As we progress through this “virtual” bridge season, the spectre of slow play has risen its head. To ensure the enjoyment of the whole field, it is expected that everyone plays at a reasonable pace. It is unfortunate, but the slower players, who make up a very small minority it must be said, are able to dictate the pace of play of the whole tournament.
We currently allow 7 mins per board in CAVBC BBO competitions, which is allocated as 14 mins in 2 boards-per-round events, and 21 mins in 3 boards-per-round events. This is universally acknowledged as more than ample time to bid and play a board, yet we are seeing many boards going unfinished, as the clock runs out. This may be frustrating for the slow players, but is even more so for their opponents, who are forced to play at a slower than usual pace.
It is acknowledged that some boards may be trickier than others, particularly the bidding, but we would encourage members to try and play a little quicker overall.
One additional way of speeding up the pace of play is to utilise the BBO “Claim” facility, whereby you can either claim or concede those remaining tricks which are guaranteed. Playing out the final few tricks, card by card, when they are all winners anyway, is simply using up time that might be better utilised on your next board. Claiming, and accepting or rejecting a claim, is a normal feature of the BBO game. Click here for a video which shows how this facility works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1fTl8hQn5c
Also, players might not be aware, but just because the clock on the screen might say 3 or 4 minutes to go, it does not mean you slow down and use up that time. If all the tables finish, and there are minutes remaining, the system will reset the clock and move everyone on to the next round.
Our online TD’s will be monitoring pace of play and may, by private BBO chat, request certain players, who they feel are falling behind, to pick up their pace, so please don’t feel slighted. We are simply trying to improve the playing experience for everyone.