The club needs your strategic help
What systems will we need for membership, events, online sales, etc. when we return to playing face to face? There are many options and we really need the help of a few strategic thinkers to figure it all out.
We'd like to create a small working group to explore these options. The group will have a very limited life; three months at the most. Business savvy is far more necessary than technical skills. Please contact Dar Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Want to know more about all this? Dar is planning a Zoom demonstration of our current system, Shopify. Just let her know you're interested (email@example.com) and she'll send you a link to the meeting.
Bridge tips for newer players
Opening 1NT with a singleton Ace, King or Queen is legal and some times a good idea; but not always. I never open 1NT with a red suit singleton because I will always have a good rebid in Spades. A singleton Spade, on the other hand is hard to handle. Given K – AJxx –KJxx – KJxx, I would open 1NT as I have no good rebid after opening one of a minor and hearing partner respond 1S.
Answers to last week’s questions
1. Harold Vanderbilt, while cruising on his yacht in 1925, is credited with the invention of bridge.
2. Charles Goren hosted the nationally televised Championship Bridge with Charles Goren for 7 years beginning in 1959.
3. Jeff Meckstroth is at the top of the ACBL Masterpoint list with 92,304 and change as of February 6, 2021. Jeff often played at our club when we had face-to-face games and we hope to see him again soon. His wife, Sally, a club regular, has 12,418. Third on the list is Jeff’s long time partner, Eric Rodwell who has 77,922.
Questions for this week
1. 1NT – 4H showing Spades and 1NT – 4D showing Hearts is called Texas. What is the name for 1NT – 4C showing Hearts and 1NT – 4D showing Spades?
2. The ACBL runs three North American Championship tournaments a year. What city hosted the largest attendance?
3.The first coup, which goes all the way back to whist, is the declarer ducking the lead of a King when holding the AJx of the suit. If the leader continues with another card in this suit, the declarer takes two rather than one card in the suit. What is this coup called?