"Ultimate Bridge" is interactive online game designed for Contract Bridge's fans, both for experienced players and beginners. "Ultimate Bridge" provides possibility of playing in two Contract Bridge's variants: Single table Bridge and Bridge tournament.
Single Table Bridge
"Games" button click, in navigation bar, will guide you to the page for single table bridge playing. The main characteristic of this bridge variant is that four players who start game have to finish it. In case if one of the players terminate the game before ending, and without agreement of others, will be penalized.
Join to game
The central part of this page is reserved for table list that contains all active playing tables as well as those in process of creation. This table list can be seen on picture.
Table list contains seven columns:
Column Info contains symbol . Moving the mouse over this symbol shows tooltip with all table settings which are set during table creation. Tooltip is showed on the picture (tooltip of the second table). The meaning of listed settings is described in details in this chapter later.
Column Player S contains the name of the player who created table.
Columns Playr N, Player W i Player E in case of active tables (tables presently playing), contain players' names on appropriate table position (North, West, East). In case if the table hasn't started the following content can be found in these columns:
The name of some player - meaning that the player took the appropriate position
Button "Join" - clicking on this button you will take appropriate position, and your name will be displayed instead it. Beside your name, the button will be presented and clicking on it, you leave the table, which means that this position is immediately opened for some other player. If you are the fourth player joined to the table, the gaming room starts immediately, so you can play.
Symbol - describes that you can't join the table in some reason. Moving the mouse over this symbol shows tooltip with description of restriction. The possible restrictions are: "You already joined to this game", "You need more chips for this game", "This position is reserved", "You have too many terminated games", "You are listed in block list for this game", "You are not listed in favorite list for this game" and "You have no appropriate rating for this game"
Column Hands contains the number of how many hands are planned to be played.
Column Enter has the purpose only for active tables. This column, in this case, contains button . Clicking on this button you will enter the table as observer.
Create a game
The quickest and simplest way to start a playing is joining to the one of listed tables in the manner previously described. In case if there is no free tables, or you don't want to join them, you always can create yours table with yours restrictions. Creating the new table starts by clicking on the "Create a game" button positioned in the top left corner of the page. After that, dialog, as on the picture, will be showed.
The settings, that can be set, are:
Hands count - the number of hands planned to be played. It also denotes the cost of the game which is necessary to be paid for. The cost in chips can be found beside hands count.
Extra time - extra time in game. Every player has 15 seconds for making the move. In case this time expired, the extra time will start to spend. If extra time expired, then it is considered that player who spent it unconditionally terminated the table. After starting the game below the cards of player, there is a time bank that represents the both times (red color represent the left extra time, green color represent the left time for making the move).
Game duration - minimal time of game duration. Purpose of this setting is to limit the game duration. At the expiration of this time from the beginning of the game, every player can terminate the game without consequences, id. as if the game is terminated with players' agreement.
% of terminated games - restriction which indicate that players whose unconditionally terminated game percentage is greater than this setting, can't join the table.
Invited partner - partner position at the table is strictly reserved for the named player. If this setting isn't used then the following settings are enabled, and they will be performed.
Partner form lists - there is the list of favorite players and list of blocked ones, which filling up can be found on the page My Profle -> My settings. This setting means that the partner player position can be taken only by players who are listed on favorite list and/or players who are not listed on blocked list.
Partner rating - partner position can be taken only by player whose rating satisfies range determined by this setting. This restriction is valid as well as in case of active restriction that the partner has to be listed on favorite list.
Invited opponent1 - opponent position W at the table is strictly reserved for the named player. If this setting isn't used then the following settings are enabled, and they will be performed.
Invited opponent2 - opponent position E at the table is strictly reserved for the named player. If this setting isn't used then the following settings are enabled, and they will be performed.
Opponents form lists - there is the list of favorite players and list of blocked ones, which filling up can be found on the page My Profle -> My settings. This setting means that the opponents players position W and E can be taken only by players who are listed on favorite list and/or players who are not listed on blocked list.
Opponets rating - opponents positions W and E can be taken only by players whose ratings satisfy range determined by this setting. This restriction is valid as well as in case of active restriction that the opponents have to be listed on favorite list.
After setting of all used table creation settings, clicking on button "Create", the new line in table list of tables will be inserted. The players who satisfy all defined restrictions can join this table, and after that the game will start.
Bridge bidding system
On the beginning of the game (after entering the playing room) partners should make an agreement, by chat, about bidding system that will be used during the game.
This chapter will be added soon.
After completion single table bridge game, in which more than 3 hands are played, two rating list will be refreshed: rang list sorted by points and rang list sorted by rating. Points are summed up on monthly base and depend on the number of the played games, opponents' rating and accomplished scores in those games. The rating indicates the quality of the player and it depends on all played games ever. These two ranking lists can be found on page Rankin & Members -> Games ranking and they present 15 top players as well as your position on these lists.
On the page Rankin & Members -> Games history you can find Single table bridge games, which you have played with score in them.
Chips, Stash and Premium account
Chips and Stash are virtual money that is used for all kinds of payments in the game. There is difference between Chips and Stash, players receive Chips as a gift on various reasons but Stash can only be purchased for real money. When a payment is performed, application first uses chips, so if there are not enough then spends Stash. The value of Chips and Stash is the same.
Possible ways for getting Chips:
Each player receives 1000 chips at the first login
For daily login. The amount of chips depends on the continuity logging of player (the number of consecutive days of logging) - the first day 40, the second 50, the third 60, the fourth 70 and the each next day 80. The max amount of Chips is 500
The player receives 500 chips for the each invite friend (who joins the game). The button for invite friends is in the lower left corner
In Ultimate Bridge game, you pay playing in Single table bridge game or competing in Bridge tournaments.
Cost of Single table bridge game depends on number of hands that you going to play. Cost for: 4 hands - 40 chips, 8 hands - 80 chips, 12 - 120 chips, 16 hands - 160 chips, 20 hands - 200 chips and 24 hands - 240 chips. The game is paid on its start.
Reasons for chips refunding on the end of Single table bridge game:
If you play less then three hands, and another player terminates the game, all of the chips will be refunded.
If you play less then three hands, and the game is terminated by agreement, all of the chips will be refunded.
If you play less then half of the game, and another player terminates the game, half amount of the chips will be refunded.
If you play less then half of the game, and the game is terminated by agreement, half amount of the chips will be refunded.
Cost of Bridge tournaments will be added soon.
If you buy Premium account, you can play without limits and during this period the chips and the stash will not spend.
You can buy Stash and Premium account on Buy Chips page which is shown in Figure.
There are two payment methods: SMS mobile payment and Facebook Credits payment.
When you click on SMS button, new dialog (with amounts and prices) will be shown and you can choose amount of the stash(chips).
When you click on a button with chips or premium account (star), Facebook payment dialog will be shown.
Any insulting and inappropriate behavior of the players will be penalized by administrators by taking chips, chat disabling, or permanent ban from the game. Penalizing will be executable no matter if the player buys chips (premium account) or not.
There is a mechanism of automatic penalizing players who unconditionally terminate the game. This penalizing mechanism is active after 10 played games and is managed as getting ban on chips receiving on daily base. This ban is active for specific number of login days. Login day is the day when the player comes to Ultimate Bridge. Number of days, the player should login (not necessarily in sequence), depend on unconditionally terminated game percentage (count of terminated games / count of all played games). If the percentage is between 10% and 20% the penalizing is 10 login days without receiving chips. If the percentage is between 20% and 30% the penalizing is 20 login days, and above 30% the penalizing is permanent.