2009 Novice Schedule (February - April)

When: Mondays, 7pm to 9:30pm

Where: Room 4-149 on the MIT Campus.

This Bridge Plus game will focus on enjoyment and improving fundamental skills. The game is for individuals with little or no club experience, or ACBL members with fewer than 20 masterpoints. We also welcome experienced bridge players if they would like to bring a novice to introduce them to the wonderful world of duplicate; however, masterpoints are only awarded to novices.

Each game starts with a 20 minute lesson and then a relaxed duplicate game, where you can ask questions and get help, if needed. Feel free to attend one and all.

Mailing lists - The club maintains a mailing list for novices: mitdlbc-novices at mit dot edu. The list is mainly used for announcements about the Tuesday Novice Game and for players looking for a partner for the game. If you have an MIT athena account, you can subscribe/unsubscribe yourself. Otherwise, you can make subscription requests to mitbridgeclub at mit dot edu.

Contact Brian at brianeduran@yahoo.com with any questions.

Date Game Location Results
02/02/09 IAP Individual Tournament 4-149 Short Long
02/09/09 Strong 2C and responses: Wow this is a nice hand: What to do when you have 22+ points. 4-149 Short Long
02/16/09 NO GAME: Holiday
02/23/09 Attitude and Count SignalsDefensive Methods: I can bid; I can play; now I need to work on my defense: Leads; Signals; Discards 4-149 Short Long
03/02/09 Weak 2ís: I have no points but a nice long suit: How to get in your opponents' way. 4-149 Short Long
03/09/09 Its Snowing Ė we'll talk about finesses. 4-149 Short Long
03/16/09 Jump overcalls and 3 level openings: I want to bid my weak 2 but they bid first: Getting in your opponents' way II 4-149 Short Long
03/23/09 Defensive Methods II: Wow! Defense is hard; I need more help: Rule of Eleven; more leads and signals. 4-149 Short Long
03/30/09 Jacoby Transfers: I bid 1NT; I should get to play the hand!: How to conceal the hand with all the points. 4-149 Short Long
04/06/09 Blackwood and Gerber: I know we have a lot of points; but do we have enough Aces? Staying out of bad slams. 4-149 Short Long
04/13/09 Negative and takeout doubles: Partner canít really think we are setting 1S?!: More than just Penalty. 4-149 Short Long
04/20/09 Michaels and Unusual 2NT: I have 2 suits; which do I bid first?: Bidding 2 suits using only one bid! 4-149 Short Long
04/27/09 Last Novice Game: What do you need to feel comfortable playing in a regular club game? 4-149 Short Long
Cappelletti: They bid 1NT and I want to bid: Defenses to 1NT: Getting in your opponents' way III. (extra notes - no game)
Balancing: 1S - Pass - Pass to me; now what?: When to pass and when to bid. (extra notes - no game)
Note: links in this table have been generated in advance and will reach files when they have been posted.

Lessons from January

Chapters 1-4 Counting Points, Openings, and Responses
Chapters 5-6 Rebids by opener
Chapter 7 Overcalls
Chapter 8 Takeout Doubles

Playing the Hand - Notes and Tips on How to Play the Hand (by Karen Walker)

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