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UPPER CAPE GAME SCHEDULE

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SITE ADDRESSES

W BARNSTABLE 2377 Meetinghouse Way

 MASHPEE 26 Frank E Hicks Drive

MONDAY 12:15 W Barnstable Comm Ctr Open Pairs

WEDNESDAY 12:15 W Barnstable Comm Ctr Open Pairs-299'er on demand

FRIDAY 12:15 W Barnstable Comm Ctr Open Pairs

SATURDAY 12:15 MASHPEE COA Open Pairs and 299'er

Cooney's UCBC 4 NS-Shop All Cape Cooks 20% Discount to Bridge Players
Cooney's UCBC 4 NS-Shop All Cape Cooks 20% Discount to Bridge Players
Margie Sullivan Wins Bermuda National Tourism Award

Margie Sullivan was awarded the Bermuda National Tourism Award for 22 years of arranging tours to Bermuda for the ACBL Regional there!  Congrats, Margie!

 

Margie Sullivan Wins Bermuda National Tourism Award
2014 High Score Games (84+ Avg)

 

 

 

 

   

 

2014 High Scores 299ers Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Date

Score

 

 Avg

 

Names

MPs

3/29/2014

71.00

 

50

 

Carolyn McNaught & Betsy Stegeman

0.80

5/21/2014

70.00

 

25

 

Carolyn McNaught & Betsy Stegeman

0.48

3/8/2014

68.50

 

50

 

Carolyn McNaught & Betsy Stegeman

0.80

1/4/2014

68.00

 

50

 

Carolyn McNaught & Betsy Stegeman

0.80

 

 

 

 

   

 

2014 High Scores 84+ Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Date

  Score

 

   Avg

 

Names

MPs

1/11/2014

71.00

 

94.5

 

James Butler & Jo Ann Kriger

1.75

5/30/2014

70.67

 

84

 

Dick Dugas & Jody Foley

1.50

3/17/2014

69.19

 

108

 

Richard Katzeff & Peter Crossley

2.17

3/3/2014

68.98

 

108

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

1.33

04/14/14

68.52

 

94.5

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.90

3/17/2014

68.32

 

108

 

Jody Foley & Thomas Cibotti

1.63

6/5/2014

67.59

 

108

 

Dick Dugas & Jody Foley

2.17

1/15/2014

67.56

 

84

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.80

5/24/2014

67.47

 

156

 

Ramona Marrier & Joe Marrier Jr

2.50

3/15/2014

67.36

 

108

 

Peter Crossley & Bernard Garbose

1.40

2/10/2014

67.27

 

84

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.80

6/4/2014

67.04

 

108

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

1.40

 

 

               2013

 

   

 

Overall High Scores 84+ Average

 

     Date

  Score

 

   Avg

 

Names

MPs

8/15/2013

77.60

 

84

 

Dick Dugas & Jody Foley

0.80

12/11/2013

74.87

 

94.5

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.90

11/13/2013

74.11

 

94.5

 

Steven Salidas & Donald Robertson

0.90

10/17/2013

72.62

 

84

 

Kathleen Denton & Barbara Witt

0.70

11/23/2013

72.60

 

156

 

Ken Camilleis & Bill Noyes

2.10

7/10/2013

72.26

 

143

 

Jody Foley & Arthur Krupnick

1.50

7/15/2013

71.85

 

143

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

1.30

7/10/2013

71.51

 

143

 

James Tullis & Robert Hickey

1.05

1/11/2014

71.00

 

94.5

 

James Butler & Jo Ann Kriger

1.75

5/30/2014

70.67

 

84

 

Dick Dugas & Jody Foley

1.50

11/13/2013

70.53

 

94.5

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.63

12/21/2013

69.71

 

156

 

Bradford Barnes & Suzanne Pratley

3.36

8/31/2013

69.54

 

156

 

Pat McDevitt & Margie Sullivan

1.50

9/18/2013

69.51

 

143

 

Steven Fortunato & Alex Bresler

1.30

3/17/2014

69.19

 

108

 

Richard Katzeff & Peter Crossley

2.17

9/6/2013

69.15

 

108

 

Arthur Krupnick & Bruce Emond

1.10

11/16/2013

69.05

 

143

 

Ken Camilleis & Bradford Barnes

4.39

3/3/2014

68.98

 

108

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

1.33

11/23/2013

68.54

 

156

 

Angela & Sam Frohlich

1.58

4/14/2014

68.52

 

94.5

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.90

8/24/2013

68.32

 

132

 

Martin Koski & James Swan, Jr.

