2019 July Newsletter

Summer’s rainy season is here; it may be inconvenient but the rain is necessary. Come inside.  Our Bridge club room is always dry and cozy.



There is no game on Friday, July 5. The  church building will be closed.



July 8, 10, 12, 22, 24 and 26 are North American Pair games. The club is picking up the extra costs and you can pick up the extra black points. Winners can advance to compete against other Florida players and even get to compete in the Nationals.

Friday, July 19th will be our monthly Club Championship game. Our players are always pleasantly surprised by how many points they win in this game.



Please Remember: Good manners and civility are required by one and all. If you berate your partner or if you berate or insult your opponents it ruins the game not only for them, but also for the others at the table. Reports of unacceptable behavior need to be put in writing and given to a director or a board member. The Board has various options to deal with rude members. They can speak to the person or they may send a warning to the member. If the behavior continues the Board may bar that person from the club for 3 months or 6 months or permanently.



Don’t forget to thank Fay & Elliott Myers for all they do. Hot coffee, a cookie, or half a banana can perk you up around 3PM when your energy level is beginning to fade.



Please let Joan Marion know when you are available to play. In the summer when we have small games we try to avoid half tables. No one wants to have to sit out a round.

Directors are permitted to play if it avoids a half table. So let Joan or the director know if you can come in at the last minute during the summer.


No Play Button

On the Bridge Mates there is a key to press if you pass out a hand. When you press Pass, both sides get a score if the hand is played at another table.  But if you run out of time and can’t get the dummy down by two minutes before the end of the round, don’t press the Pass button. Press the O. In this case neither side gets either a plus or a minus score.

2019 June Newsletter

June is bustin Out All Over

It is a shame that so many of our members miss seeing Naples in June.  The Royal Poinciana trees suddenly burst forth with masses of red flowers, the Jacaranda turns a glorious lavender, and dozens of drab street trees transform themselves into Trees of Gold!


June at The Bridge Deck Club isn’t bustin our in colors, but is going to bust out with masterpoints.  Ten days out of this month’s twelve are extra point days! None of the nine  extra point days held at The Bridge Deck Club will involve extra costs to our players. Your board’s Executive Committee voted to have all the extra ACBL fees paid from the club’s bank account.


June 3rd, 5th, and 7th are North American Pairs games.  Winners can advance to compete against other Florida players and even get to compete in the Nationals.


Monday, June 10th will be our monthly Club Championship game. Our players are always happily surprised by how many points they win in this game.


The Bridge Deck Club will hold STaC games on June 17th, 19th, and 21st. Winners are awarded silver points.


The games on June 24th & June 26th are Fund Games. On these days the ACBL is raising money for the 2020 NABC that will be held in Tampa, FL


As in past years The Naples Bridge Center will be hosting The Bridge Deck Club’s Summer Sectional at their location.

            Friday, June 28th          9:00 AM         Open game & a 499/NLM game

                                                1:00 PM         Open game & a 99er game

            Saturday, June 29th     9:30 AM         Open game & a 499/NLM game

                                                1:00 PM         Open game & a 99er game

            Sunday, June 30th      10:00 AM      Open or 499/NLM Swiss Teams play thru


Fee for single session pair games is $12.00 per person.  Lunch is $5.00

Fee for 4 person Swiss Team game is $120.00 per team.  Four lunches are included.





Duplicate Bridge in ACBL sanctioned clubs must be played according to the Laws of Duplicate Bridge. These laws are designed to give all players a fair and even playing field.  The “Laws” do not require players to use any particular bidding system, for example you can use Standard American or Two over One or a British system or a German system.  The conventions that you employ are limited to what the ACBL publishes on their Convention Charts. (see. acbl.org/newconventioncharts) 

Law 40 spells out  – in four pages –  the details of “partnership understandings” and how they must be shared with the opponents. This Law uses the term “System Card” to convey what we in the United States call a convention card.  ACBL clubs in the United States provide convention cards to their players and expect all players to use these cards in order to fulfill the basic right of Law 40.

Each partnership has a duty to make its partnership understandings available to its opponents.

