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.