Partnership Agreements

      (a)   Hidden understandings are unfair and illegal.



      (b)   The obligation is always on the user of a system or

      convention to show that he has made a sufficiently clear

      statement of his method. The benefit of any doubt is given  

      against the player who bears the onus to disclose his methods.


      (c)   Opponents are entitled to know of any conditions

      attaching to the meaning of a call.If possible holdings are

      excluded by the existence of an alternative call to cover

      them, then this must be disclosed.


(d)   A bid may be forcing by partnership agreement, but it is

      not improper for a player to break that agreement and pass in

      a forcing situation provided that there is no understanding in

      the partnership that it will happen.



A partnership agreement is an arrangement between partners of which opponents areentitled to be informed, but it does not constitute an undertaking to opponents.

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