POSTED JANUARY 24TH
Check out the new box in the bottom left of our home page for information about how to sign up and pay for your 2021 membership. Remember, all paid up 2020 members will have their membership extended to the end of 2021 for no additional fee.
Coming Soon from Our Friends at the ACBL
Two exciting special events are coming to the Virtual Clubs in February!
Next month, players can participate in both Valentine’s Weekend and Educational Foundation Week to win upgraded masterpoint® awards. In addition, a portion of the entry fees during the latter event will support the ACBL Educational Foundation.
Valentine’s Weekend (Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14) features double points at 50% red and 50% black. No extra charge – our valentine to you!
Educational Foundation Week (Mon.-Sun., Feb. 22-28) features double points at 100% black. There is an extra charge of $4 per table, which will be donated to the ACBL Educational Foundation.
Also held in February (but not a Virtual Club event) will be the regionally rated tournament, Hollywood Magic, which gives members several chances to win gold points.
What Do Those Numbers Mean?
In BBO you may see a black number, outlined in gold, beside your and/or your opponent’s BBO ID. These numbers are an indication of a player’s earned BBO points (not to be confused with ACBL Masterpoints).
From BBO: ‘Players who do well in any pay tournament in BBO will earn BBO points.’
Here’s how they breakdown:
Players who have earned enough points are rewarded with a BBO award symbol. A ‘+’ sign next to a symbol indicates a player who has earned more than half of the points required towards the next rank.
Most of us mere mortals will see one of these numbers below:
And then there are:
BBO Master Awards
Players with at least 1000 points are rewarded with a BBO Master award symbol. This rank advances with every 100 masterpoints earned.
And finally, at the very top:
BBO Royal Awards
The top 250 players are rewarded with a BBO Royal award symbol.
POSTED JANUARY 17TH
All games will pay DOUBLE regular club masterpoints, and the points awarded will be SILVER instead of black.
There will be an additional $1 game fee for every game.
Click here for details.
Welcome These New Members!!
Through the past ten months we have met many new ‘faces’ at our virtual games. You’ve obviously made an impression since some of them are making it official and joining our great club. Welcome one and all!
Donna Lee Blair
Gayle Mc Neish
Kathy Van Monsjou
NEW FROM UNIT 166
There is a *NEW* monthly Unit 166 Virtual Club game on BBO beginning Sunday January 24 @ 7:00 pm during ACBL's Silver Linings Week.
A New Year’s gift from the Unit: an exclusive virtual screening of “the best documentary on bridge ever made” (Michael Becker, Hall of Fame),
January 15th-January 22nd. Tickets are $15.
For more details about the new game and special screening, click here.
Congratulations to the following teams who played against Bridge Centre of Niagara, defeating them by 62 IMPs.
A New Lesson offered by Danielle Gosselin
Make A Plan (part one)
When dummy comes down, do you often have a sinking feeling you may not make your contract? Should you draw trump? Are you often stuck in the wrong hand? Should you finesse or not? Confused? You are not alone.
Making a plan will help you!
- Learn how to count your winners/losers.
- Learn how to manage your entries and find extra tricks through length or promotion.
- Learn how and when to finesse.
- Learn how to identify the "dangerous" hand.
I will take a group of four players (via Zoom) and we will look at ways to increase your odds of success. You all will play challenging hands on BBO.
This seminar will begin in February (and will be ongoing) and we can set a time and date that suits your group. If you don’t have a partner, let me know and I will try to find one for you.
The fee is $25 per person. You can reserve your slot now if you wish.
I hope to see you at my table!
POSTED JANUARY 17TH
A MUST READ From Our Friendly MOBridge Directors ...
First and foremost, ... to all our players out there, we thank you for coming out to play in our Virtual Club and, for the most part, everyone is coming along quite well in our Virtual World. We do, however, have a few issues to address, which are questioned often.
Game START Time: Please (and we can’t stress this enough) once you’ve registered, please also ensure you are back at Registration AT LEAST 5 minutes before game start time ... the game is held up if any player is not back at registration at game time.
