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Upcoming events 

1  DNR Sunday Game at 15.00

2. CAVBC has gone International. We will have a team match against Tyler Hill Bridge Club, Canterbury, Kent on Feb 2nd. If interested in taking part contact Dan. Full details on CAVBC

3. Draw for Partner game on Monday 24th at 19.30. You can now enter on CAVBC.

4. Individual game on Saturday 29th at 19.30



BBO Guides

Please view the "All BBO Information" Tab on the Menu bar for crucial guidance on:

  • CBAI has circulated a document regarding cheating on BBO they have asked that all our members playing Bridge on line read this document  Link
  • Guidlines in Relation to Slow Play     Link
  • Best Practices while playing on BBO CAVBC Tournaments
  • BBO Guides to help you get started and improve your experience on BBO
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Thank You

A big thank you to Dan and  Aidan for organising all our games throughout  the year and for their availability for sorting out problems as they arose . Thanks to Orla for all the work in keeping the CAVBC site informative and supporting  our members. 

Covid 19
Covid 19
All BBO Information
Alerting on BBO

Alerting on BBO Link

BBO Workshops
To All Members of Clontarf Area and Foxhall Virtual Bridge Clubs
We are planning to run a couple of BBO workshops using Zoom. We are looking for your views on this. They would be aimed at people who are familiar with playing on BBO but feel they might benefit from increasing their breath and depth of knowledge, covering topics such as alerting, the does and don’ts of using chat, calling the director and claiming, to mention just a few. 
First and foremost, would you be interested in attending such a session? 
For those who are, would you prefer a weekend session or an afternoon session during the week. 
What duration would you prefer?
While we obviously have some ideas of our own as to topics which should be covered, we would be very interested indeed to hear your views and requirements.
Please send your replies to: Olive Smyth email
We will decide how to proceed when we have compiled your responses.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Best Practices on CAVBC


In an article in the "CBAI Newsletter 2020" on page 19 to 21, the CBAI sets out their views on the proper procedures and good ethics practice for online bridge. The CBAI have yet to publish an official statement on these matters, but they do expect to do so soon. In the meantime the article recommends that the "EBU Sky Blue Book", which is the EBU equivalent, is a very good reference point for such procedures and practices. In addition, BBO themselves have a "Rules of the Site" document which covers similar topics.

This document outlines the approach that CAVBC will take in matters of procedure and best practice for online bridge. This is derived from the above documents. This will be replaced by the official CBAI document when one becomes available. This document currently only covers the following topics (click on each of the links below for more info):

BBO Guides

Please see on the left of this page a series of documents to help you with your virtual bridge experience.  These documents are specifically geared to inform you of various features that can make everyone's bridge experience at CAVBC tournaments more enjoyable.

Beginners guide to BBO

If you are truly a newbie to BBO, this will help you get started and find your way around before you embark on tournaments angel

Improve your experience at Bridge Tournaments

There are handy tips on how to use the set up profile, greet your opponents, alert, claim functions as well as how to manage WIFI issues and disconnects.  The EBU Sky Blue Book gives you the English Bridge Union slant on same thing!

How to find a partner in BBO

If you fancy a game and don't have a partner, you can look for one on the partnership desk when the tournament appears in Pending Tournaments

BBO Movements

This explains why there are different movements (Mitchell, Howell, Swiss) on various tournaments.  There's a good reason why! surprise

Using Chat Manager in BBO PC or Tablet

Chat Manager is a means of saving a list of frequently used comments that you can use over and over.  This saves you typing the same message every time you meet new partners during a game.  It's very handy!  Just to note, sometimes BBO is having a bad day and tells you there is an error accessing Chat Manager. 

Unfortunately in this case you will have to go back to typing through the chat at start of each round but it usually rectifies itself by next game (or sometimes during the game itself!)