Club Membership Week from May 20 to May 25. Club Membership games offer even more extra points than Club Championship games, but there is a restriction. Only paid ACBL members are eligible to win points. Non-ACBL members may play, but both the player and the partner will be ineligible to win points (even if the partner is a paid ACBL member). Apologies to our players who are have not joined the ACBL, but this is too good an opportunity to pass up for the majority of our players. So plan to play and earn those extra points.
In a bridge game, no one wants to give away tricks that could have been won. But it happens, and a frequent way it happens is by making an incomplete claim, which is a claim without a stated line of play. In just one week, one director had 4 cases of incomplete claims. Three of these claims turned out badly for the claimers, which is a 75% rate of needless loss of tricks because of an incomplete claim. Players, please remember: Do NOT lay down your hand without stating a line of play, or just saying “the rest are mine”. Always, always STATE YOUR LINE OF PLAY. If you do not state your line of play, the ACBL Laws require directors to resolve any doubtful points against the claimer (Law 70). It is particularly dangerous to claim when there is an outstanding trump. Never claim with an outstanding trump unless you clearly state up front “drawing trump” followed by the rest of the line of play. Directors hate to take away tricks that don’t have to be lost, but this happens all too frequently when claims are made without stating a line of play. Help your directors out! Always state a line of play.