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Sol Hartman Paintings
Sol Hartman Paintings

Many thanks to Sol Hartman for hanging several of his paintings at the club!

For information, please see Sol’s web site.

The photo above shows Richard Burns sitting next to Sol’s “Richard.”

 
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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
 
 
  STOP Cards 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.

Last updated : Oct 10, 2017 12:16 EDT
  Aquino and Hotamisligil Seventh in World Wide Bridge Contest Finals

This afternoon in Beijing Mark Aquino and Selen Hotamisligil finished seventh of 40 pairs in the finals of the World Wide Bridge Contest. 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.

Mark will be back for his weekly “Shark’s Pointers” pregame talk at 9:45 Friday, September 29. I’m sure he’ll have some stories to tell!

Last updated : Oct 10, 2017 12:15 EDT
  An Introduction to Bridge, Sunday, September 24

Playing a hand of bridge takes no more than a deck of cards, four people, and ten minutes. Bridge has hooked players for close to a century. It is a game both easy to learn and challenging to master.

The Westwood Duplicate Bridge Club is pleased to host an Introduction to Bridge class on Sunday, 2017 September 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This seminar is intended for new players, or for anyone who has been away from the game for years. In a few hours you will learn the basics of bidding, play, and scoring for this fascinating pastime.

The course will be led by Kim Gilman and Lisa Procter. Kim has been playing tournament bridge for 14 years and has won several sectional and regional championships. She is a Gold Life Master and an ACBL-certified instructor whose students love her interactive and easy-to-understand lessons. Lisa is a silver life master and has been playing bridge for 10 years. She is an ACBL certified teacher. Currently, she is the membership chair of the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association (EMBA). She conceived of and manages the "Introduction to Bridge" programs sponsored by EMBA. These programs have become a very important way to introduce newcomers to bridge and attract new members to EMBA.

The seminar fee of $65 per student includes the fabulous Audrey Grant Bridge Basics 1 book, refreshments, a one-year membership to the American Contract Bridge League, and subscription to its great monthly magazine. It also includes a FREE supervised play session on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Westwood Bridge Club and a FREE entry to their Newcomer Wednesday morning game. Please contact us to inquire about our newcomer package. Register fast, the class size is limited to 40 students

For more info, email Lisa Procter at membership@acblemba.org or call her at 508-785-0131. To register, please click here to use the registration form on the side of our flyer.

Last updated : Oct 1, 2017 00:22 EDT
  September is International Fund Month

September is International Fund Month, and all of our games are International Fund games. The ACBL’s International Fund supports North American participation in international competitions. All masterpoint awards are 64% sectional black points (about twice the awards for regular club games).

Last updated : Sep 30, 2017 20:41 EDT
  September Special: Play Wednesday morning, get $5 off on Thursday

Our September special, if you play on Wednesday morning (in the open or the newcomer game), get $5 off on Thursday (in the open or 299er game or the supervised play session).

Last updated : Sep 30, 2017 20:41 EDT
  An Introduction to Bridge, Sunday, September 24

Playing a hand of bridge takes no more than a deck of cards, four people, and ten minutes. Bridge has hooked players for close to a century. It is a game both easy to learn and challenging to master.

The Westwood Duplicate Bridge Club is pleased to host an Introduction to Bridge class on Sunday, 2017 September 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This seminar is intended for new players, or for anyone who has been away from the game for years. In a few hours you will learn the basics of bidding, play, and scoring for this fascinating pastime.

The course will be led by Kim Gilman and Lisa Procter. 

The seminar fee of $65 per student. Register fast, the class size is limited to 40 students.

Check our Newcomer section for more details.

For more info, email Lisa Procter at membership@acblemba.org or call her at 508-785-0131. To register, please click here to use the registration form on the side of our flyer.

Last updated : Sep 25, 2017 17:12 EDT
  Pro-Am Pairs on Friday, September 15, 6:30 PM

On Friday evening, September 15, we will host a Pro-Am tournament. We will have a special buffet dinner at 6:30 PM (delicious French menu by Chef Christine). The game will start at 7:15 PM. The cost is $15 per player.
Pros with more than 500 masterpoints will be playing with Amateurs (non pros) with less than 500 masterpoints. We will pair the Ams and the Pros (but will accept pre-paired players). Click here for more information.
Still accepting registrations. Register by calling the club or by emailing us at westwoodbridgeclub@gmail.com.

Last updated : Sep 17, 2017 11:21 EDT
  Tuesdays, 14:30–16:30: Drop-in Lesson - Ends September 5

Tuesdays, 14:30–16:30
Teacher: Tim Hill
Fee: $15/player

No advance registration. No predetermined curriculum. Just come any Tuesday afternoon. We address your questions about bidding, about declarer play, about defensive play, about deals you’ve played. We play boards from recent club games and shape the class around the bidding and play issues that come up.

Last updated : Sep 5, 2017 15:41 EDT
  North American Pairs

In June, July, and August, about half of our games will be club-level qualifying games for the North American Pairs. All of these games award half-red, half-black masterpoints at about triple the level of regular games (82% sectional rating).

Players who qualify in at least one of these games (look for a “Q” next to your name on the results) may play in the New England District Finals (Flight A: October 7–8, Watertown; Flight B: November 11–12, Mansfield; Flight C: November 11, Mansfield). The top three or four pairs in each flight will qualify for the North American Finals at the 2018 Spring North American Bridge Championships in Philadelphia. The top two pairs in each flight will receive subsidies to attend the NABC.

(Note that most of our non-NAP games in June, July, and August are Club Championship or Special Fund games, which award masterpoints at 64% sectional rating—about 2½ times the level of regular games.)

Last updated : Sep 1, 2017 22:03 EDT
  August Special: Unlimited Evening Games for $50

Our August special is unlimited Monday and Wednesday evening (7:15) games for $50 upfront with no extra charge for special games.

Last updated : Aug 18, 2017 13:06 EDT
  Parker and Rubenstein Win 0–10,000 Mixed Swiss

On Saturday and Sunday at the North American Bridge Championships in Toronto, Christina Parker and Stewart Rubenstein teamed with Michael and Susan Smith of Newington, CT, to win the 0–10,000 Mixed Swiss Teams.

Last updated : Aug 18, 2017 13:06 EDT
  Tuesdays, August 1 and 8: Modern Preemptive Bidding with Zach & Kim

Tuesdays, August 1 and 8, 14:30–16:30 (2 classes)
Teachers: Zach Grossack & Kim Gilman
Course fee: $25 for one class or $40 for both
Level: Advanced beginners and up

Would you like to know the experts’ secrets of when and how high to preempt? Hint: They do it every chance they get! Find out how to do the same, and how to defend against your preempting opponents. You’ll learn by playing some great hands, asking questions, and receiving easy-to-remember guidelines.

Class Topics:

  • Modern criteria for preemptive bids
  • Obstructing your opponents to the max!
  • Handling your opponents’ and your partner’s preempts
  • When to sacrifice, when to pass, and when to double!

Zach Grossack became a Life Master at age 12 and has won gold and silver medals in world youth bridge competitions. To date, he has won three national championships, including the 2017 open Pairs in Kansas City, MO. He and his brother Adam are fast becoming one of the most formidable pairs in the U.S.  Zach is a junior at Tufts University and teaches and plays bridge professionally.

Kim Gilman has been playing tournament bridge for 14 years and has won several sectional and regional championships. She is a Gold Life Master and an ACBL certified instructor whose students love her interactive and easy-to-understand lessons.

To sign up in advance, or for questions, contact NathalieWhile pre-registration is not mandatory to attend, it is helpful for planning purposes.

Last updated : Aug 14, 2017 22:12 EDT
  Preemptive Bidding Course with Zach and Kim, August 1 and August 8

Would you like to know the experts’ secrets of when and how high to preempt?

Hint: They do it every chance they get! Find out how to do the same, and how to defend against your preempting opponents. You’ll learn by playing some great hands, asking questions, and receiving easy-to-remember guidelines.
For more information, please see our Classes page.

Last updated : Aug 9, 2017 16:41 EDT
  July 499er $4.99 Special

This month our Wednesday 10:30, Thursday 10:30, and Sunday 1:00 games are only $4.99 for 499ers (plus $1 for North American Pairs, Charity, and Educational Foundation games; plus $2 for Sectional Tournament at Clubs games).

Last updated : Aug 1, 2017 08:27 EDT
  Aquino and Hotamisligil in World Wide Bridge Contest Finals

On Friday evening, June 2, Westwood was one of 140 clubs in 22 countries participating in the World Wide Bridge Contest. Mark Aquino and Selen Hotamisligil scored 73.15%, ranking third of 2,131 pairs. Mark and Selen and 23 other top finishers in eight WWBC sessions earned an expense-paid trip to the WWBC Finals in Beijing in September, where they’ll compete for a $20,000 prize pool.

Last updated : Jul 28, 2017 17:49 EDT
  Summer Sectional Tournament at Clubs June 26–July 2

Please join us for the New England (except Connecticut) Summer Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). All Westwood games Monday through Sunday, June 26–July 2, will be STaC games. The Monday–Saturday games will be pairs; the Sunday game (July 2 at 1:00) will be Swiss teams. All masterpoints will be silver at 82% sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular club games) with extra awards for the top scores across all participating clubs.

Click here for overall results.

Last updated : Jul 5, 2017 17:52 EDT
  June 299er $5 Special

This month our Wednesday 10:30, Thursday 10:30, and Sunday 1:00 games are only $5 for 299ers (plus $1 for North American Pairs, Charity, and Educational Foundation games; plus $2 for Sectional Tournament at Clubs games).

Last updated : Jun 30, 2017 06:55 EDT
  Thursday Course Starting May 11: Bridge Basics 2—Competitive Bidding

Thursdays, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, and June 15, 14:30–16:30
Teacher: Tim Hill
Course fee: $100 for five classes, book included, payable at the first class
Single class fee: $25∕class + $12 for the book

This is a second course for players who’ve taken a beginner class such as “Learn Bridge in a Day?®.” In a typical session of duplicate bridge, the majority of auctions are competitive, so more matchpoints are won and lost in competitive auctions than in uncontested auctions. This course covers the concepts needed when both sides are bidding for the contract. It introduces the basic competitive bidding tools—preëmptive opening bids, overcalls, and takeout doubles—as used in today’s game. It uses Audrey Grant’s excellent text, Bridge Basics 2—Competitive bidding. We’ll play several practice deals in each session.

May 11: Preëmptive Opening Bids
May 18: Overcalls and Advances
May 25: Takeout Doubles and Advances
June 1: The Competitive Auction
June 15: Review, More Practice, Unusual Notrump, Michaels Cue Bids

 

Last updated : Jun 30, 2017 04:45 EDT
  Worldwide Bridge Contests Friday Evening & Saturday Afternoon, June 2 & 3

The annual Worldwide Bridge Contests will be held on Friday evening, June 2, and Saturday afternoon, June 3, at clubs around the world, including Westwood. It’s your chance for a worldwide top and recognition for your big games. These games award sectional rated half red/half black masterpoints at clubs. District-wide winners will earn extra masterpoints. Commentary by Mark Horton will be available after each game.

Westwood’s game times are 7:15 p.m. on Friday, June 2, and noon on Saturday, June 3. We’ll have Pizza Friday at 6:45 p.m. (it will help us know how much pizza to order if you tell us in advance that you’re coming).

Last updated : Jun 4, 2017 08:20 EDT
  Grass Roots Fund Month

May is the ACBL’s annual Grass Roots Fund Month, and all Westwood games benefit the Grass Roots Fund.

Masterpoint awards are about 250% of regular games (64% sectional-rated).

The Grass Roots Fund returns all money raised in our New England district to our district to support the two annual “grass roots” events: the Grand National Teams and the North American Pairs. The district uses these funds to run qualifying events and to support district winners in all flights in attending the North American finals.

Last updated : May 31, 2017 22:13 EDT
  Competitive Bidding Course Starts May 11

We’re starting a course for newer players on competitive bidding on Thursday afternoon, May 11, at 2:30 p.m. This course covers the concepts needed when both sides are bidding for the contract. It introduces the basic competitive bidding tools—preëmptive opening bids, overcalls, and takeout doubles—as used in today’s game. For more information, please see our Classes page.

Last updated : May 24, 2017 12:13 EDT
  Mel Marcus Memorial Game May 20

On Saturday, May 20, our noon game will be dedicated to the memory of Mel Marcus. Please bring food and memories of Mel to share. The event is hosted by Rena Lieberman and Barbara Murphy.

Last updated : May 24, 2017 12:13 EDT
  Richard Burns Patriots’ Day Marathon Winners
Richard Burns Patriots’ Day Marathon Winners

Our annual Richard Burns Memorial Patriots’ Day Bridge Marathon on 2017 April 17 raised $144 for The Boston Foundation.

Shekhar Sengupta won the Marathon with a 64.04% two-session average. Shekhar’s partners were Ken Bloom and Marie Sengupta. Mark Aquino was second with a 61.28% two-session average. Mark’s partners were June Blanco and Susan Aquino.

Adi Chehna and Tony Keats won the B stratum (0–1500 average masterpoints) with a 54.97% two-session average.

Lyne Loomis won the C stratum (0-500 average masterpoints) with a 48.50% two-session average. Lyne’s partners were Anne Farrington and Joanna Gleason. Shirley Samansky and Zita Samuels were second and third in C with a 45.02% two-session average.

These seven players will be commemorated on the perpetual plaque for the event.

Last updated : May 3, 2017 15:30 EDT
  Zach Grossack Wins Third National Title
Zach Grossack Wins Third National Title

At the Spring North American Bridge Championships in Kansas City, Zachary Grossack and Mikael Remstedt of Sweden scored 69% in the first final session of the Silodor Open Pairs and went on to win the event by 2½ boards. It was Zach’s third national championship. Zach is 19; Mikael is 21. Zach and Mikael’s brothers, Adam Grossack and Ola Remstedt, finished third in the event.

Adam and Zach were fifth in the Kay Platinum Pairs. Zach’s tournament total of 248 masterpoints ranked ninth, trailing only the winners of the Vanderbilt and the Kay. Adam’s 192 ranked 19th.

Last updated : May 3, 2017 00:05 EDT
  Charity Month

April is the ACBL’s annual Charity Month, and all Westwood games this month are charity games. Masterpoint awards are 64% sectional rated black points. This works out to about ⅔ of a point per player on average—about 2½ times the awards for regular club games.

Last updated : May 3, 2017 00:04 EDT
  Richard Burns Patriots’ Day Bridge Marathon
Richard Burns Patriots’ Day Bridge Marathon

If you’re not running in the other marathon, please join us on Monday, April 17, for our annual Richard Burns Memorial Patriots’ Day Bridge Marathon. Here are the details:

  • Pair games at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:15 (no noon game)
  • All three games are charity games benefiting The Boston Foundation, with increased masterpoint awards.
  • Lunch at 1:15 for those playing in the 10:00 and/or 2:00 games.
  • Six players—two in each stratum—will be named on the perpetual plaque and win free plays. (To be eligible, you must play in at least two of the three games. If you play in all three games, throw out your lowest score. Strata limits for this purpose are 1500 and 500. Stratum determined by partnership average. If you play with multiple partners, your masterpoints are averaged with the average of your partners’ masterpoints.)
  • The defending champions are:
    • Lisa Procter and Bob Carvin (A)
    • Jean Fast and Diane Staton (B and C)
Last updated : Apr 17, 2017 23:47 EDT
  Tuesday Evening Game at Westwood April 11

The Newton Bridge Club’s Tuesday evening game on April 11 will be at Westwood at 7:15.

Last updated : Apr 14, 2017 21:51 EDT
  Basics Course, Drop-in Lessons, and Newcomer Games

Our Basics course continues on Wednesday afternoons through March 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 (no class on February 15). New students are welcome. We use Audrey Grant’s excellent text Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction. This course is especially suitable for recent participants in the Learn Bridge in a Day?® class, but others are most welcome.

Our drop-in lessons are now on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30. Each day’s topics are chosen based on student requests and the deals we play. Competitive bidding and defense often figure prominently.

We have separate newcomer games for players with less than 20 masterpoints on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to about 12:45. (Newcomers are also most welcome at any of our stratified open games!)

For more information, please call the club (781-329-2476) or Tim Hill (781-929-7673).

Last updated : Mar 31, 2017 18:26 EDT
  Party for Lloyd Arvedon Tuesday, March 21
Party for Lloyd Arvedon Tuesday, March 21

Last month Lloyd Arvedon became the first New England player to earn 30,000 masterpoints. Lloyd is a Grand Life Master with three national championships and three seconds, and he’s 40th in the ACBL’s Top 500.

Please join us for a pot-luck party in Lloyd’s honor during our 10:30 game on Tuesday, March 21. Please bring food (a main dish, an appetizer, or a dessert) to share. The game will end about 2:15.

Last updated : Mar 21, 2017 20:31 EDT
  Super Bowl Squares

The Super Bowl Squares winners are:

  Patriots Falcons winner  
first quarter 0 0 Don Carow $75
halftime 3 21 Zach Grossack $150
third quarter 9 28 Marty Shaevel $75
final 34 28 Marty Shaevel $200
Last updated : Mar 5, 2017 10:30 EST
  ACBL-wide International Fund Game Saturday Noon

Please join us Saturday, February 4, at noon for the semi-annual ACBL-wide International Fund Game. This event raises funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition. Masterpoints are half red/half black at 82% sectional tournament rating with extra masterpoints for top finishers in the New England district and ACBL-wide. Analysis booklets by Frank Stewart distributed after the game.

Last updated : Feb 6, 2017 23:57 EST
  Super Bowl Squares
Super Bowl Squares

Super Bowl Squares are back this year by popular demand. We’ve sold all 100 squares and randomly labeled the rows, columns, and axes. Click to view large image.

And the winners are:

  Patriots Falcons winner  
first quarter 0 0 Don Carow $75
halftime 3 21 Zach Grossack $150
third quarter 9 28 Marty Shaevel $75
final 34 28 Marty Shaevel $200

 

Last updated : Feb 5, 2017 22:24 EST
  Fifth Simpson Charity Club Championships

Our fifth annual Charity Club Championships in memory of Bob Simpson were held Friday–Sunday, December 16–18. The winners were:

A B C Individuals (Friday, one session)
1     Sandra Nyman
  1   William Shaffer
    1 Livingston Carroll
A B C Pairs (Saturday, first session, second session, overalls)
1     Sheila Gabay—Pat McDevitt
  1   Marshall Williams—Roger Zessis
    1 Ellen Brown—Valerie Fleischer
A B C Teams (Sunday, first session, second session)
1     Sheila Gabay—Lewis Gamerman—Shome Mukherjee—Mark Aquino
  1   Saul Agranoff—Stuart Whittle—Carole Weinstein—Ann Baum
    1 Venky Venkataramani—Sam Shoushtarian—David and Marguerite Levin
Last updated : Feb 1, 2017 04:59 EST
  Junior Fund Month

January is the ACBL’s annual Junior Fund Month, and most Westwood games will benefit the ACBL’s Junior Fund and award extra masterpoints (64%-sectional-rated black points). The only non-Junior-fund games this month are the Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC) games January 2–8.

