North Alabama Bridge Association
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HOORAY!

The Bridge Center will begin hosting several face-to-face bridge game beginning June 14, 2021. Check the revised schedule in the Home Page Calendar (right column) or at the Calendar Tab (left column)

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

North Alabama Bridge Association includes bridge club locations in Huntsville, Athens, Florence and Scottsboro

New Game Schedule

Select face-to-face (F2F) games start MONDAY JUNE 14.

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGES STARTING JUNE 14!

We will start with three Face-to-face (F2F) games weekly:

  • Monday afternoon            1:00 PM 199’er, plan and learn game
  • Tuesday Afternoon            1:00 PM 0-1000 MP game
  • Wednesday Afternoon      1:00 PM Open game

For ease of remembering, daily starting times for all games (both F2F and BBO) will be the same every day with one exception.

Game

Start Time

Mornings

9:00 AM

Afternoons

1:00 PM (except Sunday, which is 2:00 PM)

Evenings

7:00 PM

There have been a couple of inquiries by people confused about when the new schedule begins.  To be clear the answer is JUNE 14.  If the schedule is unclear or you have questions about the schedule, please contact Susan Bridges (HBA President) at susanbridges314@gmail.com or Daryl Gahm (HBA VP) at darylgahm@gmail.com.

The Club has established certain rules for attending face-to-face games.  These can be found under the grey Club Information Tab to the left.

Calendar of Huntsville Bridge Club Games

REOPENING WEEKLY SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JUNE 14 ♣

F2F means Face-to-Face game played at the Club (Highlighted in Yellow).  BBO means that game is online  (Highlighted in Pale Blue)

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Morning

All are on BBO and start at 9:00 AM

BBO

9:00 AM 

OPEN PAIRS (Lynn)

BBO

9:00 AM

299’er GAME (Bud)

11:30 VIDEO EVERY 2 WEEKS (Charles)

BBO

9:00 AM OPEN PAIRS (Bud)

Afternoon

All games start at 1:00 PM, except Sunday at 2:00 PM

BBO

2:00 PM (Bud)

OPEN PAIRS ONLINE, except F2F OPEN SWISS ON 3d SUNDAY

F2F

1:00 PM  199’er  (Bud)

followed by lesson & hand discussion

F2F

1:00 PM            0-1000 MPs  (Bud)

(Swiss on 2nd Tuesday)

F2F

1:00 PM OPEN PAIRS  (Lynn)

BBO

1:00 PM            0-1000 MPs Bud)

BBO

1:00 PM           0-1250 MPs (Bud)

BBO

1:00 PM OPEN PAIRS (Bud)

Evening

All are on BBO and start at 7:00 PM

BBO

7:00 PM 299’er GAME (Lynn)

BBO

7:00 PM OPEN PAIRS (Lynn)

 

UPCOMING ACBL-COORDINATED SPECIAL GAMES AND EVENTS

Events occurring within the two-week period of this newsletter are highlighted in yellow

DATE

EVENT

June thru August

North American Pairs (NAP) Qualifying

June 19-20

Longest Day: Upgraded Masterpoint awards in Virtual Clubs as we raise money to fight Alzheimer’s

June 24-27

Endless Summer:  Regionally Rated Events

July `4-25

North American Online Bridge Championships

Longest Day Details

THE LONGEST DAY ALZHEIMER’S FUND RAISER

As is our annual practice, the Huntsville Bridge Club will conduct games to support research into the treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s.  We will have four games to raise funds:

Entry fee will be $10 per person, per session.  All proceeds above our direct costs (table fees paid to the ACBL and Director pay) will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Also take advantage of our big, Purple adorned Alzheimer’s Donation Poster at the Bridge Center on Face-to-face Days and make a donation that can also be in honor of or in memory of a special person.  All Poster money checks should be made out to the Alzheimer’s Association as they go directly to the association and are tax deductible.

In 2020, our Huntsville club raised $3,259 for the Alzheimer’s Association.  Clubs like ours working together with the ACBL raised over $800,000 for Alzheimer’s research in 2020.

If you cannot play in one of our four games but you would like to make a donation to Alzheimer’s research, you can donate as part of our Bridge Unit at https://tinyurl.com/TLD-Unit232

 
Longest Day Challenge

North American Pairs Event (NAP)

The North American Pairs (NAP) is a national-wide playoff that starts at local clubs and culminates with a pair being declared National Champion in its flight.  The club-level qualifying games are played just like our usual club game.  THE CLUB BOARD WOULD GENUINELY LOVE HAVING MORE PLAYERS PROCEEDING TO THE DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS YEAR.  IT IS GREAT FUN FOR ALL!

There are Flights for all masterpoint categories:

  • Flight C = Non-Life Masters with fewer than 500 MPs as of the June 2021 masterpoint cycle
  • Flight B = Players with less than 2500 MPs as of the June 2021 masterpoint cycle
  • Flight A = unlimited masterpoints

It is important to note that these events are “flighted”, which means you only play against people who in the same masterpoint flight as you from the District level to the North American Championship level.  The club game may be stratified, but you are still only compared to others in your flight range.

