Well it seems as if it does take a village to put on a Regional. I am sure you have heard by now that our May Regional was a huge success! Thanks in part to the efforts of many people who came forward to help in the various ways as outlined in my last article. Set up was a breeze….hospitality was superb…the LivInn Suites were sold out…..and we met our food minimum every day but one!
The increase in the I/N
Section accounted for the greatest number of tables. Every session had a great turnout and the
Saturday two-session pairs game was full!
I have already been approached by the
“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.”
Moving forward…the next big job the board is going to tackle is …….declining enrollment. Ok…so that’s a term from my school board days…but you get the picture. Our audience is getting older….night games are not well attended….and we cannot rely on Senior Projects to replenish our game tables.
We had a booth full of wonderful information at the Senior Expo at old Coney, only to discover that most of the people were at the Gates of Heaven booth! We have a beginner’s bridge class in the works…but …where are the students? We have a number of teachers that are available to teach outside our club… if we could set up lessons and places to have them.
We have a great Education Committee headed by Mike Purcell, and while we realize that all this will take time to develop…we need help. If you have any suggestions of ways that we might go about obtaining our goal of attracting new bridge players...please let us know.
“What we plan we build.”
Conte Vittorio Alfieri
Let’s begin working on a plan to build the CBA into the vibrant bridge club that we know it has been and can be.
2007 North American Pairs
The North American Pairs is a
grassroots event starting at the club level and leading all the way to the
Spring 2008 Bridge Championship in
There will be no Unit Final to
qualify – only the District 11 NAP Finals on Saturday, November 3, at the
Three Flights: Flight A (unlimited), Flight B (0-2000), and Flight C (NLM with fewer than 500)
a Trip to the Spring NABC in
First-Place District Winners in each Flight: $700.00 per person
Second-Place District Winners in each Flight: $300.00 per person
Third-Place District Winners in each Flight: $100 per pair from District 11
Unit Qualifying Games will begin in June
(All NAP games at the
June Friday June
Monday June (Deschapelles only)
Thursday June 14
July Thursday July Tuesday July 17
Saturday July 28
August Saturday August
Thursday August 16
Tuesday August 21
Thursday August 23
Tuesday August 28
June Friday June 28
July Friday July 27
August Tuesday August 14
(Call Sheila Dippel, 859-283-0471, for directions.)
Check with other Unit 124 bridge clubs for more qualifying games that might be scheduled.
For additional information about the NAP, please contact Barbara Levinson, 513-530-0953.
Mentor-Mentee Kickoff Game Winners
1st N/S Frances Calkins – Al Paster
2nd N/S Barbara Neal – Debbie Cummings
3rd N/S Grace Pedoto – Ralph Terbrueggen
1st E/W Bruce Smith – Jerry Fink
2nd E/W Louis Ukelson – Pat Dutson
3rd E/W David Parker – Sue Baum
1st N/S Gail Arnow – Norm Coombs
2nd N/S Diane Hawkins – Herb Behr
3rd N/S Thomas Buchanan – Harriet Spiegel
2nd E/W Adam Parrish – Barbara Levinson
3rd E/W Martha Bunker – Walter Bunker
Worldwide Pairs Winners
N/S Flight A: Amit Raturi-Nancy Sachs
N/S Flight B: Bernice Stevens-Peggy Gatch
N/S Flight C: Marilyn Werner-Gene Vaughn
E/W Flight A & B: Sue Mandell-Mary Segal
E/W Flight C: Harry Gear-John Morgan
N/S Flight A: Norm Coombs-Marvin Comer
N/S Flight B: Barbara Wagner-Walter Bunker
N/S Flight C: Everitt Kitchen-Herb Schapera
E/W Flight A: Yauheni Siutsau-Joe Fisher
E/W Flight B & C: Jean Stoops-Margaret Stoops
Remember the song “Where have all the flowers gone?” ??? Well, “Where have all the books gone?”
Over 10% of the books listed in our library are missing and unaccounted for. Please look around your house (or car) & return whatever you have. Just put them in the library box in the Director’s Room. No floggings, no fines, no questions asked… just a thanks for returns. Have you read the Book Survey and the New Player’s Reading List in the June Bridge Bulletin? If not, check them out. Those books listed but not currently in our library will be high on the list for future library purchases. Let me know if you have any particular favorite.