Since we can’t take the time during the game to explain each bid, double, or pass, we use our convention cards.  They should be displayed on the table so our opponents can look at them.  The owner of the card is not allowed to look at his own card during the bidding, but his opponent may look at it either before the bidding starts or after the bidding before the opening lead or whenever it is his turn to bid.

All Bridge Deck members playing with a regular partner must have either a white filled out convention card or use the yellow card.  

The yellow card is already filled out.  Players should cross out any convention listed on the yellow card that they do not use such as the Jacoby 2NT response to partner’s major suit opening bid or the Unusual 2NT overcall indicating that you have the 2 lowest unbid suits.

Law 40 section 3b. Repeated violations of requirements to disclose partnership understandings may be penalized.


2019 May Newsletter


Your Bridge Deck Club Board is pleased to announce that they have a signed lease for the remaining months in 2019. This lease is fairer to your club thanks to everyone’s behavior during this first year in the Spirit Center. We have done our best to be good and responsible tenants.  We have cooperated with the church’s staff when moves to the Ministry Center have been necessary. We have left our playing area, the kitchen area, and our section of the storage area clean and neat. Many thanks to each and every one of you. The major change in this new lease is it gives us a significantly lower monthly cost in the months when we only meet 3 days a week.

The church did ask the club to not meet on a long list of church and national holidays, but this list was shortened after negotiations by Ellie Goodrich and Marvin Marion.  We will be able to stay open on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Martin Luther King Day.  The club agreed to close on January 1st, Good Friday and the day after Easter, July 4, Aug 15, Thanksgiving, Dec. 9, Dec. 25, and Dec. 31.  Some of these dates will not effect us during the summer because they fall on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Starting in 2020 our leases will be for a full calendar year.



Donna Lyons donated 2 boxes of engraved pencils to the club last year and 3 boxes this year. Since they have the club name on them they are easy to recognize. Please remember to drop pencils in the basket on your way out the door after a game and look around your house and bring back any pencils that you find there. Of course we know that many of our guests at the April Sectional took pencils home with them as souvenirs. We hope the pencils remind them of enjoyable games at The Bridge Deck Club of Naples and that they come back next year.



Chairman, Nancy Trice and Treasurer, Joan Coval report that we had a very successful 3-day sectional. Excellent attendance, great food, a good director, happy winners, and good natured losers.  The club wants to thank all our members who contributed food and cash donations. We also want to thank all involved in preparing lunches or ordering and picking up lunches and sodas. Also all who contributed by cleaning bridge tables & side tables or who helped with setting things up or with putting things away after the Sectional.  A special shout out to Ellie and Wayne who worked overtime preparing all the duplicate boards needed for the pair games.  We also greatly appreciate John Toti and the church’s staff who set up and later dismantled over 50 tables and 200 chairs!



We will only be meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the next five months.



This extra point game will be held on Friday, May 17. A club championship game is the easiest and cheapest way to earn extra black masterpoints.



A number of Bridge Deck Club members attended the Gatlinburg Regional in Tennessee during the last full week of April. Richard Price & Joe Rachelle picked up 8 gold/red points while playing in a variety of games. Richard also set up and manned an exhibitor’s booth to display his Bid Box Holders.


Christy and Alan Coupland report that there were over 2800 players at this Regional.  The  weather was good, there were fun restaurants nearby, and lots of chocolate treats given out at the Convention Center.  They enjoyed playing with the Brian & Kay Richardson and also with Ohio friends. They earned 11.82 total points 10 of which were gold. Marlene MacKinnon also attended the Regional.



Always try to prevent your side from losing tricks due to a revoke.  While playing defense, whenever your partner discards a card from a different suit, it is your job to ask, “Any spades (hearts, diamonds, or clubs), partner?”

It is your partner’s job to double check and hopefully answer, “No.”  But if she does discover she has revoked, she can correct her error and there is no trick penalty.

Unfortunately the card that she exposed does become a Major Penalty Card and must be played at the first legal opportunity. A corollary of this rule is if you win a trick while your partner has a Major Penalty Card on the table,  before you lead the Declarer is given three choices.