Last updated : Feb 1, 2017 04:58 EST
  Winter Sectional Tournament at Clubs January 2–8

Please join us for the New England (except Connecticut) Winter Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). All Westwood games Monday through Sunday, January 2–8, will be STaC games. The Monday–Saturday games will be pairs; the Sunday game (January 8) will be Swiss Teams. All masterpoints will be silver at 82% sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular club games) with extra awards for the top scores across all participating clubs. Overall results will be posted at <http://www.acbl.org/tournaments/schedule.php?tourid=30093#schedule>.

Last updated : Feb 1, 2017 04:58 EST
  Saturday Game On

We will have a STaC pairs game at noon today. Please be aware that the latest Westwood forecast is for an inch or so of snow before the game and about an inch an hour during and after the game. Please make your own informed decision about whether it’s safe to travel to the club.

STaC Swiss teams tomorrow at 1:00.

Last updated : Jan 7, 2017 15:47 EST
  Summer Sectional Tournament at Clubs June 27–July 3

Please join us for the New England (except Connecticut) Summer Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). All Westwood games Monday through Sunday, June 27–July 3, will be STaC pair games. All masterpoints will be silver at 82% sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular club games) with extra awards for the top scores across all participating clubs. Overall awards will be posted at <http://www.acbl.org/tournaments/schedule.php?tourid=23672#schedule>.

Last updated : Jan 1, 2017 06:58 EST
  Thursday Weather

Blizzards and nor’easters and a foot of snow, oh my. Not in Westwood! The latest forecast is that the rain/snow line will stay northwest of us. We’ll get perhaps 0–½″ of snow during the game, with the temperature already a few degrees above freezing, and any snow will be washed away by heavy rain before the game ends.

Last updated : Dec 29, 2016 22:32 EST
  Emergency Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains Relief Fund STaC

Eight ACBL districts, including ours, have just scheduled a special Sectional Tournament at Clubs for the benefit of Emergency Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains Relief. This will be the largest STaC in ACBL history.

The Gatlinburg Relief STaC runs from Monday, December 12, through Sunday, December 18, and all Westwood games this week are part of it, including our fifth annual Bob Simpson Memorial Club Championships on Friday (individual game at 10:30), Saturday (two-session pair game at 10:00 and 2:00—single-session entries available), and Sunday (two-session Swiss team game starting at 10:00).

STaCs award silver points at 82% sectional rating with extra awards for overalls across participating clubs. The overall awards will be posted here.

For more information, click here.

Last updated : Dec 29, 2016 09:28 EST
  Fixed BridgeWebs App for iPhone/iPad/iPod

A recent update to Apple’s iOS broke the iPhone/iPad/iPod version of the BridgeWebs app. A fixed BridgeWebs app is now available. If all you can see is the Dundee Bridge Club, please update the BridgeWebs app from the App Store, click Clubs, deselect the Dundee Bridge Club, and reselect the Westwood Duplicate Bridge Club.

Last updated : Dec 19, 2016 10:32 EST
  Bob Simpson Memorial Charity Club Championships December 16–18

Please join us Friday–Sunday, December 16–18, for our fifth annual weekend of charity club championships in memory of Bob Simpson. The schedule is:

Individuals Friday, 10:30 one session
Pairs Saturday, 10:00 and 2:00 two-session event, single-session entries available, lunch between sessions
Teams Sunday, 10:00 two-session Swiss, lunch between sessions

This year’s Simpson Charity Club Championships will be STaC-rated, awarding silver points at 82% sectional rating. Your contributions of $2 per player per session (or more, if you like) will benefit Gatlinburg Emergency Relief.

All events are stratified by average. Entries limited to 24 tables. Reservations available at the club. Reservations will be held until ten minutes before game time.

The defending champions are:

Individuals A and B: Jean Shaffer
C: Susanne Osberg
Pairs A and B: Christina Parker and Stewart Rubenstein
C: Dan Rice and Michael Chapman
Teams A: Barbara Burgess, Natalie Bassil, Marina Polestra, and Sandra Drum
B: Stewart Rubenstein, Alix Taylor, Jori Grossack, and Christina Parker
C: Jean Shaffer, Barbara Glazerman, William Shaffer, and Eva Milofsky
Last updated : Dec 19, 2016 10:31 EST
  Learn Bridge in a Day?®, Sunday, November 20
Learn Bridge in a Day?®, Sunday, November 20

Playing a hand of bridge takes no more than a deck of cards, four people, and ten minutes. Bridge has hooked players for close to a century. It is a game both easy to learn and challenging to master.

The Westwood Duplicate Bridge Club is pleased to host a Learn Bridge in a Day?® class on Sunday, 2016 November 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This seminar is intended for new players, or for anyone who has been away from the game for years. In five hours you will learn the basics of bidding, play, and scoring for this fascinating pastime.

The course will be led by Adam Parrish. Adam lives on Cape Cod. He teaches bridge throughout New England and around the country. He has written two books on bridge. His bridge writing has also been featured in The Bridge World and on Bridge Winners, where he heads the site’s educational initiatives. In addition to his bridge career, Adam is a playwright and screenwriter.

The seminar fee of $55 per student includes one year membership in the American Contract Bridge League and subscription to its great monthly magazine. Each student will receive a workbook and info packet. A pizza lunch will be included. Class limited to 28 students.

For more info, email Lisa Procter at membership@acblemba.org or call her at 508-785-0131. To register, please use the registration form on the back of this flyer.

Last updated : Nov 28, 2016 17:58 EST
  Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month

October is the ACBL’s annual Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month. Club Appreciation Pair Games are special games run during the month of October at clubs. They offer masterpoint awards calculated at 82% sectional-rated black (29% more than Club Championships and special fund games). Club Appreciation Team Games are special games run during the month of October at clubs and offer masterpoint awards calculated at 82% of sectional-rated black, but overall awards are 5% gold (not to exceed .25 gold points). The games run during this month recognize the contributions of Jane Johnson, longtime manager of ACBL’s Club Membership Department, to the ACBL.

We’ve scheduled nine Club Appreciation Pair Games and six Club Appreciation Team Games. The ACBL does not charge clubs extra table fees for Club Appreciation games, so we don’t charge you extra (unlike some clubs). Entry fees are the same as regular games ($9 per player for Monday–Saturday daytime games; $8 per player for evening games and Sunday afternoon games).

Swiss team games are a fun break from matchpoint scoring. Many think team games are more like “real bridge.” Team games have the nice feature that almost everybody earns masterpoints (if you don’t place in your stratum, you get masterpoints for every match you win). For more about team games, see this page on the ACBL web site. We run Swiss team games with predealt hands and electronic scoring, so we’re able to play 24 boards in about 3¼ hours—about the same time as a pairs game—and you get hand records at the end, and you can view complete results on the web after the game.

Last updated : Oct 30, 2016 22:14 EDT
  Party for Gabay and King October 15

Sheila GabayVictor King, and Paul and Linda Lewis won the Mixed Board-A-Match Teams at the Summer NABC. This was Sheila’s second North American Championship (she became a Grand Life Master in 2012 by winning the Mixed Pairs with Pat McDevitt) and Victor’s first, making Victor a Grand Life Master. Sheila and Victor will be honored with a party at Westwood on Saturday, October 15, hosted by Rena Lieberman.

The party will begin with a pot-luck lunch at 11:00. Please bring food to share. Game time is 12:00. The game may reach our 24-table capacity. Reservations are available at the club.

Last updated : Oct 17, 2016 01:26 EDT

By popular request, we’ve added the 30th Annual ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game on Friday afternoon, October 14, to our schedule.

In an instant matchpoint game, you see your matchpoints immediately after playing each deal. The game awards masterpoints at 82% sectional rating, section tops include 1 gold point, other awards are half red, and there are extra masterpoints for the top pairs ACBL-wide and in the New England District. After the game you’ll receive an analysis booklet by Larry Cohen.

Our full schedule for Friday, October 14, is:

9:45 “Shark’s Pointers” pre-game talk by Mark Aquino
10:30–1:45 Club Appreciation Swiss Teams
  (no supervised play)
2:30–5:30 ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game
Last updated : Oct 17, 2016 01:26 EDT
  Thursdays, 2:30–4:30: Basic Conventions

Thursdays, 2016 April 7 through June 2, 2:30–4:30, 8 sessions (extra session in case we need a makeup lesson)
Teacher: Parul Jain, paruljain589 at gmail dot com, 201-739-6649

We plan to focus on 1NT conventions, Stayman, Major and Minor suitTransfers, NT slam bidding, Doubles, Negative Doubles, Takeout Doubles.  Topics subject to change based on class request.

You will learn by doing and playing lots of hands each class. We will turn up each hand after play and review it for bidding, play, and defense while it is still fresh in your mind. You will take home handouts with clear explanations and quizzes to reinforce what you just learned. You will receive copies of every hand played in class with written analysis of the suggested bid, play, and defense.

Prerequisite: Must know basic Standard American bidding and basic declarer play
8 sessions for $180 if paid in advance. Individual sessions $30.
Email or call Parul to register—paruljain589 at gmail dot com, 201-739-6649.

Last updated : Oct 6, 2016 12:34 EDT
  Parties for Aquino, Gabay, King October 1 and 15

Mark Aquino earned his 10,000th masterpoint in mid-September. Mark and Shome Mukherjee had won the North American Pairs at the 2015 Spring North American Bridge Championships, so Mark became a Grand Life Master when he crossed the 10,000 threshold. Mark will be honored with a party at Westwood on Saturday, October 1, hosted by Susan Aquino.

Sheila GabayVictor King, and Paul and Linda Lewis won the Mixed Board-A-Match Teams at the Summer NABC. This was Sheila’s second North American Championship (she became a Grand Life Master in 2012 by winning the Mixed Pairs with Pat McDevitt) and Victor’s first, making Victor a Grand Life Master. Sheila and Victor will be honored with a party at Westwood on Saturday, October 15, hosted by Rena Lieberman.

Both parties will begin with a pot-luck lunch at 11:00. Please bring food to share. Game time is 12:00. The games may reach our 24-table capacity. Reservations are available at the club.

Last updated : Oct 2, 2016 03:31 EDT
  September is International Fund Month

September is International Fund Month, and all of our games are International Fund games. The ACBL’s International Fund supports North American participation in international competitions. All masterpoint awards are 64% sectional black points (about twice the awards for regular club games).

Last updated : Sep 30, 2016 09:44 EDT
  Sunday, September 25, Game Canceled

Due to the tournaments in Johnston, RI, and Grantham, NH, we will not have a game on Sunday afternoon, September 25. Sorry for the short notice!

Last updated : Sep 30, 2016 09:44 EDT
  North American Pairs

In June, July, and August, about half of our games will be club-level qualifying games for the North American Pairs. All of these games award half-red, half-black masterpoints at about triple the level of regular games (82% sectional rating).

Players who qualify in at least one of these games (look for a “Q” next to your name on the results) may play in the New England District Finals (Flight A: October 8–9, Watertown; Flight B: November 12–13, Mansfield; Flight C: November 12, Mansfield). The top three or four pairs in each flight will qualify for the North American Finals at the 2017 Spring North American Bridge Championships in Kansas City. The top two pairs in each flight will receive subsidies to attend the NABC.

(Note that most of our non-NAP games in June, July, and August are Club Championship or Special Fund games, which award masterpoints at 64% sectional rating—about 2½ times the level of regular games.)

Last updated : Sep 4, 2016 07:04 EDT
  Saturday Ice Cream Social

Celebrate the end of summer with us on Saturday Sept 3rd.

 and enjoy Ice Cream Sundaes and Root Beer Floats

Last updated : Sep 4, 2016 07:03 EDT
  The Longest Day Monday, June 20
The Longest Day Monday, June 20

Join us for the ACBL’s fourth annual The Longest Day fundraising event supporting Alzheimer’s disease care and research! In the last three years bridge players have donated more than $1 million to help fight Alzheimer’s in both the United States and Canada.

At Westwood, we’ll celebrate The Longest Day on Monday, June 20, with bridge from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to our usual noon and 7:15 p.m. games, we’ll have fast pairs games at a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The fast pairs games will be paced at 16 minutes per three-board round, so we’ll play a full 24-board game in about 2¼ hours.

All four games will be charity games (64% sectional rating), with $1 per player per session going to the Alzheimer’s Association. Additional donations are welcome, either at the game or online.

Last updated : Jun 22, 2016 22:54 EDT
  Worldwide Bridge Contests Friday Evening & Saturday Afternoon, June 3 & 4 (Copy)

The annual Worldwide Bridge Contests will be held on Friday evening, June 3, and Saturday afternoon, June 4, at clubs around the world, including Westwood. It’s your chance for a worldwide top and recognition for your big games. These games award sectional rated half red/half black masterpoints at clubs. District-wide winners will earn extra masterpoints. Commentary by Mark Horton will be available after each game. Westwood’s game times are 7:15 p.m. on Friday, June 3, and noon on Saturday, June 4.

Last updated : Jun 8, 2016 10:01 EDT
  Worldwide Bridge Contests Friday Evening & Saturday Afternoon, June 3 & 4

The annual Worldwide Bridge Contests will be held on Friday evening, June 3, and Saturday afternoon, June 4, at clubs around the world, including Westwood. It’s your chance for a worldwide top and recognition for your big games. These games award sectional rated half red/half black masterpoints at clubs. District-wide winners will earn extra masterpoints. Commentary by Mark Horton will be available after each game. Westwood’s game times are 7:15 p.m. on Friday, June 3, and noon on Saturday, June 4.

Last updated : Jun 8, 2016 10:00 EDT
  Grass Roots Fund Month

May is the ACBL’s annual Grass Roots Fund Month, and all Westwood games benefit the Grass Roots Fund.

Masterpoint awards are about 250% of regular games (64% sectional-rated).

The Grass Roots Fund returns all money raised in our New England district to our district to support the two annual “grass roots” events: the Grand National Teams and the North American Pairs. The district uses these funds to run qualifying events and to support district winners in all flights in attending the North American finals.

Last updated : Jun 1, 2016 09:35 EDT
  Shark’s Pointers

Mark Aquino’s second year of “Shark’s Pointers” pre-game talks concludes Friday Morning, May 27, at 9:45. Please join us! “Shark’s Pointers” will take a summer break and return in September.

Thank you, Mark, for these excellent talks!

Last updated : Jun 1, 2016 09:35 EDT
  Parking Update

Bad news: Last week’s rain delayed paving. The town has asked us to continue parking at the Westwood Masonic Building for our Monday–Friday daytime games through May 13. The Westwood Masonic Building is at 655 High Street (Route 109) opposite the Westwood Public Library. To get there from the Police Station, continue south on High Street (Route 109 West), take the first right on Windsor Road, and turn right immediately into the parking lot. Shuttle vans run continuously starting at 11:00 Monday and 9:30 Tuesday–Friday.

Good news: The van shuttle service between the Masonic lot and the club has received excellent reviews. The drivers are friendly. The service is efficient. Plan on just five extra minutes before and after a game.

Good news: We can still use our parking lot for evening and weekend games and for Wednesday–Friday afternoon classes.

Good news: We look forward to greatly improved parking and access when the project is complete. Our building will have as much parking as it has always had—lost spaces south of the Deerfield Avenue extension will be replaced west of our building. The lot will be safer and simpler. More spaces are being created north of the school and east of the town hall. Deerfield Avenue will be extended to Westwood Glen Road, providing easier and safer access to all four parking areas from High Street via Westwood Glen Road and from Gay Street via Deerfield Avenue. For more information about the construction project, see the status update from the Westwood DPW.

Thank you very much for your continued support while we cope with this inconvenience!

Last updated : May 16, 2016 10:17 EDT
  New Saturday Competition

We have a new Saturday competition starting. If you win overall in your stratum three or more games in a row, the Saturday game will be named after you until another pair (or player) wins three times in a row. In addition, you'll win a cash prize of $30.

Last updated : May 7, 2016 10:49 EDT
  Procter, Carvin, Fast, Staton Win Burns Patriots' Day Marathon
Procter, Carvin, Fast, Staton Win Burns Patriots' Day Marathon

Our annual Richard Burns Memorial Patriots’ Day Bridge Marathon on 2016 April 18 raised $260 for The Boston Foundation. Lisa Procter and Bob Carvin were first in the morning and third in the afternoon, winning the Marathon with a 62.80% two-session average. Jean Fast and Diane Staton had the best two-session average in the B (0–1500 average masterpoints) and C (0–500) strata: 52.13%. These four players will be commemorated on the perpetual plaque for the event and receive free plays.

Last updated : May 7, 2016 10:49 EDT
  Charity Month

April is the ACBL’s annual Charity Month, and all Westwood games this month are charity games. Masterpoint awards are 64% sectional rated black points. This works out to about ⅔ of a point per player on average—about 2½ times the awards for regular club games.

Last updated : May 7, 2016 10:48 EDT
  Important Parking Information

Due to construction, the Town has asked us to park for our Monday–Friday daytime games through May 6 at the nearby Westwood Masonic Building. They’re providing continous shuttle van service starting an hour before game time. We can use our parking lot for evening and weekend games.

The Westwood Masonic Building is at 655 High Street (Route 109) opposite the Westwood Public Library. To get there from the Police Station, continue south on High Street (Route 109 West), take the first right on Windsor Road, and turn right immediately into the parking lot.

Thank you very much for your support while we cope with this inconvenience! The town has assured us that it will only last two weeks. We look forward to greatly improved parking and access when the project is complete.

For more information about the construction project, see the status update from the Westwood DPW.

Last updated : May 7, 2016 10:24 EDT
  Parking Lot Construction

Construction is underway on a project that includes improving and repaving our parking lot (yeah!). The project also includes tearing down the Girl Scout House east of the Town Hall, extending Deerfield Avenue north between the Legion and Police parking lots to Westwood Glen Road, and expanding and repaving the Town Hall, Police Station, and Deerfield School parking.

The work will be paced to minimize disruption, but the connector between the Police and Legion parking lots will often be closed during our weekday daytime games. To reach our parking lot, continue south on High Street (Route 109 West) 1/4 mile to the third light, turn left on Gay Street, take the first left on Deerfield Avenue (sign points toward the American Legion), and follow Deerfield as it passes the school, turns left between the school and the church, and bears right into the Legion parking lot. Click here for a map.

For more information, see the weekly status update from the Westwood DPW.

