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  • Bridge Scene: So many different ways to earn masterpoints Published 05/01/2012 at 11:57 a.m.

    Duplicate bridge is a competitive game that requires players to be skillful in planning, communicating and playing. Partners need to trust one another, for without trust communications fail and the players are not successful.

  • Bridge Scene: This dummy is no dummy! Published 04/17/2012 at 12:59 p.m.

    Playing bridge takes concentration, adaptability, reasoning, plus years of study, for each hand presents an opportunity to solve a problem or outwit the opponents. The declarer’s partner’s hand is open on the table and this hand and partner is referred ...

  • Bridge Scene: There are laws for everything Published 04/04/2012 at 10:09 a.m.

    The first laws of contract and duplicate bridge were published in 1928 and over the years these laws have been revised to give more uniformity throughout the world. Bridge is played in every country and every country has its own ...

  • Bridge Scene: Women, get ready for the online World Bridge Festival Published 03/21/2012 at 1:45 p.m.

    The fifth Women’s Online World Bridge Festival takes place on Bridge Base Online (BBO) the 16th of April until the 22nd. There will be four tournaments per day at 5 a.m, 10:10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. The morning ...

  • Bridge Scene: Bols Bridge Tips still as useful today as back when they were written Published 03/13/2012 at 1:05 p.m.

    Between 1974 and 1994, Bols Royal Distillers, a Dutch company, sponsored a competition in which the world’s best bridge players submitted bridge tips to a panel of International Bridge Press Association members.

  • Bridge Scene: Bridge clubs raising money for ACBL junior program and scholarships Published 02/28/2012 at 4:36 p.m.

    February was Junior Fund Month and bridge clubs charged an extra dollar per person to help the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) junior program finance tournaments, scholarships, pay teachers and buy supplies needed to teach bridge to children under 26 ...

  • Bridge Scene: Partnerships must always remain instructive and peaceful Published 02/14/2012 at 5 p.m.

    It would be interesting to know if the average player playing with different partners of various degrees of skill can earn enough gold points to proceed to the life master status, or does the player need a mentor? If the ...

  • Bridge Scene: There’s gold in them thar bridge games Published 02/01/2012 at 10 a.m.

    Duplicate bridge and contract bridge are both a competitive form of the card game bridge. But in duplicate bridge, when you belong to the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), this group keeps track of the players earned points and keeps ...

  • Bridge Scene: So many probabilities and possibilities in bridge Published 12/21/2011 at 10:12 a.m.

    When playing bridge a declarer must evaluate the cards in his hand and in the dummy. He must consider the bidding; who bid what on his left or right and how many points did their bids show?

  • Bridge Scene: Master bridge teachers coming to town Published 12/06/2011 at 5:26 p.m.

    Dennis Dawson, an excellent speaker and bridge teacher, is coming again this year to the Naples Bridge Center on Thursday, Dec. 29. Dawson is an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) grand life master and world bronze medalist, and as a ...

  • Bridge Scene: The art of signalling Published 11/22/2011 at 2:23 p.m.

    When playing bridge, players are not allowed to give body signals, such as a gasp, a wink or a nudge, and they are not allowed to throw their card on the table or give any sign of discussion or approval.

  • Bridge Scene: The results are in! Published 11/08/2011 at 1:24 p.m.

    The South West Regional Tournament is over for another year and many of our local club members took high honors.

  • Bridge Scene: The bridge and snowbird season begins! Published 10/25/2011 at 4:58 p.m.

    Victor Mollo and many other famous duplicate bridge players tell us that you can hold much better cards than you do at present, if you only learn to recognize your hand’s value. Granted, some hands are dogs but if you ...

  • Bridge Scene: Sometimes a player just can’t get luck on their side Published 10/10/2011 at 3:36 p.m.

    The South West Regional Bridge Tournament is in Naples until Sunday, Oct. 16, so with the time remaining players should try to turn their unlucky results around. Losing with bad cards is one thing, but losing with good cards is ...

  • Bridge Scene: Sign the petition to start a new Southwest Florida unit Published 09/27/2011 at 2:18 p.m.

    Duplicate bridge players in the Naples area are members of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), Unit 128, District 9, and when asked who is the CEO of the ACBL or the president of District 9 or the head of ...

  • Bridge Scene: Rare hands that only show up once a decade Published 09/12/2011 at 3:48 p.m.

    In duplicate bridge to have a player hold a 10 card suit is very rare. If you play twice a week, expect one 10 card suited hand to make an appearance in your game every 10 years so, say the ...

  • Bridge Scene: Know your ACBL districts and units Published 08/30/2011 at 1:21 p.m.

