March 11, 2014
Welcome to the Official Site for the Richmond Bridge Association, Unit 109, part of District 6 of the American Contract Bridge League! Here you will find information on duplicate bridge in central Virginia.
The ACBL would like to invite you to be the first to use the new Learn to Play Bridge web application software. Currently, the lessons are designed for beginner and intermediate players. New content is being added often. This interactive way to learn bridge gives you a chance to practice and enhance your skills between lessons. You can also bring hands for discussion in your bridge class.
Students can access, register and play for free at: http://learn.acbl.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Sectional
Fraternal Order of Eagles
21 Cool Spring Road (Rte 607) Fredericksburg, VA 22405
The Diamonds Bridge Club, Richmond, VA
Grade “A” Weekend
May 2 – 4, 2014
Hampton Inn & Suites
1101 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059
What has players coming back year after year to Gatlinburg?
BECAUSE THEY WANT:
IN GATLINBURG YOU CAN ALSO ENJOY:
Click HERE for the tournament flyer
Sent by Judy Haney:
I promised to give the 3 tests to use to decide to open 1NT with a 5 card major
This excerpt is from Max Hardy’s book, STANDARD BRIDGE BIDDING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. It starts out by talking about opening balanced hands, which he defines as having no void or singleton.
Under the subtitle ‘Notrump? or a five card major?
Sometimes opener’s balanced hand will have a 5332 pattern. When the five card suit is a minor suit opener has no decision to make, and with a hand of the right strength (14-16 HCP plus one point for the five card suit) opener easily bids one notrump. When the five card suit is a major suit, opener must decide whether to open in notrump or by bidding the major. Three factors determine the choice.
So, if opener has three cards in the other major, no empty doubleton, and a hand that is mostly texture, it is best to conceal the fact that the hand includes a five card major suit and open by bidding one notrump. If the hand fails any of these three test, the opening bid should be in the major suit.
P.S. This book by Max Hardy is what I am using in addition to the ‘green book’ to teach from in my Tuesday evening beginners’ class at the Dorothy Hart Community Center. There will be a follow-up class in June/July for intermediates.
March 28-30, 2014
Forest Recreation Center
1088 Rustic Village Rd.
Forest, VA 24551
Click HERE for the tournament flyer.
Location: The Bridge Center, 1911 Bishop Road, Richmond, VA
Feel free to download the flyer to print out for friends you think may be interested.
The RBA Pro-Am game will be Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 pm. It was listed in What’s Trumps as March 23, which was a mistake. There is a sign up sheet at the Bridge Center on the Friendly Bridge Bulletin Board. We especially need pros to sign up. You can also sign up online by using the Contact form. Use Pro-Am as the subject of your message.
Richmond area players had a great Sunday, March 2 in the bracketed swiss game at the Williamsburg Regional, winning five of the eight brackets.
The team of Willem Vet, Jean Oakey, Lou Einwick and Francis Terminella won bracket 2; Randall Holden, Ruth Miles, Tony Graziano and Debra Gardner won bracket 3; Melba Jolley, Virginia Cash, Sarah Browning and Margaret Anderson won bracket 4; Barry and Winnie Fratkin and Bryan and Darlene Selz won bracket 5; and finally Bruce and Scott Belleman and Jerry and Fay Rosenthal won bracket 8.
Several players were in the top 10 of their MP brackets for most points won:
In the 0-300 group the Selz’s won 20.85 for 9th place while Debra Gardner won 20.82 points.In the 300-750 category, Richard Klaas was first with 32.74 points followed by the Anne and Harry Alferink 31.52, who tied for 5th. Francis Terminella was 10th among District 6 leaders with 26.51. In the 750-3000 group Becky Duty and Paul McGowan were 5th and 6th respectively with 44.72 and 43.53 points.
There were 1,250 players competing. Congratulations to all.
The Williamsburg Regional was February 24-March 2. The results from MABC can be viewed here.
Congratulations to the following Unit 109 pairs who came in first in their STAC games for District 6:
|Tues Eve, Feb 11||Susan Eckis and Diane Becken||65.17%|
|Sat Aft, Feb 15||Carol Leedes and Toni Morton||66.99%|
|Sun Aft, Feb 16||Margaret Macon and Molly Rabb||67.03%|