Westwood Duplicate Bridge Club
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The club is online only until further notice. 😢 Please join us for our full schedule of Westwood/Puritan Virtual Club Games,” plus ACBL “Support Your Club” games and Shark’s Pointers. Details on our home page.

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Sol Hartman Paintings
Sol Hartman Paintings

Many thanks to Sol Hartman for hanging several of his paintings at the club!

For information, please see Sol’s web site.

The photo above shows Richard Burns sitting next to Sol’s “Richard.”

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Special Game Times for Silver Linings Week
Special Game Times for Silver Linings Week

Monday–Sunday, May 25–31, is Silver Linings Week: Behind Every Board are Silver Points! Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online is joining forces with OneWorld to bring all of our players more and larger games that award up to 12 silver points for overall tops and 4.5 silver points for section tops.

Special game times for Silver Linings week:

Monday, May 25 10:10 open 1:10 open & 499er 4:10 speedball 7:10 open
Tuesday, May 26 10:10 open & 49er 1:10 open 4:10 speedball 7:10 open
Wednesday, May 27 10:10 open 1:10 open 4:10 speedball 7:10 open
Thursday, May 28 10:10 open & 499er 1:10 open 4:10 speedball 7:10 open
Friday, May 29 10:10 open & 49er 1:10 open    
Saturday, May 30 10:10 open & 499er 1:10 open   7:10 open
Sunday, May 31 10:10 open & 499er 1:10 open  

 

These games are for players who played at any of our clubs at least once in 2019 or 2020 and their guests. Most games are 18 boards and last under two hours. 49er games are 12 boards and are followed by a postgame talk on Zoom. Speedball games are 12 boards and last an hour. Triple masterpoints, all silver.

If you’re not familiar with Bridge Base Online, there’s more information below to help you get started.


If you do know the basics of navigating and playing on BBO, here’s how to get into our game:

  • Registration opens two hours before game time. Best to register early, especially the first time. Both partners must be logged into BBO. One registers, inviting the other. The other accepts the invitation.
  • On the BBO Home page, click Virtual Clubs then ACBL—North America. (Alternatively, click Competitive and then ACBL Virtual Clubs.)
  • Find the Boston OneWorld/Westwood/Puritan game (the Search box might help) and click its title.
  • Type your partner’s BBO user name. Optionally tick “I will pay for both myself and partner.” Click Invite.
    • If told you or your partner isn’t eligible, please contact the director by BBO message to “VACB277178”.
  • You should see “Invitation in progress. Please wait…” Your partner should see “… Do you accept?” and should click Accept. The game title should turn yellow.
    • (The invitation will go away if it isn’t accepted in about 30 seconds. Try again.)
  • Be sure you’re back logged into BBO and not in the Casual Play area a few minutes before game time.
    • (The Casual Play area is now on a separate system that is not completely tied into the main system, so if you’re in the Casual Play area at game time, the main server thinks you’re offline. 🤔)
    • The game won’t start on time if anybody is offline. If we can’t find an offline player within a couple minutes of the scheduled start, we have to unregister offline players so the game can start for everybody else.

Need a partner? Go to the registration page for our game (see above) and click Partnership Desk. If you don’t hook up with someone immediately, then put your name on the list, stay logged into BBO, not in the Casual Play area, and watch for an invitation or a message.


If you’re brand new to BBO, this tutorial may help. Jim Negro wrote it for his winter club in Albuquerque (thank you, Jim!), so substitute “Westwood/Puritan/Cape” for “Duke City.”

When you’re ready to dive in, first register on BBO:

  • Go to bridgebase.com
  • click Login / Register
  • click Become a member (free!)
  • be sure to enter your ACBL number

Play is quite intuitive, but you might benefit from some other tutorials and/or some “Solitaire” or “Casual” play to learn the ropes.

If you’d like more help getting started, please contact Tim Hill by phone (781-929-7673) or email (thill75@wesleyan.edu).


