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.
Please remember that Bridge on the Edge is a scent-free bridge club. We have several members who are severely allergic to scent.
The club provides hand sanitizers for your convenience. Please do your part to prevent sharing germs.
Paid BOTE members are given priority for booking lessons. Therefore, only paid members can register for classes during the first 3 days of each month. Classes are then open to others. No wait lists for classes that are booked to capacity.
Gloria Stone is offering a 6-week course held on Monday nights (7-9 pm) beginning May 6. Designed to refine and extend your knowledge of bidding and play while focusing on Notrump bidding and responses, opening of a major/minor and responses, and subsequent responses by both the opener and responder. An interactive lesson followed by practice hands with assistance if requested. There will be a review of the bidding and the main parts of the play after the hand is finished. June 17: Weak 2s
The June 11th class will concentrate on 2 Club bids with balanced 2NT, 3NT, and 4NT hands. The class will begin with a review of the NT family of bids. Activities include: practice bidding and rebidding (2D Waiting, Autonomous Bids by Responder, Stayman, Jacoby Transfer, Cuebid, Quantitative, Gerber, Pass); dealing with interference; reaching the best contract; 8 prepared boards with 2 Club openers to play in NT partials, game or slam. As well, there will be Suited boards when the partnership finds an agreeable suit through Stayman or Jacoby Transfer.
The June 18th class will focus on opening 2 Clubs with Suited Hands. The plan for this class will follow basic principles of bidding and responses as discussed in the previous lesson. Included will be the second negative by responder and cuebidding towards slam when a strong fit has been established.
Activities for this class will follow the format of the June 11th class. Participants will have a number of practice activities to promote bidding agility with suited hands. Then we will play 8 prepared boards based on a particular suit in a partial, a game or a slam contract.
Looking forward to seeing you there. JH
BOTE’s Longest Day Committee is seeking donations of non-tangible items for this year’s silent auction benefiting the Alzheimer Society of NL. Examples of non-tangible items include at-home cooking or other lessons, dinner invitations, event tickets, gift certificates, and personal services.
Those wishing to donate auction items should contact Dan Regan at email@example.com by June 11.
Details about the silent auction, and the opportunity to make Longest Day cash donations, will be coming soon.
Congratulations to Peter Stacey on achieving Ruby Life Master. Requirements for this level: A Life Master with 1500 MP
(at least 300 are silver/red/gold/platinum). Well done Peter!
Minutes from the May 28th AGM meeting and the May 30th Board Meeting are now available on our website under the blue Information tab. The links below have also been provided for your convenience. Please take time to review these minutes to keep updated with important information.
Minutes - AGM - 19.05.28.pdf
Board Minutes - May 30 2019.pdf
BOTE members welcomed our newly elected Board at our AGM on May 28th. Many thanks go out to the previous Board members for their diligence and hard work. Minutes of the AGM available soon.
Tuesday, June 4 (9:30-11:30 am)
For anyone striving to improve their bridge performance - Joan, Deirdre and Tom will offer supervised play - maximum 10 tables. One experienced teacher per 3 tables to monitor bidding and play, and answer questions as they arise. 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 & defense. A substitute will be made if an original teacher is not available. Class Capacity is 52.
Three Teacher Supervised Play - description.pdf
If you would like to see the hand records for May 29th, click on the link below.
190529 Hand Records.pdf
All Games in May will be $5: Silver points.
Membership renewals are $10 and come with a bonus bridge booklet upon payment (while supplies last). New memberships are $15 and signees will be set up for club name tags. Member benefits include a subsidized Christmas dinner, special game prices throughout the year, and seasonal treats. Only paid-up members are eligible to attend the AGM (May 28th).
