Play Bridge With The HBC Online at BBO


Current Schedule for Upcoming Games (for monthly schedule click here):

*Sunday, April 11, 1:30 p.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club Open Pairs

Sunday, April 11, 1:30 p.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club 0-200 Pairs


ACBL Charity Week 4/12-4/18 info

Games $6 - Double black points

*Monday, April 12, 10:15 a.m.
Hartford Bridge Club Open Pairs

Monday, April 12, 10:15 a.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club 0-500 Pairs 

Monday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club 0-300 Pairs

Tuesday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.
"Let's Talk"
A 30-minute Zoom meeting hosted by Trevor Reeves

Tuesday, April 13, 10:15 a.m.
Hartford Bridge Club Open Pairs 

Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Hartford Bridge Club 0-300 Pairs

Wednesday, April 14, 10:15 a.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club Open Pairs (21 boards)

Wednesday, April 14, 1:30 p.m.
Hartford Bridge Club 0-100 Pairs

Wednesday, April 14, 1:30 p.m.
Hartford Bridge Club 0-750 Pairs

Wednesday, April 14, 3:45 p.m.
Laurie's Mini Lesson

Thursday, April 15, 10:15 a.m.
Hartford Bridge Club Open Pairs (21 boards)

Thursday, April 15, 1:30 p.m.
Hartford Bridge Club 0-200 Pairs

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.
Hartford Bridge Club 0-750 Pairs

Friday, April 16, 10:15 a.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club Open Pairs

Friday, April 16, 1:30 p.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club 0-750 Pairs

Saturday, April 17, 10:15 a.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club 0-300 Pairs

*Saturday, April 17, 10:15 a.m. 
Hartford Bridge Club Open Pairs

*Sunday, Monday and Saturday open games run concurrently with limited game are eligible for higher masterpoint awards.


The field will be stratified and you'll be helping to generate revenue for the club.  Unless otherwise noted, each event will consist of 18 boards and take about 2 hours to play. Except for special games, the entry fee is $5 per player. Of that amount, $3.75 (or $15 per table) will flow back directly to HBC. The games will be officiated by HBC directors, who've been trained to administer online games. Results can be found on the HBC Website Results Tab as well as ACBL Live and BBO.

What Do I Need to Do?


To play in these games, you’ll need to:

belong to the ACBL

  • register with and create a BBO username

  • include your real name and ACBL number on your BBO profile

  • have won masterpoints at HBC in the past year (If you haven’t won masterpoints in the past year, please see *Note below to become eligible.)

  • purchase "BBO dollars" using a credit card or Apple ID

  • have a partner who meets the same conditions

Our tournament directors (TDs) have a list of HBC members who’ve registered at BBO, but if you registered after Thursday, April 9, please be sure to send your new BBO username to before you try to play in an HBC-only game. Also be sure to go to the HBC website and add your name and username to our online list by clicking
*Note: Although all HBC members as well as new players who have taken our classes are eligible to play in HBC-only games, if you haven’t yet won masterpoints at HBC or if you’re a member who hasn’t played at HBC during the past year, your BBO username will need to be added to the eligible list manually. Please email your name and BBO username to and let us know you need to be added to the list.
Also, please let us know if you want to play but need a partner, and we’ll try to match you up. Please be sure to provide your name, BBO username, contact information, and in which game(s) you’d like to play.

Finally, we ask that all HBC members who are playing online or plan to play online go to the HBC website and add their names and usernames to our list. It’s an important step to help us make sure our eligibility list is accurate and up-to-date.


How Do I Sign Up for HBC Games?

Registration for each event opens on the BBO website two hours before game time.


You and your partner both need to be logged in to register! Then one partner simply clicks "Competitive" in the section headed "PLAY OR WATCH BRIDGE," then "ACBL Virtual Clubs" in the section headed "TOURNAMENTS."


A list of events will appear. Find the Hartford Bridge Club game on the list and click it. There is another game that uses the initials "HBC", but our game is listed under out full name the Hartford Bridge Club.  You’ll be asked to provide your partner’s username, who’ll then be asked to accept the invitation. After your partner clicks “Accept,” if registration is successful, you’ll immediately receive confirmation of your registration.


On the list of ACBL Virtual Club events, you’ll see a colored circle next to The Hartford Bridge Club game. The process is actually very intuitive and easy to follow.
If, instead of a confirmation, you receive a message that you’ve been “blocked,” immediately email your name and BBO username to and we’ll do our best to correct the problem.

Once you’re registered, you and your partner should log back in to BBO at least five minutes before game time. At game time, you’ll be automatically brought to the first board and you’ll begin to play!

Both partners need to be logged into BBO when the game begins or you'll be automatically dropped from the game. Don't assume that because you logged in to register an hour previously, you're still logged in.  Most likely you aren't -- even if it looks like you still are.


Be at your computer, on the BBO site at least 5 minutes before game time. Click any button on the site to check your log-in status. Even better, log out and then log in again to make doubly sure you're logged in


Each game will consist of 18 boards -- 6 rounds of 3 boards per round. All pairs play the same boards simultaneously. In all games (except beginner games), you’ll have 21 minutes to complete the three boards in each round, which should allow plenty of time, even for inexperienced online players.  (Note: More time per board will be allowed in the 0-200MP game.)


