November 2014 Upcoming Sectionals Roadrunner Fall Sectional Albuquerque, New Mexico October 31-November 2 T he Duke City Bridge Club will host the annual Albuquerque Fall Sectional as always. Friday has single session Stratified Pairs events and a three session Bracketed Knockout Teams. Free coffee and tea, as well as an abundance of snacks and finger foods is provided at all sessions. More information is in the ad in this issue of ScoreCard. Falling Leaves 299er Fort Collins, Colorado November 1 T his one day tournament has two single session events, with start times of 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and will be held at Christ United Methodist Church on Drake Street. The website at northerncoloradobridge.com will have more information. An inexpensive paid lunch is available, and there are prizes, trophies, and plenty of snacks, coffee, and tea. Kachina Sectional Tempe, Arizona November 6-9 Denver Winter Sectional Golden, Colorado January 8-11, 2015 he weather is great and the snowbirds are back! Come join the fun at this four day Mesa, Arizona, sectional at the Pera Club on 1 East Continental Drive in Tempe. All pairs games are single session. There are two Knockout Teams and a hot lunch during the Swiss Teams on Sunday. More information is in the ad in this issue of ScoreCard. olorado’s first bridge tournament of the year will be at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. It starts with a one session Swiss Teams on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and then has the usual schedule, including a 10:00 a.m. start on Saturday. More information is at denverbridge.com and in the ad in the next issue of ScoreCard. njoy Arizona’s only all beachfront resort with pleasant January weather at the London Bridge Sectional. The four-day tournament (Thursday through Sunday) is held at the Elks Club Lodge and includes two Knockout Teams. More information is in the ad in this issue of ScoreCard. Tucson Fall Sectional Tucson, Arizona November 13-16 Tucson Winter Sectional Tucson, Arizona January 8-11, 2015 Under 500 Non-Life Master Sectional Tempe, Arizona January 17-18, 2015 T T he Holiday Inn on Palo Verde will be the site of this sectional with two Knockout Teams, one starting on Thursday and the other on Friday. There are six single session pairs events with game times of 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will be daily guest lectures at 12:30 and Complimentary buffet lunch for all two session players on Sunday. More information is in the ScoreCard ad below. T he Holiday Inn on Palo Verde just off of I-10 will again host this sectional. Use the booking code “ABC” before December 29 to get the reduced room rates of $79 which includes a breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi. There is free coffee and tea, bagels and cream cheese, smoked salmon, and pastries every morning. See the ad in this ScoreCard for more details. he scenic Jefferson County Fairgrounds hosts the Denver Fall Sectional, which starts Thursday evening with the annual membership meeting followed by a one session Swiss Teams that has pre-duplicated boards and hand records this year. Game times are 10:00 and 2:00 with a three session Knockout on Friday. More information is on the unit website at DenverBridge.com and in the ad in this issue of ScoreCard. E T he Pera Club (short for Project Employees Recreation Assn.), a private country club on 1 East Continental Drive in Tempe, is hosting this Non-Life Master Sectional. There will be pre-dealt hands even in the Sunday Swiss Teams and between sessions a local expert will review the deals you played. More information will be in the ad in the next issue of ScoreCard. Pro-Am Success in Phoenix Yuma Fall Sunshine Sectional Yuma, Arizona November 20-23 Denver Fall Sectional Golden, Colorado November 6-9 T C London Bridge Sectional Lake Havasu, Arizona January 16-19, 2015 I ntroducing a new four day stratified sectional to celebrate the arrival of autumn and to welcome back winter visitors. It will be held at the Quality Inn on 32nd Street. Thursday game times are 1:00 and 7:00, then game times become 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. There will be one session pairs events plus a three session Knockout on Thursday and Friday morning. See the ad in this issue of ScoreCard for details. Pro-Am 1st Dee Campbell - Kim Corbin Pro-Am 3rd John Rogers - Honey Klein 2012 Pro-Am 1st Place Susan Schulman - Pro Helene Drake Pro-Am Organizer (Ams) Rod Bias Tournament Chair Sherryl Buchler Pro-Am Organizer (Pros) JoAnne Lowe November 13—16, 2014 Holiday Inn—Palo Verde Thursday—November 13, 2014 9:00 AM ………………….………….......Stratified Pairs (Single Session) Stratified 199’er Pairs (Single Session) and Knockout I (Round 1 ) 1:30 PM………………...……………….....Stratified Pairs (Single Session) Stratified 199’er Pairs (Single Session) and Knockout I (Round 2) & Single Session Swiss Team Friday—November 14, 2014 9:00 AM ……...………......................................... Stratified Pairs (Single Session) Stratified 199’er Pairs (Single Session) and Knockout I (Finals) & Single Session Swiss Team 1:30 PM ……...