1.80

3/17/2014

68.32

 

108

 

Jody Foley & Thomas Cibotti

1.63

10/9/2013

68.32

 

94.5

 

Robert Hickey & Mickey MacMillan

1.00

7/29/2013

68.28

 

156

 

Robert Minotti & Edward Mitchell

1.30

7/26/2013

68.17

 

143

 

Bill Noyes & Don MacMillan

1.70

10/16/2013

67.92

 

94.5

 

Rita Whitney & Ginny O'Toole

1.00

10/19/2013

67.77

 

108

 

Ann Swaim & Marilyn Beardsley

4.67

6/5/2014

67.59

 

108

 

Dick Dugas & Jody Foley

2.17

1/15/2014

67.56

 

84

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.80

8/3/2013

67.47

 

156

 

Bernice Goldstein & Donald Weiss

1.70

5/24/2014

67.47

 

156

 

Ramona Marrier & Joe Marrier Jr

2.50

3/15/2014

67.36

 

108

 

Peter Crossley & Bernard Garbose

1.40

9/25/2013

67.36

 

108

 

James Butler & Dick Dugas

1.00

2/10/2014

67.27

 

84

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.80

4/28/2014

67.26

 

84

 

Robert Hickey & Mickey MacMillan

0.80

9/21/2013

67.12

 

156

 

Ramona Marrier & Joe Marrier Jr.

1.50

6/4/2014

67.04

 

108

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

1.40

 

UCBC Stat Master Calculations

The Theory of Expected Holding

 

by Ken Camilleis

 

Many of the bids you make are a priori, which means without any knowledge of the contents of any of the other three hands at the table. Bridge is a game that involves taking calculated risks based on statistical probabilities of bad results. If a tactical action produces, say, fifteen good results and five poor ones, over the span of ten duplicate sessions, then that treatment is heavily favored. Some situations dictate a unilateral action where “you pays your money and you takes your chances.”  Such bidding is based on the theory of expected holding (TEH.)

 

Preempts are a classic example of applying the TEH. Say you're in first seat white vs. red and you hold QTxxxx, xx, KJx, xx. There's actually a specific holding that you can “expect” partner (or either of the opponents) to have!  Of course it will not be that exact holding, but the statistically most likely occurrence. Let's start with the spades. You hold six of them, which means there are seven you don't hold. These seven spades are divided some way among the three other players, so by dividing 7 by 3 you get 2-1/3, which means you “expect” partner to hold 2-1/3 spades. So you round this down to two, which means you likely have an 8-card spade fit.  Now count the high card points in the spade suit. You have only 2, which means there are 8 HCP in the A, K and J distributed among the other three hands.  Divide 8 by 3 and you get 2-2/3 so you “expect” partner to hold 2-2/3 HCP which rounds up to 3.  So guess what … partner's most likely holding in spades, assuming a nonbiased random shuffle, is Kx!  Now apply this reasoning to the other three suits and you map partner's “expected” hand to be the likes of Kx, QJxx, Qxx, Kxxx. As you are missing 34 HCP, diving 34 by 3 leaves 11-1/3 HCP for your partner which may include an ace and one less king and/or queen. So the opponents probably don't have game.  Do you pass as dealer?

 

If you pass, your LHO may be in position to open the bidding, and by the time it comes back to you both opponents may have exchanged a wealth of information and it may not be profitable to enter the auction at that point. However, if you open with 2S, three people have to start their communications at the three level or with a takeout double that will likely let you off the hook. You are taking a two-to-one (66.67%) chance that the one person who will be inconvenienced by your preempt isn't your partner. If you catch partner with void, AKJx, Axxxx, KQTx once and something in the neighborhood of KJxx, x, Qxxxx, xxx or KJ, Axx, AQxx, KQxx two other times, you get two matchpoints for every one you give. Even the first hand may not be so bad if partner holds his nose and passes as 2S may make if the spades break 4-3. The logic behind TEH also applies to the tough decision an opponent needs to make over a direct preempt when neither his LHO nor partner have made a call.

 

The TEH can also be extended to defense, especially with regard to making an opening lead when the opponents have exchanged little information (such as 1S-2S-4S or 1NT-3NT.) Say your long suit is QTxxxx … you know what to expect from pard – Kx!  If the lead goes into declarer's AKJ, that's life, but application of the TEH over the long term may produce many more good results than bad ones.


