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Club Championship Game - Alan McIlwain

In November, we will be holding a Club Championship, which awards double points.  The games will be held on Monday, Nov 6 and Sunday, Nov 12.  If you play and score masterpoints at these games, you will receive twice the value that ACBL normally would award for this sized game.  We hope to see you there.

Useful Web Links

Check out the Bridge Links under the tab on the menu "USEFUL LINKS" at the left.  You will find all kinds of bridge information.  If you have any special websites that you visit and would like to share with other members, please send us an email with your favorite sites and we will add them to our "Helpful Links".

 
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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Planning to Win Course 1 - Donna McIlwain

This summer I am offering a 6 week course for people who would like to improve their play of the hand. This will be a set of 6 bridge lessons to develop your declarer play. Cost of lessons is $30 and class size is limited. Please e-mail Donna McIlwain at dmc3726@yahoo.com for enrollment or details about the course. This is not a course for absolute beginners who have never played bridge.

WEEKLY COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Week 1 Counting winners and watching entries in NT, Unblocking, Bidding maximum opening hands, Reviewing opening leads

Week 2 Counting losers and drawing trump, Bidding maximum responding hands, Opening leads in suit contracts

Week 3 – Promoting tricks in suits and NT contracts

Week 4 – Using length in suits and NT , responding to a 1 NT opening bid.

Week 5 – The finesse

Week 6 - Review and More Practice – Questions, Special Hands

Location and exact time of class will be determined by the size of the class and availability of a room. Right now we have the RSF2 in the Riviera from 1030 to 1 PM, starting August 19th.

If you have taken this class before and missed one of the weeks, you are welcome to join the class that week at no charge if you let me know beforehand. If you are willing to substitute if needed to fill a table, please let me know and I will put you on a list of subs.

Last updated : Jul 20, 2017 20:45 CDT
BRIDGEPAD ETIQUETTE

Bridgepad Etiquette

 

North is the “controller” of the Bridgepad. He should enter most of the information but should also SHARE the unit with other players when the situation calls for it. If North has vision problems or other handicaps that prevent him from handling the BridgePad, South may do the entries, but it would be better if North and South switch places. If neither North nor South can handle the unit, then E or W can do the entries. If nobody can handle the unit, the Director will be happy to help.

The single most important thing to remember is to READ the screen and note the location of the cursor. This goes for N when entering the information, and for E or W when checking it.

Beginning the Game
North enters information to set up game.

For each Board
Before the bidding, North should verify the board number displayed is the one you're about to play.  If not, STOP and call the Director.  You can play the boards out of order, deliberately or accidentally, but you have to do it right.

After the bidding, and before the play {see noted exceptions below}, North enters contract information: verify board number, enter the contract, and by whom.

 

Some tips to keep the game flowing smoothly:

North should enter the contract information while waiting for the lead to be made, or while declarer is studying dummy’s cards. But, if North is on lead, he should lead before entering information in the unit, and if North is dummy, he should face the dummy before entering information in the unit.

 

After the play, North enters the result and passes unit to E or W to verify ALL THE INFORMATION then E or W checks the board number, the contract, who played the board, the result, and the score, and enters security code if all information is correct.  He then presses Next to see percentage and passes unit back to N while still on percentage screen.

N presses Next for the next board or round and continues to press Next until contract entry location is reached.

After the Last Round
Any player can use the unit to check their standing at the end of a game.  See below.

At end of game, N and E or W must be sure to TRANSMIT the score for the final board to complete the game scoring.

Final Standing
At the end of the game any player can request to see the final results of the game. The player will be asked to enter his pair number, It must start with NS or EW and must contain 2 numbers. (If the pair’s number was less then 10 enter 0 before the number - for example NS01.) The server will send a final result that will be displayed in the following fashion:

Final Standing 56%

Now the final duty of the last player to use the unit:
 

PRESS NEXT UNTIL YOU ARE ASKED TO

(1) - CONTINUE THE CURRENT GAME
(2) - START A NEW GAME.

