The Bridge Connection

Overture, curtain, lights, this is it we've hit the heights ... new Education offering available. Sroll down and click the Education button in the menu below. When you see the brochure, the detail therein will provide enough detail to consider what nay be best for you ...


If you receive any emails encouraging you to play at ANY club that you do not recognize or believe you have not played at in the last 18 months or so, please let Colin and Michael know ... thanks.

Release 2.19o
Week of Jan 18 is double silver MPs; we always play a minimum of 21 boards
  0-50 game with Heidi

♣   ♠ Starting Thu Feb 4 ... To find the 0-50 ♠   ♣ 
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.

Everything we talk about in the following can be ignored if you have already played at the club (as a member of our include list ... see here for an explanation). If you have played at our club and try to register foir Heidi's game and are blocked, contact our Director. Our Director's username is VACB185736. If you have not played at our club, some or all of the following may apply. Questions (after reading the document referenced in this bulletin) can be answered by sending us an email using our contact page located here.

Heidi Wegman will be running a 0-50 game on Thursdays at 7pm as per the following:

  • You must have a login to BBO and if you do not, create one here
  • You must be a member of ACBL to play
    • If you have a number see the next point
    • If you need one, you can get a 120-day membership free by going here
  • Your ACBL number must be associated with your BBO username; you can do that by
    • Logging into BBO
    • Clicking ACBL World
    • A button will appear where your number can be entered ... be very careful when you enter the number as it is a hassle to change
  • The Bridge Connection needs your full name and BBO username
  • There will be a Zoom call after the game where you can ask Heidi about anything that came up during the game; the link will be published during the game
  • There will be two forms of hand records posted
    1. an annotated display where Heidi has recorded advice about each board
    2. a single page hand record sheet in case you want to replicate any hands for your private play

When you get all this information to us, we will contact you and inform you of your classification at our club, where you will be one of

  • Part of our club's include list which is built every night by ACBL
  • A visitor to our club which means you need to contact our Director online no less than 30 minutes before game to when you want to play.
    CBL enforces a 15% limit on visitors each week. If we were to have 60 tables at a the club all week, the number of visitors on Thursday evening would count. Using 60 tables (240 players) as an example, our visitor quota is 36. Please read this note about visitors so you know where you stand.
Last updated : 24th Jan 2021 07:18 CST
  Virtual bridge classes

As the golf season and the colder weather arrives, 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 : 13th Nov 2020 16:25 CST
  Cost for games

The Bridge Connection games cost ...

  • 3 BB$  per person
  • Some special games are 5 BB$
Last updated : 2nd Aug 2020 21:45 CDT
  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 14:01 CDT
  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 15:33 CST
  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 14:15 CDT
Thu 28th January 2021
0-1250 - MPs on ACBL Live
BBO 9am
MP awards

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