A SECOND SILVER LININGS WEEK IS ON THE WAY
From Monday July 27 until Sunday August 2 there will be another SILVER LININGS Week. All points awarded will be Silver. The awards will be double the normal live club awards which means approximately 33% greater than the existing Virtual Club awards. The entry fee for the games will BB$6.50.
IF YOU NEED A PARTNER FOR A VIRTUAL GAME...
Call Natalie McKeon at 416-233-7474
VIRTUAL GAMES AT LEE'S BRIDGE
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A THURSDAY GAME
For those of you who are unaware we have added a THURSDAY OPEN PAIRS game at 12:00, in addition to our Tuesday and Wednesday noon hour games. You and your partner can sign up for these games beginning at 10:00 a.m. the morning of the games. These are 24-board games and the price is US$5 per person. The Directors are Martin Hunter and Nancy Strachan.
ACBL RULES FOR VIRTUAL GAMES
Anyone who has played at Lee's Bridge since January 1, 2019 is eligible to be added to the club list. If you are on the club list and wish to bring a Guest, notify me a day before with the name of the Guest, their ACBL number if they have one, and their BBO Username. The Guest no longer requires approval from their home club. But YOU MUST BE ON THE CLUB LIST before game time in order to REGISTER. We are allowed a maximum number of GUESTS. Guests will be admitted on a first come first served basis.
How do you know if you are on my list? You can double check by calling me at 416-274-1752 or email me at email@example.com.
In order to participate, you will need to create an account on BridgeBase Online (BBO), www.bridgebase.com, and purchase BB$ (bridgebase dollars) with which to pay your card fees. US$1 = 1BB$. Setting up an account is very straightforward as is purchasing BB$. If you require any assistance, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me 416-274-1752 (after 11:00 a.m. Thursday through Sunday). If you email me, be sure to INCLUDE your phone number so that I can reach you.
See below for how to find our games on the BBO website on game day. But REMEMBER, if you do NOT have a BBO account, please get your BBO account set up ASAP and send me your BBO user name.
FINDING THE GAME ON BBO
On TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, & THURSDAY the game begins at 12:00 pm. However, you can register beginning at 10:00 am. We recommend you register in good time. Ensure there is money in your BB$ account. And be sure I have your BBO username well in advance.
AFTER you log in to Bridge Base online, www.bridgebase.com, you will be at the Events/Categories page which lists categories down the left-hand side of the page. Under “FEATURED AREAS” you will see a heading entitled “VIRTUAL CLUBS”. Click on that heading.
Now you will see a heading entitled “ACBL – NORTH AMERICA”. Click on that heading. You will now see a listing of all of the VIRTUAL CLUB GAMES in which you are eligible to play, i.e, a list of games where you are a club member. Look for LEE'S PAIRS. Our TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and THURSDAY game titles are found on Lee's Bridge home page each week.
If you are playing as a GUEST, then go “FEATURED AREAS” and click on the heading entitled “VIRTUAL CLUBS”. Now you will see a list with the heading “ACBL – NORTH AMERICA” at the top and "ALL CLUBS" at the bottom. Click on ALL CLUBS.
You can scroll down to find the game title for that day OR there is a SEARCH button in the top right corner of the window if you wish to type the name in there. Simply click on our game and when the INVITE window opens, invite your partner to the game.
SOME THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WITH ONLINE BRIDGE:
1) Do not purchase your BB$ through an App on your Ipad or you will be paying a significant premium for the puchase. But your BB$ directly from the bridgebase.com website by clickin on the blue button that says BB$.
2) There are no UNDOs. So be careful before making a bid or playing a card. AND if you accidentally click on the wrong button, DO NOT COMMENT to your partner. Extricate yourself the best you can IN SILENCE and move on to the next board.
3) When playing in an online game, you are required to “self-alert”. That means that before making a conventional call you push YOUR OWN ALERT button and then click on your bid.
For example, your partner opens 1NT and right-hand opponent passes. You have a hand with 5 spades and are intending to bid hearts to transfer to spades. But before clicking on the 2 heart button, FIRST push the ALERT button. Then click on the 2 heart button. Your partner does NOT see your alert. But a message is sent to both opponents telling them you have made a conventional bid. If one of your opponents wants to know what the conventional call is they will click on your bid in the auction box in front of them and then click on the EXPLAIN button asking for an explanation. Type your explanation NOT the name of the convention being used. It is quite simple and straightforward.
4) Be VERY careful when claiming.
5) 3-board rounds will be 21 minutes long. If you are not finished after 21 minutes, the remaining board will disappear. The online software should award a score for that board or a summons goes out automatically to a Director to adjust the board.
3 WAYS TO PLAY
Personally, I highly recommend using a computer or a laptop. But there are other options:
To play from a COMPUTER (Recommended), go to www.Bridgebase.com and become a member
To play from your TABLET, go to www.Bridgebase.com on the web or go to your APP STORE and download "Bridge Base Online" and play on their app
To play from your SMARTPHONE, go to your APP STORE and download "Bridge Base Online". But DO NOT purchase BBO money through your APP.
This is a new experience for many. We ask you patience while the fine tuning occurs in these early months. But above all….ENJOY.