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Our own home county association, the Staffs and Shrops Contract Bridge Association, has developed a country-wide online event open to all members of Oswestry Bridge Club: see the News Page for details.  The Border Bridge Club, near Ford, is also developing an online presence (participation by invitation only). 
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Oswestry Bridge Club regards the personal information you supplied on joining the club as private and will not disclose it to any third party. It is only kept for club related matters, such as to help members find to a bridge partner, and is stored in a protected area of the website that is not accessible to the general public.  If you would like this information removed from the club database, please inform a member of the Committee.              (uploaded 21/07/18)

Welcome to Oswestry Bridge Club
Help the Director!

Would online players please take note of Ken's chat at the beginning of each session, notably:
The bidder should ALERT any bids which would be alerted or announced in face-to-face bridge (you can click here  to remind yourself what they are). If you are not sure how to alert,  please read paragraph (4) on the online page of the club website or ask another member of the club for assistance..
Please try to get into the habit of alerting correctly.  It is especially important when playing against new or less experienced opponents.
But....
(a) If you/partner forgets, then you/partner can send a chat message which is visible only to your opponents: (a) click on the the blue button which probably says "Table" (b) click "Opponents" from the menu offered, (c) type an explanation of the bid and finally, (d) click "chat".  Only the opponents and the person who wrote the chat can see it .  There will be no unauthorised information.
(b) If your opponent  seems to have forgotten, clicking on the opponents' username is often the quickest and simplest way of finding out what a bid means. 
I am aware that neither alternative - a chat message restricted  to your opponents  / clicking on the username - are endorsed in the rule book.  Correct alerting is always preferable . You can also, of course, summon the director. Or just ask at the end of the bidding.

And a personal grouse on Ken's behalf:
Make sure you are not only logged on, but also ONLINE from 6.50pm onwards. If you logon early and leave your device for an extended period BBO will knock you off (i.e. make you offline). Adjusting the software for a tournament  involves several steps which have to be changed when the number of online players changes.   There are some members who always leave it until 6.59 - 7.00pm before getting online again, so the director has to change all the software settings.  This causes a delay and increases the possibility of introducing a software setting error.  If you are deleted from the tournament for being offline you will have a very unhappy partner and should not expect any sympathy. 

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OBC Whatsapp Group

A few weeks ago Peter set-up a Whatsapp group which members have found very useful for arranging online bridge games with other members of the club.  You can join the group by downloading WhatsApp onto your PC, Apple or Android device and then speaking  to Peter on 07808 068  044. In accordance with GDPR regulations he will need a text or email from you to confirm that you are happy with him using your mobile number and name for OBC WhatsApp group purposes.

Annual General Meeting

Notice form Pat: "The AGM, which should take place in early June, will take place a soon as practicable after the pandemic subsides and the associated restrictions are lifted."

Ian Mellor Club Champion Award 2019
Ian Mellor Club Champion Award 2019

John Davies received the Club Championship trophy from Chairwoman, Pat Ramsay, at the Christmas Party on 7th December which was held at the Cricket Club.

WINNERS AND PRIZES
WINNERS AND PRIZES

Prize money is awarded to Members if there are at least seven tables based on the handicapped results. Click on  Results, then the event you are interested in, then the Handicap tab.  You must play a minimum of two evenings in the previous twelve weeks to get a handicap or you are given a handicap of zero (so you still have a chance to win).  No player can benefit/be penalised by a handicap greater than +/-6 (Monday session) or +/-10 (Thursday session).

Calendar
Thu 1st October 2020
Online Duplicate
7.00pm
Director: Ken Johnston
Mon 5th October 2020
Online duplicate
7.00pm
Director: Ken Johnston
  (Partner?)
Thu 8th October 2020
Online Duplicate
7.00pm
Director: Ken Johnston
Results
Online duplicate
Director: Ken Johnston
Online Duplicate
Director: Ken Johnston
Online duplicate
Director: Ken Johnston