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get more opportunities to play bridge thanks to British based organisation
Australian enthusiasts will get more opportunities to play bridge on the internet
thanks to an agreement signed this month with the British-based International
On-line Bridge Club (IOBC) who provide the well established "Bridge Player
The agreement, which follows negotiations with the Australian
Bridge Federation means the IOBC will provide an online
bridge service for a trial period lasting up to two years. Under
the arrangement there will be two phases during which the Australian
Bridge Federation can assess the value of the service. In the first
phase, which is scheduled to last 6 months, the IOBC will allow ABF
members through their own organisation to play online using the service
the IOBC provides currently to the English Bridge Union. In the second
phase, the IOBC may provide the ABF with its own dedicated Online Bridge
Server located in the UK or Australia.
Nick Justice, Managing
Director of the IOBC, said today "The increasing popularity of online bridge coupled
with the growing number of bridge enthusiasts throughout the world is the driving
force behind this agreement. Our experience of running the online bridge service
for the English Bridge Union puts us ahead of many of our competitors and the
ABF have recognised this fact in signing this agreement. We look forward to working
with the ABF to make this evaluation a positive membership benefit for their members."
The IOBC estimates that the site would attract some 1500 members during the first
Sue Maxwell, the EBU Marketing Manager in conversation
with John Hansen who manages the ABF Masterpoint Centre in Perth, said "England
and Australia have enjoyed a reciprocal agreement regarding Master Points and
players that play on the ABF Online club may earn Master Points using a well tried
and successful formula (similar to the USA) whereby, only one third of the Master
Points earned online may be used towards any rank. Therefore no rank can be achieved
by playing online exclusively.
I must say that since doing
this ourselves on our online club, many members have appreciated this new service,
especially people to whom access to a 'real' duplicate bridge club is difficult.
The service is, of course, free, as part of their membership to the EBU".
the agreement, each month, the Bridge Player LIVE! server will send electronically,
all Master Points that have been earned online by Australian participants and
these may be registered to those points to members name on the ABF master point
ranking list after applying the ABF formula.
The IOBC will
also provide a dedicated email discussion group and a dedicated web forum similar
to those provided for the EBU members through its website dedicated to their on
line players at http://www.ebuonline.co.uk.
The International On-Line Bridge Club (IOBC) http://www.bridgeplayer.com
launched its latest Java client earlier this year, (a Chinese version is has just
been released) thus enabling the widest range of users (including Apple/MAC owners)
to enjoy its on line bridge service with players from around the world. This version
operates alongside its well established Windows product that has been running
for over 6 years.
JOINTLY ISSUED BY:
International On Line Bridge Club Limited
14 Landons Close, Prestons Road London E14 9QQ England
A. Justice, Managing Director
Tel: +44 (020) 7538
Fax: +44 (020) 7515 3887
The Australian Bridge Federation
PO Box 397
Contact: Keith McDonald
(02) 6239 2265
Fax: (02) 6239 1816