Top Percentage UCBC Games

 

 

 

 

     

 

High Scores 84+ Average

 

 

           

     Date

  Score

 

   Avg

 

Names

MPs

8/15/2013

77.60

 

84

 

Dick Dugas & Jody Foley

0.80

12/11/2013

74.87

 

94.5

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.90

11/13/2013

74.11

 

94.5

 

Steven Salidas & Donald Robertson

0.90

10/17/2013

72.62

 

84

 

Kathleen Denton & Barbara Witt

0.70

11/23/2013

72.60

 

156

 

Ken Camilleis & Bill Noyes

2.10

7/10/2013

72.26

 

143

 

Jody Foley & Arthur Krupnick

1.50

7/15/2013

71.85

 

143

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

1.30

7/10/2013

71.51

 

143

 

James Tullis & Robert Hickey

1.05

11/13/2013

70.53

 

94.5

 

Stephen Rzewski & Margie Sullivan

0.63

12/21/2013

69.71

 

156

 

Bradford Barnes & Suzanne Pratley

3.36

8/31/2013

69.54

 

156

 

Pat McDevitt & Margie Sullivan

1.50

9/18/2013

69.51

 

143

 

Steven Fortunato & Alex Bresler

1.30

9/6/2013

69.15

 

108

 

Arthur Krupnick & Bruce Emond

1.10

11/16/2013

69.05

 

143

 

Ken Camilleis & Bradford Barnes

4.39

11/23/2013

68.54

 

156

 

Angela & Sam Frohlich

1.58

8/24/2013

68.32

 

132

 

Martin Koski & James Swan, Jr.

1.80

10/9/2013

68.32

 

94.5

 

Robert Hickey & Mickey MacMillan

1.00

7/29/2013

68.28

 

156

 

Robert Minotti & Edward Mitchell

1.30

7/26/2013

68.17

 

143

 

Bill Noyes & Don MacMillan

1.70

10/16/2013

67.92

 

94.5

 

Rita Whitney & Ginny O'Toole

1.00

10/19/2013

67.77

 

108

 

Ann Swaim & Marilyn Beardsley

4.67

8/3/2013

67.47

 

156

 

Bernice Goldstein & Donald Weiss

1.70

9/25/2013

67.36

 

108

 

James Butler & Dick Dugas

1.00

9/21/2013

67.12

 

156

 

Ramona Marrier & Joe Marrier Jr.

1.50

 

The Midrank Method of Nonparametric Statistical Sampling

 

by Ken Camilleis

 

As duplicate bridge players, did you know that the process of “matchpointing” scores on a given board has a scientific name for it?  This process is referred to as the midrank method of statistical sampling. Here's how it works:

 

Let n = the number of times a board is played.  When ranking scores that are all distinct, the highest score receives n-1 matchpoints and the lowest score gets zero matchpoints, and every other score tabulated would be ranked according to its relative algebraic position. However, what happens when two (or more) scores are the same?  In that case, one half-matchpoint will be assigned for each score that the score in calculation ties.  Say a deal is played six times and the results are +140, +110, +110, +100, -50 and -100.  The +140 would get 5 matchpoints and the +100 would get 2 matchpoints but the two scores that tie at +110 would receive the midrank (the midpoint value) between 2 and 5 which is 3.5.  

 

If more than two scores tie, the calculated score gets 1/2 matchpoint for each score it ties. Suppose a board is played 13 times and 12 of the scores are +650 and the other is 680. The 680 gets 12 matchpoints and all the 650s get 5.5, which is 11/2, the midrank of the remaining 12 scores of 650.

 

Every now and then, the same result occurs across an entire board, in which case everyone who played it would be awarded (n-1)/2 matchpoints, which is the exact average score for the board. If a deal were played nine times, and everyone achieved the same score, the midrank value of 4 matchpoints would be assigned to all pairs.

 

Probability of getting dealt a hand with all of the same suit 

 

by Ken Camilleis

 

The number of combinations of n items taken r at at time is denoted nCr, calculated as follows:  nCr = n! / ((n-r)! r!)

 

A bridge deal consists of the process of taking combinations of 52 cards 13 at a time and distributing them around the table. So let n = 52 and r = 13. We have:

 

52C13 = 52!/39!13! = 52*51* ...*40 / 13! =

3954242643911239680000 / 6227020800 = 635013559600

 

13/52 * 12/51 * ... * 1/40 = the probability of all of any particular suit (spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs) = 1 in 635,013,559,600

 

Divide this by four to get the probabilty of this for any suit, which is 1 in

158,753,389,900

 

That's one hundred fifty-eight billion, seven hundred fifty-three million, three hundred eighty-nine thousand nine hundred

Steve Rzewski Website
Steve Rzewski Website
The UCBC games are elevated by the not infrequent presence of highly respected player and director emeritus Steve Rzewski.  Steve is frequently approached by players seeking his expertise on all aspects of the game and he responds cordially and in good humor!  Should you so chose, Steve offers an online website, www.livejournal.com/users/stevesgames to share interesting and educational articles.  Check it out!  We will keep you posted on new entries as they are published.
 
