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Learn and Play
LEARN AND PLAY IS ONLINE

Following on from a successful pilot, we will be starting a regular weekly Learn & Play session on Wednesday mornings at 9.45am for 10am start on Bridgebase Online (BBO). The first will be Wednesday 24th June. These sessions will run in conjunction with Zoom, the videoconferencing software. Each session will cost 5 BBO dollars – BB$5 (approximately £4).

In so far as is possible the sessions will run just like Thursday morning Learn & Play. We will play 8 or 9 boards and you will be able to ask the Director/Teacher questions when you need help. This will be done via the magic of Zoom which allows each playing table to be in their own ‘breakout room’. The Director/teacher will be able to move in and out of the rooms as necessary. You can chat and see each other at your own table without disturbing the other playing tables. The sessions should last about 2 hours. Results and hands will be uploaded onto the club website after the event, though no masterpoints will be awarded (and it will not affect NGS). 

PLANNING TO PLAY

If you would like to play you will need to do the following things in advance (once done, you will not need to do these again):

  1. Be registered on BBO (bridgebase.com). It is free to register. We recommend choosing a name which keeps your privacy but allows other club members to know your first name.
  2. Register as an online player with Oxford Bridge Club via this link. You only need to do this once. Please ensure that you first register by the Friday before the day you wish to start playing.
  3. Be familiar with the basics of using BBO. You can play for free in the ‘Casual’ section of BBO with friends or the wider Bridgebase community. We recommend having a few games for practice (this is free and you can enter and leave a game at any time). The Club offers Zoom/BBO practice sessions – click here for details. We recommend everyone attends a practice session if they have not previously played at a Club Video Bridge session.
  4. Download the Zoom videoconferencing app onto your PC or tablet (free to download).
BOOKING AND ATTENDING

Then, in advance of any session you wish to play in:

  1. Register to play in the Learn & Play session via this link. This lets us know who and how many will be playing and allows us to send you a link to join Zoom. If you are booking with a partner, then one partner should make the OBC booking for both of you – this is self-explanatory when you go through the booking process. If you do not have a partner just book for yourself and we will try to pair you up with someone (but this can’t be guaranteed). Please register to play by 11.30pm on the Sunday before each Wednesday. The Zoom link for the session will be emailed to you and your partner when you register.
  2. Ensure you have sufficient BB$. These can be purchased in multiples of $10 using a credit card or Paypal on the BBO website (we don’t recommend purchasing BB$ via the BBO app as there is a surcharge). Further details here.
  3. Please change your Zoom name to show your BBO name followed by your real name, eg FredJB – Fred Bloggs. This helps us to assign you to the correct breakout rooms in Zoom.
  4. Look out for full joining instructions which will be emailed to you on the Tuesday evening before the session. This will give full instructions on how to find the Learn & Play event on the BBO website and how to register yourself and your partner on BBO on the morning.