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Our morning games on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21, are canceled due to the tournament in Nashua and a dearth of available directors. Sorry! All other games are on, including our Wednesday evening game and our supervised play session on Thursday afternoon. 

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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.”

Classes
 
 
  Wednesday Course Starting May 9th: Bridge Basics 3—POPULAR CONVENTIONS

Wednesdays, Six Weeks - May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, and June 13, 14:30–16:30 
Teacher: Ru Terajewicz
Course fee: $150 for six classes, Plus $10 textbook (not included), payable at the first class
There are no refunds for days missed.  Please register as soon as you can.

This is third and last course of Audrey Grant's Bridge Basics series.  It's perfect for players who have taken the beginner class Bridge Basics 1 and Bridge Basics 2 classes based on the textbook.  It's also a great class for those who have played some bridge and ready to pick up few convnetions in a modern approach.

Bridge Basics 3 will introduce several basic convnetions using artificial calls that will be most useful in helping you play better bridge.  In this class, a few widely-used conventions, such as Stayman, Jacoby Transfer and Slam Bidding, are the framework of this course.  Additional conventions will be included and handouts will be passed out during the class.  It uses Audrey Grant’s excellent text, Bridge Basics 3 - Popular Convnetions.  We’ll play several practice deals in each session.

To register, please email ru.terajewicz@gmail.com.

Last updated : May 9, 2018 09:02 EDT
  Thursday Afternoon Supervised Play

Every Thursday, 14:30–16:30
Teacher: Ru Terajewicz
Fee: $15/player

Supervised Play is the ideal setting to consolidate learnings, increase confidence, and improve your understanding and expertise.  It is suitable for all levels and essential for beginners.  Like any activity, bridge requires practice of learned conventions.  This is a real-time game experience without the real-time game pressure.  Play random pre-dealt hands with an ACBL certified bridge instructor and tournament expert supervising and discussing how to perfect the bidding, declare play, defense between partnership, and learning the way of “bridge thinking”.

Come with or without a partner and you will be placed with players of similar levels.  Walk-ins are welcome but it is very helpful to plan the tables ahead if we know you are coming.  Please email Ru at ru.terajewicz@gmail.com if you are planning to come.

Never having played card games in her life, Ru started learning to play bridge in 2008. The game soon became a passion and she started playing competitive duplicate bridge the following year. In 2010, Ru opted to concentrate full time on her bridge game and wound down a 25-year engineering career in Aviation. By 2011, Ru attained the rank of Life Master and is now a Ruby Life Master. In the following four years, Ru lived in Canada and was mentored by some Canada’s most outstanding bridge players. During that time, she earned ACBL teaching certificate with Audrey Grant as well as Director’s certificate. While living in Canada, she achieved top 100 Richmond Trophy rank for two consecutive years. Ru has won several Mini-McKenney races in her district, placed top 15 ACBL Mini-McKenney races in her strat multiple times, and has won many Sectional and Regional championship in open events. Ru is passionate about bridge and loves to help others to learn the game.

Last updated : Oct 1, 2017 00:22 EDT
  Fridays, 9:45: Shark’s Pointers

Most Fridays, September–June, 9:45–10:15
Teacher: Mark “Shark” Aquino

Please join us for the Shark’s excellent free talks before most Friday games. Everyone is welcome, adapted to all levels of play.

Mark is a Grand Life Master. He won the 2015 North American Pairs (with Shome Mukherjee), finished second in the 2004 Nail Life Master Pairs (with Jonathan Green), and won numerous regional events. He is our District Director, representing the New England Bridge Conference on the ACBL’s Board of Directors, and a Past President of both the New England Bridge Conference and the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association.

Last updated : Aug 16, 2017 06:40 EDT
  Saturday morning Seminars for Intermediate and Advanced Players 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM

We are proud to announce our New Saturday morning Seminars for intermediate and advanced players. These seminars will be proposed once or twice a month on a Saturday morning when no local tournaments are being held. Our first seminar for 2018 will be presented by Kim Gilman on Saturday, February 10 at 9:15 AM. Kim will discuss "Should I Sacrifice?". Seminar ends at about 11:15 AM.
Our Saturday noon game will follow as usual. Cost is $25 if pre-registered, $30 at the door. To register please email us at westwoodbridgeclub@gmail.com. Click here for more information.

02/10 Kim Gilman Should I Sacrifice?

My partner and I have a big trump fit, but the opponents bid a game. Should we outbid them? Even if we go down, will it be a better score? But what if they can't even make their game?

These are some of the toughest questions to answer at the bridge table. The experts know when to pass and when to bid on. Join this class to learn some helpful guidelines on deciding whether to sacrifice, and practice playing some fun hands in class!

Last updated : Feb 1, 2018 07:30 EST