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Teacher's Assistants Needed

Scott James will take the lead in starting bridge lessons to 4th and 5th graders at Largo-Tibet School.  Thanks Scott! The Largo teacher is VERY excited about bringing this intellectual pursuit to her students each Wednesday from 4:15 until 5:15pm starting in September.

Scott will need assistance. Can you dedicate one hour per week to bring this experience to some motivated young people?  If so, please contact Sydney Rangeley at sydneyrangeley@yahoo.com or 598-9088.

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WELCOME TO THE SAVANNAH DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB WEBSITE

Welcome.  ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games are played at several locations in the Savannah area.  The most extensive schedule is played at the Savannah Bridge Center and other games are held at the Plantation Club at The Landings on Skidaway Island, the Grand Lakes Lodge in the Southbridge Community and the Jewish Educational Alliance. For details, click on Savannah Game Schedule on the left.

A New Game Format - It's About Breaking Through Barriers!

Several people have commented that they really don't know the folks who have been sitting on the other side of the room from them.  We decided to test a "mixer" on Saturday, October 21, and subsequently on the third Saturday of each month.  It is a Swiss Team event called "8 is Enough."

The concept is straightforward. Every team consists of four players of varying skill and experience levels.  That is accomplished by assigning a player a value determined by the player’s master point total.  Each player categorized as an “A” player carries a value of 3 points.  Each “B” player counts as 2 points, and each “C” player counts as 1 point.  A team may not have any combination of players whose total value exceeds 8 points. (Hence the name “Eight is Enough”).  For example, a team that has two “A” players must also have two “C” players (3+3+1+1=8).  A team may have a combination of players whose value totals less than 8 if it wishes. However, every team must have at least one “C” player. Each team will then compete in a traditional Swiss team game.

For our game in October, each player with over 1000 master points is an “A” player.  Each player whose master point total falls between 200 and 1000 is a “B” player.  Each player whose master point total is less than 200 points is a “C” player.  The master point totals as of September 6, 2018 will determine a player’s category for the October game. If a player has a question about his/her master point total, the Club Manager or any game director can look it up.

Start putting your team together and enjoy this great new approach to team bridge!

THE BRIDGE CENTER LOCATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION
THE BRIDGE CENTER LOCATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION

The Savannah Duplicate Bridge Club is based at 8511 Ferguson Ave Suite D in the Five Oaks Shopping Center, Savannah GA 31406, a short distance from the Truman Parkway. The well-lit 3500 square foot facility is used for the majority of the sanctioned duplicate bridge games in the Savannah area. Coffee and light refreshments are always available. This is a no-smoking facility.

Phone number: 912-228-4838. (Click for map and directions).

Send emails to the Bridge Club at sdbc8511@comcast.net

We also have an electronic newsletter.  To be placed on distribution, send a request to martinvernick@gmail.com.

This website is maintained by Tom Roush & Marty Vernick, t.roush697734@att.net or martinvernick@gmail.com.

Beginning Bridge Class Schedule - Fall 2017

BB2 and BB3 classes are $10 per session or $35 for advance purchase of all four sessions. These classes are intended for individuals with little or no prior experience, or for those who've been away from the game for years and want a refresher in modern methods.

Tell your friends who have been considering bridge to mark their calendars and give it a try!!! 
 
Monday Evening Classes, 7:00 - 9:00 
 

BB2 Competitive Bidding  Goes beyond the basics of bidding to teach you how to compete with your opponents for the bid. You will use these methods to communicate with your partner and to strengthen both your offense and your defense.

  • 9/18 NOW 9/25 Preemptive Bids
  • 9/25 10/2 Overcalls
  • 10/2 10/9 Takeout Doubles
  • 10/9 10/16 The Competitive Auction 

BB3 Popular Conventions   Conventions are short cuts to exchanging valuable information, and in this series of classes you will learn the four most commonly played conventions.

