Learn & Play
Every Thursday, 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Snelgrove Community Centre
Learn and Play will resume on January 3rd. We will be welcoming recent graduates of Beginner Bridge I & II. Our first few weeks will review the basics of No Trump Bidding and responses, with the introduction of the Stayman Convention and Jacoby Transfers.
January 10th: The Stayman Convention
January 17th: Jacoby Transfer Bids
January 24th: Bidding Slam after No Trump Bidding
January 31st: Review of No Trump Bididng & Responses
February will focus on Major Suit Bidding and Responses
If you are a newer player looking for an opportunity to hone your skills in a non-threatening environment, then this is the place for you. Cost is $10 pay as you go, which includes 45 minute lesson and 18 pre-designed boards that support the key points of the lesson.
Contact: Denise Donovan, firstname.lastname@example.org; 416-614-6754
Join us. First visit is free!
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JAGJIT PAL SINGH ANAND
Jagjit joined the ACBL during the summer of 2018 and quickly starting winning games at Marilyns, Brampton and Thistle often with his regular partner Richard Brown. During the year Jagjit won more Masterpoints than any other newcomer to become the ACBL 2018 TOP ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. Jagjit's total of 134.80 Masterpoints was 10 points ahead of second place, a player fromTennessee and a whopping 44 points ahead of the next highest Canadian. CONGRATULATIONS JAGJIT
Please join us in congratulating Steve Norris, our most recent graduate of the ACBL Director's Course.
Welcome to the Credit Valley Bridge Webpage! We are three clubs that serve the bridge community in this area. We offer four open games, lessons, and we encourage a friendly, welcoming environment in which to play your favourite game. We hope to see you at our games.
Marilyn's Bridge Club
Grace United Church, 156 Main St. N., Brampton, ON
♠ Mondays at 6:30 pm
♥ Tuesdays at 12:30
Thistle Bridge Club
St. James' Church, 6025 Old Church Rd., Caledon East, ON
♦ Wednesdays at 12:30
Brampton Bridge Club
Snelgrove Community Centre, 11692 Hurontario St. N., Brampton, ON
Learn & Play at 6:00 pm
Open Game at 7:00 pm
Convention Card Night
Thursday January 10th. Gary Westfall will be giving a seminar on the completion of the Convention Card at 6:15 pm.
Wednesday January 16th. 11:30 John McWhinnie will also provide help filling out the convention card.
The purpose of the convention card
Although the convention card is a great way for you and your partner to discuss your methods and refresh your memories as to what your agreements are if you haven’tplayed together in awhile, remember that the convention card exists for the convenience of your opponents. The opponents may wish to look at your card at the beginning of a round to get a general idea of what your methods are, they might want to see what your opening lead agreements are when they declare or they may wish to look at your card during the auction to see what your agreements are without asking you to explain them verbally.
Note: Just as you should ask questions during the auction only when it is your turn, you should look at an opponent’s card only when it is your turn to bid.
Where should the convention card be placed during play?
Since the card is for the benefit of the opponents, it should remain in a place that they can easily access it, i.e., on the table. When bidding boxes are in use, it can be difficult to find enough room for the boxes, the convention cards,score slips, boards and snacks/drinks. Some players find it helpful to fold their convention cards in half to help conserve space, while others keep non-essential items (food) off of the table. Whatever your approach, avoid practices such as sitting on the card. Make it easy for your opponents to pick up and read your card.
Properly filled out cards
We’ve all encountered pairs who have either no convention cards or blank cards with the words “Standard” scribbled at the top. This is inappropriate and not in the spirit of the game. If you haven’t got time to properly fill out the convention card, you haven’t got time to play. It is also required that both partners — not just one — have properly filled-out cards. Both players must have identically filled-out convention cards. It is not permitted for one partner to make calls that mean one thing while the same call from his or her partner means something else.
Be proactive in making sure your opponents understand your explanations. Don’t use jargon or convention names when explaining calls. If an opponent looks confused at your explanation, rephrase. Keep your explanations simple, direct and open — the same way that your methods should appear on your convention card.
Looking at your own convention card during the auction or play
The Laws forbid access to written memory aids during any phase of the game, and this includes your own convention card. Your convention cards are for the opponents’ use, not yours. Note that clubs may relax this rule, however, especially if new players are participating, to assist them in learning. Experienced players may wish to overlook a newcomer’s dependence on the card. All players should be aware, however, that the card is not a memory crutch.
Newcomers may be given a pass, but others should refrain fro peeking at their card during the bidding or play.
♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ Congratulations to John McWhinnie and Doug Barnes who qualified to play in the next North American Pairs competition.♣ ♦ ♥ ♠
This is a highly pretigious "grass roots" event, with games played at local clubs in June, July and August. Qualifiers then go on to compete in District wide games in October or Novermber. The Spring North American Bridge Championship will take place in Memphis, Tennessee, March 21 - 31st. Consult your ACBl Bridge Bulletin or the ACBL website for complete details of the schedule of games.
Others who have represented us in the recent past were Gaye Villa, Charles Smith, Deanne Dennison and Paul Stanbury. Please see Paul's write up of their experiences at the Summer Nationals in Atlanta last year. News pg. 6