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STaC Winners:

 

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

BRIDGE CENTER TOP STaC PLAYERS

EMMY HAJI                 JANELLE COURTRIGHT

JIM BACHELDER        GARY SHADE

SIRAJ HAJI                  BRIAN SNELL

DICK ANGELOU          ANITA TORRENCE

TONI  BALES              BRUCE BRIAN

 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME, PLAY NICE!

 

     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.

 

 

BIDDING BRUSHUP by Joyce Penn

 

   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!

 

GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS (GNT)

 

There is another competition in our District, the GNT’s (Grand National Teams). There are no club qualifications in our District, therefore, players in all flights, may select their team and participate in the District finals held for two days next January 24-25, 2015. This contest will take place at the Miami Valley Bridge Center. There are a total of four sessions, during this 2-day competition. The top two teams in this District Final receive a cash award for competing in next Summer’s Chicago GNT Finals. Both of these events are lots of fun, so put your pair qualifications to use and move onwards and up. As long as you are a dues-paying ACBL member, you may form your own teams, in your masterpoint category and participate in the GNT final. Pair qualifiers awarded red and black points during the summer. Both sets of finals award gold points.

 

 

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