  • 10/16 10/23 Stayman Convention
  • 10/23 10/30 Jacoby Transfers
  • 10/30 11/6  Strong Two Club opening bids
  • 11/6   11/13 Slam Bidding Conventions 

 
Saturday Morning Classes, 10:00 - 12:00  ALL BB4 AND BB5 CLASSES ARE CANCELLED.  TOO FEW PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST. THEY WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN IN THE WINTER SESSION ON MONDAY EVENINGS IF THERE IS ENOUGH INTEREST.
 

Fall 2017 Intermediate / Advanced Classes

If you know the bridge basics and have never taken an intermediate bridge lesson now is the time.  If you have taken bridge lessons in the past, now is the time to update your information.  All lessons are at the Savannah Bridge Center; 8511 Ferguson Ave, (912) 228-4838 at 10:00am for $15.00. Each lesson includes time to practice the concepts with instructors available for questions. Bringing your partner to class is recommended although not required.  Advance reservations are requested (signup sheets are by the door) but also not required. Instructor bios can be found by clicking on the Instructor Bios button on the leftt.

 

SEPT 15 Lebensohl Convention  What do you bid after partner opens 1NT and there is an interference bid by opponents? By using the basic principles of the Lebensohl convention you and your partner can successfully communicate forcing, invitational, natural or artificial bids to reach the best contract. Also you will be able to show or deny stoppers in opponent’s suit and determine a 4-4 suit fit. INSTRUCTOR Walter Sobol

 

SEPT 22 Additional Uses of Lebensohl Convention  What do you do after your partner doubles a preemptive opening bid by your opponent or your partner makes a reverse bid after opening?  Lebensohl is used in these applications to indicate partnership strength using forcing, invitational, natural or artificial bids. INSTRUCTOR Walter Sobol

 

OCT 6 Law of Total Tricks: What is and when do you use  Law of Total Tricks (LOTT) during bidding?  Using information from Larry Cohen’s book To Bid or Not to Bid you will learn about the principles of the LOTT and when to apply it to respond to your partner’s bid or while rebidding to part score, game or slam. INSTRUCTOR Perry Trilling

 

OCT 20 Principles of Declarer Play1: Suit Contract How does declarer evaluate a suit contract? We will cover such topics as when and how to draw trump, how to manage entries, how to develop long suits, what a hold-up play means, when to give up the lead and how to
avoid the dangerous opponent. INSTRUCTOR Dabney Townsend. 

 

OCT 27 Principles of Declarer Play 2: No Trump Contract Continuation with specific attention on NT contracts. Both classes are based on Lewis Watson’s classic The Play of the Hand at Bridge, Marty Bergen’s Declarer Play and Larry Cohen’s guides to declarer play at suit contract and NT. INSTRUCTOR Dabney Townsend

 

NOV 3            Preemptive Bidding at the 2, 3, and 4 Levels Why start the bidding at a high level when you don’t have an opening hand? You will learn about the Bidding Scale, when to make a preemptive bid, how to respond to a preemptive bid by partner or opponent, when to double a preemptive bid by opponent, and how to count tricks before you bid.  INSTRUCTOR Roger Neds

 

NOV 10 Slam Bidding with Style How do we get to slam or not? You will learn principles of cue bidding showing 1 st and 2 nd controls, how cue bids can keep you out of an unsuccessful slam and variants of Blackwood as well as the King and Queen asks. INSTRUCTOR Lee Weiner

SEPTEMBER 2017 CALENDAR (click here)
DETAILS ON UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER SPECIAL GAMES

DAY(S)/DATE(S) TIME EVENT
Mon, Sept 18 - Sun, Sept 24 all games International Fund Games
Fri, Sept 29 1:00 PM 5th Friday Swiss Teams
Sat, Sept 30 1:00 PM 5th Saturday B A M
NEED PARTNER ?

