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Expert Lessons from Toronto

In July, my hubby and I traveled out of the country to find more and better teaching material for the local players. I was especially interested in the ABTA (American Bridge Teachers Association) convention. We went two days early so that I could attend the teacher convention before the national tournament started. It was a thrill to hear the people whose books and articles I read. I listened to lectures by Julian Laderman (the best at simplifying squeezes), Audrey Grant, Zia Mahmood (funny!), Jerry Helms, Eric Rodwell, and Jeff and Ginny Schuett. You may not have heard about those last two, but they were excellent teachers and willing to share their expertise with us. I have wanted to put together a lesson on card combinations for a long time, but always got stuck because it seemed so complicated. Jeff and Ginny shared a seminar lesson about this topic and did a great job teaching us how to teach it. They gave us permission to use the material if we gave them credit.

So, I am doing a series of lessons on card combinations. I started the series last Wednesday on capturing the Jack. Wednesday, August 2, I will continue with Queen capturing. I’ve learned a lot from Audrey Grant and Jeff and Ginny about the ” cards on the table” approach. We practice the concept with examples of cards all laid out and ready to analyze and then play a few hands to put it all together.

I am passionate about teaching bridge. I hope players will come on August 2 and August 30. If you missed the first lesson, it will be easy to catch up. I will give you the lesson you missed. Jeff and Ginny charge $50 each for their seminar. I am offering you much of the same material at no charge. 5:45 at Country Inn and Suites. Improve your bridge game with free lessons! What a deal!

July Points Won at BBB

Congratulations to Jack Falat! Notice all the red points won. That’s because we pay extra to run the NAP games. These games are some of the few games that you can win red at the club level.

 

Total    Red  Black

 

1     4.89   1.32   3.57  Jack Falat

2     4.47   1.32   3.15  James Boardman

3     3.95   0.99   2.96  Robert Buckheister

4     3.95   0.99   2.96  Alan Langenfeld

5     3.81   0.99   2.82  Gregory Slager

6     3.15   1.32   1.83  Michael Roush

7     3.14   0.65   2.49  Robert Otto

8     3.11   1.56   1.55  Mary Ann Boardman

9     3.05   1.32   1.73  Mike Rowray

10     2.98   0.57   2.41  Jim Boardman Jr

11     2.96   1.22   1.74  Allethina Harker

12     2.82   1.22   1.60  Richard Lamb

13     1.84          1.84  Thomas Flanders

14     1.68   0.65   1.03  Mark Gifford

15     1.52   0.57   0.95  Richard Bailie

16     1.33   0.57   0.76  Dennis Cordle

17     1.18          1.18  Scott Spitze

18     1.18          1.18  Karen Friest

19     1.18          1.18  Eli Jolley

20     1.18          1.18  Gisela Gunderson

21     0.38          0.38  John Morano

22     0.38          0.38  Paul Klein

23     0.38          0.38  Kathy Breen

24     0.38          0.38  Mona Bertrand

25     0.38          0.38  Martha Bailie

26     0.38          0.38  Connie Hellenthal

27     0.38          0.38  Nancy Klein

28     0.19          0.19  Phillip Cummins

29     0.19          0.19  Pat Thomas

30     0.19          0.19  Karen Cummins

31     0.14          0.14  Wyn Seeley

32     0.14          0.14  Melissa Heston

 

Total Masterpoints reported:    56.88

 

 

 

Cedar Rapids Summer Sectional Broke Records!

The Cedar Rapids Summer Sectional broke records for any Cedar Rapids tournament over the last 15 years. (that’s as far back as I have records). We had 124 1/2 tables in play. It was amazing! We had loads of out of towners who flocked to this popular tournament. Thank you to all who attended!

Last fall, the unit 163 board president issued a “President’s Challenge” to any 2017 tournament increasing the tournament attendance by 10% of the average of the last three years. We have had four tournaments miss the mark, even decreasing in attendance. The March Hills Tournament was the first to make the challenge. That earned them a party at the club of the chair’s choice. The second success was the Under 300 tournament in June. A party was held at the Cedar Rapids Monday club for that success. The Cedar Rapids Summer Sectional has been increasing in attendance every year and needed over 122 tables to make the challenge goal. We did it! The party to celebrate this success will be August 30 at Build Better Bridge. Come help us celebrate!

