Board Update – March 27, 2020
We hope you are keeping safe and enjoying some of the warmer weather, while maintaining your 2-meter social distancing.
Another week has passed, with no clear end in sight to the coronavirus problem. In the meantime, the ACBL has recommended that clubs remain closed through May 11, 2020. Therefore, we are announcing a second extension of our suspension in operations. We will align with the ACBL recommendation at this time. We will of course, monitor and adjust as the conditions might warrant.
Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Given the need to have all material to the membership 30 days in advance, and since in the best case we will open one day prior to the AGM, we have decided to postpone the meeting, indefinitely, but at least by 60 days after we resume.
We are sure you realize this closure will impact our finances, as our income disappears, while a portion of the expenses (approximately $5,500 per month) continue – lease costs, insurance, heating and air conditioning are the big ones. Fortunately, our finances are sound, and we have established a contingency fund to cover up to five months of these expenses.
You can help to keep the use of this fund to a minimum. As you may know by now, Bridge Base Online (BBO) has established daily Support Your Club black point games for a charge of $5 US; about what you pay at the club. After a very strong response, they increased capacity, now running three daily black point games. The good news is that they share revenue with the Clubs, so hopefully we will have an offset to cover some of our expenses.
We are pleased to announce that the club has arranged to offer MObridge specific games on BBO so you can play with the usual suspects. These games will earn you the same master points that you would have earned had you played at the Club. Please see the announcement below for more details.
In good health,
On behalf of your MObridge board
Paul Inglis, President
Join us online for a Mobridge Club Game!
Beginning on Sunday March 29 at 1:00 p.m.
Cost $5 for 18 boards
Daily games beginning next week – details to follow
These games will only be open to players who have played at Mobridge in the past year.
INSTRUCTIONS to PLAY ONLINE:
1. Our private games are held at www.bridgebase.com.
2. Become a member or log in
3. Add funds with the "BB$" button
4. Go back to the original BBO homepage
5. Close the BB$ box and click "HOME"
6. Choose "COMPETITIVE"
7. Select "ACBL VIRTUAL CLUBS",
8. Look for our games (VACB207860 or use the search bar above for Mobridge).
9. Add yourself and a partner, or find one at the "Partnership Desk" (both partners need to be logged on at the same time to register)
NOTE: Games are listed 2-hours before the game time
Before you can play, you need to choose what device you will use, then follow these instructions:
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"
Note: Mobridge REGULARS, If you are NEW to BBO, when signing up for the first time we suggest you choose a USERNAME that will help your Mobridge friends find you easily and to type your full name in the area called "real name". Consider using "MoB" as the first 3 letters and your first name and last initial for the remainder (e.g. MoBDianaH, MoBBillyJ).
If you need more help:
Getting Started on BBO CLICK HERE FOR FREE TUTORIAL.
(Courtesy of Sagamore Bridge Club)
Our daily online games will award
100% ACBL Black Masterpoints at club ratings
GOLDEN HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT
Four teams to represent MObridge and compete for the
Golden Horseshoe Trophy on May 23rd.
Each team will have four players who meet the following Masterpoint limits:
1. An unlimited open team
2. Less than 2500 MPs
3. NLM with less than 500 MPs
4. Novices with less than 100 MPs
The club will pay the entry fee. In addition to the trophy there are lots of MPs to be won.
Each team will play against their peers from other clubs to decide the best at their level and the trophy goes to the best club across all levels. We need a strong representation and encourage all members to consider entering a team to help win back the trophy we held in 2018. If we get more than one entry for a team category then we’ll hold playoffs (date TBD) to determine the final teams.
The tournament is to be held at the Grand River Bridge Club in Kitchener who will provide continental breakfast, lunch and snacks/refreshments during play. Teams are responsible for transportation to and from the event.
If you want to enter a team please send an email to Max Rutherford at email@example.com.
When things get back to normal we’ll have a sign-up sheet at the club.
Given the present restrictions on gatherings we recognize that the plans for the competition may change however there are options for playing bridge remotely. We therefore encourage you to sign up now and enthusiastically support MObridge in this challenge.