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WELCOME TO THE MESA UNIT 351 WEBSITE
LATEST UNIT 351 MP RACE RESULTS

Click the "Ace of Clubs/Mini-McKenney" on the menu to see if you made the top 10 this month!
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SOME THINGS NOBODY HAS EVER TOLD YOU!!!???

"Mom's First Rule of Bridge: No one cares if you are good or bad; just don't be slow." (David Yates)

Let your fingers do the walking in the Yellow Pagesnot in the bidding box or the cards in your hand. Make up your mind what to bid or play, and only then reach for the bid or the card that you want.

Get the opening lead on the table. Nobody can play bridge until your lead is on the table. Then, and only then, write the contract on your private scoresheet, and enter the contract in the Bridgemate if that's your job.  Don't worry; the contract will not change while you are choosing your opening lead. (See Mom's First Rule...)

Get the dummy on the table. After the opening lead, nobody can play bridge until dummy's cards are on the table. If you are the dummy, be ready to table your cards before writing the contract on your scoresheet or messing with the Bridgemate. (See Mom's First Rule...)

Do something, even if it's wrong. If you don't know what to bid or play after 5-10 seconds of thought, I promise you that another twenty or thirty seconds are not going to help, and might make things worse. Just go with your first instinct. (See Mom's First Rule...) The only exception is before playing to the first trick; that is the appropriate time to think through the hand and make a plan.

"There is a special place in Hell for card snappers." (Peg Kaplan) 'Nuff said.

The Director's last name is "Please" There are very few automatic penalties in bridge. When things get messed up (a play out of turn, an insufficient bid, etc.) the Director's job is to untangle things as much as possible. When there is an irregularity at the table, summon the director -- "Director, Please" -- and let the Director sort out how the rules apply in that situation. We've all made every mistake in the book; after all, that's why there is a book!

"To err is human; to forgive, divine." I doubt that Alexander Pope was thinking about bridge back in 1711, but it's good bridge advice nonetheless. I am a much-better-than-average tournament player, and I make mistakes on at least half of the hands in a session. You will make mistakes too, I promise. Partner will, too.

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER

NEW RUBY LIFE MASTERS: Andi Parham
                                                 Liz Thornton

NEW LIFE MASTER: J. B. Smart

WONDER HOW A "NO PLAY" IS SCORED?

When a No Play is entered in ACBLScore, that literally means ACBLScore will not include that board in the calculation of the percentage for a pairs' game.  If a pair had a 67% game not including that board, their final percentage will be 67%.  In a 24-board game, if one board is entered as a No Play, that pair's percentage will be based on 23 boards.

Obviously this is a good option in situations in which a board could not be played due to outside influences (such as a fill-in pair showing up halfway through the first round), as a No Play will truly have no effect on a pair's final result, whereas assigning "Average" or 50% will decrease their final percentage.

Unfortunately, ACBL Live and Live for Clubs (and a pairs' summary) may make it look as if a pair received a 0 on any No Play boards.  But they did not. It was simply not entered into the calculation.
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