Last updated : Apr 25, 2016 06:10 EDT
  Jason Proman, 1938–2016

Jason N. Proman of Norwood entered into rest on April 2, 2016. He was 77. Devoted father of Aaron Proman and his wife Lisa, Neal Proman and his companion Susan McEvoy, and Danielle Perry. Cherished grandfather of Amre, Adam, Brooke, and Zena. Loving companion of Teta DiMartino. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 475 Washington Street, Canton. Interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High Street, Boston, MA 02110 or online at www.cjp.org. For online condolences visit www.stanetsky.com. Stanetsky Memorial Chapel 781-821-4600.
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 6, 2016

Last updated : Apr 25, 2016 06:09 EDT
  Richard Burns Patriots’ Day Bridge Marathon
Richard Burns Patriots’ Day Bridge Marathon

If you’re not running in the other marathon, please join us on Monday, April 18, for our annual Richard Burns Memorial Patriots’ Day Bridge Marathon. Here are the details:

  • Pair games at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:15 (no noon game)
  • All three games are charity games benefiting The Boston Foundation, with increased masterpoint awards.
  • Lunch at 1:15 for those playing in the 10:00 and/or 2:00 games.
  • Six players—two in each stratum—will be named on the perpetual plaque and win free plays. (To be eligible, you must play in at least two of the three games. If you play in all three games, throw out your lowest score. Strata limits for this purpose are 1500 and 500. Stratum determined by partnership average. If you play with multiple partners, your masterpoints are averaged with the average of your partners’ masterpoints.)
  • The defending champions are:
    • Parul Jain and Jim Rasmussen (A)
    • Bobbi Arbetter and Marilyn Wolman (B)
    • Frank Jenkins and Roger Zessis (C)
Last updated : Apr 19, 2016 09:43 EDT
  ACBL-wide Charity Game Thursday Morning

Clubs across the ACBL, including Westwood, will be holding the ACBL-wide charity game on Thursday morning, April 14. Masterpoints are 82% sectional-rated, and players are eligible for ACBL-wide and district-wide awards up to 20 masterpoints. Hand analysis is provided. Game time in Westwood is 10:30.

Last updated : Apr 16, 2016 17:09 EDT
  Winter Party and Barometer Pairs Wednesday Evening

This Wednesday evening, February 24, please join us for a winter party with special food and drink and a special game. The game is Barometer Pairs (click here for a description). Game time is 7:15.

Last updated : Mar 3, 2016 13:55 EST
  Changes to Special Game Schedule

Two weather-induced changes to our February schedule:

Friday, February 19, 10:30: charity game
Monday, February 22, 12:00: Educational Foundation game

Last updated : Feb 23, 2016 13:07 EST
  ACBL-wide International Fund Game Saturday Noon

Please join us Saturday, February 6, at noon for the semi-annual ACBL-wide International Fund Game. This event raises funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition. Masterpoints are half red/half black at 82% sectional tournament rating with extra masterpoints for top finishers in the New England district and ACBL-wide. Analysis booklets by Frank Stewart distributed after the game.

Last updated : Feb 8, 2016 07:59 EST
  Winter Sectional Tournament at Clubs January 18–24

Please join us for the New England (except Connecticut) Winter Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). All Westwood games Monday through Sunday, January 18–24, will be STaC games. All masterpoints will be silver at 9/11 sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular club games) with extra awards for the top scores across all participating clubs.

Our eight games Monday through Saturday will all be stratified open pairs. Our Sunday game will be stratified open Fast Swiss teams. Please note that the Sunday STaC Swiss team game will start at 12:00 and end about 2:35—half an hour before the Patriots kickoff.

Overall awards are at <http://www.acbl.org/tournaments/schedule.php?tourid=23065#schedule>.

Last updated : Jan 24, 2016 17:03 EST
  Special Game at a Special Time Sunday

Sunday we’ll start an hour earlier than usual—at 12:00 sharp—and finish about 2:35—half an hour before the Patriots kickoff. The game will be a STaC Fast Swiss Team game (9/11 sectional rating) played at a pace of six minutes per board—a minute faster than usual.

Last updated : Jan 24, 2016 17:03 EST
  Fourth Simpson Charity Club Championships

Our fourth annual Charity Club Championships in memory of Bob Simpson were held Friday–Sunday, December 18–20. The winners were:

A B C Individuals (Friday, one session)
1 1   Jean Shaffer
    1 Susanne Osberg
A B C Pairs (Saturday, two sessions)
1 1   Christina Parker—Stewart Rubenstein
    1 Dan Rice—Michael Chapman
A B C Teams (Sunday, two sessions)
1     Barbara Burgess—Natalie Bassil—Marina Polestra—Sandra Drum
  1   Stewart Rubenstein—Alix Taylor—Jori Grossack—Christina Parker
    1 Jean Shaffer—Barbara Glazerman—William Shaffer—Eva Milofsky

The event raised $400 from players for One Family, Inc. The club is matching players’ contributions, bringing the total donation to $800.

Last updated : Jan 19, 2016 21:14 EST
  Grossacks on Junior USA1 Team
Grossacks on Junior USA1 Team

The Kaplan team won the United States Bridge Federation Junior Trials in Atlanta this week, so they’ll be the USA1 team at the World Youth Teams Championship in Italy in August. Front Row: Zach Brescoll, Adam Grossack, Adam Kaplan; Back Row: Zach Grossack, Kevin Rosenberg, Ben Kristensen.

For more on the event, see the USBF site, this thread on Bridgewinners, and Sam Dinkin on “Zachary Grossack in action.”

Last updated : Jan 19, 2016 21:14 EST
  Bob Simpson Memorial Charity Club Championships December 18–20
Bob Simpson Memorial Charity Club Championships December 18–20

Please join us Friday–Sunday, December 18–20, for our fourth annual weekend of charity club championships in memory of Bob Simpson. The schedule is:

Individuals Friday, 10:30 one session
winners: Jean Shaffer (A and B), Susanne Osberg (C)
Pairs Saturday, 10:00 and 2:00 two-session event, single-session entries available, lunch between sessions
Teams Sunday, 10:00 two-session Swiss, lunch between sessions

Your contributions of $2 per player per session (or more, if you like) will benefit One Family. The club will match your contributions.

All events are stratified by average. Entries limited to 24 tables. Reservations available at the club. Reservations will be held until ten minutes before game time.

The defending champions are:

Individuals A, B, and C: Joanna Gleason
Pairs A: Sheila Gabay and Pat McDevitt
B: Barbara Glazerman and Judith Inker
C: John Wason and Richard Katz
Teams A: Sheila Gabay, Kevin O’Donnell, Bill Irvine, and Robert McCaw
B: Saul Agranoff, Stuart Whittle, Joyce Pearson, and Sandra Nyman
C (tie): Kathy Centorino, Dan Rice, Timothy Pettus, and Greg Chan
C (tie): Peter and Kathleen Clay and Sharra and Howard Canan
Last updated : Dec 23, 2015 12:22 EST
  Holiday Parties December 10 and 22

Please join us for our pot-luck holiday parties on Thursday, December 10, and Tuesday, December 22. Please bring food to share—appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts. Game time is 10:30. We'll take a longer than usual lunch break, so expect the games to finish between 2:00 and 2:15.

Last updated : Dec 23, 2015 12:21 EST
  Mario R. Straqualursi (“Strack”), 1921–2015

Mario R. Stracqualursi, age 94, of Westwood, former longtime resident of Norwood and Hyde Park, died Monday, October 19. Son of the late Antonio and Elizabeth (Federici) Stracqualursi. Beloved husband of the late Jennie (Bonanno) Stracqualursi. Devoted father of Dr. Roy J. Stracqualursi and his wife Marygrace of Norwood, Richard G. Stracqualursi and his wife Frances of Rapid City SD, and Donna Fletcher and her husband James of Darien CT. Also survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Dear friend of Mary Negrini of Hyde Park. Funeral Saturday, October 24, from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St. (Rt. 1A), Norwood, at 9, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Timothy Church, 650 Nichols St., Norwood, at 10. Interment, Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park. Visiting hours Friday 4–8. WWII Army Veteran. Late retired Appeals Hearings Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Late member of Hi-Flyers Club of Hyde Park, life member of DAV, K of C 3049, West Roxbury, and was an avid competitive bridge player. Expressions of sympathy in Mario’s memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, or visit www.dav.org. For guestbook, visit www.gilloolyfuneralhome.com.

The Boston Globe, 2015 October 22

Last updated : Nov 2, 2015 15:32 EST
  Supervised Play Rescheduled to Friday Afternoons

The Supervised Play sessions run by Joyce Pearson are moving to Friday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 starting October 23. Please see our Classes page for more information.

Last updated : Nov 2, 2015 15:32 EST
  New Classes Start October 8 and 13

We’re delighted that Parul Jain will teach two classes at Westwood this fall:

Please see our Classes page for more information.

Last updated : Nov 2, 2015 15:31 EST
  Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month

October is the ACBL’s annual Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month. Club Appreciation Pair Games are special games run during the month of October at clubs. They offer masterpoint awards calculated at 82% sectional-rated black. Club Appreciation Team Games are special games run during the month of October at clubs and offer masterpoint awards calculated at 82% of sectional-rated black, but overall awards are 5% gold (not to exceed .25 gold points). The games run during this month recognize the contributions of Jane Johnson, longtime manager of ACBL’s Club Membership Department, to the ACBL.

We’ve scheduled nine Club Appreciation Pair Games and seven Club Appreciation Team Games. The ACBL does not charge clubs extra table fees for Club Appreciation games, so we don’t charge you extra. Entry fees are the same as regular games ($9 per player for Monday–Saturday daytime games; $8 per player for evening games and Sunday afternoon games).

Last updated : Nov 2, 2015 15:30 EST
  Tuesday Evening Game at Westwood September 29

The Newton Bridge Club’s Tuesday evening game on September 29 will be at Westwood at 7:15.

Last updated : Oct 4, 2015 12:27 EDT
  Sharaf Team Wins NABC Senior Swiss
Sharaf Team Wins NABC Senior Swiss

Trailing by 2 victory points with a round to play in the Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss Teams [at the Chicago NABC], the all-Massachusetts squad captained by Haven Sharaf [top center] came through with a good last round to pull out the win by 1.53 VPs when the leading team managed only a tie in their final match. The winners finished with 124.14 VPs to 122.61 for the team led by Rick Roeder.

The win was the first North American championship for each member of the team. With the win, Bill Irvine [top right], of Quincy, and Melvin Marcus [bottom left], of Waltham, became Grand Life Masters.

The rest of the team was Sharaf, of Danvers; Rena Lieberman [bottom center], North Easton; Robert Lurie [bottom right], Wayland, and John Hrones Jr. [top left], Needham.

Daily Bulletin, August 12

Last updated : Sep 22, 2015 10:14 EDT
  Mark Yesley, 1938–2015

Mark Yesley of Newton and Stockbridge, MA, died suddenly on September 10, 2015. Beloved husband of Marlene (Oransky) Yesley. Devoted father of Ellen Silberman and her husband Joel and Susan Yesley. Proud grandfather of Andrew, Benjamin, and Sloan Silberman, William, Ari, and Gabriel Awad. Loving brother of Louise Wasserberg and her husband Dr. Ira and Marjorie Yesley and her husband Claude Dupuy. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Services at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston 02115 (parking on the Riverway) on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. Following interment at Baker Street, West Roxbury, a memorial observance will be held at his residence until 4:30 p.m. Sunday and continuing Tuesday through Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers remembrances in his memory may be made to Temple Israel. —Boston Globe, September 11

Last updated : Sep 22, 2015 10:14 EDT
  Westwood Players Ascend the Masterpoint Ladder

Congratulations to Westwood players who advanced in masterpoint rank in May, June, and July:

Diamond LM (5000) Jim Rasmussen
Gold LM (2500) Jori Grossack, Richard Saval, Barbara Tarlin
Silver LM (1000) Marianne Bechet
Life Master Marianne Bechet, Joanna Gleason, Selen Hotamisligil, Diane Staton
Advanced NABC Master Allan Ganem, Roger Zessis
NABC Master Roberta Francis, Sabrina Miles
Regional Master Carol Reymos
Sectional Master Debbie Burwick, Tom Coragliano, Sumner Feldberg, Marilyn Tapper
Club Master Susanne Osberg
Junior Master Lanny Starr
Last updated : Sep 11, 2015 08:25 EDT
  North American Pairs

In June, July, and August, about half of our games will be club-level qualifying games for the North American Pairs. All of these games award half-red, half-black masterpoints at about triple the level of regular games (82% sectional rating).

Players who qualify in at least one of these games (look for a “Q” next to your name on the results) may play in the New England District Finals October 17–18 in Sturbridge. The top two pairs in each flight will receive subsidies to play in the North American Finals at the 2016 Spring North American Bridge Championships in Reno.

Last updated : Sep 11, 2015 08:25 EDT
  ACBL-wide International Fund Game Wednesday Evening

Please join us Wednesday, July 15, at 7:15 p.m. for the semi-annual ACBL-wide International Fund Game. This event raises funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition. Masterpoints are half red/half black at 82% sectional tournament rating with extra masterpoints for top finishers in the New England district and ACBL-wide. Analysis booklets by Frank Stewart distributed after the game.

Last updated : Jul 22, 2015 01:00 EDT
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs June 29–July 5

Congratulations to Westwood players who ranked overall in the New England (except Connecticut) Summer Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC) on Monday, June 29, through Sunday, July 5:

Session MPs A B C Names Score
Monday Afternoon 2.90 7 6   Eva Milofsky—Jean Shaffer 64.96%
1.58 19 14   Richard Simolari—Annmarie Stanton 59.85%
1.13   18 10 Judy Karp—Theodore Korelitz 59.28%
Monday Evening 2.25 1     Paul Weinbaum—Albert Votolato 46.00
Tuesday Morning 4.85 5     Grace Charron—Albert Votolato 66.03%
3.64 6     Charles Drum—Audrey Frank 65.91%
1.70 9     Sandra Nyman—Barbara Tarlin 63.21%
1.44   7   Ethel Blumenthal—Marian Hoffart 58.17%
Wednesday Morning 1.78 13     Sheila Gabay—Christine Halkiotis 61.05%
1.78 17     Joyce Regan—Terry Byrne 60.38%
1.25     8 Allan Ganem—Joanna Gleason 56.76%
Wednesday Evening 2.30 1/2     Joyce Pearson—Saul Agranoff 59.52%
2.30 1/2 1   Helen Flanagan—Tom Caragliano 59.52%
1.48 3 2   Peter Matthews—Andrew Hanes 53.97%
1.11   3   Paul Weinbaum—Timothy Hill 48.41%
Thursday Morning 4.42 5     Rena Lieberman—Lewis Gamerman 64.70%
4.73 7 2   Steven Paxhia—John Goldman 63.72%
2.60   7 2 Hank Grossman—Alan Exon 58.28%
Friday Morning 2.53 11 5   Kathy Aberizk—Emily Gardner 62.38%
2.06 12     Shome Mukherjee—Lewis Gamerman 61.99%
1.44 18     Charles Drum—Sandra Drum 60.76%
Friday Evening 2.25 1     Sabrina Miles—Lynda Edson 54.00
Saturday Afternoon 2.61 4     Stephen Gladyszak—Ann Borgschulte 62.50%
1.96 5     Kenneth Kadis—Elayne Kadis 61.90%
0.68   6   Diane Carr Staton—Richard Saval 52.08%
Sunday Afternoon 4.13 1     Sheila Gabay—Bill Irvine 77.08%
1.74 4     Sandra Drum—Charles Drum 58.33%
0.98   4 2 Allan Ganem—Joanna Gleason 53.13%
Last updated : Jul 13, 2015 10:31 EDT
  Fourth of July “Picnic”

Please join us on Saturday the Fourth of July for a special lunch during our noon Sectional Tournament at Clubs game.

Last updated : Jul 5, 2015 00:30 EDT
  July Birthday Party Wednesday Morning, July 1

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on Wednesday, July 1, at 10:30. July birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all. The game is part of the New England (except Connecticut) Summer Sectional Tournament at Clubs (silver points at 82% sectional rating).

Last updated : Jul 1, 2015 23:48 EDT
  The Longest Day Monday, June 22
The Longest Day Monday, June 22

Join us for the ACBL’s third annual The Longest Day fundraising event supporting Alzheimer’s disease care and research! In the last two years bridge players have donated more than $1 million to help fight Alzheimer’s in both the United States and Canada.

At Westwood, we’ll celebrate The Longest Day on Monday, June 22, with bridge from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to our usual noon and 7:15 p.m. games, we’ll have fast pairs games at a.m. and 3:45 p.m. The fast pairs games will be paced at 16 minutes per three-board round, so we’ll play a full 24-board game in about 2¼ hours.

All four games will be charity games (64% sectional rating), with $1 per player per session going to the Alzheimer’s Association. Additional donations are welcome, either at the game or online.

Last updated : Jun 29, 2015 09:50 EDT
  Pot-Luck Party Saturday for NAP Champs Shark and Shome

Please join us at our noon North American Pairs game on Saturday, June 20, for a pot-luck party in honor of reigning North American Pairs champions Mark “Shark” Aquino and Shome Mukherjee. Food to share (appetizers, main dishes, salads, desserts) appreciated. We’ll take a longer-than-usual break mid-game, so expect the game to end between 3:30 and 3:45.

Last updated : Jun 22, 2015 05:27 EDT
  World Wide Bridge Contests Friday Evening & Saturday Afternoon, June 5 & 6

The 29th annual World Wide Bridge Contests will be held on Friday evening, June 5, and Saturday afternoon, June 6, at clubs around the world, including Westwood. It’s your chance for a worldwide top and recognition for your big games. These games award half red/half black masterpoints at clubs (82% sectional rating). District-wide winners will earn extra masterpoints. At the end of each game, players will receive booklets with commentary by the famous Canadian player, writer, and coach, Eric Kokish. Westwood’s game times are 7:15 p.m. on Friday, June 5, and noon on Saturday, June 6.

Last updated : Jun 8, 2015 15:46 EDT
  June Birthday Party Wednesday Morning, June 3

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on Wednesday, June 3, at 10:30. June birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : Jun 3, 2015 15:44 EDT
  Grass Roots Fund Month

May is the ACBL’s third annual Grass Roots Fund Month, and all Westwood games will benefit the Grass Roots Fund and award extra masterpoints. This fund returns all money raised in our New England district to our district to support the two annual “grass roots” events: the Grand National Teams and the North American Pairs. The district uses these funds to run qualifying events and to support district winners in all flights in attending the North American finals.

Last updated : Jun 3, 2015 08:42 EDT
  Charity Month

During April, the ACBL’s annual Charity Month, we raised $1,730 for charity:

Thank you!

Last updated : Jun 3, 2015 08:42 EDT
  May Birthday Party Wednesday Evening, May 6

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on Wednesday evening, May 6, at 7:15. May birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : May 8, 2015 10:22 EDT
  Richard Warren Burns, 1927–2015
Richard Warren Burns, 1927–2015

Richard Warren Burns passed away at home after a lingering illness. He was born in Brookline, MA on August 19, 1927 to Charles Ralph and Mabel (Silver) Burns. A graduate of Brookline High School, he spent most of his working career as a general contractor in the family business, C.R. Burns and Sons. He was a man of generosity of his time and talent, an avid Red Sox fan, and a talented duplicate bridge player. Richard achieved his goal of becoming an ACBL Diamond Life Master this past year. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jennie, daughter Nancy Felts and her husband Randy, and granddaughter Susannah. Visiting hours will be Thursday, April 16 from 4-7 pm at Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave NEEDHAM with a funeral service at Grace Lutheran Church on Friday, April 17 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's memory to Grace Lutheran Church, 543 Greendale Ave., Needham, MA 02492. —Boston Globe

Last updated : May 4, 2015 13:43 EDT
  Jain—Rasmussen Top First Richard Burns Marathon
Jain—Rasmussen Top First Richard Burns Marathon

Our annual Patriots Day Bridge Marathon is now the “Richard Burns Marathon,” and the winners’ names will be engraved on a perpetual plaque.

