Spring Lesson/Lecture Series Start This Week

Special Lessons and Lectures for the spring session start up this week.  We look forward to seeing lots of you in these learning venues designed to help you increase your enjoyment in playing bridge! See this week’s detailed schedule below the All Year Long Lesson-Games chart.

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 2 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 2 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS: 

4/21 Mon 9:30a Defensive Play: Opening Leads- Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
4/22 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Competing Effectively I - Intermediate+  (Alan)
4/23 Wed 7:00p Competitive Bidding: Takeout Doubles - Comprehensive Intermediate (Alan) in Room B
4/24 Thu 9:30a Declarer Play: Planning, Card Combinations, Percentages - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
4/24 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Jacoby 2NT – Part I - Intermediate+  (Alan)
 4/26 Sat 9:00a Saturday Morning Workshop: Opener’s Rebid - Basic (Meagan)

Week of April 14

Happy Holidays to all.  We are closed Monday evening April 14th, the rest of our schedule is normal.  Lots of special lesson and lecture series will be starting up next week.

Week of April 7

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See our 4 happy teams from our weekend team games!

Join us this week for the  ACBL-Wide Charity Game, Tuesday, April 8th, 12:30 (extra points, no extra charge).  Please check out all the lessons and lectures we have on the schedule for this spring in our spring brochure and condensed one-page schedule where they can be found by clicking on links in our Bridge Lessons-Formats and Schedule (scroll down to find the links).  Most special lessons start the week of April 21st.  

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 2 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 2 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Team Games This Week

Gather your teams for these:  Open-Bracketed Teams, Friday, April 4th, 6:30 and 499 NLM Teams, Saturday, April 5th 12:30. Let Ken know if you need some help with organizing your team.  And, mark your calendars for the  ACBL-Wide Charity Game, Tuesday, April 8th, 12:30 (extra points, no extra charge).  We will also have all our regular Lesson-Games and some items from the Winter Series are still coming up. Our Spring Special Lesson Series will be published about April 1st (Spring Saturday Workshops have already started).

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 2 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 2 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS: 

Weather Permitting, in cases of bad weather check internet and/or phone  Also Note:  There have been some schedule changes due to bad winter weather.

4/1 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Texas Transfers - Intermediate+  (Alan)
4/3 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Is That A Closeout? - Intermediate+  (Alan)
4/5 Sat 9:00a Saturday Morning Workshop: 2C Openers - Basic (Meagan)

Week of March 24th and Coming Events

Coming up in early April:  Team Games (Open-Bracketed Teams, Friday, April 4th, 6:30 and 499 NLM Teams, Saturday, April 5th 12:30) and ACBL-Wide Charity Game, Tuesday, April 8th, 12:30).  We continue to have lots of lessons. Our Spring Special Lesson Series will be published about April 1st.  Some lessons from the Winter Series are still coming up.

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 2 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 2 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS: 

Weather Permitting, in cases of bad weather check internet and/or phone  Also Note:  There have been some schedule changes due to bad winter weather.

3/24 Mon 9:30a Supervised Play on Jacoby 2NT, Splinter Bids, Control Bids over 2C and Cuebidding- Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
3/25 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Smolen & 3-Level Responses - Intermediate+  (Alan)
3/27 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Control Responses to 2C - Intermediate+  (Alan)
3/29 Sat 9:00a Saturday Morning Workshop: 2NT Openers - Basic (Meagan)

Week of March 17

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We continue to have lots of lessons. Our Spring Special Lesson Series will be published about April 1st.  Some lessons from the Winter Series are still coming up.

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 2 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 2 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS: 

Weather Permitting, in cases of bad weather check internet and/or phone  Also Note:  There have been some schedule changes due to bad winter weather.

3/17 Mon 9:30a Control Bids over 2C and Cuebidding- Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
3/18 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Support Doubles - Intermediate+  (Alan)
3/20 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: RKC Blackwood – Part II - Intermediate+  (Alan)
Saturday Morning Workshops will start again beginning March 29th

Silver Week is Here!

Silver Point Games:  All other pair games (199 and below) are at their regular times and award regular black points.

Mon March 10 12:30 Open Pairs & 499 Pairs
Tue March 11 12:30 Open Pairs & 499 Pairs 6:30 Open Pairs & 499 Pairs
Wed March 12 12:30 Open Pairs and 499 Swiss Teams
Thu March 13 12:30 Open Pairs & 499 Pairs 6:30 Open Pairs & 499 Pairs
Fri March 14 9:05 299 Pairs 12:30 Open Pairs 6:30 8 is Enough Swiss Teams
Sat March 15 12:30 Open Pairs and 199 Swiss Teams
Sun March 16 12:30 Open Pairs & 499 Pairs

Lessons this week:

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 2 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 2 Beginners

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:  There are no Tu/Th PreGame Evening Lectures during STAC Week

Also Note:  There have been some schedule changes due to bad winter weather.

3/10 Mon 9:30a Jacoby 2NT & Splinter Bids - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
3/13 Thu 9:30a Supervised Play on Michaels Cuebid and Unusual NT - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B

Week of March 3

Lots of lessons!  And, don’t forget to be planning your pair partners and team players for STAC week Mar. 10-16.