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All Cape Cooks Bridge Player Discount
Tom and Pam Cooney - longtime local players - own the All Cape Cooks kitchen and cooking supply store in Hyannis at 237 Main Street.  It has the largest inventory of its kind on the cape  AND they offer all bridge players a year round discount of 20% on all purchases!!!!  What a deal!!!
 

ALL UCBC & WEST BARNSTABLE GAMES BEGIN AT 12:15

ALL FRIDAYS ARE HOT DOG FRIDAY

EASTER PARTY 2015 1st OVERALL B & C WINNERS
EASTER PARTY 2015 1st OVERALL B & C WINNERS

BETSEY STEGEMAN & LYN MC NAUGHT

St. Pat's Party 2015 Winners
St. Pat's Party 2015 Winners

STEPHEN RZEWSKI, MARGIE SULLVAN, GINNY O'TOOLE AND STEVE SALIDAS

WINNERS Bastille Day!!!
WINNERS Bastille Day!!!

YEAR ROUND GAME SCHEDULE (NO SEASONAL GAMES)

MONDAYS WEST BARNSTABLE COMM CTR 12:30

WEDNESDAYS WEST BARNSTABLE COMM CTR 12:30

FRIDAYS WEST BARNSTABLE COMM CTR 12:30

SATURDAYS MASHPEE COA 12:15 Open and 299'er

Mark and Susan Aquino, Margie Sullivan and Steve Rzewski=

St Pat's Party 2015 Greenest Pair
St Pat's Party 2015 Greenest Pair

ANITA JOHNSTON & CHANOK CHALIFOUX (PHOTO BOMBED BY ALEX BRESLER)

St Pat's Party 2015 Greenest Single Player
St Pat's Party 2015 Greenest Single Player

MARY KELLEY

2015 Valentine's Day Party Winners
2015 Valentine's Day Party Winners

First overall Al Koski and Brad Barnes 
First overall C flight Bob and Sue James

Halloween Party 2014 Individual Best Costume Winners Richard
Halloween Party 2014 Individual Best Costume Winners Richard

Best Single Costume

2014 Halloween Party First Overall Winners Kathy Denton/Marilyn Beardsley
2014 Halloween Party First Overall Winners Kathy Denton/Marilyn Beardsley

1st Place NS

2014 Halloween Best Costume Pair Priscilla Hostetter/Karen Largay
2014 Halloween Best Costume Pair Priscilla Hostetter/Karen Largay

Best Costume Pair

Easter Party 2014 Winners
Easter Party 2014 Winners

Linda Ahrens, Joe Brouillard, Pam Cooney and Muriel Golden

2014 Valentine's Day Party
2014 Valentine's Day Party

Carolyn Noble and her Yummy Fruit Tray

St. Pat's Day 2014 Party Greenest Pair/Individual Player

Anita Johnston and Chanok Chalifoux the "greenest" pair and Cowboy Katzeff the "greenest" single player

St. Pat's Day 2014 Party Greenest Pair/Individual Player
St Pat's Party Winners 2014
St Pat's Party Winners 2014

Jody Foley, Cowboy Katzeff, Pete Crossley and Tom Cibotti

UCBC Valentine's Day Party 2014 Our Great Cooks
UCBC Valentine's Day Party 2014 Our Great Cooks

Chanok Chalifoux with her luscious chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Muriel Golden with her delicious Bavarian with fresh raspberries!

Convention Card Policy And Signature Requirements
Travelers and/or pickup slips must be signed off by the East/West players.  Failure to do so endangers revision request rights!!!
 
The ACBL requires both members of a partnership to have completed convention cards.  should only one member have a completed card the partner must complete one asap.  also, should neither member of a partnership have a completed convention card the pair will only be allowed to play the Standard American "Yellow Card" (a copy of which is at the game sites) with no add-ons!!!
 
Should a partnership in the context of a hand discover they do not have an agreement on a specific issue, the director should be called and the partner will be asked to share with the opponents how he will treat partners action (out of the presence of the partner as this information is for the opponents, only).  And, at the completion of play of that specific hand, the partnership is required to form an agreement on the issue before proceeding to the next hand.
Don MacMillan
Don MacMillan
Sadly we lost a dear friend in Don MacMillan.  While in transit to the hospital he died of cardiac arrest.  He had fought so valiantly through very difficult medical issues - our prayers are with him and his family.
Correspondence to the family may be addressed to P. O. Box 1642 Cotuit MA 02635
Zero tolerance

The ultimate purpose of the Z-T policy is to create a much more pleasant atmosphere in our games. We are attempting to eradicate unacceptable behavior in order to make the game of bridge more enjoyable for all.

