Finding the online directory and other tips

Our website,, is dedicated to providing useful and timely information to Victoria bridge players. Here are a four tips to help you make the most use of it.

1) Online directory

The online directory is private and accessible only by registered Victoria players. Last month, I sent all of you a username and password to allow access. You can also use your email in lieu of your username.

Once you’re on the website, you can reach the directory by clicking on the “Log in” item in the top menu. As soon as you’re logged in, you will be taken to the directory.

If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new one.

2) Getting the latest news automatically

The website consists of pages and posts. Pages contain relatively permanent information, such as the list of board members, games on BBO, Masterpoint Milestones, etc. They are updated regularly, but unless you go onto them, you won’t know.

This is where posts come in. Posts are short announcements, found under “What’s New”. They will inform you of new developments such as new events or updates to pages. If you don’t want to miss any, you can choose to receive them by email by clicking on the Subscribe button, at the bottom of each page. Currently, 95 Victoria players have subscribed to this service.

Posts have a publication date, author and other info in the header, as in this example:

Notice the publication date (April 22, 2021), the post author and categories (in blue). If you’re logged in, you can add a comment, by clicking on the speech bubble ( ) which currently shows no (0) comments for this post.

3) Finding anything on the website

There is a Search box on every page. Just type in a relevant word or short phrase. For example, “Christmas” to look at pictures of past Christmas parties.

4) Asking for help

If you need any help using the website, just click on a “Contact Us” button. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

A new Bridge Buzz is now available for download!

Our Communications Coordinator, Madeleine Tremblay, has put pen to paper (literally – she writes with a fountain pen) and produced a stunning new edition of the Bridge Buzz, which as you all know is our Unit’s newsletter.

You may remember the olden days when copies of the BB were available at clubs. Given the current situation, that’s no longer possible so you will need to download it from our website. Just head to the Bridge Buzz page to do so. It’s where you’d expect to find it, under Members. However, for your convenience, here’s a direct link to the Bridge Buzz page.

Enjoy! And Madeleine will surely appreciate your feedback, which you can send her at

Claim early, claim often!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted some etiquette suggestions specifically for online playing. Several of them addressed slow play, aka the bane of BBO. (see for example the October 2020 editorial in ACBL’s Bridge Bulletin). Scroll down the right sidebar to read them.

Left unmentioned was a very important aspect of online play: claiming in a timely fashion,  as soon as the conclusion of the deal is obvious. This is not only courteous for your opponents and partner, it shows you actually know what you’re doing. Opps can also concede under the same circumstances but they often cannot be sure that their partner does not hold a winning card, so it’s usually up to declarer to make the call.

The title of this post is actually taken from an article by District 18’s Advocate in which he argues the case convincingly.

Here are a couple of his tips for online players:

  • Playing online, saving time is very important, so always claim or concede as early as possible. Your cyber opponents and your partner expect you to click the “Claim” button as soon as you know the likely result, even in cases where there may be a chance for an overtrick.
  • If you’re playing against beginners or known skeptics, it may save time to actually play out a few extra tricks before you make your “obvious” claim. Choose a point where the end position will be clear and simple and, best, all the trumps have been drawn.
  • Don’t insult your opponents’ intelligence by running an Idiot Squeeze, where you have an obvious-to-everyone loser, but you play out all 13 tricks in the hope that the defenders will make a bonehead discard or, even less sportsmanlike, that one will revoke. Accept that they aren’t going to pitch their ace and just concede the trick. You may need the time for a tougher problem on the next board.
  • Never play out all the tricks when you know you have the rest. This is actually a violation of bridge proprieties. According to Law 74, a player should refrain from “prolonging play unnecessarily (as in playing on although he knows that all the tricks are surely his) for the purpose of disconcerting an opponent”.



It’s Your Call April Results

Forty players submitted results for April. Congratulations to Michael Cockerell who won with a near-perfect 490 out of a possible 500. He receives a free game at VICTORIA CLUBS on BBO.

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 see comments from participants and even add your own!

And to see who’s ahead in the hotly contested race for top annual player, check out the Leaderboard.

To play in the May 2021 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.

Charity game a great success!

We were all saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Matthew (Mutt) Kaiser, Debbie Wastle’s son, on Monday March 29th. The pandemic deprived us of many of our traditional markers of milestones and we have all experienced some degree of isolation. So when Roy Stefaniec proposed a memorial game in Mutt’s honour, it gave us a way to show love and convey support to a valued member of our community and a good friend.

An impressive forty pairs signed up on BBO friday evening, April 9th, divided into two sections of ten virtual tables. Kinga and Burt Voorhees were the overall winners with a remarkable score of 68.08%.  Only four pairs found the slam in NT at board 18, a grand way to close this friendly competition…unless, like me, you found yourself helplessly defending against it.

Together, we raised US $400 (CA $500 equivalent) for the Calgary Food Bank, the charity chosen by Debbie and her family.  The Calgary Food Bank serves families, individuals and organizations since 1982. In its last fiscal year, it  distributed close to 100,000 food hampers. Like most food banks, it relies solely on the support of the community. A very worthy cause indeed.

Special thanks to Roy and Island Bridge Club for providing us with an opportunity to be together in this difficult time.

Charity game this Friday

Deb Wastle’s son Matthew (Mutt) passed away suddenly on Monday morning, March 29 in Calgary. An online charity game, hosted by Island Bridge Club is being held on Friday at 7 pm in his memory.

To participate, log onto BBO and go to Virtual Clubs. Select ACBL North America, then Victoria Clubs. Proceeds will go to the Calgary Food Bank. You will have the opportunity to make an additional donation. 

Online bridge etiquette

Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed some changes in our sidebar bridge etiquette column.

The suggestions are now more relevant to online playing.

As Paul Linxwiler aptly noted in his November 2020 Bridge Bulletin editorial, slow play online is the most common topic of complaint from Bridge Bulletin readers.  Accordingly, several bullet points address aspects of this topic.

Enjoy and keep on playing online… in tempo!

And if you have any word of wisdom you’d like us to add to our etiquette column, please send it via the Contact Us button.





A successful CNIB fundraiser

Thank you all Victoria bridge players who participated in CNIB’s fundraising bridge game, Bridging Barriers Charity Game, a couple of weeks ago. You really made a difference as you can see from the following numbers.

There were 150 participants between the online auction and bridge game. Of these, 55 played in the bridge game.

The total number of players who were based on Vancouver Island was 36, with 20 from Victoria specifically.

Overall, the event raised $10,790.00. For more information on CNIB’s program, follow this link.

Well done, everyone!

New masterpoint ranks for February

At the start of each month, we receive from ACBL the list of new masterpoint rank holders for the previous month. 

You can find all of the February 2021 honourees on our Masterpoint Milestones page, located under “Members” in the top menu of Unit 431’s website,

And if you have any question or comment, just click on the “Contact Us” button in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

ACBL Unit 431, Victoria