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Updated Information for BOTE Online

BOTE is now successfully running online games, black points can now be earned online exactly the same as at our Club. Games are Monday and Thursdays at 1:35pm, 21 boards, and Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm, 18 boards, on BBO,  Registration for all games starts two hours before game time. After you log on to BBO, under "Featured Areas” you will see “Virtual Clubs”, click on that and then “ACBL North America”.  All BOTE games will be shown with Host: VACB265710 and our pair events will be clearly labeled BOTE, you can search for BOTE in the top right corner on the "ACBL North America" tab. These online Club games are open ONLY to BOTE members that have played at the actual club during the past year or who have bought memberships at BOTE, however there may be a substitute pair who are invited to play to prevent a sitout.   You and your partner must both be online for registration.  Cost is $5 US payable with BBO bridge bucks, which you can purchase online on BBO. A portion of the money goes towards BOTE to help with our ongoing expenses.

There are  21 or 18 boards in a game, three boards in a round which lasts 21 minutes. There has to be six tables for the game to proceed.  If there are less than six tables the game is cancelled and your money refunded. As it is a ACBL sanctioned game, there is a local Director available during the game, although most Director related problems like revokes, insufficient bids and leads out of turn are eliminated by computer technology. The Director may be called by accessing the three horizontal bars at the top right hand side of the screen when the game is in progress.  There are no ‘undos’ allowed during an ACBL game so be careful! You must alert your own bids before you make them.

Help is Available

If you need help getting started on BBO do not hesitate to email, we are happy to answer your questions.  If you need a partner email and we’ll try to connect you with someone.


1) Register on BBO, make sure to include your ACBL number when you do.  If you do not have an ACBL number contact with your BBO username.

2) Buy bridge bucks online, it is a safe and secure site.

3) Play some practice hands online to get used to the interface. 

4) Register for the game two hours before game time on game day, your partner must be online when you register.

5) Show up 10-15 minutes before start time and wait for the hands to show up.

6) Connect with your friends at the club, play bridge and have fun!

7) Repeat on next game day.

Looking forward to seeing you online.  If you have any comments or suggestions please email us at

New Life Master

Congratulations to Heidi Janes who achieved the level of Life Master by attaining 500 masterpoints.

Well done Heidi!!! 

Note from the President

Note from the President

Four months have passed since our lives were transitioned into the provincial levels of  Covid 19 awareness. On one hand this has been a very trying time; on the other, however, it has been a period of pride as our province has mustered the strength and resources necessary to ferry us to where we stand today.

BOTE has survived thus far largely due to its transformation into an online virtual bridge club. This represents a new world for each of us: technology has modified our game; but, it has also broadened our horizons of personal opportunity vis a vis our playing experience.To our Club Manager Rahul, and to our Board of Administration I humbly offer, on your behalf, this public accolade.

Where will we find ourselves when this summer has passed and autumn is upon us? This brief update is not a stage for such speculation. However, with the continuing support of our members, I hope that we will be in a position to hold an AGM to fully report on our activities and to reflect on our future goals and directions. I ask you to bear with us over the coming weeks and to continue your much needed support of our weekly program of online games.

It’s a honour for me send this short note to you. Feel free to contact me or any of our Board of Administration members should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

 Respectfully submitted,

Brian  Shortall


Board Minutes


Board Minutes

The minutes of the July Board meeting are now available on the BOTE website.  Please review them as there may be issues on which you would like to comment.  Comments can be direct to or any Board member.

Online Cheating
Online  Cheating
Online Cheating
Michal Nowosadzki is a Polish professional bridge player who helped Poland win the Bermuda Bowl in 2015 and 2019.  Shockingly he has confessed to cheating online. Please read this sad and disturbing article about how easily he slipped from being a respected, ethical player to an online cheat. It is a timely reminder of online perils. 
Board of Administration Meeting
Board of Administration Meeting

Your board of administration will be holding their next meeting on Monday July 6th.  If you have any items you would like to see added to the agenda please forward them to before Saturday July 4th at 6:00pm.


Judith McIntyre


Congratulations To Tom
Congratulations To Tom

Tom Dale was first overall in all three matches held on BOTE’s online Longest Day event.  Playing with Myra Sheppard in the morning  they earned  68%, the afternoon’s game with Richard Lash yielded a 64% result and the third win in the evening with Barbara Rhoades was 59%. Very well done Tom and partners, a force to be reckoned with indeed.  

Congratulations to our Team winners
Congratulations to our Team winners

BOTE’s first online team event has wound up with the winners listed below:-


1st Gloria Stone, Cecily Ryan, Tom Dale, Myra Sheppard
2nd Janet Hannaford, Joy Hoskins, Alice Collins, Mary Lou Martin
3rd Sandra Tobin, Anne Hughes, Rick Comerford, Jill French
4th Brian Collins, Raye Lundrigan, Stephen Outerbridge, Jim Brown

Congratulations to the winners, thanks to all who participated and especially to Rahul for organizing, it really helped us get through the first few months of lockdown.  Watch out for our next team event coming soon!

The tournament link to see the whole bracket is:

Illegal Methods At Work in BBO games, Online Security Update

With the recent surge in virtual bridge play, the ACBL & BBO have become aware that cheating has become a serious problem for both clubs and tournaments and they are taking extensive means to identify wrongdoings and administer appropriate discipline for all unethical conduct and illegal communications by the abusers!
Robb Gordon, official ACBL Recorder, recently made these stark comments, “at the ACBL, we know that people do cheat on BBO, sad as that seems. We do everything we can to investigate, charge, and discipline those when we have evidence. If you have any information go online to or email Tell us their BBO usernames, board(s) involved, BBO game number, and director contacts.”
Ongoing Detection Methods
Of course, BBO has the experience & technology to work behind the scenes to detect flagrant forms of unscrupulous behaviour, on a regular basis, but this is obviously protected information. If you as a player wish to record unusual plays, magic leads or specious tactics at the local level, use the contacts or contact the BOTE Club Manager & we will take it from there. Our own Club Recorder is also actively involved in all processes.
All virtual Clubs & Directors have indicated they are closely monitoring suspected pairs for signs of unauthorized communication. Some are using Evernote to share indications of suspicious auctions. BBO also has Hand Records database archives to keep meticulous records. Using tracking cookies and IP addresses for geo mapping has also been suggested as a possible practice.
Punitive Judgments
Constant punishment for those found guilty of fraudulent practices in the past include the offenders being stripped of all master points held, cheaters being expelled/suspended from the League, and having your shame go public, as your name is published on the ACBL’s list of convicted cheaters.
Additional Information
If you wish to view or participate in an extensive discussion of this important issue, there is much more information and insightful views available on this site - Cheating on BBO 

The Longest Day - Donations to the Alzheimer Society of NL

How to Donate?
Online -

Mail - cheques to 835 Topsail Road, Unit 107, Mount Pearl, NL A1N 3J6 (please do not send cash in the mail)

What do Donations Support?
Donations help support research and our programs and services, which we are still delivering (some in different ways) during these times. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.  