The third BOTE AGM will be held at the Swilers Club on May 28th at 10:30 am. A Nominating Committee (Wanda Lundrigan, Gwenda Jablonski) will seek nominations for the Administrative Board of Directors. We are inviting all members to consider themselves for nomination to the Board. Positions available are: President, Vice-president, Treasurer, Secretary, and 3 members at large. Some main functions of a Board member are to oversee the direction and management of the club, to lead specific projects and committees, and to ensure solid financial management of the budget. The BOTE Board of Directors is an active board that makes a difference to the development and enjoyment of bridge in our community. For further details on the roles and responsibilities of the Administrative Board, please check out the Constitution - Revised 2018-05-31.pdf Those who are elected to the Board will serve a one year term and may stand for re-election at the next Annual General Meeting. Members may stand for election for more than one position, but may only serve in one. The newly elected Board will be key to ensuring continued success for the club. Nominations should be submitted to the Nominations Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Regina Clarke and June Hynes for answering the call to help with the BOTE website. Over the next few weeks/months they will be learning different aspects of the website maintenance. Please join us in welcoming them to their new roles.
BOTE has been quite active in its support of the Longest Day program over several years. The organizers of the 2018 program deserve our appreciation for the excellent activities which were spearheaded by the committee.
A committee to organize and coordinate our 2019 participation is required. Any member interested in volunteering to serve on the 2019 committee is asked to advise Judy Crewe at email@example.com, any member of the BOTE Board (emails are in the drop down menu of the Information tab on the main website), or our Club Manager, Rahul Chandra at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully a committee can be formed to continue this important venture.
Many thanks to Anne Hughes and Janet Hannaford for their recent "Bid and Play" sessions. These lessons help newer players to gain confidence in their skills.
Thanks also to Gloria Stone for her "Jacoby 2NT, Splinter, Reverse Bergen" lessons. Her lessons helped players to enhance their bidding skills and use these conventions more effectively. Well done girls!!!
Judy Crewe is looking for volunteers to help with the website. If you enjoy working with a computer and would like more information, please contact Judy at email@example.com
Tuesday April 16 (9:30-11:30 am): This 4 week course with Gloria Stone will focus on responding with four card support for partner’s major. Emphasis is on subsequent bidding by the opener and responder. Designed for those who are familiar with the conventions and would like to learn how to use them more effectively. Also for those who would like to enhance their bidding skills by learning these commonly used conventions. $10/lesson. Register on line or through firstname.lastname@example.org
April 16: Clue up Bergen, introduce Reverse Drury, and play
Monday, April 15 (7-9 pm): "Bid and Play" will cover bidding situations from the Beginners Classes offered Fall of 2018. Instructors will guide participants in bidding, defense, and play of the hand. Cost is $10 per class; pay as you go. Everyone is welcome! Register on line or through email@example.com
April 15: Bid and Play with Janet Hannaford
April 7-15 has been set as a provincial recognition week for volunteers. BOTE as a player owned club finds its life blood in the good graces of its volunteer members. All those who volunteer their service and support are important to the continuation of our club. While the club continues to acknowledge this in various ways, individual members may also find a moment to express a thank you to our volunteers on a personal level during this important week. Thank you to all our volunteers! You are appreciated!
We are sad to announce the passing of our fellow bridge player and BOTE member, George Courage. Please check the link below for further details.
The coming of spring was celebrated by BOTE members with a complimentary pizza lunch after the Thursday morning game on April 4th. Earlier in the week we had our favourite joker and jester, Roy Perry, to help us celebrate April Fools Day.
Here is the BOTE Winter Education Schedule. Mark your calendars to take advantage of these great educational opportunities.
BOTE Winter Education Schedule 2018-19.pdf
Thanks to Anne Hughes for offering her Bid and Play sessions to help encourage newer bridge players to become more confident in bidding, defense, and play of hand.
Many thanks to Richard Lash for offering his Play of Hand series in January, February and March. Lessons like these help us to become more successful in making our contracts.
This is a call for proposals for lessons in the Spring/Summer, 2019 (April 8-July 31 inclusive). Click the links for further clarification.
Call for Proposals 2019 - General Call for Proposals.pdf
Call for Proposals 2019 - Bid and Play.pdf
Call for Proposals 2019 - Defense for Beginners.pdf
Call for Proposals 2019 - Losing Trick Count.pdf
Call for Proposals 2019 - Refresher Course.pdf
The Education Committee would appreciate receiving the following information:
Click on the link for the analysis for the Senior Pairs Game that took place on March 11th.
