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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." 

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

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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 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
rpeffer325@att.net.

**Unit Game in Salisbury on April 6th: Both 0-500 and Open Games, and Awesome Food!**
 

The Unit Game on April 6, 2024 was the first ever in Salisbury NC, and the Salisbury Bridge Club played host to a first-rate event at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Louisa Witten, Tom Johnson and Dick Brisbin helped to organize the club members into a cohesive unit that helped advertise the game, brought a wide array of food items and made sure the venue was ready to go. The food provided by club members was wonderful in quality and variety, and included savory, fresh and sweet items along with a nice selection of coffee and beverages. A good turnout of players from around the Unit included several tables of players from Concord, NC and one adventurous couple who traveled from the Durham NC area to join us. The Unit Championship Game was Directed by Rich Peffer and included both a 0-500 Section and an Open Section. A total of 9.0 tables participated in this game.

 

The top 3 finishers in each Section were:
0-500 Game:
Anita Griffin - Kathryn Morris: 55%
Margaret Dorton - Louise Dorton-Shue: 54%
Anita Graham - Rebecca Creekmore: 52%

Open Game:
Ruth Derrow - Jeanne Torello: 61%
Bill Wisdom - Dan Fowler: 58%
Joanne McClusky - Nancy Osborne: 53%

 

Full results in Live for Clubs can be found here: https://my.acbl.org/club-results/275628
Many thanks to Louisa, Tom, Dick and all of the players who made this first Unit Game in Salisbury a memorable affair. The Unit Game schedule for 2024 features a number of new innovations, including two games in Salisbury NC and two games in Burlington NC, along with some notable special games during the year. Please have a look at the schedule and make plans to join the fun!

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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UNIT 169'S PETER J. BOYD-BOWMAN
FEATURED IN "THE BIDDING BOX" ARTICLE
BRIDGE BULLETIN - March 2024, Pages 38-41

The Bridge Bulletin auctions are meant to portray possible bidding sequences to one of the top-scoring contracts using common methods.

"We have four talented players this month, representing different areas of the country, competing with an exceptionally difficult set of hands to bid.

The first pair is Alex Hudson of Morrisville NC and Peter Boyd-Bowman of Greensboro NC....Hudson and Boyd-Bowman are young and talented professional bridge players who can often be seen at various tournaments.  Their bidding system is 2/1 forcing to game, but they have some uncommon and advanced agreements, as will be seen.

The competition is stiff, as their counterparts are Tracey Bauer of San Rafael CA and Richard Reitman of Los Gatos CA.....Reitman is a national champion, winning the Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss Teams title in 2016.  Their bidding system is a more simple and familiar version of 2/1...."

Read entire article HERE  or HERE

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Piedmont Bridge Club's

THURSDAY NIGHT BRIDGE

New Format thru March – April

Click HERE for flyer

Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

With the Mentor-Mentee season perking along in our area, and lots of novice players learning the game and gaining experience at duplicate bridge, I am restructuring the offerings at Piedmont Bridge Club’s game on Thursday evenings (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm) at the Fellowship Church in Greensboro.  From now through the end of April, we will not be holding a separate Supervised Play in the Library, and 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:

 

  • 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 / rpeffer325@att.net / 336-402-5367

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 competitve duplicate environment may find this class is a good starting place.

Topics include:

  • How to choose an opening bid

  • Responding to 1NT and opener's next bid

  • Responding to one-of-a-major (1 or 1♠) with or without a fit and opener's rebid

  • Responding to one-of-a-minor (1♣ or 1) with or without a fit and opener's rebid

  • Responder's rebid

  • Whether a bid is forcing or non-forcing

Dates: Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16 and 23

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:15pm

Location: Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Rd.

Cost: $100 for all four sessions

Instructor: Judy Hellen, ACBL Best Practices Teacher

To register contact Judy at Judy@LearnBridgeGSO.com or call/text 336-558-3613.

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GREENSBORO SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT MARCH 1-3
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!

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 or Martha Meyer 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 C0-Coordinators:

 

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

 

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

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.

We will not be passing envelopes at club games asking for contributions. By securing appropriate funding up front, we can plan and budget appropriately for each tournament.  There will be recognition and appreciation 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

First Unit Game in Burlington!

Great Food, Great Crowd, Great Fun!

 

The Unit Game on Jan. 6, 2024 was the first ever in Burlington NC, and the Burlington-Alamance Bridge Club played host to a first-rate event. The food was luscious: hot Swedish meatballs, warm ham & cheese sliders, brie cheese with fig chutney, and lots of other great dishes, along with a hearty selection of desserts and beverages.

