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BAND's June calendar has lots of colors including green, red & silver.  When you see your game in one of these colors, it mean extra masterpoints are available.  This week's bonus game is Sunday, June 4th at 1:30pm.  Plan ahead to play in the extra point games.   Click here to view the BAND June Game Calendar.

Our three 49er Pairs ~ Sun, Wed & Fri Afternoons have a special relaxed ruling book which the directors apply to common irregularities like a lead out of turn, insufficient bid, or bid out of turn.  No stress, all fun is our 49er motto.   Sharon Lux is at your service to make sure you have a partner for our 49er pairs.  She would love to hear from you if you would like to play!

Whether you are wanting to play in a social setting or have a little more structure to your game, BAND's Play N Learn and 49er Pairs are the games for you.   Join the fun, learn more about the game and meet new friends at every game!

Thank you for making BAND your home for bridge!

Donna Compton
BAND Owner, World Champion & Master Teacher
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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!
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New Fundamental Classes Starting Soon...

Fundamental V ~
All In One with Sharon
Monday 10am starting June 5th

Fundamental II ~
Modern Bidding with Sharon
Tuesday 10am Starting June 6th

Fundamental IV ~
Defense with Sharon
Wednesday 6:30pm Starting June 7th

Retakes are FREE!

Special Limited Point Games This Week

Sunday, June 4th at 1:30pm
Bonus Points 299er & 49er Pairs

Tuesday, June 6th at 12:30pm
Bonus Points 299er Pairs

New Wednesday PNL at 9:30am
No partner necessary...

Thursday, June 8th at 6:30pm
Bonus points 2500er Pairs

Saturday, June 10th at 9:30am
Bonus Points 2500er Pairs

Friday June Special for 49ers ~ $4 for BPM
Bonus Pt Games Extra $1

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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
Wednesdays 12:30-3:30pm
Fridays 12:30-3:30pm 
Contact Sharon Lux with questions and/or partners.
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.
Bridge on the Santa Fe Plaza
July 11-16, 2017
Still Time To Join the Fun!

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!

World Champion & Master Teacher
Donna Compton
Tips with Donna

Stayman & Ugly Duckling Shape...

We have previously discussed that the Ugly Duckling shape (4-3-3-3) takes less tricks because there is only one 4-card suit in which to take a trick through long-suit development. For this reason, we downgrade the ugly duckling shape when determining whether to accept or decline a borderline invitational bid.  

For example, you open 1NT holding a 16 HCPs Ugly Duckling hand and partner bids 2NT showing 8-9 points and inviting you to bid 3NT.  Well, you generally accept with 17 HCPs and decline with 15 HCPs.  However, take a look at the shape when holding 16 HCPs. Since the Ugly Duckling shape lacks extra tricks through long-suit development, you would decline the invitation.  With the thumbs-up (4-4-3-2) shape, you would accept the invitational 2NT bid and bid game.

The Ugly Duckling shape also affects the Stayman Convention.  Partner opens 1NT showing 15-17 total points and a balanced hand (at least two cards in every suit) and you hold the Ugly Duckling shape including a 4-card major with 8+ points.  With 8 points ~ downgrade and pass!  With 9 or 10 HCPs ~ bid 2NT and with 11-15 HCPs ~ bid 3NT. In other words, do not use the Stayman convention when holding an Ugly Duckling shape!

Ugly Duckling Shape = No Stayman!

Let's take a look at the logic to help us remember this equation.  Stayman was created to help the partnership find the 4-4 major fit and avoid a bad 3NT contract.  The idea is that when playing in a 4-4 trump fit, the hands will create extra tricks through trumping.  

In our discussion, partner opens 1NT and therefore holds three potential shapes ~ 
5-3-3-2, 4-4-3-2 and 4-3-3-3. Partner holds only one doubleton and possibly no doubleton.  As responder, you are holding the Ugly Duckling shape ~ 4-3-3-3.  Are you seeing the issue?  At most, you and your partner hold one doubleton between the two hands.  The trumping values are greatly diminished; and therefore, the benefits of the Stayman Convention no longer exists.   To restate the bottom line: when holding a 4-card major and the Ugly Duckling shape, do not use the Stayman Convention!

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