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Vaccination Verification

The Monterey Bridge Club no longer verifies vaccinations. For the health of all, please stay home if you are sick. If you are recovering from a respiratory illness, wear a mask. If your opponents ask you to wear a mask, be considerate. Masks are available at the Center.

Top Ten Point Getters
2023
1 Andy Goodman Carmel 912.49
2 Glenn Chee Salinas 188.04
3 Alan Hedegard Salinas 135.51
4 David Ow Salinas 127.01
5 Neville Kirby Monterey 124.48
6 Helen Rubin Carmel 123.67
7 Richard Papst Scottsdale 120.69
8 Jay Armstrong   97.03
9 Tom Eby Marina 90.35
10 Ewan Eby Marina 90.35
11 Jerry Kapolka Salinas 83.38
12 Mano Singham Del Rey Oaks 71.49
13 Leonard Chriss Monterey 69.89
14 Incy Brooks Pebble Beach 63.09
15 Sharon Larson Carmel 60.93
       
2022
1 Andy Goodman Carmel 415.52
2 Neville Kirby Monterey 119.08
3 Glenn Chee Salinas 116.56
4 Alan Hedegard Salinas 113.38
5 Helen Rubin Monterey 111.55
6 G Venkatesh Carmel 108.05
7 Richard Papst Scottsdale 93
8 David Ow Salinas 89.66
9 Rita Sturgeon Pacific Grove 85.43
10 Patricia Heller Marina 82.49
2021
1 Helen Rubin Monterey  168.97
2 Andy Goodman Carmel 146.39
3 Richard Papst Scottsdale 145.37
4 Wayne McIntyre Pebble Beach 128.4
5 Sally Reed Pebble Beach 128.4
6 Anthony Muller Pebble Beach 125.71
7 Trulee Ricketts Carmel Valley 117.64
8 Alan Hedegard Salinas 117.26
9 Jeannette Stern Carmel 111.5
10 Ray Boehne Monterey  104.89
11 Betty Jackson Pebble Beach  104.89
12 Glenn Chee Salinas  104.89

DISQUALIFIED

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Rhyme Your Way To Better Bridge

The play of the card from third hand high, denies the one below it.

When partner makes a takeout double, jump with 10 or you're in trouble.

When the dummy's on your right, lead the weakest thing in sight.

When the dummy's on your left, lead to heft.

If you have nothing, bid nothing.

 

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April in Paris Theme for April 14 Bridge and Brunch

April Unit Game Nets $1,000 from Thirteen Tables 

 

Thirteen tables of players turned out for the Monterey Bridge Club Unit 530's April in Paris theme Unit Game.on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Doug Halleen directed this Unit Championship Game. Many thanks to Kristen McMurray for organizing the lunch and providing the baguette sandwiches, Neville Kirby for decorating the table, and several members for providing a variety of delicious salads and desserts.

Treasurer Ray Mok reported that the game produced a profit of $1,000, $186 of which were donations. These games help offset the operating costs of the Bridge Center.

North-South Point Getters: 1st - Jay Armstrong and Peter De Gregorio, 2nd - Jerry Kapolka and Helen Rubin, 3rd - Ray and Karen Mok, 4th - Tom and Ewan Eby, 5th - Ron Loiacono and Ron Coffee, 6th - Rita Sturgeon and David Ow, 7th - Amy Pofcher and Janet Hedlund, 8th - Marian Carapezza and Jane Altavilla

Eat-West Point Getters: 1st - Nancy Borucki and Betty Jackson, 2nd - Glenn Chee and Gina Brown, 3rd - Celeste Falor and Sharon Larson, 4th - Bill Breen and Kristen McMurray, 5th - Carol Sendell and Ted Hill, 6th - Ann and Ahmad Ahmadi.

The next Unit Game is scheduled for May 19, 2024

The Monterey Bridge Club is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. It is an affiliated member of the American Contract Bridge League, District 21. There is plenty of street parking near the Center and additional parking at the Moose Club further down the lot. Questions: 831-747-1650.

Painting by Alan Larkin.

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Monthly Unit Game Big Hit With Star Players

Duterme and Solow Dazzle with 78% Game

The Monterey Bridge Club offered its March Unit Game on Sunday, March 10, 2024, and drew 16.5 tables. Neville Kirby and Kristen McMurray presented corned beef sandwiches and all the fixings. Thanks go to the many folks who brought salads, sides, and desserts. Don Fennell's black cherry cheesecake was gone before anyone knew there was black cherry cheesecake. Lyde directed the game.

According to Club Treasurer Ray Mok, the game netted $1,326 which included $187 in donations. These funds help to offset our monthly operating costs.  

A highlight of the game was the incredible performance by Philip Duterme and Daniel Solow who achieved an 80% game. Congratulations to them for some mighty fine bridge playing.

Master Point Winners North-South: Ist - Maja and Sharon Larson, 2nd - David Ow and Neville Kirby, 3rd - Doug Halleen and Denis Vanmiddlesworth, 4th - Pat Heller and Kathy Gray, 5th - Rita Sturgeon and Kathy Pfitzer, 6th - Debbie Anthony and Janet Hedlund, 6th - Jane Altavilla and Barbara Santry, 7th - Bonnie Tragni and Bonnie Simon, 8th - Bill Breen and Kristen McMurray

Master Point Winners East-West: 1st - Philip Duterme and Daniel Solow, 2nd - Mano Singham and Bob Dubroff, 3rd - Ron Loiacono and Leonard Chriss, 4th - Ed Lange and Joe Truskot, 5th - Ewan and Tom Eby, 6th - Incy Brooks and Lynn Farris, 7th - Helen Rubin and Trulee Ricketts, 8th - Lynne Weatherman and Sam Calloway

The next Unit Game will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2024. The Monterey Bridge Club is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. It is an affiliated member of the American Contract Bridge League, District 21. There is plenty of street parking near the Center and additional parking at the Moose Club further down the lot. Questions: 831-747-1650.

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Ten Teams Compete for Extra Black Points

Team Game Brings Out Ten Tables of Competitors

On Saturday, February 24, 2024, the Monterey Bridge Club presented its first team game of the year. Alan Hedegard directed the game and provided a brief explanation of the differences in scoring and play strategies.

Many thanks to Glenn Chee for being an enthusiastic team game supporter and encouraging the Monterey Bridge Center to offer different opportunities to play bridge. Thanks, Glenn, too, for providing a tray of delicious croissant sandwiches as a snack and for Neville for making sure the refreshment table was well stocked and attractive..

Teams members and results are as follows: team game 20240224.pdf

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Alan Hedegard Certified Local Sectional Director

Alan Hedegard becomes Local Sectional Game Director

 

Starting in 2023, the ACBL introduced a new kind of sectional tournament, the Local Sectional. These sectionals award partial silver points, but the unit can use a specially certified club director or tournament assistant (a Local Director) instead of a regular tournament director.

