BOTE member rank achievements can be found under the News tab above. The list is updated monthly so be sure to check back!
Become a Member. Only $15 a year. Benefits awarded to members in good standing include voting privileges, a complimentary name tag, subsidized Christmas dinner/party, and some reduced game costs at specified periods of time. Just fill out a membership form and hand it in at the next session you attend.
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
Thanks to Roy Perry for his special "Lunch and Learn" compact lessons and to Joan FitzGerald for her "Beginner Plus Bridge" series. Both sets of lessons were valuable and well received. We hope that both Roy and Joan will consider doing more teaching in the future.
For those who attended Roy's June 14th class, here is the link for the two answer sheets that Roy promised you.
Roy Perry - Doubles Answers - June 14 2018.pdf
The second Annual General Meeting for Bridge on the Edge (BOTE) was held at the Swilers Club on Thursday, May 31st at 9:30 am.
The newly elected Board is:
Thanks to Richard Lash for his very informative and successful "Play of the Hand" series. We hope to see him back teaching later this year.
Richard's "Play of the Hand" series (Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am) is designed for advanced and intermediate bridge players who wish to improve their declarer play.
The topics to be covered are: 1) how to play suit combinations, 2) blocking the opponents' communication, 3) communication problems, 4) trump entries; timing; and ruffing losers in dummy, 5) trump control problems, 6) choosing the master hand, the cross ruff and ruffing in the long hand, 7) going with the odds, and 8) clues from the opening lead and the bidding.
Thank you to Janet Hannaford and Gloria Stone for another successful teaching series Practice Makes Perfect II.
After the Shuffle Pairs game, we are offering a Tournament Tutorial at 5 pm for any BOTE member who plans now, or sometime in the future, to compete in an ACBL tournament. The tutorial will be coordinated by BOTE treasurer Roy Perry, an ACBL tournament veteran. Bink, Tom, Roy & Janet Parsons will briefly discuss the topics below & others. Q & A to follow.
Topics to be covered:
The free tutorial is open to all and pizza will be served, courtesy of your club. Please register individually. All who plan to attend must register by April 24th so we can ensure that there will be pizza for all.
The Administrative Board has liaised with the Swilers Club to have a special club day on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. We are going to offer a Shuffle Pairs Game commencing at 1 pm; feedback on our first SPG was fabulous. Game fee is $10. Kindly arrive at the club by 12:30 pm in order to facilitate game preparation.
SPG Protocol: Players should register as individuals for this event. The entire list of those registered will then be divided in half at the median number of master points held by players. Pairs will be comprised of a player above the median and one below the median and will be done so on a randomized basis. It will be a fun, sanctioned game and master points will be awarded in the normal manner.
Congratulations to Joan FitzGerald and Peter Stacey who scored 82.14 on their Open Pairs game on Tuesday evening, April 3rd. As far as we know, this is the highest score ever recorded at BOTE or in Newfoundland.
Two one-act operas: A Hand of Bridge & The Medium. Presented by the MUN Opera Workshop and Chamber Orchestra.
BOTE members can order tickets online at www.ticketpro.ca and they’ll get a discount with the code Opera18!
Tom Dale's course on "More Improved Bidding, Duplicate Decisions & Concepts" was another success. These courses take a lot of time, planning and commitment and are very helpful to our members. Thank you Tom for another great course!
March 19th was an ACBL Wide Seniors Pairs event restricted to players born before Jan. 1, 1959. An analysis by Barry Rigal can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
Senior Pairs Anaylsis - March 19th.pdf
Thanks to Anne Hughes for your recent lessons on how to fill out your convention card.
Thanks to Joan FitzGerald for this link regarding Double Dummy.
Larry Cohen's bridge article of 21 Rules of Being a Good Bridge Partner may be a timely way to show some love to all of our partners.
The BOTE Christmas dinner on Dec.14th was a great success - delicious meal, lots of laughs, a visit from Santa, a game of bridge. Click on the link to see some of the fun!
