Busy July Coming UP

We are looking forward to celebrating with you our 20 years of running EBC on Wednesday, July 1st.  Reservations are not needed for the  morning 299 and evening 199 (both of which will have special snacks), but if you are coming for the afternoon Open & 499 (with lunch) please make a reservation to help us with our planning.  All games are extra masterpoints.

When all the donations sent directly to the Alzheimer’s Association and sent through the ACBL from EBC register we expect our total to be $6000+.  If you missed donating and still want to the link in the Alzheimer’s paragraph below is still active. Thank you so much for your generous help and support for this event.

Meagan has planned some workshops for July and August.  Here is the schedule.

Saturday mornings 9:00 – 11:15am
$12 per lesson No partner necessary
July 11     2C and 2NT Openers
July 18     No Workshop
July 25     Stayman Convention and Natural Responses to 1NT and 2NT Openers
Aug 1       Jacoby Transfer Responses to 1NT and 2NT Openers
Aug 8       Takeout Double – Part I: Common Takeout Double
Aug 15     Takeout Double – Part II: The Big Overcall

Also, don’t forget the team games and NAP games scheduled for July.  They are on the calendar as well as in boxes to the right on the home page.  We are open July 4th.

We know also that some of you will be competing in the Regional in Fairfield – best of luck!

Thank You!

Thank you so much for your support for the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day Fund Drive.  We are currently at $4500+ and expect some more donations this week.  Monday the 22nd was an exciting day and it was great to have so many people participating.  Thank you for coming!  If you haven’t donated yet and would like to do so online, scroll down and in the Alzheimer’s paragraph you will find a link to their site where you can donate in support of our Essex Bridge Center team.  And we are still accepting donations at the bridge center also.

Next up is another very special day.  On Wednesday, July 1st we will celebrate our 20th anniversary with the Essex Bridge Center.  It will be a party day and all the games that day (299 in morning, Open and special 499 section in the afternoon and 199 in the evening) will award extra points and have special snacks.  We will also serve a lite lunch for the afternoon game.  We are so grateful for your support these past 20 years.  It’s been a lot of fun playing bridge with you.

For our July schedule for team games and our NAP game schedule check the boxes to the right on your screen when you are on our home page.

Bridge Players Auctioned for Charity!

Want to play in a game with an expert player?  To benefit the Alzheimer’s Association as part of our participation in THE LONGEST DAY fund drive some players have volunteered to be in our small Silent Auction.  So far Alan Powell, Ken Powell, Peter Jones, Dick Hyken, Julie Cohan, and Doree Sobel have volunteered.  Bids start at $50 and must be in $10 increments.  The auction will close at 3 pm Monday, June 22nd and playing dates are arranged at mutual convenience after that.  Phone the club if you want to bid but won’t be present to do it.   Join the fun, bid for a player!  And don’t forget our special games and treats on Monday, June 22.

Silver Week Is Here!

stacSILVER POINT GAMES June 15-21:  All Pair Games: Open & 499 Afternoon and Evening & special Friday Afternoon 299; also Open Teams Friday Evening & 499 NLM Teams Wednesday Afternoon & 199 Teams Saturday Afternoon.  Advance reservations required for all team games.

And coming right after Silver Week:

alz logoAlzheimer’s Association THE LONGEST DAY 2015:  Our participation will be all on Monday, June 22nd.  In addition to playing in one of the Charity Club Championship games (extra points) listed below you may also donate online.  Go to this link to donate via our Essex Bridge Center team which is part of the overall ACBL team.  We will have special snacks all day. There will be no extra fee but donations to the Alzheimer’s Association will be accepted. EBC will donate $2 for each player in each game.

9:10 – 11:40 am LOW INTERMEDIATE PAIRS 0 – 20 (12 boards) (we hope that other eligible <20mp players will join in with our regular group for this occasion)

9:10 – 11:40 am Special OPEN FAST PAIRS  (20-21 boards) (we hope this will be a mix of regular open players and intermediate 199, 299, and 499 players normally from other days of the week)  Fast pairs just means that we will all just decide to play quickly and let the chips fall where they may and enjoy this unusual event and meeting players from across the spectrum at EBC in a relaxed atmosphere – this is for Charity!)

12:30 pm OPEN PAIRS (regular length)

12:30 pm 0 ­ 499 PAIRS (regular length)

6:30 pm LOW INTERMEDIATE PAIRS 0 ­ 20 (12 boards) (we hope that other eligible <20mp players will join in with our regular group for this occasion)

And SAVE the DATE:  ANNIVERSARY PARTY DAY Wednesday, July 1st.  Powells+EBC, thank you all so much for your support these past 20 years!  Regular schedule plus an added afternoon 499 NLM section.  All events, morning, afternoon, and evening are extra points and we will have special snacks all day.

 

Also in June!

