How to run Multi-Session Teams

You can play one match per session, or several matches per session. You can play each match as a single set without a break, or you can have a half-time break in each match.

We will demonstrate this with an example of a round robin with 8 teams over 7 days, playing 20 boards per night. The same method works for Swiss teams.

Revised 15 February 2021

Step 1: Set up the first session

Log in as the Director and set up the first session, putting in just the rounds for the first session.

As usual, put in the event/session name in the yellow band at the top of the lobby window.

Fill in a name for each team – this will make it easier for people to go to the right place in later sessions.

Set the scoring method to Teams. Choose the movement, depending on the format, and (for Round Robin) whether you want a break at half-time in each match.

Round robin: a single set per match, without a break

Use the Round robin movement.

session settings single set

In this example, all 20 boards will be played without a break.

Note: A “round” in the case of a round robin, is a match between two teams. If you want to play one match in this session, set the number of rounds = 1. If you wanted to play two matches in the session, you would set it to 2.

Round robin: two sets per match, with a break

Use the Round robin (2x½) movement.

session settings two sets

In this example, there will be a break after board 10. The time/round is for the set, not for the entire match.

Again, this example has one match in the session. You could also set the number of matches to 2 or more.

Swiss teams

Use the Swiss movement. Set the number of rounds to number that you want to play in this session.

Step 2: Run the session

Suggestion: When everyone is seated, take a screenshot. This may be useful in later sessions, when people ask you which team they are in.

Start the first round, and run the event to the end of the session as normal. That can be a single match, or several matches. In this example we are only playing one round, so it will be when all tables say “R1”.

If you are using the Round robin (2x½) movement

As each table finishes the first half of their match, the table status will change to “R1A”.

Once both tables from a match have completed the first half, the players will return to their “home” table automatically. During the break they can change directions or partnerships, or substitute players. Players change direction by going to the lobby, then rejoining their team table in a different seat.

Once you, the director, are ready to move to the second half of round 1, press the Continue button. The timer will restart (at 60 mins in this example).

continue round 1

Step 3: Export a config file containing the current state of the event

At the end of the session you will see all the scores. These will be carried over to the next session.

overall scores

Go to Advanced, and export config.

export config

The file will be ready to download in the chat box in the lobby:

save config file

Keep this file.

You will not use this session again. As a precaution, however, it is best not to destroy the session until you have started the next session.

Step 4: Set up the next session and load the config

For the next session, create a new RealBridge session with new links.

Give this new link to the players, but don’t open the session yet.

Go to Advanced. Load the config file that you exported from the previous session.

advanced session config

You will notice that most of the settings will be populated automatically. This includes team names, number of tables, number of boards per round, and carry over (C/O) scores.

The number of rounds will not be populated from the config file – it will be set to the default of 2.

team sheet

Step 5: Check and amend settings

Check that all the settings are correct, and amend them as necessary.

In particular, set the number of rounds to the number that you want to play in this session. This can be more or less than in the first session.

Important: Do not change the number of teams.

What you can see and do:

  • See the carry over scores from last session.
  • See the sum of the last sessions and the current session in total.
  • Assume that the movement will continue. For example, if Team 1 has played Teams 2 and 3 in the last session, they will continue and play 4 and 5 in the next session, or something similar.

What you cannot see and do:

  • See the boards played in the previous session. (Use the previous session’s links to view these on RealBridge, or save output files and upload to your own scoring platform ie BridgeWebs, etc.)

When you are ready, open the session to the players.

Step 6: Play the second session

When the players arrive, they should go to their own team’s table. When you are ready, click Start Round 1, and the event will continue.

Subsequent sessions

If you are playing further sessions, follow the same procedure: save the config file at the end of the session, then load it into a new RealBridge session for the next session.

Multi-Session events and X-Imps

Session 1: the X-Imps are for those boards.
Session 2: carry-over scores from session 1 are loaded at the start of session 2.
On the X-Imp list, showing the pairs listed in order of rank, the X-Imp scores are for the event so far.
That is, they are for the average of all boards, in all sessions.


At the end of the event

If you save a USEBIO file from the final session, that will contain the final scores for the entire event, taking account of the carried-over scores from the earlier sessions.


Do not keep using the same RealBridge link for multiple sessions. A RealBridge session is intended for a single session of bridge. RealBridge provides a mechanism for carrying over the data from one session to the next.

When you save the config file, give it a name that makes sense. The name should identify the event, the date and the round numbers.

If you are playing more than two sessions, you will have more than one config file. Give them different names – don’t overwrite the first file with the second one.