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April 17 to end of May: Games on Mondays from 1 to 4 PM will be at the Vista Restaurant at the Country Club of the Rockies at Arrowhead.

 
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Bridge Games - When and Where
Bridge Games - When and Where

The Vail Valley Bridge Club is operated by Marcia and Tom McCalden. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality friendly ACBL sanctioned game. Hands are pre-dealt using our Dealer 4 card machine.  Hand records with analysis of makeable contracts are available at the end of each session. Results are immediately available to players using our Bridgemate2 scoring system. Results are  available for post game analysis at our webs site at bridgewebs.com/vailvalley.  

 April 17 to end of May: Games on Mondays from 1 to 4 PM will be at the Vista Restaurant at the Country Club of the Rockies at Arrowhead.

 Partnerships needed - see below

Vail Valley Bridge Club games participate in the nationwide Common game.   Over 90 bridge clubs play identical hands and compare results. The Common Game web page - link below -  provides expert analysis on many of the hands played each day. 
 
 
Partnerships Needed

If you need a partner send us your name, dates you want to play, your bridge level and contact information.  Current  requests are:

Chris Mayhew Beg/Intermed 970-445-7290 chris@mayhew22.com She is a retired Eagle County school teacher and has taken several courses of lessons. She needs a partner for the summer and maybe beyond.

Link to Common Game Results and Hand Analysis

Monday games participate in the "Common Game".  Over 90 bridge clubs play identical hands and compare results. The Common Game web page provides expert analysis on many of the hands played each day.  Results are found at http://thecommongame.com in either the "Latest Open Common Game" on the day of the game or "Archived". 

Directions to Eagle Vail Pavilion

Directions to the Eagle Vail Pavilion.   538 Eagle Road 

Traveling West from Vail on I-70, take exit #169 Eagle Vail  At the bottom of the exit ramp/traffic light, turn left;  you will be traveling West on Highway 6.   At the next traffic light, turn left at Eagle Road -  the main entrance into EagleVail.  The pavilion is ¼ mile ahead.   The parking lot is by the swimming pool.

Traveling East from Edwards, continue on Route 6 to Eagle Road located just before the entrance to I-70.  Turn right on Eagle Road and proceed ahead 1/4 mile.

 

Opening 1NT with a singleton:† Itís officially legal

Opening 1NT with a singleton:  It’s officially legal

The ACBL Board of Directors removed a legal gray area surrounding semi-balanced notrump openers when it approved a change to the definition of a notrump opening in the General Convention Chart. The change allows players to open 1NT with hands that include a singleton ace, king or queen, as long as they do not also contain a doubleton.

Here is the new definition, effective Aug. 1:

“A notrump opening or overcall is natural if, by agreement, it contains no void, at most one singleton which must be the A, K or Q and no more than two doubletons. If the hand contains a singleton, it may have no doubleton.”

This includes hand patterns such as 5-4-3-1, 6-3-3-1 and 4-4-4-1, in addition to those that were previously allowed, such as 4-3-3-3, 5-3-3-2 and 5-4-2-2.

The change was recommended by the Competitions and Conventions Committee, a group of players appointed by the Board, in an effort to bring regulations in line with popular and expert practice, said ACBL Field Manager Sol Weinstein, who supervises tournament directors.

Before, opening notrump with a singleton was considered a psych. It was legal to do, but players could not have an agreement to open such hands 1NT or 2NT. The lack of clarity was a thorny issue for directors.

“Many players were doing it anyway,” Weinstein said, particularly when a different opening would create a problematic rebid. “They decided it’s not right to have a rule that’s contrary to the way bridge is being played.” The idea of expanding the definition has been discussed for years within the committee, but previous proposals have failed because they lacked the simplicity of the new definition.

“The Laws don’t allow you to limit bridge judgment,” Weinstein explained. “Regulations have to conform to the Laws.”

The new definition prohibits opening notrump with more shapely hands, such as 5-5-2-1, 6-4-2-1 or 7-2-2-2.  “All of this has to do with your agreements,” Weinstein noted. “That doesn’t prohibit an out-and-out psych, but you can’t keep doing that or it becomes an agreement, and an illegal one at that.”

The change does not impact the one allowable exception of a partnership agreement where 1NT is treated as a 100% forcing opening bid (and not considered “natural” with any distribution).  The use of such an unbalanced, non-natural 1NT opening must be alerted.

Bridge Etiquette
  1. Greet opponents as they arrive at your table.
  2. Make your opening lead face down before writing down the contract  and ask your partner if there are any questions to prevent you from making a lead out of turn.
  3. For any irregularity, call the director.  "Director, Please."
Contact Us
Click here to send an EMail to Tom or Marcia McCalden or call 970-926-9326

 

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