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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE OF BARRIE BRIDGE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

All members are invited to attend and participate at our AGM taking place on Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Regular open game and 49er game to follow at 7:00 pm

The nomination committee is accepting names of candidates until November 1, 2017.

Please see either Marc Brenner, Paul Campbell, or Ginny Rosen to put you name forward as a condidate

for our Board of Directors, or to nominate a candidate with their permission.

 

 

5 Year Annual Constitutional Review

The 5 year review of the Club's Constitution is now completed.  Please review the updated Constitutions.  A copy will be posed on the bulletin board and on this web site.

HERE ARE THE RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION

 

The Constitution Committee recently submitted its report to the Board. The Board of the BBA is recommending the following changes to the Association Constitution. There will be a vote 'FOR' or 'AGAINST' these changes at the upcoming AGM on November 8, 2017. Please read this notice and consider the changes noted.

 

NOTE:  Any suggested changes to the current Constitution are in bold .  In these circumstances, the entire article has been presented.

 

Article 1:  NAME

The name of the organization shall be the "Barrie Bridge Association", hereinafter referred to as the "Association".  In the event that one or more branches of the Association might be established, they shall use this same Constitution with appropriate changes to certain sections such as the duties of elected officers.

 

Article 3:  MEMBERSHIP

The membership of the Association shall be open to all persons subject to the rules, regulations, and other requirements of the Association.  Non-members may participate in Association activities, but shall be subject to special charges.  Any member or non-member who has consciously and willingly acted in such a way as to harm, hurt, or damage the well-being or the good name of the Association shall be declared a persona non grata, and shall henceforth be barred from membership and participation in any Association activity, program, or event.  The decision lies with the Board, subject to the approval of the membership in a secret ballot.

Upon rare circumstances, an expelled person may be reinstated.  This process would begin by the expelled person submitting a written request to the Board outlining the reasons why they should be reinstated.  The Board may decide the request does not merit reinstatement and the matter will go no further.  If the Board determines that reinstatement should be considered, this decision shall be subject to the approval of the general membership in a secret ballot taking place at the annual general meeting or a special meeting called for this purpose.  Approval for this and any other vote indicated in this Constitution requires the support of 50% plus one of all members present.

Note that if reinstatement is not approved, this process may not be reopened until a period of two years has passed.

 

Article 6:  BASIC OPERATIONAL POLICIES

6.9  The spending power of the Board, at any one time, shall be limited to an amount not exceeding one thousand (CHANGE TO) seven thousand five hundred dollars, except for recurrent expenditures.  For greater amounts, prior approval of the membership at the Annual General Meeting or a special membership meeting shall be necessary.  The spending power of any individual Board member for normal club expenditures shall be limited to an amount not exceeding three hundred (CHANGE TO) one thousand dollars at any one time.

 

BYLAWS

 1.  THE ELECTED OFFICERS

Novice Co-ordinator

       - Assist directors and organizers of Association novice events and activities

       - Assist other executive board members in their tasks and deliberations

       - Act as liaison with any branches of the Association

 

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The Spirit Catcher on Barrie's Waterfront 

 

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TRICKS AND POINTS

 

How Many Points for a NT Game?

My partner and I were discussing why I was not making my recent contracts in No Trump.  It couldn't be my play of the hand (LOL).  So I checked on-line and found this informative article on when the hand should make in NT.

Source:www.bridgebears.com  Ralph Welton on December 24, 2010

in Bridge Bidding Theory

How many points does it take to make a game contract in no trump – 3NT?

That depends on how you count points. Let’s start by looking at high card points only, with the common 4-3-2-1 point valuations. There are 40 points in the deck and thirteen tricks to every hand. So, on average, it takes 3 points to win a trick.

Based on this, one would expect 11 tricks from 33 points, leaving two tricks for the opponentsʼ 7 points. But a general guideline for slam bidding says that 12 tricks, and not 11, can be won with 33 points.

Similarly, to win nine tricks (3NT), one would predict 9 x 3 = 27 points, leaving four tricks for the opponentsʼ 13 points. 27 is indeed the old-fashioned guideline, but itʼs long outdated. Today, many believe a good 24 gives adequate play for 3N, leaving the opponents with only 4 tricks for their 16 points.