How to get my Donation Recognized for BOTE?
When making an online donation, in the 'additional comments' section, please note "in support of BOTE" .This way, the society can easily identify those donations related to BOTE. 

If someone does not note this information, it will just look like someone from the public submitted a general donation, and will not get captured in the BOTE total. 

Will I get a Tax Receipt?
Receipts get issued for donations over $10. If you submit a donation online, a receipt will be emailed to them at a later date. We normally obey a two week receipt time period, but during these different times, please note receipting periods may be delayed. However, you will receive a receipt. If it is longer than three-four weeks and you are still waiting, please feel free to contact the society and we can provide you with an update. 

For donations that are mailed, their receipt will be mailed to them, as long as their name and address is provided. Please note, there may be mailing delays before we get your donation, and then more delays for sending out the receipt. We assure you, you will be issued a receipt, but please be patient during these times. 

For further information or questions on donations regarding BOTE, please contact Katie Keats, Events Planner at 709-576-0608 or

Thanks for your support

This year, our Longest Day charitable event was constrained by circumstances, but even as a small club, we were determined not to let this day come and go without realization, recognition, and ratification. With a small team we were able to put together the modest achievement that was yesterday. This could not have been accomplished without you, so a special thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the event, by playing, directing, organizing or donating directly to Alzheimer’s. We had a very successful day with a total of 22 tables playing in our three games. It was very rewarding to ‘see' some new faces online at the games and also great that so many of our club regulars donated their time and money to such an admirable cause.

As soon as we have a final tally for the funds raised we will let you all know, in the meantime enjoy summer, looks like it has arrived


ACBL Longest Day, BOTE Games Saturday June 20th
ACBL Longest Day, BOTE Games Saturday June 20th

♠️♥️♦️♣️ ACBL Longest Day, BOTE Games Saturday June 20th ♠️♥️♦️♣️

The Longest Day, an annual ACBL fundraising event to support the Alzheimer’s Association, has been ongoing for eight straight years and has raised millions of dollars in the US and Canada to fight this pervasive disease.
All funds raised locally by us are donated to the St. John’s chapter of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Most ACBL Longest Day events are held on June 20-21, the calendar day(s) representing the longest day(s) of the year, the days that symbolize the long daily challenges facing Alzheimer’s patients and their wonderful caregivers.
Bridge is the perfect activity to pair with the Alzheimer’s Society as countless studies have shown that playing mind challenging games, like duplicate bridge, can help keep our brains active, sharp and healthy as we age.

How Newfoundland Bridge Players Can Help
The Longest Day event at BOTE has always been a fun filled day and we have raised funds for the St. John’s Alzheimer’s chapter in many different ways in past years, thanks to the tireless efforts of our organizers, volunteers and contributors. We have always raised more donations per member than many other clubs. So let’s try to keep our fine reputation intact. This year our fundraising efforts are obviously limited by circumstances, the Board however is still strongly committed to continuing our support for this very worthwhile charity, so regardless of Covid constraints, we are going to run three special duplicate games online on Saturday June 20th at 10:00am, 1:35pm and 7:00pm, 21 boards per game and for the low, low price of 5 $BBO per game.

To help us organize the day, we ask that members pre-register on the BOTE website for the games they intend to play. Those looking for partners can also sign up in the same spot under Partner Required.

If you decide to play in one or more games at our virtual Club on June 20th, you will win in two ways. First you will help us raise funds to support Alzheimers. (All our wonderful Directors will volunteer their time and also donate their stipend to the charity.)  Secondly, all regular masterpoints won in Longest Day games will be automatically doubled. With three successive games that day your opportunities to win are tripled, and when you do win MPs, the ACBL will pay back twice the amount you won!

Individual Donations
Fundraising need not be limited to table fee contributions.  We hope that you will consider making a personal donation, to the St. John’s Alzheimer chapter and continue our tradition of generosity.  For your convenience online donations are accepted at, please mention you are a BOTE member in the comments box.  Additional information about donation to the NL Alzheimers Society can be found on the BOTE website.

A Great Opportunity
Imagine you are at a major tournament, (but actually relaxed in the comfort of your home), and you can play bridge all day long. So, plan ahead, line up your favourite partners (or use the opportunity to invite someone who has not yet played online at our Club). As always we can try to find you a partner, email .Whether you decide to join us for a full day of great bridge or just for a few games, your support will go a long way in the ongoing fight against Alzheimers.

See you there!

Update from the Board

Since the COVID-induced suspension of live play 
we have had ongoing contact with the Swilers. Both organizations
agree that we have a mutually beneficial arrangement that should
continue once the restrictions are lifted and live Bridge can resume.

It does not appear that the physical distancing protocols that will be
allowed under Alert Level Three (June 8) will enable live Bridge to
be played for groups of the size normally participating in  BOTE
games. If the specific directives are vague, we will seek
clarification.. If  measures including space reconfiguration or
enhanced cleaning are prerequisites to resuming operations under Alert
Levels Three (or Two) , we will work with the Swilers to see if we can
meet these and provide a safe environment for live play.

In the meantime, our annual rental agreement with the Swilers has run
its course. Both the Swilers and BOTE  agree that as soon as we have a
better sense of when we will be able to use the facility we will
negotiate a new agreement, similar to our previous one. The Swilers
undertook to not make any commitments with respect to the rental of
the premises that would compromise our use without first consulting
with us and discussing our needs.The Swilers will continue to provide
the space we used to store our furniture and equipment  at no cost to
BOTE.  (We carry our own insurance on this).

The Swilers have used this "downtime " to effect some needed repairs
to the Clubhouse, notably in the Ladies Washroom.

Thanks to all who continue to support BOTE by playing at our virtual club online.

Covid Rant

Heidi Janes and Nellie Burke has shared with us their "Covid Rant" which takes a humous look at our current situation!  Please click the link!

Ovids CoVid BOTE Rant.pdf

BOTE - On-line Team Tournament
BOTE - On-line Team Tournament

The first BOTE tournament is underway.  12 enthusiastic teams signed up and several matches have been played already.  You can check progress at

To set up a team match, log in to BBO, go to "Competitive" and "Team matches", then "create team match". 16 Boards, IMPs, and put in the players' names. All 8 players must be online before you can start. Here's a video on how to do it: I will be available by phone (739-7248) or email to help, or to set up a match for you. (Guaranteed availability 2pm-5pm, but these days I'm not going anywhere much!). If you haven't been on BBO for long, you might not be allowed to set up the match. Just let me know and I can do it - email in advance and I can be around most times, or you can get a friend who's used BBO more.
Play and have fun! When finished, one of the captains should email me the result.

Hope to see you all there!


Can-At Tournament Cancelled

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic the 2020 Can-At tournament, due to be held 30th June to 5th July in Halifax, is cancelled.

