Congrats to Unit Winners & New Life Masters

Hearty Congratulations to all Unit Ace of Clubs and MiniMcKenney winners and New Life Masters.  Pictures on the left are the New Life Masters able to attend the Unit Awards Banquet Feb. 22nd.  On the right are 3 New Life Masters of our own: Colin, Arleen, & Fred.

Special Lessons This Week:

Monday morning – Ken is teaching Doubles (Takeout, Negative, Support) (this is a walk in lesson).

Monday evening – Alan is teaching Supervised Bridge – this is not a walk in lesson, it is prearranged.

Tuesday evening – Alan is lecturing on Help Suit Game Tries.

Thursday evening – Alan is lecturing on Splinters I.

Please note that Beginner Lessons continue as usual on Monday mornings and evenings.  The Beginner Bootcamp coming March 14th is for students not currently taking the Beginner Lessons.

Club Championship Week Feb. 15-21

Join us for Club Championship Week!  Sunday, Feb. 15 through Feb. 21 all Open and 499 pair games and team games are extra points, no extra charge.   Preregistration required for all team games.

Special Lessons This Week:

Monday morning – Ken is teaching New Minor Forcing and 4th Suit Forcing (this is a walk in lesson).  This was delayed a week due to an earlier snow closing.

Monday evening – Alan is teaching Supervised Bridge – this is not a walk in lesson, it is prearranged.

Tuesday evening – No lecture this week.

Thursday evening – No lecture this week.

Sunday morning – Meagan’s workshop is Opener & Responder Continue the Auction III

Please note that Beginner Lessons continue as usual on Monday mornings and evenings.  The Beginner Bootcamp coming in mid-March is for students not currently taking the Beginner Lessons.

Cycle Update and This Week

Message from Meagan:  Thank you all for supporting my CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL team!  Together we raised over $7000.  Every penny goes to cancer research.  Thank you to the team riders on Sat. Feb 7th:  Walter Schauben, Dana Langerman, Susan Adler, Carol Mortenson, Alan Powell.

Special Lessons This Week:

Monday morning – Ken is teaching 3rd & 4th Hand Openings, and Reverse Drury (this is a walk in lesson).

Monday evening – Alan is teaching Supervised Bridge – this is not a walk in lesson, it is prearranged.

Tuesday evening – Alan’s lecture is Reverses & Jump Shifts III

Thursday evening – Alan’s lecture is Jacoby 2NT II

Sunday morning – Meagan’s workshop is Opener & Responder Continue the Auction II

Please note that Beginner Lessons continue as usual on Monday mornings and evenings.  The Beginner Bootcamp coming in mid-March is for students not currently taking the Beginner Lessons.

 

Open Tuesday

We will be resuming our regular schedule on Tuesday beginning with the morning 199 game followed by the other regular games.

Regarding Special Lessons, Lectures & Workshops:

Since we were closed Monday morning Feb. 2nd, the topic Ken would have taught will be taught Feb. 9th instead.  Likewise the Supervised Session with Alan that was not held Monday evening will be held Feb. 9th.

Alan’s Tuesday evening lecture topic is “Reverses and Jump Shifts II” and the Thursday evening lecture topic is “Jacoby 2NT.”  On Sunday morning, Meagan will be teaching a workshop on “Continuing a Basic Bidding Auction Past the First Two Bids.”

Special Winter Classes

Alan’s Tuesday & Thursday evening free pre-game lectures are now running.  5:45 pm Tuesday Evening January 27th he will be discussing Reverses & Jump Shifts.  5:45 Thursday Evening January 29th he will be continuing his discussion on the Roman Key Card Convention.

There are still 2 tables left for his Special Supervised Sessions starting next Monday Evening, February 2nd.  Sign up as a whole table of 4 and pick your own topic in advance.  There will be no lecture, you should pre-study the topic and be prepared to execute, with his supervision, the hands  he will have prepared for you. Fee is $60 per table of 4 players.