Local Sectionals have to be directed by a part-time ACBL Director or a Local Sectional Director. To be a Local Sectional Director participants need to be already a Club Director or Tournament Assistant and be certified in this new position. The position requires knowledge and performance higher than what is required at the club director level. Certification courses are organized regularly throughout the United States and Canada.

Alan, a long-time Monterey Bay Bridge Club game director, recently passed the course and can now present Local Sectional Games. He currently directs face-to-face games on Mondays, 10 a.m. at St. John's Chapel, Monterey and Fridays, 12:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Salinas as well as several online games.

 

 

PLAY BRIDGE EVERY DAY

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Sharon Larson Certified Bridge Educator

Congratulations Sharon!

 

Monterey Bridge Center board member Sharon Larson recently attended the ACBL Best Practices Workshop in Sacramento. The course has one goal: to advance teaching practices to better motivate and enable students to play bridge. The course required participants to devise a lesson. Sharon taught her fellow classmates all about taking finesses.

The instructors included several national leaders in the field of bridge education. Sharon will soon be sharing the techniques she learned with club members. 

Thanks, Sharon, for attending.

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Chili and Bridge Delicious Combination for February 2024

Bridge with a Bowl of Chili Draws 13 Tables

The Monterey Bridge Club presented its monthly Bridge and Brunch Game on Sunday, February 18, 2024 and had 13 participating tables. The delicious meat and vegetarian chilis by Ann and Ahmad Ahmadi drew rave reviews as did their homemade bread. Thanks to Doug for directing the game and to the many members who brought salads and desserts. 

According to Ray Mok, Club Treasurer, the game netted $911 of which $42 were donations. These monthly Unit Games have helped the Monterey Bridge Club to be financially stable.

Master Point Winners North-South: 1st - Marti Jones and Gabrielle Fischer, 2nd - Tom and Ewan Eby, 3rd - Ed Lange and Joe Truskot, 4th - Ron Loiacono and Leonard Chriss, 5th - Ray and Karen Mok, 6th - Neville Kirby and Lynne Weatherman

Master Point Winners East-West: 1st - Allyson Farrell and Keith Hedlund, 2nd - Maja and Jim Lauderdale, 3rd - Sharon Larson and Incy Brooks, 4th - Nancy Borucki and Helen Rubin, 5th -  Joel and Charlene Reimnitz, 6th Carol Marquart - Claudia Vierneisel, 7th - Rita Sturgeon and Steve Green

The next Sunday Bridge and Brunch Unit Game will take place on March 10, 2024 with Lyde McReynolds directing. A signup sheet is posted at the Bridge Center. If you'd like to attend, sign up here. These monthly games help us generate the funds we need to keep the Bridge Center functioning.

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. The Monterey Bridge Club is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League, District 21. For information, call us at 831-747-1650.

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Let There Be Light

Monterey Bridge Center Improves Its Lights

 

No longer can bridge players attribute their mistakes to dim, flickering, or nonexistent overhead lights. For years, directors often pumped the switches to get the old fluorescent lights and their ballasts to warm up. All that has now changed.

Former building professionals and club members Pat Canada and Janet Kanstrup spent two days converting all of the overhead lights at the Bridge Center from fluorescent to LED bulbs. We can't thank them enough for taking the leadership in this elemental requirement of good bridge -- being able to see the cards more clearly!

Bridge Club treasurer Ray Mok worked out the long-range benefits the Club expoects from more efficient lighting. The cost of this upgrade should pay for itself in a matter of months in the savings we'll get from lower electricity bills.

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January Bridge and Brunch Draws Ten Tables

Bridge and Brunch format for Unit Games Continues to be Popular

 

On Sunday, January 14, 2024, the Monterey Bridge Club hosted a unit game directed by Maja. The lasagna fest was sponsored by Mano Singham, Sharon Larson, Neville Kirby, and Joe Truskot. Thanks to all who brought salads, sides, garlic bread, and desserts. Thanks so much for your help.

According to Treasurer Ray Mok, we had 9 ½ tables resulting in a net of $688.50 which included $72 in donations. This income is greatly appreciated as the Monterey Bridge Center did not offer any games during the Regional Tournament held the first week of January.

Top point winners North South: 1st - Philip Duterme and Daniel Solow, 2nd - David Ow and Pat Heller, 3rd - Bob and Allyson Farrell, 4th - Ron Loiacono and Leonard Chriss, 5th - Stephanie Booth and Fran Soskins

Top point winners East West: 1st - Maja and Ahmad Ahmadi, 2nd - Martha Hawley and Gerry Kapolka, 3rd - Helen Rubin and Trulee Ricketts, 4th - Ed Lange and Joe Truskot, 5th Incy Brooks and Sharon Larson, 6th - Mano Singham and Gabrille Fischer, 7th - Bill Breen and Kristen McMurray.

The next Bridge and Brunch Unit Game will take place on Sunday, Februay 18, 2024 with Doug Halleen directing.

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle Del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks CA 93940; 831-747-1650. We are Unit 530 of District 21 of the American Contract Bridge League.

 

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Monterey Clambake results 2024

Unit 530 Results from the 2024 Monterey Regional Clambake

 

 

Congratulations to the Unit 530 players who scored master points at the tournament.

Pictured are one of our great teams, from left Andi Carr, Ken Gaskins, Mo Wittels, and Sharon Larson.

Click here for the complete list of attendees. Clambake 530 Masterpoints.pdf

 

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Unit 530 Hospitality Desk Volunteers Shine At Regional Tournament

Thank you to our Monterey Bridge Club volunteers

 

ACBL surveyed the attendees at the 2024 Monterey Regional Clambake. Bridge Club board member Kristin McMurray and her hospitality desk team earned the top rating.

The following individuals volunteered at the 2024 Monterey Regional Clambake: Ann and Ahmad Ahmadi, Debbie Anthony, Louise Barnard, Charles Beren, Bill Breen, Judy Franich, Neville Kirby, Sharon Larson, Trulee Ricketts, Mano Singham, and Lynne Weatherman.

Great job, Kristen!

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Brush Up on Your Bridge Game

Lessons for Intermediate-level Players Return Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Lyde McReynolds will present three lessons on Two Over One -- an increasingly more popular way to describe game-forcing fits. As Lyde says, "Simplified Two Over One - just enough so that you will really use this every time you play our favorite game."

The lessons include detailed instructions, sample hand-playing sessions, handout materials, and refreshments. The lessons start on Wednesday, January 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The lessons will take place at the Monterey Bridge Center, 201B Calle Del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks CA 93940. The cost is $15 per lesson. Attendees are encouraged to play in the Wednesday morning game beginning at 10 a.m.

'Intermediate' covers a wide range, from those who have had just a series of classes for beginners to those who have been playing for a while but want to improve their game even further.
For more information about these lessons, contact Lyde at 831-626-4796 or lydefromcarmel@gmail.com.

