|Registering and Playing on BBO
Playing BBO Online bridge presents certain challenging behaviour patternss.
1) Everyone is looking for a fun and friendly game, so if you notice someone who you feel is being particularly unpleasant, you should report them to the TD and/or to the organising committee. What you must NOT do is make accusations or your own law rulings at the table.
2) There is nothing wrong with talking to the table, your partner, your opponents within reason Some BBO jargon : WDP – Well done partner :HLP – Hard luck partner : GLP – Good luck partner :WPP – Well played partner :TYP – Thank you partner :“Thinking” (if you know you are taking some time over a decision).
3) You should announce your basic system at the start of each round, with say "WeakNT, 3 weak2s"if nothing else
4) Undos are generally allowed at all times since misclicks are fairly frequent. In any doubtful case, best to call the TD.
5) If a bid is not alerted, then it is assumed natural - if you feel damaged at the end of play call the TD.
6) Slow play and failure to claim will happen due to the nature of the online game, so be patient and make allowance!
- Undos for carding mis-clicks will be allowed. These must only be for mechanical errors and not a change of mind. If the mis-click request is not allowed by the opponents, then the TD should be called. This policy will be reviewed after 3 months.
- Compliance with the online alerting requirements with 3 overriding principles:
- At the start of a round please give an overview of your system. Something like “Acol, 3 Wk2s, Weak NT, Standard leads, standard signals and discards (HELD), Weak jump overcalls”. You can keep this line in your paste buffer to use from round to round, if you don’t want to keep typing it in.
- Every time you make a conventional bid you need to alert and explain it. You also need to alert 1N and 2N opening ranges and when you open 2 of a suit. Because your partner can’t see your explanation, you should err on the side of over-alerting online.
- You can request an explanation of a bid by clicking on the bid. If you don’t get an answer mail the opponent using Chat and ask him/her. Don’t worry about asking one opponent for an explanation of a bid or a signal. As long as you send the message to the opponent who made the bid or play, only he/she will see it and there will be no danger of unauthorised information being passed.
- Restricted events – please respect the NGS guidelines for the Monday afternoon, Thursday evening and Friday afternoon sessions.