 

Below are some examples of commendable behavior, which, while not required, will significantly contribute to the improved atmosphere: 

  • Being a good 'host' or 'guest' at the table.
  • Greeting others in a friendly manner.
  • Praising the bidding and/or play of the opponents
  • Having two clearly completed convention cards readily available to the opponents (This one is a regulation, not just a nicety)

 

We enforce the zero tolerance policy as suggested by ACBL

The following list shows some examples of behavior which will not be tolerated:

  • Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
  • Negative comments concerning opponents' or partner's play or bidding.
  • Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
  • Loud and disruptive arguing with a director's ruling.

 

If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately. Annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A. Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties. 

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2017 GAME SITES NEWS AND CHANGES

 

ALL UCBC GAMES BEGIN AT 12:15

PLEASE NOTE OCTOBER 2-13 WEST BARNSTABLE GAMES WILL BE HELD AT CENTERVILLE COMMUNITY BLDG 524 MAIN ST CENTERVILLE @ 12:15 to accommodate annual maintenance (the mashpee saturday game will remain unchanged during this period

 

ALSO October 28 ONLY the Saturday Mashpee Game will be moved to West Barnstable Community Center to accommodate annual maintenance at the Mashpee COA

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPECIAL GAMES

WEDNESDAY October 4 Championship Game

 

FRIDAY  October 13 Club Championship

 

SATURDAY October 21 Championship Game

 

WEDNESDAY October 25 West Barnstable Instant Matchpoint Game

 

MONDAY October 30 Halloween Potluck/Championship Game

 

WEDNESDAY November 15 Championship Game

 

MONDAY November 27 Championship Game

 

FRIDAY December 1 Championship Game

 

SATURDAY December 15 Christmas Party Potluck/Championship Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPECIAL GAMES
Be Cordial and Pleasant at our Venues

Please remember that is important to maintain very cordial relationships with the staffs and employees of our sites.  it is not our right but rather our privilege to play at these facilities

Locations

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - West Barnstable Community Center - 12:15

Saturday - Mashpee COA Senior Center 

1215 - 299'er game Mashpee COA Senior Center

12:15 Open Game

Contact us

 

 

Email: uppercapebridgeclubs@gmail.com 

Phone:  508 364-6635

2013 Christmas Party
2013 Christmas Party
Calendar
Sat 23rd September 2017
Saturday Afternoon Pairs
Mashpee 12:15
Mon 25th September 2017
Monday Afternoon Pairs
W. Barnstable 12:15
Wed 27th September 2017
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs
W. Barnstable 12:15
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2017 GAME SITES NEWS AND CHANGES

 

ALL UCBC GAMES BEGIN AT 12:15

PLEASE NOTE OCTOBER 2-13 WEST BARNSTABLE GAMES WILL BE HELD AT CENTERVILLE COMMUNITY BLDG 524 MAIN ST CENTERVILLE @ 12:15 to accommodate annual maintenance (the mashpee saturday game will remain unchanged during this period

 

ALSO October 28 ONLY the Saturday Mashpee Game will be moved to West Barnstable Community Center to accommodate annual maintenance at the Mashpee COA

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPECIAL GAMES

WEDNESDAY October 4 Championship Game

 

FRIDAY  October 13 Club Championship

 

SATURDAY October 21 Championship Game

 

WEDNESDAY October 25 West Barnstable Instant Matchpoint Game

 

MONDAY October 30 Halloween Potluck/Championship Game

 

WEDNESDAY November 15 Championship Game

 

MONDAY November 27 Championship Game

 

FRIDAY December 1 Championship Game

 

SATURDAY December 15 Christmas Party Potluck/Championship Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SPECIAL GAMES
Be Cordial and Pleasant at our Venues

Please remember that is important to maintain very cordial relationships with the staffs and employees of our sites.  it is not our right but rather our privilege to play at these facilities

Locations

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - West Barnstable Community Center - 12:15

Saturday - Mashpee COA Senior Center 

1215 - 299'er game Mashpee COA Senior Center

12:15 Open Game

Contact us

 

 

Email: uppercapebridgeclubs@gmail.com 

Phone:  508 364-6635

2013 Christmas Party
2013 Christmas Party
Calendar
Sat 23rd September 2017
Saturday Afternoon Pairs
Mashpee 12:15
Mon 25th September 2017
Monday Afternoon Pairs
W. Barnstable 12:15
Wed 27th September 2017
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs
W. Barnstable 12:15