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Bridge at Castle

Bridge at Castle is played in the Clubhouse on Monday evenings from mid-September to mid-April.  Play begins at 7:15pm.  Players are requested to be seated by 7:05pm to facilitate the organisation of the game.  All adult members of the Club are welcome to play.  Spouses of adult members are also welcome.

BridgeBase (BBO) Guide


Our online bridge at Castle is confined to members and their invited guests.  As a courtesy to your fellow players please put your full proper in your BBO Profile.



At the start of each round communicate your basic system to your opponents using the CHAT facility, use shorthand, if you wish, as in these examples:

Weak and 4

Strong and 5, club may be 0 / 1 / 2      F or NF

Strong and 5, better minor



If you make a wrong or incorrect bid, you must remain silent.  Do not use chat to tell the Table you have clicked a wrong bid.

If you communicate then you give your partner unauthorised information.

UNDOs are permitted, see UNDO protocol on home page.



The Player is responsible for Alerting or Announcing their own bids.

Rules for alerting and announcing are the same as those when we are playing at a table.

To alert, simply click the ALERT button within the “bidding box”, then make your bid.  Do not explain unless the opposition request an explanation.

To request an explanation of any bid made by the opposition just click on the bid and wait for the opposition to respond.

To announce, type the message within the “bidding box” then make your bid.

Alertable Calls

Any call that is a convention, including Strong or Weak two level opening bids.  The ACOL 2C opening is the only 2 level opening bid that need not be alerted.

Any bid that is natural but unexpectedly weak e.g. a weak jump overcall.

Any artificial bid i.e. a bid that means something other than what it suggests.

A forcing raise of a natural opening one of a suit.

A forcing 1C opening bid needs to be alerted.


A 1NT opening should be announced giving the precise point range.


Getting Started

If you are new to online play and want to get started, here are a few hints and tips:


  • Go to and register, its a self service procedure.
  • Browse around the site and get familiar with the layout, press a few buttons to see what happens.
  • Go to CASUAL and play at any table or with robots for half an hour.
  • Make a date with three pals and start your own table and play a game, you can use FaceTime or Zoom at the same time, then chat away and guide each other.
  • Don't hesitate to contact Castle Bridge or other online players if you have questions or need help.