Parul Jain and Jim Rasmussen scored 69.85% in the second session, bringing their two-session average to 62.17% and edging out Audrey Frank and Chuck Greenslit by ⅓ of a board. Bobbi Arbetter and Marilyn Wolman were first in the B stratum (under 1500) at 59.34%. Frank Jenkins and Roger Zessis were first in the C stratum (under 500) at 54.62%. (overall rankings, morning session, afternoon session, evening session)

The event raised $336 for One Family, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to ending family homelessness in Massachusetts. The club added $168, bringing the total contribution to $504.

Many thanks to Christine Riviere-Homolko for feeding us all!

Last updated : May 4, 2015 13:43 EDT
  ACBL Charity Month

April is the ACBL’s annual Charity Month, and all Westwood games will be charity games. Masterpoint awards in these games are 70% sectional rated black points. This works out to about ⅔ of a point per player on average—about 2½ times the awards for regular club games.

Last updated : May 2, 2015 23:12 EDT
  Patriots Day Bridge Marathon
Patriots Day Bridge Marathon

If you’re not running in the other marathon, please join us on Monday, April 20, for our annual Patriots Day Bridge Marathon. Here are the details:

  • Pair games at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:15 (no noon game)
  • All three games are charity games benefiting One Family, Inc., with increased masterpoint awards.
  • The evening game is free if you play in the morning and afternoon games.
  • Christine will serve lunch at 1:15 for those playing in the 10:00 and/or 2:00 games. (We’ll collect an extra dollar per player for the morning and afternoon games to help with the cost of lunch.)
  • Six players—two in each stratum—will win free plays. (To be eligible, you must play in at least two of the three games. If you play in all three games, throw out your lowest score. Strata limits for this purpose are 1500 and 500. Stratum determined by partnership average. If you play with multiple partners, your masterpoints are averaged with the average of your partners’ masterpoints.)
Last updated : Apr 21, 2015 11:24 EDT
  Aquino, Mukherjee, Starr Win National Championships

Congratulations to Westwood players with outstanding results at the Spring North American Bridge Championships in New Orleans, led by National Champions Mark Aquino, Shome Mukherjee, and Yiji Starr, who won NABC+ events (and 100 platinum points), and Lloyd Arvedon and Sheila Gabay, who took second place in an NABC+ event (and 75 platinum points).

The Baldwin North American Pairs is one of two annual “grass roots” NABC+ events that require qualification in clubs and districts (the other is the Grand National Teams). Mark Aquino and Shome Mukherjee won the District 25 qualifier in Sturbridge last fall. In New Orleans they qualified for the final day in eighth place, moved up to second with a 60.43% game in the first final session, and chalked up 61.39% in the last session to win the event by a board and a half. Adam Grossack and Jim Streisand finished fifth. (Daily BulletinNew York Times) Mark will share some stories from the tournament in his weekly “Shark’s Pointers” talks on Friday, March 20, and Friday, March 27 April 3, at 9:45 a.m.

Yiji Starr and Pamela Granovetter won the NABC+ Smith Life Masters Womens Pairs. Their final sessions of 64.10% and 65.17% took them from 28th place to a board and a half ahead of runners-up Gail Greenberg and Sue Picus. (Daily Bulletin)

Lloyd Arvedon and Sheila Gabay were second by ¾ of a board in the NABC+ Rockwell Mixed Pairs, an event that Sheila won with Pat McDevitt in 2012. Jori and Zach Grossack were 21st in the 418-pair field. (Daily Bulletin)

Lew Gamerman and Bob Feller won a session and finished eighth overall in the NABC+ Fast Pairs, an event that Adam and Zach Grossack won last year.

Lew Gamerman and Bob Feller and Paul Harris and Jim Keegan won regional pairs games. Chris Parker and Stew Rubenstein won stratum B in a regional pairs game. Alan Godes and Tim Pettus won stratum C in a regional pairs game.

Last updated : Apr 16, 2015 08:34 EDT
  Gabay–McDevitt and Aquino–McDermott Scratch in ACBL-wide Event

In the ACBL-wide International Fund Game on January 31, two pairs playing in Westwood scratched overall. Sheila Gabay and Pat McDevitt’s 70.64% ranked 10th ACBL-wide and second in District 25. Mark Aquino and John McDermott’s 67.61% ranked third in District 25. (local results, district results, ACBL-wide results)

Last updated : Apr 16, 2015 08:34 EDT
  ACBL-wide Charity Game Thursday Morning

Clubs across the ACBL, including Westwood, will be holding the ACBL-wide charity game on Thursday morning, April 2. Masterpoints are sectional rated black and players are eligible for ACBL-wide and district-wide awards up to 20 masterpoints. Hand analysis is provided. Game time in Westwood is 10:30.

Last updated : Apr 5, 2015 03:03 EDT
  April Birthday Party Wednesday Morning

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on April 1 at 10:30. April birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : Apr 5, 2015 03:02 EDT
  ACBL-wide Senior Pairs Monday

Please join us for the ACBL-wide Senior Pairs game on Monday, March 2, at noon. This game is open to players born before 1959. Masterpoint awards are 80% sectional rated black, and there are ACBL-wide and district-wide awards. Players will receive a booklet with hand records and analysis.

Last updated : Mar 9, 2015 16:02 EDT
  Westwood Joins “The Common Game”
Westwood Joins “The Common Game”

Westwood has joined over 200 other ACBL clubs in “The Common Game,” a service offered through local clubs that lets players compare their results with players at other clubs playing the same hands. The Common Game offers pro analysis of many of the interesting hands played, personal play analytics, and awards monthly, quarterly, and annual prizes for both performance and attendance. Participation in the Common Game does not affect a player’s score or masterpoint award at the local club. The ACBL masterpoints continue to be scored and reported as always. Common Game awards are based on match­pointed results across the larger field.

Start at the Common Game results page for our club and have fun exploring the numerous features!

Note that because our club’s 10:30 a.m. sessions are earlier than most other Common Game sessions, hand records and travelers will not be available online until about 3:30 p.m. (Rankings will be available promptly.)

Last updated : Mar 2, 2015 08:44 EST
  Monday Games Canceled

Apparently your intrepid director was the only one who was nutty enough to venture out to the club this morning. frown Mondays games are canceled. Looks good for Tuesday at 10:30.

Last updated : Feb 9, 2015 22:56 EST
  Frank Stewart’s Bridge Column Returns to the Globe

Frank Stewart’s bridge column quietly vanished from the Globe when they made some layout changes a couple weeks ago. Barbara Tarlin happened to take a tour of the newspaper’s offices last week and had a chance to ask Editor Brian McGrory about it. McGrory told her he hadn’t even known they carried a bridge column until they took it out. Now he knows! The Globe received over a thousand requests (or demands) to bring it back. So it’s back. 😊 Still having trouble finding it? Well, its new home is—wait for it—the obituary page. 😖

Addendum: When I first posted this item, I sent a copy of it to Stewart. He immediately replied to my email and telephoned me. I promised to relay his thanks to those of you who asked the Globe to bring back his column. He wrote “… Your e-mail both stunned and gratified me. Tribune Content Agency, which distributes my column, had not notified me of a cancellation. … I continue to be amazed at how loyal readers are to the local bridge columns. The same thing has happened to me (in Los Angeles and Chicago) and to other columnists: A newspaper's notice to cancel triggers a deluge of reader complaints. … I am most grateful that the Globe will keep running my column—even in the midst of the obits—and I hope you continue to enjoy it.”

Last updated : Feb 8, 2015 10:14 EST
  February Birthday Party Wednesday

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on February 4 at 10:30. February birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : Feb 5, 2015 16:27 EST
  ACBL-wide Senior Pairs MARCH 2

The ACBL-wide Senior Pairs game was listed on our calendar with the wrong date. The correct date is Monday, March 2, at noon. Sorry!

Last updated : Feb 2, 2015 19:59 EST
  Monday Games Canceled

Our games on Monday, February 2, are canceled. Happy Groundhog Day.

Last updated : Feb 2, 2015 19:59 EST
  Super Bowl Sunday Club Championship at 2:00

Our Sunday game time returns to 2:00 on February 1.

What about the Super Bowl? Our game will end at 5:00 sharp, so you have a win-win-win:

  • play bridge
  • miss many hours of pregame show
  • have ample time to get wherever you’re going before the 6:30 kickoff!

This is our first Club Championship of 2015, and Club Championship masterpoint awards increased 8% on January 1 to the same level as charity and other fund games.

Our Club Championship price is still the same as our regular price—just $8 per player on Sundays. The ACBL doesn’t surcharge us for Club Championships, so we don’t surcharge you. (Some clubs surcharge all “extra point” games, including Club Championships, without even telling you whether the surcharge is passed on to a fund or kept by the club.)

Last updated : Feb 1, 2015 19:40 EST
  ACBL-wide International Fund Game Saturday Noon

Please join us Saturday, January 31, at noon for the semi-annual ACBL-wide International Fund Game. Masterpoints are half red/half black at full sectional tournament rating with extra masterpoints for top finishers in the New England district and ACBL-wide. Analysis booklets by Frank Stewart distributed after the game.

Last updated : Feb 1, 2015 07:53 EST
  Junior Fund Month

January is the ACBL’s annual Junior Fund Month, and most Westwood games will benefit the ACBL’s Junior Fund and award extra masterpoints (70%-sectional-rated black points). The only non-Junior-fund games this month are the Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC) games January 5–11 and the ACBL-wide game January 31.

Last updated : Jan 30, 2015 17:12 EST
  Storm Schedule

Monday noon: game on—ends at 3:00 sharp

Monday evening: canceled

Tuesday morning: canceled

Wednesday morning: 1½-hour delay—game starts at 12:00 noon

Wednesday afternoon supervised play: canceled

Wednesday evening: game on

Thursday morning: game on

Last updated : Jan 28, 2015 15:52 EST
  Friday Evening Games Discontinued

December 26 was our last Friday evening game. Many thanks to our Friday evening players. Please join us for our Monday and Wednesday evening games at 7:15.

Last updated : Jan 24, 2015 09:47 EST
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs January 5-11

Please join us for the New England (except Connecticut) Winter Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). All Westwood games Monday through Sunday, January 5–11, will be STaC games. All masterpoints will be silver at sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular club games) with extra awards for the top scores across all participating clubs.

Our eight games Monday through Saturday will all be stratified open pairs. Our Sunday game (January 11 at 1:00) will be stratified open Swiss teams.

Overall awards are at <http://www.acbl.org/tournaments/schedule.php?tourid=21447#schedule>. Congratulations to Westwood players who’ve scratched in the overalls:

  MPs A B C Names Score
Monday Afternoon 8.44 2 2 1 Debbie Burwick—Erna Fox 66.47%
  3.56 5 5   Marilyn Wolman—Roberta Arbetter 62.69%
  2.00 7 7   Annmarie Stanton—R Edward Kelley 61.55%
Monday Evening 2.00 3 2 2 Eliot Kaplan—Laura Keegan 61.11%
  1.50 4 3   Lynda Edson—Roger Zessis 60.42%
  0.84   5 3 Kathleen Mallet—Susanne Osberg 52.78%
Tuesday Morning 12.00 1     Sheila Gabay—Shome Mukherjee 66.25%
  2.85 6     Sandra Nyman—Sarah Peeke 60.83%
Wednesday Morning 14.45 1 1   Barbara McLagan—Richard Alpert 76.56%
  6.10 4     Lewis Gamerman—Shome Mukherjee 68.99%
  1.93 8     Sheila Gabay—Linda Robinson 62.91%
Wednesday Evening 4.13 1     Richard Saval—Peter Clay 70.63%
  0.73   5   Lorna Patterson—Kendall Patterson 54.76%
  0.63     4 Tom Caragliano—Susanne Osberg 47.62%
Thursday Morning 11.25 1     Sheila Gabay—Pat McDevitt 78.42%
  2.19 7 4   Solomon Tarlin—Barbara Tarlin 63.00%
Friday Morning 2.80 11 4   Lynda Edson—John Woodman 63.61%
Saturday Afternoon 4.36 5     Sheila Gabay—Pat McDevitt 66.37%
  2.61 9 4   Selen Hotamisligil—Kimberly Gilman 61.31%
Sunday Afternoon            

 

Last updated : Jan 24, 2015 09:46 EST
  January Birthday Party

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on January 7 at 10:30. January birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all. (The game is a STaC pairs game.)

Last updated : Jan 8, 2015 15:13 EST
  70th Annual Keohane Individual Regional

The 70th Annual Keohane Individual Regional is this Friday through Sunday, January 2–4, in Newton. Our club will hold our Friday morning game at 10:30 as usual, preceded by a “Shark’s Pointers” talk at 9:45. Our club will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Last updated : Jan 5, 2015 20:04 EST
  New Year’s Eve Party and Junior Fund Game

Please join us at 7:15 New Year’s Eve for a Junior Fund Game. We’ll conclude by toasting the New Year at about midnight New Foundland time (10:30 EST).

Last updated : Jan 1, 2015 12:10 EST
  Pot-luck Holiday Parties Friday and Tuesday

Please join us for our pot-luck holiday parties on Friday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 23. Bring something to share. Game time is 10:30. We'll take a longer than usual lunch break, so expect the games to finish between 2:00 and 2:15.

As usual, Mark Aquino will give a “Shark’s Pointers” pre-game talk Friday at 9:45.

Last updated : Dec 23, 2014 13:52 EST
  Club Schedule During Providence NABC

During the Fall North American Bridge Championships in Providence, we will be open for most of our regularly scheduled games. Our full schedule from Thanksgiving eve through Sunday, December 7, is:

  • Wednesday, November 26: regular pairs at 10:30; no evening game
  • Thursday, November 27: no game—happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday, November 28: regular pairs at 10:30; no evening game
  • Saturday, November 29: regular pairs at 12:00
  • Sunday, November 30: regular pairs at 1:00
  • Monday, December 1: regular pairs at 12:00 and 7:15
  • Tuesday, December 2: regular pairs at 10:30; no pre-game talk
  • Wednesday, December 3: regular pairs at 10:30 and 7:15
    • The December birthday party will be on the second Wednesday, December 10.
  • Thursday, December 4: regular pairs at 10:30
  • Friday, December 5: regular pairs at 10:30; no evening game
  • Saturday, December 6: regular pairs at 12:00
  • Sunday, December 7: regular pairs at 1:00
Last updated : Dec 9, 2014 15:44 EST
  Bob Simpson Memorial Charity Club Championships

Our third annual weekend of charity club championships in memory of Bob Simpson October 31–November 2 raised $344 from players. The club matched this amount, making a total donation of $688 to the Friends of Dana Farber and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Joanna Gleason won the individual.

Sheila Gabay and Pat McDevitt won the two-session pairs for the third time. Barbara Glazerman and Judith Inker won stratum B. John Wason and Richard Katz won stratum C.

Sheila Gabay, Kevin O’Donnell, Bill Irvine, and Robert McCaw won the two-session Swiss teams. Saul Agranoff, Stuart Whittle, Joyce Pearson, and Sandra Nyman won stratum B. In stratum C, Kathy Centorino, Dan Rice, Timothy Pettus, and Greg Chang tied for first with Peter and Kathleen Clay and Sharra and Howard Canan.

Last updated : Dec 9, 2014 15:44 EST
  Gayle Dempsey Memorial Donation

In memory of Gayle Dempsey all revenue from the Sunday, November 16, game was donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Sociey. The total, including additional contributions from players, was $600.

Last updated : Dec 9, 2014 15:43 EST
  Gayle Dempsey
Gayle Dempsey

Gayle Carol (Muir) Dempsey, a longtime resident of Needham, MA, died on November 7th. Gayle attended Northfield School for Girls then earned her bachelor's degree from Women's College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC Greensboro). She went on to become a pioneer in computer software, working to build one of the first computer text editors. Gayle's great passion was playing duplicate bridge. She earned the rank of Life Master. She was a regular at the bridge club and tournaments. She encouraged others to learn the game by teaching classes through adult education, at the senior center, and in private groups. Her friends at the bridge club were the lucky recipients of another hobby of Gayle's, desserts. Her family will honor her memory by continuing the tradition of exploring new and wonderful confections. Gayle, an avid quilter, made many of her own clothes, accessories, and home decorations. Her artistic quilts hang like paintings in the homes of her friends and family. She was an active volunteer in the Needham community: driving for Meals on Wheels and working at the senior center teaching computer skills. Gayle leaves her daughters Catherine Spencer and Anne Swinton; four grandchildren Russell Swinton, Matthew Swinton, Sarah Spencer, and Hannah Spencer; and brothers Douglas Muir and Gordon Muir. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or taking up bridge lessons. —Boston Globe, 2014 November 12

Last updated : Nov 17, 2014 09:48 EST
  Albert-Rozenberg Makes Life Master at 17
Albert-Rozenberg Makes Life Master at 17

Daniel Albert-Rozenberg became a Life Master at age 17. Albert-Rozenberg, who lives in Cambridge and is a senior at Commonwealth School in Boston, earned his 300th masterpoint Monday evening, October 27, playing with his father, Michael Albert, in Westwood.

Last updated : Nov 11, 2014 13:29 EST
  Special Veterans Day Game Time

Due to Veterans Day observances, our game time on Tuesday, November 11, is 12:00 noon. There will not be a pregame talk—“Shark’s Pointers” will return on Tuesday, November 18, at 9:45.

Last updated : Nov 11, 2014 13:29 EST
  Sunday Game Time Change

In November, December, and January, Sunday games will start at 1:00 p.m. (so players can drive home before dark). In February, the Sunday game time will revert to 2:00 p.m.

Last updated : Nov 10, 2014 22:04 EST
  Wednesday Afternoon Supervised Play

Please join us any Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 for “supervised play.” Each session is an ACBL-sanctioned game that awards masterpoints. Throughout each session, ACBL-accredited teacher Joyce Pearson answers your questions and offers tips that will improve your bidding, play, and defense. Come give it a try. Come occasionally or every week. Come with or without a partner. For more information, contact Joyce (508-333-0463, joyce@newtonbridge.com).

Last updated : Oct 28, 2014 13:01 EDT
  Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month

October is the ACBL’s annual Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month. Club Appreciation Pair Games are special games run during the month of October at clubs. They offer masterpoint awards calculated at 100% sectional-rated black. Club Appreciation Team Games are special games run during the month of October at clubs and offer masterpoint awards calculated at 100% of sectional-rated black, but overall awards are 5% gold (not to exceed .25 gold points). The games run during this month recognize the contributions of Jane Johnson, longtime manager of ACBL’s Club Membership Department, to the ACBL.

