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Declare these Hands with Zach and Kim, click here for more information!

The club is online only until further notice. 😢 Please join us for our full schedule of Westwood/Puritan/Cape Virtual Club Games,” plus ACBL “Support Your Club” games and Shark’s Pointers. Details on our home page.

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Sol Hartman Paintings
Sol Hartman Paintings

Many thanks to Sol Hartman for hanging several of his paintings at the club!

For information, please see Sol’s web site.

The photo above shows Richard Burns sitting next to Sol’s “Richard.”

Welcome to Westwood Duplicate Bridge Club
Bridge in the Time of Covid

I was delighted to see that Covid ActNow’s excellent reporting on four indicators of covid risk put Massachusetts (which was hit hard in the early months) and four other states, all in New England, in the lowest risk category, “on track to contain covid.” Alas, Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island have slipped back into the “controlled disease growth” category. The Massachusetts infection rate (number of people infected by each person with covid), which had been below the target 0.90 threshold from May 1 through June 23 and was down to 0.73 from June 4–11, is back up to 1.01 (±0.10) as of July 4.

We can do this folks! For all of us, keep up the social distancing and hygiene!

I’m afraid we still have to wait until next year for the return of club and tournament bridge as we knew them. Meanwhile, please keep enjoying our nine open and two 499er “Virtual Club Games” each week, as well as the ACBL’s “Support Your Club” games. If you still feel technically challenged by online bridge, please take a deep breath and give me a call (781-929-7673) or drop me a note (thill75@wesleyan.edu). I’ll be happy to help you get started.

Watch for a couple online bridge improvements coming soon:

  • Masterpoint awards for open Virtual Club Games will include proper credit for lower flights. For example, a 10-table open game awards 1.5 and 1.05 masterpoints for first and second place in each direction, with no overall awards, but if there’s a concurrent 10-table 499er game, the open game should award 3 and 2.25 for first and second overall, and at least 2.25 and 1.7 for first and second in each direction. Many thanks to the wonderfully impatient Jay Whipple (of The Common Game) for writing stopgap code to fix this. I’ve had the privilege of helping him get the code (which seems simple but is shockingly difficult with all the corner cases) right and testing it, and it’s now on the verge of deployment (perhaps as soon as today).
  • Swiss team games.

Any interest in trying some Zoom games, so you can see and talk to your table while you play?

Last updated : Jul 6, 2020 09:54 EDT
Endless Summer Online Regional

Thank you for making the Endless Summer Online Regional a success. In just four days the tournament drew 13,007 tables—more than many North American Bridge Championships—with five or six events each in 16 sessions. The income is greatly appreciated by the ACBL and 66 Tournament Directors. It was a pleasure to see and talk with many of my colleagues, if only via Zoom, while working the tournament.

Congratulations to Westwood players Marley Cedrone, Robin Hillyard, Sally Matthews, Robert Micone, Paul Wacks, and John Yin, who won events or strata, and John Yin, Ethan Wood, Harrison Luba, Dan Jabonski, and Marley Cedrone, who were among the top 100 masterpoint winners.

Last updated : Jul 6, 2020 09:34 EDT
A Special Online Bridge Lesson Series with Zach Grossack and Kim Gilman
A Special Online Bridge Lesson Series with Zach Grossack and Kim Gilman

Declare These Hands with Us!

Tuesdays, 15:00–17:00, July 7, 14, and 21

Multi-time national champion Zach Grossack is known as one of the best declarers in the bridge world. Would you like to know how he plans his strategy for making 90% of his contracts … with overtricks?

Zach and Kim will use a special BBO tournament option to conduct a “Learning Game.” You’ll hear Zach present useful bridge techniques on Zoom, then you will play hands to practice the lesson. Between rounds, Zach will comment on how he would form a plan for the play. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, and receive his write-ups after class.

For more information, please click here.

