Stardust Week, November 23-29

By |November 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

All Virtual games during Stardust Week will be DOUBLE points. 1/4 will be GOLD and 3/4 black. Cost is $7 per game.

Check our website for schedule.

Reminder about the new 299er games on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30 and a 499er game on Wednesdays at 9:30. Attendance at those games this past week was excellent. We hope that continues.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.



Virtual Club Schedule Change and Vern Katz Accomplishment

By |November 5th, 2020|0 Comments

From Don and Sherri:

See the proposed schedule in the Kibitzer.

We will not make the changes until Monday the 16th. This will give time for folks to provide more input and if there are modifications that we need to consider, we are happy to do that. For example, there has been a request to make at least one of the 299er games a 499er game. We are just trying to make this work.

One more piece of news that we want to pass along. Vern Katz is now a Life Master. Now that is some great news.

See all announcements.

And for members, be sure to check Member News.

The Kibitzer

NEW Virtual Club Game Schedule

Monday, 9:30
Tuesday, 9:30 299er
Tuesday, 12:30
Wednesday, 9:30 499er
Wednesday, 6:30
Thursday, 9:30 299er
Thursday, 12:30
Friday, 9:30 299er
Saturday, 10:00
Sunday, 6:30

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.

See announcements for details.

Here’s ACBL’s 2020 Online Event Schedule