This is a short guide to the most interesting features of BBO's web client.
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To begin using the new web client of BBO, you go to www.bridgebase.com and click on "Login/register".
To see your friends, BBO yellow hosts, or stars, click the "Who's Online" button on the right hand side.
This is what the new friends list looks like. Note that you see a list of friends, and following.
To follow is a new web client concept. It just means you have marked someone to follow. And if that person marks you back as a follow, they are promoted to "friend" in your list.
The left hand side lists all your play options, organized logically. To play a casual, non tournament game, you click "Casual" to see the options.
This is where you will find "Help me find a game", or create a new table for your friends.
This is what the new Casual game selections look like. All the "Help me find a game" options are on the left (blue menu items).
And if you prefer to start your own tables, the options are on the right (green menu items).
Competitive games include all tournaments, team matches, and a new kind of game called a challenge.
This is what the new lineup of competitive games look like. You'll find a lot of tournaments, free or paid under Tournaments. Some, like the ACBL games award ACBL masterpoints.
Challenges are a brand new game - you get to name a person you want to challenge or just play a random opponent. Try it and see!
Web client users also gain access to a huge array of new exclusive games. One of these can be seen here.
This is a free tournament series called the Daylong tournament, and more than 5000 players play these daily!
Get to the Daylong game by clicking on Competitive -> Tournaments -> All Tournaments
Another popular series of tournaments are called the Express tournaments. They may contain a restriction called TCR - this stands for Tournament Completion Rate, which means it only accepts players who finish a minimum of say, 80% of most recently played tournaments (for TCR 80). It's just a way of restricting a popular game to players likely to stay and complete them, don't worry about it too much.
Get to the Express games by clicking on Competitive -> Tournaments -> All Tournaments
Bridge Bingo games are a new invention by BBO. It is a pay tournament, but there are a number of free tournament samples available. Space fills up fast, so be ready if you want to try one!
In this game, everyone receives an identical "Bingo" card, filled with bridge contracts. To cross it out, you have to bid, and make the contract specified. Cross out 5 in a row to Bingo! It is a fast paced, exhilarating game suitable for all levels.
Get to the Bingo games by clicking on Competitive -> Tournaments -> And then enter "Bingo" in the search field on the top. That's the fastest way to find a Bingo game.
Sometimes all we crave is a quick, quiet bridge game. Enter "Solitaire" options from the main menu.
There are a number of games here that are suitable for players craving solitude, all robot based games where you sit South, and robots fill the other seats.
You may enjoy the "Instant Tournament" game especially. There is a free version as well as premium pay versions of this. In an Instant Tournament, you are dealt hands from a tournament in the past, and are compared to 14 players in that tournament. You can start playing on your schedule. It is the most convenient way to earn ACBL or BBO masterpoints.
Here is a faster way to access some of the most popular games, such as Instant Tournaments.
There are some tools listed on the top of your BBO client. You will probably want to explore them at your leisure once you feel comfortable with the new interface.
We will highlight the Options and My BBO buttons in the next 2 slides.
The Options menu lets you select preferences like:
My BBO menu contains some very useful features. They include:
The main convention card menu is found on the top, under My BBO -> Convention cards.
If you click this, you will see a big list of preset convention cards you can use, or customize your own convention card.
This web client lets you customize the size of your game window.
Whenever you see the grey divider panel, you can click and drag it to resize each panel to your satisfaction.
The easiest way to chat to someone is to click his name to bring up the user profile as shown. There is a chat line at the bottom. Enter your text there.
Ever feel like you need to express yourself more? BBO is a bit stodgy, but the web client is a tad more hip, so to speak.
You get a few extra emoticons here, like the picture is trying to demonstrate.
That's what the emoticons look like in the new version. More will be added in the future, but for now they are a quick (and adorable) way to express yourself!