No electronic devices (other than health aids) are permitted to be in the possession of anyone in the playing room or surrounding area (including washrooms). Tournament directors will handle emergency/important paging situations on a case by case basis at their discretion.

The following penalties shall apply if a player is found in possession of an electronic device in the playing room or surrounding area:

• If during a Round Robin match of a team competition, the player’s team shall be penalized 3 Victory Points.
• If during a KO match of a team competition, the player’s team will be penalized 9 IMPs
• If during an IMP pairs competition, the pair will be penalized 9 IMPs
• If during a pairs event, the pair will be penalized 1 board

Kibitzers violating this policy will be removed from the playing area for the remainder of the session.