TURN THE BRIDGE PAD IN AT THE COMPUTER SCORING TABLE.

Last updated : Dec 29, 2016 10:51 CST
THE COMMON GAME
THE COMMON GAME

The Common Game is a service offered through local clubs which provides bridge players the opportunity to compare their results with players at other clubs, playing the same hands, in Florida and across the country for Sunday and Monday club games!  Check out the map at the link "Where in the world are Common Game clubs?" on www.thecommongame.com .

In addition, The Common Game offers post-mortem pro analysis of many of the interesting hands played and awards monthly, quarterly, and annual prizes for both performance and attendance.  It is a fun way for clubs to broaden their players' bridge experience.
 
Participation in the Common Game does not affect a player's score or masterpoint award at the local club.  The ACBL masterpoints continue to be scored and reported as usual.  Common Game awards are based on matchpointed results across the larger field ... similar to our STAC games.  Below is a snapshot of the log on page for The Common Game.
 
Our games will be included on the days that we participate and your personal results will be captured if you are registered.  Prior days games are stored in the Archived Common Games.  Check it out ... particularly the Pro's analysis!
 
Scores will also be available at the Common Game.  http://thecommongame.com/clubwebhost/264747
 
Last updated : Feb 2, 2016 06:04 CST
DIRECTOR! DIRECTOR!
DIRECTOR! DIRECTOR!

'DIRECTOR!'  If you've played at a "scary" duplicate club, you'll know that cry.  There's no 'please'. There's no consultation with the other player before the shout.  No wonder new players look to play elsewhere.  Calling the Director to assess a situation is a totally appropriate thing to do, but REMEMBER ... it is a pretty intimidating and scary thing for less experienced players ... and for some of the more experienced players as well!  You are always entitled to "call the director" but please give new players lots of leeway here.  And, if you do feel that the Director needs to be called ... don't SHOUT ... Say to your opponents, "Would you mind awfully if I asked the Director to come over?" before putting up your hand and softly calling, 'Director, please'!  We don't want to be a 'scary' duplicate club!  Taken from andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk

Last updated : Jan 28, 2016 12:29 CST
HUGS ARE HEALTHY
HUGS ARE HEALTHY
FIVE REASONS WHY
HUGS ARE HEALTHY
  1. THEY CAN MAKE US FEEL GOOD.  When we embrace someone, oxytocin (a human hormone) is released, making us feel "warm and fuzzy" inside.  The chemical has also been linked to social bonding.  Oxytocin is a neuropeptide, which promotes feelings of devotion, trust, and bonding.  It lays the biological foundation and structure for connecting to other people, according to a DePauw University study.
  2. THEY CAN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE.  The hormones that are released in the body after a hug help your physical health.  When someone touches you, the sensation on your skin activates pressure receptors called Pacinian corpuscles, which then send signals to the vagus nerve, an area of the brain that is responsible for lowering blood pressure, according to an NPR report.
  3. THEY CAN ALLEVIATE FEARS.  In a study on fears and self-esteem, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that hugs significantly reduce fears of mortality.  The studies found that hugging -- even of it was just an inanimate object like a teddy bear -- helps soothe individuals' existential fears.
  4. ADULTS CAN BENEFIT THE MOST.  According to a researcher at The Ohio State University, hugging becomes increasingly important with age, saying "the older you are, the more fragile you become physically, so contact becomes increasingly important for good health."  Hugging someone decreases feelings of loneliness ... loneliness, according to the researcher, increases stress and can have other adverse health effects.
  5. HUGS CAN RELEASE STRESS.  A hug immediately reduces the amount of the stress hormone cortisol produced in our bodies.  Hugs also make our bodies release tension and send a calming message to the brain, according to an Emory University study.
SO, GET OUT THERE AND START GIVING AND RECEIVING HUGS!
Last updated : Jan 28, 2016 12:29 CST
SOME OF OUR BRIDGE FAMILY

Last updated : Jan 1, 2016 09:59 CST