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.

Sophie Watt wins the August edition of It’s Your Call, Victoria!

Response was down significantly this month with only 38 players submitting results. 

Judging from the scores, this was a difficult set of problems, which maybe discouraged some from submitting results. Congratulations to Sophie Watt who came in first with 430 points (out of a possible 500). This is Sophie’s second win in the past year or so. She merits herself a free game at VICTORIA CLUBS on BBO.

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

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!

Even more improvements to It’s Your Call, Victoria!

It’s now impossible to make an insufficient bid or to double your partner or redouble when no double has been made. Note that when (if) we get back to playing at clubs, all those possibilities will exist anew, possibly to the delight of your opponents.

To check out the September 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!

Tony Farr wins our website quiz!

Tony Farr handily won our website quiz with a perfect score! He receives $20 (US) in BBO $. Four players tied for second place. As specified in the contest rules, a random draw was held among these four to determine second ($10) and third ($5) prize. The recipients are respectively Judy Irwin and Terry Foster. Congratulations to all.

And thanks to all seventeen Unit 431 members who participated.

Yes, turnout was quite modest. It looks like my premise, that bridge players enjoy games, was probably flawed. It seems more likely they enjoy games as long as they’re spelled b-r-i-d-g-e!

For those interested in the details of the quiz (distribution of results, difficulty of questions, etc) please head to the quiz page.

JP

 

Play our quiz and (maybe) win a prize!

Dear Unit 431 member,

Our Unit’s website has been active under its current moniker (bridgevictoria.ca) since April 2015. The purpose of the website is to provide timely and comprehensive bridge-related information to our local duplicate bridge community.

Bridge players enjoy games, so, to celebrate the site’s five-year anniversary, I thought it might be fun to set up a little quiz exclusively for Unit 431 members. You might think of it as a treasure hunt through the website.

There are 15, mostly easy questions. The winner will receive $20 in BBO dollars. Second place gets $10 and third place $5.

If you’re already familiar with the website, you shouldn’t find it too difficult. If you’re not, here’s a great opportunity to learn about how useful bridgevictoria.ca can be to you as a Victoria bridge player.

The quiz will be available for one week, starting Sunday, July 26 at 9 am and ending Saturday, August 1 at 10 pm.

You can take the quiz as many times as you want, but only your last attempt will be considered when we compile the scores.

All the answers are found on the website. If there is any discrepancy with data from an external source, the website data will be deemed correct.

In case of one or more ties, a random draw will determine the top three winners.

Click here to get to the quiz. You can also find it under Members in the website’s top menu.

Hope you enjoy the challenge!

JP

JP Weber,
Webmaster, Unit 431

Bob MacDonald wins It’s Your Call, Victoria for the third time!

We had a very good response this month with 48 players submitting results. 

The winner is Bob MacDonald with a near-perfect score of 490 (out of a possible 500). The prize for winning is a free game at VICTORIA CLUBS on BBO.

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

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!

New and improved interface for It’s Your Call, Victoria.

Our quiz has a new look and an improved interface, tweaked slightly from last month. You no longer have to worry about submitting multiple bids on a problem.

To check out the August 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!

IYC: A tie for first place for the June quiz

We had an excellent response this month with 52 players submitting results. And there was a tie for first place.

The winners are Mort Nelson and a player who chose to remain anonymous with an impressive score of 480 (out of a possible 500). The prize for winning is a free game at VICTORIA CLUBS on BBO.

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

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!

New and improved interface for It’s Your Call, Victoria.

Our quiz has a new look and an improved interface. You will no longer have to worry about submitting multiple bids on a problem.

To check out the July 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!