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Scent-Free

Please remember that Bridge on the Edge is a scent-free bridge club. We have several members who are severely allergic to scent. Thank you

Please clean up after yourself

We would like to remind everyone that we do not have clean-up staff to wash your cups, glasses, mugs and spoons after games, and we cannot leave the Swilers Club in a mess every day. This means that you must clean and put away your own containers and cutlery at the end of every session. The alternative is to bring your own containers and cutlery and take them home with you when you go.

HST Included

Effective immediately, HST is included in all table and lesson fees. This will not mean a price increase as the club is absorbing the cost.

 
Welcome to Bridge On The Edge

Web Site

Welcome to Bridge on the Edge, located in the Swilers Rugby Club at 100 Crosbie Road in St. John's, NL, Canada.  In 2016 we became a player owned bridge club.  We support a respectful culture, both at the bridge table and in all BOTE communications, for the enjoyment and growth of all members. 

Visitors and new members are always welcome.

For a map and further information, please see the "Information" menu choice on the left.

Flu Season

If you're already sick, staying away from people is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus.  Sneezing or coughing into your sleeve or a tissue will help limit the spread of germs.  Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Hand sanitizer is available at the club.  Let’s work together to keep everyone well.

Winter - Safety First
Safety first!!!  Our parking lot and sidewalks will be cleared and salted by an outside contractor, and they will pay special attention to our entrance area.

There will also be some extra salt left in our front door area in case of emergency.  Let's all be prepared for winter conditions.

walk safe this winter.pdf

Thank You, Tuesday Mentors!

Since the inception of our club in September of 2016, we offered a Tuesday Newcomers' game with a mentor present to guide and assist the players.  After much discussion, it was decided that November 28th was the last game with a mentor.  Beginning next week, the Director will provide assistance needed by newer players on Tuesday games.      

We thank the following mentors who gave up their own game to guide newer players in theirs:  Alice Collins, Fran Cook, Deirdre Davis, Janet Hannaford, Joy Hoskins (coordinator), Anne Hughes, Gwenda Jablonski, Wanda Lundrigan, Mary Lou Martin, Judith McIntyre, Bev Moore, Pramila Paddock, Gloria Stone (coordinator), and Bruce Watson.

We value the time and effort our mentors contributed to the Newcomers' Section on Tuesday afternoons.  They are tremendous examples of the volunteer spirit of our club.

Thank You, Teachers!

Thank you to Deirdre Davis, Tom Dale, Marilyn Bennett, Randy Bennett, and Anne Hughes for offering lessons this fall.  Thanks also to Joy Hoskins and Janet Parsons for their assistance.  The lessons were a great success and we appreciate the dedication it takes to plan, organize, and teach the material.  Lessons were well attended by BOTE members and are essential to improving our Game and helping our club to grow.  We look forward to the continuation of lessons in the new year.

Second Call for Teachers: Winter 2018

The BOTE Education Committee is eager to offer strong programming again this winter, and we are grateful to Tom Dale for committing to teach on Monday mornings in January and in March.  We hope to hear from other instructors who are available to teach bridge lessons during the January-March period.  Kindly let us know of your interest by December 15, 2017, so that we can construct the best program and schedule possible.

Email: education@bridgeontheedge.ca.

Any teacher hired by BOTE must have demonstrable subject matter knowledge, as evidenced by at least 400 MPs.  This is a quality assurance mechanism.  We will manage educational programming on a semester basis.  This will allow us to adapt and respond to changing member needs and teacher preferences.

With respect to teacher compensation, effective Monday, Sept. 18th:

  • Teachers will earn 60% of the student registration fees for each of their workshops (40% goes to BOTE).
  • If there are fewer than five (5) students registered in a session, the teacher will keep the fees and BOTE will top up to ensure a total compensation of $50 per session.  That means if a teacher has only four students, s/he still gets $50.  By contrast, if there are ten students then the instructor gets 60% of the student registration fees, i.e. $60.  As such, the compensation is $50 or 60% of the student registration fees, whichever is greater. 
  • Instructional assistants will be organized, as required, by the instructors.  Any compensation they receive will be from the teacher's remuneration and at the teacher's discretion; BOTE will not be involved in this aspect.
Practice Makes Perfect (Emphasis on Common Conventions)

Gloria Stone and Janet Hannaford will be offering 8 classes (Thursdays, 9:30-11:20 am) beginning in January 2018.  This course will address the common conventions:  weak two bids, strong 2-Club opening, Stayman, Jacoby Transfer, their bidding and responding sequences, as well as bidding and responding in the Majors and Minors.  The lessons will be based on the ACBL Bridge Series Commonly Used Conventions.  The objective is to teach and/or refresh participants on the conventions and to improve bridge knowledge through instruction, practice, and discussion.  Following each lesson, a series of boards based on the convention presented that day will be bid and played (practice makes perfect).  As each board is finished, Gloria and Janet will discuss the bidding and the play.  It will be especially beneficial for Newcomers, 99ers, Lapsed Bridge Players, and Social Bridge Players.

