Albuquerque Regional
Albuquerque, New Mexico January 15-21

By Steve Lockwood, Tournament Chair

Come join us for a week of bridge, January 15-21, in Albuquerque. We have an exciting schedule of events, both pairs and teams. The Knockout Teams start every weekday except Thursday. On Thursday we have added Open Bracketed Teams, with gold points being awarded to all brackets. Read More....


Bon’s Mots

By Bonnie Bagley, National Board Representative

Farewell 2017 and welcome 2018. A somewhat sad farewell for me, as the 2017 Fall San Diego NABC, for which I was the co-chair just ended. Ken Monzingo was the chairman and together we co-chaired four Nationals: 2008 Summer Las Vegas - 19,720 tables, 2009 San Diego - 12, 927 tables, 2014 Summer Las Vegas - 16,617 tables, and 2017 Fall San Diego - 11,797 ½ tables ... a lot of tables and many happy players. Ken knows how to put on a show and make the players happy, and I generally did the grunt work. Ken patiently taught me how to run a tournament and I am very grateful. The 2017 San Diego NABC was our swan song ... the 2019 Las Vegas Summer NABC will be co-chaired by Liz Hamilton and Tom Shulman, who will do a terrific job; they are already working away. Read More....


Palm Springs Regional
Rancho Mirage CA
December 11-17, 2017
Results

  • CHARITY SWISS TEAMS BRACKET III Mark Tang - Ron Lien - William Ng - Subba Ravipudi CHARITY SWISS TEAMS BRACKET III Mark Tang - Ron Lien - William Ng - Subba Ravipudi
  • CHARITY SWISS TEAMS BRACKET V Barbara Maniscalco - James Maniscalco - Barbara Hopewell - Ilene Grabel CHARITY SWISS TEAMS BRACKET V Barbara Maniscalco - James Maniscalco - Barbara Hopewell - Ilene Grabel
  • CHARITY SWISS TEAMS BRACKET VII Fred Smith - Linda Smith - Judy Alvord - Betty Hinchman CHARITY SWISS TEAMS BRACKET VII Fred Smith - Linda Smith - Judy Alvord - Betty Hinchman
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET I David Grainger - Billy Miller - Mitch Dunitz - Adam Grossack KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET I David Grainger - Billy Miller - Mitch Dunitz - Adam Grossack
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET II Marie Garin - Robert Garin KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET II Marie Garin - Robert Garin
  • SIDE GAME Sherman Gao - Junko Hemus SIDE GAME Sherman Gao - Junko Hemus
  • GOLD RUSH PAIRS Linda Smith - Connie Provost GOLD RUSH PAIRS Linda Smith - Connie Provost
  • NEW LIFE MASTER Bonnie Butler, Sun Lakes, Ariz. NEW LIFE MASTER Bonnie Butler, Sun Lakes, Ariz.
  • NEW LIFE MASTER Christine Garner, Chandler, Ariz. NEW LIFE MASTER Christine Garner, Chandler, Ariz.
  • NEW LIFE MASTER Dwaine Hawley, Huntington Beach NEW LIFE MASTER Dwaine Hawley, Huntington Beach
  • NEW LIFE MASTER Sue Blom, Indio, Calif. NEW LIFE MASTER Sue Blom, Indio, Calif.
  • OPEN PAIRS Mark Itabashi - Suresh Mahajan OPEN PAIRS Mark Itabashi - Suresh Mahajan
  • SIDE GAME Judith Gangi - Fran Steele SIDE GAME Judith Gangi - Fran Steele
  • CHARITY SWISS TEAMS B Kenneth Zanio - Carol Zanio - Helene Dykes - Andrew Dykes CHARITY SWISS TEAMS B Kenneth Zanio - Carol Zanio - Helene Dykes - Andrew Dykes
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET III Dwight Hunt - David Lodge - Claude Le Feuvre - [Allan Palansky] KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET III Dwight Hunt - David Lodge - Claude Le Feuvre - [Allan Palansky]
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET IV Linda Hanson - Dorothy Mersereau - Janet Tainty - David Johnson KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET IV Linda Hanson - Dorothy Mersereau - Janet Tainty - David Johnson
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET V Robert Flynn - June Threlkeld - Martin Kumer - Susan Israelson KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET V Robert Flynn - June Threlkeld - Martin Kumer - Susan Israelson
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET VI Steve Sanderson - Kathy Bergman - Maultin Mathias - David Comfort KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET VI Steve Sanderson - Kathy Bergman - Maultin Mathias - David Comfort
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET VII Kris Wong - Dolores Mackinnon - Hinda Gilbert- Gail Gabiati KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET VII Kris Wong - Dolores Mackinnon - Hinda Gilbert- Gail Gabiati
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET VIII Donna Hofer - Bonnie Butler - Karin Hansen - Christine Garner KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET VIII Donna Hofer - Bonnie Butler - Karin Hansen - Christine Garner
  • GOLD RUSH PAIRS Judee Woodbury - Zack Woodbury GOLD RUSH PAIRS Judee Woodbury - Zack Woodbury
  • SWISS TEANS B Michael Abeles - Barbara Federman - Michaele Olesen - Ron Payton SWISS TEANS B Michael Abeles - Barbara Federman - Michaele Olesen - Ron Payton
  • SWISS TEAMS D Dahl Leonard Cannons - Julie Nestibo - Grace Brown - Marlene Mahoney SWISS TEAMS D Dahl Leonard Cannons - Julie Nestibo - Grace Brown - Marlene Mahoney
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET IV David Pinge - Cristi Nelson - Susan Minder - Douglas Minder KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET IV David Pinge - Cristi Nelson - Susan Minder - Douglas Minder
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET V Pete Bowman - Christine Hall - Sharon Peterson - Earl Peterson KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET V Pete Bowman - Christine Hall - Sharon Peterson - Earl Peterson
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET VII Ann Matthews - Mary Bujanovich - Darlene Macdonald - Sharon Aspenberg KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET VII Ann Matthews - Mary Bujanovich - Darlene Macdonald - Sharon Aspenberg
  • OPEN PAIRS Leo Bell - Joseph Kivel OPEN PAIRS Leo Bell - Joseph Kivel
  • OPEN PAIRS X Abby Triback - Sadika Elewy OPEN PAIRS X Abby Triback - Sadika Elewy
  • SIDE GAME Thomas Carmichael - Sylvia Shi SIDE GAME Thomas Carmichael - Sylvia Shi
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET XIII Gail Gabiati - Dolores Mackinnon - Hinda Gilbert - Kris Wong KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET XIII Gail Gabiati - Dolores Mackinnon - Hinda Gilbert - Kris Wong
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET XV Salim Bhimji - Carol Hanson - Willy Suriano - Larry Shannon KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET XV Salim Bhimji - Carol Hanson - Willy Suriano - Larry Shannon
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET II Lee Barton - Lucille Barton - Judith Gartaganis - Nicholas Gartaganis KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET II Lee Barton - Lucille Barton - Judith Gartaganis - Nicholas Gartaganis
  • KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET III Doug Hansford - Susan Peters - Sheila Sache - Donald Sache KNOCKOUT TEAMS BRACKET III Doug Hansford - Susan Peters - Sheila Sache - Donald Sache
  • SWISS TEAMS BRACKET IV David Abelow - Martha Roth - Robin Rodger - Belton Allen SWISS TEAMS BRACKET IV David Abelow - Martha Roth - Robin Rodger - Belton Allen
  • SWISS TEAMS BRACKET V Muriel Becker - Bob Robinson - Mary Goulet - Mary Emory SWISS TEAMS BRACKET V Muriel Becker - Bob Robinson - Mary Goulet - Mary Emory
  • SWISS TEAMS BRACKET VII Liang Fan - Russell Van Cleve - Weishu Wu - Alex Chen SWISS TEAMS BRACKET VII Liang Fan - Russell Van Cleve - Weishu Wu - Alex Chen
  • SWISS TEAMS BRACKET VIII Murali Nair - Carmen Duffek - Eva Berlin - Monique Greene SWISS TEAMS BRACKET VIII Murali Nair - Carmen Duffek - Eva Berlin - Monique Greene
     


