April 05, 2020

PLAY CLUB GAMES SIX DAYS A WEEK!

Now you can play SIX DAYS A WEEK online at BridgeBase.com!   Cindy Wright (Director of several club games in Winston-Salem) and Peter J. Boyd-Bowman (Director of the Triad Bridge Club games in Greensboro) have joined forces and are working closely to coordinate their schedules in order to give everyone in the Unit as many opportunities to play bridge on BridgeBase.com in the comfort of your own home during the nation's health crisis. These games are restricted to local club players and will directly support Peter's and Cindy's clubs. 

 

Their game schedules on BridgeBase.com for week of April 13 are:

Mondays

10:00 am - Triad Bridge Club - Open Pairs and 0-100 game (18 boards) - $6 

1:00 pm - Cindy's Corner - Open Pairs (18 boards) - $6

 

Tuesdays

10:00 am - Triad Bridge Club - Open Pairs (18 boards) - $6

1:00 pm - Cindy's Corner - 499er Pairs (18 boards) - $6

**This is a change from an earlier schedule.  Cindy has a great 499er program going, and I want to encourage ALL Greensboro 499er players to use her platform on Tuesdays!

 

Wednesdays

1:00 pm - Triad Bridge Club - Open Pairs (24-28 boards) - $8

7:00 pm - Triad Bridge Club - Open Pairs Speedball (5 min/bd) - $5

    **Nite Game with Free Q&A with PJBB after game!**

 

Thursdays

1:00 pm - Triad Bridge Club - Open Pairs (24-28 boards) - $8

 

Fridays

1:00 pm - Cindy's Corner - Open Pairs (18 boards) - $6

 

Saturdays

10:00 am - Triad Bridge Club - Open Pairs (18 boards) - $6

 

Sundays

No game scheduled, but we are potentially organizing a Unit-wide Knock Out.  The event would be online in team matches hosted by directors.  Events would be Unit Championship rated (good points... I ran a simulation and winning would pay 5-8 MPs).  If you have interest, email me (peterboydbowman@yahoo.com) with a rough team roster (not set in stone).

All private virtual club games pay BLACK ACBL MASTERPOINTS.  Games are regular club masterpoint games.  It is my understanding that these private club games might soon be able to award extra MPs (e.g. through Charity games, Club Championships, etc.).  Stay tuned.

 

The fees for short games (18-boards) are BB$6; and BB$8 for long games (24-28 boards) The Wednesday night game is only BB$5. Fees are payable when you register for the game by use of a credit card or PayPal.

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Click the image to download further information, instructions, online tutorials and FAQs.

April 04, 2020

COMING SOON! "CINDY'S CORNER" ONLINE CLUB GAMES

Cindy Wright (Director of several club games in Winston-Salem) and Peter J. Boyd-Bowman (Director of the Triad Bridge Club games in Greensboro) have joined forces and are working closely together on a wide variety of issues in order to bring the members of Unit 169 additional opportunities to play virtual bridge games on BridgeBase.com in the comfort of your own home during our nation's health crisis.  

"Cindy's Corner" will offer her games at the same time as regularly scheduled.   Her  first game will be Tuesday, April 7, at 1:00 pm and is a 0-499er game only.  

 

More details to follow.  

April 04, 2020

TRIAD BRIDGE CLUB'S 1st ONLINE GAME RESULTS

Peter J. Boyd-Bowman directed 13 tables for Triad Bridge Club's first virtual open game on Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 am.  Congratulations Frank & Kent with the winning overall score of 66.37% (1st place N-S) and Joanne & Nancy with the winning E-S score of 60.48%.  Games are currently offered five times a week on BridgeBase.com.

Play in comfort in your own home!

Click the image for pictures!