New lending policies…
…. Books (except for special items) may be taken out for 1 month
…. Renewals will be automatic unless the book has been requested
…. Automatic renewals must be made by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by bringing the book in and resigning both cards
….Both lending cards should be printed with your name & full date…one card remains in the book and the
other stays at the center
….Regular late fees will be $2/week or part thereof
….Additional late fees may apply to special items…. this will be clearly marked on the lending card
Please let me know….
…. If a book is falling apart
…. If you would like the library to add a particular book to the catalogue
…. If you are having trouble getting a book out
Understanding the Contested Auction by Klinger/Kambites 2001
Topics include offense to defense ratio, 2 suited overcalls, protective bidding, high-level auction, defense to artificial bids, and duplicate tactics.
A Bridge to Simple Squeezes by Julian Laderman 2005
ABTA book of the year. Teaches how to recognize a squeeze potential and then offers a structured approach on how to execute it.
Demon Defense & Demon Doubling by Augie Boehm 2004
This book begins with defense so to build a confident foundation for doubling…explains when to double
and when not to.
Defend These Hands With Me by Julian Pottage 2006
Follow the thinking of an expert player through the process of the hardest part of the game - defending a bridge hand.
25 Ways to Take More Tricks As Declarer by Seagram/Bird 2003
Advanced beginner - Intermediate. Another of the series with short chapters and quizzes. Topics include Comparing 2 Lines of Play, Elimination Play, How to Plan a Notrump Contract, Creating Extra Entries, and Keeping the Danger Hand Off Lead.
And a new and updated copy of Dorothy Hayden Truscott’s classic, Bid Better Play Better replaces disintegrating old originals.
Thanks to Baron Barclay Bridge Supply the club received a substantial discount on these books which were purchased at the Regional.
CBA members who won the most Masterpoints
39.31 Arun Goyal,
39.17 Norman Coombs, Brookville IN
38.89 A Netherwood,
38.14 Gene Owens, Grand Blanc MI
38.14 Christine Owens, Grand Blanc MI
36.66 Nancy Sachs,
35.43 Rachna Goyal,
33.62 William Higgins,
33.25 Lorna Davis, West
31.82 Vijay Vasudevan,
31.04 Patti English,
30.79 Jack Mehalko,
30.79 Brenda Mehalko,
30.47 Adam Parrish,
29.78 John Stoppiello,
28.89 Diane Thaller, West
28.50 Myrna Rosen,
28.04 Vince Netherwood,
27.82 Rick O'Connor,
27.82 Cindy Tretter,
25.98 Narendra Mehta,
25.71 Gerry Mirus,
25.46 Larry Klein,
24.73 Al Paster, Mason OH
23.37 Michael Dickman,
23.32 Yauheni Siutsau,
22.81 Judy Cohn,
22.61 Timothy Martin, Ft Thomas KY
22.61 Jackie Swango,
22.10 W Mike Glatt,
22.10 Sheila Dippel,
21.85 Peggy Simpson,
21.85 Gayle McCann,
20.56 Patrick Dutson,
19.93 Joe Fisher,
19.38 Amitabh Raturi,
19.21 Richard Day,
19.21 Bill Osborn,
19.18 David Britt,
18.23 Margaret Young,
17.88 Mike Ma,
17.85 Gary Fan,
17.36 John Garrett,
17.20 Ronald Babcock,
17.03 Paul Pschesang,
17.03 Jeanne Weyers,
16.99 Sherby Chernin,
16.77 Marvin Comer,
16.64 Harriet Spiegel,
16.58 Howard Ringel,
16.42 James Edmiston,
16.39 Kay Mulford,
16.05 Michael Purcell,
15.35 Frank Lichtenberger, Cinti OH
14.81 Vijay Sanghvi,
14.68 Diane Travis,
14.63 Pravin Bhutta,
14.44 Jackie Toth, West
14.09 Suzanne Sale,
14.09 Marilyn Beiting,
13.90 Charles Mendenhall, EdgewoodKY
13.90 Carolyn Mendenhall, EdgewoodKY
13.60 Albert Fultz, Ft Mitchell KY
13.47 Joann Katz,
13.47 Jerry Katz,
