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2024 ARCHIVES

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

BRIDGE BASICS 2:  COMPETITIVE BIDDING

Classes start February 14

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 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.

 

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  

Flyer

 

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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