The online alert procedure works very well if you know how to use it efficiently, but it’s radically different from the face-to-face procedure. The basic idea is that you alert and explain your own bids. Never alert or explain your partner’s bids—that’s her job. Your alerts and explanations are shown only to your opponents, never to your partner. With self-alerts, you can fully inform your opponents about your agreements (as required by Law) without making unauthorized information available to your partner. Here are the details:

  • Alert by clicking Alert in your bidding box before clicking your bid, Type a brief explanation in the space provided. (As in face-to-face play, it’s better to say what a bid means, not name a convention.)
  • “Alert” anything that requires an alert or an announcement in face-to-face play. Feel free to “over-alert.”
  • If you forgot to alert, then, as soon as you remember, click on your bid (in the bidding diagram) and type a brief explanation.
  • To request further information about an opponent’s bid (alerted or not), click on the bid.
  • If asked about your bid, please answer promptly.
  • If you need to explain something with a message, chat →Opponents, not →Table.

Warning: Buy BB$ via a browser, not an app (unless you like paying outrageous surcharges to Apple or Google).

— Tim Hill (Westwood), Chris Gorton (Puritan), Joe Brouilliard (Midcape), Flora Hall (Monomoy), and Rita Baudo (Dennis-Yarmouth)

Last updated : May 24, 2020 19:15 EDT
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Mark Aquino’s “Shark’s Pointers” pregame talks are live and online Fridays at 9:00 a.m. ..........

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Last updated : May 22, 2020 12:07 EDT
Welcome to Westwood Bridge
Welcome to Westwood Bridge

Welcome to the Westwood Bridge Club, where it’s our mission to provide you with a friendly and fun place to play duplicate bridge.

For our complete schedule and directions to the club, please click Information.

Our telephone number is 781-329-2476 781-929-7673.

We strongly support the ACBL-sanctioned "Zero Tolerance" policy. Proper behavior is expected at all times.

We use random pre-dealt hands using thecommongame.com.

 

Last updated : May 18, 2020 10:30 EDT
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online Results

Four sites have the results of our online games. 🤔

click for list of our results→ BBO Westwood ACBLLive For Clubs The Common Game
availability immediate almost immediate delayed delayed
player names BBO real real real
hand records    
travelers click on a pair’s score in the Score (%) column
auctions    
play    
master-points masterpoint awards are 50% higher than shown 50% increase included
inter-club results      

All of our pair games are part of The Common Game. Compare your results with other clubs throughout North America, read expert analysis, and “Kibitz the Pros.”

Common Game Home Page | Westwood Results | Morning Leaderboard | Afternoon Leaderboard | Evening Leaderboard

Click for overall results of Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association Sectional Tournaments at Clubs (STaCs):
2020 Winter
2019 Summer, Winter
2018 Summer, Winter
2017 Summer, Winter

Click here for overall results of the 2019 World Wide Bridge Contest.

Click here for overall results of ACBL-wide and Interclub Championship games.

Click here for overall results of Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association Unit-wide games.

Results
Silver Linings Online
10:10
Director: Tim Hill
Silver Linings Online Speedball
16:10
Director: Tim Hill
Silver Linings Online Speedball
16:10
Director: Gary Peterson
Silver Linings Online
13:10
Director: David Metcalf
Silver Linings Online
10:10
Director: Gary Peterson
Silver Linings Online 49er
10:10
Director: David Metcalf
Silver Linings Online
19:10
Director: Tim Hill
Silver Linings Online 499er
13:10
Director: Tim Hill
Silver Linings Online
13:10
Director: Tim Hill
Silver Linings Online Speedball
16:10
Director: Dean Panagopoulos
Calendar
Wed May 27, 2020
Silver Linings Online
BBO 13:10
Director: David Metcalf
Wed May 27, 2020
Silver Linings Online
BBO 19:10
Director: Gary Peterson
Thu May 28, 2020
Silver Linings Online
BBO 10:10
Director: Tim Hill
Thu May 28, 2020
Silver Linings Online 499er
BBO 10:10
Director: Tim Hill
Thu May 28, 2020
Silver Linings Online
BBO 13:10
Director: David Metcalf
Thu May 28, 2020
Silver Linings Online Speedball
BBO 16:10
Director: Gary Peterson
Thu May 28, 2020
Silver Linings Online
BBO 19:10
Director: Gary Peterson
Fri May 29, 2020
Shark's Pointers pre-game talk on Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/7819297673 9:00
Teacher: Mark Aquino
 Click for more information