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Bridge Studio News
Jan 12, 2017
The Bridge Studio offers a set of 6 free Beginner lessons twice a year beginning in March and September. March classes will begin the evening of March 20. More information and how to sign up will be posted on this website approximately 2-3 weeks before classes start. Check back then.
Dec 2, 2016
I would like to thank the following players who gave up their Monday evening to help welcome the beginners from my recent series of classes to their first duplicate game. They cared enough about the future of bridge in Kansas City to give my beginners a very positive experience at their first duplicate game.
Chad Fisher, Shawn Tate, Carroll Frogge, Dixie Wantoch, John Stewart, Donald Childers, William Hoge, Peggy Schmiedeler, Dorothy Johnson, John Craig, Nathan Roser, Marlin Rueb, Jack Spear, Victoria Billard, David Rhea, Jim Urich, Kathleen and Tony Giordano, Alan Hiersmeman, Jeanne Kyte, Baruch and Donna Kaelter, Don Stack, Robert Lane, Jeanie Brown, Carl Shipley.
Tim and I came up with this idea 6 months ago—to have experienced players sit NS while the beginners sat EW. After the round was finished, the experienced players would encourage the beginners to play duplicate. They would tell them that everyone started out as a beginner once, that duplicate players are really friendly, the game is very social, they met loads of their friends through duplicate, etc. This idea was very successful last spring and even more successful this time.
I had always been disappointed that so few Unit Board Members showed up but Robert Weaver really nagged the Board for me to show up and 8 current and 2 former members showed up this time. Thanks to Robert who would have been there also but came down sick.
There were 40 beginners at the Monday beginner graduation tournament and 6 pairs showed up the next night for the Tuesday evening novice section. Plus 2 or 3 more pairs said they would come next week. This is amazing. This is triple the usual number we had been getting to try duplicate and double from last spring when we first tried this idea. This idea seems to really help the beginners overcome their fear of duplicate better than anything I had come up with in the past (namely, exhorting and nagging).
Now we have to hope that they get hooked, keep playing, join the ACBL and strengthen our Unit.
Again thank you all for helping out and helping a new generation of bridge players get started. Your time was greatly appreciated.
By the way—I will need you guys and more next spring for the next group of beginners so please come out again.
Oct 12, 2016
The Thursday evening game has been temporarily suspended.
Sep 6, 2016
NICE ARTICLE TO APPEAR IN THE KC STAR 913 SECTION TOMORROW
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