Bernard Magee Bridge is starting BBO duplicates from June 1st. To play these games you will need to purchase BBO dollars – when you are logged in to BBO you can press the shopping cart icon to purchase these.
Please make sure you purchase BBO dollars on BBO and NOT through an APP. BBO dollars should cost one dollar for one dollar - about 70p for a dollar. (Through an APP the app provider will add a commission).
NOTE: these games are for BMB Members only
There will be a variety of tournaments – of different durations and levels:
8-board events - aimed to last just under one hour ($2.50)
An hour of bridge, which I think is quite a neat nuance of internet bridge; I like the idea of being able to fit in a game in such a comfortable pocket of time.
12-board events - with a little extra time per round ($3.00)
Internet bridge can be quite quick and having a little extra time will help a few players. These games are open to everybody but might be more suited to novice-intermediate players.
16-board events - for a more normal duplicate pairs event ($3.50)
I think that 16 boards is about the maximum for internet bridge games. With the intensity of focus and speed, the mind seems to get exhausted more quickly. These should last just under two hours.
The BBO price is to cover the cost of the tournament and the director – BMB is not trying to make a profit from these games – we are putting them on in response to requests from members.
I am keen to have your feedback and will change the times and regularity of events depending on the number of players and your general thoughts.