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SCBC Opens with Limited Schedule

2021-06-09 Update The Unit 550 Board has decided on a limited opening of the SCBC in June because a sizeable portion of players interested in Face-To-Face (F2F) bridge have received their vaccine shots. Initial games are FREE!

All players and directors must be vaccinated and bring proof at their first instance returning to the SCBC. Proof may be the vaccination card, a photo of same, or a screen shot of the revelant portion of their immunization record. Masks are optional.

For June, F2F games are Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30A. No food or snacks will be provided. There will be a short lunch break around noon for those bringing their own food. Food may not be consumed at the bridge tables while play is underway. Coffee, water and a limited assortment of soft drinks will be provided and may be consumed at the bridge tables.

The SCBC online calendar shows which games are F2F and those which are on BBO. Currently, F2F games replace vClub games; on days where a F2F game overlaps with an existing vClub game, the vClub game will be canceled.

Do Online Masterpoints Count Towards Life Master?

Points won in non-vClub games, such as daily games found in ACBL World, are "non-pigmented". These points contribute to some degree toward Life Master and other levels, but there are black, silver and red/gold/platium requirements that must be met.

For example, points needed members joining after January 1, 2010 to achieve Life Master:
  • 500 Masterpoints.
  • At least 75 are black.
  • At least 75 are silver.
  • At least 100 are red/gold/platinum, of which 50 or more are gold/platinum.

Here's the requirements for all advancement levels.

Non-pigmented points do not count towards annual Mini-McKinney or Ace of Clubs awards.

Unit 550 Eliminates Premium Game Extra Fees

Beginning February, 2021, additional charges for SCBC vClub games will be absorbed by the Unit. Prior to this Unit Board decision, games such as Silver Week, had an extra $2 table fee because the ACBL raised their charge per table.

Virtual Clubs on BBO

Some games are conducted online as an ACBL Virtual Club (vClub) on BBO. Here's a document with details about our vClubs and how to register on BBO.