November 2013 Newsletter

FROM THE BRIDGE DECK AT BOCA WEST


NOVEMBER 2013


 
THE BOCA WEST BRIDGE SEASON IS HERE - COME JOIN US 
 
NOVEMBER 5TH - Start of TUESDAY NIGHT regular  Duplicate Bridge and Newplicate/Novice game held in Card Rooms in the Country Club at 7PM

NOVEMBER 6TH - Start of WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON Duplicate Bridge  in the Veranda room in the Golf Building at 1:15PM
 
SPECIAL GAMES
  • Tuesday, November 12 - Club Championship Game - 7PM
  • Tuesday, November 19 - Silver Points - 7PM
  • Wednesday, November 20 - Silver Points - 1:15PM
  • Thursday, November 21 - Silver Points - 7PM
  • Sunday, November 24 -  Sunday Afternoon Game,  Silver Points -1PM
  • Thursday, November 28 - THANKSGIVING - NO  GAME
 
ALERT - Morning Supervised Bridge Play begins with John Black. Every Thursday morning 9:30 to 11:30 - No reservations necessary.  Veranda Room - Golf Building.

ALERT - We have a brand new Boca West web site  http://www.bocawestbridge.com/
BE SURE TO VISIT IT  -  Get your results online.  Read the newsletters. Check out Bridge Links ... See our Mission Statement and much more. It is still a work in progress, but when it is finished it will be the best in the area.  Many thanks to Linda Green who has worked tirelessly to put this together for us.

ALERT - To let you know starting in December we will be offering a complimentary mini lecture every Tuesday evening before the game 6:30 to 6:45.  Our Director Linda Green has graciously offered to do this.
 
 
MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS - CONGRATULATIONS TO GWEN WURTZEL who attained the rank of Silver Life Master. TO BEBE BERKOWITZ and JOAN SCHEPPS who had a 79.46 % game on October 8 at the Polo Club. The Club Appreciation game on October 10th was won by BOB KARLAN and JOAN SCHEPPS... and RELLI MILLER and partner SARI SALINAS  were first overall at the Opening Sunday Club Appreciation game on October 13th.  ANITA MANES  and BARBARA ROSENBERGER  listed  in the SUNSHINE BRIDGE NEWS with a 72.41 % game won at the BRDBC.  
 
BRIDGE TIP OF THE MONTHBy Mark Haberman
A simple mistake, but one that is often made, is failure to give your partner count when defending a hand, be it a suit or a No Trump Contract.  When your opponent attempts to run a long suit, it is important for partner to know when to take his Ace, or when to trump in. This will not allow declarer to make extra tricks (important in match play) or in some cases to even make the contract.
To show count discard low with an odd number and high with an even number,  When it won't help partner to give count I suggest you don't.  It usually helps the opponents more.
(Editor's note:  Defense is a two way street - your partner has to watch your discards and be aware of the signals you are giving.  Remember  you are Declarer 25% of the time, Dummy 25% of the time and you defend 50% of the time. If you defend well - you WIN.)
 
MISS BRIDGE MANNERSBy Joanne Weingold
The Game of Gentlemen (and Women). It really wasn't long ago when people had to dress up a little to go play bridge.  We had a dress code at the European bridge clubs I played in.  It wasn't so much that one had to dress up, but rather remember that bridge was, well ... a well mannered game.  We had to be polite.  Disputes were allowed, but rudeness never!  Those days may be gone, but we need to remember that our behavior reflects not only on ourselves, but our Country Club as well.
When we get invited to play at other clubs, we need to remember we are ambassadors of Boca West - the premiere bridge club of Boca!  It has been said, "Be nice!  Even if it kills you!"
(Editor's note: Boca West is a Zero Tolerance Club)
 
ABOUT OUR GAME
  • Want to be an expert?  Rule #1: Never take a finesse to make your contract when you can go down on a squeeze play. 
  • We would like to thank The Polo Club for their gracious hospitality to Boca West bridge players during the summer games at their club.  
  • We would also like to thank our Boca West personnel for their creative food  presentations and attention to our special events.
  • The Bridge Community of Boca West would like to extend its deepest sympathy to Christina Kelly, our Activities Chairman upon the recent loss of her Father. The success of our bridge program is due in great part to her interest and help. 
  • Need a partner?  Call Patti Greiff at 488 - 2887.