The Bridge Connection

We always use a rotation that allows for the most players possible to attain MPs ...

Release 2.19q
By popular demand, the 750 Tue game will now use 12m (2-board) and 18m (3-board) rounds
  0-100 game with Heidi (Thurday at 7pm eastern)

The 7pm eastern 0-100 game with Heidi has a pre- and post-game chalk talk. Please join the pre-game call by clicking here and the post-game chat uses the same link ...

♣   ♠ To find Heidi's 0-100 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 : 27th Apr 2023 11:47 EDT
  Psych bidding at The Bridge Connection

Colin has uploaded a short document (click here) that shows one (of many) examples of psyche bidding, which is not allowed 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 : 4th Jun 2023 17:46 EDT
  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
  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
  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
  Cost for games

The Bridge Connection games cost ...

  • 5 BB$ per person (7 BB$ Thursday evening)
  • Some special games are 6 BB$ (8 BB$ for Thursday evening)
Last updated : 31st Dec 2022 12:24 EST
  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
Tue 6th June 2023
0-750 - MPs on ACBL Live
BBO 9am
Supervised bridge with Heather Pecket

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MP awards

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0-1250 - MPs on ACBL Live
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