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Learn and Play
LEARN AND PLAY - TWO SESSIONS PER WEEK

We run two Learn & Play sessions per week - Wednesday mornings at 10am on RealBridge, and on Thursday evenings at 7.15pm at the Club on the first Thursday of each month, and the rest of Thursday evenings on RealBridge. Each session costs £4.

RealBridge allows you to play online with full video and audio in a realistic virtual table setting. You can see and talk to your partner and opponents just as though you were at the club. For more information on RealBridge visit this link. Please see below for information on how to check that your device will work on RealBridge.

Club sessions are held at 147 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7AN. There is free parking on side streets near the club with just a short walk to the club. Refreshments are provided and everything will be done to maintain a Covid-secure environment. Masks are not mandatory but you may of course wear one if you wish. 

We play 12 boards at a relaxed pace and you can ask the Director/teacher for help at any time. The sessions last about 2 hours. Results and hands are uploaded onto the club website after the event, though no masterpoints are awarded (and it doesn't affect NGS). 

 

PLANNING TO PLAY ONLINE - TEST YOUR DEVICE

If you would like to play you will need to do a camera and microphone test. This just takes a few minutes. You only need to do this once for each device you intend to use. 

Log out of any other applications then click the link https://play.realbridge.online/camera.html and follow the instructions. 

Please don't book a ticket until you've checked that your device works with RealBridge. 

For Chrome users - once logged in to RealBridge, a quick way to check your camera (video) and microphone (audio) settings is to click on the 'padlock' symbol on the browser bar (just to the left of the website address - play.realbridge.online). This opens up a window with dropdown menus that allow you select "Ask/Allow/Block" for the Camera and Microphone. Set this to "Allow" for both. 

ONLINE PROBLEMS?

If you have a problem it is likely that you either have a device that can’t be used (eg a pre-2015 iPad) or a browser that is incompatible or not fully up to date. Please click here to download a list of devices and browsers that you can use for RealBridge.

If you continue to have problems please contact support@realbridge.online

HOW TO BOOK

Payment must be paid at the time of booking and is £4 per person. You can book and pay for just yourself or for yourself and your partner. If you book just for yourself please do remind your partner that they need to book and pay for themselves. You can book up to 9.45am before the Wednesday session, and up to 7pm before the Thursday session

Please ensure that you enter correct email addresses as these will be used to send you your booking confirmation and, if applicable, the RealBridge link to play online. 

If playing online, you will receive a reminder email 60 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin. ***This will contain the link to the RealBridge session***. You should click on the link to join the session at least 10 minutes beforehand.

Please note, if you book within 60 minutes of the start time of a session you will receive no reminder and so must click on the grey button in the confirmation email saying "View online event". This will take you to a page with the link to RealBridge. 

If you do not have a partner then you can book a single ticket for yourself. We are operating a Host system so we will be able to pair you up with someone to play with. 

NO PARTNER?

Don't worry! There will always be a Host available so if you don't have a regular partner, it doesn't matter, there will be someone for you to play with. On the day, the director will either pair you up with another single player or with the Host. If you can find a regular partner though that is the best situation - this way you can develop your bidding strategy and defence over time as a team.

PLAYING ON THE DAY

Play will start at 10am promptly on Wednesday morning, and at 7.15pm on Thursday evening. If playing online, please click on your RealBridge link no later than 10 minutes before the session starts. This gives the Director time to get everyone seated and sort out partnerships. 

Enter your full name as you are known at Oxford Bridge Club. Please make sure that your name and its capitalisation is exactly as it is known to the EBU.

Where it says 'ID number' please enter your EBU number. Please avoid leading and trailling spaces and do not enter any zeros before the number. 

Then click the grey Login button. 

You will then then arrive in the 'lobby'. Please wait here until the Director advises you where to sit, or if you see your partner at a table you can click on the seat opposite them. 

Once 'seated' you will be taken to your table and will be able to chat with your partner and opponents while you wait for play to start. You will be automatically moved to play with the next pair of opponents at the end of each round of play.

If you need to call the Director you can do so by pressing the 'Director' button. The Director will then come to your table and you'll be able to chat to them. During Learn & Play sessions feel free to call the Director whenever you have a question about bidding or any other aspect of play. 

If you have any problems with video or audio, try hitting the refresh button which is two arrows on top of each other. If that doesn't work, close down your whole browser and log in again from your RealBridge link. 

If playing at the club please arrive 15 minutes early so the Director can seat you and find you a partner if needs be. It also gives you time to make a cup of tea and get settled.