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Bridge Base Online Seminar in San Diego
by Peggy Kaplan
In the Jurassic Period, when some of us began to play duplicate, we had two choices: local dupe or an ACBL tournament. Tournaments were rare creatures back then, so passionate followers lived and breathed bridge at their clubs. Then, a few inventive software geniuses created bridge on the Internet. Suddenly, bridge lovers around the world could play their favorite game with computer and a few clicks of the mouse.
Largest of the online sites is Bridge Base Online, founded by Fred Gitelman and Sheri Winestock in the early Ď90ís. Those attending the recent NABC in San Diego and curious about new frontiers in bridge were treated to a seminar on BBO by Fred on November 30.
Roughly half a million bridge players are members of BBO. Thousands from around the world can be found playing or kibitzing any time throughout the day or night. With live screen shots of BBO, Fred gave his audience detailed instruction about how to play bridge, chat, get on-line help, enter ACBL tournaments and play with robots! Although some activities on BBO have modest charges, membership, play and kibitzing can all be done for free. BBO is a friendly and fun world-wide bridge club that can provide our game any time of the day or night Ė and Fred did a great job of introducing people to his creation.
Our local clubs are the backbone of bridge; nothing is quite like mingling with partners and friends from our local community. Yet, online bridge is a huge boon to bridge aficionados everywhere. If you have only limited time to play, want to partner someone 3,200 miles away, canít find a babysitter, wish to watch elite stars duke it out on Vugraph or arenít up to braving the elements and traffic Ė then Bridge Base Online is the spot for you!