Virtual Games in 109

Unit 109 sponsors games for online play to help us survive this time of social distancing. These games can be found on Bridgebase.com. Join us when you can!

Results of all Bridge Center Games: Live for Clubs  Common Game
Results of all Friendly Bridge Games: Live for Clubs  Common Game
Results of all Tricities Games: Live for Clubs   Common Game

Day Time Type Club Sponsor Contact
Monday 2:15 pm <3500 The Bridge Center Mimi Pustilnik
Tuesday 12:15 pm <3000 Tricities Susan MacLaughlin
Tuesday 3:30 pm <500 Learning Friendly Bridge Linda MacCleave
Tuesday 7:00 pm <500 Friendly Bridge Harry Alferink
Wednesday 10:15 am <1500 The Bridge Center Harry Alferink
Wednesday 6:35 pm <300 The Bridge Center Mimi Pustilnik
Thursday 1:15 pm <1500 The Bridge Center Mimi Pustilnik
Thursday* 6:35 pm Mentor/Mentee Friendly Bridge Chris D’Ambra
Friday 1:15 pm <500 The Bridge Center Linda MacCleave
Friday 6:45 pm open The Bridge Center Mimi Pustilnik
Sunday 1:15 pm <500 Friendly Bridge Linda MacCleave
Sunday 6:35 pm <200 Friendly Bridge Harry Alferink

*Thursday evening Mentor/Mentee game is invitational. Only Mentors and Mentees may participate.

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Robert Campbell MacCleave (May 23, 1938-March 21, 2021)

MacCleave, Robert Campbell, 82, passed away peacefully at home in Moseley, Virginia, on March 21, 2021. Thanks to all the family and friends who have reached out with help, comfort, and condolences. Bob was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on May 23, 1938. He was preceded in death by his father, Milford MacCleave and his mother Isabel Sanderson MacCleave. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Linda Bates MacCleave, and several cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and a great nephew.

Bob spent much of his youth on Long Island, New York. He had fond memories of taking a bus to the Museum of Natural History or spending the day at Coney Island. As a youngster, he was interested in scouting. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1954. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1956. Bob was one of the top students in math and science and was recruited by Virginia Tech. He and 3 others drove down from New York. He told the story of finding this super-highway on the map that might shorten the trip. They had found Skyline Drive. Bob attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, which Bob always referred to as B-burg University and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1962. He held several engineering positions after graduating, but he spent the longest time in his career at Allied-Signal at the Chesterfield plant where he excelled in processing of nylon production and introduced computers to the process. His innovation and expertise were well known. He enjoyed the work so much that he turned down several opportunities for promotions. He wanted to manage production, not people. He retired in 1997 after having been promised a lucrative retirement package if he would stay on for another year.

Bob was an avid golfer and bridge player. He played and managed leagues for Allied-Signal. He continued to play golf after retirement as long as he was physically capable. He stopped playing, but he never gave up his clubs. He started playing duplicate bridge in the early 1980s and eventually achieved the rank of Silver Life Master. His main contribution to Richmond bridge was being part of the team of people who started the program called Friendly Bridge. It was through Friendly Bridge that lessons and games for beginners caused bridge in Richmond to flourish. He was also known for his expertise and fairness as a director, as well as a magician with the ever-evolving computer-assisted scoring that made its way into duplicate bridge in the early 2000s. Bob is a member of the Hall of Fame for the Richmond Bridge Association and the Goodwill Committee for District 6.

Bob was known for his sense of humor, his large laugh, and his ever-present unlit cigar. He loved science fiction movies, especially Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. He loved audible books, primarily detective mysteries. He also loved his cats and is survived by Sunny and Ali MacCleave, who will miss him very much.

Bob’s life will be celebrated at a reception at a later date when we can gather safely to share stories and memories. Friends and family will be invited as soon as the event is planned. Please give to a charity of your choice in Bob’s memory. His favorite charities were the Richmond Animal League and Feedmore.

Stardust Week Mar 22-28

Gold Points are coming. Monday March 22-Sunday March 28 is Stardust Week. Double regular club points, 25% GOLD and 75% BLACK. As usual ACBL is charging more for these games. Cost is $1.00 more for games played in Friendly Bridge, Bridge Center, or Colonial Heights. ALL games played that week will be gold and black.

Opportunities to Learn About Bridge Virtually

Unit 109 is proud of the steps we have taken to help our bridge players to continue to grow in their knowledge of bridge.

Mondays at 4:45–Linda MacCleave and Bob Pustilnik present on Zoom an overview of the hands that players played on Sunday afternoon at 1:15. Players are sent a copy of the pdf of the hands prior to the class and are encouraged to choose the numbers of the hands they want to talk about. (Cost: free)

Tuesdays at 9:00 am–Chris D’Ambra and Linda MacCleave work together to run a virtual game on BBO that is designed for learning. Participants check in at 8:30 on Zoom and then register on BBO for the game. They play 10 hands and take notes on questions or problems the hands presented for them. The players then return to Zoom. The hands that the players choose to analyze are then presented again to demonstrate suggested bidding and play. Players are encouraged to make comments and ask questions about the hands. (Cost: Game $5, Lesson free)

Thursdays at 6:35 pm: M&M Game (Mentor-Mentee). Beginners are paired with Life Masters for a game and are encouraged to schedule the game two times per month. Mentors take notes on specific areas that the mentees need to have reinforced and schedule a meeting some time after the game to talk to the mentees about specific problems. Mentees pay for their Mentors’ game fee two times a month. Mentees have the fees that they paid for the Mentors reimbursed at the end of the month by the Unit. This game is invitational, so only those who have signed up can play. This game is managed by Chris D’Ambra and is directed by Anne Atwood or Linda MacCleave. We currently have a waiting list of mentees wanting mentors. Let us know if you are available to mentor. (Cost: Game $5 per person)

Saturdays at 1:15: Linda MacCleave presents lessons on topics chosen by the class members each week. The topics are presented clearly using Powerpoint slides. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the presentation and will receive the complete presentation after the lesson on request. (Cost: free)

Sundays at 8:50 pm: Ed Kinlaw presents on Zoom an overview of the hands that players played on Sunday evening. Players are send a copy of the pdf of the hands prior to the class. (Cost: free)

Any time: Past videos of Ed Kinlaw’s Green Book Lessons can be found in a link on this website under Lessons: Ed Talks.

Any time: View the articles written by Bob Pustilnik, as entertaining as they are informative. You can find them all on this site–Bob’s Articles.

For more information about these learning opportunities, contact Linda MacCleave.

New Game for Learning

Friendly Bridge is launching a new game just for learning how to play. We are still experimenting with how best to do this, but we will have our 3rd attempt on Tuesday, December 22 at 9:00 am (note the new time moved up from 9:30).

We will be using a combination of BBO and Zoom to talk about hands played almost immediately. You will have an opportunity to see the hand bid and played by the instructor followed by comments and questions by you. You must have less than 500 masterpoints to play in this game.

Next week’s game will have you playing 4 boards in 32 minutes. Then you will have a 30-minute Zoom session to watch the hands being bid and played, followed by questions and answers. You will then go back to BBO to play 6 more hands, a total of 10 hands for the game. You have the option to come back to Zoom when you are finished to discuss anything you would like regarding the 10 hands you played. The game and learning session should last no longer than 2.5 hours. You will receive hand records and analyses of 4 hands via email after the game.

We currently have 62 on the list who want to participate sometimes. Contact Linda MacCleave to be on the list to get the Zoom invitation.

Instructor: Linda MacCleave
Director: Chris D’Ambra