Ellen’s efforts in getting EBC games set up online have been, well, nothing short of heroic. Really. We all owe Ellen a great debt of gratitude. Many thanks, Ellen.

As is true in undertakings such as this, there are always lots of folks who step up to make it happen.

Betsy has been badger-like (or is it Herculean?) in creating the BBO user list and keeping it updated. (How about that Wisconsin reference there, Betsy. Ya Betcha!) She has presented the list in formats that make it super accessible and useable. View the list here by clicking BBO User List in the menu on the left.

Carole, Susie, Roy, Joyce, Denise and Betsy have all put in lots (emphasis on lots) of time and effort in getting up to speed on becoming online directors for the free tournaments.

Folks who have gone above and beyond in getting newbies comfortable with playing online are Vicky, Judy N, Denise, Susie, and Joyce Trawle.

If we are missing anyone here, our sincere apology. Just let us know and we will fix it.

During this time if isolation, it’s really heartwarming to see us helping each other stay connected through our common love, bridge. It does take a village, which in this case is our incredible bridge village.

Don/Sherri

BBO training material

Online Player Training Resources

From BBO

New to Bridge Base Online?

What you need to know to play on BBO

ACBL Virtual Club Guest Player Policy

Print Ready Guide

The Basics for New BBO Users( PDF Guide) – Susan Powell

Sagamore Bridge Club videos (click for URLs you can copy)

How to Join BBO

How to add BB$

How to find YOUR club’s games

Need a Partner? Learn how to use Partnership Desk

How to Bid & Play on BBO

How to Alert bids on BBO

How to make a BBO Convention Card

COMPREHENSIVE Tutorial (38min) for new players

Bridge Academy of Dallas Help Videos

How to Join Bridgebase

How to Add BB$

How to Add your ACBL number

How to Save Convention Cards

Notes About Alerting on BBO

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.