District 21 Regionals

By Pam Hughes
D21 Tournament Manager

I’m writing this from beautiful Monterey at the Clambake Regional. It’s always a fantastic tournament, the favorite of many of us. I’m sorry if you weren’t able to attend, but cheer up! There are plenty of other District 21 regionals to enjoy this year.
Next up is Modesto. The last time we were there not many players showed up, but the ones that did had a fabulous time! The DoubleTree Hotel is a great venue for bridge, and it’s right across the street from a three block stretch of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. It’s a very short walk, and offers a great variety of dining options. Read More....


Onward with The Forum

By Marion Robertson
Past Western Conference President

As you already know from my December article, the Western Conference’s Contract Bridge Forum will be available online only beginning with the April issue. Are you ready to read the Forum solely online? You must have a current email address on file with ACBL to receive the monthly notice that the digital Forum is available, with a link to click on and get there. The ACBL tells us that less than 66% of the members have an email address on file with them.


District 21 2018 GNT

By Grant Vance
District 21 GNT Coordinator

Jackie Ortiz is retiring as the GNT Coordinator after many years of service. The loss of her home, and rebuilding a new abode after the Santa Rosa fires, is consuming her time and energy for the foreseeable future. Good luck, Jackie, and I will try to fill your capable shoes.
Deadlines for entry into the 2018 events are February 1 for the Open Flight and the C Flight; Flight A is February 10 and Flight B is April 1. Online entry is on the District 21 website, along with dates and locations for all days of each event.
For further information or questions, contact me at grantvance1@gmail.com


D21 NAP Reminder for Flight B!

By Stu Goodgold
D21 NAP Coordinator

District 21 Finals are: Flight B: February 3, noon & TBA at the San Jose Bridge Center, 1190 South Bascom #105, San Jose.
For further information or questions, contact me by email at stugo@sbcglobal.net


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...


 


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