Revised 26 November 2020
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:
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-tap 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.
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 will be explained in the Self alerts section in a subsequent edition of this guide.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
If you click the Settings icon, you will see various options for controlling the appearance and functionality of the screen:
The screen also contains some buttons for controlling audio and video:
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.
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.
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.
This shows you all the results for a single pair.
This shows you all the results on a single board.
This allows you to view the bidding at a single table, and step through the play.
For teams events there are seven different views of the scores.