Virtual Club Game: Rookie Duplicate

Hey, you regulars of the Rookie Duplicate game at Seattle Bridge Center — please forward this message to your Rookie Duplicate friends!

We’ve finally been able to set up an online version of our regular Tuesday night Rookie Duplicate game! We’re going to try our first session on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. ACBL Masterpoints will be awarded!

The game will be held on Bridge Base Online (BBO) on Tuesday evenings. We aim to start by 7:15pm, but please (a) register ahead of time and (b) be online no later than about 7:10 pm. Details below.

To play in the virtual rookie game, you’ll need a BBO username, an ACBL number, and funds in your “BB dollars” account. If you don’t have all of these, start with Step 1; if you do have all of these, you can start with Step 4.

Step 1: Get a BBO username. If you don’t already have a username on BBO, sign up for an account at www.bridgebase.com — it’s free to sign up and to play in some of the games, but the virtual club game will cost you some money.

Step 2: Get an ACBL member number. Because the Rookie Game is a limited game, you need an ACBL number so BBO can verify that you qualify for the game. If you don’t alread have an ACBL number, sign up and pay for one at www.acbl.org/join — cost is either $8/month for a temporary membership or $50/year for a permanent one (plus there are a couple of associated charities you can opt-in to support). When filling out the forms, please enter the Recruiting Club Number (and Name) of 167601 (Seattle Bridge Center) and the Recruiting Member Number (and Name) of 2522462 (David Dailey) — we get a referral bonus when you mention us. ACBL will email you your new member number.

Step 3: Add funds to your BBO balance. Many activities on BBO are free, but we are charging $5 each player for the Rookie Game. For the moment, 70% of this money comes to Seattle Bridge Center. You buy “BB$” by clicking the blue button labeled “BB$” in the upper right corner of the BBO homepage. Follow the link to “Purchase BB$”, enter your BBO username and password, choose the amount you want to buy and enter your credit card information. They’ll charge sales tax, which will not go toward your balance.

Step 4: Attach your ACBL number to your BBO account. (You will only ever do this once.) Log in to BBO. From the BBO homepage, choose “ACBL World”. Choose the blue button labeled “Update your ACBL number”; enter your ACBL number and click “Update”.

Step 5: Register for the game. Starting about 2 hours before game time, log in to BBO. From the BBO homepage, choose “Competitive” under Play or Watch Bridge; then choose “ACBL Virtual Clubs”. The host for our game will be vacb167601 and the title of the game will include “Pairs Rookie Game”. Click on the title of the game (not the button with vacb167601). Enter the BBO username of your partner, indicate whether you will pay for both yourself and your partner, and click the button to “Invite” your partner.

Step 6: Partner accepts the invitation. Partner must accept the invitation before your pair is added to the list of entries for the game.

Step 7: Relax until game time. You don’t have to stay logged in between the time you register and the time the game starts.

Step 8: Be on time. Be logged in to BBO at least 5 minutes, preferably 10 minutes or more, before game time. When the game starts, you will be yanked into your game. Off you go!

If you’re not online when the game starts, we cannot add you later. But you won’t be charged for the game, either. Please send me an email (David… PlayBridge@pinochle.org) to check in about how to make it a better experience next time.

If, while playing, your connection is lost, you should log off from BBO and shut down your browser; then restart your browser and log in to BBO again. This will re-seat you in the game with the smallest possible amount of fuss.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at a BBO Rookie Duplicate game sometime soon!

–David

FREE Virtual Lesson: Intro to Online Bridge

Next lesson: Monday, April 20, 2020, at 7pm Pacific time

Limit: 20-25 players

With much of the nation under stay-at-home orders, bridge players are looking for ways to play online.

I’m hosting semi-regular Zoom meetings that introduce bridge players to Bridge Base Online, one of the most popular platforms for playing bridge online.

We use Zoom to communicate with each other; we use Bridge Base Online (BBO) to play bridge.

This lesson does not teach you how to play bridge. To get the most out of this lesson, you should have basic-or-better knowledge about the game of bridge. You need to be comfortable with the idea of an auction, a basic bidding system, and the general sequence of play. You don’t need to be any kind of expert.

In our Zoom meeting, we spend some time learning about controls in the Zoom platform, if needed. Then I share my screen and show you some of the basics of the BBO interface. Then we’ll have a few players set up and host bridge tables in BBO, while simultaneously splitting into breakout rooms in Zoom.

This lesson is best experienced with either two smartphone or computer devices (attending the Zoom meeting on one device, the BBO game on another) or on a latop/desktop computer with an external monitor.

As a prerequisite, you need to have an account on Bridge Base Online. Sign up for free at www.bridgebase.com if you do not already have a BBO username.

There is no cost for this introductory lesson.

To register for the next lesson, send an email to PlayBridge@Pinochle.org — include the subject “Intro to Online Bridge”. In the body of the email, include your name and your BBO username. I’ll add you to the list for the next upcoming lesson; you’ll get login instructions about 15 minutes before the lesson begins.

Bridge Lesson Series starts January 8, 2020

“Ten Weeks to Basic Bridge,” a series of lessons for beginning Bridge players, starts on Wednesday evening, January 8, 2020, and meets weekly through March 18, 2020. You’ll learn Bridge from the ground up with Standard American bidding.  By the end of the series, you’ll be ready to play in social games and entry-level duplicate games.

