Game Schedule Reminder

Just a reminder that Essex Bridge Center will be closed all day Friday July 14th and Saturday July 15th.

Regular Schedule resumes Monday July 17th.

Good luck in Fairfield and Bring back some Gold Points.

July 4th Afternoon – We Are Open!

Yes, we are open on Tuesday afternoon, July 4th, for Open and 0-499 games.
These games are NAP Qualifier games – players can earn 50% Black and 50% Red points!
We are serving a lite lunch at 12 noon. Games will start at 12:30pm.

PLEASE make a reservation if you plan to attend: we would like a headcount for the food.
Here’s the link to our reservation form:

Make-a-Reservation

Note: There will be no 0-299 game on Tuesday morning July 4.
There will be no games on Tuesday evening, July 4.
We are also closed Monday evening on July 3.

Happy Fourth of July!

Upcoming June Events at Essex Bridge Center

June 2017 is Jam-Packed!

We are CLOSED on Saturday, May 27 and Monday, May 29
for the Memorial Day weekend.

World Wide Bridge Contest

Friday Evening, June 2                  6:30pm            Special Snacks
Saturday Afternoon, June 3     12:30pm            Lite Lunch at 12 Noon

50% Red and 50% Black points at sectional rating
NO Extra Card Fee for players
Essex Bridge Center will pay the $3.25 extra required ACBL fee per player in both games
AND the cost of duplicating/producing the analysis booklet for each player.

This international competition is scored across the world using the Internet to give an overall winner.
The Friday and Saturday games are separate events.
Booklet with analysis of hands will be provided.
The World Bridge Federation will award prizes based on world matchpointing.

Please make a Reservation through our website, by phone or in person.
Reservation forms are already available for both events in the Reservation book.

STaC Week – Sectional Tournament at the Club
SILVER POINTS!

Monday, June 12 – Sunday, June 18th
All Open Games
All Afternoon and Evening 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

PLUS
Wednesday Afternoon, June 14        499 Swiss Teams                12:30pm

SUNDAY Afternoon, June 18          Open Stratified Swiss          12:30pm
199 Swiss Teams                12:30pm
A Lite Lunch will be served on Sunday at Noon.

SILVER points at sectional rating
NO Extra Card Fee for players
Essex Bridge Center will pay the $1.50 extra required ACBL fee per player in in each STaC game.

The Longest Day
Charity Club Championship games for 3 Days:
Monday, June 19
Tuesday, June 20
Wednesday, June 21
Three Days of Games to Support Alzheimer’s Research

Essex Bridge Center will again be participating under the ACBL umbrella
raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day Fund Drive.

All games on all 3 days will be stratified and award extra points.
Essex Bridge Center will donate $1 for every player in every Alzheimer’s event game.
Voluntary donations will be accepted from the players at each game.

Reservations forms will be available in the Reservation Book 10 days prior to June 19.

Coming in July:
North American Pairs Qualifying Events

Upcoming May Events at Essex Bridge Center

Club Championship Week
Monday, May 1 – Saturday, May 6
All Open and 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

Extra Black Points, No Extra Card Fee

INCLUDES
8 Is Enough Swiss Teams
Friday Evening, May 5
6:00pm  Pizza Supper
6:30pm  Game

499 Swiss Teams
Saturday Aft, May 6
12 noon    Lunch
12:30pm  Game

Reservations required for Team Games. Please sign up at the director’s desk.

 

Thank You!
Thank you for helping the Park Avenue Elementary School
raise funds for their Bridge Club’s trip to the Junior Bridge Tournament
in Toronto in July.    We raised $800 in 5 days.

Thank You Again!
Last month I made a request of all of our players regarding the walkway from the Daycare Center next door onto Grand Terrace.  There is a walkway from the Temple next door to the curb at Grand Terrace, allowing the children to cross together to the playground.
I’m so pleased that you have been so helpful.  You have stopped parking in front of that walkway, allowing the children to have a safe place to cross the street.
Thank you for being a good neighbor for us.  Keep up the good work!

