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WELCOME

to Central Carolina Bridge Association, an organization for duplicate bridge

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

Latest News

  • THE UNIT SADLY REPORT OTHE PASS OF KAREN LACKEY OF MARTINSVILLE, VAClick HERE for obituary.

  • MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM HAS BEGUN!  Click HERE for more information.

 

  • BRIDGE BASICS 2: COMPETITIVE BIDDING classes start February 13.  Click HERE for more information and flyer.

  • UNIT 169 OFFERING GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.  For more information and application form, Click HERE

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO PAM BLOOM of Lewisville and ROBERT HANNAH of Greensboro for attaining Life Master status.  For all Changes in Rank in January, Click HERE​​

  • ACBL FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR 120 DAYS for new players   HERE

Upcoming Events​​​  

  • GREENSBORO SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT MARCH 1-3 at Bur-Mil Clubhouse & Event Center.  Stratified Open and 499er Pairs and Swiss Teams.  Click HERE for article and flyer.

 

  • UNIT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON MARCH 23 at Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.  Game starts at 1:00 pm; please arrive by 12:45 pm.  Cost: $10 pp

 

  • 2024 GNT Finals Championship Flight and Flight A on April 6-7; Flight B on February 17 and March 9; Flight C on February 18 and March 10.  Click HERE for information and locations.

Learn & Practice​

  • BRIDGE BASICS 2: COMPETITIVE BIDDING classes start February 13.  For more information and flyer Click HERE 

 

  • 0-299 Game in W-S on Fridays  More

 

  • 0-499 Game with free lesson at noon on Tuesdays in W-S   More   

  • 0-1000 bridgeLITE Game in GSO - Weekly on Tuesday.  More 

Send updates for the website to the webmaster, Claudia Hale at cmughale@gmail.com

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GREENSBORO SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT
March 1 - 3
For printable flyer, Click HERE

Bur-Mil Clubhouse & Event Center
Click for Directions to: 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road, Greensboro

Unit 169's first tournament of the year is less than a month away!  Join us for fellowship, fun and good bridge!  Stratified Open and 499er Swiss Teams!  Friday is ACBL Education Fund Day where you'll earn more silver points at no extra cost!  A wine & cheese event will be held after the last session.  Lunch is available for purchase on Friday and Saturday.  A complimentary Sunday lunch is included in the entry fee for all Swiss Teams.  Sessions start at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Entry is $14 per person, per session for Pairs games, and $140 per team for Swiss.

Need a partner?  Contact Rich Peffer at (336) 402-5367 or email rpeffer325@att.net, or

fill out the form found HERE and send it!

See you at the bridge table!

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MENTOR-MENTEE PROGRAM HAS BEGUN!

Our Unit 169 Mentor-Mentee Program has begun.  If you would like to sign up to Mentor a beginning bridge player, then please let Anne McKiernan, Martha Meyer or Suzanne Rhodes know via email or a phone call.  Their contact information is below after the program’s guidelines.

 

A Mentor can be anyone who would like to help a newer player learn more about the game. Preferably, a player who has been playing bridge for a few years and who has about 300 or more masterpoints. When a Mentor teaches, he or she also learns.

 

A Mentee can be any player who is not yet a Life Master and who has 500 or fewer masterpoints. You may request a specific Mentor if there is someone with whom you wish to play or with whom you already have a relationship.

 

Mentors and Mentees may schedule to play together any time.  It may be in one of our Club games where you can play together then go over the hand records face to face.  It may be in your home or elsewhere to give a lesson or talk conventions, bidding, defense, or hand play. It may be online in a game or a practice session. It may be in a tournament in pairs or team games. It is up to the two players to schedule games together.  In the past, some Mentees have covered the game fees for the Mentors since they are getting this one on one lesson.  That is all by choice, not a requirement.

 

The Unit currently has one set game just for Mentors and Mentees.

It is on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 pm at Fellowship Presbyterian Church.

Note:  That is the Saturday after the Gatlinburg Regional Tournament.

