Full Programme of Online Tournaments & Seminars
With face-to-face bridge suspended, Ned Paul Bridge has gone online. We are currrently running six online tournaments a week. If lockdown continues this number may increase. The programme includes three daytime games a week and also three evening games a week at BBO 'peak time', which many other clubs are currently not offering. All members of any of Ned Paul's clubs, plus friends may play. A fee is payable for all players.
In addition to the tournament programme, we are running a once-a-week instructional bridge seminar. This is in the format of an Open-to-All Zoom videoconference, which we discuss a bridge bidding or play topic each week. The conference includes the chance to play themed deals on BBO.
We use the bridge playing site https://www.bridgebase.com/ (known as 'BBO') to run these games. There are now a minimum of six games a week. All games are 18 boards, matchpointed pairs.
|* Monday daytime - 12.30pm
||* Monday evening - 7.30pm
|* Wednesday daytime - 12.30pm
||* Wednesday evening - 7.30pm
|* Friday daytime - 12.30pm
||* Friday evening - 7.30pm
New Payment Method
With the increased number of tournaments, we are, from May forwards, charging a set price per game. This is fairer for all players as everyone now pays per game for the games they play. This charge is payable to Ned Paul Bridge and reflects the time and cost needed to organise and run tournaments. (Costs include Tournament Director fees and EBU charges.) This per game charge replaces the previous monthly subscription charge.
Please pre-purchase your game credits - see payment method below. You may buy games singly at £3.00 plus 25p handling fee; four at a time £12 (no handling fee) or £25 for ten games. A game credit will let you play once, and you can use a second credit to pay for your partner.
Additionally, BBO requires a charge of US$3 a game for peak time evening games. All games starting between 4.00pm and 9.00pm UK time are affected. You need to pre-load your BBO$ account using a credit or debit card, otherwise the system will not permit you to register for the tournament. The $3 surcharge is deducted by BBO when the tournament begins.
Early and late games alike are EBU registered. EBU Master Points are issued. They will appear on your masterpoint record as from 'Ned Paul Bridge Club'
To play, first make sure that you are registered on BBO (free of charge) - then mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your BBO user name, your real name, your EBU number if you have one, and your contact email. On receipt of your details and payment (see below), I will add you to the list of 'permitted players' entitled to join my games.
Finding the tournaments on BBO: Log on and at the welcome screen click 'Competitive', then, 'Tournaments', then 'All Tournaments'. Scroll down the time-ordered list until you find the 'Ned Paul Online Tournament'. Click 'Register' to play. If you know who your partner is 'Invite' them and your partner, who should be online too, can 'Accept'. If you have no pre-arranged partner, click 'Show Partnership Desk' and either 'Invite' a player already waiting or add your name to the partnership desk list.
Please be online at the scheduled start time for the game, or the system will eliminate you from the tournament.
If you are unfamiliar with BBO, please watch this Youtube video which will guide you through the access process and answer many questions:
How To Pay
From May forward please use the Ned Paul online payment portal brianbridge.net/npo. This payment portal has been set up for me by colleague Victor Lesk of BriAn scoring app fame: 'npo' stands for Ned Paul Online. BACS, Credit/Debit Card and Cheques are all accepted. Please use this payment portal for all future payments even if you know my bank details and have previously paid direct. This will help me keep track of you.
Video Conferencing Seminars
Every Thursday evening at 7.15pm we hold a video conference on Zoom, hosted by Victor Lesk, the author of the BriAn bridge scoring app. There will be a social catch-up followed at 7.30pm by discussion of a bridge topic of the week with Victor and Ned or other guest Tutor and the chance to learn by playing real hands. It's easy to join - just click this link at the right time: https://zoom.us/j/731062415 (password 123456) and follow the prompts to download the Zoom app. You will be able to see and hear others, and be seen and heard if you wish. Topics may include such as:
- Slam conventions including Blackwood and Roman Blackwood
- Two suited overcalls - Michaels, Unusual NT
- Carding: Signalling and discards
- The losing trick count
Payment: Please book your seminars at the payment portal above brianbridge.net/npo. BACS, Credit/Debit Card and Cheques accepted. Any payment queries for the seminars should be directed to Victor Lesk (email@example.com)
If you haven't got round to paying please just join and catch up payment later. We would rather see you than not.