BOTE 2020 AGM - All Members Welcome
BOTE 2020 AGM - All Members Welcome

Date:  June 15th, 2020
Coffee:  10:00 am
Meeting:   10:30 am
Place:  Swilers Club, Crosbie Road

At the 2020 AGM, the Board of Administration will propose two amendments to the BOTE Constitution.  Members are asked to please click on the link below to review the proposed amendments
Constitution - Notice of Motion to Amend AGM 2020.pdf


Seven weeks have passed since we, as BOTE members, have been able to sit down at the bridge table and have face to face communication. It has been a challenging personal time for each of us. I hope that you are holding your own in this regard. If we can be of assistance in any way please feel free to reach out to us. 

The purpose of this update is three fold: 1. Year to date summary; 2. Overview of activities; 3; Upcoming events and our AGM

Year to date summary. Notwithstanding the recent Covid-19 challenges, we’ve had  a very successful year at BOTE.  Our table counts were climbing steadily, the club camaraderie and social benefits were increasing and our educational offerings were being augmented in terms of scope and study. Thanks to responsible fiscal planning and administration, the club remains in a relatively sound financial position. We offer a heart felt thank you to those who have offered ‘rescue’ donations. For the time being, despite the shutdown of physical operations at the clubrooms, our club is still sustainable. 

2. Overview of activites.  We have had a positive and productive 2019-20, made possible by the  acumen, competence and constant effort of our many support groups.  Our Manager, Directors, website team, volunteers, educators, newsletter editors and social contributors and, of course, you the players are the backbone of BOTE and we deserve to stand proud together.

I would also like to sing the praises of your Board of Administration, who have worked tirelessly, individually and together,, to build and strengthen our organization during the past 12 months. Some of our achievements include; Emergency Defibrillator training, design of a BOTE specific Emergency Evacuation Plan; the suggestion box, supervised play, a focus group that provided feedback to the Board, constitutional amendments, planning and executing our many popular social events and, most recently, setting up the online team and duplicate game

A further issue needs to be addressed.

3. AGM 2020.  In line with so many other provincial and national deferments, it seems impossible for us to hold our AGM and election of officers in June as planned, that much is certain. In consultation with my Vice President, our present thoughts are to postpone these activities until September. As summer is pretty much a down time for us, I do not see this as being much of a problem.  Of course this would mean I would have to approach each present Board Member and solicit their willingness to continue in office until we can hold the AGM.  This proposal is not cast in stone by any means, and I encourage anyone who has a better, but still safe, alternative plan to contact me with their suggestion.

I plan to hold an online Board meeting in the very near future, to review our ongoing business and discuss what options are open to us.

In the meantime, thank you to all who are continuing to support the Club on BBO and I look forward to seeing everyone back at the table when this is finally over.

Respectfully submitted:

Brian Shortall



Our club members have shone in the annual ACBL Masterpoint races for 2019.

In the Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs contest, three BOTE members were mentioned, Judy Crewe in the 50-100 point range, Rahul Chandra who was top of the 100-200 point range and Nellie Burke in the same category.  Randy Bennet was successful in the ACBL Masterpoint Online category.
Well done everyone, we wish you continued success at the table.

Its a go - BOTE online

It’s a go!!  You can now win black points online exactly the same as at the Club. BOTE starts online games Monday 20th April at 1:00pm on BBO,  Registration for the game will start two hours before game time. After you log on to BBO, under ‘Featured Areas” you will see “Virtual Clubs”, click on that and then “ACBL Virtual Clubs”.  All BOTE games will be shown with Host: VACB265710 and our pair events will be clearly labeled BOTE. These online Club games will be open ONLY to BOTE members that have played at the actual club during the past year or who have bought memberships at BOTE.   You and your partner must both be online for registration.  Cost is $5 US payable with BBO bridge bucks, which you can purchase online on BBO. A portion of the money will go towards BOTE to help with our ongoing expenses.

There will be 21 boards in a game, three boards in a round which will last 21 minutes. There will have to be six tables for the game to proceed.  If there are less than six tables the game will be cancelled and your money refunded. As it is a ACBL sanctioned game, there will be a local Director available during the game, although most Director related problems like revokes, insufficient bids and leads out of turn are eliminated by computer technology. The Director may be called by accessing the three horizontal bars at the top right hand side of the screen when the game is in progress.

Initially we will run games at 1:00pm Mondays and Thursdays and will schedule more if there is interest. We hope you will avail of this opportunity to connect with your fellow club members who are also staying safe in social isolation at this time.

Help is Available

There is information on the Bridge on the Edge website that will guide you through getting started on BBO.  Do not hesitate to email or if you need assistance (but please do it over the weekend rather than last thing on Monday before game registration!!!)



1) Register on BBO, make sure to include your ACBL number when you do.

2) Buy bridge bucks online, it is a safe and secure site.

3) Play some practice hands online to get used to the interface. 

4) Register for the game from 11:00am onwards on game day, your partner must be online when you register.

5) Show up 5-10 minutes before start time, you will receive an invitation to play in a Tournament.  Click Accept.

6) Connect with your friends at the club, play bridge and have fun!

7) Repeat on next game day.

Looking forward to seeing you online

BOTE has added a third game to our online roster, Tuesday evening 7:00pm

BOTE has added a third game to our online roster, Tuesday evening 7:00pm, 18 boards, same price $5 US. There are now three opportunities to get black points and ‘meet’ your fellow club members, Monday and Thursday at 1:00pm (21 boards) and now Tuesday evening at 7:00pm.  The games can be found on BBO,, under ‘Virtual Clubs’, ‘ACBL Virtual Clubs'.  There will be a local Director available for director calls and there will have to be six tables for the game to go ahead.

Help is available should you have questions or need assistance, just contact, someone will get back to you.

Stay safe, enjoy your double bubble and see you online"

National Volunteer Week


Please open the link from

BOTE President Brian Shortall



Mentors: Brian Collins, Thomas Dale, Deidre Davis, Joan FitzGerald, Anne Hughes, Richard Lash, Janet Parsons and Roy Perry.

Players seeking a mentor are responsible for working out a compensation agreement with that individual mentor.  At most clubs, mentees pay the mentor's game fee.  Players should check with mentors re their availability.  For additional information, contact your Education Committee

Spring Education Schedule - Cancelled until further notice

Here is the BOTE Spring Education Schedule.  Mark your calendars to take advantage of these great educational opportunities.

Education Program - Spring 2020.pdf

Please Note All Education Activities CANCELLED until further notice

New Online Bridge Magazine

Check this link for a sampler of a new online bridge magazine, thanks to John Goold for sharing.

April 2020 Update

Your Board hopes that you are all safe, well and managing to keep yourselves occupied during this time of social distancing. We wanted to inform you that we have negotiated a reduced rent with the Swilers management for the duration of this pandemic. Also, thanks to the foresight of earlier Boards, who accumulated a modest ‘rainy day fund’,,  we are in a reasonable financial situation to weather this storm. 

