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Membership Application.pdf


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News Archive

BOTE Birthday Bash - Thursday, September 20th
Paid-up members are invited to celebrate BOTE's second birthday as a member-owned club on Thursday, Sept. 20th.
Morning and afternoon games will be priced at $5 apiece.  Register for the lunch by Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 7 pm.
Sandwich trays, birthday cake, and coffee will be available to members free of charge. This light lunch will be a self serve option available at the conclusion of the morning's 21-board game.
Sign up for games and register for the lunch. Celebrate the success of your club.
Analyses - Sept 13 - afternoon

Click on the link below for the analyses written by bridge author/Bulletin contributor Frank Stewart.

Sept 13 2018 afternoon Intel Fund Game analyses.pdf

Fall Newsletter

The Fall Newsletter is now available.  Many thanks to Patricia O'Brien and Janet Parsons for the wonderful job they did.  To view the newsletter, click on the link:  Newsletter - September 2018.pdf

Newsletters are stored under the Information tab on the BOTE website.

Well Done Janet!

Congratulations to Janet Hannaford, BOTE Vice President, on earning the ACBL Best Practices Teacher Certification.  This is a significant achievement and deserving of much credit.  Well done!

M2M Partnersips for 2018
These pairs will begin their partnerships starting in February through to October.  We wish them success in their adventure.  Mentoring applications are now closed.  Many thanks to those who applied and mentors who volunteered.
Deidre Davis‎ and Shirley Ryan
Marilyn Bennett and Jacinta Wall
Tom Dale and Susan Follett
Joan FitzGerald and Shakti Chandra 
Anne Hughes‎ and Brenda Conway
Joan Ledrew‎ and June Hynes
Raye Lundrigan ‎and Regina Clarke 
Janet Parsons and Marilyn Walbourne 
Bruce Watson and Heidi Janes
Richard Lash and Pauline Mackey
John Goold and Helen Handrigan
Randy Bennett and Judith Chubbs
September 6th Thursday morning game special!!

September 6th Thursday morning game special!!  There will be a $5 fee for the inaugural morning game.  Registration is open now.

Labour Day - Sept. 3rd - No Game

Because Labour Day falls on Monday, September 3rd, we will not be having bridge that day.  The Swilers' Club has a longstanding booking on that date.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

BBC News - Asian Games: India's elderly bridge players aim for glory

Thanks to Josephine Cheeseman for sending this link.

It's the first time bridge has been featured as a sport in the Asian Games.

Alzheimer's Fundraiser Dinner 2018

Thanks to Betty Greeley who submitted this pic of their fabulous dinner at Maura Beam's in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.  It was catered by Florence and Neil Matthews.  In attendance were Peggy & Shog Stone, Pramilla & Harold Paddock, Barb Baldwin, Brenda Turner, Betty & Sid Greeley.

ACBL - Bridge Feed

Take a look at BridgeFeed on the ACBL site.  The link is below.  There is a lot of free bridge content there including some of the best colunnists in the game, great instructional material, and lots more.  Do yourself a favour, check it out.  There's something for everyone.

Call for Proposals - Fall, 2018

This is a call for proposals for a set of lessons (not including beginner lessons) for the Fall of 2018.  


The Education Committee would appreciate receiving the following information:

  • Name/theme of the set of lessons to be offered (ie. defense, play of hand)
  • List of topics to be covered.
  • Dates, length of lesson, and times preferred.
  • Instructional materials needed.

As per our memo of July 16/18,

“The Education Committee will give preference to proposals which comply with the survey undertaken by the board.”


If more than one proposal is received offering the same topics and/or in the same preferred time, the Committee will request the instructors to collaborate and reach an agreement amongst themselves.  If this is not achieved, the Education Committee will decide which topics will be offered and when.


Compensation as described in the memo of July 16.


Please forward your proposal to by Tuesday, August 14.   Thank you.

Senior Game Winners - March 19th

The July issue of the ACBL Bulletin lists the winners of the March 19th ACBL-wide Seniors Game on page 50.  There were 2339.5 tables of players age 58 or older. 

The District 1 winners were Joan FitzGerald and Cecily Ryan.  Congratulations!

Alzheimers Longest Day Fundraiser 2018

The Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador sent BOTE a letter of thanks for hosting the Longest Day BOTE fundraiser again this year.  Click on the link below to see the entire letter and the amount raised by our club.

