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LCBA Master Points

A list of the Master Points obtained in L.C.B.A. events by our members for the 2019-20 season is available in the members' area.
These include ONLY the points for Teams events and the Pairs League.  All Pairs event results have been sent to the EBU as P2P files shortly after the event was played, which allocate Master Points and add the results to members NGS records

CIO Trustee Meeting Minutes

The  CIO Trustee Meeting Minutes are available in the members area. 

Club Email address

To contact a committee member, use the 'Committee / contact' menu item above.
To send an email to the club use CBCLeicester@gmail.com

Changes

If you want any information shown on this site or see any errors, please contact web master, Richard Smith.  Use the Committee icon and then Webmaster.

Communications

It is possible that we may need to send emails to members using the Bridgewebs email service.  It has been reported that these communications may be placed in your 'Junk Mail' box by your system.  To avoid this make members@bridgewebsmail.com one of your trusted addresses.  NOTE:  This email address will not receive any emails.  Should you wish to contact the committee, use the contacts menu item on the right of this menu.

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FREE Andrew Robson at CBC Real Bridge
Unfortunately the Fourth Suit Forcing tutorial on 15th April experienced some sort of technical glitch and had to be abandoned. Humble apologies to all those who attended for the time wasted.
We will endeavour to solve the problem before the next tutorial on counting and card placement.
[AR has a cunning approach to counting. Rather than counting up to 13 trumps as declarer, just count the missing ones - An Irishman like me can use just one hand mostly!]
Richard Bell

Click here link to Andrew Robson Commentary on Weak Twos

Click here link to Andrew Robson Commentary on Splinter Bids

Click here link to Andrew Robson Commentary on Fourth Suit Forcing Bids

Click here for

Last updated : 16th Apr 2021 11:19 BST
The Cashless Club

The Cashless club

Many moons ago, in the era before covid, Frank Travers and Anthea Byrne were trying to persuade me that the County Bridge Club should become a cashless club.  I did not think this was a viable proposition.  I am now eating my words.

Anthea has set up account with izettle (an offshoot of Paypal) that will enable us to collect monies at the club just as you do in a shop by using your credit or debit card for a cashless transaction.  In addition, Bridgewebs has added an attendance module whereby we can record fees payable by individuals who play bridge either at the premises or online. 

The County Bridge Club has had access to this system for several weeks before release to the wider Bridgewebs community.  We have been testing it.  The system uses uploaded results to determine what players owe.  We have set the fee for BBO sessions to zero (players have already paid via BBO) and the RealBridge sessions to £2.50 for each session from February onwards.  Meanwhile Frank has been keeping and record of attendances on RealBridge.  The figures we have obtained from the attendance module match exactly with the figures produced by Frank.  With little manual intervention we are now able to invoice members for their attendance either at the club or online.

We will send out our first set of invoices from bridgewebs after the end of March.  The invoices will show either the exact amount owed or the amount individuals are in credit.  The invoice includes a link to their Bridgewebs statement.  For security reasons, this link is live for just 2 days.  So, how will people pay?

Our preferred method of payment is by bank transfers.  An alternative method will be for our members to set up a standing order.  A third option is to send a cheque.  The final option is to pay cash at the club but we would prefer not to handle cash.

Members will be able to see their account at any time by signing into their account on the website.  Non-members can request an account statement at any time.   if you have any questions about this system please email your questions to ianwalkerdine@gmail.com.  I will publish a more detailed explanation of the system after I receive your questions.

Ian Walkerdine   

Last updated : 29th Mar 2021 19:29 BST
Real Bridge

THURSDAY DUPLICATE PAIRS on REALBRIDGE 2.00PM start doors open 1-30.  There will be a HOST

If you have a partner sit anywhere. If you have not got a partner sit at table 15

THIS SESSION is NOT FREE. You will be invoiced monthly in arrears for £2-50 per session until we have a new payment system set up hopefully by next week.

We will play 18 BOARDS at 15 minutes per 2 board round. Soon we will move to 20 boards at 14 minutes/round.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE AT LEAST SOUND WORKING and for the enjoyment of others if you have SERIOUS TECHNOLOGY PROBLEMS you may be excluded.

Enter first and last name with 1 capital letter for each name ie John Smith. Make sure the spelling is correct. IN ID BOX put EBU No. If no number put in eight eights [88888888]

NB By playing in this game you promise to pay County Bridge Club £2-50 per session attended.

ANY PROBLEMS CONTACT RICHARD BELL 07821 287 654 OR 0116 2590172

Last updated : 3rd Feb 2021 20:43 GMT
Teaching Website

We have set up an additional website for our on-line teaching program.  This program was aimed at last year's Y1 and Y2 students.  The lessons have now started.  

If you wish to consider joining our next teaching program which may start in the autumn, please register by clicking on the 'Student Registration' menu item on the CBCT website.

Enter www.bridgewebs.com/cbct  into your browser.

  Fill in the form and press 'Send'.  

Last updated : 3rd Feb 2021 09:40 GMT
Online Events

All our sessions are open to non-members but you must register by filling in the form on the right hand side of the page.  You need do this only once but do it as soon as you can.  We create our 'allowed players' list from these submissions - usually several hours before the event.  The events list is shown on the calendar (top right).  Monday PM, Wednesday AM and Friday PM are level2 sessions with Wednesday is for players with an NGS level of 7 or under.

The Wednesday morning session is for our less experienced players.  For those with an NGS grading, it should be 7 or below.  The director watches this event and sends comments later in the week to our players.