Ken’s Comprehensive Lesson Monday morning series starts February 2nd at 9:30 am.  The topic for that day is 3rd & 4th Hand Openings and Reverse Drury.  These are advanced-intermediate topics.  The lesson will consist of lecture, questions answered, and hands to play.  Fee is $15 per player.  No partner is necessary.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

CFSparentsCFSmorningOn Tuesday January 20th we joined together all day to celebrate the life and legacy of Jennifer Goodman Linn, daughter of two of our regular bridge players, Len & Sandy Goodman.  While battling cancer herself she started the CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL fund drive to support research  at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Two outstanding features of this annual fund drive which has raised millions of dollars are that 100% of the donations go to the research and that Memorial Sloan Kettering must and does share all their findiCFSeveningngs with other research institutions around the world.CFSafternoon  They and we are extremely grateful to all our wonderful bridge players who gave their support to this fund drive.  So far $5,300+ has been donated at EBC and online via Meagan’s team.  If you have not donated yet and would like to here is a link to Meagan’s team.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

Additional Notes

Sunday, January 18th, 9:00 Meagan will be teaching the Low Intermediate Workshop on Opener’s & Responder’s Rebids.

Don’t forget that Tuesday, January 20th, we will be holding Upgraded Club Championship games (9:10 0-199; 12:30 Open & 499; 6:30 Open & 499) with voluntary donations accepted for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Care Center.  There is no extra charge for these extra point games, your donations to the Cycle for Survival fund drive are voluntary.  There will be extra desserts and snacks at each game.

Alan’s Thursday night pre-499 game lectures begin on January 22nd with the subject Roman Keycard I. His Tuesday night pre-499 lectures will begin January 27th.

There is a link (in the post below this) for the website  where you can register to participate in the Play with the Stars Board-A-Match VIRTUAL Team Game on Sunday, January 25th.  You should register with them online by about January 20th.

Good luck to all the players competing at the Regional Tournament in Rye, NY!

THANK YOU, ALL!

MANY, MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR STAFF AND BRIDGE PLAYERS WHO MADE 2014 SUCH A GREAT YEAR!

Now January is here and we are excited to have two special charity events this month.  More information about both these events will follow but here is preliminary information.

All day on January 20 we will hold Cycle for Survival Upgraded Club Championship games accepting donations to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MKSCC) rare cancer research fund.  Cycle for Survival was founded in 2007 by Livingston native, Jennifer Goodman Linn, (daughter of bridge players Sandy & Len Goodman) and through Jennifer’s efforts raised over $4 Million in rare cancer research funds before her death in July 2011. Jennifer’s legacy continues with an annual fund drive.

On Sunday, January 25 interested players can participate at Essex Bridge Center in Zeke Jabbour’s Play with the Stars Virtual Board-a-Match Team Game benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation.  This event requires online registration (with them not us) and donation by January 20th.  Here is link to see more information about this event.  To sign up to play and/or make a donation for the event, click on “Player?” at the top of the link page.

We will also be starting up various workshop, lesson, and lecture series.  Here is a link to that schedule.  The first thing to come up is a Low Intermediate Workshop on Sunday, January 4th at 9:00am.  The topic is Opener & Responder Rebids I.

End of the Year Schedule

Here’s what’s happening from now through January 1st.  All dates not listed are regular schedule.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

Dec 22 Mon Regular morning Beginners; regular afternoon Open & 499; in addition to the 6:30p evening beginner’s section there will be a special 199 section (in lieu of Dec.24 evening).
Dec 24 Wed Open for morning 199; open for afternoon Open; closed in evening.
Dec 25 Thu Closed All Day
Dec 29 Regular morning Beginners; regular afternoon Open & 499; in addition to the 6:30p evening beginner’s section there will be a special 199 section (in lieu of Dec. 31 evening).
Dec 31 Wed Open for morning 199; open for afternoon Open; closed in evening.
Jan 1 Thu Closed in morning; afternoon: PLAYER RECOGNITION PARTY, Open & 499, Brunch at noon, Game at 12:30.  Advance Reservations Strongly Suggested;  closed in evening.

 

December Events

Saturday, December 6:  Saturday Workshop for Beginners/Low Intermediates – PreemptsWinter Sky Vector Graphic — snowflakes, faling, snow

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK December 8 – 14 all Open and 499 Pair and Team Games extra points, no extra fee

Wednesday, December 10:  499 Swiss Teams, at 12:30, preregistration required

Friday, December 12: Open Stratified Teams, at 6:30 (lite pizza supper at 6:00), preregistration required

Saturday, December 13: Saturday Workshop for Beginners/Low Intermediates – Responses to 1NT Openings, Natural & Stayman

Monday, December 22: 6:30 pm 199 Lesson-Game (in lieu of December 24);  Monday, December 29: 199 6:30 pm Lesson-Game (in lieu of December 31)

Coming:  PLAYER RECOGNITION PARTY, January 1st, 2015,  Brunch at Noon, Open & 499 sections at 12:30