Convention Cards: We expect all partnerships to have a completed Convention Card. Other than subs (who, in some cases, will not have the time to prepare a card) we are very pleased to say that we now rarely come upon a pair without a completed CC. Thank you all.
Subs: When we have a 1/2 table, we work diligently to obtain suitable substitutes. For the Limited Games, it’s a little more difficult to find subs. We first look to our Partnership Desk and if a player has registered there, and didn’t get a game, we will give them the first opportunity to be a substitute. So, if you are in the partnership desk and didn’t get a game, sit for a minute after the game starts and we will bring you in. We will then go to our on-line listing (which we, as Directors, are privy to) which will show players (from our Club/Listing) who are in the lobby, by Master Points, and start inviting. As a last resort, we go to the Universal listing for subs. This can take some time, so please be patient.
Slow Bidding/Play: Please know that as at the Club (Face: Face), Slow bidding and Slow play, affects all. Please Bid and Play in tempo. Know that it can be more in your favour to complete a board rather than have BBO/Directors do this for you. We have many boards with 3 tricks or less (even sometimes not a full trick) completed, needing adjustments. We will always do our best to give a FAIR adjustment. Also know that if you have not started a board within 3 minutes of round’s end, the board is forfeited, and averages assigned. For all concerned, it is much better for all to ensure you bid and play in tempo to complete all boards before the end of the round.
Round Ending: The rounds end when time allotted for the round has expired OR when all are finished the last board for that round: Whichever comes first.
Pre-Alerts: Please pre-alert your systems in the chat bar at the beginning of each round, eg. Hello Opps., playing 2/1, 15-17 NT, std carding, o/e first discard, 1430, Jacoby 2NT, etc. You can create a number of standard messages for your chat bar (using Chat Manager) ie. pre-alerts, convention explanations, etc., and then click on them or cut/paste when you want to use them.
It’s a wonderful game ... keep on enjoying.
*NEW* CHANGES TO ALERTS
Playing on-line has changed how we normally alert/announce our bids. We must alert our own bids. If in doubt about whether to alert or not, err on the side of caution and alert your bid. Your partner does not see your alert, nor does he/she see your explanation. This is all done in the spirit of full disclosure.
Please explain your bid, (ie, 4-card H support, 7-9 pts.) do not just type a convention as not all people know/play the same conventions. Also, please remember to type this explanation in the slot provided before placing your bid ... this saves a lot of time and less infractions.
If you make a mistake in bidding, do not draw attention to it. Explain all bids as per your partnership agreement regardless of what is in your hand. Your opponents are only entitled to the information that your partner has. Just play on. You can also call the Director to oversee the hand in case rectification is needed.
- Natural bids and passes unless they carry a special meaning. eg., a forcing pass following interference of a 2C opening bid.
- Take-out, negative and support doubles are not alertable.
- Weak jump shifts, both in and out of competition are not alertable.
Alert all artificial bids, EXCEPT:
- A strong 2C opening bid.
- Direct overcalls.
- Cue bids (Michaels').
- The unusual jump to 2N showing the lower unbid suits.
- Announce your opening NT range yourself when making your bid.
- Announce a short club agreement every time you or your partner open 1C if you play the “0-2” point range. Even on those occasions when you hold more clubs.
- Announce your transfer bids by naming the suit you are asking your partner to bid. Do not say transfer following a 2H bid. Say spades.
- Playing 2/1, announce your 1NT as forcing/semi-forcing.
Please pre-alert your systems in the chat bar at the beginning of each round, eg. Hello Opps., playing 2/1, 15-17 NT, std carding, o/e first discard, 1430, Jacoby 2NT, etc. You can create a number of standard messages for your chat bar (using Chat Manager) ie. pre-alerts, convention explanations, etc., and then click on them or cut/paste when you want to use them.
For further information on the ‘new’ Alert Procedures please read the article in the Bridge Bulletin or consult the ACBL website.