13.41 Patricia Armstrong,
13.28 Linda Woodham,
13.05 Mary Lou Zimmer, Mason OH
12.78 Charles Brooks,
12.45 Phyllis Bishop,
12.21 Madeleine Gordon,
11.66 Charlene Comeaux, Mason OH
11.66 Alice Price, West
11.60 Patricia Newman,
11.58 A J Stephani,
11.17 Emma Stewart,
10.85 Pamela Granovetter,
10.80 Agnes De Lany,
10.55 Jayant Sudame,
10.50 Suresh Kamat,
10.18 Frank Treiber III,
10.03 Joseph Muenks,
10.02 Judith Gehr,
9.84 Jerry Fink,
9.75 Bruce Smith,
9.58 Shirley Gilmore,
9.36 Shirley Aloisio,
9.36 Janice Austerman,
9.36 Gerri Heineman,
9.34 Sue Mandell,
9.21 Donald Duritsch,
9.21 Daniel Hance,
8.86 Ann Zeff,
8.57 Jane Burpee,
8.47 Mary Latham,
8.39 Cheryl Clark,
8.39 Beverly Broomhead,
8.31 Lou Campbell,
8.31 Helen Ogle,
8.27 Cliff Pleatman,
8.22 Everitt Kitchen,
8.07 Susan Hermans, West
8.07 Barbara Thoman,
7.96 Vivek Choudhury,
7.93 Edith Kohler,
7.83 Dorothy Slaughter,
7.78 Michael Lipp,
7.73 Gayle Niemann,
7.65 Marilyn Werner,
7.65 Gene Vaughn,
7.58 Kenneth Gustafson, CrestwoodKY
7.51 J Woeste,
7.43 Robert Smith,
7.43 P Byrkett,
7.43 David Groggel,
7.43 D Byrkett,
7.39 Peggy Ammon,
7.39 Michiko Natsume,
7.34 Dean Congbalay,
7.33 Marian Charrier, West
7.32 Jack Burns,
7.32 Frank Morris Jr,
7.19 T Glendening,
7.11 Anthony Brockman,
7.05 Phyllis Minor,
7.05 Penny Weatherwax, Middletow OH
7.05 Jacqueline Meyers,
7.03 Bonnie Parker,
6.98 Mary Peter,
6.84 Laura Owens,
6.75 Mary Raispis,
6.75 Frances Brothers,
6.37 Ed Lee,
6.26 Deborah Cummings,
6.22 Ethyl Blatt,
6.20 Louis Ukelson,
6.20 Heroldine Ukelson,
6.18 John Burpee,
6.18 Gloria Over,
6.11 Thomas Arnson,
6.06 Joe Pike,
5.98 Joy Norris,
5.98 Harold Norris,
5.84 Donna Miller,
5.81 Mary Zurborg,
5.81 Betty Bradbury,
5.79 Bob Stitt,
5.55 Betty Hurst, Ft Mitchell KY
5.32 James Eger,
5.26 Terry Briscoe,
5.10 Jerry Violetta,
5.02 C Willig,
4.98 Talmadge Dunkle, Maineville OH
4.87 Catherine Malone,
4.82 Sue Leslie Wheeler,
4.76 D Kalberg,
4.67 Courtney Thurman, Ft Mitchell KY
4.65 Amul Shukla,
4.43 George Charrier, West
4.39 Karen Kendall,
4.34 Patricia Marrs,
4.33 Perry Hickman,
4.33 Jeffrey Varker,
4.26 Ron Neal, Maineville OH
4.26 Carol Vradelis,
4.20 P Orr,
4.15 Mary Clifton,
4.15 Julie Thomas,
4.08 Walter Bunker,
4.06 Sue Baum,
4.06 Martin Petersen,
3.97 Marilyn Braun,
3.94 Jeffrey Isralsky,
3.84 Richard Pleshek,
3.81 Peggy Ann Gatch,
3.68 R Brant,
3.65 Marvin Kolodzik,
3.64 Victor Soukup,
3.64 Elaine Brinn,
3.64 Becky Johnson,
3.63 Stephen Moese, West
3.56 Larry Meyer,
3.56 D. Thomas Terwilliger, Cinti OH
3.54 Carolyn Ahlert,
3.53 Amy Fisher,
3.50 Cynthia Schultz,
3.49 William Latham,
3.46 Harry Gear,
3.43 Bill Coombs,
For a complete list of winners see:
Pat Newman, chair of the Flying Pig Regional, would like to thank the CBA Board members and all the other CBA members who helped with our very successful tournament, especially:
I’d like to thank all the club members who brought food and helped make our tournament a huge success. There were many out of town players who said our food and hospitality were the best they had ever come across. Our hospitality is a group effort and I want to say a big “THANKS” to the following people:
Mary Smith Myrna Rosen
Gayle Keaney Susan Moskowitz
Gail Schimpf Joy Norris
Belen Suarez Kay Mulford
Judy Gehr Gloria Over
Sue Wheeler Karen Kendall
Dottie Slaughter Shirley Gilmore
Marilyn Beiting Mary Lou Zimmer
Diane Travis Erleen Masram
Mady Gordon Harriet Spiegel
I know there are additional people, including CBA Board members, who helped out and brought things, and I would like to thank them as well.
