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Become a Member for only $15. Annual renewal fee of $10.  Benefits awarded to members in good standing include voting privileges, a complimentary name tag, subsidized Christmas dinner, and some reduced game costs at specified periods of time.  Fill out a membership form and hand it in at the next session you attend.

Membership Application.pdf

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  Library:  The "Information" tab above provides a list of books.

Hand Sanitizer

The club provides hand sanitizers for your convenience.  Please do your part to prevent sharing germs.

Scent-Free

Please remember that Bridge on the Edge is a scent-free bridge club. We have several members who are severely allergic to scent.

Welcome to Bridge On The Edge

Web Site

Welcome to Bridge on the Edge, located in the Swilers Rugby Club at 100 Crosbie Road in St. John's, NL, Canada.  In 2016 we became a player owned bridge club.  We support a respectful culture, both at the bridge table and in all BOTE communications, for the enjoyment and growth of all members.  Visitors and new members are always welcome.  Players are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before game time.

For a map & further information, see the "Information" menu on the left.

Flu Season Reminder

Members are asked to please exercise care when coughing and sneezing. Using tissues and disposing of them and/ or coughing into your sleeve and away from others are preventive measures recommended by public health. Above all, please do not cough into your hands and then handle cards. Hand sanitizer is provided for your use.  

Thanks for being considerate of our older population.

Call for Newsletter Volunteer
Call for Newsletter Volunteer

Thanks to Janet Parsons and Pat O’Brien for their dedication and hard work on the BOTE Newsletter.  We all appreciate the information and entertainment provided by them over the past four years.  The vacant positions now need to be filled and      Viki O’Dea has volunteered to help, however she needs a       co-pilot.  If you would be interested in assisting with this worthwhile project please contact Viki directly at vikiodea@icloud.com or any Board member.

Board Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Board Meeting of January 9th and 16th can be reviewed by accessing the link below.  They are also available in the drop down menu of the blue "Information" tab on the BOTE website.

Board Minutes - Jan 9 and 16 2020.pdf

Beginners' Bridge Basics 2 - Gloria Stone, Janet Hannaford

Mondays- January 6th - March 23rd
7:00 PM

Gloria and Janet will continue with Beginner Bridge, the next step which will also include 4 weeks of  Bid and Play.

Topics to be covered are:
    Preemptive Opening Bids
    Overcalls and Advances
    Takeout Doubles and Advances, Penalty Double, Reponder's Double
    Responding and Advancing in a Competitive Auction

February 3th - Preemptive Opening Bids
Preempt bids are descriptive, obstructive, and constructive.
This week we will concentrate on responding to our partner's weak two preempt.
Responder's job is to assess the best contract by thinking of the total number of playing tricks rather than points. Responder can pass, raise the preempt, bid a new suit, or bid 2NT.  
In other words, how high and where does the partnership belong?‎

 
$10 per session. We encourage participants to register themselves for these sessions.

If you experience trouble registering - seek help at info@bridgeontheedge.ca

Bridge Basics 2 by Audrey Grant is a great source of information and can be purchased from Gloria, while quantities last, for a cost of $13.

Note: Bookings for March sessions will be available on February 1st.

Three Teacher Supervised Play - Joan FitzGerald, Deirdre Davis, Tom Dale

Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am

January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, February 4th, 11th.

For all levels -
anyone striving to improve bridge performance - Deirdre, Tom & Joan will offer supervised play. Bring your own boards or use ours (BOTE Inc). One experienced teacher per 3 tables will monitor bidding and play - and answer questions as they arise. If numbers warrant it we will add an extra teacher. Emphasis will be: KISS - Keeping It Simple - to enhance bridge judgement. Special attention on 2nd & 3rd bids by opener and responder - ensuring you reach the right contract. When the "right contract" is reached, students may ask for guidance on appropriate declarer play and defense.

Please sign up in pairs or tables and register early to avoid disappointment.
Register online. $10/lesson. Pay as you go

If you experience trouble registering - seek help at info@bridgeontheedge.ca

Lebensohl Convention - Brian Collins

Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 am
February 18th & 25th

Every player seems to know some sort of method to interfere over strong NT, but many do not know how to handle this interference - and that is what the Lebensohl Convention does. It enables us to respond to a strong 1NT in an exact variety of ways.  With that in mind, Brian will conduct two, 2-hour lessons on this convention.  Additionally, he will cover using this valuable tool in response to partner's takeout double of weak two bids, and when responding to a reverse by opener.  As an intergral part of the lessons, Transfer Lebensohl, will also be discussed. The lessons will be theoretical in nature with practice hands, correct bid quizzes, and, time permitting, question and answer.

Register online. $10/lesson. Pay as you go

If you experience trouble registering - seek help at info@bridgeontheedge.ca

Mentored NewComer Games

       
        BOTE is offering Mentored Newcomer games.

A newcomer game is conducted to aquaint newer players with duplicate bridge and to encourage less experienced players to test the waters.

Same time as our duplicate game -  Tuesday evenings starting January 2020 for fun Newcomer Bridge games, supervised by qualified bridge teachers one teacher per 2 tables. Teachers will assist with bidding, play and defense questions as they arise.
N
ewcomers will play the same boards as competitive players so you may look online later to see the hand records. No players will be required to move around the room - they may do so if all newcomers are in agreement. No electronic scoring - but we encourage you to do your own scoring.
Please book in pairs or tables at least 24 hrs in advance. $10 per person, pay as you go. Book early to avoid disappointment. Cancellations should be received 24 hrs in advance, except in emergency situations.

If you experience trouble registering - seek help at info@bridgeontheedge.ca

What's Happening in January

                     

All games this month are

Silver Points

 

Afternoon Food Treats

If you're interested in providing food treats, Viki O'Dea has volunteered to co-ordinate this activity for the afternoon games. Please contact Viki  – either in person or by email vikiodea@icloud.com. Thanks to all who volunteer!

MENTORING

                           
The following bridge players have volunteered to be Mentors: Brian Collins, Thomas Dale, Deidre Davis, Joan FitzGerald, Anne Hughes, Richard Lash, Janet Parsons and Roy Perry. Any player wishing to obtain a Mentor will be responsible for working out a compensation agreement with that individual Mentor.   At most clubs in North America mentees pay the game fee for the Mentor.  Players should approach a Mentor to see if that Mentor is available or already fully booked. For additional queries or information please contact your Education Committee: education@bridgeontheedge.ca

Calendar
28th January 2020
3 Teacher Supervised Play: Joan, Deirdre, Tom
9:30 AM
Director: Joan FitzGerald, Deirdre Davis, Tom Dale
  (Reservation)
28th January 2020
Afternoon - Newcomers
1:00 PM
28th January 2020
Evening - Open Pairs
7:00 PM
Director: Rahul Chandra
  (Reservation)
Results
Afternoon - Open Pairs
Director: Brian Collins
Dealer: Brenda Conway
Afternoon - Open Pairs
Director: Brian Collins
Dealer: Marylou Martin
Open Pairs - MORNING
Director: Jonathan Cook