The fifth Women’s Online World Bridge Festival takes place on Bridge Base Online (BBO) the 16th of April until the 22nd. There will be four tournaments per day at 5 a.m, 10:10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. The morning tournaments are individual, and the afternoon is the pairs tournaments, making a total of 28 tournaments during the week.
The Women’s Online World Bridge Club is designed solely for women players, so they can get to know each other and play bridge across the world. The organizers ask you to join, and encourage you to get your friends to participate as the festival is designed to be enjoyable and fun.
Of course, the individual tournaments you do not need a partner, but for the pairs game if you do not have a partner you can go to the BBO partnership desk which displays the names of persons looking for a partner. When you agree to partner for a tournament, be sure to exchange nick names so you can find each other. You can also rent a robot (GIB) for 25 cents, as a GID is an automated programmed robot which is able to play bridge.
Each tournament plays 10 boards and costs a $1 per game, the normal fee for BBO pay tournaments.
The prizes are WBF master points to the winners and BBO dollars for a total of a $100 for the final overall classification and BBO dollars and certificates of participation will be awarded as prizes for all the tournaments. Players from World Bridge Federations around the world will be participating but you are not playing a world championship. The aim of the group is to let you enjoy bridge with friends from all over the world and to play in a friendly atmosphere, so playing is more important than winning. Each tournament can have only one winner but everyone who plays, says the committee, can enjoy the challenge, the camaraderie and the fun of participation.
The Women’s Online World Bridge Festival was created by Anna Maria Torlontano, chairman of the WBF Women’s Committee with technical organization by Vincenzo Delle Cave BBO Italy.
If you are not a member of Bridge Base Online, it is not hard to join and costs nothing to play in the ordinary games, but to play in the tournaments it costs anywhere from 25 cents to $5, depending on the tournament. For these festival tournaments, you will need to open a bank account with BBO. The normal amount to bank and draw from is $20, which you charge to your credit card and this opens an account that is monitor and secure. When you play, money will be withdrawn and when you win, money will be credited to your account. Go to Bridge Base Online and register, and when April 16th rolls around, you will be ready to play. If you need assistance, e-mail email@example.com.