Full Programme of Online Tournaments
We are currently running three online tournaments a week. The programme includes evening games a week; with the return to 'normal life' after Covid, we have withdrawn the daytime games. The core of the regular players come from Ned Paul's various F2F clubs but we also extend a general welcome to players looking for friendly duplicates. Many of the players use the English 'Acol' bidding system, but you are welcome to play other systems such as SAYC or 2-over-1. Please be prepared to introduce yourselves by name at the start of each round and give a brief summary of your system. Single players are welcome - see below. A fee is payable.
All games are 20-21 boards, matchpointed pairs and last approximately two hours or a few minutes more. All the games are registered with English Bridge Union (EBU) and give the opportunity to win EBU Master Points. Games will appear on your EBU record as from 'Ned Paul Bridge Club' . Membership of the EBU is free if you play in the tournaments; if you are not yet a member we can register you.
These are the days and times (UK Time).
|* Monday evening - 7.30pm
|* Wednesday evening - 7.30pm
|* Friday evening - 7.30pm
How To Play
Bridgebase Online (BBO)
We host our tournamnts on the popular online bridge playing site Bridge Base Online ('BBO'). Registration on BBO is free of charge. Simply go to https://www.bridgebase.com/ and follow the instructions to register with a Username and Password. You only need do this step once.
To find the Ned Paul tournaments: Log on to BBO 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.
If you have not played with me before, 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, I will add you to the list of 'permitted players' entitled to join my games.
As far as possible we welcome single players to the tournaments. Follolw the registration trail for the tournament but instead of inviting a partner register at the Partnershp Desk. Wait and we will pair you up with another player or a host. Another single player may invite you to play (or vice versa). You may also choose to play with a BBO Robot, though if you choose this option voluntarily we will need to charge you the robot's table money too! (This does not apply if we offer you a robot partner after the game has started.)
If you cannot get a partner stay in the partnership desk and you will be invited by a host shortly before game time.
How To Pay
Games cost £4 per person per game. You may buy game credits singly at £4.00 plus 30p handling fee; four at a time £16 (no handling fee) or £40 for ten games. This game credit charge reflects the time and cost needed to organise and run tournaments. (Costs include BBO fees, the EBU 'Universal Membership' charge and Tournament Director costs)
To pay, 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. Credit/Debit Card payments, BACS transfers and Cheques are all accepted. Please use this payment portal for all payments even if you know my bank details and have previously paid direct. This will help me keep track of you.