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!

No face-to-face tournaments for 2020!

On June 17, ACBL announced it will not staff any sectionals or regionals with tournament directors for the remainder of 2020.

This removes any possibility for face-to-face tournaments during the balance of the year but does not preclude online tournaments from taking place.

These will most likely be hosted on BBO. We will regularly update our BBO Resources page with any new information. 

 

 

Days of Bridge, June 20 & 21

The VICTORIA CLUBS will be hosting Day of Bridge benefiting Alzheimer Society of BC, which equates to the Longest Day in the USA.

The Bridge Games and Auction will be held online. All sanction fees, donations, and auction items go directly to Alzheimer Society British Columbia.

This year, the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) has dedicated 2 days to DAY OF BRIDGE on BridgeBase Online (BBO): June 20th and 21st. Your entry fees will be $2.00 US more than usual to offset ACBL charges for Charity Game Days. The good news is you get more black points!

There are the 5 ways you can contribute to Alzheimer Society BC:

  1. Saturday, June 20 – 18-board games at 8:15AM, 12:15PM and 6:15PM;
  2. Sunday, June 21 will be a Bridge Marathon – 12 board games every 2 hours from 7AM to 9PM (7 short games) – Awards and prizes to be won. (Father’s Day)
  3. The Day of Bridge Auction 2020 takes place on this website: https://www.32auctions.com/dob2020.
  4. You can donate directly to http://joinbc.alzheimer.ca/goto/2020dob.
  5. You can donate a service or item to the auction.

IYC: New participation record for May!

We broke last month’s participation record with 53 players submitting results. 

Congratulations to Michael Hargreaves who won with an impressive score of 450 (out of a possible 500).  He receives a free game certificate, valid at local clubs, courtesy of Unit 431. A little patience might be in order before it can be used however.

All participants in the May game will be receiving a personalized email with their detailed scores within the next few days.

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 June 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!

Win silver points at your (virtual) local club

Many Victoria players have discovered they could play daily at their local club through the magic of BBO.

If you don’t know about this yet, check out our BBO-Resources page. You’ll also learn how to find your friends on BBO, and see the schedule for online local club games as well as weekly (almost) Unit mentor games.

But wait, theres more!

From May 25-31, you can earn silver points playing at your local club games.

Click on the banner below to get all the details from ACBL.

 

Unit mentor games on BBO

Although BC will be gradually reopening starting next week, this won’t apply to bridge clubs for a good long while.

So it’s nice to know that you have many online options for playing in local games. You already know about the VICTORIA CLUBS daily games on BBO.

If you’re looking for a mentor/mentee game, Heather and Terry have greatly increased their availability with a Sunday game three times a month. The next ones are on the following dates: May 17 and 31, June 7, 14, 21.

For complete information on these and other local games available on BBO, go to our BBO Resources page which you can also access from the top menu (look at “Resources”) on this website. 

Play at your local club online!

“We are getting close to the point where we can open up,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday. Encouraging news, but don’t expect to be back at the physical bridge table any time soon, though.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t play at your local club with your favourite partner. All three Victoria ACBL-sanctioned bridge clubs have joined forces and are now offering online games on BBO (Bridge Base Online) every day of the week, except Sunday. 

Find detailed information on these club games on our new BBO Resources web page. Just click on the link or hover over “Resources” in the top menu.

If you’re not familiar with BBO, it’s actually very easy, and on the BBO Resources, you can access several short videos showing you how to use the BBO website.

And finally there is a section explaining how to find your friends on BBO.

IYC: Another 3-way tie for first place!

We had a record participation this month with 52 players submitting results. And, once more, we have a 3-way tie for first place.

The winners are (in alphabetical order) Don Copeland, Sheldon Spier and Bree Watts who scored 420 (out of a possible 500) and are each awarded a free game certificate, valid at local clubs, courtesy of Unit 431. They might not get to use them for a little while, though.

All participants in the April game will be receiving a personalized email with their detailed scores within the next few days.

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 May 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!

Finding your friends on BBO

Nine days ago, I received an email from Ed Crews, who was looking for an easy way to connect and play with local players on BBO (bridgebase.com). Ed suggested making available a list of people and their username (handle). 

To implement this excellent idea, I set up a web page on our Unit 431 website for interested local players to share their handles. We had a great response and as of today, 69 Victorians have signed up. The page is only accessible to players who have registered. If you wish to do so, just go to bridgevictoria.ca/register-bbo and follow the instructions.

One of the things you can do on BBO is support your local clubs by playing one of the three daily SYC games (under ACBL World). 80% of the table fee goes to your local club. ACBL knows where you play and distributes the money accordingly.

And for a change of pace, you can of course play our online bidding game, It’s Your Call, Victoria, right on our website! (bridgevictoria.ca/members/its-your-call-victoria/)

Feel free to contact me at webmaster@bridgevictoria.ca if you have any questions.

JP