Precision uses 8 points as a minimum game force facing a big club of 16 (16 + 8 = 24). Some precision players allow the bidding to die at 2N when both opener and responder have lackluster balanced minimums, though they are quick to upgrade their hands and continue to 3N if the hand has additional value. A five card suit or a suit KT9x might be judged enough additional value to bid 3N on 24 hcp.

Here is a table comparing tricks won as declarer to total hcp in the partnership.

high card points

15

18

21

24

27

30

33

3 points per trick equals…

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

tricks actually won

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

The “tricks actually won” shown in this table will not be won on each and every hand. Thirty-three point slams frequently do go set, as do 24 point 3N contracts. But on average, the point totals given provide good play for the number of tricks listed as “tricks actually won”.

So, why is it that most players use a target of 25 or 26 points for bidding game? The answer takes us back to my original statement — it depends on how you count points. There are schemes for adding points for long suits, for short suits, and for fits — leading to point totals greater than the raw-hcp total. If you use one of these methods, then you will indeed want to have more than 24 total points for 3N.

The main trouble with this add-extra-points method is that it’s not the same for NT as it is for suits. Some theorists have devised separate methods for fit bidding and NT bidding. That’s OK if you can accurately judge when to use your NT method and when to use your suit method. For example, you’re thinking of raising partner’s diamond suit. Should you use your suit-oriented evaluation method, promoting for ruffing values and again for extra trumps, or your NT evaluation method, counting only hcp? Are you psychic enough to know when partner might be considering 3N? If not, you have to guess which method to use.

To avoid this problem, I suggest always using the NT method (hcp without distributional promotion) at least when 3N is possible final contract.

Computer simulations suggest a 24 point 3N contract is only about 50-50 to go plus. But is there a way to predict when the 24 pointers rate to succeed and when they rate to fail? It would be nice to only bid the ones that have good play for 9 tricks.

It turns out that the answer is yes. If you deduct a point for 4333 shape, and deduct a point for honors without small cards in the suit (unless partner has bid the suit), and if partner does the same, you will devalue exactly the hands that rate to play poorly in 3N.

Bidders often resist devaluing their hands, not wishing to pass when they might have bid, but discipline yourself in your counting, then bid aggressively to 24 point games. Here’s an example:

♠ K J
♥ A T 8 6
♦ Q J 7
♣ A J 9 2
This hand is worth 16 hcp minus one for the devalued spade KJ (subtract a point for honors with no small cards in the suit). If you open a standard 15-17 1N, and partner invites with 2N, you should decline.

♠ K J 6
♥ A T 8
♦ Q J 7
♣ A J 9 2
Move one of your small hearts into the spade suit, and the KJ pull full weight. But then you have 4333 shape, which is also a deduction, so you still decline.

♠ K J 8 6
♥ A T
♦ Q J 7
♣ A J 9 2
Move both of your small hearts into the spade suit, and you have no deductions. So you can accept, expecting to be in a 24 point game that is better than 50-50.

In addition to deducting for honors without a small card in the suit and deducting for 4333 shape, you should also deduct for holding 4 cards in a minor suit that partner has shown (see my post about what a fit is worth ). It may seem perverse to deduct for a fit when you’ve always been told that having a fit is a good thing, but that’s only true when evaluating your hand for play in the trump suit.

 