North American Pair Games:  1/2 red 1/2 black

Wednesday, 6/10 12:30 Open & also a special 499 section; Thursday, 6/11 6:30 Open & 499; Saturday, 6/13 12:30 Open

alz logoAlzheimer’s Association THE LONGEST DAY 2015:  Our participation will be all on Monday, June 22nd.  In addition to playing in one of the Charity Club Championship games (extra points) listed below you may also donate online.  Go to this link to donate via our Essex Bridge Center team which is part of the overall ACBL team.  We will have special snacks all day. There will be no extra fee but donations to the Alzheimer’s Association will be accepted. EBC will donate $2 for each player in each game.

9:10 – 11:40 am LOW INTERMEDIATE PAIRS 0 – 20 (12 boards)

9:10 – 11:40 am Special OPEN FAST PAIRS  (20-21 boards)

12:30 pm OPEN PAIRS (regular length)

12:30 pm 0 ­ 499 PAIRS (regular length)

6:30 pm LOW INTERMEDIATE PAIRS 0 ­ 20 (12 boards)

Events Coming in June

Join us for the Worldwide Bridge Contest sponsored by the World Bridge Federation.  Separate events on Friday, June 5th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, June 6th at 12:30 awarding  50% red / 50% black points at sectional rating.  Top ACBL winners recognized on website and the Bridge Bulletin. It’s the event played around the world!  This international competition is scored across the world using the Internet to give an overall winner. The Friday and Saturday games are separate events. Each participant receives a souvenir booklet containing Eric Kokish’s excellent commentary. The WBF will award prizes based on world matchpointing. The two top district winners by percentage receive bonus awards. Additional recognition comes from the WBF.

 Start planning your dates for STAC week June 15 – 21.

All Pair Games: Open & 499 Afternoon and Evening & special Friday Afternoon 299; also Open Teams Friday Evening & 499 NLM Teams Wednesday Afternoon & 199 Teams Saturday Afternoon.  Advance reservations required for all team games.

Week of May 10th

Congratulations to all the big winners in our Club Championship Games!

Special Classes (Monday’s Level Two Beginners meet as usual, 9:10 & 6:30)

5/11   9:30 am Supervised Play on Cuebids – Ken  ($15)

5/11  7:00 pm Intermediate Trump Play of the Hand – Alan ($15)

5/12   5:45 pm Pre-Game Lecture – Is That a Closeout? – Alan (Free)

5/14   5:45 pm Pre-Game Lecture – New Minor Forcing – Alan (Free)

This session of Saturday Supervised Classes is over.  A summer session will be announced in the future.

Club Championship Week is here!

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK – extra points in all Open & 499 games May 3rd – May 9th

Congratulations to the Bob Ryder Memorial Pairs Winners – Richard Hyken & Michael Huppert (photo in Gallery under Special Events).  Congratulations also to our weekend team winners – see photos in the Gallery.  Hover over the photo to get the category title.

Special Classes (Monday’s Level Two Beginners meet as usual, 9:10 & 6:30)

5/4   9:30 am Cuebids (Support, Control, Michaels) – Ken  ($15)

5/4  7:00 pm Intermediate Trump Play of the Hand – Alan ($15)

5/5   5:45 pm Pre-Game Lecture – This Hand Doesn’t Fit My Rules – Alan (Free)

5/7   5:45 pm Pre-Game Lecture – Control Responses to 2C Openers – Alan (Free)

59   9:00 am Basic Play of the Hand – Finessing  – Meagan ($11)

Week of April 27

BOB RYDER MEMORIAL PAIRS Open Stratified – Saturday, May 2nd, 12:30 (Lite Lunch at Noon), Upgraded Club Championship

May 1st : 8 is Enough Swiss Teams Club Championship Friday 6:30  (Lite Pizza Supper at 6);  May 2nd: 499 Swiss Teams Upgraded Club Championship Saturday 12:30 (Lite Lunch at Noon)  Preregistration required for all team games.

Special Classes (Monday’s Level Two Beginners meet as usual, 9:10 & 6:30)

4/27   9:30 am Supervised Play on Doubles & Redoubles – Ken  ($15)

4/27  7:00 pm Intermediate Trump Play of the Hand – Alan ($15)

4/28   5:45 pm Pre-Game Lecture – Cuebids III – Alan (Free)

4/30   5:45 pm Pre-Game Lecture – 2-over-1 Game Forcing III – Alan (Free)

5/2   9:00 am Basic Playing Trump Contracts III – Meagan ($11)

Week of April 20th

Special Classes (Monday’s Level Two Beginners meet as usual, 9:10 & 6:30)

4/20   9:30 am Doubles (Penalty, Reopening) & Redoubles (Natural & SOS) – Ken  ($15)

4/20  7:00 pm Intermediate Trump Play of the Hand – Alan ($15)

4/21   5:45 pm Pre-Game Lecture – Cuebids II – Alan (Free)

4/23   5:45 pm Pre-Game Lecture – 2-over-1 Game Forcing II – Alan (Free)

4/25   9:00 am Basic Playing Trump Contracts II – Meagan ($11)