Richmond Bridge Association

March 1, 2015
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.

Where is Unit 109?

Bridge Center Roof Repair

If you go to the Richmond Bridge Center, you already know that the roof leaks. They have been dealing with the problems with the roof for quite awhile. At the present time, the ladies’ room is unusable. The repair is set to begin on Monday, March 2. There is no way of knowing how long it will take, so the Bridge Center will cancel games until things look better inside. Game cancellations will appear here in red in the upper right corner as they are decided. At the present time, games are cancelled for Friendly Bridge on Sunday night, March 1 and Stanley’s Women’s Invitational on Monday morning, March 2. Further announcements regarding other games are pending. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Jo Petranka’s Games Temporarily Suspended

Since Jo can hardly see and has to have a corneal transplant next week, she has temporarily suspended all three of her weekly games [Fredericksburg] effective immediately.  Please make sure your partner knows and spread the word. She will get back to you as soon as she is able to restart them.

ACBL Partnership Desk

It has been said that it’s easier to find a compatible spouse than a bridge partner – until now. Introducing the ACBL Partnership Desk, the newest member benefit, that connects players for club, tournament and online play.

From MyACBL, members can post requests and search for partners by club location or tournament. Profiles already contain rank and masterpoint information with options to add a picture, preferred systems and more.

Learn more about the Partnership Desk and then see for yourself.

Want to visit a new club? Are you traveling or new to an area? Need some gold masterpoints but your partner isn’t available for tournament travel? Use the ACBL Partnership Desk and never miss a game again!

Reidelbach Team Game Trophy Winners

Reidelbach Team Winners February 2015

Karen Hamlett, Jane Riddle, Winne Fratkin, Barry Fratkin

On Wednesday, February 25, Ben’s Bridge Club at the Bridge Center sponsored the annual Reidelbach Team Trophy Game. This year the trophy was won by the team of Barry and Winnie Fratkin, Karen Hamlett, and Jane Riddle. Good playing!

Checkback Stayman

My favorite partner (you know who) and I were having a discussion about Checkback Stayman today and discovered that we did not have the same idea about it at all. It’s funny how you can be absolutely sure that you’re on the same wavelength as your partner, only to discover later that you’re not. So anyway, I am going to teach Checkback Stayman on Sunday using a hand from Saturday’s game. Fortunately, I found an article by Barbara Seagram that explains it very well (almost exactly as I had understood it). I did NOT know about the 3NT response to indicate that you have BOTH the other 4-card major and the 3-card major! But couldn’t that wrong-side the hand? I have now included the Seagram article on Checkback Stayman on our Friendly Bridge Lesson Handouts page. If you read it carefully, you will note that her example contradicts her suggestion of bidding 3NT when you have both the other 4-card major and the 3-card major. Thanks, Donnie, for noticing that!