Joe Gold and Peter Jones win the Bob Ryder Memorial Pairs

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Congratulations to Joe Gold and Peter Jones on winning the 12th Annual Bob Ryder Memorial Pairs.

Congratulations to the Eight is Enough Swiss Team Winners 5/13

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The Friday May 13th Eight is Enough Swiss Team winners are Judy Skillman, Susan Atteridge, Dave Dubois and Ruth Yeselson.

Club Championship Week

Join us for Club Championship Week Monday-Friday 5/9-5/13.
All Open and 499 games will be Club championships.

Don’t forget to form your teams for our 499 Swiss Teams on Wed 5/11 at 12:30.
If you are a pair or a single contact the club and we will try our best to match you with a team.

Eight is Enough Swiss Teams will be Friday Evening at 6:30 pm. Pizza at 6:00pm.
Eight is Enough means each team can have a maximum of 8 points, where A Players with 2000+ mps = 3 points. B Players with 750-2000 mps = 2 points, and C Players with 0-750 mps = 1 points. 8 is the maximum, but your team can have less than 8.
If you are a pair or a single contact the club and we will try our best to match you with a team.

Bob Ryder Memorial Pairs Saturday 12:30 pm Light Lunch at 12.
On Saturday join us for the Bob Ryder Memorial Pairs celebrating the life of longtime Essex Bridge Center Player Bob Ryder. The game will be an Upgraded Club Champoinship. Bob was a tremendous bridge player, but also a true gentleman. With all his bridge accomplishments, Bob remained accessible and friendly to all players. Come play on Saturday as we remember him and do that which he enjoyed so much, play bridge.

Special Lessons Coming in April

Ken’s Monday morning lessons:

Apr. 11    Control Responses to 2C Openings, Cuebidding Aces
Apr. 18    Jacoby 2NT and Splinter Bids

Ken’s previously scheduled May classes have been canceled.

Alan’s Tuesday & Thursday pre-evening game lectures:

Apr. 12     Control Responses to 2C
Apr. 14     Support Doubles
Apr. 19     Control Showing Cuebids
Apr. 21     Penalty Doubles

Meagan’s Saturday Morning Workshops

4/2     2NT Openers and Responses

4/9     2C Openers  and Responses

4/16   Asking for Aces: Blackwood & Gerber

4/23           NO WORKSHOP

4/30   Supervised Play—Trump Hands

Next Team Games:

5/11    Wednesday Afternoon 499 NLM (preregistration required)

5/13    Friday Evening 8 is Enough (preregistration required)

 

Special Lessons Coming in March

Ken’s Monday morning lessons:

Mar. 14 Third and Fourth Hand Openings, Reverse Drury
Mar. 21 Bidding over Opponents’ NT Openings, DONT and Cappelletti

Alan’s Tuesday & Thursday pre-evening game lectures:

Mav. 1 Jacoby 2NT Part I             Mar. 3 Overcalls Part I
Mar. 8 Jacoby 2NT Part II             Mar. 10 Overcalls Part II
Mar. 15 Splinters Part I                 Mar. 17 Negative Doubles Part I
Mar. 22 Splinters Part II                Mar. 24 Negative Doubles Part II
Apr. 12 Control Responses to 2C     Apr. 14 Support Doubles

Meagan’s Saturday Morning Workshops

3/5     Simple Overcalls vs Preemptive Overcalls
3/12   1NT Responses: Natural & Stayman
3/19   1NT Responses: Jacoby Transfers

Next Team Games:

4/1    Friday Evening 8 is Enough (preregistration required)

4/2    Saturday Afternoon 499 NLM (preregistration required)

STaC Week Coming Soon

STaC Silver Point Week will be here Monday, Feb. 22nd through Sunday, Feb. 28th. 

Start planning your partners and teams now!

All regularly scheduled Open & 499 pair games and a special Friday afternoon 299 pair game section will award sectionally rated silver points.  Additionally the following team games will award sectionally rated silver points: Wed. afternoon 2/24 0-499 NLM Swiss Teams, Fri. evening 2/26 Open Swiss Teams, and Sat. afternoon 2/27 0-199 Swiss Teams.  Pre-registration is required for all teams.  Talk to Ken if you need help setting up your team.

STaC stands for Sectional Tournament at Clubs.

Coming Events

Feb. 1 – 7 is Club Championship Week, all Open* and 499 Pair and Team Games are extra black points, no extra fee.

Correction: The ACBL-Wide International Fund Game #1 is Saturday afternoon, Feb. 6th.

* The exception is Saturday afternoon, Feb. 6th Open Pairs is ACBL-Wide International Fund Game #1 instead of Club Championship.

  • 50/50 red/black masterpoints at 81.8% sectional rating
  • Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
  • District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places

Overall winners recognized on ACBL website and in the Bridge Bulletin.  Hand records and analyses provided.  These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.  Essex Bridge Center pays the extra fees required for the game to the ACBL.

Alan’s Tues/Thurs 5:45pm  lectures start Feb. 2/4.  They are not every consecutive week, be sure to pick up a schedule when you come or check the brochure online.

 

Winter-Spring Brochure Now Online

Our 4-page Winter-Spring Lessons Brochure is now available.  Click on the box to the right to see it.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Club Championship Week Feb. 1 through Feb. 7 when all Open and 499 Pair and Team Games will award extra points.  8 is Enough Teams will be Friday, Feb. 5th at 6:30 and 499 NLM Teams will be Saturday, Feb. 6th at 12:30.  Preregistration is required for all team games.

Saturday Workshops on basic play of the hand started on Saturday, Jan. 9th – please scroll down and see the box at right for the schedule and topics.

Happy New Year!

Happy & Healthy 2016 to all!

Ken’s Monday morning Modern Bidding Techniques Classes start Monday, Jan. 4 at 9:30 am.

Don’t forget these team games:  Wed. Jan 6 – 499 NLM Swiss Teams 12:30 and Fri. Jan. 8 – Open Swiss Teams 6:30. Preregistration is required for all team games.

Saturday Workshops on basic play of the hand start on Saturday, Jan. 9th – please scroll down and see the box at right for the schedule and topics.

Dot Saying Thanks

Many of the Open and 499 players contributed to a special gift for Dot Powers to thank her for her wonderful baking and warm friendliness throughout the year.