April 02, 2020

TRIAD BRIDGE CLUB NOW ONLINE

Now you can play in Greensboro's Triad Bridge Club on BridgeBase.com FIVE DAYS A WEEK!   Peter J. Boyd-Bowman, Director, has established online club games.  These games are restricted to local club players and will directly support the Triad Bridge Club.  Any player who played at a Triad Bridge Club game, Piedmont Bridge Club game, or Greensboro Country Club game over the past twelve months is eligible to play.

 

The schedule for the upcoming week is:

Monday, April 6th - Special time only for this day

  • Triad Bridge Club /  Piedmont Bridge Club

        1:00 pm Open Pairs (18 boards)
 

Mondays

  • Triad Bridge Club /  Piedmont Bridge Club

        10:00 pm Open Pairs (18 boards) 

Tuesdays

  • Triad Bridge Club 

        10:00 am - Open pairs (18 boards)


 

Wednesday, April 8th

  • Triad Bridge Club

        7:30pm Late Pairs (18 boards) ... with Virtual Lesson afterwards +++

        ***Special Nite-Time Rate PLUS Free Virtual Lesson*** - BB$5

 

Friday, April 10th

  • Triad Bridge Club

        12:30pm 499er Pairs (18 boards) - BB$6

  • Triad Bridge Club

        1:00 pm Masters Pairs (24 boards) - BB$8

 

Saturday, April 11th

  • Triad Bridge Club

        10:00 am Open Pairs (24 boards) - BB$8

The schedule for following weeks will be based on interest and your support.  Please be patient with any changes or bugs that need to be worked out.

All private virtual club games pay BLACK ACBL MASTERPOINTS.  Games are regular club masterpoint games.  It is my understanding that these private club games might soon be able to award extra MPs (e.g. through Charity games, Club Championships, etc.).  Stay tuned.

 

The fees for short games (18-boards) are BB$6; the fees for long games (24-boards) and the Tuesday game (18 boards + virtual lesson) is BB$8.  The Wednesday night game is only BB$5 and includes a free lesson geared towards intermediate players.  Fees are payable when you register for the game by use of a credit card or PayPal.

 

Each three-board round will be clocked at 19.5 minutes per round.

Click the image to download further information, instructions, and online tutorials.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me at peterboydbowman@yahoo.com or by text at 336.686.3680.  Thank you for all your support.  We’re in this together!  

Peter J Boyd-Bowman

March 18, 2020

GATLINBURG REGIONAL CANCELED

We regret to inform you that the Gatlinburg Regional Bridge Tournament has been cancelled this year due to concern for all our players’ health and safety.   I know many of you have called and written emails expressing your support and concern about this year’s tournament.  We are deeply indebted to you for these acts of support and kindness.

We apologize that we had to delay this decision until this time, but we were working with the Convention Center to look at possible alternatives and working to attempt to mitigate any extraordinary cancellation penalties.  Unfortunately, other alternatives are not available this year.

We are also hopeful that you will be able to cancel any open reservations you might have without penalty and will be happy to try to help if at all possible.  We have excellent rapport with many of our host or sponsor hotels and they have been particularly understanding.  If you have booked accommodations with someone not on our list, we may not be able to help resolve cancellation penalties.

We deeply regret any inconvenience this may have caused you.

We also want you to know that we expect to be back, bigger and better than ever---our 2021 dates are April 19-25, 2021.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Please stay healthy,

Julia and Pete Misslin, Gatlinburg Co=Chairs

March 18, 2020

MESSAGE FROM ACBL RE ONLINE CLUB GAMES

SUPPORT YOUR ONLINE CLUB AND EARN BLACK POINTS

 

We are all in a unique situation due to COVID-19. Currently, playing at the club isn’t recommended and, quite possibly, isn’t available. Through our partnership with Bridge Base Online (BBO) and The Common Game, we are working on creating solutions for you and your club.

 

Starting Thursday, March 19, daily at 5 p.m. Eastern time, ACBL members can play with any other ACBL member in a specially created game on BBO and earn black masterpoints®. When you play in one of these games, the majority of your table fees will be given back to your club. This way, you can help to support your club while also having the opportunity to win black masterpoints. Please note that this is a temporary solution to what is hopefully a temporary problem.