1. Declarer can require you to lead the suit of the penalty card.

2. Declarer can prohibit the lead of the suit of the penalty card. If the Declarer choose either options 1 or 2, the penalty card is picked up and your partner can play any card in that suit that is in her hand.

3. If the Declarer does not require or prohibit the lead of the penalty card suit, the Defender may lead anyone of the four suits. If the Defender leads the suit of the Penalty Card, the P.C. must be played. If the Defender leads a different suit, the P.C. remains on the table and all the above steps must be taken again.

2019 April Newsletter

Spring Sectional is this week.  If you are still in the area, don’t miss it.  There will be three days of great games.

Wednesday, April 3 starting at 1 PM is a Swiss Team game open to seniors over the age of 55 and to non-life masters of any age.  The seniors’ team can include life masters & non-life masters; the NLM team is restricted. Arrive before 12:30 so the team’s captain can purchase the entry. Cost is $44. Only the captain should stand on line and he must know his team’s masterpoint  average.

Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5 are for pairs. There will be a 10AM game and a 2:30 PM game.   You do not have to play in both games to win masterpoints. When you purchase your entry ($22 for the pair), the director will want to know if you are playing in the senior’s or in the non-life master’s game.  Both games are stratified.

Lunches are available on Wednesday & Thursday.   $6.00 per person



We will NOT have a game on Good Friday, April 19.   Also we will NOT have a game on April 22 which is the day after Easter.



If you are trying to increase your masterpoint totals, you should always play (and hopefully win) on these special days.  No extra fee, but many extra points.  We have two in the month of April: Monday, April 15th  and Wednesday, April 24.



The Bridge Deck Club will be switching to its 3-day a week schedule at the beginning of May so there will be no game on Thursday, May 2nd and no games on Tuesdays or Thursdays until late fall.



Have you noticed the new sign on our bulletin board?   These are the players that have won the most masterpoints in their category.  Congratulations !



Thanks to generous donations the club has purchased new compact bidding boxes. These will make our moves back & forth to the Ministry Center easier.  They are simple to open and close and take up only a fraction of the space of our older bidding boxes.

Cards, Cards, Cards – A Bridge Club goes through cases of cards each year!  The club bought some plastic cards this year and will see if they have a longer life span.

The club is also the recipient of Richard Prices’s new bidding box holders and new stainless steel cup holders. If your northern club would be interested in purchasing sets of these, please contract Richard.   They certainly do cut down on the table top clutter.

Our dealing machine requires plastic boards that open. The machine is a fantastic invention; the plastic boards are not. Too many of them break.  The club has invested in new sets of boards.  We only hope they last at least three years.

And how can we play Bridge without tables. Unfortunately our tables take a lot of abuse with the  folding and stacking involved with frequent moves. We have some new tables in the store room and will be unpacking and using them for the Sectional this week.

Where do your game fees go? A partial list would include: rent, convention cards, tables, pencils, playing cards, duplicating paper & ink, bidding boxes, director fees, website management, ACBL fees, hospitality supplies, and the game fee envelopes that are put on the tables.



Our regular hospitality team this season has done an outstanding job.  We all owe them our thanks.  Fay & Elliott Myers have covered Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.  Joe Rachelle has covered Tuesdays, and Chuck Young & Marsha Girouard have taken care of Thursdays.  We want you to know we appreciate each and everyone of you.



Thanks to Board Member Gary Thomas we are spreading the word about the pleasures of learning and playing the game of Bridge.  Gary has had a very successful season; he gave four 6-week classes that averaged 24 learners per class.  Many of these novice players also participated in the Thursday Chat Games and were warmly welcomed by Director Donna Lyons.  The Chat Games have averaged about 30 players, an outstanding first year.  It is our hope that these players will soon gain the confidence to join us in our afternoon games.

Marcia Reff’s Brush Up Your Bridge Class for retirees who finally have the leisure time to play  has average 2 to 3 tables, but with many people just dropping in for particular subjects like Jacoby 2NT.   Monday, April 8th will probably be my last class until the fall. The subject will be 1430 Keycard Blackwood.  Did you know that you can use Control Bids first and then use Blackwood?


