Postponing Unit Party Until March Due to Covid Surge.

Unit 487 Sectional, January 28-30 in Portland. See announcements for details.

For All F2F Games, Vaccine Required, Good Masks Required (N95, KN95, K94)

Weekly Game Schedule

At the Club
Until Further Notice – All Games are Online

Tuesday, 12:30 Open
Thursday, 12:30 Open
First Sunday, 12:30 Swiss Team

3rd Saturday Monthly Unit Game

Online

Monday, 9:30 299er
Monday, 9:35 Open
Wednesday, 6:30 Open
Friday, 9:30 299er
Friday 9:35 Open

  • Here’s the link to Jeff Taylor’s obituary on the Musgrove website. You can share a memory of Jeff there.

    Published On: January 16th, 20220 Comments
  • Includes extra Saturday game on January 22.

    Published On: January 15th, 20220 Comments
  • Unit game is virtual this month, so just regular points.

    Published On: January 13th, 20220 Comments
  • Betsy announced the unit is postponing the Unit Party until March. The Unit Board chose March 19, but that conflicts with the nationals in Reno, so they may re-think that.

    Once a date is firmed up, let Betsy know if you’ve signed up for the February date but cannot make it on the new date. […]

    Published On: January 12th, 20220 Comments
  • The format is similar to the last two years with Round-Robin qualifying matches followed by knockouts to determine champions in four flights. The competition starts on January 21 and continues through mid-May. The National Finals will be held at the Summer NABC’s in Providence, RI, July 13-24.

    Here are the details.

    Published On: January 10th, 20220 Comments
  • First special games of the year January 6 and 7 (Thursday and Friday).

    We’ve scheduled some additional special games for January and February. Check the calendar for details.

    Published On: January 5th, 20220 Comments

See all announcements

And for members, be sure to check Member News.

The Kibitzer

Swiss Teams Strategy and Scoring


Here’s ACBL’s Online Event Schedule
Here’s District 20’s 2022 Tournament Schedule

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.

Complete Bridge Base Online Training Materials
BBO Award Symbols — What Do They Mean?
BBO Hand Records
Features of the Common Game Scores Page


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.

Updated ACBL Alert Procedures