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  In Memoriam
In Memoriam
Michael Waskew passed away Wednesday, December 13. True to form, he won N/S that afternoon in Amelia. 

 

Michael was a pillar of our club. He had served as president of the board of directors, game director, and liaison to the Council on Aging. Michael was very welcoming to newcomers to bridge and was very happy to mentor anyone who showed an interest.

 

He prided himself on his defensive play. He was an extremely clever declarer. His bidding was unique. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia in architecture and honed his bridge skills playing for money in New York City. Michael owes his fast ACBL start to Ben Dickens as he accrued over 200 masterpoints in his first year of play. He quickly became a life master. He and partner Lee Weiner often teamed up to help many an NLM to gold at various regionals. He also teamed with contemporaries and took delight those times in which he bested pro teams in regionals. 

 
He was a kind, charming, and multitalented good man. He was a friend to many and is already missed by the local bridge community and a wide spectrum of non bridge people.

 
 

Last updated : Jan 19, 2024 13:50 EST
  Zero Tolerance Review, Part 2.

Zero Tolerance Review, Part 2.

The AIDBC Board of Directors asked for frequent reminders that we will be enforcing Zero Tolerance behavior. Before we begin reviewing what Zero Tolerance policy is, let us review the BRIDGE LAWS that relate to it.

LAW 74 CONDUCT AND ETIQUETTE

B. Etiquette
As a matter of courtesy a player should refrain from:

  1. paying insufficient attention to the game.
  2. making gratuitous comments during the auction and play.
  3. detaching a card before it is his turn to play.
  4. prolonging play unnecessarily (as in playing on although he knows that all the tricks are surely his) for the purpose of disconcerting an opponent.
  5. summoning and addressing the Director in a manner discourteous to him or to other contestants.
     

C. Violations of Procedure
The following are examples of violations of procedure:

  1. using different designations for the same call.
  2. indicating approval or disapproval of a call or play.
  3. indicating the expectation or intention of winning or losing a trick that has not been completed
  4. commenting or acting during the auction or play so as to call attention to a significant occurrence, or to the number of tricks still required for success.
  5. looking intently at any other player during the auction and play, or at another player’s hand as for the purpose of seeing his cards or of observing the place from which he draws a card (but it is appropriate to act on information acquired by unintentionally seeing
    an opponent’s card).
  6. showing an obvious lack of further interest in a deal (as by folding one’s cards).
  7. varying the normal tempo of bidding or play for the purpose of disconcerting an opponent.
  8. leaving the table needlessly before the round is called.

All of these laws under 74B and 74C are important, but some are more relevant to zero tolerance than others and highlighted the ones I want to discuss. Particularly LAW 74C5: “summoning and addressing the Director in a manner discourteous to him or to other contestants.” When you call for a director at tournaments, you most often hear some say “Director, Please.” The tone varies such that the Please does not necessarily convey a friendly call. But the point is not to disrupt nearby tables with the call. Our directors know Bridge is a timed game, and they will respond as soon as practical. The second half of the 74C5 is not discourteous to the director (or other contestants). The other contestants here are when explaining to the director why he was called, do not attack your opponents (who probably created an infraction which is why you are calling). Simply state the issue and answer questions from the director. Remember, it is the director, not you who needs to consider the evidence and make a ruling. As an online director, I am horrified by the number of people calling us and telling us how we should rule or how one of their opponents be banned for rudeness or slowness.

The highlighted Law 74B2 duplicates in many ways LAW 74A2 we covered in part I of these notes but gives yet another specific example. 74B2 expands the gratuitous comments to any indication of approval or disapproval of play. This may come as a surprise as we frequently congratulate our opponents for their excellent bid or play. I am going to suggest why we don’t comment about this because often people will call online and suggest their opponents were talking by phone and when I read the chat log, I see where the person who called had issued some tongue-in-cheek common like “wow what a wonderful bid on no values” or similar. This LAW is meant to prevent this type of behavior. I would be hard-pressed to sanction if one of our many Bettys congratulated one of our different Johns on an excellent play or bid.

It has been quite a while since I was at the table at the club (😣), but I was a frequent violator of 74C8 by leaving the table to grab a Coke or some snack (especially on days when we had cake). I think getting up to grab goodies is not necessary. An urgent need for other personal needs would be.