2019 March Newsletter

Sharks & Minnows

Friday, March 1st is the day we have been waiting for.  A great chance to play with a new partner. Only partnerships made up of one shark (over 500 masterpoints) and one minnow (under 500 masterpoints) can win in this game, although others may play in the game.

The game will be held in the Ministry Center on Friday because the church staff has to prepare the Spirit Center for a Friday night concert.



We will have two Club Championship games in March.  The first will be on Tuesday, March 19 and the second will be on Thursday, March 28. These games always award the winners a basketful of extra matchpoints.



Gary Thomas started a 5-week Play of the Hand class on Wednesday Feb. 27 at 9:30 AM using the book Play of the Hand in the 21st Century. The classes are $15 each and the book is $15. Classes are for past students of the Bridge Basics series or those with comparable playing skills. Contact Gary via email at garytbmx@aol.com or at 317-507-3545


The Chat Game is a wonderful way for newer players to practice their skills, get used to keeping scores and using the Bridge Mates. The game is open to people with zero to 49 masterpoints.  Donna Lyons and Gary Thomas are managing this game.



Preparations for the Bridge Deck Club’s three-day Spring Sectional are under way. The club has bought 20 new tables for the event. New boards and new cards have also been purchased. We will be asking for volunteers to wash the older bridge tables and the side tables. The Bidding boxes will also have to be cleaned and checked to make sure all have a complete set of cards in good condition. Chairman Nancy Trice has posted a sign-up sheet for refreshments. If baking cookies or cakes is not your thing, monetary donations would be greatly appreciated so food can be purchased. Cash donations will be collected by Nancy Trice or Nancy Driscoll or our Treasurer, Joan Coval.



Our lovely engraved pencils are disappearing fast. If you have started to make a collection of Bridge Deck Club pencils please bring them back to the club.  The club has  bought an extra large and extra strong pencil sharpener that hopefully will last forever.  The box says it is for “Heavy use with a heavy duty motor, perfect for the classroom or a large office.” The Bridge Deck Club may not be a classroom or a large office, but we certainly sharpen hundreds of pencils each month.



A pass out of rotation is covered in Law 30. If the Offender passed when it was the turn of his Right Hand Opponent  (RHO) and the call is not accepted, the pass is cancelled.  RHO gets his chance to bid and Offender has to repeat his pass.  Then the bidding proceeds naturally.  The Offender’s partner can make any legal bid.


If the Offender passed when it was the turn of his Left Hand Opponent (LHO) or his partner and the call is not accepted the call is cancelled.  After the correct people get their chances to bid, then the Offender has to pass one time.  But what if he doesn’t?  Then Offender’s partner has to pass at his next turn!



A bid out of rotation is covered in Law 31.  If the Offender bid when it was the turn of his RHO and the Offender’s LHO accepts the bid – on purpose or by accident – there is no penalty.  If the bid is not accepted, then the RHO gets to bid first.  If the RHO passes and the Offender repeats his bid there is again no penalty or if  the RHO makes any legal bid, double or redouble and the Offender repeats his bid at the correct level or makes  what the law book calls a “comparable call” again there is no penalty. 

Example:  West makes the opening bid of 1D.  North doesn’t do anything, but East thinks that North passed and bids 1H.  North calls the Director. South does not accept East’s bid so it is cancelled.  North then gets his chance and bids 1S. East only has 4-Heart cards  and 8 total points so doesn’t want to bid 2H, but he could use a negative double.   A negative double would be considered a “comparable call” in this situation.

If the Offender bid when it was the turn of his partner or the turn of his LHO and the out of rotation bid is not accepted  it is cancelled and the correct person goes first. The rulings are the same as above.  Offender must either repeat his bid at the correct level or make a “comparable call.”

Example: South is the dealer but East is not paying attention and bids 1S. The director is called and South does not accept the Bid out of Rotation so it is cancelled. South opens 1H. West can bid anything he wants, but he should try to forget that his partner opened illegally. Let us say that West passes. North bids 2H. If East bids 2S (a comparable call)  there is no penalty and the bidding continues normally.  But if East doubles, passes, or bids a new suit, those bids would not be comparable to an opening 1S bid, so then his partner has to pass at his next turn.

