Virtual Games in 109

Unit 109 sponsors games for online play to help us survive this time of social distancing. These games can be found on Join us when you can!

Results of all Bridge Center Games: Live for Clubs  Common Game
Results of all Friendly Bridge Games: Live for Clubs  Common Game
Results of all Tricities Games: Live for Clubs   Common Game

Day Time Type Club Sponsor Contact
Monday 2:15 pm <3500 The Bridge Center Mimi Pustilnik
Tuesday 12:15 pm <3000 Tricities Susan MacLaughlin
Tuesday 7:00 pm <500 Friendly Bridge Harry Alferink
Wednesday 10:15 am <1500 The Bridge Center Harry Alferink
Wednesday 6:35 pm <300 Bridge Center/Friendly Bridge Bob MacCleave
Thursday 1:15 pm <1500 The Bridge Center Mimi Pustilnik
Thursday* 6:35 pm Mentor/Mentee Friendly Bridge Chris D’Ambra
Friday 1:15 pm <500 The Bridge Center Linda MacCleave
Sunday 1:15 pm <500 Friendly Bridge Linda MacCleave
Sunday 6:35 pm <200 Friendly Bridge Harry Alferink

*Thursday evening Mentor/Mentee game is invitational. Only Mentors and Mentees may participate.

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The Language of Bridge Online

Mark Rosenbloom 1952-2020

A close friend of Mark’s once wrote to him that “he lived life with a warm, caring heart, an open mind, and a sincere interest in the happiness and well being of others.” This sums up well this wonderful man who will no longer be in our lives.

Mark died on November 18, after having suffered a massive stroke on October 17. For weeks we hoped and prayed for his recovery, but this was not to be.

Mark’s mother was a bridge player. He was curious about the game and started accompanying her to the Bridge Center in Richmond as a teenager. He wanted to watch. He watched the greatest players in Richmond at the time play and soaked up the strategy and logic of the game instinctively. He ultimately became one of the finest players in Richmond or anywhere.

He and Steve Shapiro played together when they were young novices. There is still a trophy awarded yearly called the Rosenbloom-Shapiro trophy for players with 0-20 masterpoints.

He was also a good teacher, sometimes showing impatience with partners who could not grasp a concept that seemed so easy to him. Unlike some other players who helped newer players learn, he would not take money from anyone; he would not even let his partner pay for his entry.

Outside of the bridge world, there is nothing that he would not do for anyone. If he knew someone needed help, he was there.

Mark’s friend Martha shared a story that illustrates who he was as a bridge player and a person.

“We were playing in a local tournament and this guy comes to the table that we didn’t know. He hands us this piece of paper with all this weird bidding stuff on it and includes suggested defenses. Mark glances at it and puts it to the side. The bidding starts and they alert every single bid. Mark passes in tempo but I ask for explanations. The guy says to me, ‘Sorry, I assumed you could read.’ Mark’s eyebrows went up. Then he starts bidding and doubling and interfering. They finally end up in a contract of 4 clubs, doubled. Mark leads and the dummy comes down. He studies the dummy, and I can see his mind whirring. I swear I also saw a smile tug at his lips. As I struggled just to follow suit, Mark had a plan.

“He underled aces, held up taking tricks, and even threw his king under the guy’s ace. When the dust settled, the guy was down 3. Afterward, I asked Mark about the king under the ace thing. He explained to me, it was the only way to endplay him. ‘But,’ I asked, ‘doesn’t he always go down three?’ Mark said, ‘Yes, but this was better because there is nothing more annoying than being endplayed.’

Then, with that twinkle in his eye he said ‘Did you really think I would let him get away with saying that to you?’

Mark was a shining star in the Richmond bridge community. He was loved by many, and he will be missed by so many people.

Stardust Week Nov 23-29

Stardust Week Returns to Virtual Clubs

Join us for another Stardust Week and win gold points online!

Stardust Week will take over the Virtual Clubs on Bridge Base Online (BBO) during the week of November 23-29, Monday-Sunday. No registration is required. Simply play in your usual Virtual Club game on BBO.

What’s special about Stardust Week? You’ll earn double regular masterpoints® in the Virtual Clubs, and points will be 1/4 gold, 3/4 black!

If you’re not familiar with a Virtual Club yet, it’s an online space on BBO just for your regular club – usual games with your friends to support your local club.

Here’s how Stardust Week works:

  •  Any Virtual Club game that starts between 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 23, and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, will automatically be included in the event.
  • All games will pay DOUBLE regular club masterpoints, and the points awarded will be 1/4 gold, 3/4 black!
  • You do not need to do anything special to participate these games; Virtual Club play is automatically included.
  • There will be no overalls or combining of scores. It’s your regular club game with new, temporary conditions.

New Game on Thursday Nights

A new game will be introduced on Thursday, September 3. This is an invitational game for Mentors and Mentees. We have 30+ pairs registered to play in this game. The mentees will invite and pay for the mentors and will be reimbursed by the RBA for 2 Thursdays a month. The game is called Richmond Friendly Bridge M&M Invitational.

Mentors will arrange a time to talk with mentees after the game to discuss bidding and play of hands. Mentors and mentees may play every Thursday if their mentors are available. This arrangement will last for 4 months, and we hope to do this again beginning in January.

New Game on Wednesday Night

The Wednesday evening game will be 0-300 starting Wednesday, August 1. The game is co-sponsored by the Bridge Center and Friendly Bridge. Come join us  for this game any Wednesday evening to support both Richmond clubs. The game will be called Richmond 0-300, so it should be easy to find. You can register up to 2 hours before game time, which is 6:35. It is directed by Bob and Linda MacCleave.