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Lyde's New Year's Eve Celebration

Happy New Year from Unit 530

Sunday, December 31, 2023

The Monterey Bridge Club members gathered at the Bridge Center to say goodbye to one year and hello to the next. Lyde McReynolds directed the 14-table event and coordinated the Chinese food buffet. The event included a social hour, bridge, dinner, and champagne toast. Richard Sheere led a chorus of Auld Lang Syne. Bridge Club Revelers: Front row - Janet Hedlund, Louise Barnard, Linda Miller, Candy Garvey, Richard Sheere; Middle Row - Donna Jett, Lyde McReynolds, Pam Sands, Pat Canada, Arlene Sekel, Barbara Santry, Allyson Farrell; Back row - Susan Mehra, Wolf Sommer (hiding), Robert Farrell, Joe Truskot, Dee Alexander, Kathy High, Ray Mok, Rob Williams, Barbara Hake, Annemarie Von Adelung, Amy Pofcher, Kathy Pitzer, Karen Mok, Kurt Schnebele, Carol Sedell, Mano Singham, Gabrielle Fischer, Hong Hai Dubroff, Ted Hill, Helga Greaver, Cindy Kirk, Suzanne Klein, Bob Dubroff, Carol Marquart, and Curt Hussey.

Top Point Winners North and South: 1st - Dawna Wilson and Rob Williams, 2nd - Allyson Farrell and Hung Hai Dubroff, 3rd - Ray and Karen Mok, 4th - Pam Sands and Dee Alexander, 5th - Curt Hussey and Karin Evans, 6th - Barbara Hake and Annemarie Von Adelung, 7th - Don Fennell and Kathy Pitzer.

Top Point Winners East and West: 1st - Mano Singham and Bob Dubroff, 2nd - Leon Heller and Gabrielle Fischer, 3rd - Donna Jett and Joe Truskot, 4th: Leonard Chriss and Robert Farrell, 5th - Kurt Schnebele and Arlene Sekel, 6th - Susan Mehra and Louise Barnard.

Regular weekly games will begin again on Monday, January 8, 2024. Please attend the District 21 Regional Tournament at the Monterey Hyatt with games at all levels from Monday, January 1 to Sunday, January 7 2024.

The Monterey Bridge Center, ACBL Unit 530, is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California: 831-747-1650.

 

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Starting February 20, Open Games directed by Doug and Maja will start at 10:30 a.m.

Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a New Time: 10:30 a.m.

Doug Halleen and Maja have changed the start times for their Tuesday and Thursday open games. Beginning on February 20 and 22, 2024 games will start at 10:30 a.m. Both will be stratified by the average of players so ‘A’ is open, and ‘B & C’ categories will be stratified very similarly to our monthly Unit (Bridge & Brunch) games, encouraging all-level players to come, enjoy, receive ACBL masterpoints and have some great refreshments.

Both games will be ‘Common Games’ when they occur with hand records and results compared with other games around the country on the same day and time slot. The cost remains $12 per person.

For more information and a possible partner, Contact Doug at doug@doughalleen.com or 831-917-2502 and Maja at maja@majadesigns.com or 831-682-6110.

Thanks for supporting these games at the Monterey Bridge Center!

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Club Members Donate Playing Cards to Incarcerated People

Playing Cards Arrive At County Correctional Facilities - UPDATE

During the summer, a brown paper bag at the Monterey Bridge Center was filled up with multiple decks of playing cards. Some were used but in good condition and others were brand new — still in their original packages. The cards were headed toward the incarcerated people at Monterey County correctional facilities. Don Graham,. a long-time and enthusiastic member of Unit 530, began this effort with a dual purpose: to recycle usable goods and to bring joy into the lives of inmates. Club members responded well resulting in more than four hundred decks of cards being left at the Monterey Bridge Center.

Trent Allen, warden of the Salinas Valley State Prison located in Soledad welcomes help from the community. Keeping inmates occupied in positive activities that challenge their minds, he said, benefits everyone.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2023, twenty-four brand new decks of playing cards were dropped off at Monterey County Juvenile Hall in Salinas. The guard who came out of the secure facility was beaming with appreciation for this unanticipated and helpful contribution. Nearly 200 decks were dropped off at the Monterey County Jail a few days later. On Wednesday, September 20, Joe Truskot, a member of the 2023-24 Civil Grand Jury, visited the Monterey County Jail on the annual tour. Truskot witnessed in just one dorm that seven tables of incarcerated people were playing cards, many with the characteristic ACBL back visible in the photograph. The inmates had torn each of their old cards into eight pieces and were using them as poker chips.

The remaining 200 cards, puzzles, and games were delivered on September 28 to Lieutenant Wesley Fonseca, Public Information Officer at the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. "We can place the jigsaw puzzles in the conjugal units for the inmates and their families."

We may have to repeat this drive as we all know how long a deck of cards lasts. So another brown paper bag may arrive at the Center for members to fill up in January..

Juvenile Hall would also welcome youth-appropriate books, board games, and jigsaw puzzles. Please help out with this effort.

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Extra Chairs and Tables Moved to Storage

More Room at the Monterey Bridge Center

 

On the hottest day of the year, Unit 530 volunteers moved the extra tables and chairs stored in the back of the Bridge Center to a storage unit in Marina owned by former board member Ed Schrenzel. We hadn't used these chairs and tables since we left the old center. The extra space should give us less crowded and therefore safer movement around tables for our regular games.

A huge thank you to Ed Schrenzel for use of his storage unit and to David Ow for hauling the tables and chairs in his van and trailer and for the able help of his grandson. The moving crew and Bridge Center re-set group also lent some additional sweat to the effort. Thank you Glenn Chou, Mano Singham, Ed Lange, Maja, Neville Kirby and Joe Truskot for your help on Thursday, October 5, 2023. Photo from left: Joe Truskot, Glenn Chee, Neville Kirkby, David Ow, and Ed Schrenzel.

 

 

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Holiday Unit Game - Pot Luck - Silent Auction

Holiday Unit Game and Potluck Draws 14 Tables

 

Our December 10, 2023 Unit Game and Annual Holiday Party coincided with the National STaC week. Winners of Gold, Silver, Red, and Black Points are listed below. Thanks to Marti Jones for the delicious sliced ham. The decorating committee of Rita Sturgeon, Carol Sendell, Lynne Weatherman, Jane Altavilla, and Neville Kirby made the Monterey Bridge Center sparkle with holiday spirit. Thanks to the many potluck donors for another great showing of really tasty food.

Our Treasurer Ray Mok reported that we had a net profit of $1,216 of which $320 were cash donations. In addition, the Silent Auction of 23 items made more than $2,000. An exact number is still being calculated.

