NEW LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Grantville PA
In addition to our typical Regional events, two unique evening programs are available with a start time of 7pm & goal of ending by 9:30 nightly. The reduced evening entry fee of $10 per person, per session will still pay FULL Regional GOLD points for all Strata!!
Stratified Open Swiss teams
: Tuesday/Wednesday (0-750, 750-2000, Open)
Three 6-board matches both nights (must play both evenings)
: Thursday/Friday (0-750, 750-2000, Open)
18 boards each night (must play both evenings)
This Sectional will again be held at the Leola Fire Company / War Memorial building, 54 W. Main Street, Leola PA. Refer to the
for additional details and stratification information.
NOTE!!!! - event has been CANCELLED
(was to occur 6/9-11)
UNIT 168 NEW MASTERPOINT RANK ACHIEVEMENTS:
Janet Crovatto, Patricia Kaufold
Terry Hammel, Jane Marfizo, Jeanne Stoner
Bronze Life Master:
Silver Life Master:
Sheryl McEwan, Susan Sobestanovich
UNIT 168 CLUB NEWS & MORE:
HBC will be closed during the week of May 1-7. During that time, parking lot repaving and carpet cleaning will occur, making our club even better! We hope to see you at the Harrisburg Regional.
5/21: Birthday Game: lunch @12:30, game time @1pm
Come celebrate our Taurus and Gemini players and earn some masterpoints too!
5/24: Swiss Team Game: dinner @5:45, game time @6:30pm
Circle these upcoming dates for HBC special games in June:
6/3: Brunch & Bridge - Worldwide Pairs
6/9: Friday Night Special - Dinner & Game
6/13: Memorial Game - in memory of Judy Groenenboom
During our Club Championships week (4/17-21), Lancaster clubs served super lunches, collected donations and held 50/50 raffles to benefit the Schreiber Pediatric Group. Many thanks to our members who helped raise over $400!!!
6/12-16: Mark your calendars and plan to play in North American Pairs (NAP) qualifier games at the Lancaster Bridge Clubs.
From The Trenches Of Gatlinburg
- by Dave Bort
My team just returned from the Gatlinburg Regional, after a whirlwind experience, playing Monday through Saturday. For the first four days, we played morning, afternoon, in the 12-board Dinner Bell KOs and in the evening. My motto? Too Much Is Not Enough!
Entirely as planned (uh-huh!), winning the earlier Dinner Bell KO rounds earned us the right to continue through Thursday, which also gave us the much-needed relief of full-length, leisurely dinners on Friday and Saturday (instead of having to play the Dinner Bell from Wednesday through Saturday, as I've done in the past, after losing the first couple of starting attempts on Monday and Tuesday). Hardly knowing what to do with all that extra late afternoon/early evening time between, we went to nicer restaurants, and... discussed Bridge! (OK, and other stuff). But, I digress.
My team had mixed results, including a few near misses in Compact KOs. In one, we tied in the first round, which was resolved by the Director looking at the scores that had already been decided as if they were BAM scores, i.e., Board-A-Match, where each board is simply scored as either a win (for 1 point), a loss (for 0 points), or a tie (for 1/2 point). This compresses the larger scores to a pass-fail style, win-or-loss result, which unfortunately resulted in our team losing that tie-breaker. Hey, it builds character, right? Right?! Bueller?
Then, in another Compact KO, the following auction loomed large, starting on my left (with opponents' bids shown in parentheses):
(1C); 1D; (2S); X; (P); P!; (P)
Evidently, partner did not fully appreciate the gravity of leaving in a two-level double in team scoring (IMPs). So, 2SX by the opponents, making 2, and giving up 11 IMPs, did NOT help us. This type of result is known by the term "round-killer".
Two boards later, though, I saw a chance to get it back. With partner the first bidder, and us white against red, playing another of my favorite (wacky) conventions, and with me holding:
J985 void AK65 986532
, the bidding proceeds:
P; (1N); 2H*; (4H); P; (P!); P
(I could not pass quickly enough!)
*alerted by partner, and explained as showing either Spades and Clubs, or just Clubs
Evidently, my RHO (Right-Hand Opponent) did not fully realize that although my hand could have Spades, it only definitely had Clubs, so failed to recognize their partner's 4H bid as... a transfer! Their resulting 4H contact was down five (for 9 IMPs, Yes!). This type of play by the opponents is described by the term "Oops!" Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough to recover from the first board, and by a 1 IMP margin, we lost that Compact KO round. No problem, I'm sure that's the last time that will ever happen!
On the positive side, we won a full-length KO, a Compact KO, and placed 3rd in another Compact KO. There's nothing like playing some 528 boards to settle down your game. I highly recommend it! Carry on.
Oh, and congratulations to our teammate, Carrie Singer, a new Life Master. Well done!