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  Convention Cards

     The rules of duplicate bridge play require each team to have a completed convention card which accurately describes the particular system and conventions that they play.  It is the right of the opposing team to look at their opponent's CC at any time to define a particular bid without having to ask.
     I do not want to get pushy on the subject but please bring your CC with you or fill one out before the game starts.  There are occasions where the lack of a CC could cause an unfavorable ruling by the director if called.
Last updated : Jan 26, 2011 10:32 EST
  Bridgemate Do's and Don'ts
   The Bridgemate automated scoring system has proven invaluable to me in virtually eliminating scoring errors and in speeding up the final results, and most, if not all, enjoy using them. Like all computers though, the old euphemism "garbage in, garbage out" applies.  With so many regular players, some have had little experience sitting North and having to set the individual units to function properly.  The following tips should reduce the likelihood of an improper start on one or more of the units (any errors here will cause the BM system to malfunction.)
   1.  Each BM must reflect the correct section (A,B or E) and table number as noted on your table placement card.  When the first screen shows up after pressing OK, simply toggle the -/+ keys until the CORRECT section letter appears and press OK; then enter your CORRECT table number and OK. Next, enter the ACBL numbers for all 4 players seated at the table (if known).
   2.  This takes you to the listing of boards to be played against your first opponents.  BEFORE PRESSING OK, ensure that you have the correct boards and opponents EACH TIME a new round begins.
   3.  When the board results are entered by NORTH, please have your EAST opponent verify the score before pressing OK.
   4.  The BM's have been programmed to give you one percentage reading.  That percentage applies to the DECLARING side.  This is the only % needed to let you know that your score on that particular board was average (50%), above (51+)or below(49-) average.  Get more pluses than minuses and you'll be happy with your round,
   Thanks for your help here.  We're all getting better and, with a little bit more experience, everyone will be an expert.
Last updated : Sep 16, 2011 08:11 EST
  Friday Bridge
    Having concluded a marvelous tenure at Windsor Meade, I am continuing my nomadic adventure through Williamsburg to our newest play site, the Swim & Tennis Club in Ford's Colony.  Our new hosts are happy to welcome our group and the outlook is for another great place to enjoy our continuing competition among friends.
   Believe it or not, this move will become our fifth progression in locations since this club began some six years ago.  From its humble beginning in the little Greek church off Bypass Road to St. Martin's to The Settlement to Windsor Meade, we have managed to enjoy our Friday bridge games in sartorial splendor with many memorable times.  I, for one, am proud to have played a small part in presenting the game that is dear to us all.  I have no idea where we might go after Ford's Colony, but it can't be up because we will have experienced all of the high spots in our famous little town.
   Let's focus on our new venue.  Our weekly game will begin at 12 noon at the S&TC.  Gate passes have been arranged and it is suggested that everyone plan on entering via the Manchester service gate on Centerville Road.  From there, it is only a short drive to the playing site.  Carpool if possible from home to conserve the parking spots available.  Everyone is being asked to park in the lower parking places with the understanding that the numerous handicap spots may be used if your license plate is so marked.  Everyone has a parking pass to display as you enter.  We'll figure out the rest as we go along.   
Last updated : May 14, 2012 10:24 EST