The Bridge Connection

We always use a movement which increases the MP awards for all our games ... not sure how many clubs do that amigos/as ♠   ♣ ...


Release 2.19p
We are happy to let visitors play here; chat with our Director VACB185736 as early as possible ...
  Heidi's 0-75 Thursday at 7PM ... MUST read

The following affects the Thursday evening games at the end of July and into August ...

Heidi is on a well-earned junket oversees and we will be running the games July 28, August 4, or August 11. These games run with the following changes:

  • There willl be no pre and post game Zoom calls
  • The July 26 game will cost $3 rather than $5
  • The August 4 and 11 games will cost $4 rather than $6 (there is a $1 increase in all games starting August 1)


Last updated : 28th Jul 2022 08:36 EDT
  Reopening the club → on hold

We tried running some games at the club but attendance was very low. When we believe there will be enough attendance to make it more successful, we will try again. There are many facctors involved ... stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

Colin and Michael (May 16, 2022)

Last updated : 19th May 2022 18:33 EDT
  Winter enhanced education offering ...

As per details on our Education page, Pam Husband is opening opportunities for players to up their game. Please consider doing one of the following:

  1. Looking at the high-level details of what she has put together by clicking here
  2. Checking out more details as per contents of our Education page located here


Last updated : 8th Jan 2022 17:53 EST
  Psych bidding at The Bridge Connection

It was brought to our attention by one of our regular players that there was a psych during an auction recently. A simple reminder that psyches are not allowed at this club. This is amplified by the fact that all our games are limited, the highest MP ceiling being 1500 on the Thursday morning 9am event. If you believe someone has psyched at the table, please inform whoever is Directing so we can investigate. If you would like further information on what psychic bids are all about, please email us and Colin will reply.

Colin and Michael

Last updated : 8th Jan 2022 17:49 EST
  Single winner may provide more MPs

Many of you are familiar with the names of the most popular movements we use:

  1. When playing a Mitchell, you always sit in the direction you were occupying in round 1 (i.e., N/S or E/W)
  2. When playing a Howell
    • Pair seated at 1 N/S pair stay in that position for the whole game
    • The rest of the N/S pairs and many E/W pairs may find themselves switching as the game wears on (e.g., you may be N/S in round 2 whereas you were E/W in round 1)

With up to 11 tables, we tend to play a single-winner movement. As you travel around the tables, with a single-winner event, you may find yourself switching  from N/S - E/W or vice versa during the game. Let's look at how this works with a few example, remembering that all our games are limited (an upper MP setting):

Top MP award
Tables Two-winner Single-winner
6 .48 0.96
7 .56 1.12
8 .64 1.28
9 .72 1.44
10 .80 1.60

As well at The Bridge Connection, in all our games, if possible, we will play eleven 2-board rounds which could increase the MP awards across the field.


Last updated : 23rd Jan 2022 11:04 EST
  Alerting and announcing advice

As we gain more and more experience at the table, during the auction it is wise to understand what bids need alerting and announcing. There are 2 components to this game in a nutshell:

  1. Learning more about how to play the game - involves getting more and more hours in and refining your bridge skills that lead to more consistency and perhaps better results.
  2. Learning more about how to play the game - how you handle yourself at the table, becoming more versed on etiquette, alerting/announcing, and generally how to carry yourself at the table.

Colin and I are enjoying watching so many players mature as time wears on. We believe the first skill in this numbered list moves ahead with leaps and bounds. What we believe is needed now is the item described in the second numbered point.

Please see this document which may assist our getting to the point where our players have an enhanced understanding of what to alert/announce and how to do it on BBO. After ingesting that material, please reach out to Colin or yours truly for further clarification/suggestions as you see fit.

Michael & Colin

Last updated : 8th Jan 2022 17:48 EST
  0-75 game with Heidi (Thurday at 7pm eastern)

Click here to Zoom in on the 15-minute pre-game chalk talk (starting at 6:30pm eastern) and/or the post-game wrapup by Heidi. To read more about the game,  especially what you need to know and do to join, can be found at click here.

♣   ♠ To find Heidi's 0-75 novice game at 7pm ♠   ♣ 
On the BBO home screen, click Competitive then ACBL Virtual Clubs. If the game does not show up, then go back to the home screen then click the click Competitive then All Tournaments. In the top right of the window there is a Search area. Click in that area and enter the characters TBC and our game should appear. Chat VACB185736 if this does not work for you. Click the game and then Register. Your partner must be online to accept your invite.


