What To Do While The Club Is Closed
The ABF and QBA have released a list of suggestions below that bridge players can do while their clubs are closed.
With the current coronavirus situation, many/most/nearly all bridge clubs have closed or will be closed soon. It is not easy to keep 1.5 metres distance when playing bridge. Likewise, Australian national championships up to the end of May have been cancelled/postponed. So, what to do to keep the little grey bridge cells functioning. Here are some ideas:
- Go to www.abfevents.com.au/abfdbc/ daily for a free bridge column courtesy of Ron Klinger.
- Read / re-read some of your bridge books to maintain or even improve your standard.
- Buy a new bridge book for the same purpose.
- If not already a subscriber, take out an annual bridge subscription to Australian Bridge and to overseas bridge magazines.
- Join Bridge Base Online (bridgebase.com) - it is free - or log in if already a member. There are heaps of activities possible on BBO:
- Watch top players in action.
- Join a table and play with three other players from anywhere in the world.
- You and your partner can join a table and play against two others.
- You can arrange with three friends to play at the same table.
- You can organize 7 other players to play a teams' match. That would certainly be a good idea for practice for current Australian teams and State Teams.
- You can play by yourself against three robots (this costs $US1 per week).
- You can play with your regular partner against two robots (same cost)
- You can have just a bidding practice session with your partner.
- Tackle Bridge Master (4 sets of 30 declarer play problems at different levels).
- Read the ABF Newsletter
- Read the bridge columns which still appear in some newspapers.
- There are some outlets for bridge classes via the internet.
- You can play more yourself via various options on www.acbl.org/learn_page/
- Help a friend to learn bridge, also via www.acbl.org/learn_page/
- Check out the Bridge Shop's digital care pack at bridgewinners.com/article/view/social-distancing-heres-a-digital-care-package/