Preparation – before the day of the congress
- Either you or your partner needs to enter the team on the NSWBA website here: https://www.nswba.com.au/tourn/eventDetails.asp?tid=3427
- The cost of entry is $36 per pair. Once the entry is submitted on NSWBA, all members of the team wil be sent an email with payment instructions, ie go to our secure payment portal https://masterbridgeonline.com/product/masterbridge-online-may-01-swiss-pairs-entry/
- Please pay your entry fee at least a few days before the congress (this makes it much easier for us)
Entering the game on the day – on Saturday 01 May
A couple of days before the Congress, you will receive an email with a link to the congress on the RealBridge website. The link won’t be active until 9:30 AM on Saturday 01 May. The link will also be posted on the NSWBA website here: https://www.nswba.com.au/tourn/eventDetails.asp?tid=3427
RealBridge is a lot like face-to-face bridge in that you can both see and hear your partner and opponents. That means you will need to make sure you have a functioning camera and microphone on your computer or tablet. Here is a page to test your camera and mic – https://play.realbridge.online/camera.html
If you have any issues or problems logging onto the RealBridge site on the day, please Nick on 0413 869 300 or John on 0437 274 343.
If you have not had any experience playing on RealBridge, you are welcome to join one of our free trial games in the days prior to April 18. Days and times will be advertised well in advance. You might also like to glance over the Real Bridge Player Guide here – https://realbridge.online/player-guide.html
6 x 8 board rounds with a lunch break of about 30 minutes after Round 3.
Round start times
You will be automatically taken to your table at the start of each round. Just like at a real life Congress, there will be a delay between rounds. Please do not log off from RealBridge during the day. If you are disconnected at any time, just log back in and you will be returned to your table.
The round start times are approximately: 10.00AM, 11.00AM, 12.00noon…. then Lunch… then 1.30PM, 2.30PM, 3.30PM
We will finish before 4.30.
Open: Yellow systems are not permitted.
Novice: only Green and Blues systems are allowed
The highest level of ethical behaviour is expected of all players. It is illegal for the members of a pair to communicate during a hand via any means other than chat to the full table. Players who are found to have engaged in illicit or unauthorised communication will be the subject of disciplinary action under the NSWBA Congress Disciplinary Regulations.
You will see results of your match once both tables have completed their boards but please note these are not official. Official results will be available about 30 minutes after the last table finishes on the NSWBA website.
We’ll be emailing out a PDF of the hand records to all players at the end of the day.