 

Despite some heavy rain in the morning, a good turnout of players from around the Unit led to 8.5 tables of players in the Junior Fund Game, Directed by Rich Peffer.  Full results in "ACBL Live for Clubs" can be found here.  The top 3 finishers in each direction were:


N/S:

Chris Shepard – Robert Powell: 61%
Tim Laverty – Max Litten: 55%
Marty Friedman – Debbie Monroe: 53%


E/W:

Peter J. Boyd-Bowman – Eric Peffer: 58%
Pat Cambareri – Becky Smith: 57% (tied)
Fran Tewkesbury – Martin Causely: 57% (tied)


Many thanks to Joanne McCluskey, the Club Manager for Burlington-Alamance BC, and all of the players who made this first Unit Game of 2024 a memorable affair. The Unit Game schedule for 2024 features a number of new innovations, including two games in Salisbury NC and two games in Burlington NC, along with some notable special games during the year. Please have a look at the schedule and make plans to join the fun!

Monthly Unit Games to Include Burlington & Salisbury

 

This year, the Unit will hold two Saturday Unit games each in Burlington (January 6 and November 16) and Salisbury (April 6 and September 7), as well as games in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. 

 

The first Unit Game of the new year will be held Saturday, January 6, at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 320 E. Davis Street in Burlington.  Club members will be providing refreshments for the January 6th game.  The game will benefit the Junior Fund and starts at 1:00 pm.  Click HERE for map and directions.    

 

Many thanks to Joanne McCluskey, the Club Manager in Burlington, and Myrnie McLaughlin in Salisbury for helping to arrange these new venues.  The clubs’ members are excited to be having a Unit Game in their cities, and the Unit would love to see players from all towns in these areas come over and support the expansion of our Unit Games to new locations.

NEW! Carpooling & Partnerships sign-up sheet found HERE

Questions?  Contact Unit Game Director Rich Peffer at 336-402-5367, or email Rich at rpeffer325@att.net  

Evening Beginner Bridge Lessons Starting January 10

Information and upcoming schedule from Rick Peffer

For a printable flyer, Click HERE

Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction

Designed for those who are new to bridge, those who want to re-enter the game, or those who would like a structured review to get your game on track.

When:  Wednesdays, starting January 10, 2024

Where:  Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 2005 New Garden Rd., Greensboro

Time:  6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Instructor:  Rich Peffer, ACBL certified Director, teacher and Ruby Life Master

To Register, or more info, contact Rich at rpeffer325@att.net or text/call 336-402-5367

Cost:  $100

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

CLASSES START JANUARY 5

Learn Bridge.  Play Bridge.  Have Fun.

Information and upcoming schedules from Judy Hellen, our Education Liaison

For a printable flyer, Click HERE

January Classes

Fellowship Presbyterian Church

2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

The new year is a great time to think about joining the bridge community. Send this information to a friend. Or consider a class as a Christmas gift. 

Play of the Hand - Notrump

Get a solid foundation for play of the hand, whether it's a notrump or suit contract.  You will learn the importance of planning and counting, to identify your source(s) of tricks, and the techniques to cash those available to you.  At the end of this course, you can expect your bridge results to soar ... at least improve.

Dates:  January 5, 12, 19 and 26

Time:  10:00 am to Noon

Instructor:  Judy Hellen, certified ACBL Best Practices Teacher

To register, or for more information, contact:  Judy@LearnBridgeGSO.com or text/call

336-558-3613

Cost:  $100

Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction (Daytime Class)

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.

Dates:  January 9, 18, 23 and 30

Time:  9:30 am to 11:45 am  

Instructor:  Barbara Pomer, ACBL Life Master

To register, or for more information, contact:  bdpomer@gmail.com or text/call 336-854-0770

Cost:  $100

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

Bridge Basics 1: An Instruction (Evening Class)

See previous article.

February Classes

Fellowship Presbyterian Church

2005 New Garden Road, Greensboro

For printable February flyer, Click HERE

 

It has been exciting to see so much interest in learning the game of bridge over the last few months. Let me give a shoutout to new instructors in Greensboro – Cecelia Ray, Barbara Pomer and Andy Symmes. I want to thank Rich Peffer for stepping up to offer a class in the evening. 

 

Here’s what’s happening in February.

 

Supervised Practice for Bridge Basics 1

Play hands to reinforce what is learned in Bridge Basics 1. Practice basic bidding, basic play and basic defense. Barbara Pomer and her assistants will be there to answer your questions and help in any way. This practice is not restricted to students from a previous BB1 class. So join the fun, meet new friends and get more confident in your game. Come to either session or both.

Dates: February 6 and 13

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Instructor: Barbara Pomer, ACBL Life Master

To register, or for more information, contact: bdpomer@gmail.com or text/call 336-854-0770

Cost: $10 per session

 

Bridge Basics 2: Competitive Bidding

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.

  • 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 6

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.

Peter & Judy's Supervised Play

Fridays at 9:30 am - Cost:  $10

Basic Bidding & Play of the Hand  

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Bid & Play pre-dealt lesson-oriented hands with your friends, supervised by renowned local teachers Judy Hellen and Peter J Boyd-Bowman. Meet other new bridge players who are excited to learn and play! A great place to swap ideas and develop bridge partnerships!

For planning purposes, reservations are requested but not required. Email Judy@LearnBridgeGSO.com or peterboydbowman@yahoo.com

***Handout provided for each lesson***

***coffee & light refreshment included***
***FREE ACBL trial membership included!!!***

***earn ACBL masterpoints while learning!!!***

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