At a recent sectional, competitors had to go back in time. No, everyone was not forced to play Charlie Goren 1950’s Standard American. They did, however, have to resort to a behavior we haven’t seen for some time: making hands prior to play.
At each table, players sorted cards into suits, received hand records, made hands, moved boards, and then were able – finally! – to play.
What caused these prehistoric tasks? Unit 178’s dealing machine was on the fritz.
The Unit board judged that the time and enjoyment of our players is too important to not have a well oiled dealing machine at our beck and call. Thus, the board decided to purchase a second machine – and we asked our players to help contribute to the cause.
We did not know what the response would be. It turned out to be awesome! We were blown away by your generosity, met our goal and were able to purchase the new dealing machine.
Our thanks to all who contributed and to the generosity of our community!
Is your partner's bid forcing - or not? If forcing, then you do not want to pass and play your slam in a part score! If not forcing, you do not want to bid on, get too high and earn a minus score - or even worse, get doubled and go for some large number!
Sue Jackson has some ideas to help you determine: forcing or not?
Any doubts that we are in the throes of winter have been dismissed by the last few days. Bitter cold temperatures, with wind chill hovering around minus 25 to 30, is an "alert" that winter has definitely arrived!
We Minnesotans, however, are hardy stock. And, who better than we to know how best to cope with winter... than with a bridge tournament!
Early in February the Winter Carnival 2015 is scheduled. Held Friday, February 6th through Sunday the 8th at the Bridge Center of St. Paul, events and treats await you. In addition to the excellent schedule, you can enjoy free lunch daily, snacks and freshly brewed coffee. A flyer with all the details can be viewed here.
Instead of cursing the weather - head to St. Paul's Winter Carnival! Bridge, treats, a warm atmosphere and fun are all waiting!
This coming Sunday, December 21st 3PM central time, an all star Junior/Pro team will compete on BBO vugraph. One of the junior players is Minnesota's star, Ben Kristensen, recent silver medalist in international junior competition.
Team LV BRIDGEBUMS is Curtis Cheek, Barry Goren, Ben Kristensen and Michael Hu. Curtis will partner Ben; Barry will play with Michael.
Team SCAPROS is Bart Bramley, Bob Hamman, Edmund Wu and Kevin Rosenberg. Bart will compete with Edmund; Bob with Kevin.
An all star cast of commentators will be on hand, too: Larry Cohen, Michael and Debbie Rosenberg, plus another hometown star - Joe Grue.
Lindsey Weigner of New York has been instrumental in coordinating this 16 board event. We hope you will watch Sunday and enjoy the show - and be a part of supporting a great cause, too.