21 Jumpstart - New Year Bridge January 1-3

Together, let's get 2021 off to a flyer - join us for the BBO 21 Jumpstart!

From January 1st to January 3rd BBO is hosting an enormous party of bridge to celebrate the new year. It's clear that 2020 has been very difficult for so many. We hope 2021 will see things getting back to some kind of normal.

Over the three days of '21 Jumpstart' there'll be games to suit all tastes and abilities: teams, pairs, indies, robots, daylongs and survivors! Wherever the mood takes you, we've got it covered. What better way to Jumpstart your year? And, yes - for those of you familiar with the career of Johnny Depp - we decided to call this 21 Jumpstart and not Jumpstart 21 to add a nice US TV cultural twist!

So, what's in store?

SWISS TEAMS

Sparkling Swiss Teams - FREE
18 boards, 6 rounds of 3 boards, VP20 - 4 times a day, for 3 days: 8am, 12pm, 4pm and 8pm US Eastern Time
Organise some bubbles - Champagne, Prosecco (or mineral water if it's too early!) and prepare for a Swiss teams challenge. Running 4 times a day for the duration of the event.


INDY GAME

Ceilidh Indy Express - 0.10BB$
4 Express games per hour, running 24/7
Fast and furious, Ceilidh Indy Express holds no prisoners. Ever tried the Gay Gordon? Move those dancing feet fast and you could be in with a chance at BB$! Includes Leaderboard for all three days. Prizes; 5 BB$ for top 3 overall and 1 BB$ each for places 4-10.


PAIRS GAMES

3-Day Shindig Survivor Pairs - FREE
18 boards, MPs, Open to all. 3 day event, where top 50% move forward
Get your best party outfit ready for a good old survivor shindig. This is the main event - running for the whole three days. If you're good enough, you'll make it to day three! Good luck everyone!

  • Day 1/3. Friday, 2PM US Eastern Time: Qualifications / 18 boards, MPs, Open to all. Top 50% move forward.
  • Day 2/3. Saturday, 2PM: Qualifications / 18 boards. 50% move forward
  • Day 3/3. Sunday, 2PM: Finals / 18 boards.
  • Cocktail Newcomer Pairs (0-5 BBO Points) - FREE
    BBO Points Awarded - 10 mins past the hour, every hour / 12 boards, Matchpoints, 8 minutes per board
    It's happy hour for the newcomers. If you have below 5 BBO Points, mix a cocktail or a mocktail and get into the festive spirit. Based on the popular BBO Newcomer Pairs, get a taste for this BBO specialty every hour at xx:10

    Mulled Wine Limited Pairs (0-500 BBO Points) - FREE
    Starting at 20 mins past the hour, every hour / 18 boards, Matchpoints, 7 minutes per board
    If you’re a beginner / intermediate and fancy a Winter warmer during 21 Jumpstart, look no further than Mulled Wine Limited Pairs (limited to players with up to 500 BBO Points).

    Champagne Open Pairs - FREE
    Starting at 30 mins past the hour, every hour / 18 boards, Matchpoints, 6 minutes per board
    For those looking for a refined apéritif, Champagne Open Pairs is being served, and is open to all. This free open pairs tournament offers you the opportunity to flex your strategic prowess! It’s free to play and perfect even for the most demanding pairs.

    Firecracker Speedball 55% Pairs - FREE
    Starting at 40 mins past the hour, every hour / 12 boards, Matchpoints, 4.5 minute per boardr
    It's fast and furious and guaranteed to keep the adrenaline flowing. If you’ve an hour to spare during 21 Jumpstart, give this game a go. Just like the other BBO pairs games, Firecracker Speedball Pairs is free to play!


    ROBOT TOURNAMENTS

    Auld Lang Syne 3 Day Survivor - FREE
    12 boards, MPs, top 50% qualify for the following day
    And there's a hand, my trusty fiere! Bring on the Auld Lang Syne 3 Day Survivor! Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Not at BBO! Good luck - hope you make it to day three!

    Recovery Super Sunday Daylong - FREE
    12 boards, MPs, open to all
    Consolation for players who didn't make the Auld Lang Syne Survivor final.

    Réveillon Daylong Reward
    16 boards, MPs, non-best hand - 1BB$
    The Réveillon Daylong Reward is sure to bring out the competitor in you. Finish in the top 30% and you'll win BB$ prizes. All players contribute 1 BB$, which goes to a prize pool given back to the top scorers. 80% payback in prizes. Prize pool distributed to top 30%.

    Dancers Daylong
    8 boards (MPs, IMPs, JD) - 0.39BB$
    Dancers Daylong is a short 8-board quickstep towards potential BBO Points. MPs, IMPs, or Just Declare – pick your favorite and play at your own pace.

    Hour Glass Daylong
    12 boards (MPs, IMPs) - 0.59BB$
    Win BBO Points at the Hour Glass Daylong. As with all Daylongs you can start when convenient and play at your own pace.

