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.


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.


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!



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.


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


ProvidenceWE WISH YOU A COZY & DELICIOUS THANKSGIVING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.  We are thankful for you, our wonderful bridge friends.  If you are going to the Providence North American Bridge Championships, good luck and have a great time.  With the exception of Thursday, Thanksgiving Day when we will be closed all day, we will be holding down the fort here with all of our regular schedule of bridge games and lesson-games.  Be sure to put our December Club Championship Week on your schedule:  December 8 – 14 including 499 Teams on Wednesday afternoon December 10th and Open Stratified Teams on Friday evening December 12th.

Coming Events

Congratulations to all our big winners for our special events the weekend of Nov. 14-16:  Friday night 8 is Enough Teams:  Doree Sobel, Rosalind Abel, Don Adamczyk, Saurav Dutta;  Saturday afternoon 499 Teams: Diane Radwill, Barbara Simpson, Ellie Wiener, Bernadette Pilchman; Miriam Steinberger Memorial Pairs: Ken & Roz Powell, 499 Connie Ritzler & Carole Chopin.

Save the Dates:  Club Championship Week – December 8-14 all Open & 499 game and including also both a 499 Team game on Wednesday afternoon and an Open Stratified Team Game on Friday evening during that week.


11/10 Mon 7:00p DECLARER PLAY – Workshop:  Putting It All Together  - Comprehensive Intermediate  (Alan) in Room B
The next Saturday Workshop will be December 6th.  Please note: There have been some changes to the previously published schedule.

Don’t forget this special occasion!

miramonlyJoin Us Sunday, November 16th for the

Miriam Steinberger Memorial Pairs

Upgraded Club Championship.  Open & 499 at 12:30; Lite Lunch at Noon.
Extra Pts, No Extra Fee, Voluntary Donations to the American Cancer Society Accepted.

Miriam Steinberger was one of the founders of the Essex Bridge Center in 1960. She oversaw the Center’s beginnings in Montclair, its growth in West Orange and its move to its current location in Livingston NJ. She owned and managed the Center for 35 years until her retirement in 1995. A beloved bridge teacher in New Jersey, 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 up until her death from cancer.


Week of November 10th

8 IS ENOUGH SWISS TEAMS:  Friday, November14th, 6:30 (Lite Pizza Supper at 6:00), advance registration required.

499 NLM SWISS TEAMS: Saturday, November 15th, 12:30 (Lite Lunch at noon), advance registration required.

MIRIAM STEINBERGER MEMORIAL PAIRS: Sunday, November 16th Open & 499, Upgraded Club Championship, (Lite Lunch at noon).


11/10 Mon 7:00p DECLARER PLAY – Creating Entries and Managing Transportation - Comprehensive Intermediate  (Alan) in Room B
11/11 Tue 5:45p  PreGame Lecture:  Defense: To Switch, or Not to Switch - Intermediate+  (Alan)
11/13 Thu 9:30a Control Responses to 2C Openings - Comprehensive Intermediate (Ken) in Room B
11/13 Thu 5:45p PreGame Lecture:  Penalty Doubles - Intermediate+  (Alan)
11/15 Sat 9:00a Saturday Workshop: Trump Play of the Hand—Promotion, Discarding Losers  - Basic  (Meagan) Please note: There have been some changes to the previously published schedule