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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 ready to re-open! See below for details and protocols. Initially, our Wednesday afternoon Open, and our Thursday afternoon 499er will be held at our club facility, and not on BBO. The start time will be 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 at full capacity soon. 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.               

                                 

Our First Week Back!!

How wonderful to see so many old friends, and even a few new friends at the Bridge Centre this week! We had a great turnout for both the Open on Wednesday and the 499er game on Thursday, with nine and eight full tables respectively.

Thank you to all the Board Members for working so hard to get our Bridge Centre up and running. Thank you also to the Directors for working so hard, without whom the games wouldn’t happen. And, thanks to you, our members; thanks for all your support these past two years. Thanks for continuing to play the game, both online and now, in person. We need all of you to have a Bridge Centre, and to have a game of bridge.

We need two volunteers for each game, to be at the club at about 12:20 to screen people as they come in. For the time being, we need people at the door for all games. You don’t need to commit to every week, but if you can do it a few times, it will make it easier for all of us. If you are able to help out, please send an email, or let one of the Board members know. We will also have a sign up sheet at the club.  Note that you will still be able to play in the game.

For those of you that are not ready to join our face to face games yet, online games will continue to be offered. Please check your email for updates as well as the running calendar on the website. We look forwards to seeing you at such time as you feel comfortable joining us at the club.

We truly appreciate the patience all of you have shown as we navigate this new world. Covid protocols will continue to be in place, albeit with modifications as we learn what works and what needs to be done for us at the Bridge Centre. Please check the website before you come out, as we will post updates here, rather than inundating your inbox each time we need to make a modification.

We are hopeful that with protocols in place, we will continue to have successful face to face games, and will be able to add more in person games in the coming weeks.Thanks again for your patience, and for all your co-operation.

Please review the following, as modifications have been made based on our experiences in our opening games. As always, if you have any questions, or need clarification, please send an email, or reach out to any of the Board members.

First of all, if you cannot agree to all of the following, please stay at home for now.

  1. You are not experiencing any covid symptoms.
  2. In the last 14 days you have not had any covid exposure.
  3. If you have been out of the country in the last 14 days, please provide a negative Covid test.
  4. You agree to wear a mask at all times that covers both your mouth and nose.

Please review the following points that were sent out last week, as some modifications have been made based on members comments:

  1. The start time is 1PM. Online afternoon games have been starting at 1:30, so this is to remind everyone that our in person games will start at 1PM.
  2. You must have a partner to play. If you require a partner, please use the “Find a Partner” feature on the website.
  3. Pre-registration is not required.
  4. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to game start.
  5. Only those who are fully vaccinated with a Canadian approved vaccine at least 14 days prior will permitted to enter the club.
  6. Masks will be required at all times. Correct wearing of masks will be enforced, in that they must cover both nose and mouth at all times.
  7. There will be a registration desk at the entrance to the club, upon which you will be asked to show your proof of vaccination. You may be asked to complete a contact tracing form, and answer some standard safety questions.
  8. Please understand that you may be asked to show your proof of vaccination each time you come to the club. This is simply because those checking you in, do not know everyone, and may not know that you have been to the Club previously. We have realized that it is simply more efficient to check your vaccine record again, rather than to try and maintain a running list of members who have been vaccinated.
  9. For compliance, you will be asked the safety questions each time you come to the Club. We are hopeful that in due time, these procedures can be dropped.
  10. Payment will be made at the table. For the time being we are accepting cash only. Please have exact change $6 for members, $7 guests.  Stay tuned as we work out the details of a cashless payment system.
  11. E-W will carry their bidding boxes as they move table to table.
  12. Refreshments will not be available, however you may bring your own beverage/snack. When consuming a beverage at the table, please try to be courteous, and turn away from the table as you remove your mask to drink.
  13. Where possible, please try to respect social distancing.
  14. Most important, if you are not feeling well, please be considerate of your fellow bridge players, and don’t come. Remember, this is just a game, and not worth jeopardizing anyone’s health.

Brian Jones,
Club Manager

                                            

 

 

 

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

Calendar
Sat 27th November 2021
Online 199er
1:30PM
Sat 27th November 2021
Online Open
7:00 PM
Mon 29th November 2021
Online Open
1:30PM
  (Partner?)
Mon 29th November 2021
Online 499er
1:15 PM
Tue 30th November 2021
Online 299er
10:00 AM
  (Partner?)
Tue 30th November 2021
Online Open
1:30 PM
Wed 1st December 2021
Bridge Centre Open
1:00 PM
Wed 1st December 2021
Online 199er
7:00 PM
Thu 2nd December 2021
Bridge Centre 499er
1:00 PM
  (Partner?)
Thu 2nd December 2021
Online Open
7:00 PM
Fri 3rd December 2021
Online Open
1:30PM
Fri 3rd December 2021
Online 299er
7:00PM
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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