What Are Your Grandkids Doing This Summer?
Ever thought about helping them learn to play Bridge? They could meet new friends, keep their minds sharp, and have fun. Give them a gift that they will remember. Tell them about the kids from Indian Hill that played at the Cincinati Bridge Association and had a blast! Give this fl yer to their parents and you might get them involved too!
Researcher finds link between bridge and improved test scores
Do kids who play bridge perform better on
standardized tests than their nonplaying counterparts? Dr. Christopher Shaw, a
Mondays, July 9-August 13 ()
This six-session course will help you learn:
• An Introduction to Bridge
• The Language of Bidding
- NoTrump bidding
- Suit Contracts
- Overcalls and responses
- Responding as a partner
• Guidelines for Play
• Duplicate bridge
Bob VeVerka is a certified American Contract
Bridge League (ACBL) instructor and director, and
is a board member of the Cincinnati Bridge Association.
Cost and Registration
$95 per person or $165 for two students who register together (regularly $190). Price includes text book. Class size is limited. Register early to insure a seat. Registration must be paid before class.
Free Introductory Bridge Lesson - Monday June 18 -
Call 513-772-5115 to register for classes or FREE lesson
visit our web site: http://www. cincybridge.com
“It’s a game you can play at any age. If you take it up young, you have fun doing it the rest of your life.
A lot of games don’t have that depth. This one does.”
-Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and ACBL member.
FUN WITH LITERAL BIDDING
Inverted Minors: The 2C/2D or 3C/3D bidding card must be placed upside down on the table.
Takeout double: You must remove the double card from the box and take it outside.
Negative double: As you bid it, you must grumble, “This is probably the wrong bid…it will never work…I’m sure I’m doing the wrong thing…I never win at this game.”
DON’T: As soon as you bid it, partner shouts “Don’t!” You then pick up your bid and put it back in the box.
Multi 2D: Borrow someone else’s 2D card and place both bids on the table, like splitting in Blackjack.
Reverses: Be sure to place the second bid underneath the first bid and turn both of them so they are facing backwards.
Good-Bad Michaels/Unusual 2N: May only be bid by players with multiple personality disorder.
Upside Down signalers must play their cards face down.
Smith Echo players should play their cards in such a way that they reverberate on the table.
Journalist leaders should make notes in their diaries after trick one.
Puppet Stayman: Lamb chop makes an appearance during these auctions.
Splinters: A small piece of wood needs to be available.
Leaping Michaels: A players must get out of (leap from) his seat quickly.
Snapdragon Double: Breathing fire should be mandatory following this bid.
Precision players need not alert their bids, but must place their cards very neatly on the table.
We won’t even go into Support Doubles or Suction….
Welcome New Members and Transfer
Stephen Baldwin Josephine Care
Imogene Enzweiler Judy Crotty Hall
Gregory Harding Martina Jamison
The CBA also welcomes home all the “snowbirds” from warmer locations.
Congratulations New Life Masters
David Britt Robert Rickling Lilam Stanley
BRONZE LIFE MASTERS
Tonette De Angelis
Sue Ellen Thesing
SILVER LIFE MASTER
GOLD LIFE MASTER
News from Unit 124
THE FUTURE POLICY AND PLANNING COMMITTEE
an ad hoc committee of the CBA Board of Trustees
will propose changes to the CBA Constitution to be voted on
by Unit 124 members at the “Octoberbest” Sectional. The proposed changes will be posted at the
The final draft will be posted one month before the Sectional for review by our Unit membership. There will be a “yea” or “nay” vote on the same ballot when you vote for new CBA Board members.
If there are any questions or interest, please contact Sandy Orr at email@example.com.
Double Your Fun!
TWO GREAT EVENTS - SAME LOCATION
“OCTOBERBEST” Fall Sectional
October 25, 26, 27 & 28
DISTRICT 11 NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS
(513) 563-2218. www.cincybridge.com.
“ OCTOBERBEST” 2007
THURSDAY, OCT. 25
Stratified Future Pairs 1 & 7 p.m. (stratified as warranted)
Open Pairs (C: 0-500, B: 0-2000, A: 2000+)
Stratified Swiss (5X5)
FRIDAY, OCT. 26
Stratified Pairs 1 & 7 p.m.
Stratified Future Pairs 1 & 7 p.m. (s.a.w.)
