Glossary of terms

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The following terms are more specific to bridge and organising bridge tournaments. Generally speaking most tournament directors and organisers would be familiar with these terms. They are terms you would expect to find in most tournament director reference manuals.



A board is one hand of play consisting of 52 cards and played by the 4 players at the table. The score they achieve is entered on a score sheet for that board.


All the results of that board are then combined and scored.


Generally, boards are combined together as a set. Two pairs play each other over that set of boards. A set of boards may have up to 45 boards.



In any single tournament there are a number of events. An event generally produces a winning player, pair or team. An event may be completed in one session or over several sessions.



The movement is used to describe the section of play in a session of bridge. The movement has many properties that help describe the way the players will move, and how many boards they play on each round. The properties include movement type and the number of boards per round.



A round of play is, generally speaking, where two pairs play against each other over one set of boards. For example, with a 13 table section, playing a Mitchell movement, it would normally have 13 rounds.


It is possible with the ASE Scorer to score a barometer movement round by round, as each board is played by all tables during the one round.



A session of bridge may be considered one sitting of play. At the end of the session the scoring takes place. Normally the length of a session is around 25 to 32 boards. A session is one unit of scoring. Where there are a number of sections in a session they are combined to produce one or two winners. Several sessions of play may be combined together to produce a winner of the overall event.



A section of bridge generally consists of one movement of play. There may be several sections in one session of bridge. For example, you may have one session consisting of 2 sections both of 13 tables being scored over the 26 tables.



The table is where the pairs sit and play the boards against each other. The tables are usually numbered in sequence from 1 to the total number of tables in the section.