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to Central Carolina Bridge Association, an organization for duplicate bridge

in Central North Carolina, bringing players of all skill levels together.

Latest News​​

  • The following bridge classes with Judy Hellen, Rich Peffer, Barbara Pomer and Cecelia Ray continue in April and May   More

    • "Simply Bidding" welcomes drop-in students April 16 and April 23

    • Bridge Basics 3 and Defense starts Friday, April 12

    • Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction returns for beginner students May 7

    • Bridge Basics 2: Competitive Bidding scheduled in mid-May

  • Results of April 6 Unit game   More

  • Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKinney tournament race results  More

  • Mentor-Mentee Unit Game   More

  • Growth & Development Grants  More​​​

  • "District 7 News"  April thru June  Here

  • Unit 169 Boosters Membership  More

  • ACBL free membership  More

Upcoming Events​​​  


  • April 27 - Mentor-Mentee Game  More

  • April 29 - Charity Swiss Team Game at TBC  More info to follow


  • May 18 - Unit Board of Directors' Meeting

  • June 13-15 - Greensboro Sectional Tournament  More


Learn & Practice​

  • Bridge Basics 1 class   More

  • Bridge Basics 2 class   More


  • Bridge Basics 3 class   More

  • "Simply Bidding" class  More



  • 0-499 Game with free lesson at noon on Tuesdays in Winston-Salem   More   

  • 0-1000 bridgeLITE Game Tuesdays in Greensboro   More 

  • 0-299 Game  Fridays in Winston-Salem  More

Send updates for the website to the webmaster, Claudia Hale at

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Piedmont Bridge Club's


New Format April

Click HERE for flyer

Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

After a week off for Easter Holidays, the evening bridge game with the Piedmont Bridge Club returns this Thursday, April 4.   Games are at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Rd., Greensboro from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.  As announced earlier, the Open Game in the Fellowship Hall will be tailored as a great place for newer players to partner with experienced players or play against experienced players.  Mentor-Mentee Pairs in particular may want to schedule this game together.  Here is the structure:


  • Now through April 24th:  P.B.C. will hold an Open Game where at least 15-18 hands are played in a 3-hour time span

  • Open Pairs pay the full price ($10 per player)

  • Mentor-Mentee pairs, either pre-arranged or arranged based on drop-in players, pay HALF PRICE ($5 per player).  Yes, you can come with your designated M-M partner, contact me to arrange a partner, or “just drop in”.

  • Novice pairs are also welcome = two players with <20 masterpoints, and will PLAY FOR FREE ($0 per player).


Questions?  Need a partner of a certain point level?  Please contact me a day or two ahead via email, text or (3rd choice) phone call.  If you are willing to be a designated partner for someone, that would be great – just let me know.  Last-minute drop-in players are also welcome, and will be paired up based on who else shows up that evening.  Please arrive a bit early so I can best help pair people.  Hope to see you there.

Rich Peffer, Director

Piedmont Bridge Club


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For those who have completed Bridge Basics 1 &​ 2

and those who would like a structured presentation of some modern methods


Fridays: April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 10 & 17

9:30 am - Noon

Instructor: Rich Peffer, Ruby Life Master


Fellowship Presbyterian Church

2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

To register, contact Rich at or 336-402-5367


These topics are covered:

  • Strong 2 open

  • Strong 2NT open

  • Slam bidding including Blackwood and Gerber

  • Defense - opening leads

  • Defense - third hand play, secondhand play

  • Defense - Signals

  • Defense - Making a plan

Cost: $150 for all six sessions


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Simply Bidding covers modern bidding techniques and concepts to build a solid foundation for all your bidding conversations. This class is suitable for players who have had only a cursory introduction to bidding. It is also suitable for players not-so-new to bridge who regularly struggle to select a bid or to interpret their partner's bid. Lastly, social players who would like to enter the more competitive duplicate environment may find this class is a good starting place.

Students are welcome to "drop-in" for the following two classes.  The cost is $25 for each class.


Session 3 Topics - Tuesday, April 16:

  • Bidding after one-of-a-minor open

  • Balanced hand bidding by opener and responder

  • Introduction to the reverse bid

Session 4 Topics - Tuesday, Apri 23

  • Introduction to the Stayman convention

  • Introduction to the Jacoby transfer

  • How to handle interference after a 1NT open

Time: 1:15 pm - 3:30pm

Location: Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro.

Instructor: Judy Hellen, ACBL Best Practices Teacher

To register, contact Judy at or call/text 336-558-3613.

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Unit Games: Latest Results and Next Game


The next Unit Game will be the special MENTOR-MENTEE GAME on Saturday, April 27, at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Road in Greensboro. This game has a Unit Championship rating and awards more MPs.  All participants in this game must be a Mentor-Mentee pair.  Game starts at 1:00 pm.

