Week of September 29

Special Events in October:  Club Appreciation Week Oct. 6 – 12, all Open & 499 Pair Games are sectional rated black points.  STAC silver point week is October 13 -19, all Open & 499 games and a special 299 game on Friday afternoon Oct. 17 are silver points.

And please see our October Team Game schedule in the box to the right.  Note Club Appreciation TEAM games are 5% gold.

All Year Long Lesson-Games
Mondays 9:10a Level 1 Beginners
Mondays 6:30p Level 1 Beginners
Tuesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 9:10a 0-299
Wednesdays 6:30p 0-199
Thursdays 9:10a 0-199
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:  note the first Saturday Workshop of the Fall will be on October 11th 9:00 am.  The topic will be “Opening the Bidding & Responding.”

9/30 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture:  Opening Leads: Active or Passive - Intermediate+  (Alan)
10/2 Thu 9:30a Basics of 2 Over 1 - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
10/2 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Overcalls Part I - Intermediate+  (Alan)

 

Week of September 22

Happy Holiday this week – please note we will be open for all regularly scheduled games and lesson-games – except - for the Wednesday night Sept. 24th 6:30 0-199 game which is cancelled.

All Year Long Lesson-Games
Mondays 9:10a Level 1 Beginners
Mondays 6:30p Level 1 Beginners
Tuesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 9:10a 0-299
Wednesdays 6:30p 0-199
Thursdays 9:10a 0-199
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:  note there are no special lessons/lecture/workshops during the holiday week of 9/22

9/30 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture:  Opening Leads: Active or Passive - Intermediate+  (Alan)
10/2 Thu 9:30a Basics of 2 Over 1 - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
10/2 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Overcalls Part I - Intermediate+  (Alan)

Club Championship Week

It’s here -  Club Championship Week September 15 – 21.  All Open & 499 games will earn extra masterpoints and 3 different level team games will be held:  499 Swiss Teams on Wednesday 9/17 12:30, 8 is Enough Swiss Teams on Friday 9/19 6:30 and 199 Swiss Teams on Saturday 9/20 12:30.  Advance registration is required for all team games, please contact Ken if you need help setting up your teams.  

All Year Long Lesson-Games
Mondays 9:10a Level 1 Beginners
Mondays 6:30p Level 1 Beginners
Tuesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 9:10a 0-299
Wednesdays 6:30p 0-199
Thursdays 9:10a 0-199
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

9/16 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Opening Leads vs. Suit ContractsIntermediate+  (Alan)
9/18 Thu 9:30a Supervised Play on Negative Doubles, Cuebid Raises, Unusual NT and Michaels Cuebids - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
9/18 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Takeout Doubles Part II - Intermediate+  (Alan)

WELCOME, BEGINNING BRIDGE STUDENTS!

We are excited to welcome many new people to Essex Bridge Center this week to begin learning bridge with us.  We will do our best to give you a fun and rewarding experience.

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Club Championship Week September 15 – 21.  All Open & 499 games will earn extra masterpoints and 3 different level team games will be held:  499 Swiss Teams on Wednesday 9/17 12:30, 8 is Enough Swiss Teams on Friday 9/19 6:30 and 199 Swiss Teams on Saturday 9/20 12:30.  Advance registration is required for all team games, please contact Ken if you need help setting up your teams.  

All Year Long Lesson-Games
Mondays 9:10a Level 1 Beginners
Mondays 6:30p Level 1 Beginners
Tuesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 9:10a 0-299
Wednesdays 6:30p 0-199
Thursdays 9:10a 0-199
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

9/9 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Opening Leads vs. No Trump - Intermediate+  (Alan)
9/11 Thu 9:30a Unusual NT and Michaels Cuebids - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
9/11 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Takeout Doubles Part I - Intermediate+  (Alan)

Lots of Bridge Lessons

Our first Comprehensive Lesson Series starts this Thursday morning at 9:30 am with Ken teaching.  The topic is “Negative Doubles & Cuebid Raises.”  These are two of bridge’s most useful bids.  Also our new schedule of Morning and Evening Lesson-Games begins this week.  You can see it by going to our September calendar under Calendar on our Home Page menu bar.  And we are really looking forward to meeting all our new bridge students on Monday, September 8th, in morning and evening beginner classes. Your teachers are Meagan & Roz.

Don’t forget to tell your friends about our Beginner Lessons.  We’re getting ready for September 8th!  Look for our ad in your local papers.

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Hello, Bridge Players, Present & Future!

Congratulations to all our many bridge players who did so well in Fairfield.  Hope everybody had fun, win or lose!

Friday night team game coming up with lite pizza supper, Open Teams (Bracketed if we get enough teams), Friday, 6:30, August 29th.  Don’t forget preregistration is required for all team games.  Ask Ken if you need help setting up your team.  Also, last chance NAP games coming up Thursday through Sunday.

Don’t forget to tell your friends about our Beginner Lessons.  We’re getting ready for September 8th!  Look for our ad in your local papers.

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Beginner Bridge Lessons

August Teams Yet To Come:  499 Teams-Saturday, Aug 9th; Open-Friday, Aug 29th, 6:30.  Preregistration required for all team games.

