What about the right hand side?
If you click on the History tab at the right hand edge of your screen, this area becomes the equivalent of your travellers or Bridgemate – it's a record of your results so far, and the percentages they earned you.
It's worth noting that these are your final percentages for the hands you've played. Unlike in face-to-face bridge, every pair plays the same boards at the same time, so after round one, everyone's played boards 1 and 2. That 17.9% that I scored on board 1 is, sadly, set in stone.
How's it going in this game?
Bit of a rollercoaster. Lots of tops and bottoms, but after 8 boards it's settled down a bit and I'm on a rather dull 50.5%. All to play for!
Can I see what happened at other tables?
Yes. Click on a board and then on the 'Other tables'. It'll list all the results, including your own – just like a traveller.
IMPORTANT As we'll see in a later section, time is of the essence when playing pairs online, so do not waste playing time poring over past hands. This is something you can do while dummy or if there's time left over at the end of a round.
Can I look at the travellers later on?
Yes, you can. An advantage of online play is that you get much more information than from face-to-face play: BBO retains not only the full auction for each hand (including any alerts), but also the card-play as it happened at your table, trick by trick.
Every now and again, BBO will clear out past records to create space for new ones, but your results will certainly remain available for a few days.
Excellent for an exhaustive post-mortem with your partner!