We are hoping to set up some BOTE club games on BBO soon, we will send an email with details once we have them.  Meantime stay home, wash your hands and play bridge online.  Looking forward to seeing you all back at the club as soon as this crisis is over.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact any Board member. 


BOTE is ready to play ONLINE
BOTE is ready to play ONLINE

Our club has a firm plan to run ACBL sanctioned online Pairs games, awarding black points, for our club members in the same manner as regular Club games.
This will be done through Bridge Base Online, BBO Registration on BBO is free, however to play in our sanctioned club games there is a small table fee for each event. This can only be paid with ‘Bridge Bucks’ that you must pre-purchase on BBO either with a credit card or through Paypal.
It is probably best to buy in bulk as BBO, keeps track of your account and deducts each table fee from it as you enter an event. (This site is 100% safe & has been in operation for a number of years)
A portion of the table fee will go to BOTE to help with our ongoing costs. You will need a partner to play in our club games and bridge bucks to pay for the game. These online Club games will be open ONLY to BOTE members that have played at the actual club during the past year or who have bought a membership.  There will be a local Director available during the game, although most Director related problems like revokes, insufficient bids and leads out of turn are eliminated by computer technology.

So to get ready to play at BOTE online you need to register for BBO, buy some Bridge Bucks on BBO and maybe play a few online practice hands (if you are new), after registration, so you can get used to the BBO interface.
Anyone that needs help getting started on BBO has 3 options for assistance.
1. BOTE BBO Help Desk. Local members can help you start up on BBO.  Email or  and someone will assist you by phone or print.
2. You can access this very detailed tutorial put together by the Sagamore bridge club in New York.
3. Have a friend or relative assist you.

We hope these games will become popular and, if so, we will run as many games as you wish. It will not replace the club experience at BOTE, however it will give members a chance to connect and play some good duplicate bridge together during these difficult times.

Thank you for your continued support.

Your BOTE Board

Stay home, stay safe and play bridge online.

Getting Started with BBO

BridgeBase Online (BBO) is an online bridge site that offers a number of options for you to play bridge on a live or virtual basis, for fun or matchpoints, if you have access to a computer, phone or tablet connected to the net. Fun play is free, matchpoint games have small fees. You can play with your own partner, request a partner or play solo with three robots (programmed players who self alert their bids). If you are playing for fun, you can log in for 10 minutes, a few hours or come and go at your leisure.

To get started, you need to download the BBO application, from wherever you get your apps, or in a web browser go to the website at, submit a user name and create a profile. Simple, straightforward instructions will guide you.

BOTE is asking experienced BBO players, who would like to give computer support to any member who may need it to get started, to submit their name and
contact information to the C19 Committee at The Committee will accept requests from any member who needs help with BBO and match them with our Computer Support Volunteers.

Thanks!  Happy playing.

Support your Club ACBL Black Point Game

As notified by the ACBL, there is now an online “Support your Club ACBL Black Point Game” beginning at 11:30 am, 6:30 pm and 9:00 NDT on BBO. You can play with your own partner or get a partner online. Capacity is limited for each event and you will be playing against players from across North America. There is also a day long tourament, you can playing individually with robots. The cost is $5.00 US per player and you must have a credit with BBO to pay. This can be purchased with a credit card or through Paypal.  Of this $5.00 fee,  $4.00 will be distributed proportionately to the clubs you've played at. So if you've played 50% of the time at BOTE and 50% at a club in Florida, BOTE will get $2.00 and the Florida club $2.00.  If you only play at BOTE, BOTE will get the $4.00. 

You can register for the games up to two hours before start time on BBO, under ACBL World.  BBO has a link to help you get started.

The bridge community, ACBL, BBO and the Common Game are working together to find a way that players can play against other players from their own club.  We will keep you posted, as information is available.

Good luck, stay safe and see you online. 

Covid-19 update - March 18th

This is an edited version of an email received today from the Beverly Hills Club.  One of the books being offered on the Australian website (see below) is widely recommended, Bridge in the Menagerie by Victor Mollo. 

We have also set up a dedicated email,, to reach your C-19 committee, please contact us with questions or concerns.

With acknowledgment to the Beverly Hills Bridge Club

We hope you're staying safe during these unprecedented times. Obviously, we are all missing the opportunity to play bridge at our club, however, if you have a laptop, tablet, or even a phone, it is possible to play online bridge on Bridge Base Online, BBO. The ACBL, The Common Game, and BBO are currently working together to try to bring the continent's club games online. As currently envisioned, each club will have its own dedicated virtual space and the games will even pay black points, the same as you'd earn in normal club games. Also, you'll get to play against the people you normally play against. In order to scale this project, though, it's going to take some time. We have no information on when this setup will be available, but it's an extremely high priority. We will pass on any further information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, those of you who have played on BBO know that there are many online playing options available to you. You can play in ACBL-sanctioned 1-hour tournaments, you can practice with players of your choice, or you can even play with and against robots that play with a reasonable degree of skill. The site is free to use; you only need to create an account at

Also, in an effort to give people more access to bridge during this time, an Australian purveyor of bridge supplies has put together what he calls a "digital care package" for bridge players, with free downloads of some classic books, lectures, and bridge problems. So click or copy-paste the link below and then download or read whichever of the resources therein are of interest.

Covid-19 update - Mar 20th

Effective immediately BOTE will be closed for games and lessons in compliance with the ordinance from the Minister of Health & the NL Government. When circumstances improve we will reopen as soon as possible. We encourage our members to follow all advice from health professionals and stay safe.
Once we have more information on BOTE online games we will post it on our website. Please address any comments or concerns to the C-19 committee at

Flu Season Reminder

Members are asked to please exercise care when coughing and sneezing.  Please do not cough into your hands and then handle cards.  Hand sanitizer is provided for your use.  

What's Happening in March

All activities cancelled until further notice

Completing Your Convention Card - Anne Hughes

Anne Hughes will be giving two interactive sessions on use and completion of the standard convention card as supplied by BOTE Inc.

Tuesdays (09:30-11:30 am):  April 7 & 14

Registration is available online.

Three Teacher Supervised Play - Deirdre Davis, Tom Dale, Richard Lash

The remaining sessions are cancelled until further notice.

Beginners' Bridge Basics 2 - Gloria Stone, Janet Hannaford

All remaining sessions are cancelled

Statement re Covid-19, March 15th

The Board of Administration of BOTE is aware of the risks associated with Covid-19 and understands our bridge population are particularly vulnerable.  The Board believes, however, that ultimately members are responsible for their own health and well-being and are capable of making decisions to safeguard themselves and their loved ones. With these statements in mind, the Board has prepared a plan of action to enable BOTE to remain open for those that still wish to play duplicate bridge.

We have formed an ad hoc C-19 committee led by Brian Shortall, (email The committee welcomes any suggestions or comments and will communicate with the membership as necessary. The following measures and precautions will be implemented immediately to reduce the possible spread of Covid-19 and will remain in effect until further notice:

All members
1) Anyone with new cold or flu-like symptoms should follow the guidelines as prescribed by the National & Provincial Health Services. If you have any of these symptoms and have played at the Club recently, please notify the C-19 Committee immediately.

