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

Over $7000 and still adding

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support this week for our club participation in the LONGEST DAY FUND DRIVE for the Alzheimer’s Association.   So far we have collected over $7000 and expect some more to come in this week from people who have indicated they hadn’t donated yet and still intend to do so.   Donations are still being accepted at the Director’s Desk or you can click here to go to our page to donate online.  We hope to wrap it all up by the end of the week.

Congratulations to the winners of our special Alzheimer’s Games:

INDIVIDUAL GAME:   Jerry Glaser

BAROMETER PAIRS:  Debbie Crisfield & Peter Jones

SATURDAY MORNING 199ERS:  Virginia Disch & Mary Jo Herr (with a 70% game!)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 499 SWISS TEAMS:  Stephanie Austin, Vaishali Jategaonkar, Marjorie Blacker, & Phyllis Kearse

SATURDAY OPEN PAIRS:  Betty Cox & David Cox

Don’t forget, we have NAP open games (half red / half black) this week on Wednesday afternoon & Saturday afternoon.  Also Saturday Morning Workshops for Low Intermediate players resume 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 3 Low Intermediates
Thursdays 9:10a Level 3 Low Intermediates
Fridays (no lesson, extra hands to play instead) 9:10a 0-299

Alzheimer’s LONGEST DAY Events

Please join us to raise funds this week for the Alzheimer’s Association.   Click here to go to our page to join our team and/or donate online.

Our SILENT AUCTION items are now on display – we have quite a variety from NJPAC orchestra concert tickets to beautiful hand made items (jewelry, art, crocheting & knitting) to bridge players and teachers auctioning off playing lessons and tutoring sessions.  Players can write down their bids on the clipboards all week.  The top bids as of 3 pm Saturday will be the winners which will be posted at 4 pm.

We will be holding two more unusual events earlier during the week (both rated as Upgraded Club Championships so they award extra points) to add to the fun of the week.  Here two descriptions to help you understand these events. 

Wednesday, June 18, 6:30 pm. INDIVIDUAL GAMEIn this different and fun event players switch partners about every 2 or 3 boards and at the end there will be one A winner (not a partnership) , one B winner and one C winner.  All players must agree to bid only according to the Essex Blue Card (click here to see this special convention card).  The Essex Blue Card was based on the SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card) with some updating to common local custom. It is a basic card but not too basic.  This game emphasizes the skills of declarer play and defense as it equalizes the bidding tools.  Please preregister.  We’ll serve a few hors d’oeuvres and special desserts for participants.

Friday, June 20, 6:30 pm. BAROMETER PAIRS:  This is another different type event.  In a Barometer game the boards don’t move from table to table after each round. All pairs play the same boards at the same time throughout the event and the score is posted after every round. It’s like watching or being in a horse race!  Please preregister. We’ll have lite pizza supper at 6:00 pm for participants.

Our events on The Longest Day itself (Saturday, June 21st) are as follows: 

9:00 am 0-199 PAIRS, Charity Club Championship. We will be serving some breakfast for participants before this event at 8:30 am.  Please reserve in advance, it helps us plan. 

At 12:30 (preceded by a special lunch at 12:00) we will have 2 events: OPEN PAIRS, Charity Club Championship and 0-499 NLM SWISS TEAMS (preregistration is required for all Team Games), Charity Club Championship.

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 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 3 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson, extra hands to play instead) 9:10a 0-299

SILVER POINT WEEK IS HERE! STAC

Sectional Tournament At Clubs  WEEK (SILVER POINTS) Monday, June 9 through Sunday, June 15:  Below is a list of all silver point games. All other (black point) games will be held as usual.

All regularly scheduled OPEN & 499 PAIR games
plus Wed 12:30 pm 499 STRATIFIED SWISS TEAMS (preregistration required)
plus Fri 12:30 pm 299 PAIRS (9:10 am regular black point 299 Pair game will also be held that day)
plus Fri 6:30 pm OPEN STRATIFIED SWISS TEAMS (preregistration required)
plus Sat 12:30 199 SWISS TEAMS (preregistration required)

Alzheimer’s Association LONGEST DAY Events – see the box to the right and scroll down. We will be holding two more unusual events (both rated as Upgraded Club Championships so they award extra points) to add to the fun of the week.  Here two descriptions to help you understand the events listed in the box to the right. 

INDIVIDUAL GAMEIn this different and fun event players switch partners about every 2 or 3 boards and at the end there will be one A winner (not a partnership) , one B winner and one C winner.  All players must agree to bid only according to the Essex Blue Card (click here to see this special convention card).  The Essex Blue Card was based on the SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card) with some updating to common local custom. It is a basic card but not too basic.  This game emphasizes the skills of declarer play and defense as it equalizes the bidding tools.

BAROMETER PAIRS:  This is another different type event.  In a Barometer game the boards don’t move from table to table after each round. All pairs play the same boards at the same time throughout the event and the score is posted after every round. It’s like watching or being in a horse race!

 Click here to go to our page to join our team and/or donate online.

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 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 3 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson, extra hands to play instead) 9:10a 0-299

World Wide Bridge Contest & Silver Week

We have lots of special event coming up for you. WORLD WIDE BRIDGE CONTEST (50%red/50%black): Fri. June 6, 6:30pm (lite pizza supper at 6:00 pm) & Sat. June 7, 12:30 pm (lite lunch at 12:00pm).
NO Extra Card Fee
Essex Bridge Center will absorb the $4.00 extra required fee per player in both games.
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 analysis of each hand.
The WBF will award prizes based on world matchpointing.

STAC WEEK (SILVER POINTS) June 9-15, see the box the right. 

Alzheimer’s Association LONGEST DAY Events – see the box to the right and scroll down, more details will be coming out soon.  Click here to go to our page to join our team and/or donate online.

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 Beginners
Thursdays 9:10a Level 3 Beginners
Fridays (no lesson, extra hands to play instead) 9:10a 0-299