    Glitterball Daylong
    20 boards (MPs, IMPs) - 1.35BB$
    With BBO Points up for grabs, why not give the sparkling 20 board Glitterball Daylong a go at 21 Jumpstart? It’s available throughout the duration of the tournament so you'll be able to fit it into your schedule.


    How do I play?

    Click on “Competitive” => “All tournaments” and scroll (or use the search box) to find the game you want to play.


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66 comments on “21 Jumpstart - New Year Bridge January 1-3”

    1. There is not BB$ promised in the speedball. When there is an entry fee, it pays back 150% of entry fee as a prize, but since entry fee is zero, 150% * 0 = 0

    1. You qualify as a pair, it's a pair game. We allowed some pairs to change their partner or play with a robot when they knew partner couldn't make it, but this was discussed with the TD, before the game started. Sorry you missed it, but when registering to a 3-day event, both you and your partner should plan to attend the 3 days.

  1. I do not think it is fair that i cannot play in the shindig. I was very excited and to have it taken away from me is unfair;.

    1. Why could you not play it ? If you qualified yesterday you should have been registered automatically to today's session.

    1. Yes,, there are tourneys for 0-5 BBO Points and also for 0-500. And lots of open pairs as well, but if you prefer limited ones, they are available.

  2. Hi Diana,

    I posted some angry comments earlier because of the limit on teams for the 12 PM Swiss; I see it was a mistake and I appreciate you telling us. Sorry if I came across as too harsh, but I was frustrated. My team was able to play in the 4 PM and we very much enjoyed the experience. Thank you for all that you do! And happy new year 🙂

  3. While these activities are all interesting, it is so disappointing that you are stealing business away from the Clubs. As if COVID isn't bad enough there is a convergence of issues to squash the clubs.
    Now ACBL is only allowing pooling club games within a district, unless you are already pooled.

    This is a travesty.

    BBO should be running events that give back to the clubs. We learned at the clubs, we need to keep them alive, rather than undercutting them with free games, etc. You need to financially support the clubs.

    It is the clubs who took the initiative to educate players on using BBO in the first place, so you owe them.

    1. Hi Carolyn. My club does not have games on the weekend, so this was just a fun way to learn how to play Swiss teams on BBO! Four of us from the same club enjoyed the new experience. If my club did run a weekend game I may have chosen to play there instead. The free games don’t award master points.
      Phyllis

  4. Since we qualified, are we committed to the same partner or do we get to choose someone else? If we choose, Will there be a partnership desk?

    1. If you qualify to next session of the Pairs Survivor, it will be with the same partner. Both of you will be already registered to the next session.

    1. Yes. All 4 of you should log in. Register as pairs, like you would register for a normal pair game. Then click again on the tounament, on Select Team mates. And you can invite your team mates to form a team with you.

  5. Why would BBO advertise this big “Swiss Teams Event” to start the year and not even mention that they are limiting it to an obscenely small field??? I was looking forward to playing the 12 PM today but now I won’t be able to. Extremely poor planning and leadership from BBO. Thanks for ruining my first day of 2021!

    1. The 20 table limit for the first Swiss Team was a typo, not an intentional limitation. Just human error (more exactly, mine!! Very sorry about this). Please join with your team, there are 4 free swiss teams tournaments every day.

  6. I have 3+ points but have been blocked from playing in the pairs cocktail party tournament. Why is this?

  7. Are you seriously only allowing 20 TEAMS to register for the swiss games? Why advertise this as a sitewide “event” and then make it essentially a private club game? AWFUL START TO 2021. THANKS FOR NOTHING, BBO.

    1. First each pair registers, like you would normally register for a pair tourney. Then click again on the tournament registration, on Select Team mates and invite the other pair to form a team.

  8. Firecracker Speedball 55% Pairs – FREE
    Starting at 40 mins past the hour, every hour / 12 boards, Matchpoints, 4.5 minute per boardr
    It’s fast and furious and guaranteed to keep the adrenaline flowing. If you’ve an hour to spare during 21 Jumpstart, give this game a go. Just like the other BBO pairs games, Firecracker Speedball Pairs is free to play!

    Do you still get $1.50?

  9. Réveillon Daylong Reward
    16 boards, MPs, non-best hand – 1BB$
    The Réveillon Daylong Reward is sure to bring out the competitor in you. Finish in the top 30% and you’ll win BB$ prizes. All players contribute 1 BB$, which goes to a prize pool given back to the top scorers. 80% payback in prizes. Prize pool distributed to top 30%.

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  10. When is next opportunity to earn silver points? Can you announce sooner so I can plan my month’s travel? Thanks BBO

  11. Are the times advertised in your promotion, Australian times? Do we need to convert to Australian Eastern Daylight time?

  12. 1. Pairs games - How many boards? time/board? MPs?
    2. Team Games - Does each event last 3 days? Is it 3 boards against 6 different teams? Finished in one session? 4 sessions? 3 sessions, 1/day? Is it bracketed by MPs? Time/board?

  13. BBO est mon compagnon favoris... Merci .. je le pratique depuis 15 ans.. mais cette année particulière il a été un compagnon fidèle

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