2) Any individual who is returning from travel outside the province, or anyone who has had close contact with such a traveler, is asked to stay away from the club for 14 days following return.
3) All players should engage in proper personal hygienic practices to reduce the risks of the spread of infection:

     - Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use alcohol-based rubs, (at least 60%):
     - Cover your nose and  mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow and dispose of used tissues immediately. We will provide tissues.
     - Avoid unnecessary close contact with each other as much as possible.

Committee and Volunteers
Under the supervision of the C-19 Committee, BOTE will:
1) No longer provide membership snacks. You are welcome to bring your own, but please don't bring anything to share.
2) Clean and disinfect the tables after every game and provide means to do so during the play day.
3) Advise directors to use disinfecting cleaners to wipe down all common areas such as counters and door knobs.
4) Insist that all east-west players carry their bidding box with them throughout the session. After games, please leave bidding boxes on the table for cleaning.
5) Sanitize the bridgemates before each game. Ask that only North handle the device and show the results to the opponents, who can nod to show acceptance.
6) Encourage players not to mingle in small group discussions.
7) Require all Directors to wear protective gloves and to be the only personal to move the boards.

8) Investigate ways to disinfect the boards.
9) Suspend the library use.
10) Clean the Directors' area.
11) Collect all money as members arrive.

Anyone who would like to help with any of the cleaning/disinfecting responsibilities is asked to contact the committee.

Covid-19 update, March 15th

Chief Medical Officer of Health, (NL) Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, advises the first presumptive case of COVID-19 is in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region. Labrador Grenfell covers Labrador and the Northern Peninsula. Dr. Fitzgerald did not confirm the exact location of the woman.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a presumptive positive result is when a patient has tested positive by a local public health laboratory, but those results are still pending confirmation at a CDC lab.

Covid-19 update 2, March 17th

NL Health Authorities, and others, are advising that groups of more than 50 should not convene in the same place and we agree. BOTE will cancel immediately all activities where 50 people or more are concerned.
This can change as more advisories come forth.
In additional to the precautionary measures outlined previously, we will also be scaling back our regular games with an eye to immediate complete suspension should the need arise.
Tuesday’s duplicate game will proceed as scheduled, however the night game and Thursday's games will be cancelled.
We will continue to monitor all circumstances and decide whether to proceed with any games next week.

Some members have questioned the decision to remain open. Our response, after much discussion, is that our group is very identifiable as we know who they are and can advise they can follow the guidelines re self-quarantine if need be, (unlike a bar/public event) so the Health Authorities are not saying we are in contravention of safe practices.

If less than 50 adults wish to take stringent protective measures and still accept mitigated risks then we will move to monitor our decision as information becomes available.

There are no financial considerations involved in this decision.

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. 

Tuesdays (7 pm):  Supervised by qualified bridge teachers who will assist with bidding, play and defense as questions arise. Newcomers 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.

Please book in tables of four at least 24 hrs in advance $10/person, pay as you go.  Book early to avoid disappointment.  Cancellations should be received 24 hrs in advance, except in emergency situations. 

Trouble registering?  Email:

Three Teacher Supervised Play - Deirdre Davis, Tom Dale, Richard Lash

This week's session has been cancelled

Tuesday: March 17,24,31; April 21,28 (9:30-11:30 am)

Supervised Play for all levels - for anyone striving to improve bridge performance. Bring your own boards or use ours. Experienced teachers 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

Beginners' Bridge Basics 2 - Gloria Stone, Janet Hannaford

The remaining sessions have been cancelled

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

$10 per session. We encourage participants to register themselves for these sessions.  If you experience trouble registering - seek help at

Treat Calendar

If you would like to help make bridge even more fun than it is now, please sign up to bring snacks on a day that you’re playing. The sign up sheet/calendar is inside the bar section of the club.

More March Madness!
Tuesday, March 17 is Paddy’s Day!  A good time to be Irish ☘️.   Join us for snacks and wear something green to show your spirit and who knows ... One festive person may be rewarded by the lucky leprechaun.  As always, please try and bring your own plate and utensils.
Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Board Meeting of February 27th can be reviewed by accessing the link below.  The minutes are also available in the drop down menu of the blue "Information" tab on the BOTE website.

Board Minutes - February 27 2020.pdf

March 8th - Move your clocks ahead 1 hour

Daylight Savings Time goes into effect on Sunday, March 8th, when clocks will “spring forward” by one hour beginning at 2 a.m.

Thanks Joan, Deirdre and Tom

Thanks to Joan FitzGerald, Deirdre Davis, Tom Dale, and their assistants for another successful series of Three Teacher Supervised Play!

Social Committee Event - Thursday, March 5th
Tired of the Winter Blahs?  LET’S PARTY!
Wear something bright and festive on Thursday March 5th.  Join us at the Tiki Bar for Hawaiian Pizza for lunch.  Stay tuned for more upcoming March Madness.
Please register online for the pizza by 10 pm Wednesday, March 4th to help our Social Committee estimate how much pizza to order.
Inclement Weather - Club Closure

BOTE's  policy is to close the club if the schools are closed due to weather-related issues.  

Therefore, the club is closed all day today - March 2nd.

Hand Sanitizer

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

Call for Proposals - Spring 2020

This is a call for proposals for educational offerings for the Spring 2020. 

The Education Committee would appreciate receiving the following information:

  • Name/theme of the set of lessons to be offered (ie. defense, play of hand)
  • List of topics to be covered.
  • Dates, length of lesson, and times preferred.
  • Instructional materials needed.

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. 


Please forward your proposal to by February 29th 2020.

Thank You-Brian
Thank You-Brian

Many Thanks to Brian Collins for his lesson on Lebensohl and Transfer Lebensohl.

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

Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day

Please join BOTE Board of Directors and fellow BOTE members on Thursday February 13th for a Valentine's Day celebration. Members are encouraged to bring their own plate and cutlery to enjoy cake and other goodies               

Thank You

Many Thanks to Viki O'Dea for volunteering to edit BOTE newsletter and for coordinating the afternoon treats we all enjoy!

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 Thanks to all who volunteer!

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 or any Board member.

BOTE Focus Group
BOTE Focus Group

On Saturday, February 1, the first ever BOTE Focus Group was held. Five members, chosen at random, shared their perceptions and opinions on several topics in order to provide the Board with feedback on general operations and where problems are perceived.  The five participants were eloquent, explicitly honest and very constructive during the two hour exercise and they endorsed the Focus Group format as a good conduit to keep the Board in contact with members’ opinions.
The Board and the Focus Group Committee, Roy, Fran and Judith would like to thank all five participants for their sincerity and valuable feedback.  We hope that we will be able to act on many of the concerns raised.
The Focus Group Committee will be compiling the information gathered into a short Report for the Board.

