- The following devices can be used to access RealBridge
- Windows laptop
- Windows tablet
- Windows desktop
- MacBook or other Apple laptop
- iPad (from 2015 or newer)
- iMac or other Apple desktop
- Android tablet
Smartphones and Old iPads, (older than 2015).cannot be used to access RealBridge
Information relating to RealBridge
You cannot use an iPad and Chrome, and you cannot use an iPAD which is older than 5 years
Must use current browsers Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari. (not Internet Explorer, or the old version of Edge)
INFORMATION FOR MAC USERS: MacOS (MacBook)
- You can use Chrome as an alternative to Safari. [Its web video support may be better.]
- In Safari there is a menu item "Safari > Settings for the website...". In that window for RealBridge, select "Allow all auto-play" media, and set the camera & microphone permission to "Allow".
Step 1 (getting ready – special camera and microphone test, takes 3 mins, please do it a little time before)
Make sure your camera and microphone are working. Log out of any other applications.
Do the test theough the link above (allow time to do this, if it doesn’t work, contact firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Step 2 (in order to play on RealBridge)
To play, please email Grainne the previous day at email@example.com to request an invitation link with buit in password
To Join the session , just click the link .
Put in your full real name and click login.
At the table
When you arrive at the table, you will be able to see and talk to the other players. After the Director starts the first round, you will see your hand. When it is your turn to bid, a bidding box will be shown in the middle of the table.
These are the main elements of the screen:
During the auction
Making a bid
To bid, simply click the bidding card. If you are using one-click mode, the bid will be made and will appear in front of you, just as when you bid in face-to-face bridge.
If you are using two-tap mode (see Settings below) the bidding card is selected, and all the other bidding cards disappear. If the bid you wanted is shown, click it again to confirm the bid; if you had clicked the wrong bid, click somewhere else on the table to bring the bidding box back.
Alerts and explanations
The standard way of alerting in RealBridge is as in face-to-face bridge. When your partner makes a conventional bid, you click your alert card. The Alert card will briefly be displayed against partner's bid. Partner's bidding card will change colour to indicate that it has been alerted.
Explanations are as in face-to-face bridge too. An opponent asks you what the bid means by speaking, and you explain by speaking.
RealBridge also allows "self alerts" and written explanations. This option will be explained in the Self alerts section in a subsequent edition of this guide.
If you make a misclick, and if the rules of the event allow undos, click the Undo button. Each opponent will be prompted to accept or reject the undo. If they accept it, the bidding goes back to before your last call. If they don't accept it, you will see a message saying this.
If there is any doubt or disagreement about whether an undo should be allowed, call the Director. The Director will be able to adjudicate according to the rules of the event.
During the play
When play starts, dummy appears on the table. The cards played to each trick are shown in the middle of the table. Some more buttons now become relevant:
Playing a card
To play, simply click the card you want to play. If you are using one-click mode, the card will be played and will appear in the middle of the table.
If you are using two-tap mode (see Settings below) the card is moved partly out of your hand. To confirm the play, click anywhere in the bottom half of the table. To change the card, click somewhere else (for example, in your hand).
When you first start using two-tap mode, RealBridge shows you the area to click to confirm a play. You can hide this by clicking the Hide button.
Either declarer or a defender can claim some or all of the remaining tricks. Click the Claim button, then select the number of tricks tha you are claiming. Just as in face-to-face bridge, you should state your line of play at the same time as your claim.
After you have claimed as declarer, both defenders are prompted to accept or reject your claim. If they both accept, the result is recorded and the deal ends. If either defender rejects the claim, the platform displays a message saying that the claim has been rejected. After a rejection, you should call the director to adjudicate the claim, or claim again (perhaps for a different number of tricks), or if everyone agrees you can also play on.
If a defender claims, both declarer and the other defender are prompted to accept or reject the claim. (This is because a defender is allowed under Law 68B2 to object to his partner's claim.)
If play continues after a claim, the non-claiming side can see all four hands.
Undos in the play work in the same way as undos in the bidding. If an undo is accepted, the play goes back to before your last play.
Again, if there is any doubt or disagreement about whether an undo should be allowed, call the Director.
If you click the Settings icon, you will see various options for controlling the appearance and functionality of the screen:
- If you change your settings, Realbridge will remember them for the next time that you play, as long as you are using the same computer and web-browser.
- With simplified cards, dummy is always oriented to face you.
- If you are using a tablet, you may find it easier to use simplified cards and/or two-tap mode.
- Try the different options and choose a configuration that you like.
Audio and video controls
The screen also contains some buttons for controlling audio and video:
You can call the Director by clicking the Director button. When the Director is at the table, you will see him in the top left-hand corner of the screen. You can see and talk to him just like with the other players.