Senior Pairs Game Analysis - March 2019.pdf
Thanks to Roy Perry for offering his two part Midterm Exam seminars. Great hands for intermediate and advanced players to study strategy and play of hand.
Thanks also to Janet Hannaford for her very successful Supervised Play sessions that are so important to encourage newer players to this wonderful game of Bridge.
Well done to both of you!
Feb. 25-28: Charity Games (silver)
February 28th: IMP Pairs
Keep your interest in Bridge alive through supervised play with Janet Hannaford (Tuesdays: 9:30-11:30 am). Suitable for all learners, this course gives participants an opportunity to play hands in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A mini lesson is followed by a series of 8-12 boards for play. The teacher is available for questions and hints during each board. We will then discuss bidding, defense, and play. If you wish to gain confidence and consolidate your bridge skills, this is the course for you. Registration is online. Pay as you go. For assistance registering, please email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce McIntyre from Vancouver gives helpful advice on how to prevent slow play at the bridge table. Worth the read!
Congratulations to Maureen Howard for being the Star pupil with a huge score of 91% and to Lois Jeffery on winning the draw prize, a great bridge book signed by Jerry Helms “Over My Shoulder,” which comes highly recommended. A special thanks to Rahul Chandra for his valuable in-class insights and all the others who contributed enthusiastically.
We are sad to announce the passing of our fellow bridge player and BOTE member, Winston Pear.
Final totals were updated January 6th. Our members did well.
ACBL Unit Races (We are Unit 194):
Mini-McKenney races are won by the member from each masterpoint category who earns the most total pigmented masterpoints during the year.
Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs recognizes the players who earn the most masterpoints in ACBL clubs during a calendar year (excluding tournaments).
Canadian Bridge Federation (We are Zone 1):
Mini-Richmond awards recognize CBF members who won the most masterpoints in the calendar year in each of the masterpoint categories, up to and including Diamond Life Master (5,000 -7,500 MP).
The BOTE Balance Sheet and Income Statement for 2018 have been posted in the Members Only portion of the website. You can access the information by logging in and clicking on "Financial Information". Many thanks to Rick Comerford for maintaining and updating this information.
The Winter Newsletter is now available. Many thanks to Patricia O'Brien and Janet Parsons for another wonderful job! Newsletters are stored under the Information tab on the BOTE website but the following link has been provided for your convenience: Newsletter - January 2019.pdf
Janet Hannaford welcomed 27 aspiring bridge players to a complimentary game on Tuesday, January 8. Many of these players have availed of BOTE ‘s Beginner Lesson Series and are continuing their bridge journey with us this winter. Janet was joined by volunteers Anne Hughes, Gloria Stone, Joy Hoskins, Sandra Tobin, Marilyn Walbourne, and Alice Collins. Volunteers provided a range of support including planning the event, preparing boards for play, assisting players with bidding and other questions, and providing baked goods. Overall a great morning of bridge! Check out the link for more pictures of this fun event.
Santa is giving free pop and pizza to members who play on Thursday, December 27th. Registration is online.
If interested, please sign up by midnight on Wednesday, December 26th.
BOTE celebrated the Christmas season with a catered hot turkey dinner and a visit from Santa, followed by a 24-board bridge game. Esther Dooling won the Christmas pudding made and generously donated by Florence Matthews. Everyone had a very enjoyable time. Great company and lots of laughs. Check out the links to see some of the fun.
Dinner Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/kVjEoGFFybFrC7Sx5
Santa Arrives (video/sound): https://photos.app.goo.gl/SX5FYBXs599tcwft8
Afternoon Bridge Game: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4b9M4XUbTHXDPJts6
Many thanks to Roy Perry for his wonderful 2-part series entitled "Encyclopedia of No Trump". Great presentation and handouts. Click on the link below to see some pictures kindly provided by Joan Ledrew.
