Porthcawl Bridge Club (Virtual) is opening on the StepBridge platform
The Porthcawl Club will now re-open using the StepBridge platform. We shall be starting on Monday July 6th., and every Monday thereafter (until we resume F2F bridge).
Play will commence at 6.45 pm., but it is important that players are registered for the tournament (i.e. in the tournament lobby) by 6.35 pm. latest.
For the first night we shall play 18 boards, but it is hoped to subsequently run 21 board sessions (with a 5-minute break after 15 boards).
There will be no table money charge.
The events are notionally set-up under the Porthcawl name, but in principle it will be open to any players in the Bridgend District (interpret that as you will) or outside this area if partnering local player, so all of the players will be familiar 'faces' to you (not if they're wearing masks).
I shall be Directing for the first two weeks (and hence cannot play), but I would hope to train others for a rota of subsequent 'club nights'.
StepBridge gives us great flexibility regarding round timings etc. - my aim is to ensure that all players complete all boards (not necessarily the case with national events played on any platform). You won't suddenly be thrown-off your board when after 11 tricks you are about to make your 4S*.
- you must be registered with StepBridge (this is not the same as registering for the tournament). To register, visit https://www.stepbridge.co.uk, and then following your submission you will receive (eventually) an email containing your login name and password (some players with hotmail accounts have experienced difficulty in receiving the email). I would suggest that you register by Saturday 4th. July latest. If you have any registration difficulties Chris Rawlings is prepared to assist you via Team Viewer (i.e he will take over your computer!!)
- having registered I strongly recommend that you participate in a StepBridge event (the WBU run friendly tournaments on Sundays and Wednesdays - if these are not convenient please contact myself or Chris Rawlings who could set-up a casual tournament for practice).
- when you have registered, please send me your username, so that I can register you as a 'Club Member' (even if you don't intend to play immediately). If you are not a 'Club Member' you will not be allowed to participate in our club nights.
By the middle of next week I shall send all 'Club members' a brief on how to register for our club night tournaments, and also a guide as to how to get the best out of StepBridge - covering some of the finer points (this will also be posted on the Club and WBU websites).
You will be able to tournament register for the first night, any time after Saturday 4th. On the activity list, click on our tournament; click 'Info'; provide you partner's name (not your own - the software knows who you are). When they log-in they will be invited to partner you in the tournament. Then at 6.45 (ish) you will be presented with your first board.
Hope to see you on Monday 6th.
All the best