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Coronavirus: COVID-19 latest

Following official regulations, the Club remains open for children's football, adult and children's tennis and other outdoor sporting activities, but the Clubhouse itself remains closed. The Club is open from 8 am - 6.45 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am - 6.45 pm at weekends. Entrance will be through the front door, though there is no access to the upstairs and the bar, except the terrace via the external stairs. The usual 'protocoles sanitaires' and social distancing. Arrangements have been made for the changing rooms and toilets to be accessible, but please do not use the changing rooms except to access lockers, so please come prepared.

Tuesday 11 May 2021

 Although Bridge Clubs are still closed, there are many possibilities for playing bridge, or even just practising, on your computer or tablet.

bridgebase.com/v3/ (BBO) is in my view, the easiest to use. All you have to do is create a "pseudo"; it is free - unless you decide to sign up for a paying tournament - and you can set up a table with 3 of your friends, organise a game between 2 teams of 4, or play in a "pairs tournament"; You can also play opposite a robot, practise playing hands on the Bridgemaster programme, or just watch (kibbitz). I am available to help anybody who would like to give it a try.

funbridge.com: you can try it out for free but then subscribe monthly or yearly. You can only play against a robot, but you can compare your results with those of all your friends playing the same hands.

Realbridge: this is a new site, similar to BBO, and a bit like Zoom - you can see and talk to your partner and opponents, just as if you were playing in a club. This site is designed for "pairs tournaments" and you can sign up for a tournament by going through the FFB site and your "Espace Licencié". The SAC does not organise such tournaments yet, but our "sister" club in Meudon, the Trefle Meudonnais organises 3 a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 pm, and you are most welcome to join. You can also learn how to use this site by going onto https://realbridge.online/player-guide.html.

Many of you have started playing on several online bridge sites, such as BBO, Funbridge and RealBridge. Bridge Section members will probably already be familiar with them, but should you wish to fill your confinement days with some bridge, don't hesitate to email Jenny Pratt at /  for more information.