Advance Recorded Presentations
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The ACBL Response to Lockdown
Joe Jones (Executive Director, American Contract Bridge League)
Joe Jones reflects on the challenges and opportunities that the ACBL has faced over the past year as a result of the global pandemic.
Collaboration between Bridge Clubs in Suffolk Coastal during Lockdown
Christina Ballinger (Heritage Coast Bridge Club, England)
Since the start of the 2020 lockdown, Heritage Coast Bridge Club has been running a weekly online tournament in partnership with other bridge clubs in Suffolk. Christina Ballinger describes the process of creating a virtual club, the challenge of maintaining the spirit of the founding clubs in a virtual environment, and speculates on what lies ahead.
A Survey of Bridge Players in Lockdown
Paul Meyer (Essex Contract Bridge Association, England)
Bridge players in the Essex Contract Bridge Association provide their views on the challenges faced during lockdown as well as the new possibilities that online bridge has offered.
MCBA Survey with BBO Players
Espen Gisvold (Manchester County Bridge Association, England)
Manchester County Bridge Association conducted a survey during UK lockdown to find out how many players were engaging in digital bridge and their suggestions for improvement.
Digital Bridge during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Dr Miriam Snellgrove (BAMSA)
This presentation explores the challenges of playing bridge during a pandemic and how age, technology and organisational support enable or constrain continued participation in the game.
How to Help Bridge Clubs Grow: The EBU’s Membership Campaign
Tim Anderson (English Bridge Union, England)
Tim Anderson discusses recent initiatives that English Bridge Union is developing regarding the growth of members and clubs.
The Impact of Covid on Bridge Players: A Study of Some UK-Based Players
Tony Hasler (Masters Student, University of London, England)
A small-scale UK survey was undertaken to explore whether players are playing more or less frequently during lockdown and the impact of COVID on social and organised bridge. The main findings are that generally people are playing more bridge during lockdown than they did before but that the over 74s, and particularly males over 74, are playing noticeably less.
Australia – The Post Covid Experience
Peter Cox (Head of Marketing, Australian Bridge Federation)
Uniquely most Australian bridge clubs had reopened by September 2020 and the Australian Bridge Federation undertook an extensive survey into bridge during Covid, future expectations and the actual experience. Peter Cox describes the findings.