 

Playing as a partnership on BBO is just a few clicks away:

 

  • Simply log into your BBO account (you will need to create one if you don’t already have one)

  • Click on “ACBL World”

  • Click on “Support Your Club ACBL Black Point Game”

  • You can read BBO’s instructions online.

     

Coming soon: We are working to develop a way that will allow you to play in games limited to your local club! Please keep an eye out for future updates.

 

Our community of bridge fans is strong. Please know we are working hard to give you opportunities to play the game you love during this time.

March 18, 2020

TRIAD BRIDGE CLUB UPDATE AND CLUB NEWS

As your friend and owner of the Triad Bridge Club, I am deeply concerned about each of  you as well as the state of our beloved game during the current health crisis.  I know you  all have concerns and questions -- probably the same concerns and questions shared by many.  

 

Although we will all face different obstacles in the time ahead,  I know one goal  that we all share is the timely resumption of our normal activities, including bridge  games.  I do not know what the future will bring.  However I can promise you that I will update  you as much as possible as the situation progresses.  Please look for continued  communication from me, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.  Thanks, Peter J. Boyd-Bowman    

 

Click HERE  for the most up to date information regarding bridge that I have. 

March 12, 2020

UNIT 169 UNIT GAMES ARE CANCELED

Today, an executive decision by the Central Carolina Bridge Association's Board of Directors has decided to cancel the Unit Game scheduled for this Saturday, March 14, which was to be held at the Georgia Taylor Recreation Center in Winston-Salem.  This game, and all other Unit Games are canceled until further notice. 

 

Further announcements will continue to be posted on the website and distributed by email blasts..

March 11, 2020

THANK YOU TO ALL TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are the backbone of the CCBA and we couldn't have stood up to the challenge of sponsoring these two tournaments without your help.  Our heartfelt thanks go to our tournament Chairmen Cindy Wright and Ron Matamoros, the Unit 169 Board of Directors and Officers, and all of the volunteers who worked the tournaments and contributed to the abundance of food and hospitality.

We would also like to thank High Point University; the Radisson High Point; Courtyard by Marriott; the Convention and Visitors' Center of High Point; tournament directors Jay & Darlene, Brian, Carol and Kathy; caddies Jeremy, Trey, Jonathan, and Arnold & his daughter Emily; our special guest speaker Jerry Helms; Christy and Wendy for kitchen management; Above & Beyond Catering, and Party Rentals by Lisa.

March 11, 2020

PIEDMONT TRIAD NLM REGIONAL RESULTS

For the second year in a row, Cindy Wright chaired the Piedmont Triad Non-Life Master Regional.  With Cindy at the helm, the Regional went off very smoothly and was a great success.

 

Special congratulations to Greensboro's Elaine Simmons and Ruth Collins and Robert Fentress of Winston-Salem who attained Life Master status!  Click HERE for pictures.

 

Here are the statistics compared to last year for the Regional:

2020  -  436 Tables (down 25%) - 1213.00 masterpoints awarded to 357 players 

2019  -  584 Tables - 1696.78 masterpoints awarded to 473 players

Unit 169 members in the Top 10 of masterpoint winners (out of the overall Top 45) for the Regional are as follows.  Congratulations, Butch, for coming in first!

 

1.    Butch Johnson, High Point - 22.72

3.    Robert Sill, Winston-Salem - 18.89

9.    Yvonne Adams & Elaine Simmons, Greensboro - 12.27

11.  Lena & Trond Zimmerman, Greensboro - 11.87

26.  Alexander Georoff, Asheboro - 9.34

29.  Tony Max Litten, Gibsonville - 8.71

32.  Terry Overton & Lucy Strawsburg, Winston-Salem - 8.51

37.  Gail McAlister & Anita Griffin, Winston-Salem - 7.54

42.  Lorraine Allen, Burlington - 7.54

45.  Sharon Hall & Sara Crowder, Winston-Salem - 7.23

  

For all Regional results, click the image.

