In-person Games Tuesdays and Thursdays for Now Vaccine Required, Masks Optional
$8 Table Fee
On-line Games on Other Days – See Schedule Below Check Announcements and our Calendar for the Latest Information
We can keep this game Virtual. Or we can return to F2F. We think you know the pluses and minuses of each of these.
Something you should know. ACBL is making a push to get folks to return to F2F. Beginning July 1st and going through the end of the year, they are offering clubs the opportunity to provide lots of “upgraded” games which means more points. (11 weeks of upgraded. Clubs choice which weeks.) The more points could be anywhere from 11/2 more to almost 3x. These extra “upgraded” games will only be available for F2F. Usually there is an extra charge for these games. That will NOT be the case here.
Just FYI, we have ever intention of keeping the 299er game going on Tuesdays along side the Open.
Virtual will continue, for the present, to pay 11/2. It is our understanding this will go away at some point.
This website came up on EBC's twitter feed (@bridgeemerald). It has links to some great resources, including this recent article on bridge apps. And the Great Bridge Links Magazine has articles, news, and stories bridge players should find interesting. Worth checking out.
The summer edition of the District 20 Trumpet is out, with much discussion about the uncertainties of reopening for in-person play. It also identifies EBC as the first club in the district to open its doors. As you read everyone's take on the whens and hows of reopening, it's [...]
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.