Last updated : Jul 4, 2020 14:51 EDT
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
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Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online runs nine open “Virtual Club Games” and two 499er games every week:

Monday   12:30 open 7:30
12:30 499er
Tuesday 10:30    
Wednesday 10:30   7:30
Thursday 10:30 open    
10:30 499er
Friday 10:30    
Saturday   12:30  
Sunday   12:30  

These games are for players who played at Westwood, Puritan, Midcape, or Dennis-Yarmouth at least once in 2019 or 2020 and their guests. They’re 18 boards and take about two hours. Masterpoint awards (black) are 50% higher than regular club games.

We’ll be happy to run additional afternoon games if there’s enough interest. ..........

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Last updated : Jul 6, 2020 09:42 EDT
Leaving the American Legion Post

Friday, May 29, was bittersweet. After more than 50 years in the Westwood American Legion Post (anybody remember when Joe Vaas started holding games there?), we moved a truckload of furniture, equipment, and supplies into storage. (We left because the Post refused to honor the rent-abatement provisions in our lease.)

This is a new beginning for our club! We will open in a better facility as soon as it is safe and reasonable to do so.

Of course, none of us know when it will be “safe and reasonable.” This fall might be possible—next year seems more likely—but we’re starting to plan right now. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please tell us all about your dream bridge club!

Meanwhile, “see” you online!

Many thanks to our packing and cleaning crew, Tom Caragliano, Andrew Hanes, Stephanie Homolko, Christine Riviere-Homolko, Jan Schwaner, and Nathalie Tabor.

Last updated : Jun 6, 2020 09:31 EDT
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Mark Aquino’s “Shark’s Pointers” pregame talks are live and online Fridays at 9:00 a.m. ..........

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Last updated : May 22, 2020 12:07 EDT
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online Results

Four sites have the results of our online games. 🤔

click for list of our results→ BBO Westwood ACBLLive For Clubs The Common Game
availability immediate almost immediate delayed delayed
player names BBO real real real
hand records    
travelers
auctions  
play  
master-points regular-game awards without 50% increase final awards including 50% increase
inter-club results      
Silver Linings Week results→ BBO Westwood ACBLLive For Clubs The Common Game

All of our pair games are part of The Common Game. Compare your results with other clubs throughout North America, read expert analysis, and “Kibitz the Pros.”

Common Game Home Page | Westwood Results | Morning Leaderboard | Afternoon Leaderboard | Evening Leaderboard

Click for overall results of Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association Sectional Tournaments at Clubs (STaCs):
2020 Winter
2019 Summer, Winter
2018 Summer, Winter
2017 Summer, Winter

Click here for overall results of the 2019 World Wide Bridge Contest.

Click here for overall results of ACBL-wide and Interclub Championship games.

Click here for overall results of Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association Unit-wide games.

Results
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
10:30
Director: Ru Terajewicz
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
12:30
Director: Tim Hill
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online 499er
12:30
Director: Tim Hill
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
7:30
Director: Tony Keats
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
12:30
Director: Jenny Koenecke
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
10:30
Director: Joe Brouillard
NO Shark's Pointers
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
10:30
Director: Tim Hill
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
10:30
Director: Marty Cohen
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
10:30
Director: Ru Terajewicz
Calendar
Tue Jul 7, 2020
Learning Game: Declare These Hands with Us!
Zoom and BBO
15:00–17:00
Director: Tim Hill
Teacher: Zach Grossack and Kim Gilman
Wed Jul 8, 2020
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
BBO 10:30
Director: Marty Cohen
Wed Jul 8, 2020
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
BBO 19:30
Director: Tony Keats
Thu Jul 9, 2020
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
BBO 10:30
Director: Tim Hill
Fri Jul 10, 2020
Shark's Pointers pre-game talk on Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/7819297673 9:00
Teacher: Mark Aquino
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Fri Jul 10, 2020
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
BBO 10:30
Director: Joe Brouillard
Sat Jul 11, 2020
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
BBO 12:30
Director: Jenny Koenecke
Sun Jul 12, 2020
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
BBO 12:30
Director: Alan McLellan
Mon Jul 13, 2020
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online
BBO 12:30
Director: Tim Hill
Mon Jul 13, 2020
Westwood/Puritan/Cape Online 499er
BBO 12:30
Director: Tim Hill