We’ve scheduled ten Club Appreciation Pair Games and seven Club Appreciation Team Games. The ACBL does not charge clubs extra table fees for Club Appreciation games, so we don’t charge you extra. Entry fees are the same as regular games ($9 per player for Monday–Saturday daytime games; $8 per player for evening games and Sunday afternoon games).

Last updated : Oct 28, 2014 13:01 EDT
  “Shark’s Pointers” Tuesday Mornings

Mark Aquino will present “Shark’s Pointers” before Tuesday games starting September 30 at 9:45. Mark is an Emerald Life Master. He’s won numerous regional events and finished second in the 2004 Nail Life Master Pairs. He’s President of the New England Bridge Conference, a past President of the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association, and writes a column for the EMBA newsletter.

Last updated : Oct 28, 2014 13:00 EDT
  Tuesday Morning 0-750 Flight

Our Tuesday 10:30 games will be flighted (open and 0-750) starting September 30. Players with less than 750 masterpoints may play in a separate section in which no one has more than 750 masterpoints.

Last updated : Oct 28, 2014 13:00 EDT
  October Birthday Party
October Birthday Party

At our monthly First-Wednesday Birthday Party on October 1, we celebrated the birthdays of (left to right) Christine Riviere-Homolko,Elin Schultz, Ruth Werksman, Paul Sullivan, Cilla Borras, and Sandy Nyman. See you November 5th for our November Birthday Bash (November babies play free).

Last updated : Oct 28, 2014 12:59 EDT
  October Birthday Party

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on October 1 at 10:30. October birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : Oct 1, 2014 22:26 EDT
  September is International Fund Month

September is International Fund Month, and all 42 of our games are International Fund games. The ACBL’s International Fund supports North American participation in international competitions. All masterpoint awards are 70% sectional black points (about twice the awards for regular club games).

We have four stratified Swiss team games this month: Monday noon, September 8, Saturday noon, September 13, Wednesday morning, September 17, and Friday morning, September 26. These games are a fun break from matchpoint scoring. Many think team games are more like “real bridge.” Team games have the nice feature that almost everybody earns masterpoints (if you don’t place in your stratum, you get masterpoints for every match you win). For more about team games, see this page on the ACBL web site.

We run Swiss team games with predealt hands and electronic scoring, so we’re able to play 24 boards in about 3¼ hours—about the same time as a pairs game—and you get hand records at the end, and you can view complete results on the web after the game.

Last updated : Sep 27, 2014 19:18 EDT
  499er Summer Special: $5!

Have you heard that many 499ers don’t play in Westwood because too few 499ers play in Westwood?

Please help us break this cycle by taking advantage of a special summer price. In July and August, players with less than 500 masterpoints play for $5 each. No extra charge for special games.

Last updated : Aug 30, 2014 14:38 EDT
  Barbecue and Swiss Teams Sunday, August 24

Please join us this Sunday, August 24, for a barbecue and a Swiss team game. We’ll have lunch starting about 1:00, and the game will begin at 2:00 sharp.

Last updated : Aug 30, 2014 14:35 EDT
  August Birthday Party August 6

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on August 6 at 10:30. August birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : Aug 16, 2014 09:05 EDT
  Tuesday Evening Game at Westwood August 5

On August 5 the Newton Bridge Club’s Tuesday evening game will be held in Westwood at 7:15.

Last updated : Aug 16, 2014 09:04 EDT
  North American Pairs

In June, July, and August, about half of our games will be club-level qualifying games for the North American Pairs. All of these games award half-red, half-black masterpoints at full sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular games).

Players who qualify in at least one of these games (look for a “Q” next to your name on the results) may play in the New England District Finals October 11–12 in Sturbridge. The top three pairs in each of four flights will receive subsidies to play in the North American Finals at the 2015 Spring North American Bridge Championships in New Orleans.

Last updated : Aug 5, 2014 14:08 EDT
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs

Congratulations to Westwood players who ranked overall in the New England (except Connecticut) Summer Sectional Tournament at Clubs:

Session MPs A B C Names Score
Mon Aft 13.71 1     Stewart Rubenstein—Audrey Frank 71.68%
  7.71 3     Marilyn Klashman—Rita Allen 64.41%
  1.79   7   Eddie Kelley—Annmarie Stanton 61.48%
Mon Eve 2.38 2     Paul Weinbaum—Al Votolato 65.00%
  0.96   4 3 Jim Barron—Roger Zessis 52.50%
Tue Morn 13.27 1     Sheila Gabay—Shome Mukherjee 72.62%
  2.36 7     Sandra Drum—Marlene Keliher 63.99%
Wed Morn 13.52 1     Sheila Gabay—Linda Robinson 71.59%
Wed Eve 2.17 1     Frank Caine—Richard Saval 59.00%
  1.63 2     Sylvia Keyes—Karl Richards 58.00%
Thu Morn 5.05 4     Shome Mukherjee—Brenda Montague 65.67%
  1.14     5 Diane Staton—Annmarie Stanton 53.50%
Fri Morn 2.57 7     Bobbi Arbetter—Ellie Silverman 64.65%
Fri Eve 1.30 1     Gayle Dempsey—Paul Weinbaum  
Sat Aft 4.99 4     Lew Gamerman—Rick Binder 65.51%
Sun Aft 1.67* *     Paul Weinbaum—Sally Matthews* 64.06%
  4.33 1     Sandra and Charlie Drum 57.81%
  1.03 6     Richard Saval—Gordon Webster 55.73%
          *playing director not eligible for overall award

 

Sheila Gabay topped the masterpoint list for the tournament with two >70% games at Westwood. Westwood players in the top 25:

1 35.22 Sheila Gabay
5 23.81 Brenda Montague
6 23.19 Shome Mukherjee
10 18.29 Audrey Frank
12 16.98 Grace Charron
21 14.26 Stewart Rubenstein
24 13.52 Linda Robinson

 

Last updated : Aug 5, 2014 14:08 EDT
  Third Quarter Schedule

Our third quarter schedule is posted (click Calendar; for a printable version, click 2014Q3 printable schedule). Highlights include:

  • 40 North American Pair games (half-red masterpoints at 100% sectional rating)
  • 63 special fund games (Charity, Educational Foundation, Grass Roots Fund, International Fund, and Junior Fund; 70% sectional rating)
  • 10 Club Championships (65% sectional rating)
  • seven Swiss team games (70% sectional rating)
  • three birthday parties (first Wednesday of each month)
  • a Fourth of July barbecue
Last updated : Aug 5, 2014 14:07 EDT
  Independence Day Barbecue

Please join us Friday Morning, July 4, at 10:30 for a North American Pairs game and barbecue. We’ll have a longer-than-usual lunch break, so expect to finish between 2:00 and 2:15.

Last updated : Jul 4, 2014 14:17 EDT
  July Birthday Party Wednesday Morning, July 2

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on July 2 at 10:30. July birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : Jul 2, 2014 17:44 EDT
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs June 23-29

Please join us for the New England (except Connecticut) Summer Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). All Westwood games Monday through Sunday, June 23–29, will be stratified open pair STaC games. All masterpoints will be silver at sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular club games) with extra awards for the top scores across all participating clubs (overall awards will be posted at <http://www.acbl.org/stac_results.php?sid=1406056> within 24 hours after each game).

Our small evening games (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:15) are a particularly good opportunity to pick up silver points, because the masterpoint formula for sectional tournaments awards, on average, more points per player in smaller games.

Last updated : Jun 30, 2014 09:25 EDT
  Aquinos and Bassil–McLain Top New England in World Wide Contest

Westwood pairs topped the New England district in both sessions of the 28th annual World Wide Bridge ContestMark and Susan Aquino scored 67.29% on Friday evening, June 6, 38th of 4353 pairs playing at 262 clubs in 35 countries and 10th of 962 pairs in the USA. Natalie Bassil and Charlie McLain scored 67.49% on Saturday afternoon, June 7, 22nd of 4197 pairs playing at 236 clubs in 26 countries and 8th of 2078 pairs in the USA. Two other Westwood pairs also had excellent results Saturday: David Green and Sally Peeke (61.85%, 185th in the world, 85th in the USA) and Gayle Dempsey and Jean Shaffer (61.73%, 194th in the world, 92nd in the USA).

Last updated : Jun 26, 2014 09:46 EDT
  A Personal Note

“[Both sons] married! … Oh, Lord! What will become of me. I shall go distracted.”*

“Ian Shin, Peter Hill,” New York Times

—Tim

*adapted from Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

Last updated : Jun 26, 2014 09:45 EDT
  Sunday Morning Bridge Class

There is an opening in a small class for social players who have little or no duplicate experience. The group meets at the club at 10:45 on Sunday mornings with ACBL-accredited teacher Paul Weinbaum. Please contact Paul (781-255-0969, <pw4512@norwoodlight.com>) if you’d like to join.

Last updated : Jun 16, 2014 16:45 EDT
  World Wide Bridge Contests Friday Evening & Saturday Afternoon, June 6 & 7

The 28th annual World Wide Bridge Contests will be held on Friday evening, June 6, and Saturday afternoon, June 7, at clubs around the world, including Westwood. It’s your chance for a worldwide top and recognition for your big games. These games award sectional rated half red/half black masterpoints at clubs. District-wide winners will earn extra masterpoints. At the end of each game, players will receive booklets with commentary by the famous Canadian player, writer, and coach, Eric Kokish. Westwood’s game times are 7:15 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and noon on Saturday, June 8.

Last updated : Jun 8, 2014 20:00 EDT
  June Birthday Party Wednesday Morning, June 4

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on June 4 at 10:30. June birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : Jun 5, 2014 14:09 EDT
  Tuesday Evening Game at Westwood June 3

On June 3 the Newton Bridge Club’s Tuesday evening game will be held in Westwood.

Last updated : Jun 3, 2014 23:42 EDT
  May Birthday Party Wednesday, May 7

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on May 7 at 10:30. May birthdays play free. Joyce-baked cake for all.

Last updated : May 10, 2014 14:07 EDT
  ACBL Charity Month

April is the ACBL’s annual Charity Month, and all Westwood games will be charity games. Masterpoint awards in these games are 70% sectional rated black points. This works out to about ⅔ of a point per player on average—about 2½ times the awards for regular club games.

Last updated : May 2, 2014 21:42 EDT
  Tuesday Evening Game at Westwood April 22

The Newton Bridge Club’s Tuesday Evening game on April 22 will be held at Westwood. Game time is 7:15.

Last updated : Apr 28, 2014 15:54 EDT
  Patriots Day Bridge Marathon

If you’re not running in the other marathon, please join us on Monday, April 21, for our annual Patriots Day Bridge Marathon. Here are the details:

  • Pair games at 10:002:00, and 7:15 (no noon game)
  • All three games are charity games benefiting The One Fund Boston with increased masterpoint awards (see next item).
  • The evening game is free if you play in the morning and afternoon games.
  • Christine will serve lunch at 1:15 for those playing in the 10:00 and/or 2:00 games. (We’ll collect an extra dollar per player for the morning and afternoon games to help with the cost of lunch.)
  • Six players—two in each stratum—will win free plays. (To be eligible, you must play in at least two of the three games. If you play in all three games, throw out your lowest score. Strata limits for this purpose are 1500 and 500. Stratum determined by partnership average. If you play with multiple partners, your masterpoints are averaged with the average of your partners’ masterpoints.)
Last updated : Apr 21, 2014 23:54 EDT
  Passover/Easter/Patriots Day Schedule
  • On Patriots Day, Monday, April 21, we will have games at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:15 (no noon game). See next item for more info.
  • Please note that the Newton Bridge club will not hold games at Temple Reyim or Temple Aliyah on Monday evening, April 14, Tuesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 16, Monday, April 21, or Tuesday, April 22.
  • The Newton Bridge Club’s Tuesday Evening game on April 22 will be held at Westwood (7:15).
  • All of our other regularly scheduled games during Passover and Holy Week are on.
Last updated : Apr 21, 2014 23:53 EDT
  ACBL-wide Senior Pairs Monday

Westwood will participate in the ACBL-wide Senior Pairs game on Monday, March 3, at noon. This game is open to players born before 1959. Masterpoint awards are 80% sectional rated black, and there are ACBL-wide and district-wide awards. Players will receive a booklet with hand records and analysis.

Last updated : Mar 19, 2014 16:16 EDT
  February is Junior Fund Month

February is the ACBL’s annual Junior Fund Month, and all Westwood games will benefit the ACBL’s Junior Fund and award extra masterpoints (70%-sectional-rated black points). Our February schedule includes Swiss Teams on Tuesday morning, February 4, and IMP Pairs on Wednesday morning, February 19.

Last updated : Mar 1, 2014 09:12 EST
  February Birthday Party February 12

Please join us for our rescheduled February birthday party on Wednesday, February 12, at 10:30. February birthdays play free. Joyce-baked cake for all.

Last updated : Feb 13, 2014 08:11 EST
  January is Grass Roots Fund Month

January is the ACBL’s second annual Grass Roots Fund Month, and most Westwood games will benefit the Grass Roots Fund and award extra masterpoints (70%-sectional-rated black points). This fund returns all money raised in our New England district to our district to support the two annual “grass roots” events: the Grand National Teams and the North American Pairs. The district uses these funds to run qualifying events and to support district winners in all flights in attending the North American finals.

Last updated : Feb 2, 2014 10:06 EST
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs January 6–12

Please join us for the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association’s winter Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). All Westwood games Monday through Sunday, January 6–12, will be STaC games. All masterpoints will be silver at sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular club games) with extra awards for the top scores across all participating clubs (overall awards will be posted at <http://www.acbl.org/stac/stac_results.php?sid=1401086> within 24 hours after each game).

Please note that our small evening games (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:15) are a particularly good opportunity to pick up silver points, because the masterpoint formula for sectional tournaments awards, on average, more points per player in smaller games.

Our Monday through Saturday games will be open stratified pair games. Our Sunday game (2:00 January 12) will be an open stratified Swiss team game.

Last updated : Jan 22, 2014 08:07 EST
  NO Friday Game

Due to the weather, there will be no Friday morning game at Westwood. Also, due to the regional tournament in Newton, there will be no games in Westwood Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday.

Please join us starting Monday at noon for the winter STaC week (see next item).

Last updated : Jan 6, 2014 10:29 EST
  January Birthday Party New Year’s Day

Please join us for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party on New Year’s Day. January birthdays play free. Joyce-baked birthday cake for all.

Last updated : Jan 1, 2014 20:18 EST
  Pot-luck Holiday Party December 17

The second of our two pot-luck holiday parties this year is on Tuesday, December 17. Game time is 10:30. We'll break for lunch around noon and finish around 2:00. Please join us and bring some food to share.

Last updated : Dec 27, 2013 16:04 EST
  December Birthday Party

Please join us Wednesday morning, December 4, at 10:30 for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party. December birthdays play free. Joyce-baked cake for all.

Last updated : Dec 5, 2013 13:09 EST
  Simpson Charity Weekend

Our second annual weekend of Robert G. Simpson Memorial Charity Club Championships raised $408 for charity, which will be matched by the club, making the total $816.

The winners were:

A B C Individuals—Friday Evening, 2013 November 15
1 1 1 Roberta Francis
A B C Pairs—Saturday, 2013 November 16 (2 sessions)
1     Sheila Gabay, Pat McDevitt
  1   Andrew Hanes, Pete Matthews Jr
    1 Robert Stubbs, Carolyn Johansson
A B C Teams—Sunday, 2013 November 17 (2 sessions)
1     Rena Lieberman, Mark Aquino, Norm Humer, Amnon Gabay
  1 1 Lisa Procter, Diogo Teixeira, Christine Halkiotis, Stewart Rubenstein

Detailed results: overall, individuals, pairs session 1, pairs session 2, teams

Special thanks to Stephanie Homolko, David Metcalf, Dean Panagopoulos, Christine Riviere-Homolko, Richard Saval, and Carolyn Weiser.

Last updated : Dec 3, 2013 00:54 EST
  ACBL-wide Charity Game This Evening at 7:15

Clubs across the ACBL, including Westwood, will be holding the ACBL-wide charity game on Monday evening, November 25, 2013. Masterpoints are sectional rated black and players are eligible for ACBL-wide and district-wide awards up to 20 masterpoints. Hand analysis is provided. Game time in Westwood is 7:15.

Last updated : Nov 26, 2013 17:34 EST
  Tom Stevens
Tom Stevens

With great sadness I must report that Tom Stevens suffered a heart attack at the club Wednesday afternoon, November 13, and died at Norwood Hospital. Tom was a regular at the club for I don’t know how long and helped Bob Simpson prepare snacks and clean up for many years. I remember fondly his cheerfulness, even when coping with chronic health issues.

Tom is shown here with Tsuneko Eustace, a frequent bridge partner for a dozen years, at the monthly birthday party last Wednesday.

Last updated : Nov 18, 2013 10:54 EST
  Simpson Charity Weekend November 15-17

Please join us Friday evening, November 15, through Sunday, November 17, for our second annual weekend of charity games in memory of Bob Simpson. The schedule is:

  • Friday, 7:15: Individuals*
  • Saturday, 10:00 and 2:00: Pairs (two-session event, single-session entries available if space permits)
  • Sunday, 10:00: Swiss Teams (two-session event with a brief lunch break)
All events are unit-championship rated. Entry fees include lunch on Saturday and Sunday. All entry fees include $2 per player per session for charity, which will be matched by the club. Entries limited to 24 tables. Reservations available at the club or by phone. Reservations will be held until ten minutes before game time.
 
  • Individuals: Gayle Dempsey (A and B), Bob Stubbs (C)
  • Pairs: Sheila Gabay—Pat McDevitt (A), Chris Parker—Stew Rubenstein (B and C)
  • Teams: Mark Aquino—Shome Mukherjee—Melody Bi—Richard Freedman (A), Stuart Whittle—Saul Agranoff—Jori Grossack—Sally Matthews—Joyce Pearson (B), Chris Parker—Stew Rubenstein—Abe and Frank Fisher (C)
*Individual events are rare these days, but can be a lot of fun. You might want to use this as an opportunity to practice for the ACBL’s only remaining regional individual event, which will be January 4 and 5 in Newton. Two tips:
  • As in cut-around rubber bridge, you’ll have some partners who are more skilled than you and some who are less. So will everybody else! You have to seek the best results possible with every partner.
  • In an individual event, you are allowed to refer to your own convention card. If you take a few minutes before the game to fill out a relatively simple convention card (or two), then you can hand a card to each partner and greatly reduce bidding misunderstandings.
Last updated : Nov 18, 2013 10:54 EST
  Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month
October is the ACBL’s annual Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month, and our schedule includes ten Club Appreciation pair games and six Club Appreciation “gold dust” team games. These games all award masterpoints at 100% sectional rating (about triple the awards for regular games), and 5% of the team game awards are gold points (maximum of 0.25 gold per player per game).

The ACBL does not charge the club extra for Club Appreciation games, so we don’t charge you extra. Entry fees are the same as regular games ($9 per player for Monday–Saturday daytime games; $8 per player for evening games and Sunday afternoon games).
Last updated : Nov 4, 2013 11:19 EST
  Katharine D. Kane, 1935-2013
Katharine D. Kane, 1935-2013 Kathy Kane died Sunday at age 78. Kane was Boston’s first female deputy mayor.

