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At the Midway Stage (Copy)

A Bulletin with a Difference

In today's bulletin, we are going to talk a little about the schedule for the rest of the event. We had deliberately kept the details of the schedule sketchy beyond today because we were not sure of what was going to happen beyond May 3rd. We also have had to modify the schedule slightly because of events which were beyond our control. We will talk about the schedule at the end of the bulletin. While it is always possible to jump there, we would be grateful if you could read through the next few paragraphs before focusing on the event.

Prayers for Monica Jajoo's father

Monica is a name that needs to introduction to all serious bridge players. Quite a few of us also know about her achievements in the field of golf. But a not so well known fact is that she has represented India at the world level in the sport of 10 pin bowling. And has been national champion thrice!

Monica had to leave the Aisha Mixed Pairs finals suddenly as her father took seriously ill. As of last update, his condition is still critical. We would like all of you to join us in our prayers for his speedy recovery. 

BBO needs to get bigger still!

Last evening, BBO saw an infulx of Last night, several teams could not start their last round matches as BBO simply could not handle the plethora of users thronging it. As the number of users crossed 50,000, BBO started bending under the strain.

While it is heartening to see this level of patronage for bridge in the world, it unfortunately meant that some of us couldn't complete our scheduled online matches last night. We will talk more about the revised schedule in the coming paragraphs.

Hema Deor Ladies Pairs Event.

After the successful conclusion of the Aisha Mixed pairs, BFH, along with Mrs. Hema Deora Bring you a Ladies Pairs event. More details can be found hear


While they were sharing their tales of woe and I was laughing at some of my own experiences, Sukrit asked me to share some of those stories, and so here goes.

This is probably the fourth or fifth tournament that we are playing in this league. We set up our own tables, and there is no director coming around to make sure that we are all seated in the correct direction. You can guess where this is going.... Yes, one team in all excitement set up the match vs their own teammates! Bridge players, being focused, often won’t even look up from their screens. They start bidding and playing against their own teammates vaguely wondering how their complicated bidding systems are so easily understood by their “opps”. By the time they vaguely register the fact that the names sitting on their opponent’s seat sound sort of familiar, the first hand is almost over. 

To fix this error, what happens usually is that, in utter frustration, the players decide to log off and log back on hoping the problem will disappear. The BBO software is exceedingly helpful -- it has reserved their seats and so they find themselves back in exactly the same place as before,  glaring at each other. Of course the solution is simple, but takes awhile for the players to figure it out  -  the director who set the match has to cancel this one and set another match.

Yesterday someone set the team match in MP format…. And did not even realize their error, sending in scores like Team A 64% and Team B 36% leaving  poor Sukrit weeping in frustration.

Sometimes a captain does not check the draw personally, and when he gets a message asking for team members’ IDs so that the other person can set the match, he quickly complies. And you can again guess where this is going…. Yes, they are playing the wrong opponents. 

And the other day Sukrit decided to discipline all of us all. When someone asked for the draw on the team captains Whatsapp group, Sukrit, refusing to spoon feed us said it was uploaded to the BFH website!!! “Website?  What’s that?”, we started asking each other. “What’s the link?” we asked. “The same link I have been giving you from Round 1 onwards” says Sukrit. “Aare please!!”, we cried out. ”Why haven’t you bookmarked it?” came the reply. 

A few imps deducted from your score and now everyone knows how to bookmark a website and check it and submit the scores in a proper format instead of “We won by 8 imps” confusing the organizers who “We” was and “They” were and what the actual score was. 

It’s all settling down now after 5 or 6 tournaments. Looking forward to lots more excellent bridge.