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Central Ohio Bridge Association


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Congratulations to several Bridge Center players who ranked highly in the recent District 11 STaC.

In order of points won, they include the following Life Master players:


                  Doug Millsap                    Jim Bachelder

                   Brian Snell                        Charlie Kopp

                   Kevin Cadmus                 Anita Osmer

                   Gary Shade                        Jay Albright

                   George St Pierre             Judy Auer


The following Non Life players, in order of points ranked as follows:

                   Arthur Holdford            Ralph Ballenger

                   Patricia Liddle               Kathy Fellows

                   Kevin Kington                 Margo Olson

                   Chris Cvar                         Joe Wernet

                   Tim Kington                     Betty Ann Wernet


Forcing  or  Non-Forcing bid?

You    Partner

  1D  -- 1S         It doesn’t depend as much on the hand the 2C bidder holds

 1NT  --2C     as the methods the partnership plays whether or not 2C is a

forcing bid. Although a new suit by responder is generally forcing for one round, there are several exceptions. When the 2C bidder is a passed hand, a new (natural) suit by responder at the two level is not forcing after a 1NT rebid by opener. If should be a lower ranking suit than responder’s first suit. Generally, to make a forcing bid, responder either has to jump in a new suit or reverse (bid a higher ranking suit at the two level, than responder’s first suit).

  However, using modern methods, with about 11-12 HCP, many responders use the other minor, after partner’s 1NT rebid, to inquire about opening bidder’s holding in spades (or hearts, as the case may be). The other minor (whether clubs or diamonds) is always forcing for one round, asking partner if he holds three of the focused major. The other minor is artificial (and alertable) and gives responder more information from opener before deciding what to do. Holding three spades, opening bidder rebids 2Ss. Holding 2S, she rebids 2Ss or 2NT, depending on the quality and strength of her opening bid.


Proper Etiquette with Electronic Scoring Devices


The Percentages:

The electronic devices at the Columbus Bridge Center are programmed to show the percentages when the scores are verified.  Please remember courteous behavior when viewing the percentages.


If you are the person who verifies the score:

     And you wish to announce the percentages, at your table – whisper!  Otherwise,

     Place the scoring device in the center of the table where anyone who wishes to see it can.

     Remember, bridge is a Zero Tolerance game. Some players do not want to hear the percentages.


Verifying the Score:


North/South:  Enter the score and the direction it has been played carefully. If a mistake is made, call the director, and it can be corrected.


East/West:  Verify the score carefully.  Check to make certain the score and the direction the board has been played are both entered correctly.  You will have an opportunity to see the scores after each board has been played, and again at the end of the round.


Everyone:  At the end of each round, one player from each side should take a final look at each of the scores from the round and compare it with their score sheet to make sure all is well.


Reprinted from the Bonita Springs Newsletter





  Mon, November 30:ACBL-wide Stratified Charity Pairs-7:00 pm


  COBA Sectional Tournament at the Haimerl Center:

   October 16, 17, 18, 2015







S AK10987                 

H x

D Qxx



You have the above hand.

Partner opens 1heart and you bid 1 spade.  If he now bids 2 hearts and you respond 3 spades,

he can pass. 3 spades is merely invitational, showing 10-12 points.

You must bid 4 spades now, not 3 spades. In general, jumps by responder in the same suit are invitational (10-12) and jumps by opening bidder in the same suit are also invitational (16-18).


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Eddie Kantar’s Suggestions for Being Kind to Your Partner:

Treat your partner like your best friend;

Tolerate your partner’s errors;

Play conventions that you BOTH wish to play;

Offer words of encouragement; and

Treat your partner the same whether you win or lose!

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  GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS WINNERS                                    


Bridge Center players competed in Dayton for District Champions in each flight, January 23-24, 2015. During this coming summer’s Chicago NABC, a team will represent our District to complete nationwide, in each flight.  Congratulations to this year’s Flight A Championship Team:

         Larry Jones                Gary Shade

         Doug Millsap             Brian Snell

Additionally, The Flight B team of Karen Angelou, Joe Barnard, Mae and Mike Hill placed 4th in the District GNT competition.


STaC Winners:


Congratulations to several Bridge Center players who ranked highly in the recent District 11 STaC. They include the following:





SIRAJ HAJI                  BRIAN SNELL






     It’s posted on the large red sign which you’ve seen on the wall, for years. Following the ACBL’s guidelines for acceptable behavior at the bridge table, annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks or any other conduct which might interfere with your enjoyment of bridge, is forbidden at the Bridge Center, as well as prohibited by Law 74A. If someone is rude or annoying, PLEASE call the director immediately. He/she has the authority to assess disciplinary penalties and this is enforced at the Bridge Center. Law 91A grants the director the right to protect you and help create a pleasant atmosphere for you and your friends. Help us help you have a good time at the bridge table.





   Be “at the table!” If your opponents are good players, they’ll be focusing on the present hand. Being chatty and superficial during a hand will not improve your game. But using pauses in the bidding or play to think about what your next bid or play is likely to be, will bring enormous rewards.

A responder that bids 1H or 1S at their first opportunity at the TWO level guarantees a 5-card or longer suit. For example, your partner opens 1S and you respond 2H. This guarantees a minimum of 5 cards in the H suit. If your partner, as opening bidder, has opened 1S with: S=KQJ75  H=543 D=AQJ  C=54,

you responded 2H, your partner cannot bid 2NT, can he? The club suit is a problem, but he can confidently bid 3H, because he knows that you promised a 5-card or longer H suit. Quite different, however, is this auction:

1D   --        1S

2C  --         2H (only promising 4H)

Now opener knows that responder must have 5S and either 4 or more H. If he had 4 of each major, he would have responded his suits up the line!


Simple but Important Tips:

By Joyce Penn


1. Be a GOOD partner. You are fighting an uphill battle if you lecture and criticize your partner. A good partnership “clicks” and the results can be amazing.

2.  Talking a lot distracts you and your partner, gives away your emotions to the opponents, and is counterproductive.

3.  A no-brainer: hold your cards up well, cutting off any view of the cards by opponents. If you don’t think opponents look, when shown, you’re kidding yourself!


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