A Message from Our President
June 18, 2020
It has now been more than three months since we closed the club due to the coronavirus outbreak. We appreciate everyone's continued engagement in our virtual club games and the Support Your Club games on the BBO website, both of which have generated much needed revenue for the club.
Club management and the Board of Trustees are in unanimous agreement that we will not reopen the club until we can maintain a playing environment that's as safe as possible for all our members and game directors and in full compliance with all public health requirements. Unfortunately, we don't expect to be able to reopen the club in the foreseeable future. We will continue to monitor state and ACBL pronouncements and keep you informed.
In the meantime, please note these upcoming events on the BBO calendar:
This weekend (June 20-21), both our Saturday and Sunday virtual club games will be part of the ACBL's Longest Day fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. Open games will be held on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. and a 0-200 game will be held on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. All games will award double masterpoints and some of the game proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.
During the following week, from June 25-28, the ACBL has scheduled a regionally rated event, known as "The Endless Summer Tournament," providing an opportunity for players to win gold and red masterpoints. Details of that event are available in the News section of the BBO website. Our regular virtual games are not part of that event and will be available as scheduled.
Some of you will have noted that robots are now playing in our virtual club games. Until recently, BBO members from overseas took part as substitutes in our virtual games when we needed an additional pair to complete the movement. BBO now allows clubs to use robots instead, so we're using them for a trial period. The robots play a 2/1 system and typically bid and play rationally and conservatively. You will note that they play quickly, but you and your partner should play at your normal tempo. We advise you to click on bids made by your robot opponents to obtain a detailed explanation of the bids, which is both informative and instructive. For more tips on how to play against robots, we suggest you review the entertaining and informative articles written by BBO member pluckycat (aka HBC's own Felix Springer), which can be found on this website by clicking: Help with BBO.
Finally, we continue to recommend that all our members take advantage of the BBO partnership desk if you want to play online and don't have a partner for one of our virtual games. In particular, we appeal to our more experienced members to sign up there from time to time. We're sure many of our members would love the opportunity to partner with and learn from you! If you're going to sign up for the partnership desk, please do so at least an hour before game time so those looking for a partner will see you there.
We wish all our members continued good health and a wonderful summer. We look forward to the day when we can all gather together back at the club, but in the meantime, we hope to keep seeing you all online!