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Results
Mon 16th Oct 2017
Monday Afternoon Session
Director: John Lamarre
Wed 11th Oct 2017
open pairs
Director: Leigh Ives
Tue 10th Oct 2017
Swiss Team Club Appreciation
Director: Jane Foster
Wed 4th Oct 2017
49er pairs
Director: Maggie Sparrow
Wed 4th Oct 2017
Swiss Team Club Appreciation
Director: Maggie Sparrow
Tue 3rd Oct 2017
open pairs
Director: Susan Brakken
Mon 2nd Oct 2017
open pairs Club Appreciation
Director: Paul Campbell
Wed 27th Sep 2017
open pairs International Fund Game
Director: Jane Foster
Tue 26th Sep 2017
open pairs International Fund Game
Director: Bob Bell
Mon 25th Sep 2017
Monday Afternoon Session
Director: John Lamarre
Calendar
Mon 16th Oct 2017
Swiss Teams Club Appreciation
1pm
  (Reservation)
Mon 16th Oct 2017
Swiss Teams Club Appreciation
1pm
  (Reservation)
Tue 17th Oct 2017
open pairs Club Appreciation
1pm
Wed 18th Oct 2017
49er pairs Rookie Master
7pm
Director: Maggie
Wed 18th Oct 2017
open pairs Rookie Master
7pm
Mon 23rd Oct 2017
299er pairs
1pm
Mon 23rd Oct 2017
open pairs
1pm
Tue 24th Oct 2017
open pairs
1pm
Wed 25th Oct 2017
99er pairs Club Appreciation
7pm
Director: Maggie
Wed 25th Oct 2017
open pairs Club Appreciation
7pm
Guaranteed Partner Program

The title says it all!  No partner, no problem.  There will be a partner guaranteed for you at every seession offered. NEW

Welcome from Barrie Bridge Association

The Barrie Bridge Association (BBA) would like to extend a warm welcome to all local and visiting duplicate bridge players to the Barrie area.  We meet at Central United Church in Barrie, Ontario, at 54 Ross Street, L4N-1G3, at the corner of Ross and Toronto streets. Google Map We have games every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and occaisonal Sundays.   

The BBA is an ACBL-sanctioned club that offers duplicate bridge games for a variety of skill levels, and a beginner game with a lesson each week.  Please see the Calendar for upcoming scheduled games.

Please come out for an enjoyable afternoon or evening of bridge, and bring a friend!  Weather Gas Prices

Click for the Members Only section
Results
Mon 16th Oct 2017
Monday Afternoon Session
Director: John Lamarre
Wed 11th Oct 2017
open pairs
Director: Leigh Ives
Tue 10th Oct 2017
Swiss Team Club Appreciation
Director: Jane Foster
Wed 4th Oct 2017
49er pairs
Director: Maggie Sparrow
Wed 4th Oct 2017
Swiss Team Club Appreciation
Director: Maggie Sparrow
Tue 3rd Oct 2017
open pairs
Director: Susan Brakken
Mon 2nd Oct 2017
open pairs Club Appreciation
Director: Paul Campbell
Wed 27th Sep 2017
open pairs International Fund Game
Director: Jane Foster
Tue 26th Sep 2017
open pairs International Fund Game
Director: Bob Bell
Mon 25th Sep 2017
Monday Afternoon Session
Director: John Lamarre
Calendar
Mon 16th Oct 2017
Swiss Teams Club Appreciation
1pm
  (Reservation)
Mon 16th Oct 2017
Swiss Teams Club Appreciation
1pm
  (Reservation)
Tue 17th Oct 2017
open pairs Club Appreciation
1pm
Wed 18th Oct 2017
49er pairs Rookie Master
7pm
Director: Maggie
Wed 18th Oct 2017
open pairs Rookie Master
7pm
Mon 23rd Oct 2017
299er pairs
1pm
Mon 23rd Oct 2017
open pairs
1pm
Tue 24th Oct 2017
open pairs
1pm
Wed 25th Oct 2017
99er pairs Club Appreciation
7pm
Director: Maggie
Wed 25th Oct 2017
open pairs Club Appreciation
7pm
Guaranteed Partner Program

The title says it all!  No partner, no problem.  There will be a partner guaranteed for you at every seession offered. NEW

Welcome from Barrie Bridge Association

The Barrie Bridge Association (BBA) would like to extend a warm welcome to all local and visiting duplicate bridge players to the Barrie area.  We meet at Central United Church in Barrie, Ontario, at 54 Ross Street, L4N-1G3, at the corner of Ross and Toronto streets. Google Map We have games every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and occaisonal Sundays.   

The BBA is an ACBL-sanctioned club that offers duplicate bridge games for a variety of skill levels, and a beginner game with a lesson each week.  Please see the Calendar for upcoming scheduled games.

Please come out for an enjoyable afternoon or evening of bridge, and bring a friend!  Weather Gas Prices