What is the cost per session?
The basic cost is nominally £1.00 (incl VAT) per session. Discounts may be applied for full and/or Life Members and are subject to final ratification.
The basic cost for each Approved Tournament includes 2 parts:
1) Payment of the EBU UMS 'Pay2Play' Fee.
2) The Service charge by BridgeClubLive in providing the Platform, for uploading the results to the EBU and administering all the payment processing on behalf of BridgeClubUK.
How are Full and Social members billed?
Members are nominally charged £1.00 per session. Money owed will be subtracted from your membership subscription expiry date at the end of each calendar month. The net effect is that your membership renewal date will now be several days earlier. After all, you have pre-paid your subscription to us and all we are doing is to reduce the subscription period, by a pro-rata amount - thus avoiding excessive administration costs etc for all.
Thus, the good news is that there is NOTHING EXTRA to pay at any time! No hassle, no invoice, nothing to pay and no action on your part! For example, if the EBU UMS fee was 40p plus VAT, and the BCL charge was 50p plus VAT, 3 days will be taken off the expiry date for Full Members and 6 days off for a Social member.
How are Ad Hoc members billed?
For those who wish to play on an ad-hoc basis, the 1 Month £10 full membership subscription option provides for this. It includes up to 10 tournament sessions a month or more if you really want to - and remember, this ad-hoc fee continues to provide FULL membership and UNLIMITED play in the main BCL club and ALL other tournaments for the whole month.
How are Life members billed?
Life members can play as little or as often as they wish, but will receive an invoice for the sessions played, once they exceed 25 sessions or more. This process is subject to final ratification.
Alerting and announcing rules?
Alerting and announcing is as per EBU rules. A sheet summarising these rules can be found via the left hand margin or here.
Are Convention cards or Simple System Descriptions supported?
Yes. Simple Systems Descriptions, SSDs, (BCL's implementation of convention cards) is fully supported. BridgeClubUK has full visibility of SSDs previously created on BCL. SSDs created or amended on BridgeClubUK are saved for future use and visible on BCL. Click here for an overview of SSDs and here for a Help desk article along with screen shots.
Is BridgeClubUK NGS or PPI rated?
BridgeClubUK is fully National Grading System, NGS, rated. NGS is the EBU rating system and was developed from BCL's PPI system.
BridgeClubUK is not Past Performance Indicator, PPI, rated (PPI is BCL's own rating system).
Are sessions restricted based on standard or ratings?
No. All sessions are open to all.
How can I find a partner?
You may be able to join a session and successfully find a pick up partner. There are the normal BCL facilities to advertise for a partner, see here.
Alternatively, there are various Find a Partner facilities on the main BCL site.
Are you closing your current F2F offering?
No. BCL sees this as an addition to the F2F offering (it actually uses the same software framework). However, it is likely that F2F clubs may reduce anyway as people return to real clubs. BridgeClubUK will allow people who do not wish to return to a real club to continue playing.
Does this use the Audio/Visual facilities?
The standard Audio/Visual facilities are available.
I am not an EBU member, is that a problem?
No problem. BridgeClubUK will set you up as a new EBU member. You will be asked to confirm or provide an address by email. This is purely for use by the EBU, they like to send out a welcome letter and pack to new EBU members.
You might wish to note that EBU membership is free if playing in a club, the EBU is then funded by charging PaytoPlay on sessions. More info at https://www.ebu.co.uk/information-resources/ebu-membership .
I am a member of a F2F club, is that a problem?
There are direct links to the play site on both BCL's Home page and the Home page of this site (near top right). No need to de-assign yourself from your F2F club and assign to BridgeClubUK (and reversing that after the session).