♠ ♥ Westwood Duplicate Bridge Club Newsletter ♦ ♣
Number 6 / October 2017
Here are the highlights of our schedule. Please read below for more details.
Thursday evening games at Westwood October 5 and October 12 at 7:15 PM (Temple Reyim closed)
- FREE postmortem discussion with Pat McDevitt or Lew Gamerman immediately after our Thursday games
- Mark Aquino's FREE Friday morning pre-game talks at 9:45 AM
The club will be closed on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 (Watertown Sectional)
Annual Bob Simpson Memorial Charity Club Championships, Friday-Sunday, October 20-22
ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game Wednesday, October 25 at noon - note game time change
Saturday mornings Mini-Seminars for Advanced players, second seminar on October 28 with Rena Lieberman about All Sorts of Doubles
- Supervised Play for beginner / intermediate players every Thursday at 2:30 PM
NEW: beginner lessons Basics 2 with Lisa Procter on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM starting 10/24 (see details below)
Our October special: Newcomer special package, pay $50 for 3 entries to Supervised Play and 3 entries to either the Newcomer game or the 299er game.
Hand of the month: we are looking for interesting hands to add to the Bridge Tales section on our website. Please email your submissions to Tim.
Any feedback is most welcome. You will find below more details about the October Schedule and our club news.
Club Manager’s Editorial
Congratulations Mark and Selen! On Friday, September 22, Mark Aquino and Selen Hotamisligil were representing the Westwood Bridge Club in Beijing at the finals of the World Wide Bridge Contest. They finished seventh of 40 pairs.Their score after six sessions was 55.19%. Zhao Haibo and Tao Jianhua of China won the event at 57.92%.
Mark and Selen won their trip to the finals with a 73.15% game in Westwood on Friday evening, June 2. They ranked third of 2,131 pairs who played at 140 clubs in 22 countries.
On Monday, September 25, we removed the Stop cards from our bidding boxes. For more details, see below.
At our PRO-AM dinner, we announced a mentoring program. We all know that one of the best way to improve in bridge is to play with a more experienced partner. We are looking for advanced players who are willing to work with other players to help them learn more about the game. For more details, please click here.
For the October calendar, please click here.
- October is Jane Johnson Club Appreciation month (17 Club Appreciation games which are extra points). We also have 13 Charity Games which are also extra points.
The ACBL gives us more Club Appreciation Games if we run Swiss games, thus in October we will hold seven Swiss Teams games: on Wednesday 10/4, Monday 10/9, Friday 10/13, Thursday 10/19, Sunday 10/22, Saturday 10/28, and Tuesday 10/31.
- We have special Thursday evening games at 7:15 PM on Thursday, October 5 and Thursday, October 12.
- Please join us on October 20-22 for the sixth annual Bob Simpson Charity Club Championships, in memory of Bob Simpson (1963-2012). Over three days, we will have several different events:
- an individual game on Friday, October 20,
- a two-session pair game Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM (single-session entries available),
- and a two-session Swiss team game on Sunday, October 22 at 10:00 AM. Lunch will be served on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Winners will be honored on permanent plaques.
- On Wednesday, October 25, we will participate in the annual ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game. It will start at 12:00 noon.
Masterpoints awards: One gold point to section tops in each direction in each club, remaining points red/black at 82% sectional rating. Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places.
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places. Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin.
See your score instantly after each deal played! Features for players include a booklet with complete analyses of the deals by national champion Larry Cohen.
- Postmortem discussion every Thursday immediately after the game. Lew Gamerman or Pat McDevitt will field your questions on the boards you played for 15 to 30 minutes. Don't miss it! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
- “Shark’s Pointers” Friday pre-game talks by Mark Aquino will continue on most Fridays at 9:45 AM. Come and enjoy this FREE lecture by our District Director.
- We participate in The Common Game, playing the same deals as clubs all over the country. Follow the links in the bottom right part of our home page to see how your results stack up against hundreds of other pairs, to read expert analysis and to “Kibitz the Pros.”
