Virtual Club Games starting at Wayne's Bridge World
April 21st at 7:00 pm.
Starting April 21, Wayne's Bridge World will begin holding VIRTUAL games every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. These will be hosted at www.bridgebase.com. You and your partner will be allowed to sign up for these games beginning at 5:00 pm. These will be 24-board games and the price will be US$5 per person. Anyone who has played at Wayne's Bridge World within the past 12 months and is an ACBL member is eligible to play. But YOU MUST BE ON MY LIST before game day.
How do you know if you are on my list? If you have played at Wayne's Bridge World in the past 12 months AND have earned masterpoints AND are an ACBL member, you are on my list. However, if YOU are NOT an ACBL member OR have not earned masterpoints in the past 12 months at the club, you will NOT be on my list. To get on the list send me your BBO name ASAP and I will make sure you are added.
In order to participate, you will need to create an account on BridgeBase Online (BBO), www.bridgebase.com, and purchase BB$ (bridgebase dollars) with which to pay your card fees. US$1 = 1BB$. Setting up an account is very straightforward as is purchasing BB$. If you require any assistance, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me 416-284-8887. If you email me, be sure to INCLUDE your phone number so that I can reach you.
See below for how to find our games on the BBO website on game day. But REMEMBER, if you do NOT have a BBO account, please get your BBO account set up ASAP and send me your BBO user name.
FINDING THE GAME ON BBO
Many of you have now established an account on Bridge Base Online (BBO) and we should be ready to run our TUESDAY game now.
On TUESDAY the game begins at 7:00 pm. However, you can register beginning at 5:00 pm. We recommend you register in good time. Ensure there is money in your BB$ account. And be sure I have your BBO name well in advance.
AFTER you log in to Bridge Base online, www.bridgebase.com, you will be at the Events page which lists events down the left-hand side of the page. Under “PLAY OR WATCH BRIDGE” you will see a heading entitled “COMPETITIVE”. Click on “COMPETITIVE”.
Now you will see a heading entitled “TOURNAMENTS”. Look down below that to the heading entitled “ACBL VIRTUAL CLUBS” and click on that button.
You will now see a listing of all of the VIRTUAL CLUB GAMES that are taking place. Our TUESDAY game is titled
Pairs Wayne's Bridge World 7:00 pm.
You can scroll down to find it OR there is a SEARCH button in the top right corner of the window if you wish to type the name in there. Simply click on our game when it appears and add yourself and your partner to the game.
SOME THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WITH ONLINE BRIDGE:
1) When playing in an online game, you are required to “self-alert”. That means that before making a conventional call you push YOUR OWN ALERT button and then click on your bid.
For example, your partner opens 1NT and right-hand opponent passes. You have a hand with 5 spades and are intending to bid hearts to transfer to spades. But before clicking on the 2 heart button, FIRST push the ALERT button. Then click on the 2 heart button. Your partner does NOT see your alert. But a message is sent to both opponents telling them you have made a conventional bid. If one of your opponents wants to know what the conventional call is they will click on your bid in their auction box in front of them and a message will go to your side asking for an explanation. Type your explanation in the Message line at the bottom of the page. It is quite simple and straightforward.
2) Be VERY careful when claiming.
3) Please keep a fast pace. If you have not finished the round, the remaining board will disappear. The online software should award a score for that board.
We hope you all have a good experience, enjoying the game and having fun playing with the club players that you know and have played with in person at our club in the past.
Wayne and Joyce Ruttan