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September Master Points at BBB

These are the Wednesday night point awards for Build Better Bridge. We give more! Red points, too.

Oct 1, 2017                     Masterpoint race                     Page 1

 

Total    Red  Black

 

1     5.33   0.23   5.10  James Boardman

2     4.07   1.02   3.05  Allethina Harker

3     3.63   0.23   3.40  Jack Falat

4     3.63   0.23   3.40  Mike Rowray

5     3.26   1.02   2.24  Melissa Heston

6     2.70   1.35   1.35  Gary Haddy

7     2.70   1.35   1.35  Thomas Flanders

8     2.70   1.35   1.35  Robert Otto

9     2.70   1.35   1.35  Prabhat Kumar Akhauri

10     2.53   0.76   1.77  Alan Langenfeld

11     2.53   0.76   1.77  Robert Buckheister

12     2.50   1.02   1.48  Jack Murphy

13     2.42   0.12   2.30  Michael Roush

14     2.28   0.23   2.05  Jim Boardman Jr

15     2.04          2.04  Michelle Feeney

16     2.03   1.02   1.01  Bonnie Stettler

17     1.99   0.23   1.76  Karen Friest

18     1.70          1.70  Connie Hellenthal

19     1.52   0.76   0.76  Roger Johanson

20     1.52   0.76   0.76  Judy Vopava

21     1.47   0.23   1.24  Mary Ann Boardman

22     1.15          1.15  Frank Hellenthal

23     1.04   0.12   0.92  Richard Bailie

24     1.04   0.12   0.92  Dennis Cordle

25     0.81          0.81  Paul Hazzard

26     0.46   0.23   0.23  Wyn Seeley

27     0.46   0.23   0.23  Gregory Slager

28     0.23   0.12   0.11  Keith Sutherland

29     0.23   0.12   0.11  Tish Apfelbeck

30     0.23   0.12   0.11  Karen Cummins

31     0.23   0.12   0.11  Phillip Cummins

32     0.23   0.12   0.11  John Morano

33     0.23   0.12   0.11  Twyla Hall

34     0.23   0.12   0.11  Nancy Klein

35     0.23   0.12   0.11  Paul Klein

36     0.23   0.12   0.11  Nancy Sutherland

 

Total Masterpoints reported:    62.28

 

 

Players selected: 36 out of 495

Giving Back Through Bridge

Unit 163 is allowed four unit charity games per year. In previous years these were underutilized. This year our special events coordinator made sure that all four were applied for and granted sanctions.

Two were used for the Awards Banquet in late February. The other two are coming up in October. October 3 and October 4 are specially sanctioned games that award 81% sectionally rated points.

On Wednesday, October 4, the Build Better Bridge club in Cedar Rapids is using the unit charity game to give back in a big way. They will be having a taco meal at 5:45. The cost is $5 per person, but here’s the thing, the Boardman’s are donating all the food, so all of the cost of the meal will go to our unit charity, Multiple Myleoma. Not only that, but some of the game proceeds will also go to that charity.

We invite all Unit 163 members (and friends and spouses and non members!) to this goodwill meal to benefit charity. Players should stay for the game that starts at 6:30. Build Better Bridge is held at Country Inn and Suites, airport exit off 1-380.

It is also Jackpot Night. Some lucky pair could win over $75! See link

Call or email MaryAnn for more information: 319 540 4206 maryann.boardman@gmail.com

Jim and MaryAnn Boardman

Bridge Seminar on Defense

These days we all want to get smarter faster. Six or eight week classes are good, if you have that amount of time to commit.  If not, try a bridge seminar. These one day educational opportunities were really encouraged at the National Teacher Conference in Toronto this summer. MaryAnn is offering a four hour class, Dazzling Defense in a Day, on October 14, 2017. Students will learn the best opening leads, how and when to signal partner, and which of five types of defense to use, depending on the bidding, the contract, and your cards.

The seminar will be at Glovik Hall (where CR holds their tournaments). The four hour class will be followed up by three optional supervised play classes on Sunday afternoons. Those will be held at Country Inn and Suites on October 15, October 29, and November 5 from 3:15 to 4:45. The hands will be practice hands to reinforce what you learned in the seminar. You will be provided with handouts and hand records and analysis for all the sessions.

You may sign up with a partner or as a single. $30 each or $50 for two. Supervised play add on’s are free for students who enroll in the seminar. Snacks and coffee will be provided at the Saturday seminar. Sign up by September 12 by calling MaryAnn at 319 540 4206 or emailing maryann.boardman@gmail.com

August Points at BBB

Build Better Bridge wants its players to win lots of points. We make sure we hold loads of special games to give you that opportunity. The Wednesday club, alone, gave away over twice as many points as any daytime club.  BBB held six (the maximum allowed) NAP games in the summer. The unit encourages all the clubs to hold these games. They even pay the extra fees on half of these games. These games also award half red points. Check us out. We are dedicated to our players. We give free lessons, use hand records, and the common game, so that you can improve your game. Then we reward your improvement with enhanced point awards. We are trying hard to Build Better Bridge!

Sep 1, 2017                     Masterpoint race                     Page 1

 

Total    Red  Black

 

1     7.93   2.66   5.27  Michael Roush

2     6.28   1.62   4.66  Dennis Cordle

3     6.13   2.09   4.04  Mary Ann Boardman

4     5.50   0.69   4.81  Connie Hellenthal

5     5.30   1.60   3.70  James Boardman

6     4.98   1.41   3.57  Jim Boardman Jr

7     4.12          4.12  Karen Langenfeld

8     3.46   0.68   2.78  Gregory Slager

9     3.26   1.42   1.84  Mike Rowray

10     2.83   1.42   1.41  Jack Falat

11     2.69   0.56   2.13  Richard Bailie

12     2.63          2.63  Yu-Diann Lu

13     2.39   1.20   1.19  Keith Sutherland

14     2.39   1.20   1.19  Nancy Sutherland

15     1.99   1.00   0.99  Robert Otto

16     1.84   0.92   0.92  Roger Johanson

17     1.84   0.92   0.92  Judy Vopava

18     1.48   0.74   0.74  Bonnie Stettler

19     1.48          1.48  Richard Goings

20     1.48   0.74   0.74  Melissa Heston

21     1.38   0.69   0.69  Gisela Gunderson

22     1.19          1.19  Paul Hazzard

23     1.19   0.60   0.59  Thomas Flanders

24     1.11   0.56   0.55  Ashok Chawla

25     1.11   0.56   0.55  Purnima Chawla

26     0.98          0.98  John Remmert

27     0.83   0.42   0.41  Jan Hinrichs

28     0.83   0.42   0.41  James Knapp

29     0.80   0.40   0.40  Mark Gifford

30     0.74          0.74  Jack Murphy

31     0.74          0.74  Alan Langenfeld

32     0.55          0.55  Gary Edwards

33     0.55          0.55  Dawn Smith

34     0.43          0.43  Cindy Brennaman

 

Total Masterpoints reported:    82.43

 

 

Players selected: 34 out of 494

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