Message from Paul Porteous - SMR BRIDGE

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Chief Executive
Contract Bridge Association of Ireland
Templeogue House
Templeogue Road
Dublin D6W

Dear All,

As it seems ever more likely that return to  our “normal” bridge game is fading into the distance, it appears that online bridge can become our staple over the next number of months. Social distancing will be the order of the day for all of society and our game will find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to accommodate this restriction in behaviour.

Many of you are worried about Annual General Meetings and how they can be held. There is no rush in the current climate, as meetings are unlikely to be allowed for some time. Some of you do not have well supported AGMs in a normal year, but I imagine that Covid 19 might whet people’s appetite for a bit of social interaction! There are online tools like Zoom that can be used for meetings, so they can be considered – but remember, a strong Chairperson is needed to keep control!!

Our national activities, competitions, congresses etc have been postponed up until mid-July already, but further decisions may need to be taken shortly. However, let us wait until 5 May, when a clearer picture might emerge.

In the meantime, back to what is on offer online.  The BBO & Funbridge platform is available 24 hours a day and it is being extensively used. However, the free element of play on BBO is limited to “off-peak” times.  A number of clubs from across the country are already availing of this resource

If we want to play in the evening, starting at say 7.30, we will need to make a small payment to ensure we can get our game when we want it.  An amount of this – after set-up month - 50%, will be returned to CBAI to do with what we like. It will be done by setting up Virtual Clubs on the platform and the structure can be established definitively and circulated when an agreement is reached. Our costs will probably include organising a TD to set up each game / session.  I am unsure of what element of our playing population would be interested, and this is where you come in!.  We would really like to hear from all of you on whether you would be interested in the concept for your club and for your players.


On teaching - There are some teachers already conducting classes on line – via Zoom or similar and you can contact them directly.

If you know of any others, please let me know and we can include them on our website,

Let’s stay in contact and keep any (good or not so good) news coming !!

Kind regards


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