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There is still time to join Donna & Chris in Santa Fe July 11-16, 2017.  This is our seventh year leading bridge players to Santa Fe for five nights and four days of a complete immersion of studying bridge.  We have breakfast Q&A, two-hour morning lessons (fundamental and Intermediate + levels) and afternoon mini duplicates.  There are lots of individuals who attend so partners are always available.  See below for more details.

Mother's Day is around the corner!  The BAND Team is putting together special treats for our mothers on Sunday, May 14th.  Mark your calendars and plan on spending the afternoon at BAND starting at 1:30pm.

BAND Newbie Specialist Sharon Lux works tirelessly on partnerships for our 49er pairs.  Just let her know when you would like to play and she will make all of the arrangements for you.

If you are wanting to take your game to the next level, BAND offers four levels of courses.  I will be happy to help you design your course plan. ... See my tip below! Never been one to learn things in a classroom atmosphere, the BAND Instructors offer private playing lessons for those that learn through doing.  

Thank you for making BAND your home for bridge!

Donna Compton
BAND Owner, World Champion & Master Teacher
Bridge on the Santa Fe Plaza
July 11-16, 2017

For the seventh year, Chris, Donna and Gary are hosting a land cruise on the Santa Fe Plaza.  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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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 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.
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.
Special Games This Week

Sunday, May 7th at 1:30pm 
Bonus Point Open, 299er & 49er Pairs

Wednesday, May 10th at 12:30pm
Bonus Points Open, 299er & 49er Pairs

Thursday,  May 11th at 6:30pm (NEW)
Bonus Point 2500 Pairs

Friday, May 12th at 12:30pm
Bonus Point Open & 299er Pairs

Saturday, May13th at 1:30pm
Bonus Point Open & 299er Pairs

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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

The single biggest obstacle to enjoying this amazing game to its fullest is FRUSTRATION! Particularly in the early years of play.  Don't get me wrong, the frustration sticks with you even at my level but you learn coping mechanisms to enjoy the successes and ignore the failures. 

Mistakes are part of the game.  In fact, Bob Hamman who was the #1 player for over two decades says he makes at least 18 errors a session (26 hands).  Think about that one!  

To reduce the frustration level, try looking at each hand as an adventure rather than a success and/or failure.  The good news is that there is always another bridge hand to play! 

For those of us who are rule bound, the notrump contract creates a high level of anxiety which then leads to ... frustration.  Over the years, I have helped countless bridge players work through these feelings.  You are not alone.  The key is to create a line of attack as declarer and stay focused on the technique rather than the fact that you could lose control and never be on lead again!  If this sounds familiar, I will be happy to help you organize a game plan!

Got questions? Email me at  
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