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I think you can also put +private+ in the description of the match and random people can't sit even though the table is visible.
55 minutes ago
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@Phil - These “Vugraph” matches are different from the normal ones we have from live play. The Vugraph table is just a pointer to a team match, and what is shown is the online table, which is set up in the same way as any other team match on BBO. We did ask the host to include the score difference after the name of the team that was leading because there's no way to have the running score in a team match include a carry forward of the score from previous segments. But other than that, the host sets the match up just as s/he would any other match.
57 minutes ago
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@Danny - great thought. I can't do it (I'm just setting up the link to make the team match show on Vugraph), but the person who's setting up the match could do that. I'll ask them to today and see how that works.

@Michael - perhaps, but if you want a half time score that the players know before they start board 17, and if they're taking a longish break, that won't work well. And I'm also not sure how it would work when one table is faster than the other.
14 hours ago
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Unfortunately, it isn't possible to have a carry forward score in a BBO team match - these vugraphs are really just links to the team match, so they are limited to what can be done in a team match.

For today's matches, I entered the carry forward scores in the Vugraph set up file, so they showed in the list of matches in the Vugraph theatre (at the top where it describes the match as Team A vs Team B, there's a number in parentheses after each team name that is the carry forward). But there is no way to have those scores included in the running score shown at the table - you have to add the running score to the carry forwards from the lobby.

The players today were willing to set the matches up as 32 board matches so there would be correct running scores, but they didn't want to see board 17 when they stopped at the half, and there isn't any way to prevent board 17 from being dealt when you finish board 16. One talented bridge player suggested that they could have a 33 board match and just pass out board 17, but unfortunately the limit on boards in a BBO team match is 32, so that didn't work.
March 28
Jan Martel edited this comment March 28
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One other thing I forgot to mention. In the Vugraph theatre you may see only one table listed, but if you want to watch the other one, you just have to go to that table and then click on the yellow square with lines in the upper right (it's a menu button?) and click on the Other Table line to go to the other table.
March 28
Jan Martel edited this comment March 28
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Quiz: How many living players have won 3 of the 4 Open World Championships - Pairs, Bermuda Bowl, Olympiad or whatever it's currently called. & Rosenblum? No one has won all 4.

I'm not sure of the answer, but off the top of my head I can name 4 who aren't on your list (one isn't actively playing, but 3 are).

Still, it's a good idea, and should be amusing to watch.
March 27
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Another possibility (but I can't make the final step work - I'm sure someone can!) is to put the url for the view/print page of your BW convention card in your BBO profile. I did that successfully for Chip (wanted to make sure I could fit 2 in and I only have a BW card with him, not with anyone else; I could fit 2 tiny urls in his profile).
In theory someone could click on the url or copy and paste it into a browser and get to the convention card - so kibitzers would have an easy way to get to the cc. In practice, I can't seem to copy from a player's profile using the new browser BBO. I also don't know any way to put a clickable link into a profile - have never been able to do that, but in the past I could put in a link that could be copied, at least from the old Windows version (sorry if I'm a dinosaur, but Vugraph operators have to use that).
March 27
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Should be on the Vugraph schedule with times in your time zone now.
March 25
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I think it's EDT (US Eastern Daylight Time) :-). I will try listing on the Vugraph schedule.
March 24
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Another suggestion about notes - use the same word or words for the same thing throughout. That makes searches a lot easier. So don't have both RKC and Keycard for the same thing, or even double and DBL.
March 24
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Thanks for posting these, Jonathan.
March 22
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The USBF has cancelled the Under-31 Selection Trials. The event was to have been held online during April, with a requirement that players not play from their homes, preferably play at a bridge club or similar location, and have an approved monitor watch them. That plan became impossible because of restrictions on public gatherings and closing of most bridge clubs, as well as very serious “stay at home” regulations in several states.

After considering alternatives that would provide adequate security without forcing players to interact with others in this difficult time, and given the uncertainty that the World Youth Bridge Team Championships, at which the U31 event was to be played, and which is scheduled for July 31-August 9 in Italy, will be held, the Board reluctantly decided to cancel the event and not send a team to the U31 event if it is held.

Before you ask, the USBF Board has not yet decided what to do about the Open, Mixed, Senior & Women's Trials, which are scheduled for May in Schaumburg, IL. As soon as a decision is made, we'll let you know.
March 21
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Sometimes we open 2 tables even with only one operator and get someone to bring the scores from the table without an operator to the one operator we have, who can enter scores from both tables so there is a running score. That's actually how Vugraph was done in the “stone ages,” but rarely now.

Once in a while, we also have a kibitzer who can write down the bidding for the one operator to enter, but usually that doesn't happen. Of course, someone could also bring information about which players are sitting where, but obviously that didn't happen in the reported match, and if there wasn't enough staff for a director to check directions, it's not at all surprising that there weren't enough people to provide more information to the operator.
March 16
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It's a lot harder to notice if only one table is on Vugraph.
March 16
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Even if someone tests as not having it when they leave home, couldn't the be exposed on the flight to Schaumburg?
March 13
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Did AA refund a non-refundable ticket? Or had you bought one that allowed for refunds?
March 13
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I think for an online event, you should have 32 or 64 board matches. You don't have the same time constraints as for a face to face event, so you can have the purity of the same number of boards with each dealer/vulnerability in each segment.
March 12
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One other “advantage” we have is that we don’t use the same cards each day, there are at least 3 days between use.
March 11
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There is no U31 in 2021. The 4 categories are Open, Women’s , Senior & Mixed
March 11
Jan Martel edited this comment March 11
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