Point Winners North/South: 1st - Ron Coffee and Ron Loiacono, 2nd - Marti Jones and Judith Murdock, 3rd - Susan Mazzei and Pat Heller, 4th - Janet Hedland and Amy Pofcher, 5th - Donna Jett and Barbara Santry, 6th - Diane Duey and Shirley Smith, 7th - Bonnie Tragni and Joe Truskot

Point Winners East/West: 1st - Tom and Ewan Eby, 2nd - Trulee Ricketts and Helen Rubin, 3rd: Chris Boncich and Ed Lange, 4th - Don Fennell and Jim Lauderdale, 5th - Neville Kirkby and David Ow, 6th - Kurt Schnebele and Arlene Seckel, 7th - Hetty Eddy and P.I. Reysner.

The Monterey Bridge Club is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California, 93940: Telephone 831-747-1650.

 

 

Happy Holidays!

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Club Appreciation Team Game Winners

STEINBECK FRIDAY TEAM GAME


10/20/2023 - Friday Afternoon
MP Limits: None/500/300

Rating: Club Appreciation Team (Gold)
Table Count: 5 Teams

Team #    Team Members                                                           Black / Gold points won   

Debeliah Anthony, Mary Bourne, Maria Gussner, Alan Hedegard    2.14 Black | 0.11 Gold
Ed Schrenzel, Neville Kirby, Carol Sendell, David Ow                    1.61 Black | 0.08 Gold
Pat Heller, Susan Mazzei, Glenn Chee, Gina Brown                       0.44 Black | 0.02 Gold
Peter De Gregorio, Amy Pofcher, Steve Green, Anjalie Kulkarni      0.22 Black | 0.01 Gold
Janet Street, Sylvia Teixeira, Janet Hedlund, George Mills              0.44 Black | 0.02 Gold

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Autumn Bridge and Brunch

November Unit Game delivers delicious food, challenging hands

On Sunday, November 12, 2023, the Monterey Bridge Club had 12.5 tables of players for its monthly bridge and brunch game. The traditional Thanksgiving menu was among the tastiest of all time. Thank you to so many people who brought the food that made the event so much fun and thanks again to our game director Doug Halleen. Treasurer Ray Mok reported that the net proceeds for the event was $921 which included $92 in donations.

Masterpoint Winners:North/South: 1st - P.I. Reysner and Hetty Eddy, 2nd - Allyson Farrel and Leonard Chriss, 3rd - Helen Rubin and Trulee Ricketts, 4th - Ray and Karen Mok, 5th - Gerry Williams and John Mahoney, 6th - Joe Truskot and Kathy Pfitzer

Masterpoint Winners East/West: 1st - Robert Farrel and Peter DeGregorio (pictured below left), 2nd - Sharon Larson and Maja, 3rd - Sharyn Siebert and Judith Ritchie, 4th - 4th David Ow and Rita Sturgeon, 5th - Marti Jones and Judith Murdock, 6th - Lynne Weatherman and Sam Callaway

Our next Unit Game is our Holiday Pot Luck on Sunday, December 10, 2023. A sign-up sheet is posted at the Bridge Center as well as a form to indicate what you will bring. If you would like to have your name added to this list, please click here and we will sign you up.

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California; 831-747-1650.

 

 

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Members Play Team Game at Bridge Center

Kudos to Alan Hedegard for Organizing and Directing 

  

For the first time in at least five years, the Monterey Bridge Center Unit 530 offered a Team Game for its members. The game took place on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Seven teams of four participated in the event. Alan Hedegard organized and directed it. He also provided several strategies that helped players know the differences between team game scoring and that done in duplicate bridge.

We also appreciated the delicious snacks players brought to the event.

Let us know if you'd like us to offer another team game in the future.

 

 

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October's Bridge and Brunch Attracts 11 Tables

Bridge and Brunch - Sunday, October 8 - Breaks the Heat

Monterey Bridge Club Unit 530 held its monthly Unit Game on Sunday, October 8, 2023. Lunch began at noon with Bob Dubroff's Pasta Bolognaise, David Ow's home-grown sliced tomatoes with basil and mozzarella, several delicious green salads, antipasti, and a terrific array of desserts including a Tuxedo Cake brought by Marti Jones and still-warm banana bread from the Ahmadis. 

North South Masterpoint winners were: 1st - Sharon Larson and Leonard Criss, 2nd - Incy Brooks and Lynn Farris, 3rd - Glenn Chee and Susan Mazzei, 4th - Carol Sendell and Ted Hill.

East West Masterpoint winners were: 1st - Mano Singham and Bob Dubroff, 2nd - Jim Lauderdale and Stephanie Booth, 3rd - Pat Heller and Kathy Pfitzer, 4th - Ann and Ahmad Ahmadi

These monthly Unit Games bring all members of the Monterey Bridge Club together, foster a fun environment for face-to-face duplicate bridge, and help us attract new players. As mentioned above, the net proceeds are vital in reducing the size of our monthly deficit. We also appreciate donations.

 

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. Questions? Call 831-747-1650.

The next Bridge and Brunch Game is Sunday, November 12, 2023 and Doug Halleen will direct. We hope to see you there, if not before.

 

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NAP Winners Announced

Gold and Red Point winners at the Unit North American Pairs two-session game held in Salinas by Janet Hedlund and Alan Hedegard on the first two Fridays in November were:

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Peter DeGregario – David Ow   

0.84 Gold (OA)

3.38 Red (OA)
Ellie Satow – Keith Hedland  0.63 Gold (OA) 2.54 Red (OA)
Mary McCormick – Alan Hedegard 0.47 Gold (OA) 1.90 Red (OA)
Steve Green – Amy Pofcher  0.36 Gold (OA) 1.42 Red (OA)

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Bridge Educators Hetty Eddy and Lyde McReynolds Present New Education Program - UPDATE

On Saturday, August 26 and September 23, 2023, the Monterey Bridge Club presented hands-on education programs to enhance newer players' skills. Hetty and Lyde devised an invitation-only game pairing students with intermediate-level players. Their effort resulted in high-spirited, duplicate games. Students picked their mentors and table assignments from a hat.

For several years, certified bridge educator Hetty Eddy has offered classes for beginning bridge players and players returning to the game after a long absence. This program purposely creates a comfort level in which players are free to bend a few rules while learning the game. Eventually, all students grow beyond the beginning level and need to take on new challenges. Thus, this new mentor-pairing game was created. It was a fully ACBL-recognized competitive duplicate game. Board members of Unit 530 have long discussed the need to expand the types of bridge games the Club offers. This game devised by Hetty and Lyde, has helped the Club achieve this objective.

Support for these games was provided by the Monterey Bridge Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization, and $327 in donations were accepted at the games.

August North-South point winners were: 1st - Ray Mok and Karen Belding, 2nd - Sam Callaway and Lynn Simmons, 3rd - Ann Wyatt and Peter Armburst, 4th - Don Graham and Karol Matheson.

August East-West point winners were: 1st - Joe Truskot and Pat Canada, 2nd - Don Fennell and Keith Dodson, 3rd - Barbara Santry and Kerry Meyers.

