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Welcome to The Wachusett Bridge Club

Our schedule of games has now been updated through the end of June.  Please see the Calendar section for a complete list.

Monster Knockout

As a card-carrying Swede I will be celebrating Midsummer’s Eve on June 20th-21st,  but will be doing so by playing in the Monster Mountain Regional in Nashua, New Hampshire. So skäl ! And this year the tournament has an event which should be of interest to all 299’ers.

On Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25 New England Bridge will hold its inaugural Monster Knockout event. What is a knockout and why does it matter, you ask? First of all, a Knockout is like a Swiss Team event in which your team of four will play 12 or more boards against another team. But here’s the difference between a Knockout and Swiss. After that first match the winner goes on to another match while the losing team gets to: (A) play in a different event; (B) go home, or (C) commiserate with each other at the bar. As long as you win you continue playing with (usually) four separate matches on the first day and at least two on the second. Occasionally you can lose the first match and continue playing, but after that it's a loss and you're out!

Here’s why you should consider getting a team of four and playing in the event. First of all, IT’S TOTALLY FREE AS LONG AS YOU KEEP WINNING. Secondly, Knockouts are the most lucrative of events in terms of masterpoints for the winners, runners-up, etc. Finally, this event is promised to be “bracketed” which means that you will only face teams approximately equal to you in terms of masterpoints. The Director will divide teams up into groups of sixteen, for example, with the lowest-ranking sixteen forming a bracket, the next sixteen forming another bracket, etc. Then, you’ll play the entire event within your own bracket for as long as you remain in the event.

Nashua is only about 65 minutes from Holden, so even if you decide to go up just for the day it may be well worth it. I will of course have tournament information at the club beginning next week and the full tournament flyer is on this website under Upcoming Tournaments.

Meet Jake
Meet Jake

Enough of you play Jacoby Transfers that I thought it appropriate that you meet the guy who invented it (and a lot of other things), Oswald "Jake" Jacoby. 

Born in Brooklyn, he was taught to play whist at the age of six and played his first bridge at ten. During World War I, he joined the army at 15 by lying about his age but spent most of his time there playing poker. Dropping out of Columbia University as a math major to become an actuary, he became the youngest person ever to pass four examinations of the Society of Actuaries at the age of 21. Having an exceptional aptitude for mathematics, Jacoby could multiply three and four digit numbers in his head without benefit of paper. During World War II and the Korean War, he applied these abilities to counterintelligence and cryptanalysis being referred to as a human computer; later, he lectured on probability at M.I.T. and wrote books on mathematics. However, his passion and lifelong focus was games, especially bridge.

He pioneered many bidding ideas, including the Jacoby Transfer and Jacoby 2NT bids. Throughout his career, he also worked as a bridge columnist; a prolific writer, he wrote over 10,000 newspaper articles on bridge, and his many books include not only bridge but volumes on poker, gin rummy, canasta, and the mathematics of card games and gambling, which he played at high stakes. He also released a record titled How to Win at Championship Bridge.

Our Home
Our Home

Come and enjoy our well-lit, modern club area at the Holden Senior Center.  We hold the only ACBL-sanctioned and regularly-scheduled game in Central Massachusetts for players with less than 300 masterpoints.

Results
May 22, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
May 15, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
May 1, 2017
Club Championship
April 24, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
April 10, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
April 3, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
March 27, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
March 20, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
March 13, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
March 6, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
Results
May 22, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
May 15, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
May 1, 2017
Club Championship
April 24, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
April 10, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
April 3, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
March 27, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
March 20, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
March 13, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs
March 6, 2017
Monday 299'er Pairs