October It’s Your Call results are in!

We had  41 players submitting results this month. 

Glen Thornborough won with a respectable 450 points out of a possible 500. He receives a free game at VICTORIA CLUBS on BBO. 

All participants in the October game will be receiving a personalized email with their detailed scores.

Our new scoring system shows who’s doing well during the year. The leaderboard, which includes the top 10 players is updated monthly. It’s a horse race, with the first two players again switching places this month. And several others are hot on their heels. Two more months to go before we crown the winner for 2020! Click here to find out more.

Find the complete list of participants and scores under IYC Monthly Results in the It’s Your Call 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 check out the November 2020 quiz, either click here, or hover your mouse over It’s Your Call (at top of page) to see a pull-down menu of choices.

Mentors and mentees: are you using an allowable convention?

ACBL published a document earlier this year (Convention Charts 2020) showing permissible bidding conventions for different types of games and competitions.

Club games will usually be conducted under the Open Chart. However, restricted games, such as mentor games should use either Basic or Basic+. Unit 431 mentor games will henceforth be using Basic+.

Here is an excerpt from the ACBL document, showing both the Basic and Basic+ Charts, so you can see the differences between them.

“Fall into Bridge” – Regionally rated tournament on BBO, Oct 15-18

Lame pun aside, if you’re looking for gold, you might want to try ACBL’s “Fall into Bridge” online tourney, Oct 15-18. There are events available for all levels of players.

You’ll need to sign up with a partner. Both of you will require a BBO username (aka “handle”). If you need info on how to get one, or indeed on any other aspect of BBO, click on BBO🔺 in the top menu of this page.

Cornucopia of gold, ruby and silver hits Victoria

A veritable cornucopia of gold, ruby and silver hit Victoria this September with a new Gold Life Master, a Ruby LM, two Silver LMs and a newly minted Life Master.

In addition, nine other players attained new Master ranks on their way up to Life Master status.

Find out who they are on our Masterpoint Milestones page. And if they’re friends of yours, why don’t you send them a congratulatory email since you probably won’t be seeing them in person for a while!

Mike Dorn Wiss wins September It’s Your Call, Victoria!

For a second consecutive month 38 players submitted results. 

Mike Dorn Wiss won the September quiz with 470 points (out of a possible 500). He receives a free game at VICTORIA CLUBS on BBO.

All participants in the September game have received a personalized email with their detailed scores.

Our new scoring system shows who’s doing well during the year. The leaderboard, which includes the top 10 players is updated monthly. There’s a close race going on between the first 2 players who traded places this month. Click here to find out more.

Find the complete list of participants and scores under IYC Monthly Results in the It’s Your Call 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 check out the October 2020 quiz, either click here, or hover your mouse over It’s Your Call (at top of page) to see a pull-down menu of choices.

A (slightly) new look for Unit 431’s website

The past few months have been transformative for our bridge-playing activities. Many of us are now playing regularly on-line, whether with our usual partners at local games or further afield with strangers and robots.

Our website has accordingly given greater prominence to online bridge, particularly BridgeBase Online (BBO) as well as our local version of ACBL’s It’s Your Call bidding quiz. Ours is appropriately called It’s Your Call, Victoria and is exclusively for Unit 431 players.

To ensure quick and easy access to these resources, I have modified the top horizontal menu of our website, adding two new items, BBO and It’s Your Call, as shown below:

 

Furthermore if for example you hover your mouse over, say, BBO, you will trigger a pulldown menu with more items:

So, bottom line, you can quickly (2 clicks!) reach these resources from anywhere on our website, bridgevictoria.ca.

Feel free to comment by clicking on the “Contact Us” button at the top of the sidebar on the right.

Local news for September

Victoria Bridge Centre Head Street closure

As you may have heard, Bill Wastle has closed the Head Street location of the Victoria Bridge Centre.  Bill is currently storing his bridge supplies and equipment and when circumstances allow, he may reopen in a new location.  In the meantime, the Victoria Bridge Centre continues to run virtual club games on BBO.  Thank you, Bill, for your hard work and dedication to the Victoria bridge community. Click here for a complete list of local BBO games.

Rita and Nev are moving!

Rita Beny and Nev Hircock, long time bridge teachers and supporters of Victoria duplicate bridge are moving up island to French Creek.  They assure us that once face to face bridge is active again, they plan to visit Victoria on a monthly basis.  All the best Rita and Nev and we hope to see you at island tournaments and clubs in the future!

It’s Your Call Victoria: top 2019 players

Our bidding game, strictly for Victorians, is fairly popular with Unit 431 players. So far in 2020, 112 of you have played it at least once. In 2019, the total number of players was 104.

We reward the monthly winner with a free game useable at one of the local virtual clubs. But what about those who do well throughout the year without coming in first? To recognize their achievement we have set up a scoring system, similar to what ACBL uses to give out masterpoints. Click here for an explanation of the scoring system.

Using the scoring system I have calculated overall scores for the past calendar year (2019). All 104 participants will be receiving their individual 2019 score in the next few days.

The top 10 scorers for 2019 are:

RankNameScore
1Duncan Smith423.9
2John Miller422.1
3Don Copeland379.5
4Holly Boudreau361.1
5Michael Cockerell353.6
6Bob MacDonald351.2
7Gina Curran231.4
8David Todd227.2
9Janette Magne217.2
10Joan McLeod207.8

The next step will be to set up an ongoing leaderboard of top scorers as we progress through the current year. The leaderboard will be updated at the end of each month, starting with the September quiz.

Watch this space for further developments.

For any question or comment, please use the “Contact Us” button on the right sidebar.