The temperature at the Swilers Club has been set for winter weather. We are asked not to touch the thermostats as that can cause them to error. Kindly direct any concerns to the club manager. Please be careful in the parking lot, particularly during the evening or icy conditions. Vehicles should be locked and valuables kept out of sight.
BOTE policy is to close the club if the schools are closed due to weather-related issues. In the event of inclement weather, please check the club website for updates.
With the addition of a trial period for IMP games (one/month), we would like to offer one lesson (1.5 hour session) in January on the bridge principles of IMPs vs MPs. The honorarium will be $75. This will be offered free to our members. If you are interested in offering this course, please respond to the Education Committee by Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Moncton Golf and Country Club in Riverview, NB is hosting an Eastern Canadian Sectional 0-299 Tournament April 13-14, 2019. If a group comes from Newfoundland, Jen Huntsman assures us that billets will be found. A bus load might be tricky. Check out the link for more info.
Codiac 299 2019 Sectional - New Brunswick.doc
Due to illness, Randy is unable to provide the final lesson on slam bidding. The Nov. 13th class is therefore cancelled. A refund of $10 will be made for this last class. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please join us in wishing Randy a speedy recovery.
Hosts Susan Follett and Heidi Janes with guests Stephen and Corie Outerbridge and friends. A great dinner and evening as auctioned at BOTE's Alzheimer's Fundraiser.
Richard Lash is now a Gold Life Master! Congratulations Richard!
It has just been brought to our attention that Robert Dollard became a Life Master last fall. Congratulations Robert!
Two cool cats dressed for the occasion at the ABCL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game on Wednesday, October 31.
Lots of fun!
Club Appreciation Teams: Monday, October 29th.
Teams of 4 players must be constructed according to "8 is enough" where an A player (800+ masterpoints) is worth 3, a B (300-799) is 2, and a C (0-299) is 1. A valid team is AACC, ABBC, BBBB, or any number of C players can replace others.
5% gold points.
Please indicate all 4 team member names when signing up for this event.
Effective October 1st until further notice: All games will be $10.00 with the exception of games in December and March which will be $5.00 per session.
Cecily Ryan is now a Bronze Life Master as a result of acquiring over 30 gold points at the Ottawa Regional Tournament. This is quite a feat considering this is only her second tournament and the requirement for Cecily's life master was 50 gold. Congratulations Cecily!
BOTE congratulates Tom Dale and Richard Lash for placing in the top 12 at the Ottawa tournament. Amazing bridge performance!
Congratulations also go out to the other BOTE members who attended the Ottawa tournament. BOTE was well represented! Click on the link below to see how everyone did.
Click on the link to see how BOTE celebrated its second birthday as a member-owned club on Sept. 20th. Games were $5 and members enjoyed sandwich trays, birthday cake, coffee and other beverages between games. Many thanks to Joy Hoskins for taking these pictures. https://photos.app.goo.gl/riBp5j4iuQHDuAP59
Click on the link to see who enjoyed a wonderful lunch and bridge as part of BOTE's Longest Day 2018 Fundraiser. It coincidently took place on World Alzheimer's day. Thanks to Fran Cook who submitted these photos. https://photos.app.goo.gl/98yo92wp8GByej3h6
Janet Hannaford will facilitate a series of three sessions (September 11, 18 & 25; 9:30-11:30 am) which will include mini lessons, and bidding and playing prepared hands with discussion, questions and answers. This will be an opportunity to play bridge, and review what you have learned in lessons etc. Sorry, but classes are now filled.
Congratulations to Janet Hannaford, BOTE Vice President, on earning the ACBL Best Practices Teacher Certification. This is a significant achievement and deserving of much credit. Well done!
Thanks to Betty Greeley who submitted this pic of their fabulous dinner at Maura Beam's in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. It was catered by Florence and Neil Matthews. In attendance were Peggy & Shog Stone, Pramilla & Harold Paddock, Barb Baldwin, Brenda Turner, Betty & Sid Greeley.