Last updated : Oct 25, 2013 16:06 EDT
  Party Tuesday for Richard Burns, Diamond Life Master
Party Tuesday for Richard Burns, Diamond Life Master Richard Burns became a Diamond Life Master when he won his 5000th masterpoint playing with Don Carow in the Tuesday morning Junior Fund game on October 15. We’ll celebrate with a party during the Tuesday morning game on October 22.
Last updated : Oct 25, 2013 16:05 EDT
  ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game Wednesday Evening
ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game Wednesday Evening Please join us for the annual ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game on Wednesday evening, October 2, at 7:15. One gold point is awarded for section tops in each direction at each club. The remaining masterpoints are sectional rated half red/half black with additional overall and district-wide awards possible. See your score instantly after each deal is completed. Players will receive an analysis booklet written by national champion Larry Cohen.
Last updated : Oct 7, 2013 23:04 EDT
  October Birthday Party Wednesday Morning
Please join us Wednesday morning, October 2, at 10:30 for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party. We’ll celebrate with Joyce-baked cake. Players with October birthdays play free.

The game will be Club Appreciation “Gold Dust” Swiss Teams. Masterpoint awards are at full sectional rating, and 5% are gold.
Last updated : Oct 7, 2013 23:04 EDT
  September is International Fund Month
September is International Fund Month, and 34 of our 36 games are International Fund games (the other two are Inter-club Championships). The ACBL’s International Fund supports North American participation in international competitions. All masterpoint awards are 70% sectional black points (about twice the awards for regular club games).
Last updated : Sep 28, 2013 07:50 EDT
  Special Thursday Evening Games September 5, 19, and 26
Westwood will host Thursday Evening International Fund games at 7:15 on September 5, 19, and 26. (The Newton Bridge Club will be closed on these evenings.)
Last updated : Sep 28, 2013 07:50 EDT
  Declarer Play Problem from Tuesday's Game
You’re in four hearts after an uncontested auction. The opening lead is the ♠Q. Plan the play.
Looks like we have ten tricks—one spade, five hearts, and four clubs—off the top, with a possible slow eleventh trick in diamonds. What could go wrong? Either opponent could have Jxxx(x) in either rounded suit.

We’ll have to work out the hearts first. If West has Jxxx(x), we could pick it up double-dummy, but there’s no way we can find out in time to pick it up single-dummy. However, we can pick up Jxxx(x) in East. So, we win the first trick in dummy and lead the K! West shows out, and we can smile inwardly knowing that many declarers will misplay this combination.

We’re not quite home yet. If East covers our second heart lead, we have to win the third round in dummy, take a deep breath, and lead a club to get back to our hand. Fortunately, East does follow, and we draw East’s remaining trumps.

Now we just have to bring home the clubs. If somebody has ♣Jxxx, it’s almost certainly West, so we cash our other high club, planning to finesse against West’s J if East shows out. As it happens, East follows, so we claim ten tricks.

If you got it right, you scored about 80%. See Tuesday’s board 6.
Last updated : Sep 25, 2013 00:23 EDT
  Gabay, Irvine Win Inter-club Championship
Sheila Gabay and Bill Irvine won the Tuesday morning, September 3, Inter-club Championship with a 66.92% game. Marina Polestra and Barbara Tarlin were tenth overall at 60.03%. 224 pairs played in the event at nine clubs.
Last updated : Sep 18, 2013 13:21 EDT
  Peter Matthews, Gold Life Master
Peter Matthews, Gold Life Master Congratulations to Peter Matthews, who recently became a Gold Life Master (2500 masterpoints).
Last updated : Sep 9, 2013 11:08 EDT
  Party for Amnon Gabay, Diamond Life Master
Amnon Gabay recently became a Diamond Life Master (5000 masterpoints). Please join us for a party in honor of his achievement during the noon game on Saturday, September 7.
Last updated : Sep 9, 2013 11:07 EDT
  September Birthday Party
Please join us Wednesday morning, September 4, at 10:30 for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party. We’ll celebrate with Joyce-baked cake. Players with September birthdays play free.
Last updated : Sep 4, 2013 14:13 EDT
  August Birthday Party
August Birthday Party At our monthly First-Wednesday Birthday Party on August 7, we celebrated the birthdays of (left to right) Allan Ganem, Tim Hill, Elyse Katz, Richard Burns, Phil Regan, and Trina Mallet. Birthday girl Elyse Katz and her partner Ruth Grossman won overall with a  66% game. See you September 4th for our September Birthday Bash (Birthday Babies play free).
Last updated : Aug 26, 2013 09:13 EDT
  Atlanta NABC Results
Full results from the Summer North American Bridge Championships in Atlanta are here. I’ll try to post highlights for Westwood players daily.

Sunday, August 11

In the Roth Open Swiss, Paul FIREMAN—Wolpert—Demuy—Kranyak—Hurd—Wooldridge were eighth, ARVEDON—McLaughlin—Friedland—Dahl—J. Stansby 16th, and Phyllis FIREMAN—S. Cappelletti—Cronier—Willard—Wortel—Michielsen 17th.

Friday, August 9

WAR OF ROSES (A. Grossack—Dwyer—Lien—Kaplan—Agica—Z. Grossack) won the World Youth Championships Junior Teams, beating AUSTRALIA 130–101 in the final.

SYLVESTER—R. Rubinstein—Begert—Herron—Cable—Anderson finished second in the 0-5000 Mini Spingold, losing the final match by 8 IMPs.

Thursday, August 8

WAR OF ROSES (A. Grossack—Dwyer—Lien—Kaplan—Agica—Z. Grossack) defeated JAPAN 167–48 in the semi-finals of the World Youth Championships Junior Teams.

MOSS—Glasson—Deas—Palmer—D’Ovidio—Seamon-Molson survived a fourth-quarter comeback by Phyllis FIREMAN—S. Cappelletti—Wortel—Michielsen—Cronier—Willard to win the Wagar by 5 IMPs.

SYLVESTER—R. Rubinstein—Begert—Herron—Cable—Anderson won their 0-5000 Mini Spingold semi-final match 184–109.

S. RUBENSTEIN—Parker—Teixeira—Halkiotis advanced to the semi-finals of their bracket in a two-day knockout.

MORRIS—Morris—Heumann—Gerstein were second overall and first in B in the afternoon Swiss.

Wednesday, August 7

Adam Parrish—Greg Humphreys were first in B and third overall in a two-session pairs game.

MORRIS—Morris—Gerstein—Heumann advanced to the semi-finals in a two-day bracketed knockout.

Phyllis FIREMAN—S. Cappelletti—Wortel—Michielsen—Cronier—Willard defeated BAKER—McCallum—Sanborn—Levitina—Passman—Simons, 121–81, advancing to the Wagar finals against MOSS—Glasson—Deas—Palmer—D’Ovidio—Seamon-Molson. SYLVESTER—R. Rubinstein—Begert—Herron—Cable—Anderson advanced to the 0-5000 Mini Spingold semi-finals.

In the Third World Youth Bridge Open Championships, the WAR OF ROSES team, A. Grossack—Dwyer—Lien—Kaplan—Agica—Z. Grossack, won the Swiss portion of the Junior Teams. The top four teams play a knockout Thursday and Friday.

BROD—McDevitt—DeMartino—Gamerman won the top bracket of the three-session knockout.

CANAN—Weagle—Snowden—Jablonski—Stern tied for first in B in the Tuesday-Wednesday evening Swiss.

Tuesday, August 6

Phyllis FIREMAN—S. Cappelletti—Wortel—Michielsen—Cronier—Willard came from behind to advance to the Wagar semi-finals. KRANYAK—Demuy—Paul Fireman—Wolpert—Hurd—Wooldridge advanced to the Spingold round of 32. SYLVESTER—R. Rubinstein—Begert—Herron—Cable—Anderson advanced to the 0-5000 Mini Spingold quarter-finals.

BROD—Applebaum—McDevitt—King—DeMartino—Gabay took third place in the two-day Seniors Swiss (8 VPs behind the winner).

GAMERMAN—Cable—Myers—Horwedel won the evening side Swiss. GAMERMAN—Margolin—Glasser—Cable won the Midnight Zip Knockout.

Monday, August 5

Wagar second seed Phyllis FIREMAN—S. Cappelletti—Wortel—Michielsen—Cronier—Willard had a bye Monday and face the eighth seeded Polish team in the quarter finals Tuesday.

Spingold 27th seed KRANYAK—Demuy—Paul Fireman—Wolpert—Hurd—Wooldridge and 52nd seed PARRISH—Humphreys—Rasmussen—Miller had byes into Tuesday’s round of 64. 62nd seed GORSEY—Montague—Schneider—Schneider won a match Monday for the privilege of playing fourth seed FLEISHER—Zia—Willenken—Kamil—Martel—Rosenberg Tuesday. Good luck with that!

SYLVESTER—R. Rubinstein—Begert—Herron—Cable—Anderson are into the 0-5000 Mini Spingold round of 16.

Qualifiers for the finals of the two-day Seniors Swiss include BROD—Applebaum—McDevitt—King—DeMartino—Gabay (third place), MALLEY—Colatosti—McLaughlin—Arvedon, GAMERMAN—McCaw—Colchamiro—Sharf, and MUKHERJEE—Aquino—Woodard—Panagopoulos.

MARGOLIN—Glasser—Barry—Smith took second in the Midnight Zip Knockout, and METCALF—A. Grossack—Z. Grossack—Brescoll tied for third and fourth.
  
Sunday, August 4

Pat Hanna’s team tied for first in B in a board-a-match side game.

In the three-day Life Master Pairs, Anton Tsypkin—Walter Lee finished 22nd in the top flight, Doug Anderson—Steve McDevitt finished 10th in the under-5000 flight, and Jan Popiel—Stanislaw Kolesnik finished 8th in the under-1500 flight.

GILLESPIE—Wildavsky—Streisand—Merblum were second in the top bracket of a compact knockout.

RUBENSTEIN—Parker—Snowden—Canan swept their round-robin bracket, averaging 16 VPs per match (20 VP scale).

Entrants in the major knockout events include Phyllis FIREMAN—S. Cappelletti—Wortel—Michielsen—Cronier—Willard seeded second in the Wagar; KRANYAK—Demuy—Paul Fireman—Wolpert—Hurd—Wooldridge, PARRISH—Humphreys—Rasmussen—Miller, and GORSEY—Montague—Schneider—Schneider in the Spingold; SYLVESTER—R. Rubinstein—Begert—Herron—Cable—Anderson in the 0-5000 Mini Spingold; and GERSTEIN—Heumann—Canan—Weagle in the 0-1500 Mini Spingold.

Saturday, August 3

In a two-session pairs game, Zach Grossack—Blake Sanders won the A/X flight, Chris Parker—Stew Rubenstein won the B/C/D flight, and Alice Weagle became a life master.

PARRISH—Gamerman—Gladyszak—Borgschulte advanced to the semi-finals of a two-day bracketed knockout.

In the three-day Life Master Pairs, Applebaum—King (13th place), Tsypkin—Lee, Aquino—Mukherjee, R. Binder—Watson, Anderson—S. McDevitt (under 5000, fourth place), and Popiel—Kolesnik (under 1500, fourth place) advanced to the finals.

In the Grand National Teams, New Yorkers LILLIENSTEIN—Lev—Glubok—Hurd—Polowan—Wooldridge, who had knocked out GILLESPIE—Streisand—Lee—Tsypkin—Doub—Merblum, easily advanced to a rematch of last year’s finals with defending-champion Floridians SPECTOR—Becker—Berkowitz—Meckstroth—Rodwell—Cohler.

Friday, August 2

Z. GROSSACK—A. Gabay—D. Caplin—Polay—Rasmussen—Miller wound up tied for fifth through eighth places in the Flight A Grand National Teams. They lost to a California team in the quarter finals, 51 to 171.

In the three-day Life Master Pairs, Gillespie—Streisand (12th place), R. Binder—Watson, Tsypkin—Lee, Applebaum—King, Aquino—Mukherjee, Anderson—S. McDevitt (under 5000) and Popiel—Kolesnik (under 1500) qualified for the second day.

Lew Gamerman and Zach Grossack won the Midnight Zip Knockouts with teammates from Denmark and North Carolina.

Thursday, August 1

Z. GROSSACK—A. Gabay—D. Caplin—Polay—Rasmussen—Miller advanced to the quarter finals of the Flight A Grand National Teams, beating a mid-Atlantic team 152 to 115.

Wednesday, July 31

All four District 25 teams qualified for their respective rounds of 16 in the Grand National Teams.
Championship Flight: GILLESPIE—Streisand—Lee—Tsypkin—Doub—Merblum
Flight A: Z. GROSSACK—A. Gabay—D. Caplin—Polay—Rasmussen—Miller
Flight B: RIBIERO—Tallent—Scott—Vecchione
Flight C: MAZE—E. Marcus—I. Cooper—C. Cooper
Last updated : Aug 13, 2013 16:06 EDT
  North American Pairs
In June, July, and August, about half of our games will be club-level qualifying games for the North American Pairs. These games award half-red, half-black masterpoints at full sectional rating.

For more information, please see the NAP announcement on the ACBL web site.
Last updated : Aug 11, 2013 16:40 EDT
  August Special: Unlimited Evening Games for $50
This month you’re invited to play as many evening games as you like for just $50 (a $97 value).
Last updated : Aug 11, 2013 16:39 EDT
  Barbecue Saturday
Please join us for a barbecue Saturday afternoon during our club championship pairs game. The game will start promptly at noon, we’ll break about 1:00 for hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, etc. The game will end about 3:30.
Last updated : Aug 11, 2013 16:39 EDT
  August Birthday Party Wednesday
Please join us Wednesday morning, August 7, at 10:30 for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party. We’ll celebrate with Joyce-baked cake. Players with August birthdays play free.
Last updated : Aug 7, 2013 14:06 EDT
  ACBL-wide International Fund Game Friday Evening
Please join us for the ACBL-wide International Fund Game on Friday Evening, July 26, at 7:15. Masterpoints won at the club are half red/half black sectional rated with additional overall and district-wide awards possible. Funds from this game will help support ACBL players in international competitions. Analysis by Frank Stewart is provided.
Last updated : Aug 1, 2013 05:51 EDT
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs June 24–30
Overall inter-club results from the EMBA Summer STaC are posted at <http://www.acbl.org/stac/stac_results.php?sid=1306084>.
Last updated : Jul 15, 2013 10:49 EDT
  Price Increase
I’m increasing the price of our Monday through Saturday daytime games by one dollar starting July 1. As I know you appreciate, we’ve substantially increased and improved the food served at these games, and we have Christine working her magic four days a week. This costs money. The price increase will help defray our increased costs.

So, regular daytime games Monday through Saturday are now $9 per player. Sunday afternoon games and all evening games are still $8 per player. I’ll continue to pass through the extra cost of special games (which is $1 per player for North American Pairs, charity games, and other special fund games).

Thank you for your understanding and continued support!

—Tim
Last updated : Jul 15, 2013 10:49 EDT
  Independence Day North American Pairs
Please join us on the Fourth of July at 10:30 for a North American Pairs game and lunch.
Last updated : Jul 15, 2013 10:48 EDT
  July Birthday Party Wednesday Morning, July 3
Please join us Wednesday morning, July 3, at 10:30 for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party. We’ll celebrate with Joyce-baked cake. Players with July birthdays play free.
Last updated : Jul 15, 2013 10:48 EDT
  Malley, Kolton, Colatosti Top Westwood Heats in World Wide Bridge Contest
John Malley topped both Westwood heats in the 2013 World Wide Bridge Contest. On Friday evening, June 7, Malley and Myra Kolton scored 60.53%, finishing 344th of 4613 pairs playing at 273 clubs in 35 countries. On Saturday afternoon, June 8, Malley and Dan Colatosti scored 59.46%, finishing 503rd of 5060 pairs playing at 255 clubs in 27 countries.
Last updated : Jul 1, 2013 06:48 EDT
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs June 24–30
All ten of our games from Monday, June 24, through Sunday, June 30, will be part of the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association’s semiannual Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). Masterpoint awards are much higher than regular games, and all points are silver.

Our Monday through Saturday games are all pair games. In addition to the increased masterpoint awards at our club, the highest overall scores across all of the clubs participating in the STaC receive substantial extra awards.

Our Sunday game will be Swiss Teams (also with increased all-silver masterpoint awards).

Section results and masterpoint awards will be posted on our website (usually within 30 minutes after each session). Overall inter-club results, including final masterpoint awards, will be posted at <http://www.acbl.org/stac/stac_results.php?sid=1306084> (usually within 24 hours after each session).
Last updated : Jul 1, 2013 06:48 EDT
  June Birthday Party Wednesday Morning, June 5
Please join us Wednesday morning, June 5, at 10:30 for our monthly first-Wednesday birthday party. We’ll celebrate with Joyce-baked cake. Players with June birthdays play free.
Last updated : Jun 23, 2013 12:57 EDT
  World Wide Bridge Contests Friday Evening & Saturday Afternoon, June 7 & 8

The 27th annual World Wide Bridge Contests will be held on Friday evening, June 7, and Saturday afternoon, June 8, at clubs around the world, including Westwood. It’s your chance for a worldwide top and recognition for your big games. These games award sectional rated half red/half black masterpoints at clubs. District-wide winners will earn extra masterpoints. At the end of each game, players will receive booklets with commentary by the famous Canadian player, writer, and coach, Eric Kokish. Westwood’s game times are 7:15 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and noon on Saturday, June 8.

