Jefferson Bridge Association (JBA), Charlottesville
Jefferson Bridge Association (JBA), Charlottesville
 
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North American Pair Competition

If you have qualified for the North American Pair competition, please read below to find out the schedule for the next round.  We will have 2 more qualifying opportunities - on Friday, August 26 and on Wed. August 31.   
Dear Club Directors:
As I hope you know, Unit 109 is hosting the Southern Site for the District 6 NAP Finals for Flights B & C. 
Flight B (0-2500) is a two day event with a 2-session qualifier on Saturday, September 24 and a 2-session final on Sunday (about half the field advances). 
Flight C (0-500 NLM) is a 2 session final on Sunday. 
All sessions will be at The Clarion Hotel, 3207 North Boulevard (phone is 
804-359-9441) and they have a special bridge rate of $59.00.
Please encourage all your qualifiers to register. Deadline for registering isSeptember 15. The fee is $50.00 per pair for the 2-session Flight B Saturday qualifier and another $50.00 for those who advance to the Sunday finals. Flight C is $50.00 a pair for the 2-session Sunday final. Checks should be payable to District 6 and mailed to me, Barry Fratkin, 1935 Hickoryridge Road, Richmond, VA 23238.
You can hold qualifiers through the end of August. If you have a list of your club qualifiers to date, please send it to me so that I can communicate with them directly.
Last year more than 80 players participated who might not have gone to Maryland to play. A good turnout guarantees keeping a Southern site.
Thanks for your help.
BARRY FRATKIN
President, Unit 109
Richmond Bridge Association

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PRO - AM Game is on every 2nd Sunday. Sunday, 11 SEPTEMBER, the Pro-Am game begins at 1pmPlease contact Pat Benevento @ 540-460-2166 or email @ patbenevento@comcast.net

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Late for a Date!
Beginning 10 June  2016:
A warning will be given the first time the player is late without cause.
A 1/4 board penalty will be accessed on the second time.
The player will not be allowed to play if they arrive late a third time.
 
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Charlottesville Winners!
Charlottesville Winners!

Congratulations to Betty Edwards and Jean Kiker!!

We've had players score well in The Common Game competitions before, but this is a really special one! Our Betty Edwards and Jean Kiker were the 4th highest scored in the E/W side out of 869 pairs!   AWESOME!!!  ♠   ♣ 

# % Player1 Player2 Club ST
EAST-WEST (78 CLUBS & 869 PAIRS)
           
1 72.92  TaniaReyes Hiller Paul Lewis The Bridge Deck (NY) NY
2 71.00  Ritchey Goodwin Eva Scatassa Saint Catherine FL
3 70.98  Howard Berkowitz Al Schwartz Shakespeares Elbow QC
4 69.62  Jean Kiker Elizabeth Edwards Jefferson Bridge Assoc VA
 
Game Results from ACBL and JBA

 

Game Results - ACBL 

Game Results - JBA

Jefferson Bridge Association, Charlottesville, VA, Club Manager-Nan Massie
Jefferson Bridge  Association, Charlottesville, VA,  Club Manager-Nan Massie

 

Welcome to the Jefferson Bridge Association, Charlottesville, Virginia

Enjoy real southern hospitality at Jefferson Bridge Association's (JBA) games where you'll find challenging bridge, gracious players and delicious refreshments.

JBA was organized in 2006 to add to the enjoyment of duplicate bridge in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas of Virginia. The member-owned, non-profit club is sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League. JBA runs three games each week and sponsors an annual tournament. The club offers many special events to award additional masterpoints to the winners and benefit local charities. 

On the first Friday of each month, club masters offer a forum to discuss and teach bidding systems and playing techniques.

ACBL certified instructors offer private or group bridge classes beginning, intermediate and advanced players.

JBA was the first bridge club♠ in the US to use the highly successful Bridgemate Wireless Scoring System for instantaneous feedback and scoring.  All games feature pre-dealt hands and hand records.  Results of each game are posted on this website. 

Instructors for Classes or Private Lessons in Charlottesville, Virginia

Pete Ekstrand- 434-823-2360 thebridgecoach@comcast.net

Alice Faintich- 434-760-2524  alice@faintich.net

Eberhard Jehle- 434-825-4696  evkjehle@gmail.com

Mike Lane- 434-953-3867   restofus@embarqmail.com

Alex Marshall- 540-588-7957   alex.marshall21@gmail.com

Nan Massie- 434-531-5547 chobridge@aol.com

Osher Lifelong Learning at UVA www.virginia.edu/olliuva

PICTURES and VIDEOS
 
"Holy Cow, I learned a lot!"  "What a pleasant way to learn more about bridge." "Such a nice game."  These were quotes from the PRO-AM game on 14 August 2016.
Thanks Pat Benevento, Paul Hartman and Eberhard for producing and directing the Pro-Am idea and game.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Beginners tip: How to become a better player and 7 Reasons Why You Should Teach Your Children/Grands Bridge!
Los Angeles Regional Daily Bulletin
Day 4, Thursday July 3rd 2014
 