March 11, 2020

HIGH POINT SECTIONAL RESULTS

Here are the statistics compared to last year for the Sectional:

2020  -  220 Tables (8% increase) - 1458.02 masterpoints awarded to 177 players

2019  -  203 Tables - 1413.64 masterpoints awarded to 162 players

 

Bill Wisdom, once again, earned the most masterpoints with100.66, compared to 63.79 in 2019.  Congratulations, Bill... what an accomplishment!

  

Unit 169 members in the Top 10 of masterpoint winners (out of the overall Top 19) for the Sectional are:

1.   Bill Wisdom, Salisbury - 100.66 MPs

7.   Peter J. Boyd-Bowman, Greensboro - 30.72

8.   Catherine McLeod, Eden & Bruce Southard, Greensboro - 27.30

10.  Richard Rice, Winston-Salem - 27.12

12.  Jo Taylor, Greensboro - 23.84

14.  Ruth Short, Greensboro - 22.09

15.  Martha Meyer & Mark Meyer, Winston-Salem - 21.89

17. John Fite, Winston-Salem - 18.20

18.  Kent Leggett, Clemmons - 16.93

19.  Dwight Meredith, Greensboro - 16.78

 

For all Sectional results, click image

March 11, 2020

HIGH POINT SECTIONAL AND NLM REGIONAL

Central Carolina Bridge Association, Unit 169, hosted the Furniture City Sectional and Piedmont Triad Non-Life Master Regional for the second year in a row at the High Point University Community Center in High Point, NC the weekend of March 5 thru 8, 2020.

 

Cindy Wright chaired the Regional and Ron Matamoros chaired the Sectional.  Mary Leger again did an outstanding job as Partnership Chairman for both tournament matching up pairs and teams for the events.

 

Although this year's table count of 436 was down (25%) from last year's ACBL record high of 584, the 2020 Piedmont Triad Non-Life Master tournament holds second place of the 28 NLM Regionals for the past year beginning March, 2019.  Only Sturbridge, MA had more tables.  What a terrific showing of support for our Unit and District!

 

For all tournament results, click the image.

March 06, 2020

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS AT CLUBS AND TOURNAMENTS

Going into the Spring North American Bridge Championships in Columbus, The ACBL's priority is the health and safety of our members and employees. We are closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the government and health authorities, and we expect all participants to respect their local governments’ travel advisories.

Some of the steps we are taking to prepare for the NABC include:

  • Providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the playing area

  • Distributing personal hand sanitizer bottles

  • Spreading awareness of best defense methods through notices, both in the Daily Bulletin and around the playing area

 

To help create as healthy an environment as possible, everyone should follow good hygiene practices, including these suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. This is the most effective way to protect yourself from any illness, including the coronavirus. Use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.

  • Maintain social distance – particularly with those who appear to be sick – by avoiding shaking hands, hugging or kissing when greeting friends (an “elbow bump” is a great alternative).

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention as early as possible.

February 20, 2020

MENTOR-MENTEE GAME, MONDAY MARCH 2

While getting revved up for the 2020 Mentor-Mentee season, you might be trying to find a convenient time/place to play with your Mentor or Mentee.  Well, here’s an easy one!  The Triad Bridge Club (Greensboro)  will hold a special Mentor-Mentee Game/Section on Monday, March 2 at 1:00 – 4:30 pm.  This will be in addition to the normal Open Game held that afternoon.  Here are the brief details:

 

  • This Section will consist entirely of Mentor-Mentee pairs (i.e. a NLM with <500 points and an experienced player)

  • It will be a Handicap game, with the pair’s handicap based on the number of masterpoints the mentee has.

  • The game will award a lot more masterpoints than a typical 0-50 MP game!