Tips to Remember

  1. Try to bid and play in tempo, as you would in a "live" game.

  2. You must "self-alert" any conventional bids before you make the bid. Simply click the "Alert" button and type a brief explanation in the text area that appears next to it. Only the opponents –- not your partner -- will see your alert and explanation.

  3. At any time during the auction, if you’re unsure about the meaning of an opponent's bid, click the bid and your opponent must explain -- even if it hasn't been alerted. You may call the director if the opponent fails to respond to your request.

  4. But you must also be sure to respond to an opponent's request for information about your bids, even if you think the meaning should be obvious. Respond by clicking Explain and typing your explanation in the box that appears. DO NOT type your answer in the message area at the bottom of the screen. FYI: If you forget to alert your own bid at your turn to bid, you can click on your own bid later to let the opponents know they might have missed something

  5. You’re not allowed to change a bid or play if you make a mistake, so choose carefully! We suggest you go to Accounts and then Settings and turn on Confirm Bids and Confirm Cards, which makes both bidding and card play a simple 2-step process.

  6. Keep an eye on the clock, which will count down to zero. When the clock reaches zero, you immediately are moved to the next round. If you don’t have time to finish the final board, the TD will make a decision as to the outcome/score for that board.

  7. If you need to call the TD during a hand, click the square with the three horizontal lines and then click "Call the TD." You’ll be asked to type a brief reason for the call, such as "excessively slow play," "failure to alert," "technical problem," etc. The TD will magically arrive and adjudicate!

  8. Every round is timed and most rounds do go the full 12 or 18 minutes. But if you finish early and the clock says there are 5 or 7 minutes left in the round, don't assume you'll have that entire time to take a hygiene break or get a fresh cup of coffee. Rounds will end early if all tables finish early.

  9. Don't leave your table manners at the club just because you're playing online. Resist the urge to comment about the opponents' bids.


Game results are available shortly after the last round. You can also go back and look at results (including scores at other tables) by clicking "History" from the user menu on the right side of the screen.


Please let us know if you have any questions or need more information. We can't wait to see you online!


What if I Need a Partner?

You have 3 paths:  Partnership Desk, Substitute, and Board of Directors Program. 


The first route is through the Partnership Desk. The partnership desk for each game is available as soon as registration for that game begins. To sign up:

  1. Log onto BBO. Click Competition and Virtual Club Games. 

  2. Click the Hartford Bridge Club game you want to play in, then click Partnership Desk (above the registration box). You'll see a list of usernames of HBC players who are looking for a partner.

  3. Click any username to see the player's profile. If you want to know more about the player, you can type a Message in his profile and then click Chat to ask about his systems, etc.

  4. If you find someone you think you'll be compatible with, click Invite to ask him to play.

  5. If you don't find anyone compatible, or if no one has signed up yet, click Add your name, type in your BBO username, and wait for someone to invite you to play!

Click here to watch a video on using BBO's Partnership Desk.


But what if it's game time and you still don't have a partner? You may be able to join the game as a Substitute. If an odd number of pairs are registered for a game, BBO assigns a substitute pair to fill out the table. Typically, volunteers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to act as subs in any game that needs one. You can, however, elect to substitute in a specific Hartford Bridge Club game.

Here's how to be a Substitute: 


  1. Inform our TD (Tournament Director) that you're going to volunteer as a substitute in that game. To contact the TD, log onto BBO a few minutes before game time. Click People and then click the username vacb113241. Type your Message in the box that pops up and then click Chat to send it.

  2. Just before game time, go to Competition and choose Virtual Club Games. You'll see a list of all virtual club games scheduled to begin in the next 120 minutes. 

  3. The moment the Hartford Bridge Club game starts, click Running at the top of the page to see a list of games in progress.

  4. Click the Hartford Bridge Club game you want to sub in.

  5. At the bottom of the next page, click Substitutes,then in the box that pops up, click next to the statement I am willing to be a substitute in this tournament. Click Close.

  6. If there are open seats at a table in that game, you'll be invited to join -- and all your opponents will be HBC members! Think of it as HBC's online Pairer-Player Program!


Here's the really good news: Substitutes play for free -- and you'll still be able to win masterpoints! 

Note: You can only sign up to be a substitute in a specific game after the game starts. So don't try to sign up early -- but do let the TD know before the game begins that you want to be a substitute -- and sign up quickly once the game begins.


Board of Directors Partnership Program: 

In an attempt to encourage HBC members to play online more often, HBC Board of Trustee members and game directors have volunteered to serve as potential partners for HBC members who want to play but need partners. 

Here’s how it works: By Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m., each board member or game director who's available to be a partner during the following week will email which games they're available for to Linda Starr at

On Friday morning, an email will be sent to club members stating who will be available during the upcoming week and when they'll be available. 

If you want to partner with an available board member or director in one of the games they've indicated availability for, send an email by 8:00 p.m. Friday evening to Felix Springer at Depending on demand, names will be drawn out of a hat and the partnerships that are formed will be notified by Saturday morning so they can create a convention card before game time. 

Note: Participating in the program doesn't guarantee you'll be matched with a partner. We may very well have more requests than we have available partners. If you aren't assigned a partner one week, however, you will be given priority the next week.


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