………......................................... Stratified Pairs (Single Session) Stratified 199’er Pairs (Single Session) and Knockout II (Round 1) Saturday—November 15, 2014 Free coffee , tea, pastries, muffins, bagels, smoked salmon, free yummy candy Free Lunch on Sunday and Pre-dealt hands with hand records. 12:30PM LECTURES 9:00AM…………..……...…….…...………....Stratified Pairs (Single Session) Stratified 199’er Pairs (Single Session) & Knockout II( Round 2) & Single Session Swiss Team 1:30 PM…………………….….………….…Stratified Pairs (Single Session) Stratified 199’er Pairs (Single Session) & Knockout II ( Finals) & Single Session Swiss Team Sunday—November 16, 2014 9:00 AM & 1:30 PM..................Strati-flighted Swiss Teams (Two Sessions) Stratified 199’er Swiss Teams (Two Sessions) All Two Session Players Receive a Complimentary Lunch THU-FRI-SAT Fees: $12.00 per person, per session for dues paying ACBL Members and $16.00 for all others 4550 S. Palo Verde Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85714 (520) 746-1161 or (800) 465– 4329 Rooms $79.00 Rooms include buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi. Blocked rooms reserved until October 30, 2014. Phone reservations, use booking code “ABC” to get preferred rates. Visit our website at Www.SouthernArizonaBridge.com This is a non -smoking event. Sanction #1411033 Tournament Chair: Steve Reynolds (520) 488-7730 or [email protected] Director-in-Charge: Eric Bell Partnerships: Rudy Martinez (925) 382-9454 I/N Rep: Gordon Diss [email protected] E-mail: [email protected] Stratified Events: A=1500+; B=500-1500; C=0-500: 199’er Pairs: D=100-200; E=20-100 F=0-20 Knockouts: Bracketed by average master point holdings of all team members - Top bracket may be handicapped Strati-flighted Swiss Teams: (All scored at Victory points) A=3000+; Ax=0-3000; B=1000-1500; C=500-1000; D= 0-500 199’er Swiss Teams: (All scored at Victory points) E=100-200; F=0-100 T he recent Phoenix Regional began with their annual Pro-Am game that had a record-popping 66 ½ tables! What a great way to involve the rising players and kickoff the tournament. First place went to Dee Campbell, Durango, Colorado, who played with Pro Kim Corbin of Scottsdale, Arizona. Second Place was taken by Susan Howard playing with Pro Jeannine Barnes, both from Chandler Arizona. Third place was brought home by John Rogers, Paradise Valley, Ariz., playing with Pro Honey Klein, Scottsdale Arizona. Congratulations to these, and all partici- pants of the ever growing Pro-Am event. Special thanks go to Tournament Chair Sherryl Buchler, Am Coordinator Rod Bias, and Pro Coordinator JoAnne Lowe. It takes an enormous amount of work to produce a Pro-Am, and even more so for one as successful as the Phoenix Pro-Am has been. lashback to the 2012 Pro-Am game: Susan Schulman (left in above photo) playing with Helen Drake (right, as the Pro) won the event. Susan Schulman achieved Life Master at the 2014 Phoenix Regional. Congratulations Susan! F Couch –Continued from page 9 tally is also 71%. If, when you first looked at this deal, you thought to yourself, “Gee, the two lines look about equal,” pat yourself on the back. Which line to choose? Our friend Bart Bramley has a rule, “If you will make when trump are 3-2, you better make it,” so I think I would choose line one. If I went down I could say “Bramley’s rule” to Annie and hope she would understand. There is a competing adage: “The road to hell is paved with declarers who didn’t pull trump,” so line two would also have much merit. (I sent this deal to California expert Jeff Goldsmith, and he observed that many opponents lead a trump from two or three small against a grand, so the chance of a 3-2 break may be overstated; this argues for line 2.) W Train to Sleep hich brings us, inevitably, to “How did I end up sleeping on the couch?” This deal caused me to think about changing our bidding agreements. After a keycard ask, a zero or three response, and an ask for the trump queen, there is enough room to deny the queen, show all three of the side kings, bid last train, show the queen with no extras, and an Additional Unused Step. I wrestled with the problem of whether that “sixth step” should be stronger than last train, or that it should just be a “non-serious last train.” (I finally concluded that a “serious sixth step” may be more advantageous.) But when I suggested to Annie we needed a second last train, you know where I ended up sleeping. And the Survey Says . . . . W e want your opinion! D17 President Darwin Afdahl has received very good feedback from your emails. Now he wants your opinions in a more formal survey. He has put together a few questions for you located on our district website at d17acbl.org/index.php?page=survey Some of you may wonder why we never published the results of the previous survey on game times. The answer is that they were not conclusive. You can still leave comments on that survey at bridgeteaching.com/ polls/ but that survey itself is closed.
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