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DID ANYONE HEAR WEDDING BELLS MAY 1ST?

wedding bellsCheck out the photos link at the top. Unfortunately I didn't have a camera well prepared for our celebration game but a great time was had by all. Their story is very romantic and we are all delighted to have such a wonderful couple in our group. Congratulations to Fran and Doral.

BIDDING AND PLAY ANALYSES - THIS WEDNESDAY!

Wednesday Evening June 3 is the first Wednesday of the month and we will be participating in an event with several clubs across the nation. Hands are pre-dealt and after the game an expert analysis will be posted online describing how the bidding and play could/should have proceeded for every hand. It is a wonderful opportunity to improve your bidding, play, and learn from the experts. There will be no extra charge to participate in the event so plan to attend!

EASYBRIDGE! ™ SERIES STARTING JUNE 11th

Please tell everyone you know (and don't know) about this wonderful opportunity to learn the very basics of how to play. The first 4 weeks are enough to get you playing at the table and are FREE! Check the calendar for dates and times. Guaranteed fun!

BRIDGE BASICS II STARTING JUNE 9th

We are starting the second series of lessons for players wanting to update their game to modern bidding and play methods as well as advance the beginners/refreshers who haven't played for awhile. If you sign up for the class, or have already taken it, you can repeat it for free as many times as you like. The class will be 2 hours for 8 weeks. If you miss any classes, they will be offered again in the future. Check out the calendar or the Bridgeskool link at the top of this page for details.

OUR UNIT IS THIRD IN NATION - FIRST IN THE DISTRICT!

first placeFor any of you that missed the Unit Game in early May, it was announced that we (Unit 519) are the fastest growing unit in the District. District 22 encompasses all of California (excluding LA). We also made it into the national ranks - 3rd fastest growing Unit in the nation! Our club is not yet one year old and is already having a big effect!

Thanks to all of you who have brought new people in to play and have been so supportive of coming to play when I need to fill a table.

Unit game - Eastlake players won 3 of the top 4 positions. It's rumored that Eastlake doesn't have very good players. Let's hope that gives them pause for thought...

NAVIGATION BAR AND NEW LINKS

I finally succeeded in having the same links at the top of every page and can update them all at once (almost). Previously, I had to change each page manually after every game! Ughhh. I have also added new links to the top of the webpage. Hopefully this will make it easier to navigate around the site or to send me a message/request either anonymously or with your name included. My apologies for not getting some of those recipes up yet. They are coming.

BIDDING TOOLBOX

toolsThanks to Matthew Kidd from the La Jolla Unit for rolling all the pages from the bidding toolkit into one document available by clicking on the 'bidding' link at the top of any page on the website. It has a wealth of information on what each of the various conventions commonly used at the table mean. Make sure to check it out and SCROLL down or page through it individually using the arrows at the top of the document.

BRIDGE PRO TO SPEAK AFTER MORNING GAME

For 30 minutes after the morning game, a bridge professional will give a little talk about some of the hands bid and played that morning and be available to answer any questions about the bidding or play. Eastlake Bridge Club is thrilled to be able to offer this service as a compliment to our game. Our own personal bridge genie!

HIRE A BRIDGE PRO FOR YOUR PRIVATE PARTY

Have a bridge pro sit at your table and coach you (and your guests) on the bidding and play in the comfort of your own home. With each player the pro will be available to assist in the bidding and when the final contract is reached and played, he will analyse the play and defense. Your bidding, play of the hand and defense will improve dramatically. Invite your favorite partners to a couple hours of personalized coaching. Cost is $20.00 per person for 2 hours of fun and learning Kathie

That's all the news from Lake Wobegone.

Remember: Take all your tricks (and some of theirs).

  		- Kathie  
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