Play Bridge Online During Our Hiatus and Support our Club!
The ACBL, Bridge Base Online and Jay Whipple's CommonGame are now collaborating to help those of us who play in clubs to keep our partnerships and skills up while we do our part to abide by the current quarantine. And there are two games to play - both of them under the new “Support Your Local Club Black Point Games” program.
NEW! InterCity Bridge Club PRIVATE GAME!
We are now conducting a NEW InterCity Bridge Club PRIVATE GAME on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1.00pm ET. This game will be like playing in our own virtual auditorium with all the familiar faces from the InterCity Bridge Club and Sarasota. We will be starting with a single game stratified ABC. In the future we hope to have enough players interested to add a limited game. Black points will be awarded. Each game is 18 boards with 7 minutes hands. And 75% of the game fee of $5.00 will directly benefit our club!
Instructions for Signing Up and Playing in the InterCity Private Games
1. Game Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1.00 pm ET.
2. Registration opens up at 11.00 am on both days. The game fee is $5.00.
3. Games are played at www.BridgeBase.com.
4. Become a Bridge Base Online member or log in if you already are one. Make sure your ACBL number is correct.
5. Ensure that both you and your partner have sufficient BBO funds to your accounts by using the BB$ button in the top right corner of the page.
6. When making a reservation for our private games, follow the instructions as show at the right after logging into BridgeBase.com.
7. Find our private games in the ACBL Virtual Clubs menu - VACB108563 or use the Search bar for 'Pairs InterCity BC'.
8. Add yourself and your partner. Important - both you and your partner must be online at the same time to do this and be sure your ACBL numbers are correct and you sufficient funds in each of your BBO accounts.
9. You can also find a partner using the Partership Desk' - or you can email Jeff Nunes for assistance.
10. After you make your reservation, return to BBO and the ACBL World lobby no later than 12.50P each game day.
11. Before you can play, prepare your device using these instructions:
Using a COMPUTER (recommended), you will only require the use of your favorite browser.
Using a TABLET, go to BridgeBase.com or your APP STORE and download the 'Bridge Base Online' app.
Using a SMARTPHONE, go to your APP STORE and download the 'Bridge Base Online' app.
The following are some very helpful videos courtesy of the Dallas Bridge Club. Note - these videos will download to your computer.
Suggestions for choosing a BBO Username
- Choose a Username that will help your InterCity friends find you easily.
- Consider using your full name in the area called 'Real Name'
- Consider using 'IBC' as the first three letters and your first name and last initial for the remainder (ex. IBCBobJ).
Instructions for Signing Up and Playing in the BBO 'Support Your Local Club' Open Games
The other BBO 'Support Your Local Club Black Point' online games are international games and are scheduled everyday at 10:00 am, 5:00 pm, 7:30 pm ET.
Registration for all Support Your Local Club Black Point games opens 2 hours before start time and both partners need to be online to register as a partnership. Once you are registered, you can leave BBO while you wait for the game to begin.
The way to register for this type of game is different than the the InterCity Private Club Game. For this type of game you have to access these games through the ACBL Work menu from the BridgeBase.com Home page as shown at right
SPACE IS LIMITED to the BBO Open Games so you and partner MUST be back online 10 minutes before the game starts to retain your spot.
Prior to registration you must have money in your BBO account. Games cost $5.00 for 18 boards. $4 of the entry fee goes back to your local clubs in percentages corresponding to your club play over the last 12 months as tracked by your ACBL number. Games are 128 minutes long, 7 minutes per board.
The BBO format requires players to “Alert” your own bid; your partner doesn’t see the “Alert” on their screen but your opponents do.
Register as early as possible (remember - 2 hours prior to each game). Thursday’s 5pm game was sold out by 3:14. In the future, BBO is planning to expand the number of pairs for each game and it is also planning additional daily games - ex. 1.00 pm ET.
If you’re in need of assistance in signing up for BBO or to learn more about the "Support Your Local Club Black Point Games", please visit the new frequently asked questions section within ACBL.org.