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For 2020-21, Membership has been set at $20 for returning and new members. Benefits awarded to members in good standing include voting privileges and a one time complimentary name tag. New members are asked to fill out a membership form
and send it to

You can  etransfer $20 to 
Password Swilers

Membership Application.pdf



Library:The "Information" tab
above provides a list of books.


Please remember that Bridge on the Edge is a scent-free bridge club. We have several members who are severely allergic to scent.

Welcome to Bridge On The Edge

Web Site

Welcome to the website of Bridge on the Edge, based in St. John's, NL, Canada.  In 2016 we became a player owned bridge club.  We support a respectful culture, both at the bridge table and in all BOTE communications, for the enjoyment and growth of all members.  Due to Covid -19 all our games are presently online.  

Please check with any Board member if you need additional information.

BOTE Membership Renewal/Joining
BOTE Membership Renewal/Joining
At the October Board meeting the Executive decided to ask members to renew their club membership.  Given the extraordinary circumstances we are in at the moment it was decided the renewal fee would be $20 covering the period from May 2020 to the end of 2021.  The membership fee will renew your commitment to your club, ensure you continue to receive emails from BOTE  and help cover additional costs we may incur when we move back to the Swilers’ venue.  Any leftovers will be converted to turkey for the December 2021 Christmas lunch. Gobble, gobble. 

Members wishing to renew can either mail a cheque for $20, payable to BOTE, to our treasurer Rick Comerford at 5 Birmingham St, St. John’s A1E 5C6 or etransfer $20 to .  Please use the password Swilers  
Your cancelled cheque or withdrawal notice will serve as your receipt.

If you are not presently a member but would like to join please complete the membership form Membership Application.pdf
 and email it to and send the money to Rick as outlined above.

Any questions please contact or any Board member. 
Minutes of the BOTE Board of Directors
Minutes of the BOTE Board of Directors

Minutes of the BOTE board meeting of October 15th, 2020 can be found by accessing the information tab on the left and/or by opening the link below.

Board Minutes October 15th 2020.pdf


Proposed BOTE Online Mentoring Program . . . Read all about it!!

Recently the Board has received some inquiries about the feasibility of an online mentoring program.  BOTE has a long standing goal of improving members playing skills at all levels of duplicate and, historically, has run several successful programs and events to this end.

The purpose of a Bridge Mentoring Program is to assist aspiring bridge players (mentees)  to improve specific aspects of their game by working/playing with more experienced players (mentors).  Usually mentees have fewer than 200 masterpoints or are returning to duplicate after an extended absence. Both mentors and mentees should ideally play together at least twice a month, preferably a little more, if they can find mutual agreeable times. Mentors can mentor more than one mentee at a time, especially with available practice play tables on BBO.

To test if there is enough interest to start a BOTE online program, both prospective mentors and mentees are asked to identify their interest in participating by emailing Judith at We will see if it is possible to set up a program. If enough players are available, we hope that participants will choose their own mentor/mentee from a general list. We encourage all A and B players to consider being a mentor, this is an opportunity to give back to the local bridge community, everyone has something to offer.  

The Board does not think the regular online BOTE duplicate games are a good venue to foster mentoring because of the short time factor and very limited opportunity for interaction. There are however many daily games online that would be ideal for a mentor/mentee relationship, such as the casual games or the practise area. We suggest each session should be about 6 boards played per table, with one or two identified topics being worked on each time. Comments and feedback would be ongoing during play and afterwards.

If you are curious about this topic, or would like more information, check out the ACBL Bridge Mentoring Handbook at

We look forward to hearing from you.

BOTE will be offering a weekly 0-499 MP game, Tuesday afternoons, 1:35pm, 21 boards, 7 minutes per round for a trial period.  We need at least five tables to make the game viable so grab your favourite partner and sign up on BBO on Tuesday this upcoming week and every Tuesday thereafter.  
To play in this game you have to be an ACBL member, however, at the moment the ACBL is offering free trial memberships so why not give it a whirl?? The link to guest membership is
If you need to find a partner for the game there are three options available:-
- you can sign up on the BOTE website for the game and indicate you need a partner;
- in the two hours before game time you can use the partnership option on BBO on the BOTE game tab; or 
- contact info, and we will try to find you a partner. 
Remember, to play in the game you have sign up on BBO on Tuesday up to two hours before game time.  
If you have any questions or need help with getting started on BBO (fall is falling good time to start an indoor activity ☺️) contact  We’re here to help make your online experience a positive one. 
REMINDER----BOTE online Monday

Reminder! Next BOTE online game October 26th 1:35 pm 

How’s your preparation going?  

Have you signed up for BBO?  

Got your bridge bucks? 

Had a practise game to get used to the interface?  

Lined up a partner, (who will have to be online when you register after 11:35 am for the afternoon games and 5:00 pm for the evening)?

*If you need a partner, we will try to help, email*

Asked for help if you need it? *Please do it today, not the morning of the game.*

Looking forward to seeing you online.

To review results go to and open appropriate file date.

What's Happening in October
What's Happening in October

Updated game information

Monday 1:35pm  24 boards, six min rounds

Tuesday 1:35pm 0-499 MPs  21 boards, seven min rounds

Tuesday 7:00pm  21 boards, six min rounds

Thursday 1:35pm 24 boards six min rounds

BBO Tips

Use "Search” (top right) in the ACBL Virtual club section to find the BOTE game easily.

If your bid should be alerted, then before you make your bid, type the alert and a full explanation into the space labelled "Alert”. Then bid. Only the opponents can see the alert so you are not telling your partner what your bid means. For example if you are bidding 3 clubs after a 1 spade opener, don’t just say ‘Bergen’, say '4 card support 10-12 pts

In ACBL games, the director can not "undo" an action. So if your concerned about clicking the wrong bid or selecting the wrong card, you can select "confirm bid" or "confirm play" in Account-Settings - just be mindful this will add time to your play! 

Language of bridge online:

Find or Become a Partner on BBO:
Please access the following link: BBO_Partners.pdf

How to fill out a Convention Card on BBO:

26th October 2020
Afternoon - Open Pairs BBO/BOTE
1:35 PM
27th October 2020
Afternoon - Players with 0-499 MPs
1:00 PM
27th October 2020
Evening - Open Pairs BBO/BOTE
7:00 PM
Afternoon - Open Pairs BBO/BOTE
Afternoon - Players with 0-499 MPs
Evening - Open Pairs BBO/BOTE