See the Kibitzer below for details on ACBL’s new convention card, with guidance on how to fill it out.

Vaccine Required, Masks Optional For All Games at the Club

Weekly Game Schedule

At the Club
Tuesday, 12:30 Open

Thursday, 12:30 Open
First Sunday, 12:30 Swiss Team
3rd Saturday, Unit Game 

Monday, 9:30 299er
Monday, 9:35 Open
Wednesday, 6:30 Open
Friday, 9:30 749er

Club Appreciation Game

Tuesday October 4

  • From Don and Sherri:

    Want to share the news that we have just received. McKenzie Myers (Mac) has just been appointed Senior Manager of Field Operations for ACBL. This means that, short of relocating to Horn Lake, MS., Mac has reached the proverbial top rung of the career ladder in his profession.

    More to the point though, this can only be great news not just for all of locals, but for the entire ACBL organization.

    We thought we should share this with all of you as soon as we learned of it. Seems like this […]

    Published On: September 26th, 20220 Comments
  • Saturday’s “Breakfast and Bridge” unit game had a good turnout with 7 1/2 tables.

    Thanks to everyone who attended on a Ducks game day. And special thanks to Carole Schmitz for bringing two delicious quiches and Betsy Ovitt for bagels, lox, and cream cheese.

    The unit board will continue offering healthy breakfast items at future unit games. Two board members each month will bring the food.

    See you there!

    Published On: September 18th, 20221 Comment
  • Fall edition of the Trumpet is out. A lot of reporting on the recent ACBL National in Providence. And an interesting analysis comparing pre-covid table counts to current table counts throughout the district.

    Click here to view the paper.

    Published On: September 9th, 20220 Comments
  • The September Bridge Bulletin has another installment on how to fill out the new convention card. See all instructions in this post.

    Published On: September 2nd, 20220 Comments

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The Kibitzer

Instructions for Filling Out ACBL’s New Convention Card

Swiss Teams Strategy and Scoring

Here’s ACBL’s Online Event Schedule
Here’s District 20’s 2022 Tournament Schedule

Upgraded and/or Silver masterpoint opportunities every month. Details will be on our calendar.

Tip to speed up online play

Be sure to set up your Bridge Base account to autoplay singletons. One less thing for you to click during the play. To change the setting, log into your Bridge Base account, select the Account Tab, then click Settings. In the Playing section, turn on Autoplay Singletons.

Most people also like to turn on the Confirm Bids setting to avoid bidding mis-clicks, which cannot be undone.

Complete Bridge Base Online Training Materials
BBO Award Symbols — What Do They Mean?
BBO Hand Records
Features of the Common Game Scores Page

Note about alerting in virtual games

We have noticed people sometimes forget to alert their own bids. It’s probably the major difference from in-person bridge and takes some getting used to. To alert a bid, you must first click on the red “Alert” button before you make your bid. You should also enter the explanation before you bid.

The rules for alerting in virtual games differ significantly from the rules in face-to-face games. A good general rule to follow is to alert any unnatural bid (Stayman is perhaps the one exception). One common situation players are missing is when overcalling 1NT. Because of all the conventions used to overcall a 1NT, it seems reasonable to always alert your bid even if it is natural. In addition, all asking bids like Blackwood and Gerber and their responses are to be alerted in virtual games. Also, all cue bids (think Michaels) should be alerted. In a case where 2C over 1C or 2D over 1D are natural, they should be alerted as natural.

Some players have had trouble clearing the alert window so they can see the cards. First, if the window is asking for an explanation, the player who made the bid needs to respond so the window will go away. Second, if it is a normal alert window you should be able to click in the white space to clear it.

Updated ACBL Alert Procedures