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Welcome! I am Maureen Hall, Founder and Manager of the Beginner Intermediate Lounge (BIL) which began on September 3, 2003 on BBO. I hope you find the BIL a pleasant and friendly place to enjoy learning and playing this wonderful game.
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13 Reasons to Join the BIL
What Membership in the BIL Can Do For You
As a BIL Player, you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best of the world’s bridge experts, play in exciting tournaments, have easy-to-read instructions for using BBO software, and—perhaps more importantly—share the love of bridge with friends around the world.
With a great team of dedicated Volunteers, Teachers, and Mentors, we provide BIL Players with opportunities to
- attend free open teaching lessons
- attend hosted practice sessions.
- play in free daily tournaments with players of similar skill levels
- compete for BBO Masterpoints in daily level-restricted tournaments - collect Reward Points to exchange for lessons/cash
- access one of the best libraries of online bridge for beginner and intermediate players
- have access to the BIL Calendar to know when events are being held, receiving emailed alerts if desired
- have access to the BIL's extensive interactive 'bridge movie' collection
- attend any of the BIL’s Special Events featuring some of the world's leading bridge experts
- sign up for level-restricted Courses
- apply for one-on-one mentoring
(6 months of free lessons with a mentor)
- have the use of the "Ask Bridge Question" to get your queries answered by an Expert
- test your knowledge with the many types of Quiz for all levels
- join the BIL community's online Forum
- receive a complimentary copy of the monthly BIL Gazette with news and articles
- have access to the Gazette archive
- receive emailed bulletins announcing upcoming Courses (for your level) and news of Special Events
- compete in BIL-sponsored Team Match series for Intermediates or weekly Begginer-only Team Matches.
- receive one-on-one BBO software help from the BIL Friend Group
The BIL's Open Teaching Sessions, daily Hosted Practice Sessions and Special Events are held in the BIL's "BILies Retreat", a Public Club on BBO, Hosted by BILManager. The BILies Retreat, open 24/7 is a place where you can invite friends and/or fellow bridge students to join you.
The BIL also provides pre-registered, level-restricted, topic-specific courses and group sessions. These are held in the secure environment of the BIL's Private Club "LearnBrdge" on BBO, Hosted by LearnBrdge. The classes that are part of the BIL's Beginning Bridge Programme are taught here, away from Club Chat and other interruptions.
The BIL's Beginner Bridge Programme, introduced in 2009, has 4 sequential Courses which take the Starter player through the Beginner level to Improving Beginner, and finally to the lower-intermemediate level. The Courses are :-
♣ Bridge 101—Hand Evaluation and Bidding for Starters
♦ Bridge 102— Beginning Play of the Hand
♥ Bridge 201—Competitive Bidding for Beginners
♠ Bridge 202—Beginning Defense
Courses are also offered to the Intermediate Player, covering such topics as
♣ Cue Bids, Negative Doubles, Bidding Slam, Hand Evalulation
♦ Defense - Carding, Attitude, Suit Preference
♥ Introduction to 2/1,
♠ Introduction to Precision
invitations to register for level-appropriate classes are sent 10 days before the start of a course with full details.
The BIL's Mentoring Program provides opportunities for small group sessions or one-on-one mentoring.
The BIL Library is an ever-growing resource of lesson material, including challenging quizzes and bridge movies of lessons. Contributions by the Teachers and Mentors offer thought-provoking and stimulating lessons and discussions that allow you to pursue continual, and often rapid, improvement in your play. “Ask a Bridge Question” to receive quick and accurate responses to your queries.
The level you show on your BIL membership will determine what Courses you are invited to take part in. As your game progresses it is essential that you keep updating this information. When applying to become a BIL member, it may help to use the following guidelines to identify your level of play :
Starter > BEGINNER > Improving Beginner - newcomers to bridge who are learning the basic principles. The Beginner is offered a “safe haven” in the BIL to learn and enjoy the game with players of similar abilities.
INTERMEDIATE > Improving Intermediate > Upper Intermediate players with a good understanding of the basic principles and learning the modern conventions. The Intermediate has ambitions of going on to higher levels and sees the BIL as offering the necessary lessons and playing experience to bridge the gap, which is a very large one, between Intermediate and Advanced.
The BIL has of necessity to be self supporting, we receive no subsidies, grants or sponsorship. To cover costs it is necessary for us to charge an annual support fee . Effective April 1, 2013 - - $45 per year..
I like to think the BIL offers a special service for beginning and intermediate players on BBO. It’s always a pleasure to welcome new players, provide you with learning and competitive opportunities, and watch you move on after adjusting to the complexities of a global online environment. Most importantly, I hope the BIL offers you a wide and wondrous avenue to learn and to maximize your skills in one of the world’s most challenging games!
Make the best of friends around the world!
Cherish your Partner and Respect the Opposition
and Don't Forget to COUNT the Cards !
Good Bridging !
Maureen (aka Hallway)
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