDF File Screen Regulations (April 1, 2010)
PDF File Alerting Regulations (March 1, 2014) (minor rewording)
PDF File Written Bidding and Bidding Box Regulations (April 1, 2010)
PDF File Appeals Regulations (April 1, 2014)