Next, we will go over the Zero Tolerance guidelines from the ACBL which were built upon LAW 74 (the laws are written by the World Bridge Federation Laws Committee with input from the American Contract Bridge League Laws Commission, other National Bridge Organizations, and the Bridge-playing public.)

Last updated : Dec 6, 2023 18:59 EST
  Zero Tolerance Review, Part 1.

Zero Tolerance Review, Part 1.

The AIDBC Board of Directors asked for frequent reminders that we will be enforcing Zero Tolerance behavior. Before we begin reviewing what Zero Tolerance policy is, let’s review the BRIDGE LAWS that relate to it.

LAW 74 CONDUCT AND ETIQUETTE

A. Proper Attitude

  1. A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all times.
  2. A player should carefully avoid any remark or extraneous action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game.
  3. Every player should follow uniform and correct procedure in calling and playing.

74A1 and 74A2 are clearly linked to zero Tolerance issues, we will review 74B and 74C in the next post. A courteous attitude is very broad-reaching, and while it’s easily understood, some confusion can arise. However, elevated voice, insulting your opponent (or the director (See LAW 74C), or being rude in general would be a violation of LAW 74A1.  

Law 74.A2 is in the view of your opponents (and your partner) of what causes annoyance or embarrassment. What might not annoy you annoys one of your opponents to no end. For instance, some will be annoyed if you offer well done to your partner when the opponent’s truly horrible defense gives him 4 undeserved tricks. This is a common complaint in online games. Who would have thought? If you are serving as a mentor of your partner, your opponents might find it annoying that you point out in real time after the hand what your partner did wrong in the bidding or play.  Perhaps clearer if you say to your partner something like after a board played at your table; “That will be a good board for us, they missed an easy slam to bid.”

Last updated : Dec 6, 2023 19:02 EST
Our Club
 
We are a member-owned duplicate bridge club on Amelia Island, Florida offering ACBL sanctioned in-person play at the Nassau County Council on Aging building in Fernandina Beach. 
 
          
 
Check our calendar below for details. 
 
We welcome new members and guests.
Come Play with Us
Come Play with Us
The Council on Aging
1901 Island Walkway
Fernandina Beach, FL  32034
 
 
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Covid Protocols
- Vacination required 
- Masks should be worn at the table if requested by any player 
 
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🔹 Three Weekly In-person Open Pair Games Stratified A/B/C
🔹 Monthly Saturday Swiss Teams
🔹 Free Weekly BBO Individual Three-Day Declarer Play Game (click here)
 
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Mondays - in person - 1:00 pm 
Wednesdays - in person - 1:00 pm
Thursdays - in person - 1:00 pm
 
anytime Friday thru Sunday Declarer Play on BBO - (click here)
 
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🔹Members pre-register
🔹Arrive sufficiently early not before 12:30 pm
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Partnerships & Contact Us
 
Partnerships: Ben Dickens
 
Club ManagerBen Dickens 

 

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Results
Education Foundation Game
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Kevin Murphy
Swiss Teams
CoA building, Fernandina 10:00 AM
Director: Dave Webster
Education Foundation Game
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Kevin Murphy
Education Foundation Game
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Maralee Demorest
Education Foundation Game
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: John Eza
Educational Fund
Director: Kevin Murphy
Wednesday Afternoon
Director: Dave Webster
Education Foundation
Director: John Eza
Thursday Afternoon
Director: Kevin Murphy
Calendar
Wed Feb 28, 2024
Education Foundation Game
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Dave Webster
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Thu Feb 29, 2024
Education Foundation Game
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Kevin Murphy
  (Reservations)
Mon Mar 4, 2024
ROYAL STAC GAME
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: John Eza
  (Reservations)
Wed Mar 6, 2024
ROYAL STAC GAME
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Kevin Murphy
  (Reservations)
Thu Mar 7, 2024
ROYAL STAC GAME
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Kevin Murphy
  (Reservations)
Mon Mar 11, 2024
Club Championship
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: John Eza
Wed Mar 13, 2024
JUNIOR FUND
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Kevin Murphy
Thu Mar 14, 2024
Club Pairs
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: Kevin Murphy
Mon Mar 18, 2024
Club Game
Council on Aging 1:00 PM
Director: John Eza