Tucson to Host the 2018
Arizona Senior Regional

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.
The Tucson Expo Center is conveniently located less than five miles from the Tucson International Airport and only minutes from I-10. It provides ample free parking and disability spaces. The playing area is open and expansive, as well as carpeted, quiet, and well-lit. Read More....


The I/N Crowd

By Rod Bias
Phoenix, Arizona

Points? Schmoints!
& Ho-Hum Hands

“Only an idiot counts points! Why don’t you learn to use your head?”

Dorothy Hayden (Truscott) was one of the greatest bridge players - ever. She won four world bridge championships and 26 North American Championships. No wonder she is in the Bridge Hall of Fame. She famously used the expression, “Points, Schmoints!” in her title for chapter seven of her best-selling book Bid Better, Play Better. Marty Bergen later used it as the title for a whole book (also a best seller). Mrs. Hayden-Truscott explained that a player dealt and opened 1♥ with this hand: ♠AQ4 ♥A1085432 ♦6 ♣108. His left hand opponent (LHO) passed. Partner raised to 2♥. RHO (duh?) bid 2♠ and the opener bid 3♥. Pass. Pass. Pass. “Even a half-wit could scarcely fail to take ten tricks with this hand,” wrote Dorothy. Read More...


Sleeping on the Couch

The continuing misadventures of Dave playing bridge with his wife, Anne

By Dave Caprera
Denver, Colorado

Return on Equity

In poker, “equity” is a measure of your likelihood of success. Stated differently, it is the average amount of money that a particular hand would win if the specific situation were repeated a large number of times. Assume you are dealt two aces (the best possible starting hand) and your opponent is dealt 7-2 unsuited (the worst possible starting hand). You are at a great advantage. Your equity is large. Your opponent’s equity is small. What you actually win is the return on your equity. A poker player with a good hand will bet to protect his equity. A poker player with little equity will likely fold. Read More....


Improve Your Play

By Larry Matheny
Fort Collins, Colorado

Blabbermouth

While aggressive bidding is often rewarded, players must realize their actions provide valuable information to the opponents. Here is a hand from a recent teams game Read More....


Authors, Editors, Photographers Wanted

By John Grossmann
D17 President Elect

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...


Western Conference Negotiations

By John Grossmann
WC Board Member

I understand some folks are confused about the future direction of District 17 and the Western Conference related to publications and STAC games. It is indeed a complicated subject, and we promised we would keep you updated. Read More.....


Unsubscribe at Your Peril!

By John Grossmann
Incoming D17 President

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” –Charles Dickens

I think Dickens might have been talking about email. What a great invention; what a terrible invention. An all-digital publication world relies on email. Membership organizations need a way to contact their members. It’s cost effective. It’s portable. And yes, it can be annoying. Read More....


Master Solvers Panel

By John Swanson
Lancaster, California

Thanks to problem solvers: Bart Bramley, Paul Ivaska, Jill Meyers, Alan Mould,s Rick Roeder, Bill Rosen, Jim Tritt, and David Weiss. The problems this month are from the last few boards of the finals of the Bermuda Bowl contested earlier this year. France (Bessis, Combescure, Lorenzini, Quantin, Rombaut, Volcker) had just extended their lead over the United States (Fleisher, Grue, Martel, Moss, Pszczola, Rosenberg) to 33 IMPs when this situation arose: Read More.....

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