What is the Total Points Tournament Bridge Club ?
Our Mission Statement is as follows:
It has always been our intent to provide a friendly, welcoming community to people throughout the world using the internet as a tool and bridge playing as the central activity. Because our TPTC community has become so very important…almost necessary…to so many, we will do our best to make decisions which will ensure that our club continues to thrive far into the future.
And some more details.
The Total Points Tournament Knockout format is not a Duplicate Tournament or any form of Team Play Tournament. Pairs are matched and play a specific number of boards per round. The pair with the most Total Points after all boards are played wins the round and advances in the tournament. The losing pair is usually knocked out of the tournament (but not always) .
In 2001, realising that World Play was about to end, Robert S. Geiger – »Baronreit« sought volounteers, initiating training and brought the concept to BBO to maintain the social club beloved by so many.
With Bob’s preplanning and Fred Gitelman’s consent, TPTC continues to offer both Bridge and the social community so important to all who participate.
History of Total Points Tournament Format
The Format was conceived several years ago at another site. The programmer was not a bridge player and wanted to offer tournaments for all the site’s card games. So he conceived of a format that applied to card games like Bridge, Black Jack, Poker etc. – most points wins. To our collective surprise, a large group of us came to really enjoy the total points bridge tournament game format – both for the competition and as a social event. It’s different – it’s fun – it’s friendly – it’s entertainment! The advantage of this type of bridge tournament is that all levels of players can compete, although competence is certainly an advantage.
Think it’s all luck?
Well certainly there is some luck involved, but tell a poker player that his game is all luck and he will gladly relieve you of your money. Total Points Tournament format requires strategic thinking. In a duplicate tournament you play to maximize the value of each hand. In this format you play to have more points than the other team at the end of the round. We enjoy it so much we wrote some rules, and with Bridge Base Online’s permission and encouragement offer our Bridge tournaments to this terrific community.
The Bridge Tournaments are only possible because of the tireless efforts of the friendly volunteer hosts and assistants. The tournaments are free and all are welcome. It’s friendly competition – a great way to meet new players. If you get to meet some new friends you are a winner and that’s really what our bridge club is all about.
How to join the team of Directors
Should you wish to join the team of Directors in TPTC please contact anyone from the staff, or a TD/AD in one of our tournaments. A training program will then be set up.
In order to play in the TotalPoints Club you must have the BBO program installed on your computer. To download click here: http://www.bridgebase.com/
Follow the instructions and the program will install itself, create a Bridge Base Online folder on the hard disk, and end up with a shortcut to the program on your desktop. It is strongly recommended to have the setting of your monitor be minimum 1024×768 pixels, if lower the chat will come up in bubbles instead of in the chat bar.