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Welcome to ACBL Unit 146
Membership Game Deadline

The Oct 7th Membership Game signup sheet still has room for more teams. If you need help forming a team send an email to and we'll see if we can get you a team. You can also post a partnership request on the Partnership board by the kitchen door. The deadline for signing up is Friday Sep 28th.

Fall Sectional

We got lucky. Thanks to all for their support of this successful tournament, especially our hosts, Muh Sha and Barbara, our Director, Bob, and all those who chipped in to help.

2018 Membership Game

The Annual Unit 146 Membership Meeting and Game will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Westminster-Canterbury.

The doors will open at 09:30 and the game will start at 10:15.  Buffet lunch will be provided. Light snacks, coffee, tea, iced tea, and water will be complimentary. Cash bar for beer, wine and soda will be open throughout the day.  Valet parking will be used. Remember to tip the valets.  The cost is $100 per team / $25 per person.

Unit BOD Nominees

Unit 146 will hold it's annual membership meeting October 7, 2018. At that meeting, members to serve on the Unit Board of Directors for 2019 will be nominated and elected. In accordance with the bylaws of the Unit a nominating committee of five members has met and selected a slate of candidates to fill vacancies on the board for 2019. The following names will be put in nomination at the membership meeting:

Candidates, if elected, to serve one year term: Em Davis, Bob Low

 Candidates, if elected, to serve two year term: Antoinette Verduce,Kathy Haglich,June Cartledge,Linda Ankers,Barbara Duer,Beth Rafferty 

The floor will be open for additional nominations at the meeting.



The Dummy Speaks

The Dummy Speaks - Barbara Duer

Sush I can hear you

“All those points and no slam makes” comes blasting into my ears.  The quite good player at the table next to me shouts.  Or so it seems to me.  There are times when I rue my excellent hearing.  I am playing those boards next. Even if I do not consciously take the comment into account, does my sub-conscious?  This occasion was so loud and obvious my sub-conscious did not get a chance.  I bid my hand and landed in the same unmakable slam as the prior table.   But what if I had not quite so obviously heard it, would that nagging subthought have affected my bidding?  Or what if I were more ethically challenged?

This column is about talking at the table. Do not discuss the hand at the table.  Do not do this for a number of reasons.

  1. It disturbs your partner and you game will suffer
  2. It irritates your opponents because you are explaining why they let you make it, or how brilliant you are.
  3. It provides unauthorized information to the rest of the room.

If your opponents or partner, ask you a question and you can answer it without broadcasting unauthorized information go ahead and answer the question but if not, suggest you talk after the game.  Most questions are easily answered without concern.  But, you should always consider what the next table is hearing.

Do not announce the score aloud.  This should be obvious but I hear it all the time.  170 means some one did not bid a makeable game.  Knowing this again is unauthorized information.  If your partner wants to know the score, pass the Bridgemate over to them or give them your score sheet.

Do not berate your partner at the table.  This irritates the entire room affecting the mood of the game.  It may or may not broadcast unauthorized information but it definitely broadcasts that you are a …..

And just because you can’t hear does not mean your voice can’t be heard – all the way across the room.

So chit chat quietly all you want – until time to move. But leave the hand discussion until after the game, please.


How to register in the Member Area

Email me at, include your ACBL number and I'll send you the instructions.

Security and Safety
Security and Safety

For the Safety and Security of the Bridge Center the rear door will be locked when there is no game in that area. Do not unlock or use the door without the director's permission. Also, do not adjust the thermostats. Ask the director. Finally, ensure the refrigerator door is fully closed and do not use the warming oven without the director's permission.

Announcing a News and Notes Page

enlightenedTo replace the Echo, we've added a "News and Notes" Tab. Here we will post recent news and other info about the Unit and the Bridge Center. If you have something to contribute send it to and we'll add it (as appropriate) to the "Notes" section. enlightened

AED Debrillator
AED Debrillator

Automatic External Defibrillator

The Bridge Center has an AED or Automatic External Defibrillator. This life-saving device is located on the wall just inside the main entrance.    We also have a teaching kit including a video and instructions.  This kit is on the bottom shelf of the bookcase.  I will be happy to demonstrate the AED and other aspects of resuscitation.  When you see me at the Bridge Center, just ask or you can e-mail.

Carolyn Riegle

Need to Know More?
Need to Know More?

Are you interested in learning more about the game of Bridge or our Bridge Center? There are daily games at the bridge center and other games in the area on certain days (Suffolk, Outer Banks, Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach). There are also special games for newcomers. There are lessons on Saturday mornings at the bridge center and many of the club games include short lessons before play begins. Click on the "Information" tab for more details.

September 24, 2018
Va Beach Duplicate Bridge
Bridge Center 9:30 am
Director: Beth Brown
September 25, 2018
Jen's Bridge Club
Unit 146 Bridge Center 11:00 AM
Director: Jen Christman
September 25, 2018
Va Beach Duplicate Bridge
1148 First Colonial rd 6:30 pm
Director: Beth Brown
September 26, 2018
Unit 146 Bridge Center 7:00 PM
Director: Wrus Kristiansen
September 26, 2018
Club Masterpoint
Bridge Center 10:15 AM
Director: Jim Vroom
September 27, 2018
Jen's Club Championship
Unit 146 Bridge Center 11:00 AM
Director: Jen Christman
Bob's Bridge Club
Director: Beth Brown
Saturday Pairs NLM & Open Club Championship
Director: Nancy Lowry
Director: Anne Duty
Jen's Bridge Club
Director: Jen Christman
Director: Susan Bowles
Unit Championship
Director: Jim Vroom