Alzheimer Fundraiser Results 2018.pdf

Pictures Requested
Nancy Spencer, our host at Can-At Tuesday night meal, is looking for any pictures you may have taken during the event.  
Please send to ‎:
Atlanta National Bridge Tournament 2018

Janet Hannaford, Jay Whipple (President of ACBL), Roy Perry

Photo courtesy of:  Barbara Rhoades

Call for Proposals - Beginners' Bridge Program

CALL FOR PROPOSALS for Beginners’ Bridge Program

Come Play With Us: Bridge for Beginners


This is a call for proposals for a beginners’ program to be offered on Monday nights beginning in September.  This would be an 8-10 week program of two hour duration.  The student fee will be $80 for eight weeks (extra for extra weeks).  The fee will be collected by the Board and the instructor will be paid weekly.  The instructor will be paid 60% of the revenue or the minimum fee ($75) as per the recent compensation proposal (whichever is greater).  The program will be offered depending on sufficient numbers and should include a mix of teaching and hands on experiences for students.


The Education Committee would appreciate the following information in the proposal:

  • Topics to be offered
  • Number of weeks’ duration
  • Indication of instructors’ preferred system/style (eg Audrey Grant, Barbara Seagram, your own, etc)
  • Instructional requirements

Please submit your proposal to  

by Tuesday, August 7.   Thank you.

21 Rules of Being a Good Bridge Partner

Here's an article previously posted but is worth posting again.  Check out Larry Cohen's bridge article of 21 Rules of Being a Good Bridge Partner.

Supervised Play offered by Gloria Stone

Thanks to Gloria Stone who offered four supervised play sessions during the month of July.   Supervised bridge play is designed for those who have some knowledge and experience with playing and have a desire to enhance their performance.  The assistance and guidance with bidding and play is an effective method to help consolidate learning and to further develop confidence and bridge problem solving strategies.  Thank you, Gloria!

Canadian Atlantic Regional Tournament - Halifax

Congratulations to our BOTE members who attended the Canadian Atlantic Regional Tournament in Halifax from July 2nd - July 7th.  They did a fabulous job of representing our club.  Special mention should be made that Tom Dale ranked 11th with 61.27 masterpoints.  Please take the time to click on the link below to see the many other wonderful achievements of our members.

Mini-Richmond Award - Gloria Stone

Congratulations to Gloria Stone for winning a 2017 Mini-Richmond Trophy award from the Canadian Bridge Federation.  She placed 2nd in the 300-500 point category.  Her name was announced at the Halifax Regionals. 

"The Mini-Richmond awards were introduced in 2012.  The awards recognize CBF members who won the most masterpoints in the calendar year in each of the masterpoint categories, up to and including Diamond Life Master (5,000 -7,500 MP).  Each category winner in each of the six CBF zones receives a special pin.  In addition, overall national winners receive a certificate recognizing their achievement."  For further information on past winners and those in the standing for 2018, click on the link below.

Longest Day 2018 BOTE Results

Bridge on the Edge (BOTE) has raised more than $6,000 as the result of its 2018 Longest Day  fundraising efforts.  

“This year’s success is a direct reflection of the outstanding participation of the club’s members,” says Heidi Janes, BOTE board president.  “I applaud everyone who contributed so generously to support the Alzheimer Society of NL, including those who donated to the auction, those who supervised the social bridge event, and the Longest Day Committee.”

Check out the link below to find out more details.

Longest Day 2018 Results.pdf

Call for Teachers- Summer Session

The Education Committee is requesting proposals for the summer session beginning July 9th through to August 16th.  Topics, duration, and format ought to be in keeping with the Education Survey results, Appendix A.

Open Team Game

There will be an Open Team game (not "8 is enough") on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 26th assuming turnout warrants it.  The Open Pairs game will still run at the same time.

Thanks to Roy and Joan

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

Newly Elected Board

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:

Heidi Janes - President
Janet Hannaford - Vice President
Rick Comerford - Treasurer
Brian Shortall - Secretary
Members at Large:  Mary Lou Martin, Alice Collins, Jacinta Wall
Many thanks to the previous Board for doing such a great job over the past year and a very warm welcome to the incoming new Board.

