North Alabama Bridge Association
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Because of the COVID pandemic, the Unit 232 Bridge Center is closed indefinitely. However, there is a regular schedule of BBO games.

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North Alabama and Huntsville Bridge Club

3069 Leeman Ferry Road

Huntsville, Alabama 38501

(256) 883-7105

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Welcome to North Alabama Bridge Association
Welcome to the North Alabama Bridge Club and ACBL Unit 232

Unit 232 encompasses northern Alabama and includes bridge club locations in Huntsville, Athens, Florence and Scottsboro

Support the ACBL Charity Foundation with Bridge

  • Join us for Charity Week from April 12-18 (Monday to Sunday) and earn double black masterpoint awards while also raising funds for the ACBL Charity Foundation.
  • During Charity Week, part of each Virtual Club entry fee will be given to the ACBL Charity Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting local communities in all 25 districts.
  • Games will be held in the Virtual Clubs on Bridge Base Online. No registration is required. Simply play in your usual Virtual Club game.
  • Entry fee will be $7.00

Here’s how the event works:

  • Any Virtual Club game that starts between 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 12, and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, will automatically be included in the event.
  • All games will pay DOUBLE regular club points, 100% black.
  • You do not need to do anything special to participate these games; Virtual Club play is automatically included.
News Flash - Gurus Score Big

North American Online Bridge Championships

We are lucky to play with and against excellent players in Unit 232.  Huntsville area players won points in three events during the Spring North American Online Bridge Championships (NAOBC).

The North American Pairs held on March 11th and 12th were only open to pairs that prequalified for this event prior to the Columbus NABC being cancelled. 

 

Date

Session

Partnership

Masterpoints

3/11-3/12

Baldwin North American Pairs  Flight A

Larry Sealy & Jim Munday 

35.56 Gold

3/11-3/12

Baldwin North American Pairs Flight A

Paul Munafo & Richard Oshlag

0.91 Red

3/18-3/19

Spring NAOBC 0 – 5000 IMP Pairs

Ralph Boles & Geoff Hintze

 

14.87 Gold

3/20-3/21

Spring NAOBC 0 – 5000 Pairs

Dongsheng Wu & Grant Zhang

3.06 Red

3/20-3/21

NAOBC Premier Pairs

Charles Durrin & Owen Lynch

4.50 Gold

3/20-3/21

NAOBC Premier Pairs

Drew Cavalier & Christian Jolly

14.30 Gold

3/20 -3/21

NAOBC Premier Pairs

Gary Schwartz & Pete Matthews

2.91 Red

3/20-3/21

NAOBC Premier Pairs

Disa Eythorsdottir & Linda Lewis

1.45 Red

Bridge During the Pandemic
Bridge During the Pandemic

All Unit 232 bridge sites are closed due to the COVID - 19 pandemic.  In the meantime, many of our members and other bridge friends in north Alabama are playing bridge online using the Bridge Base Online (BBO) platform.  It is easy to use and even offers some benefits over playing in the club. The games are usually 18 to 24 boards, played at a rate of 7 minutes/board, lasting approximately 2 hours, and they award ACBL black master points. Occasionally we have an opportunity to win red master points. We appreciate the support that our players have given to the Unit 232 virtual games.  Your participation helps to keep our bridge players connected with each other, as well as helping us pay our Directors and other bills during this time that the Unit 232 clubs are closed for face-to-face bridge.  WHERE: www.bridgebase.com COST: $6, just like at the club.

Calendar of BBO Games

♠  Calendar of Unit 232 BBO Games ♣

DAY

TIME

GAME TYPE

DIRECTOR

Sunday

1:00 PM

Open

Bud

Monday

10:00 AM

Open

Lynn

Monday

7:00 PM

0-299 Masterpoints

Phil

Tuesday

1:00 PM

0-1000 Masterpoints

Bud

Tuesday

7:00 PM

Open 

Lynn

Wednesday

9:00 AM

0-299 Masterpoints

Phil

Wednesday

11:30 AM

Video Hand Discussions

Charles

Wednesday

1:00 PM

Open

Lynn

Thursday

1:00PM

0-1000 Masterpoints

Bud

Friday

10:00 AM

Open

Bud

Friday

1:30 PM

0-1250 MP

Bud

Saturday

1:00 PM

Open

Bud

Swiss Team for 0-1000 MP players: Second Tuesday of every month - 1:00PM.

Next: April 13, May 11, June 8.  Contact Bud if you need help forming a team

Eight is Enuf: Third Tuesday of every month - 7:00PM

Next: April 20, May 18, June 15.  Call or text Jeanette Tokazor or Lynn Vanpelt if you need help forming a team.

 Please register early for games.  You can download BBO for your phone or tablet and register early using the app if you are not home.  The directors have adopted a policy to work for 5 minutes after the scheduled game start to get all registered players online for every game.  But this doesn't help if you are trying to register at the last minute.

Directors Email Phone:

Phil Bridges: philipdbridges@gmail.com, 662-630-0219 .

Bud Hullings: hsvbud@gmail.com, 256-426-0779;

Lynn VanPelt: lynn.vanpelt@att.net, 256-653-6078.

