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CAVBC Weekly schedule - spot prizes in all games

New Novice/B game on Fridays at 7pm hosted by St Gabriel's 

Winter Bridge arrangements

Other news
CAVBC Upcoming Activities and other news

Birthday Celebration

Congratulations to the winners of our Birthday celebration games over the weekend. The Team winners were Mairin MacDevitt and Emily Rogers/Rona Booth and Mary McElhinney. The individual was won by Marie Fleury

Summer Season from 1st June to 31st August

We will continue to have all our scheduled weekly games on CAVBC throughout the summer, but our games will now be open to all CBAI members (subject to any grade specific restrictions for our games). If you would like to invite another CBAI member to play with you, just contact Dan (0876824300) or Aidan Synnott (0872469129) and we will add your friend to our Include List.

Spot Prizes

As our games are now open throughout the summer, we will not be paying out spot prizes. The last night for spot prizes is 31st May and we will have two spot prizes in each of our games.

Player of the Month

After the 4th week of our May competitions, the leaders in the Open and Novice/B sections are:

  • Open – John Treanor and Michael O’Keeffe
  • Novice/B – Brid Carter and Marian Carroll

The Novice Players of the Month for May are Orla Murnane and Ray wall.

You can check your standing in the competitions at any time. Just click on the Player of the Month Dropdown on the CAVBC home page.

BBO Workshops

There are no workshops scheduled for the moment. However, if you would like to find out more about BBO, there are a number of very useful YouTube videos available to help you. Organisers have found the following very helpful:One is somewhat similar to Aidan’s introductory course. How To Use Bridge Base Online (BBO) - YouTube  The other one is similar to Aidan’s advanced workshop. Knowing Your Way Around A BBO Table - YouTube

Novice mentoring initiative

We hope to use the BBO Video Option as part of our mentoring initiative. We will be in contact with the mentors and mentees after our video trial on the 16th. We are still happy to hear from you if you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee. Please contact

Dublin North Region

The weekly Sunday game is on again this week at 15.00. Check it out in the Virtual Club Area of BBO from 13.00, if you wish to play.  


Video Trial Game - 07 May at 19:30

On Friday 07th May, we will have two games on CAVBC. We will have the normal Open game hosted by St Gabriel’s at 19.30 and we will also have a Video enabled game also at 19.30.  The cost of both games will be 3BBO$’s. You and your partner can decide which game you would like to play in and then register as normal.

If you do decide to play in the video game there are a few things that you need to know:

  1. There will be a new feature on your screen where you will see the other 3 players at the table and yourself and the TD, if the TD decides to pay your table a visit.  
  2. Your Laptop, Desktop Computer or Tablet must have a camera, microphone and speaker(s), either built-in or attached.
  3. You need to make sure that the “Split Screen” setting is set to on in your BBO account. This is the normal default setting, so I expect that it is.
  4. You need to make sure that your Sound Effects are set to off in your BBO account so that the other players at the table do not hear every click you make.
  5. The Video function and BBO runs as separate applications on your device. At the start of the game, you may receive a message requesting you to allow your browser to access your camera and/or mic. Once you allow this, you should be able to see the video functionality on BBO.
  6. We will allow 10 minutes for the 1st board, so that you can become familiar with the functionality and your TD will be available to try to help you if you have a problem.
  7. If a player at your table does not have their video enabled, they will appear as a black screen in the video section.
  8. Each players’ BBO name will be displayed along with their image.
  9. At the top of the video section, there are two icons.
  10. The first shows a microphone. You can use this to turn on and off your sound. When there is a line through the microphone, this indicates that your sound is off and the other players at the table cannot hear you. (There is a glitch with this. If you had your sound off when you are at a table and you move to the next table, your sound is automatically turned on, but the icon shows that your sound is off. We recommend that you set the sound option to your preferred status (on or off) when you move to a new table.)
  11. The second shows a camera. You can use this to turn on and off your video. When there is a line through the camera, this indicates that your video is off and the other players at the table will see a black screen instead of you.
  12. Some of us can be quite noisy, so we recommend that you keep your sound off while you play the boards and then turn it on when all boards at a table are complete, so that you can then chat with the other players until you move to the next table.
  13. Please continue to use the existing BBO Chat and Alert functionality to announce your system and alert your bids.
  14. If BBO crashes for some reason, your audio will still be on, so don’t start ranting and raving as the other players at the table are likely to hear you.
  15. If you find that BBO is very slow, then your device is not suitable for running the BBO video functionality. You should switch off both your Audio and Video functions on the BBO screen and play as normal.

