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Upcoming Bridge Lessons to start this Fall

Bridge Lessons start the week after Labor Day on September 8 running for 10 weeks as follows:

Intermediate - Monday morning, September 8 @ 9:30 am with Barbara Rhoades will cost $135 for the 10 week series or $15 per session. To pre register send an email to Barbara Rhoades:  bmossr@gmail.com

Beginner - Thursday morning, September 11 @ 9:30 am with Julie Hockersmith will cost $125 for the 10 week series. To pre register send an email to Julie Hockersmith: pjhockersmith@verizon.net.

For advancing players, The Application & Analysis series will begin in October on either Tuesday or Wednesday mornings. Specifics to follow.

North American Pairs Qualifying Continues

During the month of August you can still qualify for The ACBL North American Pairs by participating in pairs games at The Bridge Studio of Delaware. These games are Sectionally rated and award 50% Red & Black master points. If you want to learn more about this program from The ACBL, click anywhere in this message.

Diamond State Sectional - September 19 - 21

The Bridge Studio of Delaware will be the venue for this event beginning Friday, September 19 @ 1:00 pm, continuing through Sunday, September 21. The only regular Bridge Studio game will be the Friday 9:00 am 0-750 Pairs game. This game is NOT part of the Sectional and will not be awarding Silver Master Points. To obtain more information about this event, in the column to the left, click "Useful Links", then click "Delaware State Bridge Association".

Sunday Open Pairs Schedule

Reserve the following Sunday dates:

September 28 

December 7

This is a regular pairs game with a 12:30pm start time along with some time to socialize. Please ask a partner to attend. ALWAYS, singles are encouraged to attend any Bridge Studio game. Singles may be paired with each other. This is intended to be a ONCE-a-month event but NOT on the same week of the month. Due to other events in the area during any one month, there may not be a Sunday game. Call Carole, 302-528-2680 with your comments & questions. 

Two Words

PLAY NICE

&

NICE PLAY

How often do you think or hear of these two combinations of words while playing?

The first combination should be of common use by ALL.

Have you considered sincerely offering the second combination to an opponent?

See how easy it is to say "Nice Play" when Playing Nice!

Remember your Manners!
Remember Your Manners !
 
I am sure your parents taught you to treat others with respect. Unfortunately that is not always the case at the Studio.  It has been observed that some of our more experienced players are treating the "Less Experienced" players harshly.  The number of participants in our games is dwindling.  Some of this is due to natural attrition but it is becoming clearer all the time that the less experienced players are intimidated by the behavior of some of our more experienced players and have chosen to play elsewhere in a more inviting environment.  This is a gentle reminder to mind your manners.  Win by your stellar play, not by intimidating your opponents.    Encourage the new players, help to instill confidence in them so that they will return and become part of the bridge community.  It will benefit not only the new players but the entire field, for without growth, the game will die!
Out of Consideration to our Players & Directors

Guaranteed Partners

We are pleased to offer guaranteed partners at almost all Studio games. As you know, we do this by asking our Directors to join in as necessary. The spirit of this has always been to provide a convenient alternative for unforeseen circumstances that may leave you without a partner. Unfortunately, this gets stretched at times. Some use it as an excuse to not bother getting a partner while others “cherry pick” by seeing who might be available before deciding to play. These extremes have become a major source of aggravation and consternation which result in some very awkward moments.  We don't want any of our players embarrassed or humbled. 

We will continue to welcome you to come to the games without a partner ONLY if you do not abuse the benefit and you are willing to play with whoever is available.   If you are unwilling to play with anyone and everyone, it is better that you find another activity that afternoon.   Also, keep in mind that you should NOT come planning to play with the director.  That is the last option.

Rules for being a Good Partner

“I have always believed that your attitude towards your partner is as important as your technical skill at the game.  Rixi Markis, one of the all-time great players.

Before you sit down to discuss what you are playing, you should start your partnership off on the right note.  Half the battle of winning is being a good partner.  Always observe the following.

1)      Do not give lessons, unless you are being paid to do so. 

2)      Never say anything to your partner unless you would want him to say the same to you.  If you are unsure whether your partner would want you to say something, don’t.

3)      Never “result” (criticize your partner for a normal action just because it did not work this time).

4)      Unless your intent is to clear up a misunderstanding, avoid discussing the just played hand.  If you cannot resist. Be discreet.

5)      Remember that you and your partner are on the same side.

6)      If you feel the urge to be nasty, sarcastic, critical or loud – excuse yourself and take a walk.

7)      Do not forget your partner wants to win as much as you do.

8)      When there is time between hands, do not discuss bridge.

9)      When you want to consult another player about a disaster, ask about your hand, not your partners.

10)  Do not ever criticize or embarrass your partner in front of others.

11)  Remember that bridge is only a card game. 

Respect the Clock
Table Tips: Respect the Clock
bridge timer Managing time at the table is important, so that the time you have can be spent thinking about the cards. Nobody wants to feel pressure because time has been wasted on "mechanics" that could be spent on bidding and play. For everyone to have the most available time to think and play, consider and implement these tips: 
  • When it's your turn to play or bid, you should be thinking or playing. Other tasks, like writing down scores, should be done when it's not your turn.
  • Do not discuss or think about the previous board. Even if you are pulling out your new hand and sorting it, discussing the previous board reduces your focus and slows down your thought process and your actions. It also distracts your partner and opponents so everyone at the table takes a longer time to make their first bid.
  • Flip the board as quickly as possible after the hand. Most experts agree that rules limiting North-South to flip the boards (North/South) should be abolished. Making the next hand available to all players must be done immediately. The vulnerability is accessible on the convention card if you miss it.
  • Pass boards actively to the next table when you are behind.
  • East-West should stand up and get out of the way when the next East-West pair arrives at the table (even before the round is called).
Follow these tips and the game will move faster and more efficiently for everyone.
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Dealing with Unacceptable Behavior

Clicking anywhere in this block will take you to a web site which presents The Zero Tolerance Policy in a more informative manner.

Calendar Information
The next few entries from the results and upcoming Events Calendar will  automatically appear in the column below this box.  To see additional results or upcoming events in painful detail click on the calendar and results tabs on the left hand side of the screen.
Results
Fri Aug 29, 2014
9:00 am 0-750 Pairs
Thu Aug 28, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Thu Aug 28, 2014
7:00 pm Stratified Pairs
Wed Aug 27, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Tue Aug 26, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Mon Aug 25, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Mon Aug 25, 2014
7:00 pm Bracketed Swiss Teams
Sat Aug 23, 2014
12:30 pm STaC Stratified Open Pairs
Fri Aug 22, 2014
9:00 am STaC 0-750 Pairs
Fri Aug 22, 2014
12:30pm STaC Stratified Open Pairs
Calendar
Fri Aug 29, 2014
12:30pm Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Randy Berseth
Sat Aug 30, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Carole Everitt
Mon Sep 1, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Tom Ciconte
Mon Sep 1, 2014
7:00 pm Bracketed Swiss Teams
Director: Harold Jordan
Tue Sep 2, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Randy Berseth
Wed Sep 3, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Alexis Ciconte
Thu Sep 4, 2014
12:30 pm Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Randy Berseth
Thu Sep 4, 2014
7:00 pm Stratified Pairs
Director: Carole Everitt
Fri Sep 5, 2014
9:00 am 0-750 Pairs
Director: Alexis Ciconte
Fri Sep 5, 2014
12:30pm Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Randy Berseth
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