Last updated : 20th Jan 2022 20:22 EST
  Convention card display

If you only play the 0-75 game on Thursday evening, the expectation to have a card for opponents to browse does not apply to you ... but if you want to make one,  please proceed and ask us for assistance if required.

The Bridge Connection, ACBL, and BBO "insist" that players have a convention card accessible to opponents. Please:

  •  see this location for some details on filling these out
  • see here for  some guidance on wnat needs to be alerted and announced

Please let us know when you end up playing a pair who does not show a card. Let us know (using our contact page located here) if one is missing. Be sure to include the BBO usernames for the pair involved. We (and your opps) thank you for your co-operation.

To see opponents' card, click the hamburger and their card should be accessible there.

Colin and Michael

Last updated : 20th Jan 2022 20:21 EST
  Playing as a visitor

All you need to know about playing here as a visitor can be seen in this document. Please follow the directions in this document which explains the visitor definition and the best way to register your desire to play in one of our games ...

Last updated : 9th Mar 2021 07:30 EST
  Virtual bridge classes

How will we spend our time without face-to-face bridge? The Bridge Connection encourages all to get on the virtual band wagon if not already. Using video chat, we are prepared to guide you through all the ins/outs and nuances of playing online at BridgeBase. Many of us used to going south for the winter have changed our plans for this winter. A great opportunity to take advantage of this offer ... topics include

  • signing up for BBO
  • depositing money on your BBO account
  • entering your ACBL number in BBO (see below for a discussion on this if you have never belonged to ACBL)
  • finding our online games
  • registering for a game with a partner
  • bidding and playing on BBO
  • alerting, announcing, and explaining your bids
  • calling the Director
  • just about anything else required

Guest membership

Our morning games are limited to 750 MPs (Tue AM) and 1250 MPs (Mon/Thu/Fri/Sat). To play in a limited game online, you must be a member of ACBL. There is a 60-day free guest membership available to players who have never been a member. This membership allows you to register for limited games online and take advantage of most member benefits for that 2-month period. At the end of that period, your ACBL number stays with you and can still be used to register for our limited games.

Once it expires, any masterpoints you earned will remain on file ad infinitum. Any MPs earned before you renew your membership will stay on your account as unrecorded. If or when you renew, these MPs will be credited. Please

  • click here to read about a guest membership before signing up
  • click here to sign up for a guest membership.

More questions before you decide (or anything else that pops up) ... let us know using the contact page located here or call Michael at 343-262-4063 (8am-9pm eastern)


Last updated : 15th Feb 2021 08:45 EST
  Cost for games

The Bridge Connection games cost ...

  • 3 BB$  per person (5 BB$ Thursday evening)
  • Some special games are 4 or 5 BB$ (6 or 7 BB$ for Thursday evening)
Last updated : 3rd May 2021 10:15 EDT
  Play hands again using Bridge Solver Online

Consult this document to see how to pull this off. It walks you through installing an extension in the Google Chrome browser. Enjoy ... if you have ever used the Play it Again engine on our website, this will be nothing new ... Michael A.

Last updated : 29th Sep 2019 15:01 EDT
  Becoming a member

There are two ways we communicate with players and the Ottawa bridge community:

One list involves email to our members. There is no chatge to join, and f you are

  • not a member, click here to start the registration proocess; once on that page click Register to start, and the Member Registration Code you use is m3mb3r
  • already a member you will be asked for your username and password

The second way uses a more general list and sends information out to the greaater bridge community.To join this more general list, please proceed to our contact page located here. When you send us a note from here, please indicate you would like to be added to this list.

Our suggestion is to join The Bridge Connection (no charge). If so inclined, have a look here please. The code you will need is m3mb3r. There is no charge for joinging The Bridge Connection.

Last updated : 20th Apr 2020 15:15 EDT
  Results display on our web site

Some videos on looking at the results on our website:

  1. Have a look here to see where/how one can view results for a board, similar to that which you now see on the Bridgemate after a score has been accepted by E/W. 
  2. An intro to the results engine available on the web site can be seen here.
  3. Discussion of goings-on at the table that detracts from the ability to play all the boards in the 3 hours alloted time can be seen here.


Last updated : 29th Jan 2019 16:33 EST
Sat 13th August 2022
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