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These are exciting times at BAND...This week starts our NEW 49er Pairs on Friday at 12:30pm.  Entry fee is 1/2 price for BPM in June for the Friday 49er Pairs.  Want a partner?  Contact Sharon Lux and let her know you would like to play!

Our Wednesday morning Play N Learn is growing every week!  No partner necessary.  ACBL Certified Instructor Jane Kirby is available to answer questions as you play hands all morning!  9:30am-12pm.

In the class arena, we have three new Fundamental courses starting the week of June 5th ~ Modern Bidding, Defense and our popular All In One.  Details below.

As a reminder: June begins our new Bonus Point Entry Fees. 1) Bonus Points $1 extra and 2) STaC Points $2 extra.

Thank you for making BAND your home for bridge!

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

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

Wednesday, May 31st at 6:30pm
Bonus Point Open & 299er Pairs

Thursday, June 1st at 12:30pm
Bonus Pts+ 1/2 Red & 1/2 Black Open Pairs

Thursday, June 1st at 6:30pm
Bonus Points 2500er Pairs

Friday, June 2nd at 12:30pm
Bonus Points Open, 299er &  49er Pairs
June Special for 49ers ~ $4 for BPM
Bonus Pt Games Extra $1

Saturday, June 3rd at 1:30pm
Bonus Points Open & 299er Pairs

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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 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.
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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!

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

Mea culpa...Last week I discussed shape bidding...Some of you may have noticed the Thumbs Up shape only had 12 cards!  LOL.  The actually shape should be 4-4-3-2 (not 4-3-3-2)!  

Let's talk about the Rule of 14, 17 and 19 on Defense.  These rules are invaluable on defense and should be applied on every hand.  This is how these rules work:

Given: There are 40 total HCPs in the deck (10 HCPs in each suit: A=4, K=3, Q=2, J=1)

Given: When opponents are in game, we presume 26 HCPs.
Given: When opponents attempt to bid game but don't, we presume 23 HCPs.
Given: When opponents make no attempt to move toward game, we result 21 HCPs.

1) If your opponents are in 3NT, 4H or 4S, then subtract your HCPs from 14 (the remaining HCPs) and you know the approximate number of HCPs in your partner's hand.  

2) If your opponents are in 2NT, 3C, 3D, 3H or 3S, then subtract your HCPs from 17 (the remaining HCPs) and you know the approximate number of HCPs in your partner's hand.

3) If your opponents are in 1NT, 2C, 2D, 2H, or 2S, then subtract your HCPs from 19 (the remaining HCPs) and you know the approximate number of HCPs in your partner's hand.

These numbers are your "starting point".  Both defenders may do this exercise once the contact is determined.  Make it a part of your routine thought process...we will talk more about this exercise in future tips.

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