Loads of Special Games at BBB in August

We will celebrate August at BBB on Wednesday nights in August. August 2 and 23 are NAP games. You have a chance for enhanced points and half of them are red at NAP games. On August 9, there will be a membership game which will also pay extra to ACBL members. We end the month with a huge bang, Pro/Am point- enhanced with Grass Roots fund, a party for the success of the CR July tournament and Jackpot Night. The Jackpot is growing. It could be a $70 give away to any pair who doesn’t have any zeros or ties for zero. The pro/am games pairs a Life Master with a Nonlife Master.  August 2 and 30 are also free lesson nights. There is no game on August 16. We have so much to offer. Please come and play those four dates in August.

Points Won on Sunday Afternoon

Hey, I finally got my son to post the points won at his club, Bridging the Gap. He gives more points, too. Same $6 fee, but more points awarded. Red points, too. What a deal!

Jul 5, 2017                    June Masterpoint race

 

Total    Red  Black

1     6.30   1.93   4.37  Paul Hazzard

2     6.30   1.93   4.37  Michael Roush

3     4.34   1.41   2.93  James Boardman

4     3.55   1.32   2.23  Jim Boardman Jr

5     3.01   1.51   1.50  Melissa Heston

6     2.81   1.41   1.40  Wyn Seeley

7     2.63   1.32   1.31  Roger Welty

8     2.18   0.79   1.39  Thomas Flanders

9     1.73   0.87   0.86  Bill Kent

10     1.58   0.79   0.79  Robert Otto

11     1.53          1.53  Robert Buckheister

12     1.52          1.52  Jack Falat

13     1.28   0.64   0.64  Carol Panzer

14     1.15          1.15  Mary Ann Boardman

15     1.15          1.15  Gary Haddy

16     0.52          0.52  Allethina Harker

17     0.52          0.52  Jack Murphy

18     0.50   0.25   0.25  Bonnie Stettler

19     0.50   0.25   0.25  Yu-Diann Lu

 

 

June Points from BBB: We give more!

More points are won at BBB than the day clubs. Why? Because we give you more special games at the same low price.  Wow! Over 100 masterpoints this month! We give more!

Jul 3, 2017                     Masterpoint race                     Page 1

 

Total    Red  Black

 

