Birthdays: 1-Gil Seigworth, Nancy Summers; 4-Maxine Doughton, Karen Herman, MaryAnn Proctor; 12-Nancy Bitner, Nancy Schmauss; 17-Gail Rust; 24-Rita Marie Farrell; 29-Patsy Kanagy. This month’s Birthday Game is May 2.
We’ll start the month with a week of special games to benefit District 9—our ACBL district—as plans are developed for the 2016 National Bridge Tournament to be held in Orlando. Game fees for members all week will be $6, non-members $8. There will be lots of extra masterpoints, regionally rated black points.
The Mentor Game and Mentor Sessions have been suspended till October. At that time we will start a new six-month Mentor-Mentee contract. Plan on participating. Remember, some of our players with under 20 points will think you’re an expert if you have 301! You don’t have to be an expert or even a Life Master to be a mentor: just have patience and a willingness to help an advancing player. Sign-ups will start right after Labor Day.
We’ll hold Quarterly Club Championships on the 16th and 21st.
The 0-199 game on May 18 is an ACBL Membership Game: anyone may play, but only ACBL members will earn points? Not yet an ACBL member? We have Instant Membership forms here at the club. The first year is discounted, a bargain at $28 for the monthly ACBL Bulletin as well as six issues a year of Florida’s Sunshine Bridge News.
Finish out May with team games, Eight is Enough on the 29th and an Open Team on the 30th. Limits for Eight is Enough: C to 750, B to 2000, A 1000+.
Lynn Berg will offer Wednesday morning workshops from 9-11: May 6 Doubles, May 13 Overcalls, May 20 Rebids.
Interested in being a Director, or just in knowing more about the Laws? There will be FREE presentations on the Laws from 9-11 on the 12th and the technical side of Directing on the 19th. Please sign up if you are interested.
Alerting is an important part of our bidding. Forgetting to Alert is giving misinformation to the opponents. If you made a bid which should have been Alerted and your partner forgot, tell the opponents before the opening lead if you are declarer or dummy. If you are a defender, you must wait until the hand is over to say anything. The Director might have to adjust the score if the misinformation made a material difference to the opponents. When you are asked a question, you have an obligation to describe your partnership agreement. Have no agreement? Say so—and call the director. If you are playing with a long-time frequent partner, you should know your agreements, especially in common situations like Inverted Minors or Negative Doubles.
Coming up in June: World Wide Bridge Game on the 6th and North American Pairs Qualifiers on the 5th, 9th, 18th and 27th.