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Welcome to Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club
Game Schedule

We are open!

Our game schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, 1:30 pm: Open Pairs
  • Tuesday, 1:30 pm: Open Pairs
  • Wednesday, 1:30 pm: Supervised Bridge
  • Thursday, 1:30 pm: Open Pairs
  • Friday, 9:00 am lesson, 9:30 game: 299ers
  • Friday, 1:30 pm: Open Pairs

You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide proof in order to play at our club. Masks are required unless all four players at a table agree that it's okay to go without them.

Please try to arrive 15 minutes before game time so we can start on time and finish on time.

Other ways to support our club by playing online

ACBL has set up a web page specifically to provide information on daily "Support Your Club" games (now at 10am, 5:10pm, and 7:30pm eastern time -- 9am, 4:10pm, and 6:30pm in Mexico).

There is also a "Support Your Club" Black Point Daylong on BBO every day. This is an 18 board individual tournament with robots, awarding ACBL Black Masterpoints. You can register, play at your own pace, leave the table, then resume the game later during the day without losing your results. Entry fee is 6 BB$ and the majority of proceeds goes back towards supporting your club.

Please feel free to email Lane if you have any questions.


Playing on BridgeBase

There are three (or four) steps involved in getting set up to play bridge on BridgeBase Online (BBO).

  1. Register on BBO
  2. Associate your ACBL number 
  3. Fund your BB$
  4. Optional: Save your convention card(s)

Each step is simple. Here are the instructions. (Note: these instructions are for a desktop or laptop. You can also do this using an app on Android or iOS devices. The process is exactly the same, but things will be laid out a little differently.)


  1. Visit the BBO website (
  2. Click Login/Register (in the upper right hand corner of the page).
  3. Click Become a Member (free!).
  4. Fill out the form. (Note that you might need to try several different usernames to find one that's available.) If you are an ACBL member, be sure to include that here so any Masterpoints you earn will be applied to your ACBL account. Check the box to agree to the Terms of Service, and click Register.
  5. A confirmation email will go to your email address with a link to activate your account. The activation must be completed by clicking on the link in your confirmation email within one week.

Associate your ACBL number 

If you just registered, you already did this. But if you've played on BBO in the past and aren't sure your ACBL number is associated with your BBO account, here's what you do:

  1. After you are logged in, find and click ACBL World. (It's right on the main screen under Featured Areas.)
  2. Now click Update your ACBL number.
  3. If you already have your ACBL number on file, it will be displayed here. To update it (e.g. if you have become a Life Master), simply click in the box and type your updated number.
  4. If there is no ACBL number on file, enter your number in the box.
  5. Click Update.
  6. When you're done, click either the Back or Home button in the upper left corner of your screen.

Fund your BB$

Game fees on BBO are played with BridgeBucks (BB$). You purchase BB$ with a credit card. One BB$ is equivalent in value to one US dollar.

NOTE: If you're playing on your phone or a tablet, you need to use a browser and go to There you can follow the instructions starting with step 3 below.

  1. Click BB$ (in the upper left corner of your screen next to your user name).
  2. Click Purchase BB$. This opens a new tab in your browser.
  3. Enter your BBO username and password and click Continue.
  4. Follow the instructions to select the amount you wish to buy and provide your credit card information.
  5. I recommend selecting an Auto-Purchase option. That way, when your BB$ account runs low, your stored credit card information will be used to add BB$ to your account automatically.
  6. When you are finished, close the tab to return to BBO.

Save your convention card(s)

If you are playing with regular partners, you will want to save your convention cards on BBO. When you save your card, you can specify which partner you play it with, and then whenever you play with that partner, your convention card will be used automatically and will be available to be viewed by your opponents.

To save a convention card:

  1. At the far right edge of your screen, select Account. Then click Convention Cards. 
  2. Click "New ACBL Convention Card."
  3. Fill out your convention card by clicking into each field and typing, or by clicking checkboxes. Be sure to give it a title and enter your partner's BBO username in the area at the top with the dark blue background, in the box marked "Partner." Note: once you enter your partner's name and a title, you can save your card and come back to edit it later. If you fail to enter your partner's BBO username correctly, your convention card will not be posted when you play together in our games.
  4. When you're done, click "Save Changes."

Note that there is online help all over the BBO website, so if you are unsure about any of these steps, or if you want to update your personal profile, add a convention card, or change BBO settings, it's pretty easy to find what you're looking for.

Playing with a Visitor

Just as in our regular club, visitors are always welcome. However, there are some limitations imposed by ACBL. In order to make life easier for everyone and ensure we don't violate ACBL rules, here are the guidelines for playing in our virtual club games with a visitor.

  • In order not to be blocked, visitors have to be added to our list of eligible players. Email Lane with your request to play with a visitor.
  • Once your visitor is approved, you will be able to play with that person at any of our virtual club games.
  • However, you are limited to one game per week with visitors. Additional games must be played with club members.
  • If you violate the rule and play with visitors more than once a week, your visitor(s) will be barred for two weeks. Repeat violations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

The reason for these rules is that if our club violates the ACBL limitation on visitors, our entire club could be barred from running games on BBO.

BBO Acronyms

Many players use acronyms to chat on BBO. Here are some of the most common:

  • glp: Good luck, Partner!
  • glo: Good luck, Opponent!
  • ntp: Nice try, Partner!
  • gtp: Good try, Partner!
  • wdp: Well done, Partner!
  • wdo: Well done, Opponent!
  • typ: Thank you, Partner!
  • tyo: Thank you, Opponent

If you see others, it's good to just ask the players in chat.

Enjoy your games on BBO!

Getting Your Results

There are a number of places you can get results of your games on BBO.