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
BOTE is a small club that has been growing surely & steadily, thanks in the main part to the many volunteers, card dealers, mentors, teachers, directors, special committees & hard-working executive and we are very proud of what we have accomplished. One of our main focuses is to grow the Club by attracting new players & we can only accomplish this if their bridge experience is a positive one.
Therefore we try to restrict the use of the more aggressive systems that you see in Flight A Events (5000+points). For this reason, only bids and bidding systems which adhere to the ACBL General Convention Chart may be used at our club. Please make our game more pleasant for all. We are asking all players to be particularly diligent when they believe an illegal bid has been made, and to call the Director to the table.
See this link for the ACBL General Convention Chart.
Players from BOTE did very well at the National Capital Regional Bridge Tournament held in Ottawa, ON from October 3-9, 2017.
The team pictured (L-R: Brian Collins, Raye Lundrigan, Pramila Paddock, Peter Rans) placed first overall in Bracketed Swiss Teams at the National Capital Regional tournament.
On Friday, October 6th (1:30 pm), the team pictured (L-R: Mike Buist, Fran Cook, Jonathan Cook, Steven Outerbridge) placed first overall in Bracketed Swiss Teams.
Congratulations to all!
This year for Halloween we invited members to dress up for the Tuesday afternoon game, Oct. 31st. Treats were available and the Board awarded a prize for the best costume. The lucky winner was Maureen Howard. Check out the link to see photos of the contestants. Thanks to everyone who took photos of this fun afternoon.
Mentoring Change -Tuesday Newcomer Games
Mentoring Laws.pdf ACBL Bridge Mentoring Program Handbook.pdf
We have teamed the following pairs:
Donna Wadden with Gloria Stone
Carmel Rowe with Mary Lou Martin
Marguerite Noonan with Marilyn Bennett
Helen Sullivan with Judith McIntyre
Judy Crewe with Brian Collins
All these mentees are currently playing in the competitive section.
The Education Committee would like to encourage all mentees to avail of the lessons at the club to augment their one on one mentoring experience.
Bridge on the Edge is committed to the establishment and protection of a respectful culture both at the bridge table and in all BOTE communications.
In response to inquires about whether to make opening leads before entering the contract on one's score sheet: BOTE has no policy on this procedure nor does the ACBL law book. We encourage keeping the game moving along briskly by leading face down; however, neither declarer nor dummy should ever urge anyone to lead immediately or exhibit impatience if they choose to record the contract before leading. If there is any problem in this regard, the Director can adjudicate quickly. Unnecessarily slow play can be penalized. Also, if any player feels uncomfortable about being badgered or lectured at the table, they should call the director. Thank you for being polite and respectful in order to increase everyone's enjoyment of the game.
If you're a Director or you'd like to see a Director's point of view on implementing Zero Tolerance policies, have a look at this ACBL handout.
ZT - Handout for Clubs.pdf
There has been some confusion regarding events not being on the ‘Bookings’ page. The heading on this page is “Events with Reservations”. Therefore, if no one had booked for a particular game or lesson, the event was not showing until someone had booked for it. All events have always been available for booking once a member had logged into the Bookings page. To lessen confusion, we hope, we have inserted “Placeholder BOTE (Open for Bookings)” for events where no one has yet booked. These events will now all show up on the Bookings page although they don't have any real reservations yet.
Here are the final results of the recent BOTE fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society of Newfoundland. Bravo on a job well done!
Alzheimer Fundraiser 2017.pdf
Congratulations everyone for working so well together as a team to make this fundraiser a success! The money has gone to the Alzheimer Society of NL to support programs and services which are so necessary for individuals and their families dealing with this disease.
A special thanks goes out to the BOTE Alzheimer Fundraising Committee who organized this very important fundraiser over a brief period of time: Laura Flynn, Kevin Flynn, Brenda Conway, Maura Beam
To avoid problems at game time which can result in late starts and sit outs, please confirm with your partner on game day and, if necessary, cancel on a timely basis. If you must make a last minute cancellation, please send an email to the Club Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or notify someone who is attending the game to ensure that your change is known about. It also makes directors' jobs much easier if everyone books ahead and does so before 11 AM on the day of the game. Thank you all for your assistance in this.