April 2016 Newsletter

Spring is in the air.  The clocks have sprung forward and the Spring Sectional starts on Wednesday, April 6.  Nancy Trice has been extremely busy making arrangements.  Janet Dixon has been inundated with partnership calls. The Goodrich’s have been working with the church’s staff to insure we have enough tables and chairs. Our thanks go to Nancy & Dudley Trice and Janet & Ken Dixon who washed bridge tables, side tables, and bidding boxes and to all those who make sure we have the needed hospitality supplies.  And as always to Ellie and Wayne Goodrich and Bob Parlin.  These three do so much behind the scene work to insure that things go as smoothly as possible.


Spring Sectional Schedule


  • April 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM
    • Swiss Teams: Seniors and Non-Life Masters
  • April 7 and 8 at 10:00 AM and at 2:30 PM
    • Stratified Senior Pairs and Stratified Non-Life Masters

These are single session events meaning you can win silver points by attending just one game, not like at Regionals where in order to win gold points you have to participate in two sessions.


Lunch is available on Thursday and Friday for $6 pp.
Game Fees: $11 per person/per session.    $44 per team.
$3 extra for non or unpaid ACBL members.


Other April Events


The Bridge Deck Club will continue to meet 5 days a week in April. We will start our summer schedule of three days a week in May.

299’er games will be held alongside the regular “Open” game on Fridays, April 15, 22, and 29 as long as there are enough pairs interested in participating.

Club Championship games will be on Monday, April 18th and Thursday, April 28th.  Extra points are available at these games.


Club News


In March George Solomon resigned as the Club’s General Manager.  We all owe him a big Thank You for his work and efforts during the past two years. He helped the club in numerous ways.

The Board decided to not fill the General Manager’s position at the present time, but to divide up the jobs associated with that position among the present Board members.


Life Master Achieved


Congratulations to Carolyn Atkins who achieved ACBL Life Master status at the end of March at the Coral Springs Regional.


Meet Joan Coval, Your Bridge Deck Club Treasurer


  • Question: How long have you lived in Naples?
    • We were snow birds since 2008 and found we liked Naples, so we moved here permanently 5 years ago.
  • Question:  When did you start playing bridge?
    • In high school. I took bridge lessons one summer with some friends and began a bridge club.  (Some teachers made their lives easier by allowing us   to play during afternoon study halls!)  A whole new world of bridge opened when introduced to duplicate bridge in 1994.  In our small New Hampshire town we played in a rotation of homes with 5 to 9 tables each week   depending upon the season.  After retiring and moving to a more populated           area I was able to find several duplicate clubs.
  • Question: What business experience gave you the skills needed to be the club's treasurer?
    • I have no formal business nor accounting experience other than that learned while operating my own summer enrichment camp for students.  Managing classrooms for 25 years required well honed organizational skills which I employ.  (Ask any of my bridge partners - numbers are not my strong suit!)


Cell Phones


Cell Phones keep ringing in my ears. But even worse are the Bridge players who  keep talking while the Director is making announcements - even Board Members who should be setting an example!  Please, remember to be polite.




Our thanks to all who contribute their skills, effort, and/or funds to our Hospitality Tables. A member’s owned club is run on volunteers and we have many great ones.


Welcome New Members


New Members and Rejoined Members since the 2016 Directory was published

          Janet Connell

          Florence Farrar

          Thomas Mullen

          Joyce Rowland

          Emma Senter

          Sandra Weaver




          Why does the Director always pick on the defending side?

          Why doesn’t the Declarer get penalized?

The Declarer doesn’t have an active partner; he has an exposed dummy. The Declarer is allowed to accidental drop a card or lead out of turn and then return the misplayed card to his hand, because his partner is not acquiring information, only his opponents are acquiring information. 

The defending pair may acquire information about their partner’s hand from the bidding, from their partner’s leads, plays, and discards, but they aren’t allowed to show their cards to their partner whether by accident, or heavens forbid, by design.  However, accidents do happen.

Accidents during the auction period before we know who is the Declarer.

 If a card is dropped or exposed in such a fashion that the player’s partner could see the card’s face then the card must remain face up on the table until the end of the auction.  If only one card was dropped and it was not one of the 5 honors (a spot card is usually a minor penalty card) then there is no bidding penalty. But if it was an honor card (a major penalty card), offender’s partner must pass at his next turn to bid. (Must pass one time.)  Offender’s partner must also pass one time if two cards, of any rank, are exposed accidentally. (Law 24)

If the offender becomes the declarer or the dummy, then the card is picked up and returned to his hand.  But if the offender becomes a defender then it becomes a penalty card and must remain on the table.

What happens when the auction ends depends on whether the penalty card was a minor penalty card or a major penalty card. If the offender has a Major Penalty card exposed on the table and he is on lead, he must lead it.  If the offender with a Major Penalty card is the partner of the opening leader, then the opening leader may not lead until the director has given the Declarer his 3 options.

 If it is a Minor Penalty card there are no lead restrictions, but the card stays on the table until it can be played.  The Offender must lead it or play it before he plays a different spot card of the same suit, but he can choose to play or lead an honor in the same suit. (Law 50 C).