August NAPS (1/2 red, 1/2 black):  12:30 games-Aug, 16, 17, 28, 29, 30, 31; 6:30 game: Aug. 28.

class_meagan2Essex Bridge Center’roz-teach-002-crops beginner bridge program can bring old friends back together and bring new friends into your lives.   Our fun and challenging program gets players off on the right track with solid bridge basics. Perhaps you already love to play bridge, and you have some friends you think would also enjoy this wonderful game.  Tell them about Essex’s fall beginner program.  Before long they will be able to play with you at our club and in a social setting, reinforcing old friendships through the love of the game.  The first six beginning lessons are free to give people a sustained opportunity to see what bridge is all about.  Email meagan@essexbridgecenter.com for more information or phone the center at 973-535-9262.

Perhaps you have heard of bridge but have never played before or perhaps played a little in the past.  Fall is the perfect time to learn or grow in this fun and challenging activity.  We have morning and evening beginner classes at Essex starting in the fall and continuing all year long.

We have received many thank-yous and even flowers and glasses raised in toasts to our very experienced teachers, directors and peer assistant directors who work in our program.  It is this appreciation that warms our hearts and keeps us going and working hard to support and grow bridge and its natural sociability in our community.   We very much look forward to seeing you and/or your friends in our beginner classes starting in September.

Beside beginning lessons we have many classes and lectures for Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate Players.  You can find a link to our Fall Brochure (and condensed one-page lesson schedule) under Bridge Lessons – Formats and Schedules on the menu bar.  Scroll down to the links.  Beginner lessons start Monday, Sept, 8, 9:10 am and Monday, Sept. 8, 6:30 pm .  Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate lessons times are detailed in the Fall Brochure and One-Page Lesson Schedule.

Summertime Specials

Don’t forget Saturday Workshops for Low Intermediate players on Play of the Hand.  Feel like you don’t know where to start when it’s your turn to be Declarer?  Let Meagan help you focus and learn to analyze the hand to apply common strategies.  Workshops are coming up on 7/26, and 8/2 from 9:00 – 11:15 am.

Our July NAP games (half red / half black) will be Open Saturday, July 26 12:30; Tuesday, July 29 12:30 Open & 499; and Thursday, July 31 6:30 pm Open & 499.

August Team Game Schedule:  Friday evening August 1st – 8 is Enough Teams;  Saturday afternoon  August 9th – 499 Swiss Teams; Friday evening August 29th – Open Teams.  Preregistration is required for all team games.

All Year Long Lesson-Games
Mondays 9:10a 0-99  
Mondays 6:30p 0-99
Tuesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 6:30p Level 3 Low Intermediates
Thursdays 9:10a Level 3 Low Intermediates
Fridays (no lesson, extra hands to play instead) 9:10a 0-299

July Events

Coming up soon – there will be a 499 Swiss Team Game on Wednesday July 16th – preregistration required!

Don’t forget Saturday Workshops for Low Intermediate players on Play of the Hand.  Feel like you don’t know where to start when it’s your turn to be Declarer?  Let Meagan help you focus and learn to analyze the hand to apply common strategies.  Workshops are coming up on 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, and 8/2 from 9:00 – 11:15 am.

Our July NAP games (half red / half black) will be Open Saturday, July 26 12:30; Tuesday, July 29 12:30 Open & 499; and Thursday, July 31 6:30 pm Open & 499.

All Year Long Lesson-Games
Mondays 9:10a 0-99  
Mondays 6:30p 0-99
Tuesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 6:30p Level 3 Low Intermediates
Thursdays 9:10a Level 3 Low Intermediates
Fridays (no lesson, extra hands to play instead) 9:10a 0-299

Donated to the Alzheimer’s Association $9100

AGAIN & AGAIN, THANKS SO VERY MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN ANY WAY IN OUR LONGEST DAY FUND RAISING DRIVE!  We are so grateful for your support and encouragement and appreciation.

Pictured are our Silent Auction in action, Stephanie Austin & Roz Powell who organized the Auction, and our Saturday morning special 199er game with delicious breakfast!  None of the checks we’ve sent in have registered yet but our total online should be going up soon.

We have some July 4th parties:  8:30 am lite breakfast for our 299ers who start playing at 9:10 (no street parking restrictions on holidays) & special lunch at Noon for our afternoon players who start to play at 12:30 – we will have BOTH Open & 499 sections.  Please preregister so we can plan more efficiently.

Our July NAP games (half red / half black) will be Open Saturday, July 26 12:30; Tuesday, July 29 12:30 Open & 499; and Thursday, July 31 6:30 pm Open & 499.  Also, there will be a 499 Swiss Team Game on Wednesday July 16th – preregistration required!

All Year Long Lesson-Games
Mondays 9:10a 0-99  
Mondays 6:30p 0-99
Tuesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 9:10a 0-199
Wednesdays 6:30p Level 3 Low Intermediates
Thursdays 9:10a Level 3 Low Intermediates
Fridays (no lesson, extra hands to play instead) 9:10a 0-299