Hooligans/Planet Hool is a group is out of San Francisco and is run by and old high school friend of mine that I reconnected with during the lockdown.
They have been very successful at bringing new or rusty beginning players into bridge as it starts with the play of the hand. They use three apps where it starts with just taking tricks, what that means and how to do it. The point is that the play of the hand is way more interesting and fun than starting with bidding. In fact, bidding is the last thing that is taught. The progression goes from taking tricks, to the play of the hand, to defense. Bidding is last after folks are hooked on the game.
it is open to all ages. The 2-hour sessions are by ZOOM. You don’t have to attend every session and can drop out if it is too basic. It is quite casual and friendly.
EBC NOT Opening in May – Stay Tuned PROPOSED Face 2 Face Schedule EBC:
Tuesday – 12:30 Open & Limited if warranted
Thursday – 12:30 Open & Limited if warranted PROPOSED Virtual Schedule: Monday – 9:30 299er & Open
Wednesday – 6:30 499er & Open
Friday – 9:30 299er & Open
Saturday – 10:00 199er & Open
Sunday – 6:30 199er & Open
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You can find hand records for games you play on BBO here. You can also find this link on our Calendar page, and in the Kibitizer on the right.
Click on the link and login to Bridgebase. Set the dates you’re interested in, then click Get Hands. Click on Movie to see the hand, walk through the play, see double dummy, etc. More details on this screen can be found in our Common Game Scores Tour.
Upgraded and/or Silver masterpoint opportunities every month. Details will be on our calendar.
Tip to speed up online play
Be sure to set up your Bridge Base account to autoplay singletons. One less thing for you to click during the play. To change the setting, log into your Bridge Base account, select the Account Tab, then click Settings. In the Playing section, turn on Autoplay Singletons.
Most people also like to turn on the Confirm Bids setting to avoid bidding mis-clicks, which cannot be undone.
We have noticed people sometimes forget to alert their own bids. It’s probably the major difference from in-person bridge and takes some getting used to. To alert a bid, you must first click on the red “Alert” button before you make your bid. You should also enter the explanation before you bid.
The rules for alerting in virtual games differ significantly from the rules in face-to-face games. A good general rule to follow is to alert any unnatural bid (Stayman is perhaps the one exception). One common situation players are missing is when overcalling 1NT. Because of all the conventions used to overcall a 1NT, it seems reasonable to always alert your bid even if it is natural. In addition, all asking bids like Blackwood and Gerber and their responses are to be alerted in virtual games. Also, all cue bids (think Michaels) should be alerted. In a case where 2C over 1C or 2D over 1D are natural, they should be alerted as natural.
Some players have had trouble clearing the alert window so they can see the cards. First, if the window is asking for an explanation, the player who made the bid needs to respond so the window will go away. Second, if it is a normal alert window you should be able to click in the white space to clear it.