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St Petersburg Bridge Club 9103 US Highway 19 N Pinellas Park, FL 33782 Call 727-544-5040
This Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club

Opening Leads
It's Time to Register!
 

Don't miss out on a great opportunity to improve your game. Barbara Seagram's seminar on Opening Leads is this Tuesday, at 4 pm, Eastern time. The fee is only $20. You don't have much time left to register. Better do it now!

 

  Click here to register or visit mkt.com/stpetebridge.

 

Barbara will use Zoom to teach the two-hour seminar. She will discuss the principles, work through sample hands, and take comments from her audience, just as she has done in seminars of the past. With an online seminar, you get a guaranteed front-row seat. The seminars will be recorded and we'll send you a link to the recording and copies of Barbara's notes after the seminar.

 

Barbara Seagram is a truly generous advocate of the game of bridge. This seminar is a donation from Barbara to support the St. Petersburg Bridge Club. Thank you, a million times, for your support, Barbara!

In Other News . . .

 

Silver Linings Week, sponsored by ACBL, was again very popular and a big draw. We hosted over 160 tables, 640 players. More than 160 silver points were awarded to our players over the week.

 

Your Board will be holding a special Board meeting, via Zoom, on Monday, August 10, at 4 PM. Our Bylaws Committee, Anne Person and Sandy Peterson, will be presenting proposed changes to our Bylaws at that meeting. If you would like to join the meeting as a guest, please e-mail me, jbwharton@tampabay.rr.com, and I will send you an invitation.

 

Merry Schainblatt is putting the finishing touches on her class schedule for the Fall.  She will continue to teach online while the club is closed. The new classes will begin in September. In response to requests I have received from some of you, she is adding a Two over One class. (Don't worry, Marianne Timmons and Diane Wharen are anxious to get back to teaching once the club reopens.)

 

The game directors and I met this past week to discuss our game schedule. We have decided to test adding a Zoom-hosted, post-mortem session after the Tuesday 12:45 PM Open Games. We will begin this on Tuesday, August 18, so as not to interfere with the Barbara Seagram session on Tuesday afternoon,
August 11. 

 

Charlie always talked about serving nachos and wine after a game to players who stay to chat about the hands that were just played. Those playing in the Open Game on Tuesday, August 18 (and, hopefully, thereafter), will be given a link to the Zoom post-mortem session. We will be serving virtual nachos and your choice of beverages.

 

We are also changing the 10 AM Sunday game to a 0-100 Game (from 0-50) starting Sunday, August 9.

Joanne B. Wharton
President and Acting Manager
The schedule for this week is as follows:
Monday, July 27
10:00 AM -- Limited (0-499
12:45 PM -- Open
6:30 PM -- Open
Tuesday, July 28
10:00 AM -- Limited (0-199)
12:45 PM -- Open
Wednesday, July 29
10:00 AM -- Limited (0-499)
12:45 PM -- Open
Thursday, July 30
10:00 AM -- Limited (0-199)
12:45 PM -- Open
Friday, July 31
10:00 AM -- Limited (0-499)
12:45 PM -- Open
Saturday, August 1
12:45 PM -- Open
Sunday,August 2
10:00 AM -- Limited (0-100)
12:30 PM -- Limited (0-499) Section
12:45 PM -- Open Section

  Hopefully, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoon open games.

 

August 2 Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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How good are you at opening leads?

 
Many players will tell you that the opening lead is the most important defensive play of the hand. The opening lead is your consolation prize for not getting the contract. ..........
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July 28 Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club

SILVER POINTS, GUESTS AND OPENING LEADS

We have a buffet of interesting tidbits for you this week.

ACBL is sponsoring another Silver Point week starting Monday, July 27, and ending Sunday, August 2. All of our games that week will offer silver points and those points will be doubled by ACBL. This is a great opportunity, especially for our Non-Life Masters. Now is the time to accumulate your silver. Because ACBL has increased the table fees, we have increased the game fee that week to $7 instead of our regular $6.

Silver point week has generated a lot of interest from players far and wide.  Players seem to be attracted to our club because we offer games every day and because we have Limited games every day except Saturday.

A number of our members have asked if they can play with a partner who is not a member of our club. As of this past Friday, July 24, ACBL revised its visitor policy. Their definition of member remains the same, anyone who has played at our physical facility, in a regular or a tournament game, during the 14 months ended February 2020, is a "member" of our club.

In the past, a guest could play with a member of our club as long as the number of guests did not exceed 5% of our field. The new policy has two major changes, the guest cap is increased from 5% to 15% and two guests may play together (although both count toward the 15% cap).  

Saturday, I played against a pair who are in the top tier of players in the country. After the wife made a "bad" opening lead, she texted, "I must be the worst opening leader in the world." I responded, "No, that would be me." 

We each had a good laugh.


I repeat that story to demonstrate that even the best can improve their opening leads. Want to learn how? Plan to attend Barbara Seagram's seminar, Opening Leads, on August 11, at 4 PM Eastern time

Registrations are pouring in for the seminar. There's a good chance you'll play against somebody who attended and who learned how to make an opening lead the right way from Barbara. Don't be left behind!