As you know, we had a trial of the BBO Video option on Friday April 16th. The reaction from players was mixed and generally fell into two camps. Some players did not enjoy the experience finding it very slow and noisy, while others found it a very enjoyable experience. Personally, I found it to be a very enjoyable experience from both a playing and a TD point of view, but then I was using a two year old laptop, whose video and sound functionality was excellent. Here is what some of the other participants had to say:

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to partake in Video bridge  game. I didnt have any difficulties logging on. Your email was very helpful. Games were slow , noisy.” – Kaye Nolan

“Very enjoyable game with video this morning. However, I would strongly recommend that the TD instructs everyone to mute their sound after greeting their opponents and before the bidding and play commences, otherwise background noise and chat can be distracting. I also think we should continue with posting our systems to chat, in order to save confusion, especially if video is not available to everyone. I do think it added greatly to the social element around the game.  I would also like to add that I had the opportunity to experience it from both sides of the spectrum. In the first instance I was using a low spec, 4 year old laptop and it was very sluggish, the second time I tried it on a borrowed Apple Mac and it was a totally different experience as everything worked like a dream and I had a really enjoyable experience. So, I guess my advice would be that it’s definitely much better when using a good modern machine” – Dick Kiernan

“I tried to get my mug on BBO Bridge this morning to no avail. I had camera switched on. but I was thinking should I have switched it to video mode? I also could not use audio, but I could hear my partner (muttering quietly what a muppet!)” – John Keenan

“I thought it worked well considering it was a trial video.  A few runs at it and we will all get the hang of it. I especially enjoyed not seeing or hearing my partner.  I could say what l wanted and he was silenced.” – Rose Burke (John Keenan’s partner)

“It didn’t work for me at all. Whilst I could hear and see everyone else at my table, they couldn’t hear me.  My mic wasn’t muted. In addition to this I often couldn’t play the cards I wanted. I had to logout and login many times, and, in the end, I came out for good. I usually use an iPad for playing bridge, so I’m not as familiar with the laptop.” – Eva Kelly

“Having tried it twice now I have to say it would not be my favourite way to play bridge. It was lovely meeting, greeting, and chatting with the opposition but for me I found the card displaying very slow and somehow distracting.” – Anne Carroll

“Lots of delay getting people's camera and mic active (including my own as TD!).  System lagging.  People taking phone calls and forgetting to go on mute.  People thinking they are on mute (mic struck through) but we could still hear them.  Seems nice and sociable if we can get these things ironed out.” – Orla Murnane

“I was glad of experience and am sure would improve! I found the movement of cards extremely sluggish, and I think the time per round would need to be a bit longer if the purpose is to be more sociable.” – Aileen Corboy

“It was good putting the faces to the names. Whenever the game starts it would be great if the mute option automatically kicks in. If time allows after the games, we can unmute and chat.” – Dympna Craig

We hope you will give our video game a try and decide for yourself which camp you fall into.

BBO Workshops - run by Aidan Synnott/CAVBC - Completed
BBO Workshops - run by Aidan Synnott/CAVBC - Completed

We held 3 very successful Zoom workshops over 3 Tuesdays at the end of February/start of March which were attended by over 100 people. Aidan Synnott put these sessions together with a view to helping CAVBC members to better enjoy their BBO experience. Some people were unable to attend on a Tuesday, so we have now scheduled further two workshops which will be held on Saturdays.

Introductory workshop on 27-March (completed) and Advanced Workshop to be held on Saturday 01st May at 15.00 (postponed from 10-April). If you would like to take part in the workshop, please enter your name and email address in the form below On the day of the workshop, we will send you an email with details of the zoom session.  Anyone who previously pre-entered for Advanced Workshop on 10-Apr will automatically get an invite for workshop on 01-May - no need to repeat pre-entry.

