Saturday Morning Bridge Clinic

 

Paul Shalita

This clinic is a practice and critique session designed for players at intermediate and advanced levels who desire to improve their bridge. No partner is necessary. No time commitment; come late, leave early. Meet potential new partners. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings at 37901 S. Arroyo Way in SaddleBrooke. We also offer a separate program for beginners and for novice players. For more information, call Paul Shalita at 825-1009.

MountainView Bridge Club news

Ann Kuperberg

People may be gobbling up Thanksgiving turkey soon but serious bridge players are gobbling up chances to accumulate more master points. The MountainView Bridge Club accommodates players every Tuesday and Friday with full tables in the Catalina Room.

Our Tuesday game time may be changed to start at 1:30 p.m. Check our website to be sure of the time and place. Fridays will remain at 1:00 p.m.

The MountainView Bridge Club will hold its annual Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 18 at Roadrunner Grill.

At the October games, the following players continue to score points at three or more games: Darwin and Kay Afdalhl, Marian Rogge, Arlene and Jack Mayfield, Bob Murray, Eric Vonderheid, Sue Bush, Steve Maltzman, Donna DePesa, Bonnie and Bob Hertzog and Rich Dunie.

Whenever there’s a change in venue, members are notified by email a few days in advance. Contact Jean Reitan at fjeitan@msn.com if you need a partner. The games now only cost $3. What a deal!

I do love the cartoons on the Bridge Bulletin. A recent one to go along with an article on Partnerships by Simon Cocheme, show a couple getting married with a wedding guest saying, “I don’t give them two years! She’s a 2/1 and he’s Standard American!”

The author of the article says, “forming a partnership is a bit like dating in the good old days. You decide you would like to get together with someone and you ask them for a game.

One response in declining was “I wouldn’t want to spoil our friendship by actually playing together.”

If you’ve agreed to play, you need to agree on a system. “Don’t spend too much time on esoteric things, go to the end of the card fairly quickly and talk about leads and signals.”

Mr. Cocheme also suggests, when dummy, you put down the suit last led and, if in NT, don’t put a suit bid by partner down on your right. Partners like to have good news first.

That whole article by Mr. Cocheme in the September 2018 Bridge Bulletin is good advice.