Resulting from a discussion in the TD Club - please read the following:
Hope everyone is enjoying their Easter weekend and time with family. I know I sure am :)
I wanted to take the time to clarify the current thread of "Table Talk" that has been discussed over the last few days.
As stated in Help Topic 2101
Discussion of strategy in Team Tourneys, publicly or by IM, during the play of a match, is grounds for disqualification from the tournament. It is perfectly acceptable to discuss strategy before the tourney or between rounds, but all such discussion should end once the match is in progress.
Please understand that this refers to making direct statements that will give your partner extra information about your hand, or anything that will instruct your partner how to bid. Statements such as "hey p, let's set them this hand" would not be acceptable, as this giving your partner a direct statement as to how you are going to play your hand. However, statements made to the entire table such as "pass pass pass bid" (for a PinoY STD tourney) would be perfectly acceptable - considering that statement is directed at every single player at the table, and is done so in an attempt to remind everyone of the tourney rules, to help eliminate a chance of someone being DQ'd for misbidding. Another example is Mirrors in SpadP and SpadY - stating "hand 3/5 bid spades" is a reminder to all that they need to bid spades, and helps keep the fun in the game
That's what we are here for - the fun of the game. Always remember, everyone here was new at one time or another, and was new to all the fun tourneys Eliters has to offer - and someone probably gave you a welcome hand by reminding you of tourney rules - so that you didn't get frustrated and walk away upset. Thank that person for helping you learn the new game, and welcome all the newbies that are still learning. They depend on us as teachers, so give that extra helping hand if you can and let's keep the fun of Eliters alive!!
Thanks for your time,
Eliters Rules Director