2019 February Newsletter

February 11 to February 15 – one whole week to earn Silver Points during STaC Week.  STaC stands for Sectional Tournament at Clubs.  Players must go to a Regional Tournaments to earn Gold Points; they must play in Sectional Games or STaC games to earn Silver. The Bridge Deck Club will host a Sectional from April 3 through April 5 this year. Our advertisement will be in the March Sunshine Bridge News, but if you won’t be here in April don’t miss this chance to earn Silver during STaC week.


299er Game

On Mondays starting Feb. 18 the club will hold a 2-section game: one will be exclusively for players holding fewer than 299 masterpoints, the other will be an “open” game. They will be playing the same hands so there will be Overall masterpoints awarded.



We will have two extra black point games in February. Wednesday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 26. 

72% Games

Unit 128 publishes a 72% Club list in the Sunshine Bridge News. Joan and Marvin Marion are listed in the January/February issue for their 72.22% game.  The names of Angie Maranger and Joan Coval were submitted but unfortunately the editor left them out. Their names will be in the next issue. They had a 73.93% at a STaC game on Dec.11, 2018.  Congratulations to both pairs!



The Board is elected each December when the election is held during our Annual Meeting at the Holiday Party.  After the membership elects the Board, the Board meets and chooses the Board officers.

            Elliott Myers, President                                              Fay Myers                              

            Nancy Driscoll, Vice-President                                  Richard Price

            Joan Coval, Treasurer                                                  Joe Rachelle                                                                Marcia Reff, Secretary                                                Staci Solomon

            Ellie Goodrich                                                             Gary Thomas                                                               Joan Marion                                                                Chuck Young

If you have concerns about the club or suggestions for how the club could be improved, please speak to one of these Board members. This is your club so make your voice heard.  Board meetings are usually held once a month in the off-season, more frequently during our busy season. All members are entitled to attend open Board meetings.


Zero Tolerance

Your club subscribes to the ACBL’s Zero Policy.  We want all players to treat their partners and their opponents with respect and consideration. Some times we take the game too seriously.  Take a deep breath, try not to say things that you will regret later. Remember we are all fallible.  Unpleasant incidents are reported to the directors and written reports are given to the head director.  



Wear your name badge.  The club subsidizes the cost: you pay $10 and the club pays the rest.  We have many new members and numerous guest players  during “season.”  We want to learn their names and they might want to learn our names.  REMEMBER: Our guests and our regular members need to feel good about coming to our club. Therefore we should all be on our best behavior.  We are not the only Bridge Club in Naples; one good way to grow our club is to make our club welcoming. We have a good location in a lovely new building.  If our guest players enjoy their time with us, they will come back and will perhaps become club members.

Speaking of membership, George Bernstein has been collecting membership forms for the past two months.  He will be taking the list to the printer during the first week of February. Make sure your name is in the 2019 Membership book. All non-members should be paying $12 to play in our games; all members only pay $10.  Players sitting North should ask the players at their table to circle the M for Member, the G for Guest, or the F for Free on the payment envelope. Your directors have to provide a count of the number of members and the number of guests and the number of free plays for each day.  Would you like a free play?  There are a variety of ways to get a free play. The person handling the hospitality chores for the day gets a free play or if you agree to be a stand-by player and come in at the last minute, you get a free play.



Although the church parking lot is enormous, there are no marked spaces for people who need handicap parking spaces near our entrance.  We have requested officially marked spaces and are hoping that signs are put up. In the meantime if you are able-bodied please leave the 5 spaces closest to the entrance to the club’s room free for the use of those who really need them, even if they are not marked. Those of us without overwhelming physical problems should be thankful for our good luck and be willing to walk a few extra steps.  We sit three and a half hours in the afternoon; we need the exercise.



Thursday morning’s Chat game has had an excellent start. This 9 am game is limited to people with 0 to 49 masterpoints.  Cost is $10 for club members or non-club members. These are ACBL’s future Life Masters. The Chat Game is an excellent way for newer duplicate players to get used to the game and improve.  Most players will be using a basic Standard American system and if they raise their hand Gary Thomas  or Dona Lyons will come over and answer their bidding or play problem.  Then on the next Thursday Gary will come in at 8 AM and give a free lesson, going over any of the hands that were particularly challenging. Let us all encourage newer duplicate players to come to the Chat Game.


