Possible Club Reopening In June
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Upcoming Events
May 15-16 Grass Roots Weekend
May 24-30 Silver Linings Week

Hooligans/Planet Hool: New Approach for Teaching Bridge to New or Newer Players

May 15th, 2021|0 Comments

From Betsy Ovitt:

Hooligans/Planet Hool is a group is out of San Francisco and is run by and old high school friend of mine that I reconnected with during the lockdown.

They have been very successful at bringing new or rusty beginning players into bridge as it starts with the play of the hand.  They use three apps where it starts with just taking tricks, what that means and how to do it.  The point is that the play of the hand is way more interesting and fun than starting with bidding.  In fact, bidding is the last thing that is taught.  The progression goes from taking tricks, to the play of the hand, to defense. Bidding is last after folks are hooked on the game.

it is open to all ages.  The 2-hour sessions are by ZOOM.  You don’t have to attend every session and can drop out if it is too basic.  It is quite casual and friendly.

Click the poster below to go to their website.

Player Milestones

May 8th, 2021|0 Comments

New Sectional Master – David Johnson
New Regional Master – Carol Schaafsma
New Life Master – Deb Dotters and Dawn Guenther
New Sapphire Life Master – Jon Neimand

Reopening Update

May 2nd, 2021|0 Comments

EBC NOT Opening in May – Stay Tuned
PROPOSED Face 2 Face Schedule EBC:

Tuesday – 12:30 Open & Limited if warranted
Thursday – 12:30 Open & Limited if warranted
PROPOSED Virtual Schedule:
Monday – 9:30 299er & Open
Wednesday – 6:30 499er & Open
Friday – 9:30 299er & Open
Saturday – 10:00 199er & Open
Sunday – 6:30 199er & Open

If you wish to provide feedback on the proposed schedule, leave a comment in the post. Don and Sherri will be notified of your feedback, and you will be notified when others post a comment. If you do not wish to receive notifications, uncheck the notification box in your comment.

Link to BBO Hand Records

April 28th, 2021|0 Comments

You can find hand records for games you play on BBO here. You can also find this link on our Calendar page, and in the Kibitizer on the right.

Click on the link and login to Bridgebase. Set the dates you’re interested in, then click Get Hands. Click on Movie to see the hand, walk through the play, see double dummy, etc. More details on this screen can be found in our Common Game Scores Tour.

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And for members, be sure to check Member News.

The Kibitzer

Virtual Club Game Schedule

Monday, 9:30 199er
Monday, 9:35
Tuesday, 12:30 299er
Tuesday, 12:35
Wednesday, 9:30 499er
Wednesday, 6:30
Thursday, 12:30 299er
Thursday, 12:35
Friday, 9:30 299er
Saturday, 9:30 199er
Saturday, 10:00
Second Sunday, 12:30 Swiss Teams
Sunday, 6:30

Swiss Teams Strategy and Scoring

Here’s ACBL’s 2021 Online Event 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 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