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Running Sims with a Virtual Club through BBO

Starting with the Kidney Research Sims played from 6th 9th July ...

We have sent up this page with explanations of various aspects and will add to it as we discover more ! Bear with us please - this is as new to us as it is to many of you.


When can my club play ?

I have spoken to the EBU and they are happy on this occasion for you to play it on whichever day or night you normally hold your virtual club events – it just needs to be between Monday 6th and Thursday 9th July please! The important thing there is

    • That you help us by making sure you don’t put the hands up on Bridgewebs or any other site until the Thursday evening when our frequencies appear.
    • That you ask the members playing not to play the hands again at a different virtual club that week


    Please PLEASE PLEASE have a trial run

    Please try a test before the event to make sure you are quite happy with the way it all works, some of our code on the servers has been adapted so it will help us make sure all is OK.

    The best way is to download our practice "set" which you can do by clicking here. This file contains a LIN file of 21 boards, plus a set of the hand records and a commentary, so you can upload the file, your members can play the boards and be sent the commentary and then you can find and upload the XML file beinng sure to follow these instrucitons:

    Attach the XML file that you produce from your BBO results ( the one that you upload to Bridgewebs ) to an email to results@simpairs.com with a subject of the session number and the country of your club ( this information is not normaly in the XML file ) so for example if your club is from England and you were sending a set of test results the subject line would be - 9999 England. Please don't attach any other files or add any message to the email as our system is fully automatic and we don't normally see these emails. If you need to contact us about anything please email us at anna@ecats.co.uk.

    Testing can be done any time and is just a case of sending in some results to results@simpairs.com as you would for the 'real' event but using our permenant test session number of 9999

    If all is well it will appear here: https://www.simpairs.com/clubs.asp?session=009999. It’s better to give it a try than get in a muddle at the time so please give it a test first.


    Getting the results to us.

    Now that’s the interesting bit. Many of you will already know by now how you can get the XML file from BBO so that you can import it into BridgeWebs, and you may also have a “translation” method yourselves for getting the right names instead of the nicknames.

    In that case all we need is the XML file sent to results@simpairs.com. But PLEASE NOTE ...The ESSENTIAL bit there is that the subject of the email must only be the SESSION NUMBER and your country – so it would look like 9999 England and must not contain anything else – no other files or anything please.

    If you don’t know how to get the XML file from BBO, we can help with that as well and the instructions are here: https://www.simpairs.com/BBO.asp – it takes a little while to run but be patient and it will do it for you.


    Real names instead of BBO nicknames

    If you aren’t able to get the “real names” in, we will need a list of the players, with their nicknames, their real names and their EBU/WBU/SBU numbers and we can do it for you – if that’s the case please click here to download the file to fill in and send to anna@ecats.co.uk

The entry fee ...

for the event will be £3 per player. It will be up to you as the virtual club to collect this in whatever is the best way for you - If you contact Tony Cherrett I think he can tell you how you can do this through the entry fee you charge, but if that's difficult- well players can send us the money directly if that's the easiest so just click here to find out how this can be done- Obviously you will also have the BBO charge, as well as the UMS fee for the EBU for the English clubs and any table money you normally charge but that's a matter for the club.

Playing with robots :

Yes, a player may play with a robot but ONLY if they are doing so for the whole session. What we can’t have is someone playing with their “real” partner for half the session and a robot for the other half – after all if it was face-to-face bridge at your club, players don’t switch partners half way through! This would be really difficult to cope with as one of those players would have two sets of results, so we ask the TDs not to let it happen please.

Kibitzers :

I understand that you can set the parameters so that kibitzers are not permitted – please note that for this event kibitzers are NOT allowed.

Number of Boards and how they will be sent

There will be 21 boards in the set; a LIN file will be sent to you the week before and you will need to upload it for the session you are playing. If you don’t know how to do that I can give you the email of “a man who does” who can talk you through it, ideally using Zoom, so that you can see his screen and see what he does.

I can send you a "trial" LIN file with the hand records and an old commentary that you can use for testing (and for your members to have fun playing - free of charge of course)

UMS file to the EBU

It is important also for the English clubs at the end to send your UMS file to the EBU – don’t forget that will you ?

Overall Master Points -

The “normal” overall masterpoints will be awarded to members of the EBU, SBU and WBU, and I will send them off as normal when we finalise the event.

But most of all, enjoy the event !