EBU Tournaments every day

Every day, at 11am (relaxed game for novice intermediate players), Noon (fast game), 2pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm and 9pm

As of March 2020, the English Bridge Union (EBU) has started offering tournaments on BBO allowing EBU members to earn EBU master points.

What: Pairs, 12 boards, machpoints
When: Every day at noon, 2pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm and 9pm
Awards: EBU master points and BBO points
Entry fee: 1.5 BB$
Limits: Open to all

How to find these tournaments:


The tournaments will be listed and open for registration 2 hours before start time.

Have fun playing!


  1. Well done EBU. I played last night and enjoyed it. A bit slow at the moment but I’m sure that will improve as everyone gets used to playing on-line. I wonder if we’ll all go back to club bridge when this is over?

  2. Congratulations on making progress so fast – hope to play soon though not sure how to pay the entry fee.

    1. BB$ are bridge Baseonline dollars. You purchase these when you log onto BBO on first screen.
      It costs 1 dollar for every time you play these tourneys.
      I shall be trying to play tomorrow(Friday) on the 2 pm one. Need to log in half hour before to register.

    1. BB$ are bridge Baseonline dollars. You purchase these when you log onto BBO on first screen.
      It costs 1 dollar for every time you play these tourneys.
      I shall be trying to play tomorrow(Friday) on the 2 pm one. Need to log in half hour before to register.

  3. I have followed your instructions but when I search for EBU nothing comes up. I’m obviously doing something wrong but cannot work it out. Anyone else with the same difficulty?

    1. The games are listed and open for registrations two hours before start time. If you searched earlier they were probably not posted yet.

      1. EBU tournamonts will nit appear until the time scheduled. Usually 2 hours befiore they are due to start you can register to play

    2. I am having the same problems. Just want to kibitz at the moment to see ow it all works. Will try again and then give up

  4. Well done Gordon Rainsford and the EBU. How necessary was this initiative for all us addicts? Brilliant!

  5. I played for the first time yesterday, alerting etc took a bit of getting used to, I know it is possible to create a conv card but unsure how to have this viewable by opponents or indeed how I could look at their card, there was not much time for asking questions etc

  6. Is it possible to see your results after closed, I could not find the comp in closed tournaments after I had left

  7. I went to the Partnership room before 3pm, but didn’t get allocated a partner. A wast of 45 minutes.

    1. David, since you were willing to wait 45 minutes to get a partner, you’re probably not too choosy. If that’s true, you might consider registering as a substitute immediately after it starts. There are often a few no shows at the start and TD’s appreciate having subs then. There are some disadvantages, but it’s something to consider.

      1. Thanks for that. I may give that a go. I have a regular partner who also registered in the last couple of days, but he’s not available for a few days. I thought i would get some practice in first.

    1. Click on the Tournament you want to play in. A dialog box opens telling you the entry fee and how long to the start. Enter your partner’s alias and confirm whether you are paying for both or just yourself. See you in there.

  8. How do you buy BB$ , when on your iPad .
    There is a shop basket button.I click on this but nothing happened!
    Thanking You J of Spade

  9. Can anyone tell me where to find the Convention Cards? I want to fill one in, and also see what my opponents are doing.

  10. To DavidD1951, Go to your account and you will see conventions at the top.
    Just click on that and pick your choice.

  11. Are the EBU 12 board tournaments at 14:00 & 15:30 (and again at 19:30 and 21:00) scored independently? I was under the impression we were trying to replicate a 24 board club evening with a mid-session break?

  12. To follow up on what DavidD1951 said about playing with a specific partner, is it the case that naming a specific partner will automatically bring them into the game, or do they have to sign up separately? (Presumably the latter is the case, as both players need to pay?) Also, what does it mean about playing “for both” or “just yourself”.

    1. They have to be logged in. If you have bought, say, $20 you can pay the entry fee for both you and you partner. I have to pay a foreign currency fee, so it cost every time I buy. One partner can pay until all their money is gone, then the other partner can buy some.

    2. yiou can pay for your partner or just invite them and let tyhem pay when they accept yourt invite

  13. After registering I presume you and partner have to be logged in at the start time. What do you see so you know the event as started?

    1. You get confirmation that you have entered the tournament, then at the appropriate start time the first deal appears. Magic!

  14. And don’t forget you can partner a BBO Robot for an extra 25 cents. These play a 2/1 system and have a convention card you can read first, plus, by highlighting their bid with your curser, it will show what the bid means and also your bid too.

    But read the system card first ( found in the robot area and also the convention card area ) as doubling the opp’s 4 spade or heart bid, can be for takeout and you end up in a 5 something contract.

    And the horrible memory’s come flooding back………….

  15. Can the robot have the conventions it plays altered? I plays 5-card majors and a strong NT, whilst I play the usual weak NT. It does play its hands well, not forgetting where the cads are.

  16. Really good idea. Takes a while to get used to it. I spent a while clicking on cards that my partner was playing. 🙂 I can see myself playing every day soon! (providing I can get away with it) 😉

    1) Convention cards. Can’t seem to upload your own, have to use a non-EBU format.
    2) Not sure how you get Master Points to your EBU account.
    3) No MP % given for a board ( maybe a good thing 🙂 )

    But other than that, Thanks a lot EBU!

  17. Hi I went on line as you suggested a couple of hours before the 7:30 tournament and registered with my BBo user name and also my partner
    it went yellow indicating registered and we both stayed on line but playing solitar thinking it would take us to the tournament when it starts. Sadly
    soon after 7:30 we checked and it started without us. Have I done something wrong? have they taken the money?
    We are planing to play today at 2:00 pm would appreciate your advise

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