Monday’s 9:30 AM Bidding and Convention Course

February topics: Jacoby 2NT conventional response to a major suit and opener’s five possible second bids, responding to an overcaller (simple raises, preemptive raises, cuebid raises),  responding to the opener after an overcall (simple raises, preemptive raises, cuebid raises), take-out doubles and responses.

2019 January Newsletter


The Bridge Club usually meets in what the church management calls room 2.  This is the room closest to the back of the church. But in December, during the Christmas festivities when our space was needed, rather than moving us to the church’s Ministry Center we were just moved down the hall to room 4, the room next to the kitchen. This room can hold 15 tables so it worked well and as an added bonus it is closer to the rest rooms! This move is easier on our equipment,  easier for the custodial staff, and easier for us. So if you do not find us in our regular space, walk down the hall and look for us opposite the rest rooms.



Don’t forget to renew your membership in the Bridge Deck Club. Our new directory will be sent to the printer at the end of January. George Bernstein is collecting the dues and the membership forms. If you have a new telephone number or email address, please remember to update your information.  A one year membership is still only $25.00. Game fees are $10 for members and $12 for non-members.



We have many new members and numerous returning members and guests at this time of the year. Let’s all wear our name badges so they can learn our names and we can learn their names.  Now if I can only find mine!



There will be two Club Championship games: Thursday, Jan. 10th and Monday, Jan. 21st.



We have at least two members who have severe breathing problems when they sit in a theater, movie house, church, or at a bridge table near a person wearing scents. Please  avoid using scented products before coming to a game.  Thank you for understanding.



Fay & Elliott Myers are continuing to arrive an hour early on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to make the coffee and set up our hospitality table. We still need volunteers to cover Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are no costs involved in fact you get a free game. The club pays for the supplies that the Myers purchase and the supplies are stored in the club’s refrigerator and in the storage room. Frequently members bring in cookies and other baked goods so there is always something good to put out.



We have lovely new pencils engraved with our club’s name. Now we won’t forget to bring them back.



Gary Thomas will be using Audrey Grant’s Bridge Basics series to introduce beginners to the marvelous world of Bridge. Please help us spread the word. There are fliers available at the club that you can take and give to any neighbor or friend that might be interested.

Bridge Basics 1 will start on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.  Time: 9:30 am to noon

Bridge Basics 3 will start on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.  Time: 9:30 to noon.

Marcia Reff  is giving a Brush-Up course for people who have played the game in past years and who want an update or review of bidding and conventions. There will be plenty of examples and 10 hands to play at each lesson.

Standard Bidding & Conventions will start on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.  Time: 9:30 am.

All lessons are $15 a session.  No partner is needed. People will form partnerships during the lessons.

CHAT GAMES will start Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Time: 9:00 am to noon. The Chat game is limited to people with fewer than 50 masterpoints. Matchpoints will be awarded. Come with a partner or form a partnership at the game.   $10.00



The defensive team has the first salvo of the game, so why give it away to the declarer? An opening lead should be made face down while asking, “Any questions partner?” This way you will never hear that dreaded call, “Director, please,” nor have to listen to the director rattle off the declarer’s 5 options.

  • Declarer can accept the lead and become the dummy.
  • Declarer can accept the lead and see the dummy prior to playing to the first trick.
  • Declarer can refuse the lead and require the proper opening leader to lead that suit. (The incorrect opening lead will be picked up.)
  • Declarer can refuse the lead and require the proper opening leader not to lead that suit for as long as he retains the lead. (The incorrect opening lead will be picked up.)
  • Declarer can refuse the lead and allow the proper opening leader to lead anything he chooses; the original lead becomes a penalty card that stays on the table and must be played at the first legal opportunity.

The last three of these options are also given if, during the play of the game, there is a defensive lead out of turn.  By the way, whenever a player has a major penalty card  on the table and his partner has the lead, the declarer has the same 3 options.