Christmas Mother Game

Christmas Mother Game Sets Records at New Home

The RBA Christmas Mother game set attendance and fund raising highs with its first venture at the ACCA Temple, our new home for sectionals and special games.

With two sections in both the Open and Friendly Bridge games, the event sported 34 tables, up more than 20% from last year’s 28 tables. Along with the RBA’s match and the generous contributions from players, more than $2,800 was donated to the Chesterfield Christmas Mother Fund. In addition, the RBA made a $500 contribution to the ACCA Temple Shriners Children’s Hospital Fund. Players also made donations to the Feed More’s Food Bank.

Mark Rosenbloom and Becky Duty, on the strength of a 68.06% game, took first place overall and garnered 6.42 masterpoints. Second overall were Harry Gellis and Bob Pustilnik, followed by DeWayne Jones and Leland Nettles, and Dickie Hamilton and Bob Quesinberry.

In the Friendly Bridge section Landon Woody and Joan Wingfield finished first overall with a 67.7% game. Lanny Levenson and Mindy Moiselle came in second.

Starting with a well-received lunch organized by Anne Atwood and Winnie Fratkin, and concluding with drawings for free plays donated by the Bridge Center and RBA, the game was a festive way to start the Holiday Season.

Finally, a special thanks to Ed Kinlaw for his usual excellence in directing such a big game. Susan MacLaughlin assisted Ed by providing additional Bridgemates, computer and printer.

The next RBA event will be the Winter Sectional at the ACCA Temple, January 12-14 when we will be in the main ballroom. Get your partners now!

Laws of Duplicate are changing

The changes have been serialized in the Ruling the Game section of the Bridge Bulletin from July through November. Two of the ones that are easy to explain are:

  1. As of Jan 1, 2018 the stop card will no longer be in the bidding box at tournaments. ACBL has suggested we eliminate them at the club level as well. The opponent to the left of the bidder who makes a skip bid is still required to wait before he makes his bid.
  2. If no dealing machine is used, in dealing the cards manually, no two consecutive cards from the deck can be placed in the same hand. So deal them out one at a time in four consecutive piles as though you were dealing at the party bridge table. Since dealing five piles and combining the first and last piles puts the 5th card in the same hand as the 6th card, this also cannot be done.

More information coming soon.

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge
Effective Sept 25, 2017