How are you getting your bridge fix during these trying times? There are a number of online resources, such as BBO where you can play with and against friends, robots and perfect strangers.
Closer to home, you could try our great bidding game, available to all Unit 431 members on this very website. We have 40-50 regulars who participate every month. Winners get a free play valid at all local clubs (perhaps not useable right now…) and they also get bragging rights.
This month’s winner is Bill Gibson with an impressive 480 points out of a possible 500. Close second is perennial champion John Miller with 470. Full details are found here.
The April quiz is now online. If you haven’t played it yet, no worries, complete instructions are given on how to play. Give it a try!
All local clubs being closed for an indeterminate period, players are looking for alternatives. Online bridge playing is one of these.
BBO (Bridge Base Online) offers a variety of different games, some which allow you to win ACBL masterpoints. You can play by yourself or with your partner, against robots or other human players. BBO has just added a game designed to help your local clubs. Here’s an excerpt from their announcement:
“Starting Thursday, March 19, daily at 5 p.m. Eastern time, ACBL members can play with any other ACBL member in a specially created game on BBO and earn black masterpoints®. When you play in one of these games, the majority of your table fees will be given back to your club. This way, you can help to support your club while also having the opportunity to win black masterpoints. “
Unfortunately, the first game was limited to 300 persons and was quickly swamped. They are now considering adding a 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm our time) game.
Another thing you can do on BBO is set up a table and invite 3 friends. It’s free and you can play as long as you want.
Tournaments are being cancelled: The Victoria Spring Sectional, and Vancouver Regional, scheduled for April have both been cancelled.
The ACBL District 19 Board will be meeting online on April 21 and hope to be in a position to make a decision about the 2020 Penticton Regional at that time. Members are advised not to make nonrefundable deposits on accommodation or transportation.
We will strive to keep Unit 431 members updated with any relevant news concerning bridge. Check our site regularly.
After carefully listening to the advice of our Provincial Health Officer regarding the COVID-19 situation in our region, the Unit 431 Board of Directors has cancelled the Victoria Spring Sectional, which was planned for April 3-5, 2020. We know you will agree the health and wellbeing of our members, their families and our community is the most important consideration. At this time, there is no plan to reschedule the tournament.
Monterey Bridge Club has just joined Victoria Bridge Centre and Island Bridge Club in announcing clubs will be closed effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. More information is available on their websites by clicking on the above links. In the meantime, Nev and Rita are proposing an online teaching programme through Ben-Hir, for participants to practice bidding, declarer play and defence. For more information, contact Nev at email@example.com.
The Unit’s March 29 Mentor Game (at VBC) is also cancelled.
The Victoria bridge community was saddened by the death of Dr James (Robbie) Robinson who passed away last Thursday while feeding the hummingbirds on his balcony. Robbie was 96 and not in the best of health with heart problems.
Robbie was an avid bridge player and constant sponsor of local tournaments.
Our Unit 431 website, bridgevictoria.ca, was migrated to a new hosting provider this morning (January 8). Users should not notice any differences, however if you encounter any issues, please let the webmaster know by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Rob Bradford, Tom Braybrook and John Miller for winning the December edition of It’s Your Call, Victoria.
They scored 460 (out of a possible 500) and will each receive a free game, valid at local clubs, courtesy of Unit 431.
All participants in the December game have received a personalized email with their detailed score.
Find the complete list of participants and scores under It’s Your Call-Results in the MEMBERS section at the top of the page. For quicker access, follow this link. You can also check comments from participants and even add your own!
To play the January 2020 quiz, either click here, or hover your mouse over Members (at top of page) to see a pull-down menu of choices, one of which is It’s Your Call, Victoria!