Take a look at BridgeFeed on the ACBL site. The link is below. There is a lot of free bridge content there including some of the best colunnists in the game, great instructional material, and lots more. Do yourself a favour, check it out. There's something for everyone.
This is a call for proposals for a set of lessons (not including beginner lessons) for the Fall of 2018.
As per our memo of July 16/18,
“The Education Committee will give preference to proposals which comply with the survey undertaken by the board.”
If more than one proposal is received offering the same topics and/or in the same preferred time, the Committee will request the instructors to collaborate and reach an agreement amongst themselves. If this is not achieved, the Education Committee will decide which topics will be offered and when.
Compensation as described in the memo of July 16.
Please forward your proposal to email@example.com by Tuesday, August 14. Thank you.
The July issue of the ACBL Bulletin lists the winners of the March 19th ACBL-wide Seniors Game on page 50. There were 2339.5 tables of players age 58 or older.
The District 1 winners were Joan FitzGerald and Cecily Ryan. Congratulations!
The Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador sent BOTE a letter of thanks for hosting the Longest Day BOTE fundraiser again this year. Click on the link below to see the entire letter and the amount raised by our club.
Alzheimer Fundraiser Results 2018.pdf
Janet Hannaford, Jay Whipple (President of ACBL), Roy Perry
Photo courtesy of: Barbara Rhoades
CALL FOR PROPOSALS for Beginners’ Bridge Program
Come Play With Us: Bridge for Beginners
This is a call for proposals for a beginners’ program to be offered on Monday nights beginning in September. This would be an 8-10 week program of two hour duration. The student fee will be $80 for eight weeks (extra for extra weeks). The fee will be collected by the Board and the instructor will be paid weekly. The instructor will be paid 60% of the revenue or the minimum fee ($75) as per the recent compensation proposal (whichever is greater). The program will be offered depending on sufficient numbers and should include a mix of teaching and hands on experiences for students.
The Education Committee would appreciate the following information in the proposal:
Please submit your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Tuesday, August 7. Thank you.
Here's an article previously posted but is worth posting again. Check out Larry Cohen's bridge article of 21 Rules of Being a Good Bridge Partner.
Congratulations to Gloria Stone for winning a 2017 Mini-Richmond Trophy award from the Canadian Bridge Federation. She placed 2nd in the 300-500 point category. Her name was announced at the Halifax Regionals.
"The Mini-Richmond awards were introduced in 2012. The awards recognize CBF members who won the most masterpoints in the calendar year in each of the masterpoint categories, up to and including Diamond Life Master (5,000 -7,500 MP). Each category winner in each of the six CBF zones receives a special pin. In addition, overall national winners receive a certificate recognizing their achievement." For further information on past winners and those in the standing for 2018, click on the link below.
Bridge on the Edge (BOTE) has raised more than $6,000 as the result of its 2018 Longest Day fundraising efforts.
“This year’s success is a direct reflection of the outstanding participation of the club’s members,” says Heidi Janes, BOTE board president. “I applaud everyone who contributed so generously to support the Alzheimer Society of NL, including those who donated to the auction, those who supervised the social bridge event, and the Longest Day Committee.”
Check out the link below to find out more details.
Longest Day 2018 Results.pdf
The Education Committee is requesting proposals for the summer session beginning July 9th through to August 16th. Topics, duration, and format ought to be in keeping with the Education Survey results, Appendix A.
The second Annual General Meeting for Bridge on the Edge (BOTE) was held at the Swilers Club on Thursday, May 31st at 9:30 am.
The newly elected Board is:
The Administrative Board has liaised with the Swilers Club to have a special club day on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. We are going to offer a Shuffle Pairs Game commencing at 1 pm; feedback on our first SPG was fabulous. Game fee is $10. Kindly arrive at the club by 12:30 pm in order to facilitate game preparation.
SPG Protocol: Players should register as individuals for this event. The entire list of those registered will then be divided in half at the median number of master points held by players. Pairs will be comprised of a player above the median and one below the median and will be done so on a randomized basis. It will be a fun, sanctioned game and master points will be awarded in the normal manner.
