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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​​
 

  • Results of May 4 Unit game   More

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

  • Growth & Development Grants  More​​​

  • "District 7 News"  April thru June  Here

  • Unit 169 Boosters Membership  More

  • ACBL free membership  More

Upcoming Events​​​  ​​​​

  • May 18 - Grass Roots Fund Unit Game and​Unit Board of Directors' Meeting

  • June 13-15 - Greensboro Sectional Tournament   More Info   Flyer

  • June 29 - Unit Game & Silent Auction supports Alzheimer's "The Longest Day" More

Learn & Practice​

  • Bridge Basics 1 class   More

  • Bridge Basics 2 class   More

 

  • Bridge Basics 3 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 cmughale@gmail.com

Barbara Pomer announces

Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction

Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28

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Fellowship Presbyterian Church

2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

This course is the place to learn about modern bidding and the basics of play of the hand, as well as defense. It is designed for those who are new to bridge, those who want to re-enter the game (remember college?), or those who would like a structured review to get your game on track.

 

Tuesdays:  May 7, 14, 21 and 28

Time:  9:30 am to 11:45 am

Instructor:  Barbara Pomer, ACBL Life Master

To register, or for more information, contact Barbara at:  bdpomer@gmail.com or text/call 336-202-1299

Cost:  $100 for four sessions

 

Additional: An accompanying book is recommended and can be purchased at a discount at the first session.

Cecelia Ray announces
Bridge Basics 2: Competitive Bidding

Thursdays: May 16, 23, 30 and June 7

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Fellowship Presbyterian Church

2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

 

Learn how, when, and why to enter the auction when the opposing side has already opened the bidding. There are four sessions in this class.  Students need to understand basic bidding before taking this class.

May 16 - Session 1: Preemptive Opening Bids

May 23 - Session 2: Overcalls and Advances

May 30 - Session 3: Takeout Double and Advances

June 7 - Session 4: How the Bidding Changes in a Competitive Auction

 

Time:  9:30 am - 11:45 am

Instructor: Cecelia Ray, ACBL Life Master

Cost:  $100 for four sessions

Additional:  An accompanying book is recommended and can be purchased at a discount at the first session.​

 

To register, or for more information, contact Cecelia by email: ceceliaray@gmail.com or text/call 336-601-5058

BRIDGE BASICS 3: 

STRONG OPENING BIDS, SLAM BIDDING, DEFENSE

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 rpeffer325@att.net 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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Unit Games: Latest Results and Next Game

 

The next Unit Game will be held Saturday, May 18 at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Road in Greensboro.  This is a Grass Roots Fund Game and starts at 1:00 pm.  The Central Carolina Bridge Association's Board of Directors' Meeting precedes the game at 10:45 am.  All Unit 169 members are welcome to attend.

Thank you for playing in the Unit Championship Game on May 4.  Those players earning masterpoints are:

62.92% - Eric Peffer & Rich Peffer - 2.33 MPs

60.00% - Cindy Wright & Susan Wesley - 1.75 MPs

56.67% - Susan Williford & Susan Mann - 1.31 MPs

55.00% - Jim Bean & Mark Meyer - 0.98 MPs

53.33% - Chris Shepard &Robert Powell - 0.96 MPs

51.67% - Butch Johnson & Phil Fultz - 0.82 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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CCBA Supports "The Longest Day" 

Unit Game and Auction 

Saturday, June 29 at Fellowship Presbyterian Church

2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

The June 29 Unit game at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church at 2005 New Garden Road in Greensboro is a special Alzheimer’s charity game in honor of The Longest Day. Our traditional silent auction will be conducted at and before the game (via emailing bids) and we are offering a number of new auction items this year.  The fee for this game is $10, with 100% of game proceeds going directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. Game time is 1:00 pm.


Among the many silent auction items are games with some of the best players in the Unit, lessons with some of the best teachers in the Unit, artwork from some of the most talented artists in the Unit, food from some of the Unit’s best cooks, and even a lake-front bridge weekend with two of our best players.


The individual players are:

  • Jim Bean

  • Peter J. Boyd-Bowman

  • Bob Hale

  • David Idleman

  • Joanne McCluskey

  • Rich Peffer

  • Barbara Pomer

  • Bill Wisdom

  • Cindy Wright

 

Additionally:

  • Martha and Mark Meyer will provide a two-day bridge-immersion experience at their Smith Mountain Lake house for one lucky partnership (one or two nights).

  • Rich Peffer is offering three-hour bridge lessons and play session for four players (individual player and partnerships will be paired up) for a minimum bid of $40 per person.

  • Barbara Pomer is offering a combined game and lesson that will include up to two hours of pre- and post-game analysis of the play.

  • Claudia Hale will provide coasters and—new this year!—a 2025 wall calendar featuring her original artwork.

  • Brenda Garzia will do dinner for two, with the cuisine of your choice.

  • Dixie Culver is offering her very popular poolside cocktail party.

  • Shelia and Mark Bertoldi will host you for a dinner at the Greensboro Country Club.

 

If you are unable to attend the game, you can participate in the auction by emailing your highest bid to Fran Tewkesbury at tewkesbury@mac.com by Saturday June 29 at noon.


If you would like to make your own gift to the Alzheimer’s Association, you can send your tax-deductible contribution, via check made out to Alzheimer’s Association, to:
Fran Tewkesbury
1005 Country Club Drive
Greensboro 27408


Your gift will count toward our Unit’s The Longest Day fundraising efforts, which in the past have landed us among the top bridge unit contributors in the U.S.  If you have any questions, contact Fran Tewkesbury at 336-202-3357 or tewkesbury@mac.com.

Gate City Sectional
 

June13-15 (Thursday thru Saturday)

Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse & Event Center

5834 Bur-Mill Club Road, Greensboro

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Thursday, June 13 - Single sessions at 10:00 am & 2:30 pm

ACBL Grass Roots Fund - More silver points at no extra cost!

Stratified Open and 499er Pairs

Lunch available for purchase.

Wine & cheese event after the last session

Friday, June 14 - Single sessions at 10:00 am & 2:30 pm

Stratified Open and 499er Pairs

Lunch available for purchase

Saturday, June 15 - Two-session Swiss Teams at 10:00 am & TBA

Stratified Open and 499er Swiss

Catered lunch included in entry for all Swiss Teams

Tournament Chair:  Joanne McClusky / jmcclusky@triad.rr.com / 919-360-1376

Partnership Chair:  Cecelia Ray / ceceliaray @gmail.com / 336-601-5058

Host Hotel:  Comfort Suites, Greensboro-High Point Airport.  Call front desk at 336-888-8889 and ask for "CCBA Bridge Rate." 

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UNIT 169 BOOSTERS

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:  culverdix@yahoo.com or (336) 457-7107 if you have any questions

Grants
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Unit 169 Offering Growth & Development Grants

FILLABLE APPLICATION FORM FOUND HERE

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.

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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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