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Online Bridge play options

The choices reviewed below hightlight a variety of different ways that you can play the kind of bridge you prefer during the closure of the club.

The possibilities stretch from a socially distanced version of a friendly social game that you would have previously played in your house to a highly competitive game in the environment of your choice. Some initial experimenting has shown that video conferencing enhances the enjoyment of a social game online. Try it - it's fun! Click here for guidance on video conferencing options.

There are three main websites that provide facilities to play.

  • BridgeBase Online - also known as BBO
  • BridgeClubLive - sometimes abbreviated as BCL
  • Funbridge

Each of them require you to register and thus acquire an online name that you use for play. Depending on how many boards you are playing and in what events there may be a need to take out a subscription or buy credits in order to play.

  Set up a Social Table of 4 as if playing at home

It is straightforward to set up a socially distanced version of a friendly social game that you would have previously played in your house. Four players agree a time to get together online. One player takes the lead to set up a table and invite the other participants to join. This can be a lot more fun and more social if you set up a video conference between the players for the duration of the event. Click for separate details on video conferencing options.

A friendly foursome on BridgeBase Online (BBO).  It is easy to set up four people at a "casual" table on BBO. Before you start you need to know the BBO names of the three other people who you are going to play with.  Click here to reference the notes that Marion Gillie has kindly shared.

BridgeClubLive (BCL) is set up for a pair to play together against others. It is more tricky to set up a foursome, but it is possible - See the document shared by Marion Gillie here.

  Play in a "Relaxed" Pairs environment

You can play in "Relaxed" pairs events on BBO and on BridgeClubLive. Further detailed information pending.

  Play in "Open" Pairs events

You can play in open pairs events on BBO and on BridgeClubLive. Further detailed information pending.

  Individual competitive play

OBC is running events in Funbridge. See details here.

  Play in "Club" Pairs events

OBC has formed a "Virtual Club within BBO. See the page called Online Pairs Events for details.

BridgeClubLive - OBC is registered as a club on BridgeClubLive. If you become a member on BridgeClubLive you can associate your name with Oxford Bridge Club. BCL is a club which is affiliated to the EBU. Masterpoints are awarded if you play in the daily DIDO competition.

  Play in EBU competitions

The EBU have produced a guide which covers a number of aspects of playing on BBO including in the EBU competitive events. Click here for the full guide.

The details of playing in EBU BBO competitions and events can be found on the EBU website here.

  Play in a head-to-head "Teams of 4" match

BBO has the capability to allow two Teams of 4 to play each other.  This capability is being used to run the OBC Online Teams event. The organiser of such an event must be an established BBO member.