Thanks to Joan FitzGerald for this link regarding Double Dummy.
Many thanks to Janet Parsons for providing this article by Larry Cohen. It gives "universal" information on learning how to get better at bridge.
Larry Cohen - Learning To Improve.pdf
BOTE is a small club that has been growing surely & steadily, thanks in the main part to the many volunteers, card dealers, mentors, teachers, directors, special committees & hard-working executive and we are very proud of what we have accomplished. One of our main focuses is to grow the Club by attracting new players & we can only accomplish this if their bridge experience is a positive one.
Therefore we try to restrict the use of the more aggressive systems that you see in Flight A Events (5000+points). For this reason, only bids and bidding systems which adhere to the ACBL General Convention Chart may be used at our club. Please make our game more pleasant for all. We are asking all players to be particularly diligent when they believe an illegal bid has been made, and to call the Director to the table.
See this link for the ACBL General Convention Chart.
Players from BOTE did very well at the National Capital Regional Bridge Tournament held in Ottawa, ON from October 3-9, 2017.
The team pictured (L-R: Brian Collins, Raye Lundrigan, Pramila Paddock, Peter Rans) placed first overall in Bracketed Swiss Teams at the National Capital Regional tournament.
On Friday, October 6th (1:30 pm), the team pictured (L-R: Mike Buist, Fran Cook, Jonathan Cook, Steven Outerbridge) placed first overall in Bracketed Swiss Teams.
Congratulations to all!
This year for Halloween we invited members to dress up for the Tuesday afternoon game, Oct. 31st. Treats were available and the Board awarded a prize for the best costume. The lucky winner was Maureen Howard. Check out the link to see photos of the contestants. Thanks to everyone who took photos of this fun afternoon.
Mentoring Laws.pdf ACBL Bridge Mentoring Program Handbook.pdf
We have teamed the following pairs:
Donna Wadden with Gloria Stone
Carmel Rowe with Mary Lou Martin
Marguerite Noonan with Marilyn Bennett
Helen Sullivan with Judith McIntyre
Judy Crewe with Brian Collins
All these mentees are currently playing in the competitive section.
The Education Committee would like to encourage all mentees to avail of the lessons at the club to augment their one on one mentoring experience.
Bridge on the Edge is committed to the establishment and protection of a respectful culture both at the bridge table and in all BOTE communications.
In response to inquires about whether to make opening leads before entering the contract on one's score sheet: BOTE has no policy on this procedure nor does the ACBL law book. We encourage keeping the game moving along briskly by leading face down; however, neither declarer nor dummy should ever urge anyone to lead immediately or exhibit impatience if they choose to record the contract before leading. If there is any problem in this regard, the Director can adjudicate quickly. Unnecessarily slow play can be penalized. Also, if any player feels uncomfortable about being badgered or lectured at the table, they should call the director. Thank you for being polite and respectful in order to increase everyone's enjoyment of the game.
If you're a Director or you'd like to see a Director's point of view on implementing Zero Tolerance policies, have a look at this ACBL handout.
ZT - Handout for Clubs.pdf
Here are the final results of the recent BOTE fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society of Newfoundland. Bravo on a job well done!
Alzheimer Fundraiser 2017.pdf
Congratulations everyone for working so well together as a team to make this fundraiser a success! The money has gone to the Alzheimer Society of NL to support programs and services which are so necessary for individuals and their families dealing with this disease.
A special thanks goes out to the BOTE Alzheimer Fundraising Committee who organized this very important fundraiser over a brief period of time: Laura Flynn, Kevin Flynn, Brenda Conway, Maura Beam
To avoid problems at game time which can result in late starts and sit outs, please confirm with your partner on game day and, if necessary, cancel on a timely basis. If you must make a last minute cancellation, please send an email to the Club Manager (email@example.com) or notify someone who is attending the game to ensure that your change is known about. It also makes directors' jobs much easier if everyone books ahead and does so before 11 AM on the day of the game. Thank you all for your assistance in this.