1     6.04   1.06   4.98  Mike Rowray

2     5.04   0.79   4.25  Richard Bailie

3     4.97   1.50   3.47  Jim Boardman Jr

4     4.91   1.06   3.85  Jack Falat

5     4.30   1.41   2.89  Phillip Cummins

6     3.75   0.34   3.41  Eli Jolley

7     3.57   1.24   2.33  Thomas Flanders

8     3.57   1.24   2.33  Robert Otto

9     3.46          3.46  Martha Bailie

10     3.29          3.29  Gary Haddy

11     3.26   0.34   2.92  Connie Hellenthal

12     3.18          3.18  Alan Langenfeld

13     3.10          3.10  Gregory Slager

14     3.00   1.50   1.50  Mary Ann Boardman

15     2.84   0.34   2.50  Jack Murphy

16     2.81   1.41   1.40  Mark Schantz

17     2.64   0.34   2.30  Scott Spitze

18     2.63          2.63  James Boardman

19     2.38   0.21   2.17  Michael Roush

20     2.25   1.13   1.12  Paul Klein

21     2.25   1.13   1.12  Nancy Klein

22     2.05          2.05  Jan Hinrichs

23     1.99   1.00   0.99  Dennis Cordle

24     1.79          1.79  Dawn Smith

25     1.79          1.79  Darla Algoe

26     1.69   0.85   0.84  Roger Johanson

27     1.69   0.85   0.84  Judy Vopava

28     1.66          1.66  Robert Buckheister

29     1.49          1.49  Karen Cummins

30     1.48          1.48  Gary Edwards

31     1.48          1.48  Karen Friest

32     1.48          1.48  Kathy Edwards

33     1.11          1.11  Mona Bertrand

34     0.92          0.92  Richard Lamb

35     0.92          0.92  Allethina Harker

36     0.77          0.77  Richard Winsor

37     0.77          0.77  John Johnson

38     0.69          0.69  Keith Sutherland

39     0.57          0.57  Twyla Hall

40     0.57          0.57  Duane Hinrichs

41     0.57          0.57  Tish Apfelbeck

42     0.52          0.52  Gretchen Stuhr

43     0.52          0.52  Charlotte Pence

44     0.37          0.37  Eugene Herman

45     0.37          0.37  Arnold Adelberg

46     0.32          0.32  Yu-Diann Lu

47     0.32          0.32  Bonnie Stettler

 

Total Masterpoints reported:   101.14

Party on Monday!

The second President’s Challenge Party was held on Monday, June 26, in Cedar Rapids. This was to celebrate the success of the Under 500 tournament held on June 10-11. That tournament needed 33 tables to meet the challenge of a 10% increase over the last three years. It had 35 tables. Two out of five of the tournaments have met the challenge. Iowa City was the first and their party was held at the Thursday game in Iowa City. We have four more sectional tournaments this year. Let’s go for four more parties! Cedar Rapids Summer is next and needs a whooping 122 tables to meet the challenge. Celebrate the great game of bridge by supporting our unit tournaments!
MaryAnn Boardman

Long Day, But Success!

Jack Murphy sold a bunch of raffle tickets. Jim Boardman is announcing the winner, Mona Bertrand.

(Click any  image  for a slide show. )

Over fifty people attended The Longest Day Fund Raiser at Build Better Bridge on June 21. Sixteen of those took the name quite literally and were there all day, some from 8 AM til 10:30 PM.

The day started with bagels provided by Paneras and The Klein’s (Nancy talked them into half price and donated the cost). From 9-11 social players kept four tables filled. Many did not know each other and were mixed and matched with each other and some Longest Day helpers as well. At 11, The Boardman’s donated Subway sandwiches to go along with the Alzheimer Lunch and Learn. A speaker from Alzheimer’s came with two volunteers effected by the disease. Mary has Alzheimer’s and told her story with her care-giver husband giving his perspective. It was inspiring as well as educational. There were 35 in the audience and many eyes were watering.

Social bridge players; Nancy Klein, Jim Boardman, Paul Klein and Dick Fredicks.

Jack Murphy, Charlene Boardman and Jan Hinrichs waiting for the social bridge to begin.

Alzheimer’s Presenters at the Lunch and Learn.

These four played all day! From Left Bob Algoe, Cindy Brennaman, Darla Algoe, and Dawn Smith.


The point-enhanced duplicate games were at 12:30 and 6:30. Each had 8 tables. Many came for just one of the games. A few die-hards played all day. Results can be found at the CR bridge web site.

Throughout the day Jan Hinrichs collected free-will donations and wrote receipts. Jack Murphy was the raffle ticket salesman, complete with hat and a great sales pitch. Mona Bertrand won the $80 in restaurant cards.

Second session players: Keith Sutherland, Phil Cummins, Nancy Sutherland, and Karen Cummins.

Presentation by Alzheimer’s over lunch.


Thursday, MaryAnn turned in nearly $1000 in proceeds from the donations and raffle tickets. Six dollars out of each eight dollar entry fee will be donated to Alzheimer’s but that will need to go through the ACBL. With the pre-donations, that should make almost $2000 raised for the cause. You still have time to donate online and push us over the 2000 mark. Probably only the pre-donations will show up now. Others are being processed.

Thanks to committee members: Jan and Duane Hinrichs, Paul and Nancy Klein, Connie Hellenthal, Jack Murphy, Jim and MaryAnn Boardman, and Ashok and Purnima Chawla for all their work for this benefit. Not only did this group plan, recruit, and organize, but they kept everyone supplied with munchies for the whole long day. What a tremendous day!

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