What's Happening in January


All games this month are

Silver Points


Bridge Games on Thursday January 23rd
Bridge Games on Thursday January 23rd

As the State of Emergency is still in effective, the BOTE club is closed on Thursday January 23th.

Winter Newsletter
Winter Newsletter

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 2020.pdf

Bridge On the Edge Library

The BOTE library is now well stocked. We thank everyone for their generous donations and do not need any more at the moment.

Upcoming Board Meeting
Upcoming Board Meeting

  The next Board meeting will be held on January 9th. One of the agenda items will be our Zero Tolerance policy. If any member has comments on this or any other issue please let any Board member know.  Brian S., Roy, Rick, Judith M., Anne, Susan and Fran.

$5.00 Games in December
$5.00 Games in December

Back by popular demand, $5.00 games for the month of December.
Enjoy the     savings!


BOTE Christmas Celebration
BOTE Christmas Celebration

HO HO HO Santa is coming!
BOTE will open at 11:00am December 12th.
A photo booth will be available for pictures with Santa 
and Friends!

Come and celebrate the season with your BOTE friends


Beginner Bridge Lessons - Gloria Stone

Gloria is offering beginner bridge lessons on Mondays at 7 pm (No lesson Nov 11th Remembrance Day).  Topics posted weekly.  Audrey Grant's style of interactive teaching and recommended sequence of topics with practice play an important component of each lesson.  $10 per night, pay as you go.  We encourage everyone to register themselves but if you require assistance, please email

Dec 9th:  Jacoby Transfers

Doubles & Redoubles by Randy Bennett

Randy is offering 3 lessons on the various doubles. For every bid there is a possible double: takeout, negative, responsive, balancing, support, maximal, lead directing, thrump, snap dragon, balance of power, equal level conversion, card showing, penalty, obarbids (and more)?  For every double, there is a redouble! Randy will also briefly discuss the meaning of the redouble (a forgotten bid rarely discussed in most partnerships).

Dates:Dec 10th 9:30am

2 hour classes (.5 hr lesson; 1.5 hr practice).  All 3 lessons fit together as a package … move your game up a notch with doubles & redoubles! 

New Ruby Life Master

Congratulations to Viki O'Dea who achieved the level of Ruby Life Master by attaining 1500 masterpoints.

Well done Viki!!!

Call for Proposals - Winter/Spring 2020
Call for Proposals - Winter/Spring 2020

This is a call for proposals for educational offerings for the Winter & Spring 2020. 

The Education Committee would appreciate receiving the following information:

  • Name/theme of the set of lessons to be offered (ie. defense, play of hand)
  • List of topics to be covered.
  • Dates, length of lesson, and times preferred.
  • Instructional materials needed.

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. 

Please forward your proposal to by Saturday, November 30th.

A Bridge Companion - Discussion Paper – by Brian Collins
November 12 and 19 (9:30 am)
$20 includes the paper and 2 lessons, payable at first lesson
Brian Collins has written a 34 page document titled: “A Bridge Companion”.  Intermediate level players in particular will learn and enjoy the sessions and the reference material.  Yet suitable for all.  Brian’s sessions are educational, but not exactly in a structured lesson format.  More than 40 topics cover everything from opening bid criteria, maximal doubles, rectifying the count, and many, many more topics.  The $20 fee covers both sessions and an electronic copy of the "Bridge Companion" emailed to you for your reading enjoyment.  Come join!  Registration now available.
"A singleton is a good lead as long as it isn't a trump".
Halloween 2019

Our trustworthy BOTE Board Members

Can you identify them?
Thanks to Brian Shortall for providing the photo


Thursday, October 31 is Halloween and if anybody is "in the SPIRIT", please feel free to wear a costume.  Snacks and goodies will be served.

Team Games

Team Game:
Mon. Oct. 28 (afternoon)

All teams of 4 players must be constructed according to the "8 is enough" guidelines where an A player (1000+ master points) is worth 3, a B (300-999) is 2, and a C (0-299) is 1.  A valid team can be AACC, ABBC, ABCC, BBBB, or any combination of B and C players.

Please list 4 team members' names when signing up.

Bridge on the Edge Library - Open for Business!
Our library books are available on an honesty basis with members signing the books out and returning them in a timely manner so others can use them.  Donations of more books are welcome.  If anyone has books they would like to contribute, please contact Judith McIntyre or Fran Cook at
Click on the link below (also located under the Information tab on the BOTE website) to see the list of books available for borrowing.
Ottawa Regional

Congratulations to all our BOTE members who attended the Ottawa Regional.  Well done!  Click on the link below to see the results.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oct. 14 & 21- NO GAMES

No games on Monday, October 14th and 21st due to advanced voting and Election Day the subsequent week.

Mentoring Program Notice

Building on the BOTE successful Mentoring Program, we are proud to continue this very worthwhile program through 2019-20 with a few modifications.  For a number of reasons, we are discontinuing the coupon and free game sponsorship by our club, which means… 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 (and if post mortem analysis or additional tutoring is required, it may include a nominal lesson fee).

BOTE will make available a list of players who have volunteered to be Mentors.  Players may then approach a Mentor to see if that Mentor is available or already fully booked.

For additional queries or information please contact your Education Committee.

Important Schedule Change

Because the federal election is scheduled for Monday, October 21st and the Swilers Club is a designated polling station, lessons and games are cancelled for that date.  Please ensure your partner is aware of this cancellation.

Newsletter Revision

It has come to the attention of the Editors of the Newsletter that the article on Eileen Wakeham in the September issue required correction.  The article has been revised and reposted under the Information tab.

Fall 2019 Education Program

Registration for classes is available online.  Be sure to take advantage of these great educational opportunities.

Education Program - Fall 2019.pdf

Afternoon of Bridge - September 28

You are invited to an afternoon of bridge on Sept. 28th.  Bring your own cards.  Tables must be booked by Sept. 23rd.  This event is a fundraiser with all proceeds going towards the establishment of homes in the Avalon area.  Click on the link for more details.

LArche Poster 2019.pdf


The Education Committee is looking for players who are willing to be Mentors. Interested players should submit their names to Anne Hughes by the end of September.

Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Board Meetings of September 5th and 12th can be reviewed by accessing the link below.  Also available in the drop down menu of the blue "Information" tab on the BOTE website.
Board Minutes - Sept 5 and 12 2019.pdf

Defibrillator Training

Sherry Healey, Heart and Stroke Foundation, will provide a short training session in the use of an Emergency Defibrillator (AED).  Tuesday, September 17 at 12:00 noon.  The session is 15 to 20 minutes. Directors, Teachers and any interested Club Members are welcome to attend.

3rd Anniversary BBQ

A hugh thank you to Sue Follett and her team for making our 3rd Anniversary BBQ an overwhelming success!  Click on the link below to see some pictures that Judith McIntyre generously shared with us!

