On June 10, Tucson bridge players participated in a Membership Appreciation Day at the Skyline Country Club. They played two sessions with a buffet lunch and wonderful view of Tucson from the game room.
With 34.5 tables in the morning open game, big SaddleBrooke winners included Marie Heald and her partner finishing first in the A level and first overall with a total of 6.56 master points. Others who placed 2nd or 3rd were Jo Ann Aiken 3rd in A, Cam Mette 2nd in B, Adair Karlin 3rd in B, Ed Helpert 3rd in B.
At the 13 Non-Life Master tables, Sue Bush and Joyce Hagin placed 3rd in A and Donna Sachrison placed 2nd in C.
In the afternoon session, Cam Mette and his partner finished first overall and 1st in the B division. Cam received a total of 8.01 master points for both sessions, the most points for anyone from SaddleBrooke. Joy Rieckers and Loretta Wood finished 1st in A with 5.36 master points. Jo Ann Aiken came in 2nd in A, Al Spaet and his partner finished 2nd in B, Ed Helpert came in 3rd in B, Betty Edwards and Sue Hagerty placed 3rd in B.
The Non-Life Masters who placed 2nd were Jane Pendley and Don Riel in C and Sylvia Goldin with Ruth Sakol also at the C level.
There were other SaddleBrooke players who came away with Master Points, making the day even more memorable.
The MountainView Bridge Club also supported the Longest Day bridge event on June 21 at the Activity Center. These special events didn’t stop bridge enthusiasts from attending the games in the Catalina Room each Tuesday and Friday afternoon, especially with the reduced fee of only $4. Whenever there’s a change in venue, members are notified by email a few days in advance. Contact Jean Reitan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a partner.
Karen Walker writes about table feel. How do you interpret a bidder’s pause before his final pass? “An opponent who wants to bid will usually take all the time he needs. One who passes after considering a penalty double will tend to make that decision quickly, in the hope that he won’t give away his trump holding.
She continues by saying “Body language, facial expressions and other mannerisms are often related to how a player feels about his hand and the current auction. If a player seems inattentive, looking away from the table, folding his cards, it’s often a sign he has a weak hand and no interest in bidding.”
Then again, the opponent could be thinking about a previous hand. Of course, if it’s hot outside, he could just be tired (my opinion).
Getting out and playing bridge at the MountainView Bridge Club gets your mind working, your body energized by the candy dish and your ego fed when you do well.