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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!

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 Piars.  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.

July 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!  Want a partner? Email Sharon today!

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
Special Limited Point Games This Week

Monday, June 26th at 12:30pm 
Bonus Points 299er Pairs
Wednesday, June 28th at 12:30pm
Bonus Points 299er & 49er Pairs

Thursday, June 29th at 6:30pm
1/2 Red and 1/2 Black Bonus Points 2500er Pairs

Saturday, July 1st at 9:30am  1/2 Red and 1/2 Black Bonus Points 2500er Pairs  
Welcome John Pelletti as our New Saturday AM Director! 
Friday June Special for 49ers ~ $4 for BPM $8 for Non Members

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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.
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Fundamental Classes ~ Still Time to Join

Fundamental II ~
Modern Bidding with Jane
Tuesday at 6:30pm

Fundamental IV ~
Defense with Susan
Monday at 10am

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!

Started June 23rd ~ Still Time to join!
Fridays 10am-12pm
Instructor Susan Bates

Retakes are FREE!
Bridge on the Santa Fe Plaza
July 11-16, 2017
60 participants and counting...
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

Intervenor's Gadget ~ Takeout Doubles


One of the biggest challenges to newbie players is getting into the auction once the opponent has opened the bidding.  There are two gadgets the Intervenor (opponent of the opening bidder) can use to get their side into the auction: Overcall and Takeout Double.   


To make a takeout double of the opening bid, the intervenor wants the following type of hand:

  • Less than three cards in the opening bid suit
  • 13+ total points (including dummy/short* points)
  • Four cards in the unbid majors and at least three cards in each unbid minor.

If one of these points are missing, the Intervenor has to choose a different option.


*  Void = 5 points, singleton = 3 points, doubleton = 1 point. 


As the Advancer (partner of the takeout double), bid four+ card majors up the line, otherwise respond in a minor suit or notrump.  The Advancer's ranges are divided into two ranges depending on whether the response is in a suit or in notrump:

  • Suit Ranges
    • 0-8 total points
    • 9-11 total points
    • 12+ total points
  • Notrump Ranges
    • 8-10 total points
    • 11-12 total points
    • 13+ total points.

A theoretical explanation for the difference in ranges may help the memory ~ The Intervenor counted dummy (short) points to make the takeout double.  When the advancer responders in notrump, the Intervenor must subtract out any dummy (short) points because they are useless in a notrump contract. For this reason, the Advancer's ranges must be increased to make up for the decrease in the Intervenor's hand evaluation.   


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