You arrange a four to play on BBO
(I can help put players together).
I email eight random (but duplicate) deals to the host of each table to upload to BBO. You then have a few days to play these deals under ‘exam conditions’, send in your results (if you want to), and then
we go through the deals in the scheduled Zoom session - with a weekly winner announced.
I am running short Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses, typically 4 weeks long – please see the schedule for available courses. Players receive a weekly course sheet and then have a few days to work through it. There are also four set deals to accompany each lesson. You can upload these deals to play with friends on BBO, before we meet on Zoom to talk through the lesson (or rather I talk, you type), answer quizzes and ask questions.
90 minute supervised play sessions on BBO for three tables. The deals are the same at each table, with everyone getting a share of the points, with a weekly theme. Players are required to play in tempo and be familiar with the UNDO/CLAIM buttons on BBO, as well as be able to use the mute/unmute and chat options on Zoom. There are currently two sessions each week. Pre-booking is required for each session.
At this time of year, I would usually be running my Autumn bridge terms in my Dulwich and Blackheath clubs, teaching private groups and running bridge holidays. But there is very little confidence for face-to-face bridge, whether or not government regulations allow it. At the time of writing we are entering lockdown 2.
Club bridge will take time to return, perhaps only post-vaccine. We play our game at close quarters, with multiple shared surfaces, in venues with a lot of comings and goings. None of which can easily be controlled. As well as player confidence, I would not be happy running a session that might lead to a bad outcome. However, we will watch closely to see how the situation evolves, and what other bridge clubs are up to.For these reasons, Stocken Bridge will not be returning to The Rosendale in Dulwich, or to the bowls club in Blackheath this year, and next term is of course in doubt. I will keep you posted when the situation changes. The good news is that bridge online, though not the same, is a great substitute.