 

We may or may not have a 3rd section that day, of normal 0-50 MP players who are not in the mentor-mentee section.  If there are at least 3 tables, we can hold this section;  with less, the players will have the option of playing in the mentor-mentee section or the Open section (their choice).

 

So, please circle that date (MARCH 2), contact your Mentor and line them up to play.  We hope to hold another one again in April as well (April 6).

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call or email Rich Peffer

 

IMPORTANT DETAIL:  The G.C.U.M Church is not available on March 2, so this Monday game will be held at the New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Road.  This is across from Guilford College, just South of the G.C.U.M  church.  As you head South on New Garden Rd/Guilford College Rd. go past the light at Acacia Dr., and take a right turn at next light at George Fox Drive into their parking lot.

February 08, 2020

UNIT GAME, AWARDS, AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING IN W-S MAR 14

Thank you for participating in the STaC Unit Game on February 8 and to  Ron Matamoros and Gloria Halstead for hospitality and beverages. 

The next Unit game will be Saturday, March 14, at the Georgia Taylor Recreation Center, 1471 W. Clemmonsville Road in Winston-Salem.    This will be a Unit Championship game with a rating of 63.6% and will pay out black masterpoints. This is an exciting day for our members as the 2019 awards presentation will be given 15 minutes before the game 

Additionally, the Board of Directors' Meeting will start at 10:45 am.  The meeting is open to all members.

 

Please arrive in plenty of time to purchase your entries beforehand so the game can start promptly at 1:00 pm..  In case of inclement weather or facility closing, an announcement will be posted in red at the top of the website's home page.

February 06, 2020

TWO GREAT TOURNAMENTS IN HIGH POINT, NC

Unit 169 has something for everyone!  Are you a NLM?  ... come play in the Piedmont Triad Regional March 5-8, 2020.  Life Master? ... play in the High Point Sectional March 5-8, 2020.  Both tournament will be held in the High Point University Community Center, 921 Eastchester Drive, Suite 1230, High Point NC  27262.

We are excited to have Jerry Helms as our guest speaker on Friday and Saturday at the Regional.  Jerry will also present a lesson each day.

February 06, 2020

A GIFT FOR YOUR VALENTINE

What to give your sweetheart (or bridge partner) for Valentine's Day?  Cupid recommends the gift of a bridge cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas November 8 thru 15, 2020.  Join Unit 169 members and friends on this inaugural event.  Plenty to do for non-bridge players too?  This is a very popular undertaking by our Unit and select cabins are going fast.

Click HERE for details and contact information for our travel agent.

February 01, 2020

HAND ANALYSIS FOR INT'L FUND UNIT GAME FEBRUARY 1

The hand analysis by Frank Stewart for the ACBL-Wide International Fund Unit Game held Saturday, February 1, can be found by clicking the image.

Both the analysis and hand records can also be found in the "Results and Games" section of the website.

Overalls for ACBL and District 7 will be posted February 14.

February 01, 2020

UNIT STaC GAME IN WINSTON-SALEM ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Thank you for participating in the ACBL-Wide International Fund Unit Game on February 1.  And a special thanks to Dixie Culver for preparing snacks and beverages.

The next Unit game will be Saturday, February 8, at the Georgia Taylor Recreation Center, 1471 W. Clemmonsville Road in Winston-Salem.  This is a special STaC (Sectional Tournament at Clubs) game that pays out 100% Silver masterpoints!  Please arrive in plenty of time to purchase your entries beforehand so the game can start promptly at 1:00 pm..  In case of inclement weather or facility closing, an announcement will be posted in red at the top of the website's home page.

February 01, 2020

NLM REGIONAL AND HIGH POINT SECTIONAL, MARCH 5-8

​This year's Non-Life Master Regional and High Point Sectional will be held March 5-8, 2020.  As you know, these two tournaments run the same days and times in the same location, making this an even more challenging event to organize … and we need help!. 

