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Oxford Bridge Club operates a host system for many of its bridge sessions. This means that a player can arrive at the club without a partner and will be paired up with another player who has come without a partner, or with the host. See this page for a list of hosted sessions.
The host system has three main aims:
Please note that the host system is not intended to be used by members on a continuing basis or as a substitute for finding a partner for themselves.
Pianola's partner-finding service may be used to help you find partners; if you have problems using this please contact the Membership Secretary for help. The Partnership Secretary may also be able to help you find a partner. Contact details for the Membership and Partnership Secretaries may be found here. Alternatively, you can contact individual players directly using their contact details as listed in Pianola, or on the printed telephone list (available in the hallway of the club).
To use the host system on Wednesday or Friday evenings, players must have a declared NGS grade of 41% or more (i.e. NGS 4 or higher).
To use the host system at Gentle Duplicate sessions, players must have fewer than 5000 master points.
Players with more than 5000 masterpoints may use the host system on Tuesday mornings, provided that they can find a partner with fewer than 5000 master points.
Hosts are asked to enter the date of their hosting duty in their diary as soon as the hosting list is published. You MAY be sent a reminder before the day, but should not rely on it. If you can't manage your given date, please arrange a swap with another member, and inform the host co-ordinator for that session. If you are indisposed at the last-minute, please contact the host co-ordinator immediately. Contact details for host co-ordinators may be found here.
Hosts should arrive at the club at least 15 minutes before the start of the session, and let the Director know that they have arrived. Then stand in the hallway and welcome people (with a smile!) as they arrive. Ensure that any player without a partner is paired off with another player - you may sometimes need to be tactful. Make a special point of looking after visitors and if it is the first time that they've played at the club ask them to make themselves known to the Scorer. Hosts may wear a host badge (kept in the Director's cabinet) to make themselves more visible, but this is optional. If there is an odd number of customers, the host plays with one of them. If there are none, or an even number, the host is free to go home when play starts.
Where at all possible play the system card of your partner (this is essential for Oxford Bridge School sessions). Enjoy the session, be nice to your partner, and keep smiling. Thank your partner at the end.
As thanks for hosting, hosts are given two vouchers for free games at any club session. Make sure that you collect these from the Director.
As host, you may request that the session in which you act as host be excluded from the EBU's NGS grading scheme (This does not apply to OBS Learn and Play sessions as these do not count towards NGS). This is particularly useful if you are concerned about the effect on your NGS ranking of playing with an unfamiliar partner. Your partner may also elect to be exempted from the NGS system. If you ask for NGS exemption, you must notify the Scorer and/or Director before play starts, and you must also notify the EBU, via your EBU member's online account (MyEBU), that you wish to have NGS exemption within 30 minutes of the start of the session. A printed set of instructions on claiming NGS exemption is available at the club, and may be found in the Director's drawer.