 
Last updated : Jun 23, 2013 12:57 EDT
  Team Games in May
Our May schedule includes four Swiss team games:
  • Saturday noon, May 11
  • Thursday morning, May 16
  • Wednesday morning, May 22
  • Tuesday morning, May 28
Note that our team games take about the same amount of time as our pair games, thanks to preduplicated boards and electronic scoring. If you don’t have teammates, come a bit early.
Last updated : May 30, 2013 15:52 EDT
  Tuesday and Thursday Evening Games at Westwood
During Shavuot (Tuesday evening, May 14, through Thursday evening, May 16):
  • no games at Temple Reyim
  • Tuesday evening Newton Bridge Club game at Westwood (7:15)
  • Wednesday morning Westwood game (10:30) may reach our 24-table capacity—come early to be sure of a spot (sorry, no reservations)
  • Wednesday evening regular Westwood game (7:15)
  • Thursday morning Westwood Charity Swiss Team game (10:30) may reach our 24-table capacity—come early to be sure of a spot (sorry, no reservations)
  • Special Thursday morning Newcomer Pairs game at 10:30 (we may reach our 24-table capacity—come early to be sure of a spot)
  • Thursday evening Newton Bridge Club game at Westwood (7:15)
Last updated : May 17, 2013 17:27 EDT
  May Birthday Party
May Birthday Party At our inaugural First Wednesday Birthday Party, we celebrated the birthdays of (left to right) Phil Nyman, Sylvia Chavkin, Jerry Bloom, Charlie Drum, Dodie Checani, and (not pictured) Fran Cain. It was Charlie’s 69th birthday, and his score with a round to go was 69.69%! (Charlie and Richard Burns finished at 69.79%.)
Last updated : May 13, 2013 08:21 EDT
  ACBL Charity Month
April is the ACBL’s annual Charity Month, and all Westwood games will be charity games. Masterpoint awards in these games are 70% sectional rated black points. This works out to about ⅔ of a point per player on average—about 2½ times the awards for regular club games.
Last updated : May 1, 2013 06:48 EDT
  Patriots Day Bridge Marathon
Congratulations to the winners of our annual Patriots Day Bridge Marathon:
 stratum  rank  name  average
 A  1/2  Charlie Drum  62.11
 A  1/2  Sally Matthews  62.11
 B  1  Steve Frymer  57.89
 B  2  John Goldman  52.47
 C  1  Sandra Alpert  51.67
 C  2/3  Fizza Adamjee  49.02
 C  2/3  Neal Gore  49.02
These seven players all won free plays.
The full rankings of those who played two or three sessions are here.
Last updated : May 1, 2013 06:47 EDT
  Patriots Day Bridge Marathon
If you’re not running in the other marathon, please join us on Monday, April 15, for our annual Patriots Day Bridge Marathon. Here are the details:
  • Pair games at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:15 (no noon game)
  • All three games are charity games with increased masterpoint awards (see next article).
  • The evening game is free if you play in the morning and afternoon games.
  • Christine will serve lunch at 1:15 for those playing in the 10:00 and/or 2:00 games. (We’ll collect an extra dollar per player for the morning and afternoon games to help with the cost of lunch.)
  • Six players—two in each stratum—will win free plays. (To be eligible, you must play in at least two of the three games. If you play in all three games, throw out your lowest score. Strata limits for this purpose are 1500 and 500. Stratum determined by partnership average. If you play with multiple partners, your masterpoints are averaged with the average of your partners’ masterpoints.)
Last updated : Apr 16, 2013 09:41 EDT
  Passover and Easter Schedule
  • All of our regularly scheduled games during Passover and Holy Week are on.
  • Please note that the Newton Bridge club will not hold games at Temple Reyim or Temple Aliyah on Monday evening, March 25, Tuesday, March 26, Wednesday, March 27, Monday, April 1, or Tuesday, April 2.
  • The Newton Bridge Club’s Tuesday Evening games on March 26 and April 2 will be held at Westwood (7:15).
  • We’ve scheduled Monday Morning Fast Pairs games on March 25 and April 1. These will be 24-board games starting at 9:00 sharp and finishing at 11:30.
  • Please be aware that our noon game on Monday, April 1, may reach our 24-table capacity. We’ll sell entries starting at 10:00, first come first served. I’m sorry, but we won’t accept reservations. If you’d like to play on April 1, please consider coming early for our noon game or playing in our morning (9:00) or evening (7:15) game.
Last updated : Apr 3, 2013 09:49 EDT
  ACBL-wide Senior Pairs Monday
Westwood will participate in the ACBL-wide Senior Pairs game on Monday, March 4, at noon. This game is open to players age 55 and older as of the game day. (We’ll also have an open game for pairs who aren’t eligible for the senior event.) Masterpoint awards are 80% sectional rated black, and there are ACBL-wide and district-wide awards. Players will receive a booklet with hand records and analysis.

We are the only club in our area hosting this event, so we might have an overflow crowd. Since we can only accommodate 24 tables and do not accept reservations, you might want to come a little early. If our parking lot is full, please park legally in one of the adjoining lots or on Deerfield Avenue. Do not park in the roadway between our lot and the police station lot or block emergency vehicle access to either of our entrances. Thank you!
Last updated : Mar 4, 2013 16:35 EST
  Gabay and Irvine Score 79.86%
Sheila Gabay and Bill Irvine scored 172½ of a possible 216 matchpoints—just 310 of a matchpoint short of 80%—on Tuesday morning, February 19Gabay and Irvine had four unshared tops, eight shared tops, and just two below-average results in 24 boards.

Gabay and Irvine are among the top players in New England. In 2012, Gabay became a Grand Life Master and won the Eastern Massachusetts Mini-McKenney and ACBL-wide Ace of Clubs awards for the 10,000+ masterpoint bracket. In 2012, Irvine won the New England Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs awards for the 7,500–10,000 masterpoint bracket.
Last updated : Mar 4, 2013 09:04 EST
  14 Westwood Players Win Masterpoint Races
Congratulations to 14 frequent Westwood players who won Mini-McKenney and Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs awards for 2012!
  • Zita Samuels—0 to 5 Mini-McKenney for Eastern Massachusetts and Ace of Clubs for New England
  • Sarah Widhu—200 to 300 Mini-McKenney for New Hampshire and Ace of Clubs for New England
  • Richard Healy—200 to 300 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs for Central Massachusetts
  • Ed Aron—200 to 300 Ace of Clubs for Eastern Massachusetts
  • Steve Diamond—300 to 500 Mini-McKenney for Central Massachusetts and Ace of Clubs for New England
  • Fred Magnus—300 to 500 Ace of Clubs for Eastern Massachusetts
  • Barry Herring—500 to 1000 Mini-McKenney for New England
  • Zach Grossack—1000 to 2500 Mini-McKenney for New England
  • Grace Charron—1000 to 2500 Mini-McKenney for Rhode Island
  • Bob Carvin—1000 to 2500 Ace of Clubs for New England
  • Lew Gamerman—2500 to 5000 Mini-McKenney for New England
  • Joe De Gaetano—5000 to 7500 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs for New England
  • Bill Irvine—7500 to 10,000 Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs for New England
  • Sheila Gabay—Over 10,000 Mini-McKenney for Eastern Massachusetts and Ace of Clubs for the entire ACBL!
Last updated : Mar 4, 2013 09:04 EST
  Junior Fund Month
February is the ACBL’s Junior Fund Month, and all of Westwood’s games this month will benefit the Junior Fund and award extra masterpoints. Our schedule includes Junior Fund Swiss Team games on Saturday afternoon, February 2, Friday morning, February 8, and Wednesday morning, February 20.
Last updated : Feb 26, 2013 12:07 EST
  Westwood Players Donate $320 for Hurricane Sandy Relief
The extra dollar per player you paid during the ACBL’s week of charity games for Hurricane Sandy relief added up to $320, which we’ve donated to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Thank you!
Last updated : Feb 26, 2013 12:07 EST
  Hand of the Week: ♠ —  ♡ —  ♢ J 10 7 4  ♣ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Board 9 from Thursday’s game might entertain you for a few minutes while the snow piles up around you. 7♣ is frigid with a combined two keycards and 20 HCP (5 of which are useless)!

At our table, NS found 6♠X, an excellent sacrifice that happened to be unnecessary because EW had bid 6♢ rather than 6♣. 6♢ is doomed by the 4–1 trump split and the blocked clubs. Just another average board. ☺

(“Law” aficionados will note that there are 23 total trumps and 23 total tricks.)
Last updated : Feb 18, 2013 14:27 EST
  After the Storm
After the Storm
After the storm we returned to our usual schedule on Sunday afternoon, February 10.

Here’s what the club looked like when Jan and I arrived after the travel ban ended Saturday afternoon. We cleared the steps and the ramp, so we’re ready for bridge!

Note that the capacity of our parking lot is reduced by the snow piles left by the plow, and many of the lines marking parking spaces are still covered. Please park reasonably, being sure to allow access for emergency vehicles to the entrances and to the roadway that connects our parking lot and the police station parking lot. If our parking lot is full, please park on Deerfield Avenue or in the lots behind the police station and town hall (but not in the spaces marked “Police Vehicles Only”). Thank you!

The Friday morning Swiss Team game that was snowed out on February 8 was rescheduled to March 1.
Last updated : Feb 18, 2013 14:26 EST
  Gamerman and Matthews Score 78%
Lew Gamerman and Sally Matthews scored 94 of a possible 120 matchpoints—a whopping 78⅓%—on Wednesday morning, January 30. It was the first time they played together. Competing in a strong field (the other EW players averaged 3170 masterpoints), Gamerman and Matthews had ten unshared tops, six shared tops, and just five below-average results in 24 boards.
Last updated : Feb 10, 2013 18:29 EST
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs

Overall results for the January 7–13 Sectional Tournament at Clubs are posted here. Congratulations to Westwood players who placed overall:

MPs A B C Names Score
Monday Afternoon Championship Pairs (61.0 Tables)
6.65 3 2 Donald McA’Nulty - Carol McA’Nulty 63.20%
4.99 4 3 Lorna Patterson - Margie Freeman 62.29%
2.93 5 2 Mario Strack - Ruth Werksman 60.71%
1.75 6 Lena Russo - Lyne Loomis 60.50%
1.67 5 Jane Baier - Howard Cohen 59.74%
Monday Evening Open Pairs (6.5 Tables)
1.39 3/4 Charles Drum - Sally K Matthews 60.00%
1.39 3/4 Peter Matthews - Paul Weinbaum 60.00%
Tuesday Morning Championship Pairs (55.5 Tables)
10.83 1 Shome Mukherjee - Brenda Montague 70.91%
6.09 3 Marlene Keliher - Sandra Drum 66.54%
2.37 4 Chris Gradijan - Edward Sullivan 59.17%
Wednesday Morning Championship Pairs (75.0 Tables)
Wednesday Evening Open Pairs (4.0 Tables)
2.33 1 Paul Weinbaum - James Barron 56.49%
1.75 2 Charles Drum - Sally K Matthews 56.00%
1.74 3 1 Christine Halkiotis - Diogo Teixeira 53.47%
1.31 2 Arlene Patterson - Martin Cohen 52.32%
Thursday Morning Championship Pairs (68.5 Tables)
3.91 5 Marina Polestra - Sandra Nyman 67.08%
Friday Morning Championship Pairs (69.5 Tables)
9.32 2 Sheila Gabay - Shome Mukherjee 66.96%
Friday Evening Open Pairs (3.0 Tables)
2.17 1 Charles Drum - Lynda Edson 58.00%
1.63 2 Jean Shaffer - Sylvia Keyes 51.00%
Saturday Afternoon Championship Pairs (72.0 Tables)
12.55 1 Pamela Miller - James Rasmussen 65.73%
7.06 3 Anton Tsypkin - Adam Grossack 64.69%
1.68 8 Sheila Gabay - Pat McDevitt 62.12%
Sunday Afternoon Open Swiss Teams (10.0 Tables)
2.92 1/2 Charles Drum - Marlene Keliher - Sandra Drum - Marina Polestra 58 VPs
2.92 1/2 Shome Mukherjee - Lloyd Arvedon - Sheila Gabay - Rick Binder 58 VPs
1.87 3 Stuart Whittle - Saul Agranoff - Jori Grossack - Joyce Pearson 46 VPs
2.48 4 1 Richard Saval - Gordon Webster - Fizza Adamjee - Adi Chehna 43 VPs
1.86
2 Robert Baum - Sol Hartman - Mark Yesley - Marlene Yesley 39 VPs
1.74
3 1 Elin Schultz - Nancy Fleming - Dana Kramer - Chris Geoghegan 35 VPs
Total Masterpoints Won
Last updated : Jan 31, 2013 15:54 EST
  Hurricane Sandy Charity Games January 20–25
Westwood will participate in the ACBL’s week of charity games for Hurricane Sandy relief. All of our games on Sunday, January 20, through Friday, January 25, will benefit Hurricane Sandy charities (and award extra masterpoints). These games include an added fast pairs game on Monday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m. and a Swiss teams game on Tuesday, January 22, at 10:30 a.m.
Last updated : Jan 31, 2013 15:54 EST
  ACBL-wide International Fund Game Saturday Noon
Please join us for the ACBL-wide International Fund Game this Saturday, January 26, at noon. Local masterpoint awards will be half red and half black at 100% sectional rating with extra awards for high scores district-wide and ACBL-wide. Players will receive analyses by Frank Stewart at the end of the game.
Last updated : Jan 31, 2013 15:53 EST
  MLK Day: Newton Morning Game Canceled—Westwood Morning Game Added
The Newton Bridge Club’s 10:30 a.m. game this Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr., Day), has been canceled. We’ll hold an extra game in Westwood at 9:00 a.m. Our noon game might sell out, but we’ll have plenty of room for everyone in our morning and evening games. Please join us for one, two, or three sessions!

With the added game, our MLK Day schedule is:
  • 9:00 a.m. sharp: Fast Pairs—we’ll play a full 24-board session at a six-minute-per-board pace and finish at 11:30
  • 12:00 noon: our usual Monday afternoon game (entries on sale starting at 10:00 a.m.—sorry, no reservations)
  • 7:15 p.m.: our usual Monday evening game ($2 discount if you played in the morning or noon game)
All three Monday games will be Hurricane Sandy charity games (see next item).
Last updated : Jan 21, 2013 16:18 EST
  Intermediate and Newcomer Games
We’ve added three new games for newcomers and intermediate players to our schedule starting November 26:
  • Newcomer Pairs and mini lesson: On Friday mornings at 10:30 there will be a separate game for players with less than 20 masterpoints. The game will last about 2½ hours. Joyce Pearson will give a mini lesson at 9:30.
  • 499er Pairs: On Tuesday mornings at 10:30 there will be a separate flight for players with less than 500 masterpoints.
Please join us, and please tell your friends!

As always, newcomers and intermediate players are most welcome at all of our open games! These games give you an opportunity to play against players of all levels—from newcomers to the best in New England. Our open games are all “stratified,” so there are masterpoint awards reserved for the lower ⅔ and the lowest ⅓ of the field by masterpoint holding (at least 40% of each stratum wins masterpoints).
Last updated : Jan 13, 2013 17:25 EST
  Winter Special
In December and January, if you play on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning, you’ll get a $2 discount if you play later in the week on Wednesday or Thursday morning or Monday, Wednesday, or Friday evening.
Last updated : Jan 13, 2013 17:25 EST
  First Quarter Schedule
Our full schedule for the first quarter of 2013 is on our calendar page (which you can view by clicking the “Calendar” link on the left side of any page). Highlights include:
Note that there are have been a few changes from the schedule printed in Quick Trick:
  • Our participation in Hurricane Sandy Charity Week displaces four previously-scheduled special games:
    • The Sunday Afternoon Charity Game that was scheduled for January 20 will be held on January 27.
    • The Swiss Team Game on Tuesday morning, January 22, will benefit a Hurricane Sandy charity instead of the Educational Foundation. We’ll hold an Educational Foundation Pair Game on January 29.
    • The Wednesday Evening Club Championship that was scheduled for January 23 will be held on January 2.
    • The Friday Morning Grass Roots Fund Game that was scheduled for January 25 will be held on January 4.
  • The Sunday afternoon Sectional Tournament at Clubs Game on January 13 will be Swiss Teams rather than Pairs. The game time has been moved up to 12:00—you’ll be home in time for the Patriots’ 4:30 kickoff.
Last updated : Jan 13, 2013 17:24 EST
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs
All ten of our games from Monday, January 7, through Sunday, January 13, will be part of the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association’s semiannual Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). Masterpoint awards are much higher than regular games, and all points are silver.

Our Monday through Saturday games are all pair games. In addition to the increased masterpoint awards at our club, the highest overall scores across all of the clubs participating in the STaC receive substantial extra awards.

Our Sunday game will be Swiss Teams (also with increased all-silver masterpoint awards). The game time has been moved up to 12:00—you’ll be home in time for the Patriots’ 4:30 kickoff.
Last updated : Jan 13, 2013 17:24 EST
  Grass Roots Fund Month
December is the ACBL’s first annual “Grass Roots Fund Month,” and most Westwood games this month will benefit the new Grass Roots Fund and award extra masterpoints (70%-sectional-rated black points). This new fund will return all money raised in our New England district to our district to support the two annual “grass roots” events: the Grand National Teams and the North American Pairs. The district will use the funds to run qualifying events and to support district winners in all flights in attending the North American finals.
Last updated : Jan 2, 2013 00:31 EST
  Christmas and New Year’s Schedule
  • Monday, December 24:
    • afternoon game on (12:00)
    • no evening game
  • Tuesday, December 25: no game—Merry Christmas!
  • Monday, December 31:
    • afternoon game on (12:00)
    • no evening game
  • Tuesday, January 1: game on (10:30)—Happy New Year!
Last updated : Jan 2, 2013 00:31 EST
  Holiday Parties December 13 and 18
This year we’re having two pot-luck holiday parties. We’ll take a break to eat and chat in the middle of our 10:30 games on Thursday, December 13, and Tuesday, December 18. Please join us, and please bring food to share! (Expect these games to end a half hour or so later than usual—about 2:15.)
Last updated : Dec 24, 2012 12:33 EST
  ACBL-wide Charity Game
Clubs across the ACBL, including Westwood, will be holding the ACBL-wide charity game on Monday evening, November 26, 2012. Masterpoints are sectional rated black and players are eligible for ACBL-wide and district-wide awards. Analysis by Barry Rigal is provided. Game time in Westwood is 7:15.
Last updated : Dec 1, 2012 10:38 EST
  Bob Simpson Charity Weekend
On November 2–4 we held our first annual Bob Simpson Charity Weekend in memory of Robert G. Simpson, 1963–2012. This year’s beneficiary was New England Youth Bridge, a non-profit foundation established by the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association and dedicated to supporting youth bridge in New England. Players contributed $440, and the club matched their contributions, making the total $880.

The weekend began with an individual game on Friday evening, won by:

MPs A B C Name Score
1.52 1 1 Gayle Dempsey 63.54%
0.42 1 Robert Stubbs 45.83%

Saturday’s two-session pairs game was won by:

MPs A B C Names Score
3.50 1 Sheila Gabay—Pat McDevitt 61.26%
2.20 1 1 Christina Parker—Stewart Rubenstein 59.03%

Sunday’s two-session Swiss teams game was won by:

MPs A B C Names Score
3.85 1 Mark AQUINO—Shome Mukherjee, Melody Bi—Richard Freedman 107
2.99 1 Stuart WHITTLE, Saul Agranoff, Jori Grossack, Sally Matthews, Joyce Pearson 105
1.97 1 Christina PARKER—Stewart Rubenstein, Abraham Fisher—Franklin Fisher 76

Full results:
Many thanks to Andrew Hanes, Stephanie Homolko, Pam Lemieux, Sally Matthews, Joyce Pearson, Richard Saval, and Jan Schwaner for all of their help making this weekend possible, and most especially to Christine Riviere-Homolko for the wonderful food!
Last updated : Nov 26, 2012 07:25 EST
  Supervised Play for New Players Thursday
On Thursday, November 15, Parul Jain will host a supervised play session for her beginning bridge class. Others are welcome. Please tell your friends.

