Greetings from the Bridge Committee
We hope that you are keeping safe and managing well enough in these difficult times. It becomes increasingly clear that our former way of life - i.e. playing bridge at Abbey Row (and elsewhere) is not going to return in the near future. You might therefore be interested to see here the latest club news.
Important news this month: tournaments and team matches starting at 7.00 p.m. from 7th April and why not try the new Kelso Bridge lounge on RealBridge.
President: Sheena McPherson
Vice-president: Stuart Graham
Secretary: Vanessa Wilson
Treasurer: Jon Bridger
Masterpoint Secretary: Brian Sayward
Members: Janet Kyle, John Loudon, Jean McClaren, Margot McVie
Weekly BBO Online Bridge
Many of our members have been playing with and against each other online. It is the best possible substitute for the real thing and we encourage you to participate. The websites of choice are Bridge Base Online (BBO) and RealBridge
We are now up and running with Club events. Jean Maclaren (firstname.lastname@example.org) is organising tournaments on BBO on Wednesday evenings and alternate Thursdays on RealBridge, with Jon Bridger ( email@example.com ) arranging BBO teams on remaining Thursdays.
Wednesday 7th April: BBO Tournament 7.00 p.m. Thursday 8th April: BBO Teams 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday 14th April BBO Tournament 7.00 p.m. Thursday 15th April: RealBridge 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday 21st April BBO tournament 7.00 p.m. Thursday 22nd April BBO Teams 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday 28th April BBO Tournament 7.00 p.m. Thursday 29th April RealBridge 7.00 p.m.
New! - The Kelso Bridge Club Lounge
There have been some initial teething troubles with RealBridge. These in the main have been down to players not being familiar with the system and IT issues. This has meant that RealBridge has not been a good experience for many/all.
To get members used to playing on RealBridge we have opened a practice lounge. For those who would like to see and speak to their playing partners in a relaxed private four, the Kelso Bridge Club RealBridge Lounge is now open all week long and is available for you, your friends and your family. If you would like Jean (01896823388) or Jon (01573 226964) to join you for a couple of hands to get you started they would be happy to do so.
Use the RealBridge menu tab on left and click LINK for Kelso Bridge Club lounge
Since launched in September 2020 RealBridge is now played in 41 countries and they are the preferred platform for some important International competitions.
What you may ask has this to do with playing in our club?
One of the many advantages is that TDing on RealBridge is simpler and you can have a playing Director. Jean and John enjoy Directing on BBO but with lockdown easing there will be occasions when neither is available. To get us playing ‘smarter’ on RealBridge
- Check your device and check you are using recommended browser
- Look at the Players Guide on RealBridge website which you will find in the "Player" tab in the menu at the top.
How to join a BBO tournament
Log in to BBO. Tournaments cost $2BBO (about £1.60) which you need to buy before you register - see top RHS of home page. Usual online purchasing options.
Click competitive (second option below "play or watch bridge"). Click on "all tournaments"
"search" is top right. Type Kelso in the space. When you click "join" you will be prompted to register your partner too (so don't go to this step until you are both online)
You may be asked for your SBU number - particularly if Kelso is not your main club. You can complete this registration up to 2 hours before the event - but at the very latest 6.30 p.m please.
Jean as organiser and TD will give any other necessary information as the tournament starts.
This is very exciting and very easy (not for Jean!!) so please come along and play - it really is the best possible substitute for the real thing!
2 boards per table, move on to the next pair, match pointed with travellers and up to date results coming in - Results published on the website. just like the real thing!
How to join a BBO Team
Log onto BBO by 6.45 p.m. Teams cost nothing - but you must let Jon bridger know that you are playing in the preceding days.
Click competitive (second option below "play or watch bridge"). Wait for your invitation and click "accept"
How to join a Real Bridge Tournament
At the top of this page on the blue boxes to the left, second box down, you will see the title "Real Bridge" Click on this and you will be taken to a new page with the link and details for our latest RealBridge Tournament. If you've played on this format before, you will know how straightforward it is. If not please give it a go - you don't absolutely need video and audio links to play, though they do add to the experience. Enjoy!
If you have any questions, please get in touch. If you have not heard from our secretary by email please send her your address to ensure you are kept up to date.