September North-South point winners were: Ist - Karen Mok and Julie Beckk, 2nd - Fran Soskins and Lynne Simmons

September East-West point winners were: 1st - Don Fennell and Keith Dodson, 2nd - Ray Mok and Peter Armbruster, 3rd - Neville Kirby and Lisa Osheskie

 

 

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September Bridge and Brunch Draws Happy Crowd
  • Don Fennell, Donna Jett, Kathy Pfitzer
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  • Ann Ahmadi, Lyde McReynolds, Ahmad Ahmadi
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Fifty-Eight Players Turned Out for September's Bridge and Brunch Open Game

On Sunday, September 10, 2023, the Monterey Bridge Club offered its monthly open Bridge and Brunch game and 58 club members showed up to enjoy quiches, salads, and scrumptious desserts. Lyde McReynolds, longtime bridge teacher, and Gold Life Master, directed the game.

A highlight of the game was Unit 503 President Neville Kirby (left) recognizing Incy Brooks (right) for achieving Life Master status. This important milestone happened at last week's Santa Clara Regional Tournament.

Treasurer Ray Mok reported that the game netted $1,092 including $107 in donations. These monthly Unit Games bring all members of the Monterey Bridge Club together and foster a fun environment for face-to-face duplicate bridge. The net proceeds are vital in reducing the size of our monthly deficit. We also appreciate donations.

North South Masterpoint winners were: 1st -  Helen Rubin and Trulee Ricketss, 2nd - Glenn Chee and Susan Mazzei, 3rd - Amy Pofcher and Janet Hedlund, 4th - Ken Gaskins and Neville Kirby, 5th - Fran Soskins and Rita Sturgeon, 6th - Maja and Sharon Larson, 7th - Mano Singham and Kurt Hussey, 8th - Kristen McMurray and Bill Breen

East West Masterpoint winners were: 1st - Sam Dodson and Philip Duterme, 2nd - Doug Halleen and Maureen Wittels, 3rd - Kurt Schnebele and Arlene Sekel, 4th - Candace Garvey and Keith Hedlund, 5th - Nancy Barucki and Betty Jackson, 6th Ann and Ahmad Ahmadi, 7th - Linda Gibson and Roy Shanker, 8th -  Lynne Weatherman and Sam Callaway

The Next Bridge and Brunch will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2023. All bridge players are welcome.

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. Questions? Call 831-747-1650.

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Summertime Bridge and Brunch - July 9
  • July Bridge and Brunch
  • July Bridge and Brunch
  • July Bridge and Brunch
  • July Bridge and Brunch
  • Friday, July 7, Game: Jim Lauderdale
  • Friday, July 7, Game: Jim and Don

July's Bridge and Brunch Game - 15 Tables Competed

On Sunday, July 9, fifteen tables of players celebrated summertime with an old-fashioned picnic theme: hot dogs from Neville Kirby, beans from Kristen McMurray, potato salad from Jane Altavilla, and much, much more. Players also brought appetizers, salads and desserts. According to Monterey Bridge Club Treasurer Ray Mok, the event netted $1,273 which included $246 in donations. These positive figures help us reduce our monthly deficit. Thank you.

Masterpoint winners for North-South were: 1st - Sharon Larson and Leonard Chriss, 2nd - Tom and Ewan Eby, 3rd - Mano Singham and Bob Dubroff, 4th - Rita Sturgeon and Glenn Chee, 5th - Ron Coffee and Ron Loiacono, 6th - Doug Halleen and Maureen Wittels, 7th - Jay Armstrong and Allyson Farrell, 8th - Carol Sendell and Ted Hill, 9th - Joe Truskot and Ed Lange.

Masterpoint winners for East-West were: 1st - Martha Hawley and Gerry Kapolka, 2nd - Sam Dodson and Mary Ann Cotham, 3rd - Nancy Barocki and Betty Jackson, 4th - Sam Callaway and Lynne Weatherman, 5th - Trulee Ricketts and Helen Rubin, 6th - Joanne Wicker and Vinny McLoughlin, 7th - Bill Breen and Kristen McMurray, 8th - Jim Lauderdale and Don Fennell.

These monthly Unit Games bring all members of the Monterey Bridge Club together and foster a fun environment for face-to-face duplicate bridge.

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. Questions? Call 831-747-1650. The next Bridge and Brunch Game is Sunday, August 13, 2023.

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Unit 530 Election of Board Members 2023-24

Three Candidates Hope to Fill Three Positions on the Monterey Bridge Club's Board of Directors

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Kristen McMurray: Served as hospitality chair for the Unit. Oversees Bridge and Brunch food donations. Filled in as secretary. Completed the remainder of a vacated term.

Ray Mok: Served as treasurer of the Unit. Manages and reports on the Bridge Center financial operations and lease terms. Completed his first three-year term.

Joe Truskot: Served as membership chair for the Unit and manages the website. Completed his first three-year term.

Pat Heller and Fran Soskins serve as the Election Committee and will announce the election results at the Annual Meeting Bridge and Brunch Potluck, Sunday, June 11, 2023. They will make certain that each ballot unique.Electronic ballots have been sent out. Manual ballots will be available at the Bridge Center. All members are encourage to vote. In addition, any member who wishes to write-in a name may do so. If the names are unchecked and the ballot is received, this ballot will count as a vote for the three named candidates. This process isn't 100% anonymous but will provide some secrecy.

 

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June 2023 Bridge and Brunch - Largest Attendance Ever
  • Biggest Group in Ages
  • Ready for the next round
  • Chatting with friends
  • Group players
  • Stu Goodgold, ACBL board member
  • Welcome from Lyde and Sharon
  • Treasurer Report
  • Election Results
  • Eleonore Gutierrez
  • Rita Sturgeon
  • Neville Kirby
  • Fran Soskins
  • David Ow
  • Glenn Chee
  • Ewan Eby
  • Tom Eby
  • Alan Hedegard
  • Helen Rubin
  • Betty Jackson
  • Thank you Sharon
  • Exhausted director

On Sunday, June 11 our Annual Meeting, Open Game and Lunch drew a record 17 tables!

The Monterey Bridge Club, Unit 530 hosted its monthly Bridge and Brunch Game on Sunday, June 11, 2023 with lunch including Jumbalaya by Don Fennel, Meatballs by Sharon Larson, Persian Eggplant Dip by Ahmad Ahmadi, Italian Sausage by Joe Truskot, plus a potluck array of salads, sides, appetizers and great desserts. Thanks to all who brought things to share. Lyde McReynolds directed the game and had to recruit herself and Alan Hedegard to fill in for two no shows. According to treasurer Ray Mok, "After deducting the director fee and other expenses, we netted $1,384 as profit, a one-game record."

In addition, Club President Sharon Larson chaired the brief Annual Meeting and distributed the awards to top master point winners. She also recognized Susan Mazzei (absent) and David Ow for becoming life masters. Glenn Chee paid a warm tribute to David Ow for his persistence in achieving Life Master status. Treasurer Ray Mok detailed the financial status of the Monterey Bridge Club. Election Committee Co-chair Fran Soskins announced that Kristen McMurray, Ray Mok, and Joe Truskot were elected by the members to serve three year terms on the board of directors.

