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12-21-17 Mary Boyd - Charlie Foster 1st of 2,535
11-2-17 Lyle Sattes - Jack Chambers 19th of 2,496 7th of 1,180
10-26-17 Bob Singleton & Lucille McClure 16th, Charlie Foster & David Stern 18th Bud Cool & Sarah Sentman 23rd and, Z Khan & Bess Haley 42nd of 2186 pairs: 5th, 6th, 10th & 15th of 1018 pairs.
10-05-2017 Lyle Sattes and Jack Chambers 5th of 2201, 3rd of 1032: Larry Sinsel and Masood Akhtar 26th of 2201, 11th of 1032
9-21-17 Z Khan and Ed Lewis 17 of 602: 45/1382
9-14-17 David Stern and Ed Lewis 27th of 2008
9-7-17 Bud Cool and Ellie Peyton 3rd of 1828
8-31-17 Bud Cool and Sarah Sentman 17th of 813; 30th of 1755
8-10-17 Z. Khan and Bessie Haley 5th of 1030; 7th of 2040
George & Robert Karr - 9th Overall (2175 pairs) 4th NS (988 pairs)
Nancy & Art Altman - 8th of 2099 5/4/17
2-23-17 Z. Khan & Bessie Haley 5th of 1005: 12th of 2107
Lyle Sattes & Charlie Foster 1st of 172 in Howellers and 2nd of 2091 Overall - 1/26/17
Lynn Cundy & Ed Lewis 10th of 170 in Howellers 2/2/17
This club was formed to play bridge and more importantly to get a chance to know the people with whom we spend so much time. To that end, we spend the afternoon competing and afterwards meet for dinner. Please join us.
Achieving the status of Life Master requires a combination of silver, black, red and gold points. Silver points are only awarded at sectional tournaments and yesterday, Charleston Bridge Club participated in District 11 STaC (Sectional Tournaments at Clubs) giving local players the opportunity to compete for these points.
Congratulations for achieving goals and making the District Overalls.
Bess Haley and Tim Agarwal were first overall at the club and 2nd overall in the district for 6.75 silver points.
Mary Boyd and Charlie Foster were second overall and 5th overall in the district for 2.85 silver points.
Congratulations to all who participated in the STaC. We are proud of our Charleston players.
After Mary told us about Reese's most recent triumphs and clever thoughts and about what was happening in the lives of her granddaughters, she would tell you about the most recent grand slam she bid. Mary sniffed out grands the way a retriever sniffs out prey. She was often the only person in the room who found them and one of the things she was exuberant about. At the game on Thursday, her regular partner Vicki or as Mary referred to her - "My Vicki" - found the grand and bid it. Her partner, Mary, another one made it. When Vicki called me over to show me the score, I instantly flashed to Mary Carden delightedly showing me score sheets with grands.
Mary loved many things about her life and she shared them all. She was a regular on Thursdays, playing bridge with her Vicki and bidding her grands. Mary, we miss you.!
“How many Master points did you get?” or “I got x number of master points.” The number of attendance points, I mean master points doled out is not the be all and end all of an experience at a tournament. Bridge is one of the few sports where one can play against and learn from the best for the price of admission. A letter to the editor in the June 2016 ACBL Bridge Bulletin p.8 does a wonderful job describing what it means to participate in a tournament for the experience.
Mind over masterpoints
So we lost at the Reno NABC and had a rewarding time doing it. Playing against more skillful and experienced players, it was my most successful “losing” effort to date. Carol Dweck’s book “Mindset” discusses the difference between approaching challenges of all kinds with a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. She writes that a fixed mindset is defined by an outcome. Challenge and interest go hand in hand and challenge is why so many of us initially got hooked on this fantastic game. With a growth mindset value comes from the challenge and from learning, regardless of the outcome. Success and thrills come from learning but not from being flawless or winning it all.
Success by points and outcomes at the table is not the way any of us started learning bridge. The ACBL’s effort to make masterpoints more available at all levels of play is catering to the notion that we all have a fixed mindset approach to the game. Dweck feels it is important to ditch the notion that validation comes from success (masterpoints won).
My partner and I made it to day two of the Silodor Open Pairs and the Jacoby Open Swiss Teams. I did not expect either. We did not end up in the overalls in either event, but we did have a full four days of experiences. We had a “Meckwellian response” auction against Rodwell and Meckstroth. Team Zimmermann told us they played everything standard but, of course, with a variable 1NT. I declared a tough 4ª against Team Garozzo. We defended a hand against Kit Woolsey whose book on defense I was reading on the way to Reno. John Kranyak gave me a comment about a suit combination that I now know. Fred Stewart bid a lovely grand slam against us. All the teams on day two knew we were strangers to that event, and they could not have been more cordial or well-wishing.
A fixed mindset thrives when things are safely within its grasp at the local club, in gold rush pairs or playing only in your bracket. A growth mindset puts itself out there and grows. The stars of the world in tennis, soccer or gold do not welcome you to their venue. All of our national and local stars are willingly and cordially there to play against you in NABCs, regionals and sectionals if you want to play against them. The ACBL invites us all to sit at the table with the pros. This offers all bridge players a unique opportunity to rediscover the growth mindset that engaged us in the first place and banish that fatiguing and strangling fixed mindset.
