Bridge Base Online Help

Swiss Teams

Under the section Play or Watch Bridge click on the line, List all tournaments.

You will then be shown a listing of Pending (highlighted in a red background), All Tournaments starting soon.

Click All Tournaments to look for a pending Swiss Teams tournament.

Notice above the listing of tournaments are several options to refine the list (Pending, Running, Complete), a search window to type in, a Clear button to clear your search keywords, and a Refresh button. Pending tournaments lists games which have not yet started; click the option you want to change the games listed to Running tournaments, or Complete tournaments for recently completed games.

Immediately below the option buttons just described is a listing of tournament organizations - these are links you can use to restrict your tournament listing to ACBL Masterpoint Tournaments, BBO Masterpoint Tournaments, Robot Tournaments, Free Tournaments, or All Tournaments. Click a link and see the listing of tournaments which fall under that listing.

The Refresh button will renew the listing of games to add new games and remove games which have either begun or ended.

Click in the Search window above the tournament organizations listing, and type in a keyword, for example the username for the tournament host in the game you want to play. Tournaments matching that keyword will be displayed in the listing.

The Headings (Host, Title, Type, Start, Entries, Register), located above the list of tournaments can be used to sort the list. Click one of the heading names and watch the list change. To change back, click the heading again.

As always you will find valuable information about each of these games in the tournament description. Some of these tournaments award cash prizes in the form of BB$ in addition to the BBO Masterpoints you may win. However, it's important that you click the tournament description to read the specific rules for any cash awards. Often the BBO tournaments that award prizes depend on the size of the tournament and may also depend on membership. Click the line with the number of participants registered in the tournament to pull up the tournament description.

Registering for a Tournament

Now you have found a Swiss Teams tournament you're interested in playing so you will click the Register button to the far right of the tournament name. Also visible from this screen are the number of players already registered, and the time remaining until the tournament begins. The Register button also tells you the entry fee (if any) for that tournament. Register $1 means the entry fee is $1 BB$.

Click the Register button.

Partnership Options

A popup window gives you the option to fill in your partner's username. Clicking the Invite button after filling in their username sends the invitation for your partner to accept. If your prospective partner is not available, an error message will inform you they are not online and the registration will fail.

Need help finding a partner? Click Show Partnership Desk. Scroll through the players who have added their username. Each of the names on the Partnership Desk will have specific information for that player. Clicking on the name of a person there will show you that player's profile and allow you to initiate a conversation with him.

You can also simply add your name to the Partnership Desk. If you want to add your name, click that button (Add your name).

When you find a partner you think will be compatible and fun to play with, either type their username in the Partner space and click the 'Invite' button following their name, or click the Invite button next to their name under list of Players looks for partners, and if they accept, the registration as a partnership is completed.

The person who invites their partner to play is the "Leader" for that partnership. Click the "Select Teammates" button. Invite your prospective teammates by clicking the "Invite" to the right of the partnership names. The Leader looks for teammates. If the Leader doesn't pick teammates, then the software automatically selects teammates for their partner.

To review partnerships already registered for a pending tournament, click the "# of Registered Partnerships" link under the tournament name and number. On the right, you'll see a list of partnerships registered for the game.

To review your own partnership and teammates, click the yellow Register button to the far right of of the tournament name in the list of Pending tournaments. If for some reason you or any member of your team needs to do so, this is the screen to get to to cancel your registration and/or dissolve the team.


Each team will play the same boards as other teams during the each round. The number of rounds depends on the number of teams entered. If there is an odd number of teams, there will be sitouts.

Each round will consist of a set number of boards (6 to 8 boards per round). After the set of board is completed, the team will move to the compete against the next team with next set of boards, until all rounds are completed.

The scoring will be done in VP scale, either 20 or 30 VP scale as set up by the tournament organizer. When at the table,the VP score will be at the bottom left hand side where it usually says time remaining. Note also, the Director! button is at the bottom left corner of the table under the round clock and scoring information.

Click the "VP" on the score graphic and pull up the VP score in use for the tournament.

Substitute Players

Beneath the listing of tournaments you can click on the "Substitutes" button when you'd like to be a sub and don't really care which tournament. This will add you to the substitute list where any tournament director can call on you to sub in any tournament or team game.

To be added as a sub in a specific game, change the tournament listing to Running tournaments, refine your list of Running tournaments locate the game you want to play in as a substitute player, and then click the Tables button on the tournament. Under the listing of tables is the "Substitutes" button. Clicking "Substitutes" will register you as a substitute player in just that one tournament.

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