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Week 0127 : 28th November 2022

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Practice and Play Overview

Set Hand Games on BBO
Set Hand Games  –  Options

Bernard creates 8 hands to go with each seminar – giving you the opportunity to practise the topic. There are then 8 videos (one for each hand) on which he goes through the bidding and the play.

BEFORE watching the videos you can play these hands in a variety of ways:

1 – Play in one of the Bernard Magee Bridge Set Hands games on BBO

There are 8 organised games over the first two weeks of the month when you can play the 8 set hands:

  • Tuesday: 2pm
  • Wednesday: 11am
  • Thursday: 8pm
  • Saturday: 11am
When Bernard runs live events, he gives a seminar and then after a tea break, players then have a go at the set hands. So, it is a reasonable idea to try to watch the seminar just before you try the hands on BBO. Bernard has created a short video that explains how playing on BBO in one of these games works.

If you are partnerless, there is a partnership desk available (explained in the short video) where you can leave your name and be invited to have a game, or where you can invite anybody else for a game. There are often quite a lot of players in need of a partner so do not be afraid to try it.

2 – Play the hands on your own software (using a pbn file)

You can use a file that you can download from the seminar page each time a new seminar comes out. These are to download and load the hands on to your own piece of software. Bernard’s videos show Q-plus and there is a video that shows how to load the hands on to Q-plus software. However, it should be just as easy to put the hands on other pieces of bridge software.

 
3 – Play the hands privately on BBO (using a lin file)

If you want to play as a private foursome, you can, but you will need one of you to take charge of the technical side of things! Bernard has created two mini-videos to explain how to put a file in to BBO and then how to create a table on which to use the file. Note that BBO use a different kind of file to the software above – they use a lin file.

How to upload a LIN file:

How to use a LIN file:

4 – Just watch Bernard’s videos on the hands

You will get the most value out of the set hands by playing them, but Bernard has created videos to go with each hand and analyse them closely, so if you prefer you can simply watch them and learn that way.

PLEASE SEE THE HELP MENU FOR MORE GUIDANCE ON PLAYING ON BBO

Games on BBO

We currently run a members only 16 board game on Monday evening at 7:30pm on BBO.

For more guidance on playing on BBO please see the HELP MENU.

Casual Games on BBO

We have set up a few informal and casual games on BBO.

Times: Tuesday 7.30 and Thursday 2:30 and Sunday at 2.30 and 7.30.

This is meant as nothing more than a suggestion of a time for players to get together, so that you feel you are playing amongst friends.

We are going to play the games in a redundant club in the casual part of the BBO site called: POGO BRIDGE REFUGEES.

To get to the club:

  • Select: Play or Watch Bridge: Causal
  • Select: Find Your Own Game: All Public and Private Clubs
  • Scroll down the clubs to find: Pogo Bridge Refugees and click to enter.
  • You can Start a table (bottom left) or join a table that has spaces.

In theory you can turn up at any time as there maybe space to play on vacated tables. As it is very informal, you can play for as long or short as you want, but please be polite and help everybody to enjoy the game.

PLEASE SEE THE HELP MENU FOR MORE GUIDANCE ON PLAYING ON BBO

Novice Session on BBO

We offer a relaxed Novice Session on BBO on Saturday at 10am with a tutor available to answer any questions you may have about the play.

To find the game on BBO, please follow the guidance as for ‘Casual Games on BBO.

PLEASE SEE THE HELP MENU FOR MORE GUIDANCE ON PLAYING ON BBO