AUGUST 16 & 17 GAMES
WHO WANTS THE GAMES TO BEGIN AT 1 PM SHARP?
FOR PAM TO DO THIS, SHE NEEDS EVERYONE IN THEIR SEAT TO GET A COUNT. PLEASE FIND YOUR SEAT.
WHILE PAM IS BUSY SETTING UP THE GAME, I'LL BE HER VOICE FOR THIS SHORT PERIOD. YOUR SILENCE AND ATTENTION ARE APPRECIATED.
CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS, EVENTS AND HAPPENING*:
- We have four August birthdays. three wish to remain silent but we can all jump in to give Susan Felice all birthday wishes, hugs and song on August 22nd!
The next STaC GAME for your unit will be held from Monday, August 20 to Sunday, August 26, 2018 The Brevard Club is registered. During these games, every club registered can win more and silver points. all units of District 7 & 10 and Unit 219 (D9) are participating. During StaC games, any club registered plays the same boards and the winners are determined from that and not just our club. It's a larger pool with more people competiting. BREVARD IS REGISTERED so get your dancing shoes on.
- June's Roman Key Card Class at 10:00 Friday morning. It will be a very informative class that will expand on our bridge tool box. Please arrive 10 minutes early. The handout was emailed to those already registered. Anyone is welcome to attend.
- Are there any more announcements?
REGULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVERY GAME
1. At this time, take a moment to turn off your cell phones.
- The games are now timed with the handy clock. When the timer rings, that is THE TIME TO PASS THE BOARDS. “Boards move to hell; People move to heaven”.
3. The clock is reset when all persons are out of the restrooms and back in their seats. Please wait to begin playing until the Director has given the call and the clock is set.
4. Until the round is called by the Director, please keep voices down and return to your seats rather than mill about. Why is this, you might ask? Tune in for a future daily 'snippet'. Always feel free to step outside for a breath of fresh air and to stretch your legs, where there will be less disturbance to people finishing up their board.
WEEKLY 2-3 MINUTE TOPIC:
ABCL has changed/modified and updated rulings. As part of our continued education program for all members, we'll take a few minutes on subjects submitted by members and our Director.
Last week, a member submitted this topic to be addressed:
We can not stare at our Partner to get their attention to remind them to do something that they may have forgotten.
I was playing one day and my partner had opened with 1 NT. I said, "15-17", announcing our point range agreement that is on our convention card. I pulled a 2D from the bidding box and placed it down. Silence. My partner was in another world, focused on something else and did not say "TRANSFER" before my LHO bid. UH OH. I became nervous and wanted to avoid an error – you know, follow the rules like a good little child.
I wanted to kick her under the table but knew that wasn't allowed. So, I did the next best thing, I stared at her, trying to get her attention and wake her up. Well, guess what happened next?
My opponents called the director on me for looking too long at my partner which was giving a clue.
That's how I learned THAT THIS WAS NOT ALLOWED to stare with the intention of cluing my partner with anything. I will never forget how embarrasing that was for me. In my behalf, I was simply IGNORANT/UNEDUCATED; not BAD.
Now, I've adopted staring off in space and it is a bit of a game, for me. My favorite staring space is that BRCC at the tournament. The ceiling is quite remarkable and interesting to me. I wonder why that view isn't on the walls that would make staring less of a neck strain. Hendersonville has high windows allowing a pleasant view to rest and wait. Here, well, there are no lovely murals of nature so I stare at the best thing. It is completely unconscious so when I come to I see Jan, doing this to me...............
TO ADD to this topic, if we stare off, it needs to be done every time and in the same way and the same direction. WHY? Because even staring off can be a clue to our partner. My partner and I could have a prior agreement...... If I stare off to the right, it means such and such; if I fold my arms and sit back in my chair and stare to the ceiling, it means such and such..... if I stare at my lap, it means this..........if I touch my hair on the right, it means this, if I clear my throat it means this, if I handle my cars like this or that...... oh my! The list is endless! Most importantly: If we see a pattern of any body language followed by an unusual canny, or unlikely bid response, we may have a situation that needs to be addressed with the Director. Then, it would be the Director's responsibility to monitor it.
In major tournaments, they have video cameras going so that there is a record that can be recalled should a complaint come in. They also use a curtains to block players from seeing one another.
Director Barbara Doster tells me that as she and her husband, Owen, have been playing together for 35 or more years; that they can read each others breath and body language so well, it's like talking across the board. Due to that, they don't even look at each other at all!
Pam felt that this is topic is important to know, because, .... As she said, and I quote, "if you tell people how to cheat, these players will pay more attention to any movement." No doubt, most of us wouldn't even consider 'cheating' as an option, but it is possible that our reaction, as innoncent as it may be, even just a slight groan or a facial expression of a 'yeah' or 'nay' can end up being a clue. So, the term, “poker face” becomes a practiced art form in the bridge world.
I hope that this was clear?
If anyone has a topic they'd like to be addressed, simply email Pam and she'll take care of it for you.
Thank you for your patience. I think it is about time to begin the game. Good luck everyone and mostly, have fun.