Comprehensive Lessons with Alan Powell
Alan is offering NT Play of the Hand lessons on Monday mornings through May.
9:30am – 11:30am     $15    No Partner Necessary

5-8    Making a Plan
5-15    Dangerous Opponent and the Holdup Play
5-22  Managing Entries

Intermediate Workshops with Dominick D’Ascoli
Dominick is offering workshops on a variety of topics on Saturday mornings through May
9:00am – 11:15am     $12     No Partner Necessary

5-6      NO WORKSHOP
5-13    Cuebid Raises
5-20    Reverses

FREE Evening Lectures with Alan Powell and Meagan Powell
One-page Handout   15-20 Minute Free Lecture

Tuesdays    6:00pm    Alan Powell
5-2    Help Suit Game Tries
5-9    3rd Seat Openings
5-16  4th Seat Openings

Thursdays   6:00pm   Meagan Powell
4-27   NoTrump Overcalls
5-4     Which Overcall Should I Make?
5-11   Penalty Doubles – Part I
5-18   Penalty Doubles – Part II

WE WILL BE CLOSED ON
Saturday, May 27   and
Monday,   May 29

Upcoming April and May Events at Essex Bridge Center

Parking Update
We know that parking is at a premium in our lot and on the surrounding street.
However, we’re asking all players to be a good neighbor to the Day Care Center next door at the Temple.
Behind our building on Grand Terrace there is a 4-foot wide path to the curb from the Temple. This path is intended to allow the kids to step out into the street and cross to the playground.
Please help us: Do not park directly in front of this path.
Let’s give the kids a reasonable access point to cross the street.
Thank you for helping.

Comprehensive Lessons with Alan Powell
No Trump Play of the Hand Lessons
Monday Mornings 9:30am – 11:30am
$15 per lesson No Partner Necessary

4-24 Part I: Creating Tricks
5-1 Part II: Making a Plan
5-8 Part III: Dangerous Opponent and The Holdup Play
5-15 Part IV: Managing Entries
5-22 Part V: Supervised Play on the Above Topics

Intermediate Workshops with Dominick D’Ascoli
Saturday Mornings 9:00am – 11:15am
$12 per lesson No Partner Necessary

4-15 Negative Doubles
4-22 Control-Showing Cuebids
4-29 Defense: A First Look
5-6 NO WORKSHOP
5-13 Cuebid Raises
5-20 Reverses

FREE Evening Lectures

Tuesday Evenings with Alan Powell
6:00pm One-page Handout

4-11 and 4-18 No Lectures
4-25 Help Suit Game Tries
5-2 Reverse Drury
5-9 3rd Seat Openings
5-16 4th Seat Openings

Thursday Evenings with Meagan Powell
6:00pm One-page Handout

4-13 and 4-20 No Lectures
4-27 No Trump Overcalls
5-2 Which Overcall Should I Make?
5-11 Penalty Doubles – Part I
5-18 Penalty Doubles – Part II

COMING IN MAY

Club Championship Week
Extra Black Points, No Extra Card Fee

All Open & 499 games
And
Thursday Evening 299 Game

INCLUDES
8 Is Enough Fri Eve, May 5
6:00pm Pizza
6:30pm Game

499 Swiss Sat Aft, May 6
12:00noon Lunch
12:30pm Game

CLOSINGS IN MAY
We will be CLOSED during Memorial Day weekend
Saturday, May 27
Sunday, May 28 (We are always closed on Sunday)
Monday, May 29

We will be open on Friday, May 26 for our usual morning 499 game and our usual afternoon Open game (with lunch).
We will open again after the weekend on Tuesday morning, May 30.

STaC and Upcoming Events at Essex Bridge Center

STaC – SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT AT THE CLUB

SILVER POINTS
Extra Silver Points – No Extra Card Fee

Tuesday, March 21 – Monday, March 27
All Open Games
All Afternoon and Evening 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

PLUS Team Games

499 Swiss Teams
Wed Aft, March 22
12:30pm

Open Stratified Swiss Teams
Fri Eve, March 24
6:00pm Lite Pizza Supper
6:30pm Game

199 Swiss Teams
Sat Aft, March 25
12:00 noon Lite Lunch
12:30pm Game
All Team Games require pre-registration
Please phone, email or see a Director in person to make a team reservation

 

FREE Evening Lectures with Alan Powell and Meagan Powell
One-Page Handout

Tuesdays 6:00pm with Alan Powell
3-21 DONT
3-28 Cappelletti
4-4 Opponent bids over Partner’s 1NT Opening. What Now?
4-11 No Lecture
4-18 No Lecture
4-25 Help Suit Game Tries
5-2 Reverse Drury
5-9 3rd Seat Openings
5-16 4th Seat Openings

Thursdays 6:00pm with Meagan Powell
3-23 Takeout Doubles—Part I
3-30 Takeout Doubles—Part II
4-6 Big Overcall Takeout Doubles
4-13 No Lecture
4-20 No Lecture
4-27 NoTrump Overcalls
5-4 Which Overcall Should I Make?
5-11 Penalty Doubles—Part I
5-18 Penalty Doubles—Part II

 

Preview of Upcoming Lessons

Low-Mid Intermediate Workshops
With Dominick D’Ascoli
Saturday Mornings 9:00 – 11:15 $12

Workshops will return in mid-April.
Watch for emails!

