The town of Gatlinburg in Tennessee hosts a huge regional bridge tournament every year. This year, more than 3,500 people attended the tournament.
Gatlinburg has developed into a “must go at least once” tournament, and if you want to get in on the fun next year, make your reservations now. The next tournament is April 11-17, 2012.
At Gatlinburg this year, Bill and Margaret Blackburn of Naples teamed with Mike and Karen Ray for first place in a 16 table knockout 12 event. Juha and Nancy Kokko of Naples, along with Barry Herring and Steven Goodman, placed first in knockout 14, a 12 table event and placed second in the sinks morning knockout game.
Bill and Marty Goodman and Mary and Louis Fisher came first in their event and Stuart Altschuler, Gary Schwartz, Owen Lynch and Robert Ring placed first in the knockout 7 Thursday/Friday 16 table event. Alvin Lendhs’ team placed first in the 16 table, knockout 3, Friday/Saturday game.
Duplicate bridge tournaments such as the Bermuda Bowl, Reisinger and Cavendish are discussing whether players should be allowed to use Barometric Pressure Scoring. In this type of scoring, players play the same boards simultaneously and participants know where they stand during the play. The question is should this type of scoring be used in team games and does it favor one player over another. There are many variables to consider such as the type of competition and level of competition. Presently with, at the table electronic scoring, you do get a feel for the percentage of win or loss, but barometric scoring would announce after each hand the results because everyone in the room would have played the same board at the same time.
The Naples libraries on Central Avenue and Orange Blossom Drive have improved their selection of bridge books. Some of the books are outdated, but there are now many that will hold your interest and help you to improve your game. If you have new or almost new books that you have read and could donate to the library, please do so as the more people become interested in the game, the greater need for good learning tools.