PLAYING DUPLICATE ONLINE
However the documents on
BobBridgeClub.com were written when all bridge was
played in person in physical bridge clubs in Senior Centers and other places where 20 – 50
tables could be set up every day or several times per week.
So all the physical things
mentioned in BobsBrigeClub documents are no longer in
no shuffling, no dealing, etc. and the internet BBO computers won’t let you lead out of turn
or renege, of course. Hand records of all the pre-dealt BBO boards and results are available
on the Club Sites for you to print out at home, and they remain online for months back
In the Coachella Valley, we have
lots of Canadians and northerner Americans visit us in the winter
time – it is/was a major economic thing in the Valley. They have all gone home now, but we still
play with them online as the Virtual clubs can accept players from anywhere there is Internet access
Not all former bridge clubs are
online. Here in the Coachella Valley in the California desert,
there are only 2 such clubs online whereas we had 7 or 8 physical bridge clubs before the pandemic.
ACBL, the American Contract Bridge
League, is the licenser for all commercial duplicate bridge
clubs in Canada, the USA and Mexico. Similar organizations are in place all over the world. ACBL
has become highly integrated into BBO and vice versa. As this is typed, the ACBL is sponsoring a
triple silver masterpoint giveaway this week for all BBO Virtual Duplicate Clubs.
ACBL at ACBL.ORG has a huge amount
of free information for duplicate players and teachers.
No one knows when we will return to “normal” or if we will.
But Duplicate players are truly
fortunate to be able to play more bridge than we did and have
lots of time to do so as we’re almost all at home the vast majority of the time.