If you have any difficulty submitting the form please contact one of the following:

The content of each workshop is set out below.

C.B.A.I. National Teams - Bankers Trophy 24th - 25th April, 2021 Winners👏👏
C.B.A.I. National Teams - Bankers Trophy 24th - 25th April, 2021 Winners👏👏

Well done to the CAVBC teams on their 2nd and 3rd place in the CBAI National Teams - Bankers Trophy last weekend 

2nd: CAVBC members - Veronica Miller, Marie Dalton, Liz Sherlock, Colm McDonald

3rd: CAVBC Members - Ria Malone, Rose Burke along with Mary Breen & Liz Chambers

Thomas McCormack - 2 over 1 Game Force System Bridge Course

2 over 1 Game Force System Bridge Course

Tutor Thomas McCormack (Grade: National Grand Master)

This is one of the most popular modern systems among top Bridge players worldwide.
3  x 2-hour sessions
28-Mar  / 11-Apr / 18-Apr
Sundays 7-9 pm

Format: Zoom and Bridgebase Online

Course fee: 55 euro to CAVBC members

Open to all members of CAVBC and their friends, please say you are from Clontarf Area VBC when registering
No partner necessary but contact Liz Sherlock by text at 086 3770382 if looking for a partner, Liz is prepared to try to find partners for anyone requiring  one for the course, although it is not essential
For anyone unsure of the course formats a short introductory session will be run by Rory Egan if necessary, please state you require this when registering.
Those who register will be sent a link to the Zoom class for the teaching section of the course then the class will transfer to Bridgebase to practice pre-prepared hands.
A  full set of course notes will be emailed to you after each session
Payment details will be sent to you when you register and any credit card can be used for payment. Please send your BBO name with your registration.
Course tutors: Thomas McCormack and Rory Egan of Grand Master Bridge Online Bridge Academy (Dublin)
To Register for this course email
Enquiries mobile Rory 086 8192765
Please note there is no course on 4th April (Easter Sunday) course dates are 28-March, 11 and 18-Apr


Email from Paul Porteous re Online Cheating and new CBAI game on Funbridge
Email from Paul Porteous re Online Cheating and new CBAI game on Funbridge

Dear All,

I have recently been corresponding with the Managers of the Online Virtual Clubs about various issues including cheating in the online game – and it is happening, but with a tiny minority of players.  The vast majority of players are playing away happily, without even thinking about cheating, continuing the honour tradition that has hall marked bridge for so long. Lets try and keep it that way, please!  Some very prominent players around the world have been tempted to cheat in the online game and HAVE BEEN CAUGHT and sanctioned! Its just not worth it!  We have approximately 200 Virtual clubs playing on BBO (BridgeBaseOnline) in CBAI territory and another 20 or so in NIBU – so the competitive and social games are being catered for.

Additionally, Funbridge has just started an individual daily CBAI game that you can enjoy on your own at any time of the day – over breakfast or lunch or when you are hiding from the rain under a tree!  This new game is free to your members for a month – during the week – from 15th February; you will need to pay a small fee if you play at the weekend, and all the time once the month’s trial is finished.  We will award CBAI Master Points to our players on their results, based on the numbers playing each day. will give you some starting information on Funbridge

In the meantime, the CBAI is keeping going – the office is open, with at least two people here every day, so if any of your members need books or supplies, they can give us a call.  An updated book list can be found on – with a very comprehensive stock usually on board.

Unfortunately, many of our clubs have made the decision not affiliate at all this season, which means that our affiliation income is down by 50%; if you can contribute to keeping things going, even if not playing online – do give some consideration to financially maintaining the connection between your club and the CBAI !  We will still be here to pick up where we left off in pre-Covid days!

It’s not looking very promising for a return to live bridge in the short even to the medium term, but we might get back to see one another in the flesh in the autumn – when the vast majority of the vaccinations have taken place – please!

Stay safe and stay well!

Kind regards


Paul Porteous

Chief Executive

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland

Templeogue House

Templeogue Road

Dublin D6W F822