Last updated : 18th Jan 2021 07:12 GMT

ONLINE THOUGHTS

How to quicken your chat

We recommend you make yourself familiar with "Chat Manager"

You can type messages into your chat manager and save them. A good message to store is your basic system, particularly if you are playing something different. You could store a message "Hi Opponents, We play Acol 4 card majors 12/14 NT with three weak twos."

Then every time a new round starts you can send the message to Table without it taking typing time.

You might also like to store standard replies to queries about your system, for example an explanation of what your multi two diamond opener means.

To find your way around Chat Manager click BBO Chat Manager in the left side menu

Reveal yourself!

It is nice to know who you are playing. Make sure that in Account tab > Profile > Real name you put your name in. Even if you want to keep your identity hidden in other competitions, in club play we expect you to have your name filled in. If you are at the table and not sure who you are playing click on your opponents user name and select the "Show Profile" option. That should reveal all.

Claiming

Please claim as soon as you can, it speeds up the game. Remember that defenders can claim as well as declarer if they know the situation.

MAKE THE BEST USE OF BBO
Last updated : 22nd Jul 2020 10:06 BST
Where to find us on BBO > Competitive > All Tournaments

This is the view you get when you sign into BBO and enter the Competitive area followed by All Tournaments. You want the pending tab. Event start time is 13:15 but register well before that to allow time for any problems.

  1. In the search bar (top right)  enter vEBU, this will list just those tournaments run by EBU virtual clubs.
  2. The County Bridge Club host will always be vEBU207910.
  3. To chat to the director (host) click on the gray box where you see vEBU207910.
  4. To enter the tournament click the white area containing "County Bridge Club Fri .....".
  5. One of the pair registers the pair, the other member of pair receives an invitation to accept. Know your partners BBO UserName and best to have you partner as a "Friend" in the People Tab..
  6. The event will not appear as pending until 2 hours prior to the event, so will not show now for instance.
Last updated : 16th Sep 2020 10:59 BST
If you are disconnected while in a duplicate session
  1. Don't panic!!
  2. If you lose connection and then log back in you will automatically be taken back to your seat. This will happen immediately if no substitute has been brought in and at the end of a hand if a substitute has been used.
  3. Once we are up and running the event will show in the running tab. So if you are struggling to get back to the table find us in the running tab and click on the host to Chat.
  4. You will not be able to "Chat" to your partner during the session so Chat to host is the option you should take.
Last updated : 23rd Jun 2020 10:50 BST
Don't forget to buy your BB$
Last updated : 23rd Jun 2020 10:09 BST
UNDOs will not be allowed

The EBU best advice is to bar the use of the UNDO button for mis-clicks, and all our duplicate sessions will follow that advice. The reason is that it removes all problems of whether the UNDO is for a mis-click or a change of mind as well as preventing a delay in the bidding or play. A mis-click is more likely to damage the pair mis-clicking than the opposition but in the event that it does damage the opposition there is regrettably no redress, the director will rule that you have to live with the apparent injustice. The mis-click must not be brought to the attention of the partner and there is no obligation to volunteer the mis-click to the opposition.

If you are prone to mis-clicks then we strongly recommend you change your Account tab > Settings > Confirm bids / Confirm cards to ON so that you have to confirm with bids with an OK button and click a card twice to play.

Last updated : 23rd Jun 2020 10:44 BST

How to play bridge online

If you have never played bridge online and feel a bit intimidated by what's involved, then please don't be!

Below are the three most popular sites, BBO, FunBridge and Bridge Club Live. CBC are focusing on BBO and we have video tutorials to help you register and use BBO. Click the boxes in the left column containing the BBO and YouTube icons to get your step by step video guides.

On the right you can click for "BBO Nuggets" which provides what we hope are useful tips to help your online experience in a question and answer format. If you have a nugget to add then please let us know.

What we are attempting to do is making sure as many members as possible are registered and up and running ready for our first BBO online duplicate session on Friday 26th June. There is plenty of help available for you and we have a number of volunteers who will practice with you. Ask any committee member or contact Richard Smith on 07555 067 346 who will get help organised. Promise you that once you have taken the plunge it really is not too difficult.

Click here for BBO site
 
Click here for FunBridge site
 
Click here for Bridge Club Live site

Your BBO Guide

We have a complete guide to playing bridge at Bridge Base Online (BBO) together with video clips to take you through step by step.

 
Click here for your complete BBO guide (Peter Bushby)
 
Click here for your complete BBO guide (Paul Gipson)
 
Click here for your more advanced BBO topics (Paul Gipson)

Tip

When you register a UserName it has a box for an ACBL number. ACBL is the American Contract Bridge Association. Leave this blank, do not enter your EBU number, it will only flag up that it is not a valid ACBL number. Country is "Great Britain".

Click here for BBO Nuggets
ENJOY
Last updated : 22nd Jul 2020 10:04 BST
Results
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Ian Walkerdine
Mon PM
Director: Frank Travers
Fri PM
Director: Richard Smith
Thurs PM
Calendar
Thu 22nd April 2021
Thurs PM
Real Bridge 14:00
Fri 23rd April 2021
Fri PM
BBO 13:15
Mon 26th April 2021
Mon PM
BBO 13:15
Wed 28th April 2021
Gentle Duplicate
BBO 10:30
VCBC Registration Form

You will need to register with us to play online bridge with the Virtual County Bridge Club. The registration only has to be done once and then you will be eligible for all online sessions. Non-members are welcome to register. Please complete the form below and click the "send registration" button. Thank you.

Please note that you must register with BBO before registering with CBC as we need your BBO user name

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BBO Registration Tip

When you have registered you will not be able to login until you have gone to your emails, opened an email from BBO registrations and clicked the link to confirm your email address. Then you will be up and running. Until you click the link if you try and sign in it will be as though the username is not recognised.