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Welcome Newcomers and Advancing Players!

Please join us for our Wednesday noon “499er” games starting 2021 June 16. These games are for newcomers and advancing players with less than 500 masterpoints. These games are shorter and the pace is more relaxed.

We look forward to scheduling more limited games, as well as supervised play and classes, as your interest warrants. Please let us know!

Last updated : Jun 11, 2021 08:41 EDT
Invitation to Our Stratified Open Games

If you’re a newcomer or advancing player, we understand that you may be more comfortable playing in limited games where all the players are at a similar level of experience, the games are shorter, and the pace is more relaxed. We will offer more limited games as interest warrants.

We also invite you to try our open games. Our directors and more experienced players promise to make this a pleasant experience for you! 

All of our games are “stratified.” If your masterpoint holding is in the low ⅓ of the field (the “C stratum”), then you are also ranked and awarded masterpoints as though you had played in a separate game with just the other C pairs. This is a win-win-win situation!

  • If you score in the top 40% of the C stratum, you earn masterpoints—exactly as many masterpoints as you would earn by playing with the other C players in a separate flight.
  • If you do particularly well, you earn a higher masterpoint award in the B or A stratum.
  • You gain experience playing against players of all levels, from beginners to world champions. (In what other game can you play against, learn from, and occasionally beat some of the very best players for about the price of a movie ticket?)

When you play in an open game, we promise:

  • More-experienced players will be nice to you!
  • More-experienced players will not gloat!
  • More-experienced players will not criticize your play!
  • More-experienced players will not give you unrequested advice!
  • More-experienced players will remember when they were in your shoes!
  • If you ask, more-experienced players will be delighted to answer your questions and give you advice about the bidding or play of a board!
    • Please don’t hold up the seven-minute-a-board pace of the game. You might have time to ask (quietly) at the end of a round if you’ve finished early. Otherwise, ask at the end of the session.
    • Don’t ask too much.
    • Asking two experts a question may yield two or more different answers!
  • Sometimes you’ll do better than an expert pair on a board, sometimes for a round, and occasionally over a whole session, and that’s exciting!

If a more-experienced player ever fails to live up to this promise, please tell a director. The director will take appropriate action.

Last updated : Jun 11, 2021 08:39 EDT