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Open Challenge Bowl - POSTPONED



Our thanks to Mahon's Hotel, Irvinestown for hosting this event in the past from all at SWBA. 

Keep Safe!

Using BBO’s Chat Manager

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Using BBO’s Chat Manager


Chat Manager is a way of saving stock phrases that you regularly use when playing online. It can save you time as you will not need to be constantly typing phrases, particularly greetings and simple system descriptions, when you move from table to table.

To access the Chat Manager


1) Left click your mouse (or tap on a tablet) in the large white Chat area.


2) Click on Chat Manager in the pop-up window that appears. This is a small box with a section for a message.  If you have not used Chat Manager before, it will be blank


3) Start typing on the message line in the Chat Manager box e.g. Hi Opps! We bid 5 card majors, weak NT, weak 2’s, (keep it simple as long messages can be overlooked, all other explanations such as Short Club, Transfer, Stayman can be made by Alerting before the bid is made)


4) Click the ‘Add’ button. You can edit and save or delete your message at any stage.  You can have a number of different messages which is useful if you play different conventions with different partners.


5) To send a message that you have previously prepared in Chat Manager, click on the message itself and another box headed CHAT will appear with the message ready to send to the selected Channel.  Make sure that the channel is set for Table before you press the ‘Chat’ button. The message will appear in the large white chat box, all 4 players will see the message


6) Each time you log in to a Tournament you should find your message and follow step 5 above.


Avoid sending a message to Tournament as this facility is used by the TD to send a message to all players. If used, the sender may forget to change the Channel back to Table therefore all subsequent messages go to Tournament where all the players see it.  This can be very distracting.


If you do need to message the Director including your ‘thank you message’, click on the Private channel in Chat or Chat Manager rather than to Tournament and enter vnibu140, type in your message and send, only the TD will see this message. Remember to return both channels to Table i.e. the channel in the main Chat box and the channel in the Chat Manager Chat box.



Online League

It is proposed to run a league online for NIBU players. This would NOT be an attempt to hold the annual NIBU league fixtures online but a completely separate event.

The final details have to be agreed but provisionally:

1.​The league would be open to all player levels.

2.​It would be run on a Swiss basis.

3.​The competition would take place over an 8 weekperiod with teams playing 1 match each ​week.


Anyone interested in fielding a team should submit the name of their team (e.g. ‘Bill’s Bruisers etc.)along with the names of up to 6 team members to:

Harold Curran 

Phone: 07718392819


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Virtual Bridge



It is proposed to hold one series of representative trials online. The trials may include players from all 9 Ulster counties however only entrants from Northern Ireland will be eligible to play in the Camrose. Otherwise the players finishing 1st 2ndand 3rd will be selected for both competitions. Entry to the trials is conditional on players agreeing to play in both competitions should they be selected.

Both competitions and the related trials will be played online via ‘Real Bridge’.

Similar arrangements will be made in the New Year in respect of the Lady Milne & Teltscher trials.

Practice sessions will be arranged on request for players who are unfamiliar with ‘Real Bridge’.


The trials will be played on ‘Real Bridge’ over 2 weekends:

November 20th – 22nd and November 27th – 29th

Each partnership should possess a combined total of 100 red points OR at least 40 red points for an individual player. Discretionary exceptions may be permitted.


Entry to the trials will cost £20 per player. This will cover both weekends.

Full details regarding the Conditions of Contest will be provided to all entrants prior to the commencement of the trials.

All entries should be made electronically to Michael McFaul

to be received no later than midnight on SundayNovember 15th, 2020.

Dear Bridge Player


As well as our own SWBA Virtual BC (vNIBU140) held on a Monday evening at 7.45 there are many other tournaments held.  


Pauline has arranged entry for you to vNIBU136 on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday starting 7pm, registration from 5pm.  Follow the same directions for registering as you do for the SWBA Club, just enter vNIBU136, the fee is also $2.  


We request that you add your full name to your profile if you have not already done so, it would be helpful if you would also add your convention/system that you are bidding.  To do this, click on account after you have logged in to BBO and add these details.  If you need help feel free to call me on 07980004226.  