3rd Anniversary BBQ - September 12th

Between games on Thurs. Sept 12th we are barbecuing hamburgers (veggie option also available).   Please register for the event and indicate if you prefer a veggie burger.   To reduce our environmental footprint, we ask everyone to bring your own plate and cutlery and take them home to wash.  Looking forward to seeing you!

New Club Director

Congratulatons to Shakti Chandra on attaining her ACBL Club Director credentials. BOTE members welcome her to this important role in our club.

Board Meeting

The next Board of Administration meeting will be held on Thursday 5th September.  The Board would like to thank members for the feedback on the planning meeting held in July and for the ideas submitted in the Suggestion Box.  These are on the agenda for our meeting.  Anyone who has any additional input please contact one of us, either in person or by email, we love to hear from you.  Brian S., Roy, Rick, Judith M., Anne, Susan and Fran.

New Gold Life Master

Congratulations to Tom Dale who recently achieved the rank of Gold Life Master (2500 MP with at least 500 silver/red/gold/platinum).  Well done Tom!

Sad News

We have just learned the sad news that Mike Buist has passed away. Mike was a long standing member of the bridge community as well as a friend to many at the club.

Information on the visitation and service can be found in his obituary,

Thursday Morning

We need three full tables for the game to go ahead on Thursday morning.  If you wish to play, please register soon.  Deadline for registration is 7 pm on Wednesday.

Thursday Morning (Aug.22nd)

Due to insufficient numbers, the morning game on Thursday, August 22nd is cancelled.

Education Report from 2019 AGM

Please take the time to read the full report from last year's Education Committee.  The report was briefly summarized at our AGM in May. 

Many thanks to Janet Hannaford, Alice Collins, and Marilyn Walbourne for their outstanding work.

BOTE Education Report - May 28 2019.pdf

Planning Committee Minutes July 8th, 2019
Planning Committee Minutes July 8th, 2019

Minutes from the Planning Committee's July Meeting are now available on our website under the blue Information tab.  The link below has been provided for your convenience.  Please take time to review these minutes to keep updated with important information.

Planning Committee Minutes July 8th 2019.pdf

Education Survey Report 2018
The Education Committee, on behalf of the Board, would like to formally acknowledge the tremendous service John Goold has given BOTE with his labour and thorough analysis of the survey results. 
We also thank:  club teachers and others who contributed suggestions in the development of the survey‎; Tim Summers, for making the survey accessible online; and 79 survey participants who gave their time and effort in completing the survey.  Based on the results, the Education Committee is currently formulating programs that reflect the needs and wants of our members. 
Alzheimer Fundraiser Photos - Thanks Laura

Thank you to Laura Flynn for taking photos at our BOTE 2019 Alzheimer Silent Auction Fundraiser.

Click on the link below to see these photos.

Thank You

 THANK YOU to Regina Clarke and Susan Follett for volunteering to clean our tables. We all appreciate the effort in keeping our bridge club a clean environment for our bridge games.

Manager's Message Regarding Assigned Seats

During the larger afternoon games, sometimes not all E/W will play all N/S and vice versa.  If one pair misses two A pairs, and a second misses two C pairs, the first pair will usually have an easier game so it is not ideal to compare their scores.  So if we can assign tables with a pattern like ABCABCABC, it will be more equitable.  This won't be perfect as we also need to accomodate players for lighting issues, and the number of players in each stratum will not be the same (so maybe the pattern one day is ACBCACBC), but it seems to be an improvement over freeform seating.  There can also be improvements in play speed (makes it less likely that two slow pairs will follow each other, though there are faster and slower players at all levels).

Canadian Bridge Federation

The CBF mission is to promote bridge within Canada and protect and advance the national interests of Canadian bridge teams and players for international bridge competition.  We urge all Canadian bridge players to be members of the CBF.  See below for more information.

CBF Brochure.pdf 

CBF - Why Join.pdf

Help Wanted - Table Washer Needed

To maintain a hygenic environment, we need volunteers to wash down our bridge tables.  Volunteers can contact a board member through email or in person.  We are a member owned club and our volunteers are greatly valued for all the work they do to make our club a success.

Thanks Raye!!!!

Thanks to Ray Lundrigan for helping to promote a hygeneic environment by keeping our bridge tables clean over the past year.  We are now looking for someone to take over this important job.

Letter from Alzheimer Society

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 2019 - Letter from Alzheimer Society.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.

New Ruby Life Master

Congratulations to John Goold on achieving
Ruby Life Master.

Requirements:  A Life Master with 1500 MP
(at least 300 are silver/red/gold/platinum).

New Life Master

Anne Hughes became a Life Master at the Can-At Regional in Moncton.  

Congratulations Anne!

2019 Longest Day Fundraiser

BOTE had another successful year with our fundraiser for the Longest Day 2019.  $4,000.00 was raised at the club and presented to the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.   We have asked the Society to provide us with a letter indicating the grand total of contributions once the direct and on-line contributions have been tallied.

Alzheimer Fundraiser Letter 2019 - from Dan Regan.pdf

Special thanks go to our Longest Day Committee members:  Dan Regan, Shakti Chandra, Laura Flynn, Marylou Leeman, and Madonna Wadden.  Many hours were spent making this event a great success.  Thanks to Marilyn Bennett, Richard Lash, and Janet Parsons for devoting their time and talent to the supervised play fundraiser.  Thanks also go to those who donated items for BOTE's silent auction, to those who purchased them and/or made donations, and to Rick Comerford who reviewed our collections and verified them against our supporting documentation.  Well done everyone!

Minutes - June 20th Board Meeting

Minutes from the June 20th  Board Meeting are now available on our website under the blue Information tab.  The link below has been provided for your convenience.  Please take time to review these minutes to keep updated with important information.

Board Minutes - June 20 2019.pdf

Good cards and good luck to all Newfoundland participants at the Can-At Regional in Moncton.  Have fun; we know you’ll represent us well!

To see the results, just click on the header at the top of this news item or on the ACBL Live logo..

Spring/Summer Lesson Schedule

Registration for classes is available online.  Be sure to take advantage of these great educational opportunities.

BOTE Spring-Summer Lessons 2019.pdf

BOTE's Longest Day Fundraiser 2019

BOTE's Longest Day fundraising takes place June 17th to 20th.  There will be a table for monetary donations (cash or cheques accepted).  Cheques should be made out to "Alzheimer Society of NL"Sorry but we are unable to accept credit cards, debit, or e-transfers.  If you prefer to donate online, please make sure you indicate that you are a BOTE member donating as part of our Longest Day Fundraiser.

A Silent Auction is taking place as part of the fundraising events.  Items for the auction can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  Winners will be decided on Thursday, June 20th and are asked to pay on that day.

Longest Day 2019 - Silent Auction Items.pdf

We encourage our members to be generous and help us raise money for this worthy cause.  Your donations help the Alzheimer Society offer services and support to people with dementia and their family and caregivers.

Board Meeting - June 20th

The BOTE Administrative Board will be meeting on Thursday, June 20th.  If members have any ideas, concerns or questions they would like addressed, please mention them to any Board member in person or by email.