 

Our Unit is known for its hospitality.  We are asking for contributions each day of appetizer/finger-foods and snacks brought in disposable containers.  Some suggestions are: brownies, cookies, cakes, mixed nuts, fresh veggies with dips, sausage balls, trail mix, large cheese chunks, cut-up fruit, sliced tea breads, etc. 

 

Club directors are asked to make announcements and promote the tournaments.  An envelope will be passed at all club games in case you would prefer to make a monetary donation.  Money collected should be turned in to Cindy Wright, Regional Chairman..

 

Additionally, volunteers are needed in many different areas before, during and after the tournament.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions, or need information on where your time is most needed, please contact Cindy Wright at crwbridge@yahoo.com 

February 01, 2020

MENTOR-MENTEE PORGRAM STARTS FEBRUARY 1

​Unit 169 announces its annual Mentor-Mentee Season beginning Feb. 1, 2020, and culminating in a special Mentor-Mentee Unit Game in Greensboro on Saturday, April 18, 2020.  Rich Peffer and  Cindy Wright are coordinating the Mentor-Mentee signups, along with the Board. The general goal of this program is to align learning players with experienced players as a mentor and coach. Mentees must have less than 500 masterpoints and may not be a Life Master.  Ideally, the players should talk together and agree to meet or play in games 2-3 times ahead of the April 18 Unit Game.  SIGN UP NOW as either a Mentor or Mentee by emailing Rich at rpeffer325@att.net or  Cindy Wright at crwbridge@yahoo.com

 

Click the image for more information. 

January 20, 2020

ACBL-WIDE INT'L FUND GAME FEB 1 IN GREENSBORO

Thank you for attending the January 18 Grand National Team Qualifier.  Our next Unit game will be an ACBL-wide International Fund Game on Saturday, February 1, at the Lewis Recreation Center, 3110 Forest Lawn Drive in Greensboro.  This game has a Sectional rating of 81.8% and pays red and black masterpoints with an opportunity to win District or ACBL-wide points.  Winners will be recognized on the ACBL website and in the Bridge Bulletin.  Hand records and analyses will be provided electronically.

Game begins at 1:00 pm.  Please arrive at least ten minutes before so the game can start promptly.  In case of inclement weather or facility closing, an announcement will be posted in red at the top of the website's home page.

January 13, 2020

PIEDMONT BRIDGE CLUB MOVES TO NEW VENUE JAN 22

Beginning Wednesday, January 22, the Piedmont Bridge Club's evening game is moving to River Landing at Sandy  Ridge, 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax 27235.  The game will start at 6:30 pm and run untill approximately 10:00 pm and will be held in the Arts & Crafts room on the lower level of the Community Center building  Come check out the beautiful new venue!

 

Outside players should please RSVP if they are coming to Rich Peffer (Director, P.B.C.) either by email (rpeffer325@att.net) or phone/text (336-402-5367).  

 

River Landing players should RSVP to Diana Crews, the coordinator for bridge at River Landing, either by email (djcrews@northstate.net) or phone (336-763-4450).

Outside players must park near the "Community Center" building and enter the main entrance by the three flag poles to check in with the receptionist.  PARKING:  Please park near the main entrance to the Community Center Building -- DO NOT PARK in golf cart spots.

Click HERE for more information       Click HERE for directions to River Landing

January 07, 2020

"PLAY OF THE HAND" CLASS STARTS FEB 6

There will be a Play of the Hand class starting Thursday, February 6, at the Lewis Recreation Center, 3110 Forest Lawn Drive in Greensboro from 9:15 am to 11:15 am.  We will cover promoting winners, establishing a long suit, finessisng, ruffing, as well as Jacoby transfers, slam bids, and 1430.  The class will be 8 weeks and cost $160, which includes the price of the textbook.

To register, mail a check to Mary Leger, 29 Nandina Drive, Greensboro 27455, or call 336-327-6357.

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