The session will be at 2:00 p.m. at the club. There will be no charge.
Last updated : Nov 23, 2012 18:34 EST
  Bob Simpson Charity Weekend Will Benefit New England Youth Bridge
Please join us November 2–4 for the first annual Bob Simpson Charity Weekend, in memory of Robert G. Simpson, 1963–2012.
This year’s beneficiary is New England Youth Bridge, a non-profit foundation established by the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association and dedicated to supporting youth bridge in New England. The entry fees include a $2 per player per session contribution to NEYB, which will be matched by the club.
There will be three events:
  • an individual game Friday evening at 7:15
  • a two-session pair game Saturday at 10:00 and 2:00 (single-session entries available)
  • a two-session Swiss team game Sunday at 10:00
Lunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday.
Winners will be honored on permanent plaques.
Entries will be limited to 24 tables and will be on sale at the club starting Friday evening, October 26.
Last updated : Nov 5, 2012 18:08 EST
  We Have Power!
Sometime between 4:00 p.m. Wednesday and 12:30 a.m. Thursday the power at the club was restored, so we’ll return to our normal schedule Thursday morning.

You might enjoy WBUR’s interview with Allan Cameron, the principal of the school next door to the bridge club, which held classes Wednesday while their power and ours was still out. (By the way, I see Cameron was recognized as an “exemplary educator” a few weeks ago with a $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award!)
Last updated : Nov 4, 2012 03:05 EST
  Caplin and Grossack in the NYTimes
The Saturday, 2012 October 5, New York Times bridge column featured a deal played by Don Caplin and Zach Grossack in their 0–5000 Life Master Pairs victory at the summer NABC. Phillip Alder wrote “Grossack, who is only 15, … is an excellent card player whose bidding tends to be exuberant but usually works well.” Ayup.
Last updated : Oct 30, 2012 01:13 EDT
  Grossacks Win Silver in World Youth Teams
Adam and Zach Grossack returned from the World Youth Team Championships in Taicang, China, with silver medals. The USA1 under-21 team—the Grossack brothers, Zach Brescoll and Adam Kaplan, and Andrew and Richard Jeng—won 11 of their 16 round-robin matches, including narrowly defeating Poland, the ultimate gold medalists. USA1 went on to beat Australia and Israel in the knockout phase before losing to Poland 215 to 168.3 in the 80-board final.
Last updated : Oct 11, 2012 16:35 EDT
  Tuesday Evening Games at Westwood October 2 and 9
Please note the Newton Bridge Club's Tuesday evening schedule for the next five weeks:
  • Tuesday evening, September 18: no game
  • Tuesday evening, September 25: no game
  • Tuesday evening, October 2: game at Westwood (7:15)
  • Tuesday evening, October 9: game at Westwood (7:15)
  • Tuesday evening, October 16: Swiss team game at Temple Reyim (7:15)
Last updated : Oct 11, 2012 16:35 EDT
  Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month
October is the ACBL’s annual Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month, and our schedule includes ten Club Appreciation pair games and five Club Appreciation “gold dust” team games. These games all feature sectional-rated masterpoint awards, and 5% of the team game awards are gold points (maximum of 0.25 gold per player per game). Best of all, entry fees are the same as regular games—$8 per player!
Last updated : Oct 11, 2012 16:34 EDT
  Columbus Day Club Appreciation Fast Pairs at 9:00
On Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, we’ve added an early morning Club Appreciation Fast Pairs game. We’ll start at 9:00 a.m. sharp, play a full 24 board session at a six-minute-per-board pace, and finish at 11:30 sharp (no late plays).

As usual, we’ll also have regular games at noon and 7:15 p.m. Please note that, for everyone’s comfort and safety, entries to the noon game will be limited to 24 tables (48 pairs), first come, first served.
Last updated : Oct 11, 2012 16:33 EDT
  New Tables
New Tables Our new tables, fresh off the boat from The Netherlands, made their debut Wednesday evening, June 27. Many thanks to Gerry Hitt, Richard Saval, and Jan Schwaner for helping set them up!
Last updated : Aug 31, 2012 12:42 EDT
  Third Quarter Schedule
Our full schedule for July, August, and September is now posted on our calendar page. Highlights include:
Last updated : Aug 31, 2012 12:42 EDT
  ACBL-wide International Fund Game Friday Evening
The last of three ACBL-wide International Fund games will be held on Friday evening, July 13, at clubs across the ACBL, including Westwood, and at the North American Bridge Championships in Philadelphia. Masterpoints won at the club are half red/half black sectional rated, with additional overall and district-wide awards possible. Funds from this game will help support ACBL players in international competition. Analysis by Frank Stewart is provided. Game time is 7:15.
Last updated : Jul 16, 2012 08:34 EDT
  Sectional Tournament at Clubs
All ten of our games from Monday, June 25, through Sunday, July 1, will be part of the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association’s semiannual Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC). Masterpoint awards are much higher than regular games, and all points are silver.

Our Monday through Saturday games are all pair games. In addition to the increased masterpoint awards at our club, the highest overall scores across all of the clubs participating in the STaC receive substantial extra awards.

Our Sunday game (2:00) will be Swiss Teams (also with increased all-silver masterpoint awards).
Last updated : Jul 4, 2012 01:31 EDT
  Miller-Rasmussen and Gabay-Seo Lead District in World Wide Bridge Contest
Two pairs who played in the 26th World Wide Bridge Contest at Westwood on Saturday Afternoon, June 2, appear to be first and second in ACBL District 25. Pam Miller and Jim Rasmussen were 17th world-wide out of 5,328 pairs at 67.74%. Amnon Gabay and Joe Seo were 32nd at 66.47%.

The official ACBL district-wide results won’t be posted until mid-July, after the ACBL processes the monthly club reports for June. Donald Robertson and Steven Salidas, who played at the Mid Cape Bridge Club, were 30th world-wide at 66.56%, slightly ahead of Gabay-Seo, but the ACBL uses the club scores, which were 66.75% for Gabay-Seo and 63.20% for Robertson-Salidas.

Charlie Drum and Sally Matthews were first in Westwood on Friday Evening, June 1, at 60.26%. World-wide, they were 406th of 5,230 pairs.
Last updated : Jun 25, 2012 10:01 EDT
  Gabay-Mukherjee Win Inter-club Championship
Sheila Gabay and Shome Mukherjee won the Wednesday morning, June 6, Inter-club Championship with a 71.39% game. Fran Cain and Sue Waxman finished seventh overall and fourth in stratum B with a 64.03% game. 298 pairs played in the event at 15 clubs. (overall resultslocal results)
Last updated : Jun 25, 2012 10:00 EDT
  April and May Unit-wide Championships

Nineteen Westwood pairs placed overall in four recent Unit-wide Championships, led by Sandy Nyman and Barbara Tarlin and Howie Cohen and Chris Geoghegan, who won the A and C strata, respectively, on Tuesday morning, April 24.

date  MPs  Names  Score 
Wednesday morning, May 30 8.19 2 Nancy Flynn - John Flynn 66.29%
1.94 7 Sheila Gabay - Shome Mukherjee 64.00%
3.53 4 Suzanne Waxman - Joan Merritt 61.07%
1.49 7 Rolly Jacob - Arlene Sobol 60.33%
3.53 2 Ellen Math-Shute - Harvey Rosenthal 60.12%
Monday morning, May 21  5.15  3/4  2/3  Audrey Frank - Barbara McLagan  65.54% 
2.48  Joan Merritt - Phyllis Shectman  64.44% 
1.73  Lena Russo - Mark Yesley  59.28% 
2.19  Renee Grabiner - Marcia Wilk  57.76% 
1.23  Hal Galberg - Tony Praznik  56.67% 
Friday morning, May 11  2.63  Sheila Gabay - Shome Mukherjee  62.31% 
1.97  Lou Kelleher - Phyllis Shectman  62.12% 
1.14  Steve Kern - Bob Norton  55.87% 
0.71  Jon Guttmacher - Ellie Stone  53.41% 
Tuesday morning, April 24  6.52 1 Sandy Nyman - Barbara Tarlin 65.00%
3.05 6 Audrey Frank - Barbara McLagan 60.46% 
2.28 3 1 Howie Cohen - Chris Geoghegan 59.33% 
1.71  Fran Cain - Marilyn Goodman  58.52% 
0.49  John Frank - Arnie Rosenberg  48.67% 
 

Click here for complete results.

Last updated : Jun 11, 2012 23:21 EDT
  Caplins and Foster-Herring Top Inter-club Championship
Don and Sondra Caplin won the Monday afternoon, May 24, Inter-club Championship with a 71.60% game. Joe Foster and Barry Herring were a close second and first in stratum B at 70.46%.

367 pairs played in the event at 20 clubs. Four other Westwood pairs also placed overall: Michael and Sandy Lindheimer, Anne Donahue and Judy Frager (second in stratum C), Bill Gay and Bill Hicks, and Bob Carvin and Bill Hannon(click here for full results)
Last updated : Jun 10, 2012 10:12 EDT
  World Wide Bridge Contests Friday Evening & Saturday Afternoon, June 1 & 2
The 26th annual World Wide Bridge Contests will be held on Friday evening, June 1, and Saturday afternoon, June 2, at clubs around the world, including Westwood. It’s your chance for a worldwide top and recognition for your big games. These games award sectional rated half red/half black masterpoints at clubs. District-wide winners will earn extra masterpoints. At the end of each game, players will receive booklets with 22 pages of commentary by the famous Canadian player, writer, and coach, Eric Kokish. Westwood’s game times are 7:15 p.m. on Friday, June 1, and noon on Saturday, June 2.
Last updated : Jun 3, 2012 11:13 EDT
  Frank & McLagan Win Marathon
Frank & McLagan Win Marathon Audrey Frank and Barbara McLagan shared the prize in our annual Patriots Day Marathon with a two-session average of 69%. They won both the morning and afternoon sessions with scores of 64% and 74%. Charlie Drum and Sally Matthews topped the evening session at 61%.
Four players completed the entire 72-board course this year: Charlie Drum, Steve Kern, Sally Matthews, and Bob Norton.
Last updated : Apr 26, 2012 18:20 EDT
  Friday Evening Barometer Pairs April 20
Friday evening bridge returns to Westwood this Friday. The first game (April 20 at 7:15 p.m.) will be barometer pairs.

Did I hear you say you haven’t played a barometer game before? Well, neither have I. It should be fun!

Friday evenings will be faster paced—we’ll play 26 to 28 boards and finish by 10:15 p.m. (no late plays).
Last updated : Apr 26, 2012 18:17 EDT
  “What can I do to help?”
Thank you for the many kind things you’ve said to me as we’ve worked to improve the club, including “What can I do to help?” Here are three suggestions:
  • At the end of a game, please pick up the trash at your last table and put chairs back where they came from.
  • If you need a stationary seat, please tell the director. We’ll be happy to accommodate you! On the other hand, if you are able to move eight feet every fifteen or twenty minutes, please allow the director to seat you in either direction. This will give the director the flexibility to make the competition fairer for everyone, and it will give you a chance to play against a greater variety of opponents.
  • At some games I’ll be happy to give you a free play if you take responsibility for preparing snacks, or for cleaning up the kitchen and snack table, or for cleaning up the playing area. Please speak to me if you’re interested.
We’ll keep working to make this a fun place to play bridge. Please let me know what we can do better. Please let your friends know what we’re doing well! Thanks.

Tim Hill <thill75@wesleyan.edu>, club phone: 781-329-2476, my mobile phone: 781-929-7673
Last updated : Apr 18, 2012 22:48 EDT
  Second Quarter Schedule
Our schedule through June is posted on our Calendar page. Highlights include:
  • Friday evening games starting April 20 (7:15 p.m.)
  • Seven Swiss Team games (first one is Monday, April 2, at 12:00 p.m.)
  • Nine IMP Pair games (first one is Sunday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m.)
  • our annual Patriots Day Marathon on Monday, April 16: games at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 7:15 p.m. with lunch available between the morning and afternoon games
  • World-wide Pairs June 1 and 2
  • North American Pairs qualifiers (20 sessions in June)
  • Sectional Tournament at Clubs (ten sessions Monday, June 25, through Sunday, July 1)
  • several other extra-point games
Last updated : Apr 18, 2012 22:47 EDT
  Gabay, McDevitt win Mixed Pairs
Gabay, McDevitt win Mixed Pairs
Boston-area players Sheila Gabay and Pat McDevitt paired two solid games in the final of the Rockwell Mixed Pairs to win the contest by just over half a board. It was the first NABC title for Gabay, making her a Grand Life Master. In national events, she has three previous third-place finishes and four seconds, including the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs earlier this week.
McDevitt is a three-time NABC champion and is the reigning World Senior Pairs champion. Gabay said, “My partner was unbelievable! I was just there for the ride. He was perfect!” The winners, who qualified in 17th place for the final, scored 60.11% in the first final and 58.92% in the second. Their four-session total was 2955.13 (top was 90).
The runners-up were Bernace De Young and Richard Reitman who scored 2888.52.
Last updated : Apr 3, 2012 16:20 EDT
  Col. Cleveland S. Peeke, USAF (ret.), 1932–2012
PEEKE, Col. Cleveland S., USAF Ret. Age 79, of Wellesley, MA, passed away March 17 surrounded by his wife of 52 years, Sarah, and his two children, Jilian and Dean. "Cleve" as he was known to his family and friends grew up in Lansing, Michigan and joined the military in 1951. He graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Cleve had a distinguished military career in a variety of critical and high profile positions while serving his country for over 26 years. When he retired from the Air Force in 1977, Colonel Peeke was the Deputy Commander for Maintenance for the 89th Military Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base. He had full responsibility for ensuring the operational readiness of the Air Force's entire fleet of executive aircraft including Air Force One used by the President. In addition to managing special air missions for the President, the 89th Special Missions also provided transportation to the highest-ranking civilian and military leaders of the country including the Cabinet, Congress and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the Vietnam conflict, Cleve served as the Chief of Maintenance for the famed "Jolly Green Giant" Air Rescue and Recovery Unit. In this capacity, he ensured that the critical combat search and rescue missions were flawlessly executed. Through his tireless effort, many downed aircrew members were rescued in a variety of hostile environments. In recognition of his effort in a combat environment, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. Cleve's career did not stop after his retirement from the military. He continued through his mid-seventies as a consultant on large government defense and transportation programs. Cleve loved sports and was very happy about the two recent Red Sox World Series wins. He loved playing golf and leaves behind a valued set of golf friends in Wellesley and Boca Raton, FL. Cleve and Sarah spent winter months in Boca escaping the Boston cold and enjoying their many Florida friends. Cleve was the proud father of, and is survived by, his two children and their significant others whom he also considered his children: Jilian L. Peeke and John E. Ball, and Dean R. Peeke and Ms. Quyen M. Diep. Cleve is also survived by his Sister Cathy Short, Brother-in-Law Henry Short, Brother-in-Law George Teller, Sisters- and Brothers-in-Law Margaret and Thomas Barron, Joy Renjilian and Don Burgy, and Josh and Dan Gough, and numerous nieces and nephews. Cleve was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ione Peeke, and his beloved Sister Barbara Ann Teller. The family would like to thank Circle of Caring, Hospice of the Good Shepherd, for everyone who helped Cleve stay at home during the final days of his illness. The family would also like to thank the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for helping Cleve demonstrate that a prognosis is just a prognosis and not a reflection of the patient who fights it and the doctors who help with the fight. A private memorial will be held for direct family. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider charities that directly support Pancreatic Cancer research such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Friends of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, or Lustgarten Foundation.
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Last updated : Mar 18, 2012 10:03 EDT
  Clubs Raise Over $1000 for AHA in Bob’s Memory
Last week club players in eastern Massachusetts contributed more than $1000 to the American Heart Association in memory of Bob Simpson. Many thanks to all who contributed and to Jane Adams, Joyce Pearson, and Lisa Procter for collecting donations.
Last updated : Mar 15, 2012 02:01 EDT
  Friday at Cromwell Dedicated to Bob
At last week’s New England Knockout Team Regional Tournament in Cromwell, Connecticut, Friday was dedicated to Bob Simpson’s memory. The day began with a tribute from director-in-charge Peter Marcus. See page 3 of the tournament bulletin.
Last updated : Mar 15, 2012 02:01 EDT
  Addresses for Bob’s Mother and Sister
If you’d like the postal addresses of Bob’s mother, Barbara Simpson, and sister, Pam Lemieux, please write to me (Tim Hill).
Last updated : Mar 15, 2012 02:00 EDT
  Letter from Barbara Simpson
Bob’s mother, Barbara Simpson, was unable to travel from her home in Winter Haven, Florida, for Bob’s wake and burial. She asked me to share this letter with you:
I would like to express my deepest thank-you for all the good words from the many bridge players who attended his wake in Needham, MA, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. As I am no longer allowed to travel, the arrangements were all left to my daughter, Pam Lemieux, who flew up from North Carolina. She was overwhelmed by the turnout and the many nice things you all had to say about Rob (Bob to you). She also said that when her time comes if she gets half as many compliments as Rob she will think she was a good person.
Many of you knew my husband who was instrumental in starting Rob on his journey to bridge stardom. My daughter said of the hundreds that came to the wake she knew only my friends and her relatives. She did mention that she recognized Richard Burns as soon as he walked in the room. 
How many of you know that besides having the basic instructions on playing bridge he bought himself a bridge program for his computer and then went on to become a director? He always said that was his goal from the days when he first stared playing at Westwood under Joe Vaas. He always said if you like what you are doing you will never have to work. 
I also play ‘party’ bridge three times a week in the community I live in. He rarely got down to Florida but did call me every Sunday morning, and I felt if he ever came when there was a bridge game he wouldn’t play with me because I did not like duplicate bridge. I have an advantage over some of the players we have here that I know what many of the conventions are when some of the duplicate players resort to playing party bridge. 
Knowing that Rob would want the game to go on we are negotiating to make arrangements to do just that. 
Rob got his calm demeanor from his Dad. When he and his sister were younger, many of the women bridge players would call him to be their partner, and if Rob or his sister would answer the phone they work say “it’s one of Daddy’s girlfriends.” That didn’t bother me as I would just as soon stay home and watch football games and knit. What he got from me was the heart attack. I have had heart problems for the last 10 years, but the doctor says if I follow his instructions he thinks I can make it to 85 or 90 (which is why I can no longer travel too far). 
Once again, I would like to thank all of you for the many kind words spoken and written that I have received. 
Sincerely,
Barbara Simpson
Winter Haven, Florida
Last updated : Mar 15, 2012 02:00 EDT
  Robert G. Simpson, 1963–2012
Robert G. Simpson, 1963–2012 Robert G. Simpson, 49, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 10, at his home in Millis. He was the son of Barbara and the late Robert E. Simpson.

Bob was born in Needham, MA, and graduated from Needham High School in 1981. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and worked for the U.S. Postal Service and several companies in the computer industry, but his passion in life was duplicate bridge. For the past several years he ran the Westwood Duplicate Bridge Club and was a tournament director for the American Contract Bridge League. He lived the saying “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”

Besides his mother, Barbara Simpson of Winter Haven, FL, whom he called faithfully every week, he is survived by his sister, Pam Lemieux, and her husband, Gary, of Pleasant Garden, NC, and a nephew and niece, William and Sara Lemieux. He also leaves a host of friends at the Westwood Bridge Club and in the larger bridge community.

There will be a wake on Wednesday, February 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham. Burial will be on Thursday, February 16, at 11 a.m., in the Needham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family suggests donating to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
Last updated : Feb 22, 2012 17:06 EST