Beginners tip: How to become a better player?
By Yehudit Hasin-Brumshtein
 
"Practice makes perfect" is a sentence I heard more than once or twice in my life. And mostly it turned out to be true. In bridge however, in my experience, practice is enough to make you better, much better perhaps, but not necessarily your best. Bridge, like chess, is a combinatorial game. In both games the number of all possible combination surpasses by far the number of situations any one player can or will ever handle. After all this is one of the reasons we love this game – it always presents a new challenge. Roy H. Williams said that "A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether." To become better in bridge one needs to become wiser, and not only smarter. So in this note I would like to summarize the approaches that help me to improve at this game (not necessarily in any particular order):
 
1. Make a plan! Make a list of aspects you think you need to improve (e.g declarer play, defense, bidding, leads, handling entries, counting…) and prioritize them. Try to be as specific as possible. No one can improve every aspect of the game at once and all the time, so choose one and focus on it for a significant period of time. When you see results, or just feel that you need a break from it, focus on a different aspect.
 
2. Read, read and read some more. There are many good books, articles and websites out there, that will help you improve – Larry Cohen, Audrey Grant, Eddie Kantar and David Bird are just few of the names we would suggest to look up. There are internet forums where people would be happy to discuss any bridge related question you might have. BridgeWinners or BBO forums are some of the more popular ones, where world class players often comment on every aspect of the game.
 
3. If you can, and would – hire a professional to play with or coach you and your partner, even if it is once in a while. Don't look for someone who will earn you points, but rather find someone who will take the time to explain, to go over the hands and to answer questions. Someone who will teach you to fish, not someone who will feed you.
 
4. Discuss, and listen. Don't be afraid to ask a question. Bridge is all
about communication, whether with partner, or between opponents. If
you do not discuss the problems, you can not improve that - so take an hour after the game, go have drinks with your partner and talk about every hand or bid or play that was not clear, or that you think there was a better alternative. Just do it after the game, preferably using hand records. 
 
5. Learn to walk, before you run. I often see beginners that are fascinated with complicated conventions, but are unsure about the meaning of a simple auction. Similarly, others try to learn difficult play techniques that are useful once in a blue moon, but make mistakes when playing simple suit combinations. Sorry, but these will not generally improve your results very much, however focusing on the basics will! I do not mean to discourage those of you that are trying to improve. Just make sure that before you try to play 6 ace roman key card blackwood, I would suggest to find out what your system is after 1NT-X-? It just comes up much more often.
 
6. Find a steady partnership. Bridge is a partnership game. As Peter Benjamin says, "you can not win a bridge tournament alone, you can only loose one". Just like in life or business, good partners do not appear out of nowhere. It takes time and work to build one, but it is worth it.
 
7. Finally – play. Play a lot, but learn from your plays. If you have the hand record, try to go back to the hands that did not turn out so well. What could you do better? It is more useful to play 20 hands and go over them, than to play 50 without giving them a second thought.
 
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7 Reasons Why You Should Teach Your Children/Grands Bridge!
Forget soccer games and violin lessons, teach your kids something really cool — bridge. Sure the average age of bridge players is closer to 70 than 7, but there are some really awesome reasons to teach your child this amazing game. Here are seven!
1. It Improves Test Scores:
A researcher by the name of Dr. Christopher Shaw taught 5th graders to play bridge then compared their 6th grade standardized test scores. What he found was very interesting.
What Shaw discovered was that students who learned to play bridge had a significant increase in their ITSB scores compared with their non-playing classmates.
While everyone’s scores increased because they were older, the most significant gains were from those who had learned bridge!
2. It Boosts the Immune System:
Who doesn’t want healthier kids? You might think that playing cards all day has no health benefits, but according to a study by biologist Marian Diamond, you would be wrong.
“In a presentation at last week’s meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, biologist Marian Diamond described an experiment showing that contract bridge players have increased numbers of immune cells after a game of bridge.
Based on her previous work, and that of others, Diamond interprets the findings as “strong evidence that an area of the brain involved in playing bridge stimulates the immune system, in particular the thymus gland that produces white blood cells called T cells, or T lymphocytes.”
Forget the cough medicine, deal the cards!
3. It’s Inexpensive:
My daughter attended a week of bridge camp, took several lessons at a local club, and played three times at the Junior Nationals in Atlanta for a grand total of zerodollars. The ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) and Atlanta Junior Bridgedo a great job supporting juniors and raising funds throughout the year, so the cost to parents is next to nothing. The only thing I’ve paid for is a $15.00 Junior ACBL membership - no league fees, uniforms or equipment! Even when you do pay, it’s not much. Juniors can play at most clubs for around $6.00 to $10.00 a session.
4. You can play bridge FOREVER and continue to improve as you age:
You can’t say the same for football, baseball, tennis, hockey, volleyball, skateboarding or gymnastics. You may be able to do all those things when you’re 80, but I bet your 18 year old self was way better. In bridge, your glory days are always ahead of you. How awesome to fall in love with something and not have to stop when you graduate high school!
5. It’s MindFULL entertainment:
My favorite thing about watching kids play bridge is seeing them do something besides playing computer games or watching TV. They use their brains, interact face-to-face with other kids, meet some folks from our greatest generation, and have fun! And despite Bridge’s “nerdy” reputation, the kids are all cute, normal and I’ve never seen one sporting a pocket protector.
6. It’s A Career Path:
While I was showing my daughter around the bridge venue in Atlanta, a gentlemen mentioned how great it was to see kids playing, then he told us about a 16 year old who makes $3500 a week playing bridge! Clients have been known to pay $500 - $1500 to a pro for ONE session. Making it as a bridge professional is tough, but if your child dedicated themselves, there is a chance that they could make a living from playing cards. Let’s put it this way, the chance of a high-school football player making it in the NFL is 0.2%. The chances are better with cards and there’s no need for the frequent CT scans.
7. It’s good clean fun:
One of the great things about my daughter playing bridge, is that I don’t have to worry about the usual boy/girl shenanigans. Yes, she could sit on a boy’s lap at the bridge club, but I’m pretty sure the club director (think of it as a referee) would end that nonsense quickly. And there would be no coming to the club, then sneaking out to meet a boy. During the Nationals, one of the kids started complaining of a headache. The director told him if he needed to quit he could, but there would be no leaving the room until his parent came to get him. I had no qualms about leaving my daughter in the room to play while I went to my own bridge game.
Oh yeah, I guess that’s ANOTHER reason bridge for kids is so great - you can continue to play and not feel guilty for leaving them at home!
If you’re interested, google Bridge is Cool or Atlanta Junior Bridge for more!
Follow Lisa Lewis Tyre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/lisalewistyre
This article appeared in a Huffpost Parents Blog, 28 April 2015
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Special Messages
PRO - AM Game is on every 2nd Sunday. Sunday, 11 SEPTEMBER, the Pro-Am game begins at 1pm.
Please contact Pat Benevento @ 540-460-2166 or email @ patbenevento@comcast.net
 