If you are in our membership list click on the "Find a Partner" button (5th down on menu). Click "login". Put in your email address and sign in. Check "partner required" for game wanted. Click "confirm". It will appear in blue  on the daily event "calendar" on the bottom right side of webpage (partner?). persons available can click on that find out who needs a partner with their phone number and email and then contact them.           OR  Call us at 912-228-4838 or send us an email to sdbc8511@comcast.net.  Tell us your name, phone number and/or email address, the session you would like to participate in and the number of masterpoints you have.  Give us as much lead time as possible and we'll do our best to find a suitable match for you.

Results
Sun Sep 24, 2017
open International Fund pairs
Sat Sep 23, 2017
open International Fund pairs
Fri Sep 22, 2017
open & 299er International Fund pairs
Thu Sep 21, 2017
299er International Fund pairs
Thu Sep 21, 2017
Open International Fund Pairs
Wed Sep 20, 2017
Landings Wed Morning Pair
Wed Sep 20, 2017
Open Pairs (JEA)
Wed Sep 20, 2017
Wednesday Evening "299"er
Tue Sep 19, 2017
open International Fund pairs
Mon Sep 18, 2017
open and 299er International Fund Pairs
Mon Sep 18, 2017
Southbridge 299ers
Sun Sep 17, 2017
Sunday Afternoon Pairs
Calendar
Sep 25, 2017
Open & 299er pairs
1:00 PM
Sep 26, 2017
Open Pairs
6:30 PM
Sep 27, 2017
299er Pairs
6:30 PM
Sep 28, 2017
299er Pairs
1:00PM
Sep 28, 2017
Open Pairs
6:30 PM
Sep 29, 2017
5th Friday Open & 299er Swiss Teams
1:00 PM
Sep 30, 2017
5th Saturday - B A M
1:00 PM
SEPTEMBER 2017 CALENDAR (click here)
DETAILS ON UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER SPECIAL GAMES

DAY(S)/DATE(S) TIME EVENT
Mon, Sept 18 - Sun, Sept 24 all games International Fund Games
Fri, Sept 29 1:00 PM 5th Friday Swiss Teams
Sat, Sept 30 1:00 PM 5th Saturday B A M
NEED PARTNER ?

If you are in our membership list click on the "Find a Partner" button (5th down on menu). Click "login". Put in your email address and sign in. Check "partner required" for game wanted. Click "confirm". It will appear in blue  on the daily event "calendar" on the bottom right side of webpage (partner?). persons available can click on that find out who needs a partner with their phone number and email and then contact them.           OR  Call us at 912-228-4838 or send us an email to sdbc8511@comcast.net.  Tell us your name, phone number and/or email address, the session you would like to participate in and the number of masterpoints you have.  Give us as much lead time as possible and we'll do our best to find a suitable match for you.

Results
Sun Sep 24, 2017
open International Fund pairs
Sat Sep 23, 2017
open International Fund pairs
Fri Sep 22, 2017
open & 299er International Fund pairs
Thu Sep 21, 2017
299er International Fund pairs
Thu Sep 21, 2017
Open International Fund Pairs
Wed Sep 20, 2017
Landings Wed Morning Pair
Wed Sep 20, 2017
Open Pairs (JEA)
Wed Sep 20, 2017
Wednesday Evening "299"er
Tue Sep 19, 2017
open International Fund pairs
Mon Sep 18, 2017
open and 299er International Fund Pairs
Mon Sep 18, 2017
Southbridge 299ers
Sun Sep 17, 2017
Sunday Afternoon Pairs
Calendar
Sep 25, 2017
Open & 299er pairs
1:00 PM
Sep 26, 2017
Open Pairs
6:30 PM
Sep 27, 2017
299er Pairs
6:30 PM
Sep 28, 2017
299er Pairs
1:00PM
Sep 28, 2017
Open Pairs
6:30 PM
Sep 29, 2017
5th Friday Open & 299er Swiss Teams
1:00 PM
Sep 30, 2017
5th Saturday - B A M
1:00 PM