In order to play in these games, you will need to add BBO$ to the website.
Search for the name "Grand River" in the list of the tournaments.
You will also need to email the club manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your BBO ID if you have not played in any club games online.
You must have a valid ACBL number included in your BBO profile to play. Just like regular club games, you have the opportunity to earn masterpoints in these games.
Make sure you are online and registered with your partner at least 15 minutes before the game is scheduled to start. If you are joining your first online game, make sure you and your partner register at least 30 minutes before the game.
Here is the schedule of games:
Morning (9:30 AM start)
Afternoon (12:45 PM start)
Evening (7:00 PM start)
OPEN and 49er STARTS at 12:30
OPEN STARTS at 12:45 and 199er STARTS at 12:30
Regular games are now $5 in BBO (USD) dollars.
Learning About BBO
For those of you who have not used BBO before, there are are series of instructional videos that go through different aspects of using the site.
From the BBO homescreen click "Virtual Clubs", then choose "ACBL - North America". If you login within approximately 1 hour of the start, you should see our club game listed. If there are many games lists, in the top right there is a search box, type in Grand River. Only our game should show up. Click on it to enter the registration area.
The registration area will give you a chance to invite your partner. Make sure they are online, enter their BBO User ID and click invite. A message will appear shortly to show whether the invite was successful or not. The message is fleeting and in the lower right corner so watch for it. You can click on the Entries tab at the top and see your partnership and others who are registered.
If you do not have a partner there is an area inside the tournament registration labelled "Partnership Desk". It shows a list of people looking for a partner. You can click to invite one of them or you can put your name on the list. The director will be busy making sure everything runs smoothly with registrations, so the usual GRBC guarantee of a partner will not apply.
BBO has been very busy and is sometimes in an overload situation. Being logged out accidentally by the software does happen. If it happens during the tournament please just try to log in again. Usually you will be able to get right back on and the software will take you back to the table.
When you have completed the last board in a set, you will need to wait for other tables to finish. Your table will appear frozen and the clock in the upper left will count down the minutes remaining. Note that you will go on to the next set of boards when everyone is finished, even if the clock still says 5 minutes.
Game Directors Schedule
You can also view the club’s calendar; use the tabs along the bottom to see the month you want.