649 N Fair Oaks Ave #201
Pasadena CA 91103
This past week I started a new series of Bridge Basics 1 - Introduction on Thursday evenings. On Wednesday night I was expecting 18 students. On Thursday night I had 24 in the class!
I even got a round of applause at the end of the lesson. That doesn't happen often!
Robots for half table
I'm getting together the tools to use BBO Robots to fill a half table at the club. If I have a half, one table can have a pair of iPads or Fire tablets facing the E/W seats. The robots will play N/S.
When I did this before at the BridgeMojo club, nobody liked it much. But most players at that time weren't really familiar with bridge online. It's different now — most of us know how to bid and play on BBO. It'll be an interesting experiment!
As we first start out, I'll probably score the round as "No Plays" while we're trying it out. I'll only use it for the Open games.
Love a good mystery?
When I'm on the road, I love listening to episodes of "Sorry, Partner," a bridge podcast by Catherine Harris and Jocelyn Startz.
I enjoyed a recent episode featuring English champion Helen Erichsen, who also happens to be an author. She just released a novel Murder By Natural Causes, which revolves around bridge and a bridge club.
I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like a good time! I love the title. :)
Classes this week
Anyone is welcome to drop in for a single session of any course for $25. Let me know you're coming! Here are the topics at this week's classes:
- Wednesday 7:00 PM Defense "Interfering with Declarer"
- Thursday 7:00 PM Bridge Basics 1 "1 Notrump Opening Bids and Responses"
The Saturday games will be closed this week for the tournament (see below). Next week we'll resume the Workshop and Game with "Developing Tricks in Notrump."
On our YouTube channel this week, "Trumping in the dummy"
September 9-10, with lots of seats available for the Open Pairs and 499er pairs, all four sessions!
Note that this isn't a Pasadena Bridge Club event. The Glendale Verdugo Unit is renting the bridge club for their sectional, so writing me for a reservation won't work. Instead, visit the information page here and use the reservation link.
Teacher training coming up
Become an accredited Better Bridge teacher! We're hosting a two-day seminar by Denise Hoffman on Thursday-Friday December 21-22.
By completing the seminar you'll be recognized as an accredited teacher by the ACBL, and eligible to be listed in the teacher directory. It's a great credential to present to organizations like college extension programs.
Mojo, Jane, Zachary