I see from Damien’s survey that Members are unhappy with the User Interface on BCL. I stumbled on a way to dramatically improve the visibility of the card images.
Logon, Enter the bridge club, click on Settings, scroll down, Turn On High Visibility and Large Cards, Exit.
If, like me, you are chronologically gifted but visually challenged, this will, I hope, improve your playing experience.
I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface of online bridge. If anyone has discovered a useful feature, please share.
Is anyone else feeling shoulder and neck pain due to all the clicking?
For years, sportier work colleagues arrived wearing bandages or stookie, and sometimes even on crutches. Bridge never caused me any time off; the worst injuries I witnessed were the occasional effects of tongue-lashing by irate partners.
Suspect current discomfort may be due to playing too much – but at least you can sit at home with a hot wheat bag to give comfort. Interestingly one of our oldest members mentioned lack of power in her fingers among her many reasons for not moving online.
Hi all – hope everyone is keeping well, sane and busy! Many of us are indeed busier than ever in our new on-line world! This is just a follow-up from the earlier thread posted by Julia a few weeks ago.
Until the start of lock-down, who had heard of Zoom?? Now it seems that we’re all Zooming here, there and everywhere, and inspecting each other’s houses in the backdrop! But I digress..
Julia has considerable experience of BBO, and had the great idea of linking Zoom and BBO together to deliver the remaining classes of the spring term, which came to an abrupt end on March 16th. So after a bit of thought, the process is now as follows:
Congratulations to Pat Walkingshaw and Rose Simpson who have won the April competition for the most DIDO points won in the Bridge Club Live daily Drop-In-Drop-Out competition. They came first with 198 points. The full table of results can be seen on our normal website frontpage, right hand column.
So far 38 out of 85 registered members have played at least once in this competition. If we can increase the numbers we will award prizes every week rather than once a month. Pat and Rose will be given a free-game voucher when the club eventually re-opens.
Back in the 1970s and 80s it seemed as if almost everybody smoked. There were no bidding boxes, or bridgemates to clutter up the table – just a large ashtray emptied regularly by the staff. Non smokers were surprisingly tolerant as the atmosphere gradually thickened, till your eyes smarted and you could hardly see across the room. Clothes worn on a bridge night went home reeking of cigarette and cigar. Hugh Kelsey was a particularly heavy smoker. When presented with a dummy he would immediately light a cigarette to give himself time to consider the play. When the play was particularly difficult he might have one cigarette burning in the ashtray and another in his hand.
Having played a few sessions on BBO I’m slowly getting the hang of it. However, I would appreciate clarification on the correct procedures for alerting. I have found that more experienced players tend to Alert their own bids with an explanation e.g. a 2H transfer to spades would be accompanied by “Spades”. Is this accepted as best practice?
When a player clicks on a bid to request an explanation, is it given by the bidder or his partner? At the end of the auction there is no equivalent of leading a card face down. After the lead explanations are usually requested by Chat. If so, who should supply the explanation?
I can’t be alone in finding this confusing, so if anyone can clarify the situation I’m sure many of us would benefit.
Hope you are all managing to keep busy – I painted these bottles for my neighbours. It would be good to hear what everyone else has been up to. I’m not gifted in technology so If there is no picture attached then I’ve done something wrong.
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Inspired by Damien’s disaster story I recalled an early disaster of my own.
I had just emerged blinking from Classes to play in a scary Melville club competition. I was shaking with terror. The look on partner’s face signalled that she was either constipated or about to risk an opening bid. I had a very poor 5 count and decided I would pass whatever she bid and would not have to be declarer. Partner opened a club, my RHO passed. I was reaching for the Pass card when I noticed I had only two clubs. It dawned on me (insanely) that I could bid 1NT which might improve the contract. Too late I realised what I had done. Perhaps the opponents would kindly bid and no one would notice. No such luck. Partner bid two clubs passed out. I had to table my hand to reveal my stupidity.
RHO was a kenspeckle Scottish Internationalist who shall remain nameless. Let’s call him Les. He turned to declarer and asked innocently “does partner need a six card Major to introduce it at the one level?”