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🌟199er's Game Every Friday
 
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The ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game  is scheduled for Friday Afternoon October 14, 2016
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Winter Sectional December 9-11

Results
Wed Aug 24, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
Mon Aug 22, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Massie
Sun Aug 21, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Fri Aug 19, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Eberhard Jehle
Wed Aug 17, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
Mon Aug 15, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Burton
Sun Aug 14, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Fri Aug 12, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Eberhard Jehle
Wed Aug 10, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
Mon Aug 8, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Massie
Sun Aug 7, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Fri Aug 5, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Steve Rothman
Calendar
Fri Aug 26, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Steve Rothman, Eberhard Jehle, Ron Burton
  (Partner?)
Sun Aug 28, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Mon Aug 29, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Nan Massie, Ron Burton
Wed Aug 31, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
  (Partner?)
Fri Sep 2, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Steve Rothman, Eberhard Jehle, Ron Burton
Sun Sep 4, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Mon Sep 5, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Nan Massie, Ron Burton
Wed Sep 7, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
Fri Sep 9, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Steve Rothman, Eberhard Jehle, Ron Burton
Sun Sep 11, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Mon Sep 12, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Nan Massie, Ron Burton
Wed Sep 14, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
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Special Messages
PRO - AM Game is on every 2nd Sunday. Sunday, 11 SEPTEMBER, the Pro-Am game begins at 1pm.
Please contact Pat Benevento @ 540-460-2166 or email @ patbenevento@comcast.net
 
♠   ♣ 
🌟199er's Game Every Friday
 
♠   ♣ 
The ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game  is scheduled for Friday Afternoon October 14, 2016
♠   ♣ 

Winter Sectional December 9-11

Results
Wed Aug 24, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
Mon Aug 22, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Massie
Sun Aug 21, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Fri Aug 19, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Eberhard Jehle
Wed Aug 17, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
Mon Aug 15, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Burton
Sun Aug 14, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Fri Aug 12, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Eberhard Jehle
Wed Aug 10, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
Mon Aug 8, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Massie
Sun Aug 7, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Fri Aug 5, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Steve Rothman
Calendar
Fri Aug 26, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Steve Rothman, Eberhard Jehle, Ron Burton
  (Partner?)
Sun Aug 28, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Mon Aug 29, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Nan Massie, Ron Burton
Wed Aug 31, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
  (Partner?)
Fri Sep 2, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Steve Rothman, Eberhard Jehle, Ron Burton
Sun Sep 4, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Mon Sep 5, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Nan Massie, Ron Burton
Wed Sep 7, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl
Fri Sep 9, 2016
Friday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Steve Rothman, Eberhard Jehle, Ron Burton
Sun Sep 11, 2016
Sunday Afternoon, Open
Cavalier Inn 1:00 pm
Director: Paul Hartman
Mon Sep 12, 2016
Monday Night,
Cavalier Inn 7:00 pm
Director: Nan Massie, Ron Burton
Wed Sep 14, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs
Cavalier Inn 12:30 pm
Director: Betsy Ruehl