ACBL is running a Regional on BBO Thursday-Sunday, October 15-18. $15 a session.
CLUB APPRECIATION WEEK:
The week of Oct.26-Nov.1 will be a special Club Appreciation Week. ALL games will be 2X black points and no extra charge. Because of these extra points, we will be adding some extra games for that week. There will be a 299er game on Tuesday at 12:15 and a 499er game on Sunday at 12:30.
The table count has taken a bit of a hit so far this month. We are down approximately 16 tables. Smaller games tend to beget smaller games. Hopefully this is a blip and not a trend. One change we are planning on is making all Open games 20/21 boards. We are open to any feedback. Please though, if you want to respond, contact either Sherri at email@example.com or Don at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We still do not see this in the foreseeable future. Until then: Stay Safe, Stay Sane.
Here’s a recent video of McKenzie Myers playing a club game, with Mac narrating and discussing strategies.
Note about alerting in virtual games
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.
See new ACBL guidance on allowing people from outside our club to play virtually.