Spring Nationals in Philadelphia
Roy Perry recently returned from playing in the Spring Nationals in Philadelphia in March.  It was a great tournament with over 10,300 tables & 4419 players in attendance.  Playing in Team & Pairs Events, and proudly wearing his BOTE button, which brought him the luck of the Pitcher Plant, Roy picked up almost 40 masterpoints:  7 Platinum, 18.50 Gold & 13.4 Red.  Roy would highly recommend all the NABCs, as fun events, but the summers ones are very special.  If you & your partner want to enjoy 11 days of great bridge, delicious home-cooked-style comfort food, & fantastic southern hospitality, you might want to consider the Atlanta NABC, this summer, July 26-August-5.
Thanks Richard

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.

Play of the Hand Lessons: Richard Lash

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.

The Education Committee, on behalf of the Board, would like to formally acknowledge the tremendous service John Goold has given BOTE with his labour and thorough analysis of the survey results. 
We also thank:  club teachers and others who contributed suggestions in the development of the survey‎; Tim Summers, for making the survey accessible online; and 79 survey participants who gave their time and effort in completing the survey.  Based on the results, the Education Committee is currently formulating programs that reflect the needs and wants of our members. 
Tournament Tutorial
Under the auspices of the Education Committee, BOTE presented an information session on All Things Tournament held after the special Shuffle Pairs game on Wednesday afternoon, April 25th.  Heidi Janes introduced a panel of Tom Dale, Richard Lash, Janet Parsons, and Roy Perry and while club members enjoyed pizza and colas, the guest speakers presented a series of topics designed to assist prospective Tournament attendees.
A lively Q & A session was a highlight of the afternoon as various participants were able to add to the agenda.  There were lots of informative tips, good experiential feedback, and enough sprinkles of humorous anecdotes to fill the hour.
A special thanks to Janet Hannaford & Heidi Janes for taking the lead in organizing this event, the panel members who entertained us, and all the club members whose assistance contributed to the success of the afternoon.
Tournament Tutorial - April 25th - 5 pm

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:

  • How Can I Win Gold Points?
  • 12 Tournament Tips for Table & Temperament
  • Tournament Logistics Essentials
  • Socialization, Information Services & Making New Friends
  • About Partnerships
  • Events of interest to Non-Life Masters
  • Events of interest to Advanced Player

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.

Shuffle Pairs Game - Wednesday, April 25th

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 ProtocolPlayers 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.

Thanks to Tom Dale

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!

ACBL Wide Seniors Pairs - March 19th

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 Anne

Thanks to Anne Hughes for your recent lessons on how to fill out your convention card.

Double Dummy

Thanks to Joan FitzGerald for this link regarding Double Dummy.

Christmas Dinner - A Great Success!

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!

Cheers to Our New Chairs!

Cheers to our new chairs, and many thanks to Janet Hannaford for her management of this purchase.  Thanks also to Brian Collins, Roy Perry and all the club members who helped.  We hope to have many years of comfortable seating as a result of this investment.
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

General Convention Chart

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.

National Capital Regional Tournament

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!

Best Halloween Costume!

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.

Tuesday Newcomer Games - Mentoring

Mentoring Change -Tuesday Newcomer Games

The Education Committee and mentoring coordinator, Gloria Stone, are recommending the following change to Tuesday Newcomer Games. ‎ The change will commence on October 3rd and will be reassessed in late December.  
When the number of tables is three or greater, a mentor will be present to assist and guide at the tables.  Directors will be responsible for the Newcomer Game when tables are fewer than three.  Notwithstanding, a request may be made to the mentor on call to alleviate the director's responsibilities when competitive table numbers are too high to manage both sections of the room adequately. 
A decision to provide a mentor will be made on Monday at 6:00 pm the night before, based on booking numbers.
We recommend ‎newcomers book early to ensure a mentor.
Mentoring (M2M) for 2017
This is the completion of the 3 session Mentoring, M2M for 2017.  The program gives those who signed up as mentees three games, to be arranged at mutually convenient times with the selected mentors, over the fall term.  The program's purpose is to GUIDE mentees' growth in all aspects of the game. It is aspirational in its core. Both mentor and mentee accept that each bears the responsibility to make the experience a success‎.  We appreciate the mentors' time and participation in this program. 

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. 

Opening Lead Prior to Entering Contract on Score Sheet?

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.

ACBL Guide for Directors on Zero Tolerance

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

Update re Alzheimer's Fundraiser

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

Booking Changes

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 ( 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.