 

We are working on other dates and times just for Mentors and Mentees to be partners.  More information will be sent once we have some other games set.  Our goal is to provide a good learning environment for those who wish to learn more about bridge and to provide a chance for experienced players to give back to those learning.

 

Contact Information for the 2024 Mentor-Mentee Co-Coordinators:

 

Anne McKiernan / anniemck10@aol.com / 336-918-4872 or

Martha Meyer / mdpmeyermm@gmail.com / 336-416-3049 or

Suzanne Rhodes / serhodes@att.net / 336-509-8698

SUPERVISED PLAY & LEARN

Improving Your Declarer Play

with Peter J. Boyd-Bowman and Judy Hellen

Developing players need five basic declarer techniques in their arsenal to succeed:

  • trick promotion

  • length establishment

  • the finesse

  • ruffing losers

  • discarding losers

 

In this class, students will play boards designed to hone these skills. Duplicate movement ... plus you can earn real masterpoints while you learn!​

Dates:  Fridays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 8. (No class on March 1.)

Time:  9:45 am - Noon

Location:  Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Rd, Greensboro

Cost:  $20 each class

Reservations requested, but not required.

Email: peterboydbowman@yahoo.com or judy@LearnBridgeGSO.com.

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BRIDGE BASICS 2:  COMPETITIVE BIDDING

Classes start February 13

For printable flyer, Click HERE

Fellowship Presbyterian Church

2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

Enroll early to learn competitive bidding techniques from Cecelia Ray.  When the opponents open the bidding, your side doesn’t need to be delegated to the sidelines!! What are the possibilities?  You may want to enter the auction to try to win the contract or interfere with the opponents from finding their best contract or make a bid helping your partner select the best suit to lead.  What FUN!

 

In Bridge Basics 2, you will learn the bidding guidelines for both partners when making overcalls, takeout doubles, and preemptive bids.  We will also discuss how competitive bidding affects the opening side. There are four sessions in this class.

 

Session 1: Preemptive Opening Bids

  • Session 2: Overcalls and Advances

  • Session 3: Takeout Double and Advances

  • Session 4: How the Bidding Changes in a Competitive Auction

  • Students need to understand basic bidding before taking this class.

 

Dates: February 13, 20, 27 and March 5

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Instructor: Cecelia Ray, ACBL Life Master

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

Cost: $100 

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

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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

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Unit Games: Latest Results and Next Game

 

The next Unit Game will be Saturday, March 23, at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Road in Greensboro.  This will be a Unit  Championship Game and starts at 1:00 pm. Questions?  Need a partner?  Please contact Rich Peffer at 336-402-5637 or rpeffer325@att.net

February 3, 2024

Thank you for playing in the Education Foundation Unit Game on February 2.  Thank to Martha Meyer for directing and providing great food and beverages. There were 9.5 tables.  Those earning masterpoints are:

65.81% - Fran Tewkesbury & Martin Causley - 3.75 MPs

60.67% - Susan Williford & Doug Mead - 2.81 MPs

59.42% - Bill Wisdom & Dan Fowler - 2.11 MPs

58.31% - Jim Bean & Mark Meyer - 1.58 MPs

58.19% - Jean Leggett & Kent Leggett - 1.19 MPs

57.37% - Susan Wesley & Tom Skaar - 0.89 MPs

55.77% - Claudia Hale & Bob Hale - 1.32 MPs

55.72% - Rich Peffer & Eric Peffer - 0.95 MPs

55.72% - Ruth Short & Eric Lee - 0.66 MPs

44.97% - Cynthi Coble & Michael Jacobs - 0.71 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.

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"

"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.

 

District 7 apologies for incorrect information provided in the Hilton Head Regional Day 1 Daily Bulletin."

 

Jane Champion, District 7 Secretary

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)

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.—Growth & Development Chair, Blondelle Grant.

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ACBL Website

"Bridge Bulletin" Online

Free ACBL Guest Membership for 120 Days

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Play in any ACBL club or tournament game

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Read online editions of the "Bridge Bulletin"

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A one-year membership is $29, reduced from $49.

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