If you would like to participate in this mentoring program and the April 27 game,
and you have not yet been paired up, there is still time (but not much)! Questions?
Contact Rich Peffer, our Unit Game Director at (336) 402-5367 or

April 6, 2024

Thank you for playing in the Unit Championship Game on April 6, with special thanks to Myrnie McLaughlin, Dick Brisbin, and the Salisbury clubs members for hosting this game.  There were 6 tables.  Those earning masterpoints are:

60.74% - Ruth Derrow & Jeanne Torello - 2.77 MPs

58.15% - Dan Fowler & Bill Wisdom - 2.08 MPs

52.59% - Joanne McClusky & Nancy Osborne - 1.56 MPs

51.48% - Deborah Fowler & Toni Iossi - 1.17 MPs

51.11% - Susan McAllister & M. Gray McAllister - 0.69 MPs

Click HERE for results for all Unit Games available on Live for Clubs under club number 275628.

Click HERE for Unit Game Calendar and information.

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We hope you've enjoyed participating in our Mentor-Mentee Program and learned a lot about bridge!

The culmination of our Mentor-Mentee program is a special game to be held on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 pm at Fellowship Presbyterian Church.  (That is the Saturday after the Gatlinburg Regional Tournament.)

Questions?  Please feel free to contact any of the program's co-coordinators:


Anne McKiernan / / 336-918-4872 or

Martha Meyer / / 336-416-3049 or

Suzanne Rhodes / / 336-509-8698

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Click HERE for information.


Our mission is to provide challenging and fun bridge tournament experiences for Central Carolina Bridge Association members.

Our focus is to successfully execute four quality bridge tournaments each year.  This entails using great venues with easy access and parking, clean facilities, providing appropriate snacks and beverages, and using qualify ACBL directors.  In order to achieve this goal, we need additional financial support. 

We are asking our friends who love this game to help.  The cost of hosting a quality tournament has increased and, as we build back
our attendance at our tournaments, entry fees do not completely cover our cost.  Therefore, we are seeking a yearly contribution from those who can and are willing to help Unit 169.

By securing appropriate funding up front, we can plan and budget appropriately for each tournament.  There will be recognition and appr
eciation events for those who join.

We hope you will support us.  We appreciate checks in the amount of your choosing, made payable to:


“Central Carolina Bridge Association”

and mailed to

2318 Kirkpatrick Place, Greensboro NC 27408


Please contact Dixie Culver, Unit Secretary/Treasurer, at: or (336) 457-7107 if you have any questions

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Unit 169 Offering Growth & Development Grants


Unit 169 would like to encourage local bridge teachers, directors, club managers and players to start new activities that promote the learning and enjoyment of bridge.  To help foster the startup and success of these activities, the Unit is offering small monetary grants ($200-$400) to be used in a maximum 6-month time period, in support of certain activities. 

Guidelines used in evaluation of the grant applications:

  • preference to educational initiatives

  • mindful that grants should not be reimbursing clubs or individuals for costs that would be spent in any case (rent, ACBL dues, etc)

  • encourage efforts/programs that can be expanded into other areas of the Unit

  • give preference to new projects over existing ones

Some areas where these Growth and Development Grants can be used:

  • educational programs

  • development of new players (supervised play, mentoring programs, etc.)

  • outreach to lapsed members

  • integration of social players and groups

  • startup costs to get a new club, social group, youth program up and running.


District 7 Website

"District 7 News" - April thru June


Per Jane Champion, District 7 Secretary: 

"The District 7 Board of Directors met in Myrtle Beach on December 30, 2023 where the board approved an increase in entry fees at all regionals from $14.00 per player session to $15.00, effective in Hilton Head.  This increase is due to an increase that ACBL is charging for Technical Directors staffing the tournaments.


The new entry fee will go into effect in Hilton Head and still represents (or matches) the lowest regional tournament entry fee charged by any other District in the USA." 

Per Blondelle Grant, District 7 Growth & Development Chair: 

"District 7 has allocated funds to support local activities designed to grow our bridge community. Funding opportunities are now open to our Clubs."  Click HERE for details and guidelines.

Click HERE  for the new "Find a Tournament" featuring Entry Express

Click HERE  for District 7's Goodwill Message

Click HERE  for the list of National Charity Committee Members appointed by D7 Directors.  Unit 169 members include:  Cindy Wright - Clemmons NC (2019), Bob and Claudia Hale - Greensboro NC (2018) and Marion Secrest - Winston-Salem NC (2002 - deceased)

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ACBL Website

"Bridge Bulletin" Online

Free ACBL Guest Membership for 120 Days

You’re just steps away from joining the world’s biggest and best community of bridge lovers! Soon you’ll be playing bridge, winning masterpoints, and reading the renowned Bridge Bulletin magazine.

  • Weekly email with bridge tips from Patty

  • Ability to earn up to 20 masterpoints

  • Digital access to the Bridge Bulletin

  • Special pricing of $29 for the first year of regular membership if they are a guest member first

Click HERE  to get started!

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