With the prospect of re-opening bridge clubs fading further into the future, many players are playing bridge online. Up to this Bridge Base Online (BBO) has been free to join and there are lots of free competitions. However, the site is getting overloaded, free games frequently “crash” and this can be frustrating for players. Some games are having to start late at night, when the usage is lower.
The CBAI are now able to offer a facility for a club to have its own secure platform and to play at a time of the club’s own choosing. There is a small fee for this facility. BBO share the fee with CBAI, who in turn share with the club. The money is needed to employ a TD to run competitions.
To see how many would be interested, we have already sent texts to all members for whom we have mobile numbers and we are attempting to contact another 14 or so on their landlines. If you haven’t received a text or phone call, please contact one of the committee.
How we proceed depends on the response from our members. If adequate, we could start a “virtual” club for St Therese’s alone. If this isn’t feasible, members may play in another “virtual” club that’s been organised by a few of our club members. It is hoped this will be ready to go very shortly.
We’ll keep you informed. In the meantime, keep safe and well
We are sorry to hear of the death of former valued member of St Therese’s BC, Ita Crotty. Although she hasn’t been at the club for some time, members will remember Ita for her good bridge and her gentle humour. She was aged 97. We have no details yet regarding Ita’s funeral, but in accordance with current guidelines, it will be a private event. Ita’s son Matt still plays occasionally in the club and we send sincere sympathy to Matt and the family at this very sad time.
It's looking more and more likely that we won't be playing club bridge for some time. As you probably know by now there is lots of bridge online that you can get involved in and maybe you are doing so already. Below is the latest message from CBAI. In the meantime, keep well everyone
As it seems ever more likely that return to our “normal” bridge game is fading into the distance, it appears that online bridge can become our staple over the next number of months. Social distancing will be the order of the day for all of society and our game will find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to accommodate this restriction in behaviour.
Our national activities, competitions, congresses etc have been postponed up until mid-July already, but further decisions may need to be taken shortly. However, let us wait until 5 May, when a clearer picture might emerge.
In the meantime, back to what is on offer online.
The BBO & Funbridge platform is available 24 hours a day and it is being extensively used. However, the free element of play on BBO is limited to “off-peak” times.
A number of clubs from across the country are already availing of this resource
If we want to play in the evening, starting at say 7.30, we will need to make a small payment to ensure we can get our game when we want it.
An amount of this – after set-up month - 50%, will be returned to CBAI to do with what we like. It will be done by setting up Virtual Clubs on the platform and the structure can be established definitively and circulated when an agreement is reached. Our costs will probably include organising a TD to set up each game / session
I am unsure of what element of our playing population would be interested, and this is where you come in!.
We would really like to hear from all of you on whether you would be interested in the concept for yourself and for your friends.
I am sure your less experienced club mates have been asking you for some tips and how they can improve their game in this “off” period. If you have been passing on your advice in lesson form, let us know so that we can encourage others to join you. We can also tell you that there are some teachers already conducting classes on line – via Zoom or similar and you can pass on their contact information.
Peter Pigot – email@example.com
Thomas MacCormac – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know of any others, please let me know and we can include them on our website, www.cbai.ie
Let’s stay in contact and keep any (good or not so good) news coming !!
You can play bridge online - join a competition or just practice. Two options are Bridge Base Online and Bridge Club Live - there are probably several others to try, so don't get bored!
We hope our members are keeping safe during this terrible time for all of us. The kind of social isolation that we are enduring is very difficult and it is important that we try to continue to live as normally as we can. Please keep observing the guidelines and if everyone does that, we will come out of it eventually. Below is the latest from CBAI with some ideas for anyone suffering withdrawal (from bridge) symptoms. Communication with family and friends is vital so keep in touch on Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, Wechat, Facebook or simply by phone.
Stay home, stay safe, stay well and look forward to getting together again
What a situation for us all! I know many fictional books have been written about “Pandemic” and “Contagion” and non-fiction about the Spanish flu,
Ebola and other plagues – little did we know that with all our first world scientific advances, we would now be in the middle of it!
Anyhow, if we act as advised and maintain social distancing, we will all be around to do battle again at the table very soon.
I am sure that no bridge clubs are continuing to operate at present; so please keep it that way until we are advised that normal activity can resume.
In the meantime, there are a few things we can do to stop us going mad –
about how to set up your own competitions on BBO.
Eamonn Galligan & Fearghal O’Boyle are both running events in the evenings and I know that either of them will help if you need them.
I have no doubt others are or will be operating very soon.
Dermot will have details on the website about the CBAI presence on the Funbridge platform very soon, so keep an eye open for that.
That will give you something to do and keep them busy! Jacques Lumbroso and his excellent team of mentors have been running Bridge Classes
with several National Schools in the Nenagh area and have found the more than 200 pupils really interested and committed.
leads or defense, we should be able to help.
we can mail to you.
The odd chat on the phone can really help to combat the feeling of isolation.
Wash your hands properly and often.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Try to avoid close contact with people who are not well.
Follow the Travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Wash your hands
You should wash your hands:
Four Wednesdays of March 2020
How to enter the competition: To be eligible to take part in the ‘Player of the Month’, a member must play in at least 3 Wednesday competitions in March with a different partner each time
Points awarded: Points are awarded as follows: 8 for first, 6 for second, 4 for third and 2 for fourth.
For members who play with a different partner in four different competitions, the best 3 results are used to calculate their total points. For members who only play with different partners on three dates in March, all three results will be taken into account in calculating their total points. Members who play with different partners less than three times in March will not be eligible to take part in ‘Player of the Month’.
The member who accumulates the most points over the month, based on the above rules, will win the ‘Player of the Month’. In the event of two or more members having the same total score, the winner will be the player with the highest percentage score from their three best results (as per competition results sheets).
LEADERS AFTER WEEK 1
Please note that there will be no joker during Player of the Month in March.
Congratulations to the winners
Carmel Furlong & Phyllis Troy
St. Therese's Bridge Club plays each Wed. @ 7:30pm, Community Centre, Mount Merrion
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Did you know – Each king in a deck of cards represents a great king from history? The King of Spades is King David; the King of Clubs is Alexander the Great; the King of Hearts is Charlemagne; the King of Diamonds is Julius Caesar! With acknowledged thanks to "Three Rock Panorama".