    According to Wikipedia, the American Contract Bridge League ( ACBL) is the largest contract bridge organization in North America. It promotes the game of bridge in the United States, Mexico, Bermuda and Canada, and is a member of the World ...

  • Bridge Scene: Computer versus human deals Published 08/02/2011 at 1:08 p.m.

    Duplicate bridge clubs all over the world are changing the way cards have been dealt. Today we can have the computer deal rather than the participants shuffle. Ken Allen decided to see if there really is a significant difference between ...

  • Bridge Scene: Time for a pop ACBL quiz! Published 07/18/2011 at 11:22 a.m.

    Morris Jones and Gary Porter have produced an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) laws quiz for players to test their knowledge of what they think is the correct call after an infraction has been committed at the table.

  • Bridge Scene: There’s no time for a nap at the NAP Published 07/05/2011 at 11:10 a.m.

    The North American Pairs (NAP) is a national bridge championship held each spring at the North American Bridge Championship (NABC) convention. This national tournament requires players to qualify to play and qualified players must go to the spring NABC in ...

  • Bridge Scene: Logbook a good tool for holding convention cards Published 06/21/2011 at 10:03 a.m.

    In duplicate bridge, a convention card is a short cut to allow your opponents to know what systems your partnership has elected to play. It lists generally used conventions and treatments on a check off basis and provides space to ...

  • Bridge Scene: Get your ducks in a row! Published 06/01/2011 at 10:08 a.m.

    Bridge is a game of counting and good players think of each suit layout as a pattern, and there are 39 pattern types, of which 20 are the most common.

  • Bridge Scene: Naples residents win big at Gatlinburg tourney Published 05/23/2011 at 4:36 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Bridge Scene: Now’s the time to learn to play bridge Published 05/09/2011 at 3:08 p.m.

    By mid May most of the snowbirds have flown the coop, and the natives so to speak enjoy the slower pace, ease of traffic and an opportunity to learn to play bridge in a more tutorial fashion.

  • Bridge Scene: Plenty of bridge clubs to choose from in Naples Published 04/25/2011 at 11:39 a.m.

    Some people have played bridge for years and never scratched the surface of the game. They play and talk, bid and play but never look deeper into the possibilities of each hand. They bid two, make four, so what is ...

  • Bridge Scene: Compete against players throughout the world Published 04/11/2011 at 10:37 a.m.

    Attention all women duplicate bridge players, the 4th Women’s Online World Bridge Festival will take place from April 11-17 at Bridge Base Online. Bridge Base Online is a free bridge Internet site where you can test your bridge skills everyday ...

  • Bridge Scene: Bridge club looking for new members Published 03/29/2011 at 2:31 p.m.

    The Bridge Deck Club of Naples, located in the Parish Hall of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church on Rattlesnake Hammock Road, is one of the oldest duplicate bridge clubs in Naples.

  • Bridge Scene: Face the challenges of life through bridge Published 03/21/2011 at 4:14 p.m.

    Brent Manley, the editor of “The Bridge Bulletin,” wrote a wonderful book called “The Tao of Bridge.” The book shows how to adapt and face the challenges of life through the game of bridge. This little book contains 200 principles ...

  • Bridge Scene: Guest speakers headed to town Published 02/21/2011 at 2:26 p.m.

    The Bonita Bridge Club will host a pro-am bridge tournament this Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Bonita Bay Country Club. The duplicate bridge game starts at 12:45 with a silent auction, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

  • Bridge Scene: Keep up with the game Published 02/07/2011 at 1:28 p.m.

    The prime difference between duplicate bridge and rubber bridge is competitiveness. Not competitiveness between teams, but certainly this is a factor in both games, but it is the individual’s drive to get the most out of each hand that makes ...

  • Bridge Scene: How to travel and play bridge at the same time Published 01/24/2011 at 4:04 p.m.

    Duplicate bridge offers the duplicate bridge player many opportunities to travel and play bridge. Tournaments in small or large cities can be found through the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) bulletin, or online through where you can see which ...

  • Bridge Scene: Rules, rules and more rules Published 12/27/2010 at 1:04 p.m.

    There are rules of the road and rules of etiquette; actually, every sport has rules, as well as schools, clubs, and the list goes on. But rules have a purpose and are to be obeyed. We are most interested here ...

  • Bridge Scene: Gift ideas for your bridge player Published 12/13/2010 at 11:41 a.m.

    This is the season of gift giving, and to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones, Baron Barclay Bridge Supply has sent us some suggestions.

