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Your Weekly News & Updates

BAND's 49er Club Championship is today!  Grab a partner and join the fun!  Trophies, Pictures and Bonus Points for the overall for everyone!  If you would like a partner, contact Sharon Lux ASAP.

The May Sectional is around the corner.  You and your partner may compete at the Richardson Civic Center for silver points May 25-29, 2017.  BAND will be closed during the sectional.  

Thank you for making BAND your home for bridge!

Donna Compton
BAND Owner, World Champion & Master Teacher
Special Games This Week

Sunday, May 21th at 1:30pm 
Bonus Point Open, 299er & 49er Pairs

Monday, May 22nd at 12:30pm
Bonus Points Open, 299er & 49er Pairs

Monday, May 22nd at 6:30pm
Bonus Points Open Pairs

NEW Wednesday PNL at 9:30am

Wednesday, May 24th at 12:30pm
New Rankers' Party

Mentor/Mentee Program

BAND new Mentor/Mentee Program is growing like crazy and we hope that you will join in the fun and become a mentee and perhaps even a mentor to someone who has less experience at the game than you!

Some goals you may have that the BAND Mentor/Mentee Program can help you meet:
1. To feel more comfortable playing up at the next game level
2. To get to know more players
3. To understand the etiquette and proper behavior at the table
4. To understand director's rulings
5. To recognize strengths and identify areas of the game which may need more work.

If you think the BAND Mentor/Mentee Program is for you then 
 and we will find you a mentor to help you with your goals!
0-5 Free-Play Punch Card

A new program for 0-5 players is up and running and it includes a free play for you!

Just ask a BAND director for your very own 0-5 punch card and present it to the director each time you play.  Once you accumulate five punches, your 6th game is free!  Already used up one punch card, just pick up another one...It's that simple.
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Games for New Players

Play & Learn BAND has three Play & Learn games which are great opportunities to introduce the game to new players, practice new techniques from class and meet new friends.  ACBL Certified Instructors are on hand to answer your questions. No partners needed.

Mondays 6:30-9pm
Tuesdays 12:30-3pm
Wednesdays 9:30am-12pm (New)

49er Pairs BAND has two 49er pairs ongoing and we are adding a third game in June on Fridays at 12:30pm.  These games are perfect for those who are wanting to play a few more hands in a more structured atmosphere.  18 hands are played in a three-hour time period. You can still ask questions of our ACBL Certified Instructors but you actually have a chance to win masterpoints (rating points)!

Sundays 1:30-4:30pm
Wednesdays 12:30-3:30pm
Fridays 12:30-3:30pm (Starting June 2nd)
Contact Sharon Lux with questions and/or partners.
Bridge on the Santa Fe Plaza
July 11-16, 2017

No partners necessary!  We have lots of singles who we will mix and match throughout the week.  We have morning lessons designed for different levels of players and afternoon duplicates for all to play.  There is still time to join and we would love for you to come along with us for a fun-filled week of learning, playing and meeting new friends from all around the country!

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New Intro Classes Starting Soon...

Intro to Bridge ~  Tell Your Friends!

Starting June 5th
Mondays 6:30-8:30pm 
Instructor Jane Kirby

Starting June 23rd 
Fridays 10am-12pm
Instructor Susan Bates

Retakes are FREE!

World Champion & Master Teacher
Donna Compton
Tips with Donna

When we first start to play the game, our focus is on counting high-card points and learning the ranges of 13-16, 17-18, 19-21, 0-5, 6-10, 11-12, and 13+.  Then there is the challenge of remembering which ranges belong to the opener and which belong to the responder...not to mention the intervenor and the advancer...

I want to add a new twist to your hand evaluation this week. Shape. There are bad shapes, good shapes and even better shapes. Oftentimes, you do the math and find yourself at 24 or 25 points and wonder if you should bid game.  Or you find yourself at 32 or 33 points and wonder if you should bid slam.  The answer is in the shape!  

First, the bad shapes ~ 4-3-3-3 (Ugly Duckling Shape) and 5-3-3-2 (The Death Shape). These are so bad they are considered a downgrade.  When you find yourself in an invitations situation, subtract a point from your hand.  If you would still accept partner's invitation, then bid game or slam depending on your total points.  
  • Example #1: When you open 1NT and partner bids 2NT (inviting to 3NT).  With 17 points, bid game.  With 15 points, pass 2NT.  With 16 points ~ look at your shape!  Pass with one of these shapes and if you are 4-4-3-2, then bid game!  
  • Example #2: When partner opens 1NT and you hold 8 points with a 4-3-3-3 shape, then pass...don't bid 2NT to invite partner to 3NT.
Next, the good shapes ~ 4-3-3-2 (Thumbs Up Shape).  This shape holds it's own in invitations situations.   

Finally, the best shapes ~ Unbalanced hands.  Now you are already counting extra points for each additional card after the first four cards.  So you are naturally evaluating for shape.  When deciding whether or not it is a good unbalanced hand or bad unbalanced hand, look to your shortness.  Singleton and Voids are upgrades...Doubletons are downgrades.  Of course, the exception to this statement is when you are going to be dummy in a major suit fit.  Then shortness has its own evaluation.  
  • Example #1: 7-2-2-2 is not as good as 7-3-2-1 or 7-3-3-0
  • Example #2: 5-4-2-2 is not as good as 5-4-3-1 or 5-4-4-0
Let this soak in...give it a try and let me hear your questions!

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