Saturday Morning Mini Seminars
We are proud to announce our new Saturday Morning Seminars for intermediate and advanced players. These seminars are offered once or twice a month on Saturday mornings when no local tournaments are being held.
Our second seminar will be presented by Rena Lieberman on Saturday, October 28 at 9:15 AM. Rena will discuss All Sorts of Doubles.
The seminar ends at about 11:15 AM. Our Saturday noon game will follow as usual.
The cost is $25 if pre-registered, $30 at the door. To register please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information.
October Special: three Supervised Play sessions and three Newcomer or 299er games for $50
- Newcomers special: Pay $50 for 3 entries to our Thursday afternoon Supervised Play and 3 entries to our Newcomer game (Wednesdays 10:30 AM) or our 299er game (Thursdays 10:30 AM).
- If you bring a new person to the club, we will give you and your guest a free game to be used subsequently.
Free plays for high scores: we give free plays to players in each stratum who achieve high scores. The qualifying scores are:
- stratum A ≥70%
- stratum B ≥65%
- stratum C ≥60%
Free plays for frequent players: At the end of each calendar month, everyone who played ten sessions or more will receive a free play.
Free play tickets are kept in a box on the bookshelf near the clock.
- NEW CLASS: We are offering a five-week follow-up series to our beginners class, the Audrey Grant Basics 2 about Competitive Bidding. The class will be held on Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 PM and will be taught by Lisa Procter. The class will start on October 24 and run until November 28 (no class on 11/7). Click here for more details.
- We now have a separate flight every Thursday for players with less than 300 masterpoints. Immediately after the game, an expert (usually Lew Gamerman or Pat McDevitt) will field your questions on the boards you played. Don't miss it! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
- The Newcomer game will continue to run on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. It consists of the play of 12 to 14 boards in about 2 hours (10 minutes per board), play ends between 12:30 and 1:00 PM. Players can have access to their cheat sheet. At the end of the game, the director can answer questions regarding the boards played. Come and try it! If you are new to the club and buy an entry to the Newcomer game, we’ll give you a free play to be used at another time! Lunch is included!
- Supervised Play for beginner and intermediate players every Thursday, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Teacher: Ru Terajewicz
Supervised play is the ideal setting to consolidate learnings, increase confidence, and improve your understanding and expertise. It is suitable for all levels and essential for beginners. Like any activity, bridge requires practice of learned conventions. Play random pre-dealt hands with an ACBL certified bridge instructor and tournament expert. Come with or without a partner and you will be placed with players of similar levels. Walk-ins are welcome but it is very helpful to plan the tables ahead if we know you are coming. Please email Ru at email@example.com if you are planning to come. Click here for more details.
Nearby Tournament Schedule
- October 6-8, Watertown, MA, (sectional), for more information, please click here
- October 7-8, Watertown, MA, (GNT-NAP), for more information, please click here
- October 14-15, Auburn, MA (sectional), for more information, please click here
STOP Card stopped
The ACBL will eliminate STOP cards in tournaments on 2018 January 1 and has suggested that clubs eliminate them sooner. We removed the STOP cards on September 25 (coincident with the 2017 Laws coming into effect).
Here’s what’s changed: You may no longer call attention in any way to the fact that you’re making a skip bid. No STOP card. No announcement. The other players at the table should notice that you’ve made a skip bid without any reminder.
Here’s what has not changed: Whenever your right-hand opponent makes a skip bid, you must think for about ten seconds before you make your call. (What you think about is up to you, but you must make it appear to your partner that you’re considering whether to bid or not to bid.)
See Law 16B (pp. 22–23 of the 2017 Laws) for the consequences of “unwonted speed” over a skip bid.
Where are we:
The bridge club is on the second floor of the American Legion Post 320 (which is behind the Westwood Police Station) at 90 Deerfield Avenue in Westwood. The club is wheelchair accessible .
We will do our best to match up single players, please call ahead if possible.
Please call us if you might be delayed, even a couple of minutes.
No need to call to request a stationary table.