Non-Tangible Donations needed - Longest Day Committee

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 by June 11.

Details about the silent auction, and the opportunity to make Longest Day cash donations, will be coming soon.

New Ruby Life Master

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!

Welcome to our new Board!

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.

President:  Brian Shortall
Vice President:  Roy Perry
Secretary:  Judith McIntyre
Treasurer:  Rick Comerford
Members at large:  Fran Cook, Anne Hughes, Susan Follett
Thanks to Gloria Stone for taking pictures at our AGM.  Click on the link for some candid shots.
Membership Campaign

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).

Call for Nominations to the Board

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 

Welcome - Regina and June

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.

Committee Members Needed for Longest Day

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, 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  Hopefully a committee can be formed to continue this important venture.

Spring Surprise: BOTE Pop-Up Pizza

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.

Call for Proposals - Spring/Summer 2019

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:

  • Name/theme of lessons to be offered (eg defense, play of the hand)
  • List of topics to be covered
  • Dates, length of lesson and times preferred
  • Instructional materials required. 

For all sessions, the minimum number of participants will be 8.  For sessions for beginners (including refresher courses) the maximum will be 24; for all other sessions, the maximum will be 32.  Please forward proposals by March 28/19 to
Advice on Slow Play

Bruce McIntyre from Vancouver gives helpful advice on how to prevent slow play at the bridge table.  Worth the read!

Stratified Pairs - Riverview NB - April 13 & 14, 2019
Eastern Canadian Sectional 0-299 Tournament is taking place in Riverview NB on April 13th and 14th.  There is a brief teaching session between games and a light meal provided on site.  Billets will be available for any players from our club.  Contact Jen Huntsman for details.    Moncton - Stratified Pairs - April 13 14 2019.pdf
The Canadian Food Sharing Association needs our help
The Community Food Sharing Association's recent fire destroyed most of their ‎warehouse donations.  Long known to help the poorest of our province ease their struggles‎, it is now time to help the CFSA with their present struggle of building the stores in their food bank.  Under the leadership of Barb Baldwin and Susan Follett, our club will accept donations of cheques (made payable to Community Food Sharing Association Inc.; their number is 119227429RR0001) or nonperishable food items ‎during each game and lesson this week (February 4-7).  Please give generously.  Many thanks to Barb and Susan.
Flu Season is Here

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

ACBL and CBF Unit Races - Final Results

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).

Complimentary Game of Bridge at BOTE

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.

Pop and Pizza for Members - Dec. 27th

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 Christmas Celebrations - December 13, 2018

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:

Santa Arrives (video/sound):

Afternoon Bridge Game:

Comfort and Safety - Winter is coming. Layer up!

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.

Principles of IMPs versus MPs - need an instructor

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.

Follett/Janes Festive Fall Feast 2018

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. 

New Gold Life Master!

Richard Lash is now a Gold Life Master!  Congratulations Richard!

Two Cool Cats

Two cool cats dressed for the occasion at the ABCL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game on Wednesday, October 31

Lots of fun!

Team Game - October 29th - "8 is enough"

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.

Congratulations to Cecily

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!

Congratulations to Tom and Richard

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.

Birthday Bash - A Success!

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.

BOTE Alzheimer Fundraiser - Lunch and Bridge

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.

BOTE Birthday Bash - Thursday, September 20th
Paid-up members are invited to celebrate BOTE's second birthday as a member-owned club on Thursday, Sept. 20th.
Morning and afternoon games will be priced at $5 apiece.  Register for the lunch by Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 7 pm.
Sandwich trays, birthday cake, and coffee will be available to members free of charge. This light lunch will be a self serve option available at the conclusion of the morning's 21-board game.
Sign up for games and register for the lunch. Celebrate the success of your club.
Well Done Janet!

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!

M2M Partnersips for 2018
These pairs will begin their partnerships starting in February through to October.  We wish them success in their adventure.  Mentoring applications are now closed.  Many thanks to those who applied and mentors who volunteered.
Deidre Davis‎ and Shirley Ryan
Marilyn Bennett and Jacinta Wall
Tom Dale and Susan Follett
Joan FitzGerald and Shakti Chandra 
Anne Hughes‎ and Brenda Conway
Joan Ledrew‎ and June Hynes
Raye Lundrigan ‎and Regina Clarke 
Janet Parsons and Marilyn Walbourne 
Bruce Watson and Heidi Janes
Richard Lash and Pauline Mackey
John Goold and Helen Handrigan
Randy Bennett and Judith Chubbs
Alzheimer's Fundraiser Dinner 2018

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.

ACBL - Bridge Feed

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.

Senior Game Winners - March 19th

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!

Alzheimers Longest Day Fundraiser 2018

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

Atlanta National Bridge Tournament 2018

Janet Hannaford, Jay Whipple (President of ACBL), Roy Perry

Photo courtesy of:  Barbara Rhoades

Call for Proposals - Beginners' Bridge Program

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:

  • Topics to be offered
  • Number of weeks’ duration
  • Indication of instructors’ preferred system/style (eg Audrey Grant, Barbara Seagram, your own, etc)
  • Instructional requirements

Please submit your proposal to  

by Tuesday, August 7.   Thank you.

21 Rules of Being a Good Bridge Partner

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.

Mini-Richmond Award - Gloria Stone

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.

Longest Day 2018 BOTE Results

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

Call for Teachers- Summer Session

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.

Newly Elected Board

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:

Heidi Janes - President
Janet Hannaford - Vice President
Rick Comerford - Treasurer
Brian Shortall - Secretary
Members at Large:  Mary Lou Martin, Alice Collins, Jacinta Wall
Many thanks to the previous Board for doing such a great job over the past year and a very warm welcome to the incoming new Board.

Shuffle Pairs Game - Wednesday, April 25th

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 ProtocolPlayers 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. 

Double Dummy

Thanks to Joan FitzGerald for this link regarding Double Dummy.

Cheers to Our New Chairs!

Cheers to our new chairs, and many thanks to Janet Hannaford for her management of this purchase.  Thanks also to Brian Collins, Roy Perry and all the club members who helped.  We hope to have many years of comfortable seating as a result of this investment.
Learning To Improve - by Larry Cohen

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

General Convention Chart

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.

National Capital Regional Tournament

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!

Best Halloween Costume!

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 (M2M) for 2017
This is the completion of the 3 session Mentoring, M2M for 2017.  The program gives those who signed up as mentees three games, to be arranged at mutually convenient times with the selected mentors, over the fall term.  The program's purpose is to GUIDE mentees' growth in all aspects of the game. It is aspirational in its core. Both mentor and mentee accept that each bears the responsibility to make the experience a success‎.  We appreciate the mentors' time and participation in this program. 

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. 

Opening Lead Prior to Entering Contract on Score Sheet?

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.

ACBL Guide for Directors on Zero Tolerance

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

Booking Changes

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 ( 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.