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Bridge Lesson Series starts September 4, 2019

“Ten Weeks to Basic Bridge,” a series of lessons for beginning Bridge players, starts on Wednesday evening, September 4, 2019 and meets weekly through November 13, 2019. You’ll learn Bridge from the ground up with Standard American bidding.  By the end of the series, you’ll be ready to play in social games and entry-level duplicate games.

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2019 Summer Schedule for Bridge Novice/Beginner Players

2019 Summer Schedule for Bridge Novice/Beginner Players
at Seattle Bridge Center, 1539 NE 145th Street, Seattle

All events run from 7pm to about 9:30pm. Light snacks are provided.

Office Hours. Mondays, 7 to 9:30 pm
June 24; July 15; July 29; August 12; August 26

  • Bring your bridge questions – or just watch, play a few boards, or discuss the game.
  • Don’t play bridge yet? Come see what it’s all about!
  • $5 per person; free for age 18 & under

Lessons.  Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9:30pm

June 26: 1NT Forcing ($10)
Use 1NT as a forcing response to a major-suit opening bid.

July 17: Convention Card ($15)
Walk through all sections of the convention card.

July 31: Playing a Team Game ($10)
Learn how a team game works, including scoring.

August 14: Leads & Signals ($10)
Communicate with your partner for better defense.

August 28: Stayman, Jacoby, and Friends ($10)
Respond to partner’s 1NT opening bid when you hold 4 or 5 cards in a major suit.

More info:        Email SeattleBridgeCenter@gmail.com
or call David at 206/336-3428

The next 10-week series of beginner lessons will start on September 4.

Bridge Lesson Series starts April 3, 2019

“Ten Weeks to Basic Bridge,” a series of lessons for beginning Bridge players, starts on Wednesday evening, April 3, 2019 and meets weekly through June 12, 2019. You’ll learn Bridge from the ground up with Standard American bidding.  By the end of the series, you’ll be ready to play in social games and entry-level duplicate games.

What’s all this?

We’re announcing a series of lessons for beginning Bridge players: “Ten Weeks to Basic Bridge” beginning April 3, 2019. This series will be led by David Dailey, a relative newcomer to Bridge who understands the challenges encountered by new players.

You’ll learn Bridge from the ground up using Standard American bidding. This fast-paced series assumes no prior cardplaying experience, so it’s good for raw beginners as well as for players who want to get back into the game using modern methods. Experienced players are welcome to join us for individual lessons. The full syllabus for this lesson series can be found at this link.

When you complete this series, you will be ready to play Bridge in social games as well as in introductory Duplicate games. Seattle Bridge Center offers a Rookie Duplicate game on Tuesday evenings.

You can take the lessons by yourself or with a partner. You’ll meet several new players along the way.

How much?

Lesson fees are collected on a pay-as-you-go basis. You can stop or return at any time.
– $10 per person per week (includes each week’s materials)
– $5 for ages 19-25
– $Free for ages 18 & under
– CASH ONLY

Class materials for missed lessons are available at $3 per lesson (free for 18 & under).

Where?

Classes are held at Seattle Bridge Center, 1539 NE 145th Street, Seattle WA 98125. We are a half-mile east of Interstate 5 at Exit 175 for NE 145th Street. We share a parking lot with the QFC supermarket and Dollar Tree store on the southeast corner of 15th Ave NE and NE 145th St. If you are facing the entrance to the Dollar Tree store, turn to your right and you will be facing our front door.

We have plenty of free parking. The intersection of 15th Ave NE and NE 145th St is served throughout the evening by Metro routes 65, 73, 347, and 348, and by other routes (64, 308, and 373) in the early evening.

When?

This series begins on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and meets weekly on Wednesday evenings through June 12, 2019. There is no class meeting on May 29.

Each class begins at 7pm and runs until 9:30pm. We start right at 7pm to make the best use of your time. Our doors are usually open by 6:45pm at the latest. Light snacks are provided; food is also available nearby at the Burger King restaurant or the QFC deli counter.

What else?

Please let us know if you’re planning to attend so we can be sure to prepare enough copies of the lesson materials.

Questions?  Send email to SeattleBridgeCenter@gmail.com or leave a message for David at 206/336-3428.

If you’d like to watch a game of Duplicate Bridge live and in person, please join us Tuesday evenings for Rookie Duplicate, where spectators are always welcome.  The game starts at 7pm; please arrive 10 minutes ahead of game time to get settled in.

The complete and current schedule for Rookie Duplicate games and for the beginner lessons can be found by visiting www.SeattleBridgeCenter.net then following the link for “Schedule and Results.”

Bridge Lesson Series Starts January 9, 2019

“Ten Weeks to Basic Bridge,” a series of lessons for beginning Bridge players, starts Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and meets 10 times through March 20, 2019. You’ll learn Bridge from the ground up with Standard American bidding.  By the end of the series, you’ll be ready to play in social games and entry-level duplicate games.

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Beginning Bridge Lesson Series Starts September 5, 2018

“Ten Weeks to Basic Bridge,” a series of lessons for beginning Bridge players, starts Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and meets 10 times through November 14, 2018. You’ll learn Bridge from the ground up with Standard American bidding.  By the end of the series, you’ll be ready to play in social games and entry-level duplicate games.

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Syllabus for April 2018 Lesson Series

Here’s a brief description of each of the lessons for the “Ten Weeks to Basic Bridge” series beginning in April 2018 at Seattle Bridge Center.

For players with little or no experience, it is recommended to start with the first lesson and continue from there.

Players with some experience are welcome to join us for individual lessons.

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