Top Master Point Winners

North - South: 1st: Sharon Larson - Ron Loiacono, 2nd: Stu Goodgold - Joanne Wicker, 3rd: Marti Jones - Farol Henderson, 4th: Ed Schrenzel - Diane Duey, 5th: Sam Dodson - Helen Rubin, 6th: Bill Breen - Kristen McMurray, 7th: Hong Hai Dubroff - Mo Wittels, 8th: Barbara Santry - Ellin Wilson, 9th: Sam Callaway - Lynne Weatherman.

East - West: 1st: Glenn Chee - Gina Brown, 2nd: Ed Lange - Joe Truskot, 3rd: Nancy Borucki - Betty Jackson, 4th: Wolf Sommer - Edee Heiser, 5th: Tom and Ewan Eby, 6th: Charles Olvis - Miranda Morris, 7th: Helga Greaver - Claudia Vierneisel.

Special thanks to Bill Breen for the excellent award photos.

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. Phone: 831-747-1650. Please park in the designated spaces, at the Moose Club, or on the street.

Next Unit Game: Sunday, July 9, 2023.

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July Games Offer Red and Black Points

Janet Hedlund and Alan Hedegard offer 10 North American Pairs games throughout July.

 

Bridge Clubs around North America are organizing these competitions including the games at St. John's in Monterey and St. Paul's in Salinas.The schedule of games is available here: North American 2023-07.pdf.

To learn more about this competition, please review the ACBL regulations. North American Rules.pdf

Additional information is available on Wikipedia. Here.

 
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August 13 Bridge and Brunch Nice As A Summer Breeze
  • Susan and Barbara vs Tom and Ewan
  • Rita and David vs Shirley and Diane
  • Food Line at Bridge and Brunch
  • Food Line at Bridge and Brunch
  • Hong Hai\'s Almond Cake
  • David\'s Appetizer
  • Rita, Neville and Sharon
  • Rita\'s First Portrait Painting

Bridge and Brunch Draws Happy Crowd Sunday, August 13, 2023

The Monterey Bridge Club Unit 530 held its Sunday, August 13 game with open windows and a cool breeze blowing. Lunch included chicken Caesar salad (Sharon Larson), pecan/spinach salad (Neville Kirby), mac and cheese (Rita Sturgeon), citrus/melon salad (Louise Barnard), corn relish (Allison Farrell), stuffed pimiento appetizer (David Ow), almond cake (Hong Hai Dubroff), chocolate fudge (Kathy Piftzer) Doug Halleen directed.

According to Unit 530 treasurer Ray Mok, the game had 12 tables of players and $35 in donations netting $827.

North/South Point Winners: 1st - Tom and Ewan Eby, 2nd - Gerry Kapolka and Trulee Ricketts, 3rd - Neville Kirby and Ed Schrenzel, 4th - Hong Hai Dubroff and Allison Farrell, 5th - Ray and Karen Mok, 6th - Ed Lange and Joe Truskot.

East/West Point Winners: 1st - Sam Dodson and Helen Rubin, 2nd - Ken Johnson and Joanne Wicker, 3rd - Nancy Borucki and Betty Jackson, 4th - Ahmad and Ann Ahmadi, 5th - Candy Garvey and Kathy High, 6th - Louise Barnard and Susan Mehra.

These Monthly Unit Games have become a very popular and necessary part of the Monterey Bridge Club as they offset our monthly operating loss. July 2023 was so successful that we ended the month in the black.

The Monterey Bridge Club is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. Contact us at 831-747-1650.

The Next Bridge and Brunch Unit Game is scheduled for Sunday, September 10, 2023

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May STaC Week - Big Winners

Congratulations Helen Rubin and Gerry Kapolka.

Thanks for making the Monterey Bridge Club Unit 530 stand out.

On Sunday, May 7, 2023, Helen Rubin and Gerry Kapolka came in first place in all of District 21

with an awesome score of 75.79% earning them 14.19 Master Points.

Other point scorers are listed below.

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Win Silver Points on Thursday, May 4 AND Sunday, May 7

Here's your chance to win silver points!

Join your fellow Monterey Bridge Club members on Thursday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m. and participate in the STaC game. The fee is $12 and Maja is the director. The game is open to all players and will be stratified. If you have questions, contact Maja directly at the email on this message or call: 831-682-6110.

STaC is an acronym for Sectional Tournaments at Clubs. They are not run online but only at participating face-to-face clubs in specific geographic areas. A STaC tournament can be held for a maximum of seven consecutive days. Like other sectionals, the ACBL awards winners and overall places silver points.

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April 2023 Bridge and Brunch Unit Game

Promises Completed: The Sun Came Out and Shone Brightly and So Did Eleven Tables of Players

Our popular Bridge and Brunch Unit Game attracted 11 tables on Sunday, April 16, 2023. Kristin McMurray coordinated with Neville Kirby, Louise Barnard and Jane Altavilla for a delicious ham, au gratin potatoes, citrus salad, sweet potato corn bread, cole slaw salad and a fruit tray,  Farol Henderson's lemon bread and Trulee Ricketts' deviled eggs disappeared quickly. Doug Halleen directed the game with his usual smoothness.Thanks to all the dessert bringers for an excellent spread.

According to Unit 530 treasurer Ray Mok, April's Unit Game netted $883.25 which included $167 in extra donations. These games are $20 which help us offset the monthly operating deficit of running the Monterey Bridge Center. The more players who attend our games, the smaller the loss is and the greater the camaraderie.

Top North-South Point Scorers: 1st - Trulee Ricketts and Maja, 2nd - Ray and Karen Mok, 3rd - Lyde and Curt Hussey, 4th - Ed Schrenzel and Neville Kirby, 5th - Pat Heller and Fran Soskins, 6th TIE - Mary Ann Pirtoee and Louise Barnard, Diane Duey and Shirley Smith

Top East-West Point Scorers: 1st - Ron Coffee and Ron Loiacano, 2nd - Chris Boncich and Ed Lange, 3rd - Mano Singham and Jim Lauderdale, 4th - Eleonore Gutierrez and Paula Robichaud, 5th - Kristin McMurray and Bill Breen

The Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. Call for questions: 831-747-1650. The next game will take place on May 7, 2023.

 

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Pizza Party Bridge and Brunch, Sunday, May 7

Silver Seekers Get Rewarded at May 7 Unit Game

 

 

Eight tables of Silver Seekers competed in the STaC game on Sunday, May 7, 2023 with pizzas from The Pizza Factory, hosted by Kristin McMurray and Bill Breen, with salads donated by Marti Jones, Kathy Pfitzer, and Shirley Smith. Thanks, too, for the great desserts, especially Flo Grivas' heritage recipe. Maja's direction was smooth and seemingly effortless. According to Monterey Bridge Center treasurer Ray Mok, the event netted $560 to help offset our operating costs.