This seminar is a fund-raiser for the Club, generously donated by Barbara, who is a long-time friend, member and supporter. The cost of the seminar is only $20. Thank you, Barbara! Please support the Club by signing up today. 

 Click here to sign up now.

Please also help us by spreading the word. Below is a link to a flyer about the seminar. We'd appreciate it if you would download the flyer and send it to all your friends who might be interested. We're not limited by geography or membership; the seminar is open to all.

Click here for the flyer about the seminar.

We have received our sanctions for tournaments for 2021. Here's hoping we will be open and able to hold face-to-face tournaments. We will be hosting Open Sectionals in February 2021 and September 2021.  In April 2021 and December 2021 we will be hosting 499er (or I/N) sectionals. More details will be forthcoming.

The District 9 (D9) 0-100 games continue every weeknight at 7 PM. I notice that a number of you are taking advantage of the opportunity to play in those games. Remember that our club gets up to $3 of your $6 game fee.

Your Board of Directors will be holding their regular, monthly meeting, via Zoom, on Monday, July 27, at 4 PM. If you would like to attend that meeting as a guest, please e-mail me, jbwharton@tampabay.rr.com and I will send you an invitation.

At this time, there are no plans to make any changes to our game schedule. Remember that all games starting Monday, July 27, award silver points and the BBO points will be doubled by ACBL. The schedule for this week is as follows:

We continue to need players for our Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoon Open Games if we are going to continue to be able to offer these games.

You are such a wonderful group of people and so supportive and appreciative of everyone's efforts to keep the club alive and functioning.  I know I can count on you to help us with these smaller games.

Joanne B. Wharton

President and Acting Manager

Joanne B. Wharton
President and Acting Manager
The schedule for this week is as follows:

Monday, July 27

10:00 AM -- Limited (0-499

12:45 PM -- Open

6:30 PM -- Open

Tuesday, July 28

10:00 AM -- Limited (0-199)

12:45 PM -- Open

Wednesday, July 29

10:00 AM -- Limited (0-499)
12:45 PM -- Open

Thursday, July 30

10:00 AM -- Limited (0-199)
12:45 PM -- Open

Friday, July 31

10:00 AM -- Limited (0-499)
12:45 PM -- Open

Saturday, August 1

12:45 PM -- Open

Sunday,August 2

10:00 AM -- Limited (0-50)
12:30 PM -- Limited (0-499) Section
12:45 PM -- Open Section

July 21 Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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MEET YOUR NEW BRIDGE PARTNERS

This week I was told by someone that she could tell I love the club as much as she does. You know who loves this club more? You do! Our members, players, friends, and guests. ..........
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July 12 Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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OPENINGS
We appreciate those of you who support us by playing in our virtual club games on BBO. ..........
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July 5 Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

I hope everyone enjoyed your Fourth of July yesterday and that however you celebrated you stayed safe. 

Although the club is still closed and plans to remain closed through the end of the current year, many people are continuing their work behind the scenes. We strive to serve you, our members, and friends. ..........

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Suspend Face-to-Face for Rest of Year 2020
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CLUB OPERATIONS

Your Board of Directors met yesterday. Among other items of business 

was a report from Lee Taylor, Pam Gorbics and Howard Braun, the 

Reopening Committee. ..........

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June 28 Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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A WELCOME ADDITION

In these weekly e-mails, I like to recognize those members who have made significant contributions for the benefit of our club. ..........

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June 21 This Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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TOURNAMENTS, TOURNAMENTS, TOURNAMENTS

 ACBL's announcement this week of the cancellation of all tournaments, Nationals, Regionals as well as Sectionals through the remainder of 2020 was disappointing. ..........

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14 June This Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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As many of you know, for a number of years now, ACBL has promoted special charity games in support of the Alzheimer's Association, https://www.acbl.org/clubs_page/special-events/the-longest-day/ . ..........

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June 7 This Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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Silver Week, May 25 through May 31, was a big hit with our players.  We had 152 tables in play in our virtual club that week.  With the points tripled by ACBL, our players received 253. ..........

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June 1 This Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club
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 WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES

June 1, 2020
A book I read recently had a new take on this old saying, when one door closes and another one opens, it indicates that there is an architectural flaw. ..........
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This Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club - May 24
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SURPRISES

We all appreciate a pleasant surprise. ..........

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* * ALERT - Viewing Our Website by Phone **
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How to View our Website Homepage or Results using your Cell Phone. ..........

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Results
Monday Morning 0-499
Monday Afternoon Virtual Open
Monday Evening Virtual Open
Memorials
08/02/2020 Jimmy Pelham passed.
 07/23/2020 Jane Graff passed.
 
Merry Schainblatt On-Line Classes
SCHEDULE
Mondays Competitive Bidding at 2 PM
Wednesdays Next Steps intermediate 10 AM
Thursdays Defense Basics  3 PM
Fridays Play of the Hand at 10 AM
Saturdays Next Steps intermediate 10 AM
All Classes use Zoom meeting technology. 
The class is free; Merry does ask for contributions to 
be made to the club.   (Click HERE for donations)
If you wish to participate in the class, please e-mail Merry at mschainblatt@gmail.com.
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Getting started with BBO. ..........
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