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Membership Application.pdf

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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

News Archive

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.

Thanks

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!

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.

April 6th & 7th - DF Cook Recital Hall

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!

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.

http://bridgefeed.acbl.org/double-dummy/

21 Rules of Being a Good Bridge Partner

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.

http://www.larryco.com/bridge-learning-center/detail/618

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
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!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2S6COQliuJisxV8B2

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.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/aqVhk1VX3MPW5d7J3

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.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9uv96vLW8yuUYB4V2

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.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/H9gEFJGuSDDmsAnl1

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

Clarification re Booking Dates

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.

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 (manager@bridgeontheedge.ca) 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.