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.
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.
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 & 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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 2015 Miriam Steinberger Memorial Pairs: Betty & David Cox. The 499 section was won by Dionne & Pat McNamee. It was great to have a big crowd to join us in this remembrance and we are happy to report that $245 were raised for the American Cancer Society. We’ll hold off sending the check for a few days in case any of you who could not be with us on Sunday wish to add a donation to our total.
Miriam Steinberger was one of the founders of the Essex Bridge Center in 1960. She oversaw the Center’s beginning in Montclair, its growth in West Orange,and its move to its current location in Livingston, NJ. She owned and managed the Center for 25 years until her retirement in 1995. A beloved bridge teacher in NJ, she also served the New Jersey Bridge League as its secretary and as a member of its board. She worked tirelessly to enrich the game of Duplicate Bridge until her death from cancer.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
December 24th: Open in the morning for 199er; Open in the afternoon for Open & 499er; Closed in the Evening
December 25th: Closed all Day
December 31st: Open in the morning for 199er; Open in the afternoon for Open & 499er; Closed in the Evening
January 1st: Closed in the morning; Open in the afternoon for the NEW YEAR’S DAY PLAYER RECOGNITION PARTY, special lunch and desserts, Open & 499 (299ers are welcome to play in the afternoon 499) RESERVATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! Reservation Form now available at the center.
Jan 6th: 499 NLM Swiss Teams, preregistration required, 12:30 pm.
Jan 8th: Open Swiss Teams, preregistration required, 6:30 pm
Club Championship Week (extra points in all Open, 499, and Team Games) will be December 7-13. 8 is Enough Teams will be 6:30 December 11th Friday, 499 Teams will be 12:30 December 12th Saturday. Preregistration required for all team games.
Saturday Dec. 12th 9:00 am: Beginner Workshop on Responses to 1NT Opening Bids (Deb) (Regular beginning classes on Monday mornings & evening continue.)
Save the dates: Miriam Steinberger Memorial Pairs, Sunday, Dec. 20th 12:30 & Player Recognition Party (upgraded club championship), Friday, January 1st 12:30.
A most happy Thanksgiving to all and best of luck to all our players who are competing in the Denver Bridge Fall Nationals. We will be OPEN all day Wednesday Nov. 24th including for the evening 199 game, CLOSED all day Thursday Nov. 25th, Thanksgiving, and reopening on Friday morning with the 299 game and then the 12:30 Open game.
No Beginner Workshop Saturday, November 28th. Afternoon Open game as usual
Monday, Nov. 30 4:00 pm: Second Lecture on Signals (Arlene)
Saturday Dec. 5th 9:00 am: Beginner Workshop on Preempts (Deb)
Club Championship Week (extra points in all Open, 499, and Team Games) is coming December 7-13. 8 is Enough Teams will be 6:30 December 11th Friday, 499 Teams will be 12:30 December 12th Saturday. Preregistration required for all team games.
Beginners continue as usual as well as other games and lesson-games. Here are the special items this week.
11/16 9:30 am Modern Bidding Techniques “Overcalls, Responses, Rebids” (Ken)
11/16 4:00 pm “Squeezes II” (Arlene)
11/17 5:45 pm “Texas Transfers” (Alan)
11/18 12:30 pm 0-499 Swiss Teams – preregistration required!
11/19 5:45 pm “The Strip & Endplay” (Alan)
11/21 9:00 am “Overcalls” Saturday Morning Beginners’ Workshop (Deb)
The following is from George Browne:
The Most Challenging Game – Teams
Team games are the purest form of bridge competition. Can my team do better than our opponents playing the same cards?
The ACBL offers team competitions from the club level through sectional and district levels on up to national and international championships. The Grand National Teams offers competition to Non-Life Master, B (less than 2,500 mp), A (less than 6,000 mp), and Open Teams.
One way to build good teams is to practice, practice . . .
I propose we plan one practice session a month. Come with a favorite partner, play several (6-8) hands against another team; then gather to analyze the hands and talk about them and about team tactics. If I can work it out with the Powells, one or two of the hands will come from top level competition, so we can see how we might have done against world champions.
Our goals–to shape up teams for club games, Unit 140 Double Knockouts, and for the Grand National District 3 qualifying tournament–scheduled for May 2016.
If you are interested, sign up at the Essex Bridge Center or email George Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org.