More Improved Bidding, Duplicate Decisions & Advanced Concepts by Tom Dale

MORE IMPROVED BIDDING, DUPLICATE DECISIONS, & ADVANCED CONCEPTS
By Tom Dale
A series of eight seminars every Monday (9:30-11:30 am) for the months of January and March (not February).  $10/lesson; pay as you go.  Building on the successful run of Tom's Fall Classes, BOTE is pleased to
offer another series of lessons in unique card-play, innovative ideas, and modern stratagems devised to improve your game as a Bidder, Declarer, and Defender.  Employing both theory and practice, Tom's classes are designed to apply the mental aspects of our Game that allows the average player to graduate from their current level to a higher plane.  The 2/1 System will be the basis of this seminar series with a strong emphasis on Defense.  All of Tom's class are chock-full of illustrations, anecdotes, and examples aimed at giving you insight into the secrets and techniques employed by successful bridge players.  Also, his classes are interactive so he encourages regular feedback from the class as to what they consider is of prime importance to learn. 
1.  Bidding - supporting partner as an opener or as an overcaller.
2.  Counting - as declarer and defender.
3.  Interfering over opponents' 1NT opener:  Cappelletti, DONT, Landy.
4.  2/1 game forcing auctions.
5.  Forcing 1NT.
6.  Slam bidding.
7.  Doubles and redoubles - takeout, support, and penalty.
8.  Competitive bidding - sacrificing, bidding one more or going quietly.
The sessions will have one hour of demonstration and the last hour for playing hands to reinforce.  All players are welcome but these lessons will deal with material for intermediate and advanced players.

December Game Fees: $5

BOTE is reducing its game fees to $5 for the month of December.  Enjoy!

Happy 92nd Birthday Eileen!

Eileen Wakeham recently celebrated her 92nd birthday.  She is a dedicated bridge player at BOTE and we were very pleased that she chose to play bridge with us on her very special day!  Happy Birthday, Eileen!

Christmas Dinner - December 14th

BOTE will be having a catered sit-down hot turkey dinner with trimmings on Thursday, December 14th (12 - 2 pm) with a bridge game after the meal.  (Please arrive by 11:45 a.m.The cost per person for the meal is $15.  Registration is available on the BOTE website for both the dinner and the game (separately).  Please register and pay for the dinner no later than Thursday, Dec. 7th.  (Gluten-free requests can be accommodated - please indicate).  Meal payment can be made to the Club Manager or Directors.  Please note that an additional fee of $5 per person will be collected at the table for those who stay for the bridge game. 

You are welcome to bring your favourite beverage to the meal!

Santa is bringing New Chairs!

Great news!  BOTE has ordered 50 new chairs.  This is the club's Christmas present to itself.  The chairs are strong and comfortable with a triple foam back support system.  Special thanks to Janet Hannaford for her time and research for this purchase.

Learning To Improve - by Larry Cohen

Many thanks to Janet Parsons for providing this article by Larry Cohen.  It gives "universal" information on learning how to get better at bridge.

Larry Cohen - Learning To Improve.pdf

Calendar
11th December 2017
Afternoon - Open Pairs
1:00 PM
Director: Randy Bennett
Dealer: Barbara Slattery
  (Reservation)
11th December 2017
Afternoon - Newcomers
1:00 PM
  (Reservation)
12th December 2017
Afternoon - Open Pairs
1:00 PM
Dealer: Judith McIntyre
  (Reservation)
Results
7th December 2017
Afternoon - Open Pairs
Director: Brian Collins
Dealer: Pramila Paddock
5th December 2017
Afternoon - Open Pairs
Director: Joan FitzGerald
Dealer: Susan Follett
5th December 2017
Evening - Open Pairs
Director: Dan Regan
December Game Fees: $5

BOTE is reducing its game fees to $5 for the month of December.  Enjoy!

Happy 92nd Birthday Eileen!

Eileen Wakeham recently celebrated her 92nd birthday.  She is a dedicated bridge player at BOTE and we were very pleased that she chose to play bridge with us on her very special day!  Happy Birthday, Eileen!

Christmas Dinner - December 14th

BOTE will be having a catered sit-down hot turkey dinner with trimmings on Thursday, December 14th (12 - 2 pm) with a bridge game after the meal.  (Please arrive by 11:45 a.m.The cost per person for the meal is $15.  Registration is available on the BOTE website for both the dinner and the game (separately).  Please register and pay for the dinner no later than Thursday, Dec. 7th.  (Gluten-free requests can be accommodated - please indicate).  Meal payment can be made to the Club Manager or Directors.  Please note that an additional fee of $5 per person will be collected at the table for those who stay for the bridge game. 

You are welcome to bring your favourite beverage to the meal!

Santa is bringing New Chairs!

Great news!  BOTE has ordered 50 new chairs.  This is the club's Christmas present to itself.  The chairs are strong and comfortable with a triple foam back support system.  Special thanks to Janet Hannaford for her time and research for this purchase.

Learning To Improve - by Larry Cohen

Many thanks to Janet Parsons for providing this article by Larry Cohen.  It gives "universal" information on learning how to get better at bridge.

Larry Cohen - Learning To Improve.pdf

Calendar
11th December 2017
Afternoon - Open Pairs
1:00 PM
Director: Randy Bennett
Dealer: Barbara Slattery
  (Reservation)
11th December 2017
Afternoon - Newcomers
1:00 PM
  (Reservation)
12th December 2017
Afternoon - Open Pairs
1:00 PM
Dealer: Judith McIntyre
  (Reservation)
Results
7th December 2017
Afternoon - Open Pairs
Director: Brian Collins
Dealer: Pramila Paddock
5th December 2017
Afternoon - Open Pairs
Director: Joan FitzGerald
Dealer: Susan Follett
5th December 2017
Evening - Open Pairs
Director: Dan Regan