  • Bridge Scene: Find out how to earn silver points Published 11/29/2010 at 4:39 p.m.

    To become a life master in Bridge, a player must belong to the American Contract Bridge League and actively pursue earning masterpoint awards. Masterpoints are earned by winning first, second or third place in most club games, or regional or ...

  • Bridge Scene: Learn how to earn bridge master points Published 11/15/2010 at 3:16 p.m.

    To become a life master, which is the first true plateau in Duplicate Bridge, you need to accumulate black, red, silver and gold master points. Gold points are typically awarded in two session or longer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) ...

  • Bridge Scene: New season of lessons Published 11/01/2010 at 3:01 p.m.

    The Bridge Deck Club of Naples is offering a 299er game Saturday mornings; with instruction before the game by two well known local bridge experts, Joy and Ron Schick.

  • Bridge Scene: Tolerance needed at tournaments Published 10/18/2010 at 11:02 a.m.

    The Naples Regional Bridge Tournament has come and gone, and although smaller than other years it was deemed a success. Sharon Cappelletti took over the reins to run the tournament from Jane Thomas who was unable to come this year, ...

  • Bridge Scene: Update your library Published 09/20/2010 at 11:18 a.m.

    In the July 2010 American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) bulletin which all members of the ACBL receive, was an article by Larry Cohen titled “Conventional Makeover,” in which Cohen describes Oswald Jacoby’s 2NT convention and offers a newer interpretation of ...

  • Bridge Scene: Big bridge tournament coming up next month Published 09/07/2010 at 2:01 p.m.

    The World Bridge Federation and the United States Bridge Federation’s 2010 World Bridge Series Championships will be in Pennsylvania from October 1 to 16 at the downtown Marriott Philadelphia Hotel and Convention Center. This should be a huge tournament with ...

  • Bridge Scene: Buffett’s international bridge tournament coming up Published 08/30/2010 at 12:04 p.m.

    Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are two well known avid bridge players, who enjoy playing and expanding the game of bridge into new fields. They sponsor junior bridge and work through the ACBL and the World Bridge School to promote ...

  • Bridge Scene: Learning the ‘alert’ procedure Published 07/30/2010 at 12:42 p.m.

    The “alert” procedure in duplicate bridge has its shortcomings, but the object of the system is for both pairs at the table to have equal access to all information contained in the auction.

  • Bridge Scene: Bridge and the computer age Published 07/23/2010 at 2:18 p.m.

    Bridge playing computer games have become significantly better over the years as programming techniques improve and computer speeds increase.

  • Bridge Scene: Slow or fast? Published 07/01/2010 at 12:10 p.m.

    In the Aesop Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, slow and steady does the job. The same holds true for many things in life, but speed does have its place and in playing bridge, ‘claiming’ is often a good way ...

  • Bridge Notes: A different kind of camp: Bridge at Golden Gate library Published 06/17/2010 at 1:25 p.m.

    Summer camp for Junior Bridge begins in July at the Golden Gate Library. Classes are for students in grade 7and 8, High School and Junior College. Ages fourteen through twenty –one, are welcome, July 1, 8, 15, and 22nd, at ...

  • Bridge Scene: When in doubt, trust your partner Published 06/03/2010 at 1:26 p.m.

    The word TRUST is a simple five letter word which requires one person to place themselves in the hands of another. It indicates that you will not harm, that you will do your best for the person. Trust me! You ...

  • Bridge Scene: Only buy the best ... cards Published 05/20/2010 at 7:39 a.m.

    When you play cards to-day in a casino or at a bridge studio, the professional player expects clean traditionally marked cards that feel good in their hands. A less expensive grade of card with non-traditional markings is not acceptable.

  • DOREEN MACMILLAN: Bridge Scene - Mind your boards folks! Published 04/21/2010 at 3:41 p.m.

    Duplicate bridge has certain rules and laws which must be observed to keep the game as fair as possible.

  • BRIDGE SCENE: Doreen MacMillan - Partnerships are the key to bridge Published 04/07/2010 at 5:08 p.m.

    he game of bridge is played enthusiastically in every country in the world, and although the languages may be different the cards and the meaning of the various bids are the same.

  • DOREEN MACMILLAN: Bridge Scene - Duplicate Bridge requires tempo Published 03/10/2010 at 6:29 p.m.

    Duplicate bridge is a timed event and most directors try to keep the game moving.

  • DOREEN MACMILLAN: Bridge Scene - Today’s conventions are different Published 02/24/2010 at 3:22 p.m.

    When you ask an expert which conventions are most important to know or the most useful in communicating your hand to your partner, you will get many opinions.