Masterpoint Milestones updated for November

On the first of each month, we receive from ACBL the list of new masterpoint rank holders for the previous month. Terry Foster and Heather Erskine, tireless organizers of the Mentor Games are both featured, having attained Ruby Life Master and Silver Life Master respectively. Congratulation to both of them as well as to the other November awardees.

You can see more on our Masterpoint Milestones page, located under “Members” in the top menu of Unit 431’s website,

Remembering departed bridge friends

We are saddened by the recent passing of two Victoria players, Maxine Thomas and Cathy Bryce.

And we just learned that Paul d’Orban had died in May.

Links to their obituaries, can be found on our “In Memoriam” page, in the Members section of our website.

If you wish to add a short tribute to their entry, please send it to the webmaster.

Note that entries are sorted in reverse chronological order of the death.

Great response for Spot the typo!

We had exceptional participation for our little game. Eighty submissions were received. Almost everyone found at least one typo. Several people also reported awkward or grammatically ambiguous sentences.

As to the typos themselves, 58 players reported “We organizes…”, 19 reported “by an board…” including four who flagged both of them.

Needless to say, the prize winner had to be determined by random draw among eligible participants (four board members sportingly participated, knowing they would be ineligible).

The winner of Max Hardy’s 2/1 book is Sophie Watt. Congratulations, Sophie!

The page has now been corrected. However, should you see anything on the website which needs to be changed, please let us know by clicking on the “Contact Us” button. It will only take you a few seconds. You can also send us your comments and suggestions the same way.



Self-alerting on BBO

ACBL states that “The objective of the Alert system is for both pairs at the table to have equal access to all information contained in any auction. In order to meet this goal, it is necessary that all players understand and practice the principles of Full Disclosure and Active Ethics. Ethical bridge players will recognize the obligation to give complete explanations. They will accept the fact that any such information is entirely for the benefit of the opponents, and may not be used to assist their own partnership.” (from ACBL Alert Procedures)

Self-alerting of bids is one of the unexpected benefits of playing on BBO. Only opponents get to see your self-alert. Your partner is unaware that you even alerted, thus minimizing unauthorized information. Of course you have to do it the right way, which means NOT using the chat box.  Click here if you’re unsure of how to do it.

You should therefore have no qualms about alerting a possibly ambiguous bid since you are not conveying unauthorized information to your partner by doing so.

Larry Cohen in a 2015 article gives some interesting examples of possibly alertable bids.

With self-alerting, no need to keep track of ACBL rulings – just alert every not-so-obvious bid. Once you get used to self-alerting, you will find it becomes a natural part of the bidding process. Don’t forget that announcements, such as transfers, are also alertable.

Finally, if you’re unsure of the meaning of an opponent’s bid, click on it to elicit a response from the bidder.



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!