With all live bridge curtailed again for the moment, the CBAI has been looking at ways to keep our members as engaged as possible. It’s important that we try to keep connected through our clubs and nationally as we get through these tough times. Bridge has been particularly hit over the last two years so we feel a great responsibility to do our best to encourage members to keep in touch. With this in mind, we have devised a novel way of keeping your interest AND improving your bridge.
The CBAI has arranged a number of weekly live national bridge competitions immediately followed by talks given by expert bridge teachers from Grand Master Bridge, led by Tomás Mac Cormac, to discuss the hands played. The competitions will be on BBO and consist of 16 boards and will carry full Masterpoints.
A great deal of preparation has been put into this programme and we have arranged with Grand Master Bridge to prepare the hands and make recordings of the discussion and the play of the hands to be made available to you after each competition. You will also receive copies of each hand, and any relevant notes, after the game in PDF form.
For anyone not familiar with BBO or how to log onto Zoom, Grand Master Bridge have prepared a handy document to guide you through the procedure step by step, and will have people ready to lend a hand for those having difficulty. The competitions are divided into different groups for different days. Pick out the level of skill that you are comfortable with and the time that suits you.
Play & Discuss This is the novel part of these competitions, and provides an exciting new way to improve your bridge suitable for all competitive bridge players, no matter what your current level. This is a 10-week programme where you will play a 16-board competition once a week against other players over 2 hours then discuss the boards, and the results, with the Grand Master Bridge team over Zoom for an hour.
The sessions are recorded and can be viewed back on the Grand Master Bridge YouTube channel. The cost is €150 for the 10-week programme of seminars and competitions. If you cannot make a particular competition on any given day every effort will be made to allow you play on another day of the week. Partners will also be found for those who require them.
Monday, Intermediate A – commencing February 7 – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Tuesday, Novice – commencing February 8 – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Wednesday, Intermediate B – commencing February 9 – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Thursday, Area Master – commencing February 10 – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Friday, Intermediate A – commencing February 11 – 9.30am to 12.30pm