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Self Alert
When playing online you must self alert your own bids.  This can be difficult to get accustomed to because you cannot alert your own bids at the table. You Self Alert by typing the explanation into the ALERT line when you bid. Hint: Type Number, Click on "Explain", enter alert description, then choose suit. Example: 1 15+ C

If you forget to enter an alert: click on your bid and a window will pop up and you can enter the explanation. If your opponents want an explanation, whether the bid is alertable or not, they will click on the bid and a window will pop up for you to type in your explanation.

To view convention cards or call the Director: click on the 3 horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the game screen.

If you run out of time during a round: The screen clock shows the number of minutes until the round is over. If time runs out in a round before you finish playing the hands, you are taken to the next round.  The software and the Director will try to assign a fair score to both N/S and E/W. Be aware of the clock and do what you can to finish each round before it expires. Make claims to shorten a hand playing time, if your claim is obvious. Unfinished hand Assigned Score Fairness.

If you lose internet connectivity: Your computer will warn you of lost internet connectivity with BridgeBase. Close the internet window, open a browser window, and go to bridgebase.com. When your log in is complete, the software will automatically take you to our game.

Member Bridge Handles:  Actual member names and BBO handles.

CHAT ACRONYMS

Playing Swiss Teams on BBO
Calendar
Fri April 9, 2021
Open - Strat
BBO 10:00 AM
Director: Bud
Sat April 10, 2021
Open - Strat
BBO 1:00PM
Director: Bud
Sun April 11, 2021
Open - Strat
BBO 1:00 PM
Director: Bud
Mon April 12, 2021
Open - Strat
BBO 10:00 AM
Director: Lynn
Results
<1251
BBO 1:30 PM
Director: Bud
#97923 Huntsville AL Queens & Kings < 1250
<1001
BBO 1:00 PM
Director: Bud
<300
BBO 9:00 AM
Director: Phil
Last Week's Winners

Dates: March 28, 2021 – April 3, 2021

Game

Tbls

N/S Winners (1st in A, B, C)

E/W Winners (1st in A, B, C)

Sunday Afternoon 8 is Enuf Charity Game
12
1:  Marvin & Doug Lampert, Donna Merchant & Emily Craft
2:  Dianne Caldwell, Lynn Vanpelt, Pat & David Patterson
3:  Cher Piette, Karen Richards, Pat & Harry 
Roach
No stratification in Swiss on BBO.
Monday Morning 
Open
10
A:  Rob Ring & Owen Lynch
B:  Karen Richards & Ginny Bouldin
C:  Ruth Dungan & Donna Merchant
AB:  Bud Hullings & Cher Piette
C:  Ed Muldoon & Roger Coupland
Monday Evening (299er)
4.5
A:  Michael Weir & Pat Patterson
B:  Bill Brown & Owen Hofer
C:  Iona Erickson & Yvonne Whitman
AB:   Lynda Lock & Donna Bolander
C:  Cynthia Richardson & Connie Brink
Tuesday Afternoon 
(< 1000)
8
A:  Joella McManus & Dianna Norman
B:  Denny Hansell & Gary Goodwin
C:  Barbara Hitt & Jenny Hornby
AB:  Dorothy & Bill Brown
C:  Emily Craft & Donna Merchant
Tuesday Evening 
Open
3.5
AB:  Gloria Ives & Cher Piette
C:  Jenny Hornby & Keith Noren
AB:  Marvin & Doug Lampert
C:  Pat & David Patterson
Wednesday Morning (299er)
3
A:  Barbara Hitt & Bill Brown
B:  Iona Erikson & Yvonne Whitman
C:  Carole Wiles & Emily Craft
Howell movement
Wednesday Afternoon Open
8
A:  Geoff Hintze & Cathy Hales
B:  John Yanosky & Steve Parker
C:  Keith Noren & Jeanette Tokaz
A:  Jill Marshall & Richard Gross
B:  Ruth Dungan & Ginny Bouldin
C:  Denny Hansell & Gary Goodwin
Thursday Afternoon 
(< 1000)
7
AB:  Dianna Norman & Wendy Murphy
C:  Iona Erickson & Yvonne Whitman
AB:  Will Kirkpatrick & Jim Ray
C:  Bill Brown & Keith Noren
Friday Morning 
Open
6
A:  Gary Schwartz & Fred Marshall
B:  Kathy Christopher & Chuck Lifer
C:  Dianne Caldwell & Lynn Quinlan
AB:  Cathy Hales & Steve Parker
C:  Will Kirkpatrick & Mike Savage
Friday Afternoon 
(< 1250)
3
A:  Peggy Shanahan & Macy Brown
B:  Janet Hart & June Hoelzle
C:  Al Bellingrath & Tempie Thompson
A:  Gloria Ives & Cher Piette
BC:  Susan Bridges & Donna Merchant
Saturday Afternoon Open
6
A:  PJ Jackson & Marilyn Roney
B:  Betty Williams and Lynn Vanpelt
C:  Susan Livingston & Susan Bridges
A:  Katie & Tom Fagan
BC:  Gloria Ives & Mary Tant