This is where we will keep you posted with club related events and information New posts will be marked New for a week or two.
All games will be held on Real Bridge
New - payments for games play in May are listed in the Members' Area and include any amounts owed/overpaid from previous months
New - Future plans for our club
Face to face bridge - this will not happen until ALL restrictions are lifted and we can play without having to socially distance or clean equipment. For this purpose we have provisionally booked the Civil Service Club on Wednesday evenings but will not be playing F2F bridge on Tuesdays or Thursdays. We anticipate continuing with Real Bridge for online games even after we can start again at the Civil Service Club and will notify members of days at the appropriate time.
New - We have had instances of slow play due to disconnection and slow equipment problems. Players should be aware that they are responsible for maintaining their own connection and in future such slow play will have a board stopped or removed with an adjusted score of 60/40 awarded to the opposition. This is in line with EBU guidance and Directors will follow this rule in order to be fair to all players and keep the game moving at a reasonable speed.
Directors can now obtain a Board Report which shows time taken by each player on the board and this will be used to ensure fairness.
New - Some items from Real Bridge:
Video connectivity improvements - We have changed how video connections are created for iPads. This will provide more reliable video for iPad users who have low or variable Internet bandwidth.
If people are choosing to treat themselves to a new device, we think, from the feedback we get from players, that Chromebooks are better than very inexpensive/low specification tablets.
There will be plenty of other high-level bridge to watch on our kibitz server, click here. Please do let people know. Some of the tables will have live video commentators, but the gameplay itself is often deferred by, typically, 30 minutes. If you want to know more about how that works, look here.
Games on Real Bridge will cost £1.50 per player per game; payment will be due retrospectively at the end of each month and amounts due with payment advice will be posted in the Members' Only Notices at the end of each month.
Visitors - Members may invite a friend as a guest for one complementary session; to action this please email email@example.com with the name and email address of the guest, and state which date you wish to play. Thereafter visitors may play for a maximum of 3 events as a guest as a cost of £2 per player per game; the member inviting the guest will be responsible for this payment and the cost will added to their invoice at the end of the month. Any visitors wishing to join the club may apply to become a member at a cost of £5 membership fee for 2021. Contact as above.
Links to Real Bridge games are in the Members' Area - Notices. You can still play without a webcam and audio on your system. Links will not be sent by email so it is up to members to make sure they can log into the Members' Area and access the links. Late arrivals can be accommodated - login, go to the lobby and notify the Director to allocate you a seat. For players new to Real Bridge, go to the Real Bridge website where there is a great deal of information and a webcam/audio test, plus 8 board free trial sessions offered by Real Bridge.
Members can also view again scores and hands played on Real Bridge sessions. Links for the past few weeks are in the Members' Notices section so you should save the link on your own system if you want to keep it longer. Click on the link which will take you to the score table, click on the board number and then the contract results - this will bring up an option to scroll through card by card.
Rules of bridge for online competitions
- Players are reminded that all bridge rules must be followed in on-line competitions. Bids must be alerted or announced as in face-to-face bridge. This includes ethical considerations such as not indicating to your partner which card to play. Background noises should be kept to a minimum and your microphone is best muted during play unless you need to announce a bid or explain further at the request of opponents.
- Opponents can only request further information at their own turn to bid or before the initial lead is made
- Use of UNDO is allowed but only under standard bridge rules. Undo is intended to be used for a misclick, not a change of mind. Regardless, a card played must remain and cannot be undone unless it is a genuine and obvious misclick. Use of the double click option is recommended for those who have problems with selecting the correct card. Any queries should be referred to the Director for adjudication.
- Claims - declarer must state his/her line of play at the same time as the claim. Once a claim is requested, both defenders are prompted to accept or reject the claim. If they both accept, the result is recorded and the deal ends. If either defender rejects the claim, you should call the Director to adjudicate the claim, or if everyone agrees you can also play on. A defender is allowed under Law 68B2 to object to his partner's claim. If play continues after a claim, the non-claiming side can see all four hands.