RealBridge Player Guide


RealBridge is available in the following languages, English, French, Greek, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Catalan, Dutch, Norwegian (nynorsk), Norwegian (bokmål), Turkish, Polish, Portuguese, and Italian. Make your selection at the log-in screen.

Before the session

It is always good to test your device before a session, you can do this at our camera and microphone test page.

At the table

When you arrive at the table, you will be able to see and talk to the other players. After the Director starts the first round, you will see your hand. When it is your turn to bid, a bidding box will be shown in the middle of the table.

These are the main elements of the screen:

Displaying an information panel

If a director has loaded an information panel a player will be able to see a ⓘ button above scores. At any time during the session, a player can click the ⓘ button, just above the scores button:


During the auction

Making a bid

When it is your turn to bid or play, your name is highlighted in yellow

To bid, simply click the bidding card. If you are using one click mode, the bid will be made and will appear in front of you, just as when you bid in face-to-face bridge.

If you are using two taps mode (see Settings) the bidding card is selected, and all the other bidding cards disappear. If the bid you wanted is shown, click it again to confirm the bid; if you had clicked the wrong bid, click somewhere else on the table to bring the bidding box back.

Alerts and explanations

The standard way of alerting in RealBridge is as in face-to-face bridge. When your partner makes a conventional bid, you click your alert card. The Alert card will briefly be displayed against partner's bid. Partner's bidding card will change colour to indicate that it has been alerted.

Explanations are as in face-to-face bridge too. An opponent asks you what the bid means by speaking, and you explain by speaking.

RealBridge also allows "self alerts" and written explanations. This option is explained in the Self alerts section later in this document.

Jump bids

If a player makes a jump bid, the system displays the "Stop" card for a few seconds. While the "Stop" card is shown, the next player will be unable to bid.

Undos

If you make a misclick, and if the rules of the event allow undos, click the Undo button. Each opponent will be prompted to accept or reject the undo. If they accept it, the bidding goes back to before your last call. If they don't accept it, you will see a message saying this.

You can only obtain an undo if both opponents are at the table. If an opponent is not at the table (for example if they were temporarily disconnected) they are unable to accept the undo, so the undo will be rejected by the software. Wait for the missing opponent to return, then request the undo again.

If there is any doubt or disagreement about whether an undo should be allowed, call the Director. The Director will be able to adjudicate according to the rules of the event.


During the play

When play starts, dummy appears on the table. The cards played to each trick are shown in the middle of the table. Some more buttons now become relevant:

Playing a card

To play, simply click the card you want to play. If you are using one-click or tap mode, the card will be played and will appear in the middle of the table.

If you prefer not to use one-click mode (see Settings) there are two options available to you.

  • Two tap (tablet style) emphasises the bid or card when selected with a single tap, as seen below. Tap the bid or card again to play. Tap elsewhere to cancel.
  • Double click (mouse style) emphasises a bid or card when the cursor is moved over it. Two fast clicks are required to play a bid or card.
  • Any input style can be used on any device. For example, a desktop user can use tablet-style two tap. The names are simply suggestions.

Claims

Either declarer or a defender can claim some or all of the remaining tricks. Click the Claim button, then select the number of tricks that you are claiming. Just as in face-to-face bridge, you should state your line of play at the same time as your claim.

After you have claimed as declarer, both defenders are prompted to accept or reject your claim. If they both accept, the result is recorded and the deal ends. If either defender rejects the claim, the platform displays a message saying that the claim has been rejected. After a rejection, you should call the director to adjudicate the claim, or claim again (perhaps for a different number of tricks), or if everyone agrees you can also play on.

If a defender claims, both declarer and the other defender are prompted to accept or reject the claim. (This is because a defender is allowed under Law 68B2 to object to his partner's claim.)

If play continues after a claim, the non-claiming side can see all four hands.

Undos

Undos in the play work in the same way as undos in the bidding. If an undo is accepted, the play goes back to before your last play.

Again, if there is any doubt or disagreement about whether an undo should be allowed, call the Director.

Settings

If you click the Settings icon, you will see various options for controlling the appearance and functionality of the screen:

Notes

  • If you change your settings, Realbridge will remember them for the next time that you play, as long as you are using the same computer and web-browser.
  • With simplified cards, dummy is always oriented to face you.

Recommendations

  • If you are using a tablet, you may find it easier to use simplified cards and/or two taps mode.
  • Try the different options and choose a configuration that you like.

iPad volume boost

To address issues with low audio volume on some iPads, there is a Volume boost control in the settings screen:

This is available only for iPads.

This is particularly relevant for iPad Pro devices that have been upgraded to iOS 15, where there is a known issue with sound volume. If you are getting echoing or other audio/video problems on your iPad, try using this resolution.


Audio and video controls

The screen also contains some buttons for controlling audio and video:


The director

You can call the Director by clicking the Director button. When the Director is at the table, you will see him in the top left-hand corner of the screen. You can see and talk to him just as with the other players.


Scores and Results

You can see the running scores and the results of completed boards by clicking the Scores button. The scores window is also displayed at the end of each round. The first thing you see is the ranking list.

Ranking list

From the main ranking list, you can nagivate to the results for a pair. From the board-number buttons at the bottom, you can navigate to the results for a board.

Partnership scorecard

This shows you all the results for a single pair.

Board results

This shows you all the results on a single board.

Bidding and Play

This allows you to view the bidding at a single table, and step through the play.

Teams events

For teams events there are seven different views of the scores.


Self Alerting

When the director has set the event to use Self-Alerts, the bidding box will appear as shown below. You are able to explain a bid to both your opponents by following these steps:

  1. Alerting the call if applicable. If you alert the bid, a transparent red overlay appears over the bidding box to notify you that your call will be alerted.
  2. Type an explanation of your bid (you may use the suit symbols below to help you) or select an explanation from previously used explanations using the ☰ button. You are able to use the arrow keys to scroll through your text before submitting.
  3. Click on the bid you wish to make.

You are also able to type before alerting if you wish.

 

If you make a mistake or need to explain your bid further after you have bid, you can click on the bid and add more text.

The added text will appear after an asterisk *. The time in seconds between when the bid was made and the added explanation was submitted is presented after the added text in the square brackets, for this example, 26 seconds. The character limit on explanations is 200 characters.

Bids are displayed as follows depending on if they are explained or alerted. To see the explanation, click on the bid and the text will appear.

  Not Explained Explained
Not Alerted
Alerted

The yellow border does not appear by default. To show/hide the yellow border, see User Settings.