Richmond Bridge Association

Welcome to the Official Site for the Richmond Bridge Association, Unit 109, part of District 6 of the American Contract Bridge League! Here you will find information on duplicate bridge in central Virginia.

Where is Unit 109?

September 2016 Rank Changes

Congratulations to all Unit 109 players who have received a new rank as of September 2016, especially those who achieved Life Master or above:

Silver Life Master: Sue Sims, Richmond
Silver Life Master: Richard Wallace, Fredericksburg
Bronze Life Master: Mitch Riley, Rockville
Life Master: Carl Ingebretsen, Fredericksburg

For a complete listing of all September rank changes, go to

NAOP Qualifying

The RBA will host the Flight B&C North American Open Pairs (NAOP) finals, Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25 at the Clarion Hotel. Flight B (0-2500) will have a two-session qualifier on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with approximately half the field qualifying for Sunday’s two-session final. Flight C (0-500 NLM) will have a two-session final on Sunday only.But first, you have to qualify. The Bridge Center ran qualifying games in June, July, and August, and Friendly Bridge ran two games in July and one in August. Entry deadline is September 15, and the cost is $50.00 a pair for both sessions. Winners qualify for the Nationals and can earn up to $700 each for expense money. AND, you can win Gold or Red points.

NLM Sectional Sept 24 (only)

We will be hosting a NLM (0-500) will by held September 24 at the Clarion. There will be two pair games (10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.).  A great chance to win Silver points. On Sunday there will NOT be a Swiss Team game. The NAOP Qualifying round will be held the same weekend.

Contact Barry for copy of new flyer.

Betty’s Game

The game that used to be the Ginter Park Friday game will be dedicated to Betty Loving who started that game many years ago. Betty was a most generous person who supported all types of charities. She also helped the Richmond Bridge Association when it had financial difficulties. The Friday game, which is played at the Bridge Center on the second and fourth Fridays, will now be known as Betty’s Game. On Friday August 26 (am) we will dedicate the game and hold the first Club Tournament.

New Friendly Bridge Class Begins Sunday, September 18

Friendly BridgeThe new Friendly Bridge class for newcomers begins again on Sunday, September 18, 2016. No registration required. Just show up at the Bridge Center (1911 Bishop Road, behind Krispy Kreme just west of Staples Mill and Broad) on Sunday between 5:30 and 5:45. The lessons are from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. You will receive a FREE BOOK, and the first 4 lessons are FREE! At week 5, you will pay $4.00 per week. Please come and try bridge out. You will learn a new skill while meeting some very nice folks. It might be the best decision you ever made!


Opening 1NT with a singleton: It’s officially legal

The ACBL Board of Directors removed a legal gray area surrounding semi-balanced notrump openers when it approved a change to the definition of a notrump opening in the General Convention Chart. The change allows players to open 1NT with hands that include a singleton ace, king or queen, as long as they do not also contain a doubleton.”

Here is the new definition, effective Aug. 1:
“A notrump opening or overcall is natural if, by agreement, it contains no void, at most one singleton which must be the A, K or Q and no more than two doubletons. If the hand contains a singleton, it may have no doubleton.”

See entire explanation