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 9:00 am <500 Learning Friendly Bridge Linda MacCleave
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 The Bridge Center 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.

How to fill out a BBO Convention Card
2020 Online Event Schedule
The Language of Bridge Online

Opportunities to Learn About Bridge Virtually

Unit 109 is proud of the steps we have taken to help our bridge players to continue to grow in their knowledge of bridge.

Mondays at 4:45–Linda MacCleave and Bob Pustilnik present on Zoom an overview of the hands that players played on Sunday afternoon at 1:15. Players are sent a copy of the pdf of the hands prior to the class and are encouraged to choose the numbers of the hands they want to talk about. (Cost: free)

Tuesdays at 9:00 am–Chris D’Ambra and Linda MacCleave work together to run a virtual game on BBO that is designed for learning. Participants check in at 8:30 on Zoom and then register on BBO for the game. They play 10 hands and take notes on questions or problems the hands presented for them. The players then return to Zoom. The hands that the players choose to analyze are then presented again to demonstrate suggested bidding and play. Players are encouraged to make comments and ask questions about the hands. (Cost: Game $5, Lesson free)

Thursdays at 6:35 pm: M&M Game (Mentor-Mentee). Beginners are paired with Life Masters for a game and are encouraged to schedule the game two times per month. Mentors take notes on specific areas that the mentees need to have reinforced and schedule a meeting some time after the game to talk to the mentees about specific problems. Mentees pay for their Mentors’ game fee two times a month. Mentees have the fees that they paid for the Mentors reimbursed at the end of the month by the Unit. This game is invitational, so only those who have signed up can play. This game is managed by Chris D’Ambra and is directed by Anne Atwood or Linda MacCleave. We currently have a waiting list of mentees wanting mentors. Let us know if you are available to mentor. (Cost: Game $5 per person)

Saturdays at 1:15: Linda MacCleave presents lessons on topics chosen by the class members each week. The topics are presented clearly using Powerpoint slides. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the presentation and will receive the complete presentation after the lesson on request. (Cost: free)

Sundays at 8:50 pm: Ed Kinlaw presents on Zoom an overview of the hands that players played on Sunday evening. Players are send a copy of the pdf of the hands prior to the class. (Cost: free)

Any time: Past videos of Ed Kinlaw’s Green Book Lessons can be found in a link on this website under Lessons: Ed Talks.

Any time: View the articles written by Bob Pustilnik, as entertaining as they are informative. You can find them all on this site–Bob’s Articles.

For more information about these learning opportunities, contact Linda MacCleave.

New Game for Learning

Friendly Bridge is launching a new game just for learning how to play. We are still experimenting with how best to do this, but we will have our 3rd attempt on Tuesday, December 22 at 9:00 am (note the new time moved up from 9:30).

We will be using a combination of BBO and Zoom to talk about hands played almost immediately. You will have an opportunity to see the hand bid and played by the instructor followed by comments and questions by you. You must have less than 500 masterpoints to play in this game.

Next week’s game will have you playing 4 boards in 32 minutes. Then you will have a 30-minute Zoom session to watch the hands being bid and played, followed by questions and answers. You will then go back to BBO to play 6 more hands, a total of 10 hands for the game. You have the option to come back to Zoom when you are finished to discuss anything you would like regarding the 10 hands you played. The game and learning session should last no longer than 2.5 hours. You will receive hand records and analyses of 4 hands via email after the game.

We currently have 62 on the list who want to participate sometimes. Contact Linda MacCleave to be on the list to get the Zoom invitation.

Instructor: Linda MacCleave
Director: Chris D’Ambra

Holiday Game Cancellations

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season from all the Richmond area clubs: The Bridge Center, Friendly Bridge, and Colonial Heights.

We will not have games on the following dates: Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, Thursday, December 31. However, we do hope to welcome the new year in with a game on Friday, January 1 for the 0-500 group at 1:15, sponsored by the Bridge Center.

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.