Calendar for all tournaments for Unit 141 and all other District 4 events can be found on the District 4 website at www.district4.info.
The Philadelphia Contract Bridge Association (PCBA) is Unit 141 within District 4 of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).
Here is another well done and very simple introduction to bridge. It is a series of ten videos by Elena Grewal which can be viewed on YouTube.
Try this link or search on YouTube.
Great TED Talk on the value of bridge.
Excellent description of bridge for introducing the game to beginners.
Click Here to watch video.
Or copy and paste this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YICFXRPFek0
Want to find a bridge club in Unit 141 and the Philadelphia area? If the year is 1965, you have a choice of more than 85+ clubs. Click Here for the ACBL Directory listing of all the clubs in our area from 1965.
Why You Should Play Bridge
Just Google "Keep Bridge Alive"
To learn the reasons and how you can help fund the project.
Commentary on the
Laws of Duplicate Bridge
The laws governing duplicate bridge can be confusing at best. The World Bridge Federation has written an excellent document giving commentary and many good examples on the new 2017 Laws. These laws govern all of our duplicate games at clubs and tournaments. This commentary is worth reading for all players and especially for directors. It is a good reference guide if you have had a problem related to one of the laws and you are looking for a clear explanation. Here are some links to the commentary and to the actually Laws.
Click Here for the Commentary (PDF).
Click Here for a link to the actual laws on the WBF website (PDF and Word).
Click Here for a link to the Laws on the ACBL website (download, purchase).
Why you want to play bridge . . .
Four bridge players from USA win $180,000 playing bridge
There are a lot of bridge tournaments in the USA and in the World for that matter. One just completed was the Yeh Bros Cup in Beijing, China. Eighteen of the world's top twenty ranked players were in attendance. The field included 28 teams from around the world and three teams represented the USA. Note that the teams can be multi-national, that is have members from other countries.
This year the winning team was USA (Kranyak) splitting the top prize of $180,000. The winning team members (pictured above) were: John Hurd, John Kranyak, Vince Demuy, and Justin Lall. All four are top players from the USA.
Click here for more USA Team pictures.
Click here for Yeh Bros Cup home page.
Need a Club Director for your Club or Special Event?
The PCBA maintains a list of all certified club directors in Unit 141. If you are in need of a director on a regular basis or to fill in one time, you can request a copy of the Unit 141 list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you the current list. If you are a director and want to make sure you are on the list (or have your name removed), you can send an email to the same address.
District 4 Fragrance Free Policy
District 4 has a clear policy on keeping our tournaments free of strong scents. Strong scents include perfumes, any fragranced products, the smell of smoke, and poor personal hygiene. If you attend a tournament, please leave these scents behind.
Here is a link to the D4 policy on the District website.
Here is the complete text of the Fragrance Free Policy:
All Regional tournaments in District 4 are fragrance free. Players must refrain from wearing any of the following: cologne, after shave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion, fragranced hair products, and/or similar products when participating in our tournaments. These fragrances can cause serious health issues for migraine sufferers and players with breathing-related problems. Strong scents, including fragrances, the smell of smoke, and poor personal hygiene violate the Zero Tolerance Policy.
All week at local clubs!
Click here for STaC information and results.
Silver Points and lots of Bonus Points!
Play at your local club.
Check with your favorite club for details.
Why put the NAPs on THE BLACKLIST? Even Raymond Reddington has played in them!
To hear Red talk about his experience, Click Here.
(By the way, who is Steve Lyditt?)
R2D2 and C3P0 New Members of Bridge Club of Center City
Half Tables Eliminated Forever
The joint efforts of Mike Giesler, David Rose, and Jay Whipple of The Common Game have made half tables at club games a thing of the past. You can just use two robots from the online website BBO to fill in anytime you have a half table.
The setup and procedure is simple. Upload the day's hand record file to BBO, start a playing table on BBO using those hands, and place two tablets or laptops on one of your regular tables to become your sitout table. When the sitout pair arrives at the table, they play the appropiate hands against two BBO robots. Scoring the hand results is the same as at all other tables - entered into Bridgemates or your standard reporting method.
The experiment has been a big success and the players love it. Interested? Click Here for article that gives all the details.
Eight is Enough is a format for team games that is used in some team events.
Click Here for a description of how it works.
There are many exciting events within easy driving distance of the Philly area. See the District 4 website for a complete listing of events in our area and plan to attend.
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Results for Sectionals are posted below. You can also check live.acbl.org for tournament results. STaC results are posted on the ACBL website here.
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