Top Scorers North and South: 1st Marti Jones and Judith Murdock, 2nd Pat Heller and Kathy Pfitzer, 3rd Glenn Chee and David Ow, 4th Patricia De La Montanya and Andrea Sigmund.

Top Scorers East and West: 1st Helen Rubin and Gerry Kapolka, 2nd Nancy Barucki and Betty Jackson, 3rd Chris Boncich and Ed Lange, 4th Barbara Santry and Susan Sugimoto.

The next Bridge and Brunch Unit Game will be our annual meeting on Sunday, June 11, 2023. The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California. Call if you have questions: 831-747-1650.


 
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Wednesday Morning Bridge Packs Them In

Wednesday mornings at the Monterey Bridge Center have consistently drawn nine to ten tables despite the often treacherous weather conditions.

No electricity to play BBO on line? Have an old-fashioned face-to-face game at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks.

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Championship Bridge - Early 60s TV Show

Championship Bridge with Charles Goren

 

Enjoy a contract bridge program from the early1960s featuring Charles Goren on YouTube. The announcer is Alex Dreier, clearly a former sports announcer on radio.His comments are often corny. Game standards have evolved but there's information that's good to learn.There are many other episodes from this series available on YouTube.

WARNING: Language is dated and often offensive.

Just click the link below the name and it should take you to the TV Program called Championship Bridge on YoutTube.Th

Featured Programs

Here's one with Sam Stayman, (Yes, him!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sdKRslTqyw

Here's one with Chico Marx, (Yes, him!).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyk-N6CTJBU&list=PLPPtSW0U4hda-oVDGMGm7OzGr50cIAwUu

Here's one with Peter Leaventritt. (Yes, him!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anJ_k2Q0HOE&list=PLPPtSW0U4hda-oVDGMGm7OzGr50cIAwUu&index=12

Here's one with John Gerber (Yes, him!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgjOLiAbN5w&list=PLPPtSW0U4hda-oVDGMGm7OzGr50cIAwUu&index=2

 

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Jump Shift Into Spring

We jumped. We shifted. And we played bridge!

Bridge players from Monterey Unit 530 fought power outages, downed trees, and flood waters to play their favorite game on Sunday, March 12, 2022. Ray and Karen Mok provided delicious croissant sandwiches and St. Patrick's Day table decorations, Debbie Anthony mac 'n' cheese, Stephanie Booth three bean salad, Betty Jackson brought Brie and Crackers, and Jane Altavilla green salad. The dessert table offered Trulee Ricketts' chocolate cupcakes with out-of-this-world mocha frosting, David Ow's Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, and so much more.
 
Many folks braved the challenges the storm brought. None more so than Bonnie Tragni of Scotts Valley who realized with the Highway One closed she would have to go through San Jose to get to Monterey. That trip took one and half hours! Thanks Bonnie for your dedication.
 
Thanks Maja for directing a smooth game with nine tables. According to treasurer Ray Mok, The event brought in a net profit of $699.75. Thanks Mary Block and others for the donations.
 
Here are the top pointer-getters:
North and South: 1st Ray and Karen Mok, 2nd Sharon Larson and Ron Loiacono, 3rd Thomas and Ewan Eby, 4th Bill Breen and Kristen McMurray, 5th Kathy Pfitzer and Leon Heller.
East and West: 1st Martha Hawley and Gerry Kapolka, 2nd Fran Soskins and Mano Singham, 3rd Chris Boncich and Ed Lange, 4th TIED Kurt Schnebele and Arlene Sekel and Nancy Borucki and Betty Jackson.
 
The next Sunday Bridge and Brunch game will take place on Sunday, April 16, 2023. A sign up sheet to play and to provide food is posted at the Bridge Center. The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California, 831-747-1650.
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Picnic in February Unit Game

Last minute sunny skies accompanied Bridge and Brunch on Sunday, February 5

The Off and On, Sun and Showers weather worked well for the Monterey Bridge Club's "Picnic in February" themed bridge and brunch open game on Sunday, February 5. Doug Halleen directed eleven tables and we welcomed a few first-timers at this monthly event. According to treasurer Ray Mok, the net result was $776.25 profit. These funds will help us offset the operating costs of the Bridge Center.

The brunch this time featured sloppy joe sandwiches by sloppy joe himself, egg salad sandwiches by Trulee Ricketts, potato salad by Jane Altavista, baked beans by Carol Sendell, fruit salad by Maja, green salad by Sharon Larson, outstanding crab dip by Eleanor Gutierrez brought and cheese and crackers by Betty Jackson. Players also brought an array of desserts. Left picture: Jane Altavilla, Stephanie Booth, Eleanor Gutierrez and Sharon Larson. Right picture: Eleanor Gutierrez, Esther Takigawa, and Sharon Lason.

North-South Point Winners:1st: Maja and Sharon Larson, 2nd: Fran Soskins and Mano Singham, 3rd: Gabrielle Fischer and Marti Jones, 4th: Ray and Karen Mok, 5th Tie: Miranda Morris and Chuck Olvis - Meg Gallaway and Joe Truskot

East-West Point Winners: 1st: Trulee Ricketts and Helen Rubin, 2nd: Neville Kirby and Ken Gaskins, 3rd: Kurt Schnebele and Arlene Sekel, 4th: Betty Jackson and Nancy Borucki, 5th: Carol Sendell and Ted Hill

Our next Bridge and Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, March 12.

The Monterey Bridge Center is located at 201B Calle del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks, California, 831-747-1650.

Joe Truskot, membership chair

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Lyde McReynolds named Goodwill Ambassador for District 21

Lyde McReynolds is the 2022 District 21 Goodwill Ambassador

Upon the unanimous vote of the Goodwill Ambassador Committee of District 21 of the American Contract Bridge League, Lyde McReynolds became its Goodwill Ambassador of the Year.

Monterey Club president Sharon Larson announced this recognition at the Bridge and Brunch Unit Game, held Sunday, November 13, 2022. The application was written by Amy Pofcher who read part of the rationale our club used to secure this important award. The Official Presentation will take place at the Clambake Regional games in January 2023. Congratulations Lyde!

As you may know, goodwill is essential in expanding the number of bridge players throughout the world and sharing the love we have for the game. Lyde's effort over the years to engage players in good bridge practices and helping us all to acquire new skills is greatly appreciated.

We also can't thank enough yesterday's Brunch Pros: Neville, Jane, Stephanie, Sharon, Maja, and all the others who brought appetizers and those incredible desserts. Oh yes ... and we thank Lyde for organizing the seating and directing the game. We would like to post several photos of the November 13 event taken by players. Please submit any pictures you have to: jtruskot@comcast.net so we can share them with those who couldn't attend.

Mark Your Calendars

The next Bridge and Brunch Unit Game is set for Sunday, December 11, 2022. Lyde will also hold a special Holiday game on Wednesday, December 21 and her traditional New Year's Eve game on Saturday, December 31. Details will follow.

