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♠   ♣ Fall is upon us which means Bridge Season resumes in full force. Several opportunities for learning are at your disposal. Have a look at my Fall lesson schedule and also do consider coming to our Play and Learn Game with Kelly Shields. A Wonderful way for newcomers to the game to practise in an easy going environment. This is a weekly game on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 pm. No need to have a partner. It's a great way to make new friends!  ♠   ♣ 

 
 
 
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Welcome to the World of Duplicate: What to Expect at

our Play and Learn Game

When you arrive meet Samy our director. He will help you find a partner if you need one and also direct you to which table you will start playing from.  Do you know how to score, even if it is just a little?  Then please tell Samy and he will give you a North/South Direction.

The game runs from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. A duplicate game is very much like flying on an airplane. You cannot arrive late and you cannot leave early. We promise you that we will not go one minute beyond 3:30 pm.

Shuffle, Deal & Play

Samy will place duplicate boards on your table. At 1 pm after some announcements, he will ask you to shuffle and deal the cards. Cards are dealt for the first round only. No more shuffling! A good habit to develop is to ALWAYS count your cards when pulling them out of the board, and ALWAYS counting them before returning them to the board.

Move for the Next Round

To keep the game going smoothly, each round of two boards is timed. When you have finished all of your boards at a given table, before moving to the next table, please wait for Samy to announce the new round. North-South remain stationary while East-West move to the next higher table and the boards move to the next lower table.  

“Director, Please”

Samy has many roles at the game but his most important one is to help you with your bidding and playing so that you can learn and grow. He is there to help you. Do not hesitate to call him by saying Director, Please.

How Did You Do?

At end of the day, check on Josee’s website at www.bridgewebs.com/josees for the full results.

Thank You, Partner

Bridge is as friendly as the players, and it’s important to be a good partner and opponent. Introduce your partner and yourself to the opponents at the start of each round. Treat everyone as if they are guests in your living room. Thank your partner when she puts down the dummy. Wish the opponents good luck before you start the game. Don’t get upset about a bad result — you get to start fresh with the next 13 cards. Bridge is a game. Have fun!

We hope you will enjoy playing here. Do not hesitate to contact Josee at mjhammill@rogers.com with bridge questions, concerns or comments to improve your experience on Tuesdays.

Completing your convention card

You probably understand that the convention card is primarily for the benefit of your opponents. You may be surprised to learn that the process of completing your convention card is a great learning experience. Of course, the best way of completing a convention card is to sit down with your regular partner and complete the card step by step. But if you play occasionally with other partners, having a completed card will simplify and shorten the time spent just before a game with a new partner.

Completing all of the sections may seem like a daunting task. What do some of those abbreviations mean? What do the colours mean? Certainly it will take a couple of hours if you are doing it together with your partner. Fortunately, we have located a couple of resource sites on the web which will prove useful:

We recommend that everyone playing with us have a completed convention card available. If you are having any difficulty completing your card, please contact us.

We also recommend that you use one of the available convention card editors that you can install on your computer. These editors allow you to save one or more cards. This has the following benefits:

  • If you play with a variety of partners, you can save a card tailored to each partnership.
  • Having the ability to print out your card enables you to avoid having to complete a new card every time you make a change or having a card full of deletions and messy updates.

Convention Card Editors

ACBL Convention Card Editor – Download a PDF file that you can edit and print. Click here to download.

Other Convention Card Editors (none of these are supported by ACBL)

BridgeWinners.com Convention Card Editor

Download Merlin Vilhauer’s Card Editor

We recommend the program by Chuck Tesler. Click HERE to download this FREE program. Contact Chuck or Bill Jensen if you need any technical help.

Conventions

ACBL one page summaries

The major bidding conventions in a handy one page format for each can be found in the Bidding Toolbox on the ACBL site. Click HERE to read or print..

Bridge Bum

A much more complete list of conventions with short summaries is at the Bridge Bum web site.