April 24, 2014
Welcome to the Official Site for the Richmond Bridge Association, Unit 109, part of District 6 of the American Contract Bridge League! Here you will find information on duplicate bridge in central Virginia.
Unit 109 will hold its annual meeting at The Place at Innsbrook (4036 Cox Road # C, Glen Allen, VA 23060) on Wednesday, May 14. A buffet will be served from 5:45 to 6:30. The cost is $15 per person. Checks should be made payable to the RBA and mailed to Becky Duty at 8904 Norwick Circle, Henrico, VA 23229 or placed in the envelope attached to the RBA bulletin board at the Bridge Center by May 4, 2014.
We will be electing a new board during the business meeting that follows the dinner. The nominating committee has submitted the following slate for Officers and Directors for the term of 2014-2016:
President Harry Gellis
V. President Barry Fratkin
Secretary Becky Duty
Treasurer Paul Anderson
Board of Directors (4 elected and 4 appointed by the new President)
Ordinarily, the election is a formality at the annual meeting and the board is approved by acclamation. However, George Lewis has also been nominated to the position of President by the membership and is willing to serve. The pertinent portion of the bylaws is:
“If elections of Officers and Directors are contested:
The Board of Directors has established the following requirements for voting by absentee ballot:
I hope to see you all at the meeting.
Spring Non-Life Master Sectional, Richmond, VA
Tuckahoe Moose Lodge
4366 Springfield Road
Glen Allen, VA
Congratulations to our newest life masters as of March 2014
Click here for a listing of all the rank changes for March 2014.
The ACBL would like to invite you to be the first to use the new Learn to Play Bridge web application software. Currently, the lessons are designed for beginner and intermediate players. New content is being added often. This interactive way to learn bridge gives you a chance to practice and enhance your skills between lessons. You can also bring hands for discussion in your bridge class.
Students can access, register and play for free at: http://learn.acbl.org.
Club Managers and Teachers can register at: http://learn.acbl.org/teacher/register
The Diamonds Bridge Club, Richmond, VA
Grade “A” Weekend
May 2 – 4, 2014
Hampton Inn & Suites
1101 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Sent by Judy Haney:
I promised to give the 3 tests to use to decide to open 1NT with a 5 card major
This excerpt is from Max Hardy’s book, STANDARD BRIDGE BIDDING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. It starts out by talking about opening balanced hands, which he defines as having no void or singleton.
Under the subtitle ‘Notrump? or a five card major?
Sometimes opener’s balanced hand will have a 5332 pattern. When the five card suit is a minor suit opener has no decision to make, and with a hand of the right strength (14-16 HCP plus one point for the five card suit) opener easily bids one notrump. When the five card suit is a major suit, opener must decide whether to open in notrump or by bidding the major. Three factors determine the choice.
So, if opener has three cards in the other major, no empty doubleton, and a hand that is mostly texture, it is best to conceal the fact that the hand includes a five card major suit and open by bidding one notrump. If the hand fails any of these three test, the opening bid should be in the major suit.
P.S. This book by Max Hardy is what I am using in addition to the ‘green book’ to teach from in my Tuesday evening beginners’ class at the Dorothy Hart Community Center. There will be a follow-up class in June/July for intermediates.
What has players coming back year after year to Gatlinburg?
BECAUSE THEY WANT:
IN GATLINBURG YOU CAN ALSO ENJOY:
Click HERE for the tournament flyer
March 28-30, 2014
Forest Recreation Center
1088 Rustic Village Rd.
Forest, VA 24551
Click HERE for the tournament flyer.
Location: The Bridge Center, 1911 Bishop Road, Richmond, VA
Feel free to download the flyer to print out for friends you think may be interested.