Comprehensive Lessons
NoTrump Play of the Hand With Alan Powell
Monday Mornings 9:30 – 11:30 $15

Comprehensive Lessons will return in mid-April.
Watch for emails!

Upcoming Events At Essex Bridge Center

STaC – Sectional Tournament at the Club
SILVER POINTS
Extra Silver Points – No Extra Card Fee

Tuesday, March 21 – Monday, March 27
All Open Games
All Afternoon and Evening 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

PLUS Team Games

499 Swiss Teams
Wed Aft, March 22
12:30pm

Open Stratified Swiss Teams
Fri Eve, March 24
6:00pm Lite Pizza Supper
6:30pm Game

199 Swiss Teams
Sat Aft, March 25
12:00 noon Lite Lunch
12:30pm Game

Free Evening Lectures on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00pm will resume on Tuesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 23.
Topics will be published the 2nd week of March

Upcoming December Events at Essex Bridge Center

Miriam Steinberger Memorial Pairs

Upgraded Club Championship
Extra Points, No Extra Card Fee
Tuesday Evening, December 20th
Open and 499 Games – 6:30pm
Special Snacks

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.
Voluntary Donations will be Accepted for the American Cancer Society

 

Club Championship Week
Monday, December 12 – Saturday, December 17
All Open and 499 Games
and Thursday Evening 0-299 Game
Extra Points, No Extra Card Fee

INCLUDES
8 Is Enough Swiss Teams
Fri Eve – December 16th 6:30pm
Lite Pizza Dinner served at 6:00pm

499 Swiss Teams
Sat Aft – December 17th 12:30pm
Lite Lunch served at 12 noon

Registration for Swiss Team Events Required – Sign up at Director Desk

 

We are CLOSED all day on Saturday, December 24th.
We are OPEN on Saturday, December 31st.

 

SAVE THE DATE:
Player Recognition Party on New Year’s Day
SUNDAY, January 1st
Yes, we are open on a Sunday for this special event

12:00pm Special Lunch and Desserts
12:30pm Open and 0-499 games

Upgraded Club Championship
Extra Points, No Extra Card Fee

IMPORTANT:
In previous years we have been filled to capacity and have had to turn players away!
Please make reservations early!
Reservations will be accepted by email, phone and in person starting on Monday, December 19th.

Upcoming Events at Essex Bridge Center

Club Appreciation Week
Tuesday, October 4 – Monday, October 10
All Open and 499 Games
Extra Points, no Extra Card Fees

8 Is Enough Swiss Teams
Friday Evening, Oct 7
6:30pm (Lite Pizza Dinner at 6pm)

499 Swiss Teams
Saturday Afternoon, Oct 8
12:30pm (Lite Lunch at Noon)

Teams Game – 5% of all Team-Game Masterpoints are GOLD points

TEAMS MUST PRE-REGISTER AT DIRECTOR DESK

 

YOM KIPPUR CLOSING
We are CLOSED Tuesday Evening, October 11 and
CLOSED all day Wednesday, October 12 for
Yom Kippur

 

 

STaC – Sectional Tournament at the Club
SILVER POINTS
Wednesday, October 26 – Tuesday, November 1
All Afternoon and Evening Open Games
All Afternoon and Evening 499 and 299 Games
No Morning Games award Silver Points

Extra Silver Points, no Extra Card Fees

499 Swiss Teams
Wednesday Afternoon, Oct 26
12:30pm

Open Stratified Swiss Teams
Friday Evening, Oct 28
6:30pm (Lite Pizza Dinner at 6pm)

199 Swiss Teams
Saturday Afternoon, Oct 29
12:30pm (Lite Lunch at Noon)

TEAMS MUST PRE-REGISTER AT DIRECTOR DESK

New ACBL Policy for 1NT Openings.

The ACBL has changed its policy regarding opening 1NT with a singleton.

From the ACBL website:

Here is the new definition, effective Aug. 1:
“A notrump opening or overcall is natural if, by agreement, it contains no void, at most one singleton which must be the A, K or Q and no more than two doubletons. If the hand contains a singleton, it may have no doubleton.”
This includes hand patterns such as 5-4-3-1, 6-3-3-1 and 4-4-4-1, in addition to those that were previously allowed, such as 4-3-3-3, 5-3-3-2 and 5-4-2-2.

You can read the whole explanation here.

No guidance yet on possible changes to the Alert/Announcement procedure for 1NT openings.