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Summer is in the rear-view mirror and it's time to brush off that convention card and get back to playing at BAND!  The BAND Team is excited to announce a NEW 49er Pairs on Mondays 12:30-3:30pm starting on September 11th.  Let Sharon know if you would like a partner!

BAND is Social! Be sure to join BAND on our social sites.  Scroll to the bottom of this email and you will find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other sites.  Winners' pictures are posted for you to share with your family and friends!

Come meet new friends, practice with other players working on their game and Jane will be happy to answer your questions along the way at the Wednesday morning Play N Learn.  Shuffle and play starts at 9:30am.  Introduction to Bridge students play for free and otherwise the entry fee is $4 for BPM and $8 for non members. 

Thank you for making BAND your home for bridge!

Donna Compton
BAND Owner, World Champion & Master Teacher
What is a Convention Card?

What is Convention Card? The ACBL requires that each player have a convention card available to their opponents which displays your agreements with your partner.  Sounds daunting but I have created a BAND Newbie Convention Card which is available for your use in the 49er Pairs.  You can use it for all of your games.  Don't play everything on the card? Just mark it off!  Ask Sharon for your copy.

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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 

49er Pairs BAND has three 49er pairs which 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 may still ask questions of our ACBL Certified Instructors but you actually have a chance to win masterpoints (rating points)!

Sundays 1:30-4:30pm
Mondays 12:30-3:30pm (Starting in September) 
Wednesdays 12:30-3:30pm
Fridays 12:30-3:30pm

August Wednesday Bag Lunch Special ~ Come for the Play N Learn at 9:30am with Jane, bring your bag lunch and stay and play in the afternoon 49er Pairs with Sharon for FREE!   
Contact Sharon Lux with questions and/or partners.
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Fundamental Classes ~ Still Time to Join

Fundamental II ~
Modern Bidding with Susan
Friday at 10am Starting August 25th

Fundamental III ~
Play of the Hand with Jane
Tuesday at 6:30pm Starting September 5th

Fundamental V ~
All In One with Susan
Monday at 10am Starting August 21st

Retakes are 1/2 Price!

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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New Intro Class Starting Soon...

Intro to Bridge ~  Tell Your Friends!

Starting Starting October 23 at 10am
Mondays 10am-12pm
Instructor Sharon Lux

Retakes are FREE!
World Champion & Master Teacher
Donna Compton
Tips with Donna

A Great Use of Gerber


You hold:


S. K Q J 10 9 5 4 3 2  

H. K 4

D. 9

C. 7


Partner opens 1NT.  Once you check the back of your cards to make sure you and your partner have the same colored cards, you ask how high and where.  Well, the where looks like spades but could be notrump.  The how high depends on how many aces partner holds.  At first glance, it looks like you want to transfer to spades using Texas Transfers (if your partner plays that convention) or Jacoby transfers.  Once partner completes the transfer, you bid 4NT as Blackwood asking for aces.   


If partner shows you four aces, then you bid 7NT!  If partner shows you three aces, then bid six spades.  If partner shows you two aces or one aces, then sign off in five spades.   


Some of you might have noticed that if partner has only one ace, then that means the opponents have three aces and you are down one at five spades.  A very sad ending with such a beautiful suit.  The Gerber Convention comes to the rescue!


Over partner's 1NT, you jump to 4C (Gerber) asking for aces.  Since the bidding is a level lower, you can sign off in 4S if partner shows one or two aces and bid the small or grand slam if partner shows three or four aces, respectively.  


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