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 2 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 2 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:   Weather Permitting, in cases of bad weather check internet and/or phone

Also Note:  There have been some schedule changes due to bad winter weather.

3/3 Mon 9:30a Roman Keycard Blackwood- Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
3/4 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Negative Doubles - Intermediate+  (Alan)
3/5 Wed 7:00p Major Openings, Responses without Support - Comprehensive Intermediate (Alan) in Room B
3/6 Thu 9:30a Michaels Cuebid and Unusual NT - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
3/6 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: RKC Blackwood – Part I - Intermediate+  (Alan)
3/8 Sat 9:00a Saturday Morning Workshop: Jacoby Transfers - Basic (Meagan)

Our Monument Man – Harry Ettlinger

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You know that movie “The Monuments Men” with George Clooney that is out now?    Our own Harry Ettlinger, regular Tuesday night bridge player, is believed to be the only survivor of the original handful of Monuments Men.   Harry Ettlinger was born in Germany but fled with his parents when Hitler came to power. Drafted into the Army in 1944, he wound up in the Monuments Men in part because he could speak German. That’s how he found himself hundreds of feet below ground in a salt mine in southern Germany, sifting through 40,000 cases of artworks that the Nazis had stored there for safekeeping. 

Following are some excerpts from “Monumental Mission” which can be found on Smithsonian.com.

“When the smoke cleared, Hitler planned to unearth many of these spoils and display them in his hometown of Linz, Austria. There they would be showcased in the new Führer Museum, which was to be one of the finest in the world. This scheme died with Hitler in 1945, when it fell to Ettlinger and other Monuments Men to track down the missing artwork and provide refuge for them until they could be returned to their countries of origin.

‘That’s what made our war different,’ Ettlinger … recalls. ‘It established the policy that to the victor do not go the spoils. The whole idea of returning property to its rightful owners in wartime was unprecedented. That was our job. We didn’t have much time to think about it. We just went to work.’

Ettlinger2For Ettlinger, that meant descending 700 feet below ground each day to begin the long, tedious process of clearing artwork from the salt mines of Heilbronn and Kochendorf in southern Germany.  (Harry is on the right in the old photo.)

Perhaps the most notable find at Heilbronn was a cache of stained-glass windows from the cathedral of Strasbourg, France. With Ettlinger supervising, the windows, packed in 73 cases, were shipped directly home without passing through a collecting point. “The Strasbourg windows were the first thing we sent back,” says Ettlinger.’That was on orders of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces, as a gesture of good faith.’ The windows were welcomed home with a huge celebration—a sign not only that the Alsatian city was free again after centuries of domination by Germany but also that the Allies intended to restore the fruits of civilization.

Most of Ettlinger’s comrades had training in art history or museum work. ‘Not me,’ says Ettlinger. ‘I was just the kid from New Jersey.’ But he worked diligently, his mastery of German indispensable and his rapport with mineworkers easy. He was promoted to technical sergeant. After the war, he went home to New Jersey, where he earned degrees in engineering and business administration and produced guidance systems for nuclear weapons. ‘To tell you the truth, I wasn’t as interested in the paintings as I was in other things over there,’ says Ettlinger, now retired in Rockaway, New Jersey.

Upon arrival at the Kochendorf mine, Ettlinger was shocked to learn that the Third Reich had intended to make it an underground factory using 20,000 workers from nearby concentration camps. The Allied invasion scuttled those plans, but a chill lingered over the mines, where Ettlinger was reminded daily of his great luck: had he not escaped Germany in 1938, he could have ended up in just such a camp. Instead, he found himself in the ironic position of supervising German laborers and working with a former Nazi who had helped pillage art from France. ‘He knew where the stuff was,’ Ettlinger says. ‘My own feelings couldn’t enter into it.’

You can read more about this at Smithsonian.com  Thank you for your service, Harry, and for sharing your story too.

Week of February 24

Congratulations to all New Life Masters for 2013 in Unit 140.  The Unit had 33 total of whom 13 play regularly at Essex.  In the photo are 6 of these who were able to attend the Unit 140 Annual Brunch 2/23/14 celebrating New Life Masters and also winners in the most masterpoints won for the year in various categories. 

 

 

Lots of lessons!  (Please see change of topic for Saturday morning workshop below.)

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 2 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 2 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson) 9:10a 0-299

Upcoming SPECIAL LESSONS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS:

2/24 Mon 9:30a Supervised Play on Two Over One - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
2/25 Tue 5:45p PreGame Lecture: Negative Doubles - Intermediate+  (Alan)
2/26 Wed 7:00p Major Openings, Responses with Support - Comprehensive Intermediate (Alan) in Room B
2/27 Thu 9:30a Supervised Play on Third Hand Bidding - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
2/27 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture: 2-over-1 Game Forcing – Part III - Intermediate+  (Alan)
3/1 Sat 9:00a Saturday Morning Workshop: 1NT Opener and Responses: Basic & Stayman - Basic (Meagan)  Please note the topic changed from the original schedule