Amended instructions for BCL Ridgeway Club Session - Monday 19th October 2020
We are very pleased with the interest that has been shown in the virtual bridge. I am sorry but the previous instructions for joining are not quite correct ( my memory clearly failing!) - they are correct until you enter the Rigway 1-C-3 virtual bridge club room.
The first session will be on Monday 19th October, 2020
You need to take your seat between 1845 and 1855
Play will start at 1900 promptly
All you need to do is to ensure that you are affiliated to Ridgeway Bridge Club UK (must have all of this as your Club under your personal details) **
Press Play Bridge
Then Select Local Clubs from menu at the top
Enter room called RIGWAY-1-C-3
Take a seat opposite your partner at an empty table.
Don't join anyone else table.
Confirm a SSD (System disclosure card) with your partner - one of you will get a prompt to do this and the other will get a prompt to press confirm
Wait ( if you are an early bird this will be a wait until 1900 at the earliest) -
When the event starts - promptly at 1900 - the computer will then move you to a table with your first opponents
It is only when the server tells you that you are in the movement that you press "Ready"
(Don't worry if your partner disappears or it is taking some time - it does work and nobody will be forgotten - we just have to be very patient and not press anything until we have been moved by the computer)
After you have played the first set of boards - you may be moved off the table you were on and appear to be somewhere hovering in BCL cyberspace - Don't worry! Just Wait! When your next table is free the computer will move you into place automatically - it just may take some time if the table you are going to has been slow in finishing the previous round. This is just like waiting at the bridge club, you just can't see who is holding you up!!
This keeps happening until the movement is finished.
The important thing is "Let the BCL system take the strain and just wait in "Limbo" when you need to and don't press anything!" You will get to another table in due course.
It is absolutely essential that you sit down by 1858 in your pairs as at 1858 the host pair - we will have a host pair - will sit down tif there is an odd number of pairs. This is because we have to have full tables once we start playing for the BCL movements to work. If they are not needed the host pair will leave and can go and play elsewhere in BCL for the evening.
Like everything it will probably take us a few sessions to get used to it, but please do come and keep coming - it will get better and better!
Looking forward to "seeing" you in the virtual club.