The results of each club night for the SWBA club can be found by clicking - scroll down to the bottom on the right.  On that website you will also find useful tips on playing bridge on BBO.  





Welcome to Devenish Bridge Club

Important Information

 All information is as accurate as possible. If you have any news/events/queries/amendments please contact the club secretary. 



♣️  ♠️ NT

Real Bridge Postponed


Virtual Bridge is starting!

In light of the governments rules and advice concerning Covid 19

The committee has decided that Bridge will be postponed indefinitely until those regulations change.

This decision will be kept under review and revisited regularly if there are any new developments.

Keep safe.

Hoping to see you all again in the future


Wednesday Nights at Mahons Hotel, Irvinestown 

😊  Everyone Welcome 🙂

Play starts 19:45 / 7:45pm sharp  👍


How to purchase Bridge Base Dollars BB$.

News updates will appear here when they become available. 


if you are having withdrawal symptoms from the lack of playing bridge. There are apps available for android and ios.

To play in tournaments you need to purchase Bridge Base Dollars  

Here is the best way to do it:----

1. Log in to BBO


2. On the Home page near the top right hand side beside your own username click on BB$  


3. In the box that appears Click on Purchase BB$


4. You have the option to pay with a Credit Card or by Paypal (I use Credit Card), click Continue on preferred method and follow the instructions.  It is set to take $20 so if you want to put on a different amount change it.  Presently the dollar is equivalent to about 80p str


Some people got caught out by buying their BBO dollars directly through the app, the rate is much higher.

i.e. £13.60 if bought directly, £8.61 if purchased as explained above.  As at 9th July 2020.



SWBA Fermanagh/Tyrone/Donegal Bridge goes online.


We are pleased to announce games will now take place every Monday @ 7:45pm - on BBO

Doors open for registration from 5:45pm

Registration can take place between 2 hours and up to 10 minutes before the tournament starts.

PRICE:  2BB$ per player.



Log in to BBO

Go to 'Virtual Clubs' (under Featured Areas)

Go to 'CBAI & NIBU-Ireland'

Search for vNIBU140 (the search box is on the top right of the screen)

Click on #***** Pairs SWBA Match *

Then click in box where it says 'Partner' and insert your partner's name

Click on Invite (your partner MUST be online when you are registering)

This tournament is not free and costs 2BB$ per player.  You and your partner must have BB$ to play!

You can then logout. But you and your partner must login again 10 minutes before the tournament starts and stay logged in.


This is so the director can check there are players at each table. 

Useful Tips for playing BBO Virtual Bridge

There are some useful tips on how to play Bridge online at


Go to this website or scroll down to the links below!


Playing Bridge Online Guides

If you are thinking of having a try at playing online, Adam Wiseberg of Manchester County Bridge Association has produced some really helpful short YouTube videos.

How to Register at BBO                                             

How to Self-Alert

How to Play in the ACOL Players' Club on BBO        

How to direct chat to people on BBO

Adding Your Name to Your Profile                             

How to ask for Undo in Bidding

How to Change Your Settings                                   

How to Claim on BBO 

How to Add Your Basic System to Your Profile         

How to Create a Teams Match

How to Start a Table on BBO                                    

How to Kibitz (Watch a Game/match)      

How to use Chat Manager for Regular Messages     

How to Register to Play in one of our Tournaments    NEW!


There are also some excellent videos on these and more BBO topics (for example, setting up your convention card) at Berwick Bridge Club

30th November 2020
# Pairs SWBA Match 15 - Registration from 17:45.
Director: Robbie Russell
Scorer: BBO
Host: BBO
Steward: Pauline Flanagan
7th December 2020
# Pairs SWBA Match 16 - Registration from 17:45.
Director: Robbie Russell
Scorer: BBO
Host: BBO
Steward: Pauline Flanagan
#51373 Pairs SWBA Match 14 - Registration from 17:45.
Director: Robbie Russell
Scorer: BBO
Steward: Pauline Flanagan
#75521 Pairs SWBA Match 13 - Registration from 17:45.
Director: Robbie Russell
Scorer: BBO
Steward: Pauline Flanagan
#20620 Pairs SWBA Match 12
Director: Robbie Russell
Scorer: BBO
Steward: Pauline Flanagan