The Huntsville Club qualifying games will occur in June, July, and/or August, either online or in F2F play.  Specific dates will be announced soon!

If you finish in the top half of your flight in any of the qualifying club games, you get to compete in the District 10 finals.  There will be several club qualifying games, giving you several opportunities to qualify and move forward in the competition. The location varies but it will occur somewhere in the District 10 area and is usually played in January.  Recent District finals were held in Birmingham or Jackson MS.

If your pair wins that event, you are off to the North American Championships to play in the finals in your flight with some pocket money provided by the District to help offset your cost of participation.  If there are enough pairs competing at the club level, then the District may be allowed to send the top TWO pairs from the District finals!

 
Pictures, Pictures, Pictures
Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

We are trying to build a pictorial directory of our members and pictures will only be viewed in the Members Only area..  We will also be able to show your pair's pictures, and those of your opponents, when you view results.  If you don't have a picture on file and you would like it to be or if you don't like the picture that is posted, you have several options to add one.  If you already have a digital picture, you may post it yourself in your account area when you log in or send it to our webmaster, Kent Kraus (link on Home Page).  If you don't have a digital picture and know someone with a digital camera or smartphone, you can have a picture made and email or text it to Kent.  The final option is you can send a hardcopy picture to Kent.  His address is in the phone directory, which may be viewed in the Membership part of the website.  

Pictures help us get to know the names of other members of the club and make it a more enjoyable experience.  We hope you will choose to participate.  If you do not want to have a picture published, please let Kent know and he will add your name to the do not publish list.

Calendar
Fri June 18, 2021
Open - Strat
BBO 10:00 AM
Director: Bud
Fri June 18, 2021
<1251
BBO 1:30 PM
Director: Bud
Sat June 19, 2021
Open - Strat
BBO 1:00PM
Director: Bud
Sun June 20, 2021
Open - Strat
BBO 1:00 PM
Director: Bud
Results
<1001
BBO 1:00 PM
Director: Bud
<300
BBO 9:00 AM
Director: Bud
Hump Day
Director: Lynn VanPelt
<1001
F2F 1:00 PM
Director: Bud
Last Week's Winners

Dates: June 6 to June 12, 2021

Game

Tbls

N/S Winners (1st in A, B, C)

E/W Winners (1st in A, B, C)

Sunday Afternoon Open

4

ABC:  Dot Wendt & Andi Frey

Howell Movement

Monday Morning 

Open

8

AB:  Mary & Bob Reynolds

C:  Dianne Caldwell & Lynn Quinlan

ABC:  Ed Muldoon & Roger Coupland

Monday Evening (299er)

6

A:  Michael Weir & Pat Patterson

BC:  David & Martha Morin

AB:  Lynda Locke & Donna Bolander

C:  Joan Morehead & Connie Brink

Tuesday Afternoon 

Swiss (< 1000) 

8

1:  Pat Lewallen, Will Kirkpatrick & Subs

2:  Subs

3:  Donna Merchant, Carla Makowski, Susan & Phil Bridges

Swiss is not stratified on BBO. 

Tuesday Evening 

Open

4

AB:  Dot Wendt & Richard Drewyor

C:  David & Pat Patterson

Howell Movement

Wednesday Morning (299er)

2.5

A:  Lynda Locke & Donna Bolander

BC tie:  Carole Wiles & Tina Robertson

C tie:  Cynthia Richardson & Trisha Bragg

 

Howell Movement

Wednesday Afternoon Open

8.5 

AB:  Mary & Bob Reynolds

C:  Bob Darnall & Keith Noren

A:  John Yanosky & Steve Parker

BC:  Ed Muldoon & Roger Coupland

Thursday Afternoon 

(< 1000)

6

AB:  Will Kirkpatrick & Jim Ray

C:  Owen Hofer & Kent Kraus

A:  Joella McManus & Dorothy Brown

B:  Al Bellingrath & Tom Bush

C:  Iona Erickson & Yvonne Whitman

Friday Morning 

Open

6

ABC:  Ed Muldoon & Roger Coupland

A:  Drew Cavalier & Owen Lynch

BC:  Will Kirkpatrick & Mike Savage

Friday Afternoon 

(< 1250)

5.5

A:  Wendy Murphy & Jim Ray

BC:  Denny Hansell & Gary Goodwin

AB:  Carla Makowski & Keith Noren

C:  Suzanne Hodes & David Mell

Saturday Afternoon Open

6

ABC:  Gary Goodwin & Denny Hansell

A:  Bob Moorman & Owen Lynch

BC:  Keith Noren & Bob Darnall

 

REGULARLY SCHEDULED SWISS TEAM GAMES

Swiss Team for 0-1000 MP: SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 1:00 PM (unchanged)

Stratified Open Swiss team game:  THIRD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 2:00 PM (new)

Contact a Director if you need a partner for any game.

DIRECTOR

EMAIL

PHONE

Bud Hullings

hsvbud@gmail.com

256-426-0779

Lynn VanPelt

lynn.vanpelt@att.net

256-653-6078