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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.”
It’s easy to correct a scoring error before you or your opponents leave the table. It’s fairly easy to correct an error before you or your opponents go home. It’s hard to correct a scoring error after you or your opponents go home (we have to contact the other pair and then replace the printed and online results), but we’ll still do it up to game time the next week—we want to get it right!
You have five opportunities to spot a scoring error before you go home:
*If the CORRECt button isn’t available, call the director. (Some directors never enable the CORRECt button. We usually disable the CORRECt button during the last round because ACBLscore can miss a correction if we retrieve scores from the Bridgemate system at the wrong moment.)
The most common error seems to be entering a wrong declarer. Be sure to check the declarer.
At Westwood NS scores are always displayed with a “+” sign and EW scores with a “–” sign. (Some other directors choose to have “+” or “–” displayed from the point of view of the declarer.)
Free plays for high scores: Effective 2013 January 1, instead of free plays for section winners, we’ll give free plays to players in each stratum who achieve high scores. The qualifying scores are:
Free plays for frequent players: At the end of each calendar month, everyone who played ten sessions or more will receive a free play.
Free play tickets are kept in a box on the bookshelf near the clock.
Much as we’d all like to go at our own pace, the nature of duplicate bridge requires that everyone maintain the same pace.
For open daytime games, the clock is set to 15 minutes for two-board rounds of 21 minutes for three-board rounds. Normally you should finish a round before the clock reaches zero, leaving a little time to relax, chat, snack, etc., before the next round is scheduled to start.
You may not start a board with two minutes or less remaining on the clock without permission from the director.
You will be allowed one late play (please don’t overuse this privilege). If you don’t play a late play, your score will be "No Play" (in effect, the same percentage you earned on the boards that you did play). If you already have a late play and lose another board, your score will be "No Play." If you lose a third board, your score will be "Average Minus."
We’d like to pick up the pace for evening games by about one minute per board so we can finish 24 boards before 10:00.
Everyone can see the clock. Everyone is responsible for keeping up. If you fall behind (even if it’s “not your fault”), then you’re responsible for catching up. Please postpone conversations, postmortems, traveler review, snacking, etc., and make your mistakes faster until you’ve caught up.
We follow the ACBL’s Zero Tolerance Policy.
If we cancel a game due to weather, we will put a notice on our home page and a message on our answering machine at least two hours before game time.
All of our games are stratified. This gives you an opportunity to play against players of all levels—from newcomers to the best in New England—while simultaneously competing for masterpoints with players whose experience is comparable to yours.