Congratulations Lyde

I cannot thank Lyde enough for being one of the best teachers of bridge and the etiquette in playing bridge and playing in tournaments.  I have learned everything from her and moved away and continue to notice the difference in Lyde's teachings and examples compared to others.  Cannot ever praise her enough,
 
To a game I love,
Candace Garvey
 

No ONE COULD EVER BE MORE DESERVING!!!!

Congratulations Lyde!!
What a great turn out to celebrate you and the wonderful news of your huge award! You'll always be the best teacher ever!!! I use to have a feeling of excitement for our Friday lessons. Thank you for creating a "family" for me away from the table. Most of my dearest friends were/are from our trips to the Dunes. Those "plays" you wrote were great fun and my "child" always had a ball! Your homemade cookies are the best as are the root beer floats! I appreciate you more than you could imagine.You were always thinking of how to make something special for all of us...AND you did!!
Sending love and a big hug.
HeartHeartClapClap
Betty Jackson
 
Congratulations Lyde, I received the Award in 2017 and Winners are invited to the Regional’s. The  Nationals usually have a dinner or cocktail event which the Goodwill recipients are to attend. I attended the San Diego event.
Long overdue for Lyde, what she conttributed to bridge is incredible. Pat Thomas received the award and not sure who else from our club.
Donna Jett
 
Thanks for sharing. I am sorry I missed that event. She certainly deserves it!
Best  regards. 
James Dergin
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Unit Game Draws Largest Attendance Since Reopening

The Sunday, November 13 Bridge and Brunch Game Brought Out 13 1/2 tables - A Record Number

The Monterey Bridge Club hosted its popular bridge and brunch unit game at the Bridge Center on Sunday, November 13, 2022. The Thanksgiving theme event offered elegant turkey croissants by Neville Kirby, homemade stuffing by Maja, fall salads by Sharon Larson and much more. Decorations beautifully handled by Jane Altavilla and Stephanie Booth. Appetizers and desserts were abundant. Lyde McReynolds organized table assignments and directed the game..According to Ray Mok, club treasurer, the game netted $1,259.50.

In addition, attendees got the first look at Silent Auction items.The closing time is 3:30 p.m., December 11, 2022 and the Holiday Potluck.

These Unit Games provide additional funds to help us offset our costs and attract players back to face-to-face games.GAME RESULTS

 

SAVE THESE DATES FOR BRIDGE AND BRUNCH

Upcoming Sunday Unit games include the Holiday Potluck on December 11, Winter Game on January 15, Valentine's Day Special on February 12, and the Jump Shift into Spring Game on March 12, 2023. Also, a Wednesday Morning Holiday Potluck game on December 21 and Lyde's Annual New Year's Eve party and game on December 31. Sign up sheets will soon be available.

 

 

 

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We have set up a partnership register for those members who do not have a regular partner or whose regular partner is unavailable. This register is designed specifically for face-to-face games at the Bridge Center in Del Rey Oaks. If you would like to be included in the register, please send a message to Mano Singham (mano.singham@case.edu) with the following information:
  • your name
  • email address
  • phone number
  • approximate number of ACBL masterpoints
 
Also, please specify the sessions held at the Bridge Center you are available for:
  • Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. - Up to 750 master points (Lyde)
  • Thursday at 12:30 p.m. - Open Game (Maja)
  • Friday at 10:00 a.m. - Up to 750 master points (Lyde)
 
We are currently updating the list and will send it to everyone who responds. The most efficient use of the list would be for people to contact each other directly when they need a partner and over time build up a personal network. We don't want you to not play because you don't have a partner.
 
Thanks for helping us rebuild our face-to-face games at the Center.
 
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Locally Directed Games Everyday

NEW ACBL RULES

We can no longer just use the word "transfer." We now must include the suit we are transferring to. For example, "Transfer to Spades."

Traditional Support Doubles and Re-Doubles are no longer alertable.

Direct Cue Bids (with the exception of Michaels) must now be alerted.

Uncontested jump shifts no longer require an alert.

Instead of saying “could be short” when bidding 1 Club, for example, you now must specify the number of cards in that suit: “Could be as short as one” etc.

 

OLD STUFF

When asked what your bid means, never give the name of the convention! (i.e. Cappelletti, DON’T, Precision, etc.)  Instead, you must describe your hand. There are NO secrets in the bidding.

Don’t be just a SLUG!  Add your full name to your BBO profile.  We all like to know who we are playing with at the table, since we can’t see you,

If your BBO rating is "3" or more, you're no longer a "Beginner."

Each pair must have a convention card posted.  Unless, of course, you are subs or newly paired. In this case, you must announce your systems at each table.

Please pay attention!  If your name is highlighted in YELLOW, it’s your turn to bid or play, unless you are the dummy.

Learn to use the BBO Chat function judiciously.

The "Table" setting is best for greeting your opponents which you should do regularly. Use it for magnanimous congratulations to the opponents especially when you witness a challenging hand well played. If subs are playing, thank them for joining the game.

The "Private" setting is best for discussions with your partner about the bidding or play of a game, or the sorry state of the world. As in Face-to-Face games, no one wants to hear you bickering or gloating. If you make a negative comment about your partner or the opponents, double check to make certain the right chat mode is on. Remember: sarcasm doesn't work well on these chats.

The "Lobby" setting is great for announcements, such as congratulating high-point getters and special games,

 

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Calendar
Thu 18th April 2024
Open
Bridge Center
10:30 a.m.
Director: Maja
Fri 19th April 2024
0-750
Bridge Center
10:00 a.m.
Director: Lyde McReynolds
Fri 19th April 2024
Open
BBO Online
12:30 p.m.
Director: Alan Hedegard
Sat 20th April 2024
Open
BBO Online
10:15 a.m.
Director: Susan Mazzei
Special Message

Greetings from the Monterey Bridge Center

On behalf of the 275 plus members of Unit 530, it's my great pleasure to welcome you to our website. We hope to provide you with easy-to-find information.

I am honored to be your president.  I have inherited a very talented, hard-working, fully-returning board with each member dedicated to serving and improving the health of our organization.
 
Our three primary goals are to provide a comfortable facility, to improve our financial position, and to grow attendance in our in-person playing membership. With this in mind, we plan to increase the number of games we offer in order to fully utilize the use of our current space. I want to thank our board members, directors, teachers, and each of you for your participation and encouragement. Together we can achieve all our goals.  I look forward to a productive, fruitful, fun year.
Let's play bridge!!! 

Call us at 831-747-1650. If no one answers, leave a message and we will return your call.  Please bookmark this page and visit it often because the information is likely to change on a daily basis.

Neville Kirby, President

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In Memoriam

Our condolences to the family and friends of Joe Norton who passed away Easter Sunday evening. We also recognize the passing of Jean Scholfield.on March 21, 2024..

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Results
Open
Director: Alan Hedegard
Open
Director: Janet Hedlund
Open
Director: Alan Hedegard