SATURDAY, OCT. 27
Bracketed Compact Knock-Out (1-2) - (3-4)
Stratified Future Pairs (s.a.w.)
SUNDAY, OCT. 28
Stratified Swiss (7X6) Free Buffet
Single Session 199’r Swiss (play through) Free Buffet
Tournament Chair: Diane Travis & Jane Burpee (513) 677-8240
Partnerships: Lorna Davis (513) 777-1760
DISTRICT 11 NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS
SATURDAY: NOV 3
12 Noon & T.B.A.
NAP Chair: Barbara Levinson (513) 530-0953
DIRECTIONS: I-75 N / S to I-275 East (or I-71 N / S to I-275 West). Exit # 46.
South on Route 42 (
The BEER Card
There is a very old side game associated with bridge. The ◊7 is considered to be “the beer card.” If you can contrive to win the last trick with the ◊7, then the custom (with certain variations by locale) is that you are now entitled to a beer. This, of course, has little or nothing to do with actual bridge skill – it is just a silliness.
Bridge players, who know about this, will sometimes do some strange things in order to keep alive the chance of “winning the beer.” They certainly would not do anything to risk a contract (well, some might).
If someone is pointing out that they have just won a beer, they are not gloating over the opponents’ blunders – they are merely pointing out that they actually did win the last trick with the ◊7 and partner had best start pouring the draft!
§♫ C L U B N O T E S §♫
Deschapelles (Invitational game, Monday at the
Tuesday Morning Duplicate (Open strat game, Tuesday at the
Duplicators (Open game, Tuesday at the New England Club) Winners—3/6: Cynthia Schultz-Helen Ogle/Dick Day-Rick Green; 3/13: (Howell) Ray Wulf-Al Fultz; 3/20: Lou Campbell-
Jean Allread/Tom Hassert-Dick Day; 3/27: Jo Ellen Spitz-Joanne Fox/Alice Tatemen-Jutta Weatherby; 4/3: (Howell) Ray Wulf-
Dick Day; 4/10: (Howell) Dan Sherman-Arch Ott; 4/17: (Howell)
Dick Day-Rick Green; 4/24: Dick Day-Pat Newman/Barb Wagner-Iris Shaw; 5/8: Tom Hassdick Day-Rick Green/Sue & Bob Wessinger; 5/15: Jane Burpee-Michele Staats/Dick Day-Rick Green; 5/22 Arch Ott-Dan Sherman/Bob & Sue Wessingerr; 5/29: (Howell) Barb Thoman-Judy Gehr. July 10 will be a STaC game.
strat game, Tuesday at the
“I/N” Intermediate/Novice Game
(Limited game 0-50 mps, Tuesday at the
/Ray Tolson-Robert Rickling; 3/21: Dick Day-Ray Wulf /Chris Pugh-Cynthia Schultz; 3/29: (Howell) Dan Sherman-Arch Ott;
4/4: Dan & Gretchen
Sherman tied with Rick Green-Dick Day/
Dan Hance-Don Duritsch; 5/9: Cynthia Schultz-Jutta Weatherby/Dick Day-Al Fultz; 5/16: Joan Rogers-Vi Sill/
Ray Wulf-Helen Ogle; 5/23: Iris Shaw-Suzy Haerr/ Joan Rogers-Joan Meyers; 5/30: Liz & Tom Platt/Ray Wulf-Dick Day.
July 11 will be a STaC game.
**AM Homestyle Bridge (Open, fun, non-duplicate game, Wednesday at the
July 11 will be a NLM (0-299) STaC Game.
Thursday Morning Duplicate (Open strat game, Thursday at the
Thursday Night ( Open strat game and stratified 0-299 game,
Thursday at the
be both an open STaC game and a NLM (0-299) STaC game.
Friday Morning Duplicate (Open strat game, Friday at the
. Winners of the Club Championship Game on May
18 were -- NLM Flt. A&B: Jean & Margaret Stoops; NLM Flt. C: Renee
Lemberg-Judy Lucas; Open Flt. A: Karen Kendall-Norm Coombs; Open Flt. B: Jeanne
Dell-Walter Bunker. On July 13 there will be both an open STaC game and a NLM (0-299) STaC
instead of the game. No game on August 24 during the
5th Friday is an Open Swiss Team Game. July 13 will be a STaC game.
Saturday Stratified (Open strat game, Saturday at the
(0-299) STaC game. No game on August 25
** Standby Partner available at these games.
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Sectional Tournament at Club