Tucson Hosts the Arizona Senior Regional
February 26-March 4, 2018

By Cindy Shoemaker
President, Unit 356

Tucson will host the Arizona Senior Regional, formerly the Mesa Roadrunner Senior Regional, February 26-March 4, 2018. It will be held at the Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road, Tucson, Arizona. Read More.....


John’s Journal

By John Grossmann
District 17 President

The Agenda for 2018

Transitioning out of the Western Conference will be the major D17 focus in 2018. The WC has been spending almost a quarter of a million dollars each year to design, print, and mail the Contract Bridge Forum, the monthly tabloid newspaper sent to players. While those economics are not sustainable, the Western Conference has been around for decades and we do not take the decision to leave lightly. Read More.....


Reminder: Authors, Editors
& Photographers Wanted

By John Grossmann
D17 President

Effective April 2018, the Contract Bridge Forum will become a digital publication. This change is driven by the high cost of printing and publishing. District 17 voted last summer to leave the Western Conference. While there are ongoing discussions with the Western Conference about various scenarios, we are proceeding with our plans. We are looking for a publication editor, authors, photographers. Read More....


Master Solvers Panel

By John Swanson
Lancaster, California

The problems this month are from the Baze Senior Knockout Teams held at the recent Fall Nationals in San Diego. Levine (Wold, Passell, Jacobus, Clerkins – brothers Jerry and Dennis) faced Nickell (Katz, Levin, Rosenberg, Rodwell, Meckstroth) for the title.
They encountered a number of unusual and difficult bidding situations. Our panel (Wafik Abdou, David Berkowitz, Ed Davis, Andrew Gumperz, John Jones, Eric Kokish aka EOK, Roger Lee, Mike Lawrence, Jo Anna Stansby) will provide insight about possible bids.
How would you have fared? Read More.....


The End of a Print Newspaper: Opinion

By Ken Monzingo
Forum Managing Editor

As the life of one of the oldest monthly newspapers in the country (yes, the entire country) comes to an end next month, I look sadly at the loss of this 80-year-old vehicle – Contract Bridge Forum – that has served bridge players in the west since before the birth of ACBL. (Legend and lore have it that under different names the alliances of western bridge organizations predated the founding of ACBL – formed in 1937.) The first publications of the founding fathers of Western bridge went through growing pains and identity names before finally settling on Western Conference and Contract Bridge Forum. Read More....


Monterey Clambake Regional
Monterey, California • January 1-7, 2018

Results

  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET I Huub Bertens - Barbara Sonsini - Daniel Korbel Beth Palmer - Curtis Cheek - Lynn Deas KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET I Huub Bertens - Barbara Sonsini - Daniel Korbel Beth Palmer - Curtis Cheek - Lynn Deas
  • OPEN PAIRS Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble OPEN PAIRS Carol Maggipinto - Ken Gamble
  • OPEN PAIRS Mark Itabashi - Peter Gelfand OPEN PAIRS Mark Itabashi - Peter Gelfand
  • FAST PAIRS Eli Zinner - Bill Rinbom FAST PAIRS Eli Zinner - Bill Rinbom
  • OPEN PAIRS July Ratley - Mark Itabashi OPEN PAIRS July Ratley - Mark Itabashi
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS II Mary Ose - Teri Smoot - Paul Pugsley - Brenda Pugsley KNOCKOUT TEAMS II Mary Ose - Teri Smoot - Paul Pugsley - Brenda Pugsley
  • OPEN PAIRS Bob Glasson - Joann Glasson OPEN PAIRS Bob Glasson - Joann Glasson
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET III Patricia Gallo - Gary Smith - Judith Smith - Dee Heller KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET III Patricia Gallo - Gary Smith - Judith Smith - Dee Heller
  • MIDFLIGHT PAIRS Michael Stambaugh - Charles Conrad MIDFLIGHT PAIRS Michael Stambaugh - Charles Conrad
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET II Jana Cushman - Carol-Ann Ackerman - Phil Abrahamson - Dana Shelly KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET II Jana Cushman - Carol-Ann Ackerman - Phil Abrahamson - Dana Shelly
  • GOLD RUSH PAIRS Jerry Gordon - Alan Bostrom GOLD RUSH PAIRS Jerry Gordon - Alan Bostrom
  • OPEN PAIRS Ishmael DelMonte - Eric Leong OPEN PAIRS Ishmael DelMonte - Eric Leong
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET II  Mary Ose - Teri Smoot - Alfred Lee - Jerry Nakamura KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET II Mary Ose - Teri Smoot - Alfred Lee - Jerry Nakamura
  • GOLD RUSH PAIRS B John Mount - Georgia Lambert GOLD RUSH PAIRS B John Mount - Georgia Lambert
  • NEWLIFE MASTER Joseph Held, Oakland, Calif. NEWLIFE MASTER Joseph Held, Oakland, Calif.
  • NEW LIFE MASTER Mindy Kane,Livermore, Calif NEW LIFE MASTER Mindy Kane,Livermore, Calif
  • OPEN PAIRS B David Strauss - Paul Kushner OPEN PAIRS B David Strauss - Paul Kushner
  • NEW LIFE MASTER Sarla Purohit,Oakland, Calif. NEW LIFE MASTER Sarla Purohit,Oakland, Calif.
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET III Russ Kirschenbaum - Sarah Simmerman - Steve Drucker - Don Bierman KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET III Russ Kirschenbaum - Sarah Simmerman - Steve Drucker - Don Bierman
  • OPEN PAIRS William Bailey - Sylvia Shi OPEN PAIRS William Bailey - Sylvia Shi
     

Sleeping on the Couch

The Continuing Misadventures of Dave Playing Bridge with His Wife, Anne


By Dave Caprera
Denver, Colorado

Our Bidding
Affected My Play

Playing in the finals of a regional Knockout you pick up:
♠xxxxx ♥xx ♦Qx ♣QJ10x
Your RHO is dealer and the opponents bid as follows:
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The I/N Crowd

By Rod Bias,
Phoenix, Arizona

FUN and a Black Beauty
- LTC, SOT, and QT in Action

On the way to turn in my winning ticket at a recent Tucson tournament (January 5), I overheard the other team discussing what had seemed to me to be a fairly “routine” deal that we had just played. I didn’t want to eavesdrop, so I kept walking. However I saw that they had the cards out and seemed to be questioning how “those guys” (my partner and I) could bid 4♠ on 21 HCP ... and make it? Read More....


Improve Your Play

By Larry Matheny
Fort Collins, Colorado

 

Blackwood

The bridge Blackwood convention was dev-eloped in 1933. It’s a surprise to many players to learn it was created to keep you out of bad slams rather than help you bid good ones. When used properly it’s a valuable tool. Read More...


Consult the Coopers

Opener’s Three Card Major Suit Raises

By Kitty & Steve Cooper

Ed Yosses, Aurora, Colo., asks: “What is your recommended rebid with ♠K93 75 AK73 A1082 after you open 1 and partner responds 1♠?”

Coopers: Frankly, experts disagree about this. One crowd says rebid 1NT to show the balanced nature of the hand. The rest of us would raise to 2♠, even though you have only three trumps, because you have a weak doubleton and a spade honor. Read More....


RKC 12: Kickback & Minorwood

By Kitty & Steve Cooper

We present here the twelfth in an occasional series on Roman Keycard Blackwood (RKC).
Last time we discussed Redwood, a way of asking for keycards when our suit is a minor without bidding 4NT and risking getting too high. This time we address two similar conventions: Kickback and Minorwood. Read More....



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