  • During the game, you can follow your progress in real time. Click on the History tab, and then My Table. If you have a game in progress, you can see your results here.
  • The same History tab gives you a chance to look back at past games you've played in. Click on Recent Tournaments, and you'll see a list of games you played with results. Click on a specific game and you can view all the hands and even replay them.
  • Results of each of our club games are posted here on our website. Just click on Latest Results in the upper right corner, or select Results in the menu.
  • ACBL Live for Clubs and BBO Results are two additional places you can find results.
  • Starting on Saturday, August 8, 2020, we've been using hands from The Common Game. You can get those results at by entering your ACBL number in the login box. You can also see detailed results with hand records for each game at


Don't Forget to PLAY NICE!

Your Board has been focused on attracting novice and former members to play in our open games. We want to remind everyone that bridge is a game of respect for all, regardless of experience. Please remember the "play nice" guidelines as posted on our bulletin board. Many thanks.

Come Play Bridge!

The Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club cordially invites all those interested in playing bridge to visit us and enjoy the fun of bridge.

The club is located on the Carreterra in Riberas del Pilar on Lake Chapala between Mom’s Deli and the Maskaras Clinic. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons with games starting at 1:30 and ending before 5:00. Friday mornings feature a short lesson and a beginner game at 9:15. The doors usually open about 12:30 for afternoon games and 8:30 for Friday morning games so come by, say hi and make some new friends.

Don’t know how to play the greatest card game ever invented? No problem! The Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club offers lessons for beginners and intermediates. Our friendly instructors will make you feel at home and have you playing in no time. Wednesday afternoons (November-March) starting at 1:30 are a great time to get your feet wet when the club offers lessons and supervised play. Come join us and have some fun.

What do Churchill, Sharif, Gates, Buffett have in common?
What do Churchill, Sharif, Gates, Buffett have in common?


They are well-known bridge devotees together with Dwight Eisenhower, Mahatma Ghandi, Deng Xiao Ping, Agatha Christie, Oprah Winfrey, Woody Allen, and Martina Navratilova.

The most challenging mental sport, bridge is a game of skill, concentration and infinite possibilities. It’s part science, part math, part logic, part reason and embodies cooperation, problem solving and has even been linked to higher test scores among children. It is an easy game to learn, a hard game to master and you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy it.

Millions of people worldwide play at home, in clubs or on-line. Many advance to tournaments or “duplicate” bridge to enjoy its social competitive aspects.

The medical profession is only now coming to realise that, as people are tending to live longer. Remain mentally fit may be as important as maintaining their levels of physical fitness. More and more often chess, bridge, backgammon and crossword puzzles are being cited as excellent activities for keeping the brain exercised and stalling the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Bridge provides an excellent mechanism to improve a player’s:

  • Logical thinking skills
  • Mathematical ability
  • Memory
  • Teamwork
  • Social skills
  • Concentration
  • Critical thinking ability
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving ability, and
  • Inferential reasoning

Bridge is one of the few games played today by people of all ages and nationalities.

A note from Trudy Crippen

It has been a long time since we have been together and much as I like the freedom to play in my pajamas, I miss seeing all(?), okay, really, all of you.

We have lost a number of our players since we went into isolation and we would like to celebrate them by remembering each of them at a game. This will not be fancy. There will not be any extra points or any formality unless a friend or two wants to say something. When we have caught up on those who died since early 2020 we can continue to remember those who went before. 

We need your help to remember whom we have lost and to help us find a picture of each person and a brief writeup. If we are celebrating a special friend of yours you are welcome to bring a snack or beverage for us to share. You are welcome to do this any time. We do not turn down treats, or gift bags, or anything. 

Here is our schedule for November:

  • Thursday, November 11, Doris Denny
  • Tuesday, November 16, Ellen Hutt
  • Monday, November 22, Dennis McGarry (Dennis and Linda’s club in Florida are celebrating Dennis on this day so we can join them in spirit.)
  • Tuesday, November 30, Don Ross

I smile to myself when I think of each of these people. I need your help, though, with photos, bios, memories, and anything else that you think is appropriate. For example, I can’t imagine Doris without one of Mom’s cookies, or Wanda without a green bidding box. If anyone wants to bring single malt whiskey for an after game toast to Don we will be overwhelmed by your generosity, But Don generated enough stories to take an afternoon to just name them.

Please contact me, Trudy Crippen,, if you can help me, especially with photos and bios.  


Invite your friends to learn bridge

On the new ACBL website is a great resource for learning our great game:

In addition, some opportunities are coming up in the next few weeks for a series of beginner classes on Zoom:

Be sure to share these with your friends who have thought about learning to play bridge and haven't gotten around to it yet.

Gracious Players

Our club practices zero tolerance as well as having a scent-free policy. Please come wearing no perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, etc.

As well, gracious player guidelines are posted in the club. We ask all players to bear them in mind to ensure an enjoyable day for everyone.


Please click to view Best Behavior at Bridge.


Mon November 29, 2021
Club Championship
Director: Lane Galloway
Cost: $60 pesos
Tue November 30, 2021
Club Championship
Director: Michael Farebrother
Cost: $60 pesos
Wed December 1, 2021
Supervised Bridge
Director: Catherine Gonzales
Thu December 2, 2021
Club Championship
Director: Lew Crippen
Cost: $60 pesos
Fri December 3, 2021
299er Club Championship
Director: Janet Mitchell
Cost: $60 pesos
Fri December 3, 2021
Club Championship
Director: Lane Galloway
Cost: $60 pesos
Mon December 6, 2021
Club Championship
Director: Lane Galloway
Cost: $60 pesos
Club Championship
Director: M. Farebrother
Club Championship
Director: Lew Crippen
299er Upgraded Club Championship
Director: Janet Mitchell