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Very proud of this article in Northside People detailing the fabulous efforts of Dick Kiernan and Michael O'Keeffe in organising the Battle of the Bay event which raised almost €10,000 for St Francis Hospice. 

 

Welcome to Clontarf Area Virtual Bridge Club
Welcome to Clontarf Area Virtual Bridge Club

CAVBC consists of the follow clubs:         

VERNON, ST ANTHONY'S, CLONTARF, RAHENY, ST GABRIEL'S  

The purpose of this website is to handle BBO Virtual Bridge updates for CAVBC & Foxbay

Please view your club's Bridgewebs for all other matters

CAVBC Winter Schedule 2022
CAVBC Winter Schedule 2022

Now that all the Clontarf Clubs are back offering Face to Face Bridge during the week, we have decided to curtail the availability of online games on CAVBC. Our main reason for this is that we would like to see as many of you as possible returning to the bridge table at your local club for the winter season. So, this is the last week that we will have online bridge available every weeknight.

However, we have not stopped online bridge altogether and we will continue to offer a Novice/B and an Open Game every Thursday as none of our Clontarf clubs play face to face bridge on a Thursday. We are also adding a new game every Saturday evening at 19.30 to our schedule. The 1st of these games will be this Saturday 10th September. These games will be open to all members of the CAVBC and Foxbay Clubs.

With the level of curtailed games, we will no longer be offering spot prizes and we won’t have a player of the month competition. We will review how everything is going at the end of October and then decide whether we need to make any changes to the schedule or not.

We do plan to play up to 5 Inter Club Online Team Competitions throughout the year. Our 1st such game is scheduled for Wednesday 12th October against Tyler’s Hill who handed us drubbing on the last time that we met. If you are interested in playing, please email Dan at danjomahony@gmail.com. We will be sending out full details on this event next week.

For those of you, who have got used to having your Bridge Fix on Bank Holidays, don’t worry we will still be here to look after you. So watch out for us on the October Bank Holiday Monday on 26th October.

Our schedule for the rest of September is as follows:

Slow Play

Guidelines relating to Slow Play on BBO

What does CBAI and EBU say

Pairs events on BBO are run under a regime where the round ends after a fixed time and the play of any unfinished boards is curtailed. If there are only at most four tricks remaining, the platform will assign a result based on the double-dummy outcome from the point where play was curtailed. If there are more than a few tricks to be played, the TD will assign a score based on the auction and play that occurred. It is possible for slow play to result in an advantage for one side; for example, if declarer can avoid taking a two-way guess until the last four tricks and the round ends before the board is finished, the assigned double-dummy outcome will be the outcome where declarer always ‘guesses right’. If the side that was responsible for slow play gains an advantage in this manner, the TD can assign an adjusted score: for example, a weighted outcome between ‘guessing right’ and ‘guessing wrong’. The laws expect an artificial adjusted score for boards which are not completed (Law 12C2) but a WBFLC minute (item 3 of the minutes of 2008-10-10) allows an assigned score ‘if a board is incomplete but has reached a stage when completion of the board can be foreseen’ (see WB 8.12.7 and WB 8.12.10). This may allow the TD to award an assigned score (rather than an adjusted score) when a board has been curtailed by the online platform.

Significant hesitations are unauthorised information, which will constrain the player and can be subject to a ruling under Law 16B or Law 73C. There can be reasons for pauses in an online game, due to the environment, but the TD is entitled to determine that a significant hesitation is nevertheless unauthorised information and rule accordingly.

What do the Laws of Duplicate Bridge say

Law16B / Extraneous Information from Partner

Any extraneous information from partner that might suggest a call or play is unauthorized.  This includes remarks, questions, replies to questions, unexpected alerts or failures to alert, unmistakable hesitation, unwonted speed, special emphasis, tone, gesture, movement or mannerism.

  1. A player may not choose a call or play that is demonstrably suggested over another by unauthorized information if the other call or play is a logical alternative.
  2. A logical alternative is an action that a significant proportion of the class of players in question, using the methods of the partnership, would seriously consider, and some might select.

Law73C

When a player has available to him unauthorized information from his partner, such as from a remark, question, explanation, gesture, mannerism, undue emphasis, inflection, haste or hesitation, an unexpected alert or failure to alert, he must carefully avoid taking any advantage from that unauthorized information


Best Practice on CAVBC

  1. We currently allow 7 mins per board in CAVBC BBO competitions, which is allocated as 14 minutes in 2 boards-per-round events, 21 minutes in 3 boards-per-round, and 28 minutes in 4 boards-per-round events. This is universally acknowledged as more than ample time to bid and play a board.
  2. It is acknowledged that some boards may be trickier than others, particularly the bidding which may result in the bidding and playing of a board taking longer than 7 minutes.
  3. Where a player believes that there is unnecessarily slow bidding or slow play during a round (2 board, 3 board, 4 board etc.), they may call the director.
  4. The Director will take a copy of the Table History for the reported game and analyse the time taken to bid and play.
  5. If the TD determines that “unauthorized information” has been passed, during the bidding process, from Player A to Player B through an “unmistakable hesitation” and Player B, who had a logical alternative, has chosen an action suggested by the “unmistakable hesitation”, then under Law 12, the TD may award an “assigned score” in order “to redress damage to a non-offending side and to take away any advantage gained by an offending side through its infraction of the game”. This “assigned score” may be awarded up to 20 minutes after the game finishes and before the result is finalized on BBO.
  6. If the TD determines that the side that was responsible for slow play has gained an advantage, the TD may assign an “assigned score” when a board has been curtailed by the online platform.
  7. The Director will closely monitor the pair that have been reported.
  8. Where a player’s slow play, or refusal to play, is affecting the flow of the game, the TD may replace that player with a robot.

BBO Guide

Please view the "Best Practices on CAVBC" Tab on the Menu bar for crucial guidance on:

  • Best Practices while playing on BBO CAVBC Tournaments
  • BBO Guides to help you get started and improve your experience on BBO
  • Most recent Document on Alerting

Please see here important document from CBAI relating to Cheating at Online bridge

Calendar
3rd October 2022
Vernon (Novices/Inter B)
19:00
Director: CAVBC TD
3rd October 2022
Vernon (Open)
19:30
Director: CAVBC TD
4th October 2022
Raheny (Open)
19:30
Director: CAVBC TD
5th October 2022
Clontarf (Novices/Inter B)
19:00
Director: CAVBC TD
5th October 2022
Clontarf (Open)
19:30
Director: CAVBC TD
6th October 2022
Novice/B Clontarf Area VBC/Foxbay VBC
19:00
Director: CAVBC TD
6th October 2022
Open Clontarf Area VBC/Foxbay VBC
19:30
Director: CAVBC TD
Results
Open Clontarf Area VBC/Foxbay VBC
Director: CAVBC TD
Scorer: Aidan Synnott
Novice/B Clontarf Area VBC/Foxbay VBC
Director: CAVBC TD
Scorer: Aidan Synnott
Open Clontarf Area VBC/Foxbay VBC
Director: CAVBC TD
Scorer: Aidan Synnott
Open Clontarf Area VBC/Foxbay VBC
Director: CAVBC TD
Scorer: Aidan Synnott
Novice/B Clontarf Area VBC/Foxbay VBC
Director: CAVBC TD
Scorer: Aidan Synnott
Open Clontarf Area VBC/Foxbay VBC
Director: CAVBC TD
Scorer: Aidan Synnott
Novice/B CAVBC-Clontarf (Vernon)
Director: Patricia Quigley
Scorer: Patricia Quigley