Spade Heart  Diamond Club
Birmingham Duplicate Bridge Club
 
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or our club manager,  Sandy Smith,

or our webmaster,  Clay Hall.

 
Recent Updates
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Jan 17, 2018 09:36 CST
Improvements!
Jan 17, 2018 07:56 CST
News Page
Oct 11, 2017 06:05 CDT
 
HOSTS NEEDED

We need YOU as a host at your favorite game.  All games are in need of hosts, and the respective directors would appreciate having you on the host schedule.  Check with the directors of the games in which you are interested in hosting, and let them know you want to volunteer.  (Game hosts need to arrive a little earlier and be prepared to play with a person they have not met or played with before. Hosts are allowed a free play, and in the event a host is not needed that day the free game may be applied later.)

 
Welcome to Birmingham Duplicate Bridge Club
Enews is here!!
We will have BRIDGE Wednesday

Please drive safely.

Special Games this week

Monday 1/15 12:30 PM 99er and 1 PM 999er and Open Membership Games

Tuesday 1/16 9:30 AM 999er Membership Game

Tuesday 1/16 1 PM Open Membership Game

Wednesday 1/17 12:30 PM 299er and Open Membership Games

Thursday 1/18 9:30 AM 1999er Membership Game

Friday 1/19 9:30 AM 499er and 10 AM Open Membership Games

Saturday 1/20 10 AM No 2 LM Junior Fund Game ($8 card fee)

Director Substitutes this Week:

Monday 1/15 9:30 AM Beginner Game - Dennis Luft

This Saturday 10AM No 2 LM - Celebrate 5000

We will be celebrating reaching our 2017 table goal of 5,000 at the No 2 LM game on Saturday, January 20. The game will begin at 10 AM with a chili, soup, and

sandwich lunch served in the middle of the game. Make your plans to come and celebrate our achievement. If you need a partner, contact director Clay at 967-2809

or claytonhall@att.net. Here's to YOU for making it happen!

Clay will be giving his usual BLT(Brief Little Talk) at 930am

 

Membership Week 1/13 - 1/19

 

Club Membership Games

We will be holding a week of Club Membership Games from Saturday 1/13 through Friday 1/19 (plus Thursday 1/11 8 is Enough Team Game). Only Life Members and paid ACBL members are eligible to win masterpoints in these games. All of our games will be participating except for the Monday AM and Tuesday Aft Beginner Games. Masterpoint awards are 82% sectional rated black and you get extra points for NO extra money! Come and play and take advantage of another opportunity to start 2018 off with extra masterpoint

A Message from our Game Directors:

The game directors of the Birmingham Duplicate Bridge Club wish to thank the members of the club for your generous holiday gift. Each of us

strives in our own way to make your experience at the club as pleasant as possible, and it is nice to receive your warm wishes and expressions of

support and appreciation at this time of the year. Together let's try to make 2018 the most successful year at the club. We want to wish all of

you a Happy and Healthy New Year! See you at the table...

Ann, Bonnie, Clay, Dennis, Mike, & Sandy

Save the Dates for these Upcoming Events

January is Junior Fund Month

All sanctioned club sessions in January may be held as Junior Fund

Games. Players earn extra masterpoints while helping the Junior

program for youth up to age 26. Masterpoint awards are 64% sectional-

rated black. Card fee is $8. Check the calendar for these special games

and start the year out with extra masterpoints!

Saturday 1/13 10:00 AM Saturday No 2 LM

Saturday 1/13 6:30 PM Saturday Night Special

Membership Week 1/13 - 1/19

Saturday 1/20 10:00 AM Saturday No 2 LM

Tuesday 1/23 1 PM ACBL-Wide Junior Fund Game

 

Looking ahead even further to our upcoming tournaments through 2018:

February 26 – March 4, 2018 Regional at Hilton (RED and GOLD points)

May 18-19, 2018 NLM Sectional at our club (SILVER points)

June 28 – July 1, 2018 Sectional at our club (SILVER points)

August 17-18, 2018 NLM Sectional at our club (SILVER points)

November 8 – 11, 2018 Sectional at our club (SILVER points)

It’s never too early to start planning on playing in our tournaments. Put them on

your calendar, schedule events and trips around them, and line up your partners

for a fun and successful time.

Monday Afternoon Game Parking

We know we have a parking problem on Monday afternoons as well as during tournaments and other special events. Please adhere to these guidelines to avoid problems: - carpool when at all possible - NO parking at other businesses on our street during the work week - on street parking is on our side of the street only - if you do park on the street, no parking between our property and Valleydale Road as well as no parking in front of the drain at the north edge of our property We are trying to come up with additional parking options and will share them with you as soon as they are available. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Education Opportunities

BEGINNER CLASSES

January 22  9:30am and 6:30pm

Beginner classes start  $8.00 per class. 

January 23 9:30am the second book of the series starts. Learn more about Stayman and Jacoby Transfers, and also learn the Michaels Cuebid, Unusual 2NT, Drury and basic signaling, among other useful conventions. $8.00 per session. 

 

Gettin’ Ready for the Regional!

We have a Regional Tournament here in Birmingham Feb 26 – March 4. To give you a leg up on the competition, classes are planned to help you understand and take full advantage of this event. They are Thursday afternoons following the morning game (around 1:15 PM) for approximately an hour (except for the team games which will run until 4ish). Dates and topics are:

Jan 4 Deciphering the Schedule (what are the different events, which ones pay gold points, what does bracketed, compact, etc. mean?) –Sandy Smith

Jan 18 Matchpoint (pairs) vs. IMPs (teams) Strategy – Keith Henderson

Jan 23 Team Game Mechanics and Practice Team Game – Sandy Smith

Feb 15 More on Team Games and Practice Team Game – Sandy Smith

Feb 22 Practice Team Game – Sandy Smith

Please, Please, Please
MEMBER NEWS Please, Please, Please be accurate in entering and checking scores in the BridgeMate.
EVERY game this week had at least one error, primarily because the direction was wrong.
So N/S please be accurate in entering the information and E/W please carefully check the entry, especially the direction.
Your fellow players and the directors will thank you.
GOT A BOOK?

We have many overdue books. Please look under your pillows for any club books. Thank You.

ICE Machine

Our ice machine is a delicate instrument for our pleasure. However we need to treat it properly. Please do not ever pour drinks, coffee or anything other than water and ice down the drain there! A new machine will cost us all $4000.

Results
January 15, 2018
0-20 Game
Director: Dennis Luft
January 15, 2018
Monday Afternoon Session
Director: Dennis Luft
January 14, 2018
1999er Pairs
Director: Ann Richmond
January 13, 2018
No 2 LM
Director: Clay Hall
Please, Please, Please
MEMBER NEWS Please, Please, Please be accurate in entering and checking scores in the BridgeMate.
EVERY game this week had at least one error, primarily because the direction was wrong.
So N/S please be accurate in entering the information and E/W please carefully check the entry, especially the direction.
Your fellow players and the directors will thank you.
GOT A BOOK?

We have many overdue books. Please look under your pillows for any club books. Thank You.

ICE Machine

Our ice machine is a delicate instrument for our pleasure. However we need to treat it properly. Please do not ever pour drinks, coffee or anything other than water and ice down the drain there! A new machine will cost us all $4000.

Results
January 15, 2018
0-20 Game
Director: Dennis Luft
January 15, 2018
Monday Afternoon Session
Director: Dennis Luft
January 14, 2018
1999er Pairs
Director: Ann Richmond
January 13, 2018
No 2 LM
Director: Clay Hall