Move up. Play up and take pride in your accomplishments that are never going to be measured by masterpoints, trophies or your name in the Bridge Bulletin.”
I am so happy that I cut my teeth when events were flighted. This means that all the As Bs and Cs played in separate events, not together. One never had to leave their flight and could always play against similar master point holders. But and this is what makes bridge so special, one was always allowed to “play up”. A C player could enter a Flight A event. As a new player I played in Flight A events as soon as I learned that I was allowed to do so. I rarely took home masterpoints. Instead I learned, got trounced and learned some more. I learned to measure progress as beating one pair on one hand.
Playing bridge is so much more than masterpoints. Next time ask someone returning from a tournament to tell you about a lead they made, or a hand they played. Ask them if they played any of the greats. Put the focus back on bridge.
Charleston and Huntington took home the Silver Points. Jim and David, who were a mere .42 out of first and .25 out of 2nd received 6.64 silver points for their showing. Our C players placed 3rd through 6th overall in Flight C and Karen Lukens and Carolyn Mullett placed 7th overall in Flight B and 3rd overall in Flight C. Follow the link to see the final results. Congratulations on a great tournament.
I received an email quoted below from the ACBL defining opening notrump bids. If you open notrump with a singleton please read so that your bid is legal.
Opening 1NT with a singleton: It’s officially legal
The ACBL Board of Directors removed a legal gray area surrounding semi-balanced notrump openers when it approved a change to the definition of a notrump opening in the General Convention Chart. The change allows players to open 1NT with hands that include a singleton ace, king or queen, as long as they do not also contain a doubleton.
Here is the new definition, effective Aug. 1:
“A notrump opening or overcall is natural if, by agreement, it contains no void, at most one singleton which must be the A, K or Q and no more than two doubletons. If the hand contains a singleton, it may have no doubleton.”
This includes hand patterns such as 5-4-3-1, 6-3-3-1 and 4-4-4-1, in addition to those that were previously allowed, such as 4-3-3-3, 5-3-3-2 and 5-4-2-2.
The change was recommended by the Competitions and Conventions Committee, a group of players appointed by the Board, in an effort to bring regulations in line with popular and expert practice, said ACBL Field Manager Sol Weinstein, who supervises tournament directors.
Before, opening notrump with a singleton was considered a psych. It was legal to do, but players could not have an agreement to open such hands 1NT or 2NT. The lack of clarity was a thorny issue for directors.
“Many players were doing it anyway,” Weinstein said, particularly when a different opening would create a problematic rebid. “They decided it’s not right to have a rule that’s contrary to the way bridge is being played.” The idea of expanding the definition has been discussed for years within the committee, but previous proposals have failed because they lacked the simplicity of the new definition.
“The Laws don’t allow you to limit bridge judgment,” Weinstein explained. “Regulations have to conform to the Laws.”
The new definition prohibits opening notrump with more shapely hands, such as 5-5-2-1, 6-4-2-1 or 7-2-2-2. “All of this has to do with your agreements,” Weinstein noted. “That doesn’t prohibit an out-and-out psych, but you can’t keep doing that or it becomes an agreement, and an illegal one at that.”
The change does not impact the one allowable exception of a partnership agreement where 1NT is treated as a 100% forcing opening bid (and not considered “natural” with any distribution). The use of such an unbalanced, non-natural 1NT opening must be alerted.
Finding a small slam is really tough on this hand, but first time partnership Lois and Tim did. I don't know how their auction went, but this is one possibility.
David and Jennifer were the only pair to find the grand. Following is one possible auction.
2♣ Game forcing 2♦ Second suit
2♥ Stronger than 4♥ 2♠ First round spade control
3♣ First round club control 3♦ First round diamond control
4♦ 2nd round diamond control 4♠ Second round control of spades
4NT 1430 5NT Even number of controls with a useful void. The void must be clubs. hearts and diamonds are natural, The auction has shown first and second round spade controls and an even number of controls. The only two controls East can have are diamonds and spades since West has the other three controls. Therefore, the void must be clubs.
7♥ Count tricks. 3♠ 5♥ 2♦ 3♣ Ace and ruff 2 clubs in dummy for 15 tricks.
Another possible auction is to start with Jacoby 2NT if your partnership agreements allow you to use it with hands this strong. This has the advantage of identifying the club shortness.
April 6 STaC using The Common Game Hands
Only 67 of 1071 pairs found the diamond slam on this hand. Thanks to Jeanette's use of a splinter to show her diamond support and shortness, we were one of those pairs for 94% of the matchpoints.. She splintered over the 2♦ response by making a double jump shift in clubs. North bid hearts to show first round control and Jeanette asked for aces.
Masterpoints are oftentimes referred to as attendance points and are not a good measure of how well a partnership or person plays. Chris Champion devised the Power Ranking Scale in an effort to more accurately predict how well a person plays. When you play better than the total of your masterpoints indicate in the Power Ranking System you are deemed an underrated Pair or player. Following are the most underrated pairs in Unit 227 as of Sept 9, 2017.
Learn more about the Power Ranking System
by Dar Webb
Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions can be pretty tiresome. After resolving to eliminate junk food, cut down on drinking, and be nicer to your in-laws, what’s left?
Overall STaC Results 36 Tables