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Jack Braun, 1930 - 2021
Jack Braun, 1930 - 2021

With his loving wife of 60 years, by his side, Jack passed away peacefully on November 18th, 2021 at the age of 91.

Jack loved his sports including baseball, skiing, and especially golf, winning many tournaments with the NOTL Golf Club. He was often found spending many hours enjoying his garden, and the company of his cats. He was a very quiet, and polite gentleman who took up bridge for the love of his wife, Pat. But, Jack’s true passion lay in police work, where he served the community for 30 years, as he rose through the ranks of the Niagara Regional Police, eventually earning the rank of Superintendent.

Many will remember Jack for his kindness and unassuming nature; a real gentleman to have at our bridge games. Our condolences to Pat, one of BCON’s founding members. Full obituary can be found here.

 

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Looking to learn bridge, or just a brush up?

Once we reopen our club, we will be offering beginner bridge lessons, as well as lessons for players of all levels. If you are looking to learn the game, ACBL offers online courses. There's even a program especially designed for the young ones! BridgeWhiz is an exciting, new, digital initiative to teach students in grades 4-12 the spellbinding excitement of contract bridge. Click here to learn more about this fun program. 

You can also browse our "Useful Links" page as some of these organizations offer courses and tutorials. Please note that these pages are for your information and enjoyment; they have not been reviewed, nor are they endorsed by The Bridge Centre of Niagara. 

The best way to keep up to date with our Club's status regarding re-opening, and lessons, is to join our mailing list. We respect your privacy, and will not send you advertisements, nor do we share your email address. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time. Please click here if you would like to be added to our list. 

Welcome to BCON!
2E Tremont Drive #5, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, L2T 3B2

Conveniently located off Hwy 406, across from the Pen Centre in St. Catharines Ontario, we are proud to have over 400 members. We are a member owned, and volunteer run club drawing from the entire Niagara Region.

After a long year and a half of being closed due to Covid 19, we are open on a limited basis! See below for details and protocols. Our Wednesday afternoon Open, and our Thursday afternoon 499er games are now in person at our club facility on Tremont Drive, and not on BBO. The start time is 1pm for both games. Depending on the response of our members, and as more Covid 19 restrictions are lifted, the Board of Directors will consider holding more games in person.  We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and look forward to being fully open and in the near future. Stay tuned for more updates!  If you would like to be added to our email list, please click here (you can unsubscribe at any time.)

We hope you will join us at our newly renovated facility. Meanwhile, we continue to offer both open and restricted games through Virtual Clubs on Bridge Base Online. Please see the calendar on your right to find a game. For more information, please contact us.               

                                 

Update concerning procedures this week

The continuing story with Covid 19 requires us to monitor our situation closely and to ensure every one of us is safe while we enjoy our bridge games together. In keeping with this we have a couple of adjustments that you might witness when you come to either our Open game on Wednesday December 1, or our 499er game on Thursday December 2.

First, if you have been present at any games during the past 3 weeks, we do understand that your proof of vaccination will not have changed, and we will not ask you to show proof of vaccination again.  However, if the person at the door doesn’t recognize you, please be patient if you are asked again to show your certificate.

One thing we have to acknowledge is that more and more of us will be travelling outside the country.  For those who have been outside Canada in the USA for more than 72 hours, or have travelled to any other country, we will be asking for your proof of a negative PCR test prior to your entry.

You will follow the same path as last week, going to the desks located by the coat rack and answering the questions by the volunteers.  We will record your name and keep this on record for Niagara Health as we may be required to show evidence of our procedures in the future.

Another change comes from issues we are having cleaning cards and using the card dealer machine between games.  We think this is coming from the sanitizing solution that people are using and are not able to dry their hands prior to touching the cards.  Our suggestion is that you use sanitizing solution, or you properly wash your hands before the start of each round.  After that, use the sanitizing solution sparingly, if at all, as evidence shows that the virus is not transferred from surfaces.  Of course, if you wish to use sanitizer, please dry your hands before touching the cards, or wear gloves when handling the cards.

Remember, as before, to wear your mask covering both your nose and mouth at all times, to not bring food into the club, and to carry your bidding box from table to table.

We hope you enjoy your game and the social gathering at the club.

Brian Jones,
Club Manager

Floor Plan of BCON's New Club
Floor Plan of BCON's New Club

Calendar
Wed 8th December 2021
Bridge Centre Open
1:00 PM
Wed 8th December 2021
Online 199er
7:00 PM
Thu 9th December 2021
Bridge Centre 499er
1:00 PM
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Thu 9th December 2021
Online Open
7:00 PM
Fri 10th December 2021
Online Open
1:30PM
Fri 10th December 2021
Online 299er
7:00PM
Sat 11th December 2021
Online 199er
1:30PM
Sat 11th December 2021
Online Open
7:00 PM
Mon 13th December 2021
Online Open
1:30PM
Mon 13th December 2021
Online 499er
1:15 PM
Tue 14th December 2021
Online 299er
10:00 AM
Tue 14th December 2021
Online Open
1:30 PM
2C Opening Bids, Important-Please Read
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2C opening bids

The ACBL changes to charts and alert procedures included some important features that have not been well publicized. One of these affects 2C opening bids. The Charts include a definition of a very strong hand, which is what is assumed when you open 2C. ..........

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***Effective Immediately, ACBL Alert Changes***
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The full document is available on the ACBL Website.

Bridge has never been a game of secret agreements. Your opponents are entitled to know just as much about what your bids mean as you do. Alerts have ..........

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