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Albany Bridge Club

Two Rivers Market (upstairs)
250 Broadalbin Street Suite 215
Albany Oregon  97321

phone (541) 990-4243 (Bob Peery)
or (541) 791-9518 (Myrna Evans)
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Corvallis Bridge Club

1931 NW Circle Blvd (east of Dollar Tree)
Corvallis, OR 97330

 phone (541) 740-1072


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NEWS & LINKS!


JUNIOR TOURNAMENT INFORMATION! (for junior players with less than 10 masterpoints)

March unit game (March 11) is the 2017 awards celebration, celebrating Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs winners and all members who’ve advanced in rank.


Albany-Corvallis vs Salem Challenge April 8th. 
Food at 12:30, game at 1:00.  Open and 299er.  Download the flyer!

Hello BridgeMates! (latest club news)      Joyce Lilliberg updates, seminars,and more!

Spring Class Schedule Released!  (Download the flyer)

Bridge Seminars      Still 5 Seminars left to attend in February, March, May and June!

Condo Auction now live!  (click here to view the flyer  (click here to register to bid)

HotV Sectional, Mar 16th-18th

2018 Tournament Schedules























Our Condo Auction is now live!

Bid to rent one of five Condos is Sunriver for seven days and six nights (May 14th through May 20th) which
just happens to coincide with the Sunriver Regional at the Sunriver Resort (about 15 miles south of Bend, Oregon).
Two 1-bedroom units and three 2-bedroom units are available.

Click here to view the flyer.
Click here to register to bid.




















Corvallis Bridge Seminar Series (update)
During the winter and spring the Corvallis Bridge Club is offering a series of short (two- to four-hour) seminars focusing on specific topics. Seminars are stand-alone sessions that you can sign up for depending on your skill level and interests. The instructors of these classes are club members who will share their knowledge and skills. Seminars are intended for intermediate players, but all are welcome to attend.


 • Ever Wonder If You Have a 5/3 Fit with Partner?
New minor forcing or support doubles may help answer your question. Practice using these two conventions to find an eight-card trump fit.

Instructor: Becky McKenzie
Saturday, February 17, 10:00 – noon
Cost: $10.00


 • Why Did I Go Down in 3NT While Other Players Made It?
Often the difference lies in planning. Practice planning the play before you even lay down your first card.

Instructor: Rick Garvin
Saturday, March 3, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Cost: $10


 • Why Did They Make 3NT While Other Pairs Went Down?
Often the difference lies in planning. Practice planning defensive play starting with opening lead.

Instructor: Rick Garvin
Saturday, Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Cost: $10


 • Bidding Slams
Have you ever gotten hopelessly lost when attempting to bid a slam or realized in retrospect that you have missed a slam? This seminar will give you the tools you need to communicate clearly with your partner as you move toward slams that are difficult to bid.

Instructor: Irva Kay Neyhart
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. – noon; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00


 • Help Me, Partner! Partnership Communication in Defense
While defending a hand, there are lots of chances to communicate with your partner. Learn to take advantage of these opportunities, communicate with your partner to make the most out of your combined holdings, and become a better defender!

Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Instructors: Allison Evans and Dennis Harms
Cost: $10.00


If you plan to attend a seminar, please register by emailing Ann Larson at least 10 days before. (annlarson278@yahoo.com) Payment will be collected at the seminar. Dates and times of seminars subject to change. Check website for latest information.



Want a printable copy of the above info?  Download our flyer.
































































Spring Class Schedule

Bridge Basics 3: Popular Conventions

Instructor: Stan Blascow

Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

March 20 – May 8

Cost: $40 plus $10 for the book (sold at first lesson)



Bridge Basics 3: Popular Conventions

Instructor: Sandy Allen

Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

March 22 – May 10

Cost: $40 plus $10 for the book (sold at first lesson)



Intermediate Bridge: Defense

Instructor: Eileen Milligan

Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

March 28, April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 23, 30 (No class 4/11, 5/16)

Cost: $40 plus $15 for the book (sold at first lesson)

Prior bridge experience is recommended




Pre-registration for classes is encouraged but not required.

To pre-register, leave a message for Ann Larson, including your name, phone number and/or email. Email: annlarson278@yahoo.com or phone: 541-740-479



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HELLO BRIDGEMATES!


We have a lot going on this week and the rest of this month!  Below you will find information covering:


We have a lot going on the rest of this month and next!  Below you will find information covering:

  1. Joyce Lilliberg: health update (thank you, Sandy Allen, for the info)
  2. Becky’s seminar focusing on finding a 5-3 major fit using new minor forcing and support doubles is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 17th from 10-noon!  If you are planning to attend Becky’s seminar but haven’t already let us know, please reply to this message!  All are welcome!  Rick’s seminars on planning declarer play and defense are coming up on March 3 and March 10. Details for the seminars are below! 
  3. The only special game this week or next is the unit game (with side 199er) this Sunday, Feb 18th at 1pm.  See item #8 for the change in unit games dates for March and April!  Please note that we will host the Salem club on the April 8th game is for the Willamette Challenge, so come join us for this rivalry game against our neighbors to the north!
  4. Information on the auction for condos in Sunriver (ends Feb 28) – just a couple of weeks until the auctions end!
  5. Corvallis is hosting a Junior Bridge Tournament for players under 26 years of age with 0-5 masterpoints on Saturday, March 3rd!  Do you know a kid or young adult who plays a little bridge?  No partner needed!  If you have a grandchild who plays or if you know a younger player who has played a bit, see the details below or contact Dick (dick@firish.com) for additional info!  This tournament is designed for young people with very little playing experience!
  6. The 2018 mentorship program in Corvallis will be starting in March!  More info below! 
  7. Our upcoming Heart of the Valley Sectional (March 16-18): volunteers needed – see below! The flyer is here!
  8. Date changes for the Unit Games in March and April.

 

#1) Joyce Lilliberg:  For all of you who know and love Joyce, she had a stroke Wednesday and was in the hospital Wednesday and Thursday.  She returned to Stoneybrook Assisted Care Thursday and began hospice care.  She is mostly unresponsive, but she has moments of consciousness.  She's in #125 at Stoneybrook for anyone considering visiting.  Please keep Joyce and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

#2) Upcoming Saturday seminars

We have three Saturday seminars coming up in February and March!  Detailed descriptions are below.  These seminars are intended for intermediate players, but all players are welcome to attend.  You may attend any individual seminar or multiple seminars.  Each seminar is a stand-alone lesson.  To register for seminars, you may either reply to this message or email Ann Larson (annlarson278@yahoo.com), preferably 10 days before the seminar you would like to attend.

 

Ever Wonder If You Have a 5/3 Fit with Partner? New minor forcing or support doubles may help answer your question. Practice using these two conventions to find an eight-card trump fit.

Instructor: Becky McKenzie

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 – noon

Cost: $10.00

 

Why Did I Go Down in 3NT While Other Players Made It? Often the difference lies in planning. Practice planning the play before you even lay down your first card. This seminar is focused on planning your declarer play and will cover both NT and suit contracts. 

Instructor: Rick Garvin

Saturday, March 3, 10:00 a.m. – noon

Cost: $10

 

Why Did They Make 3NT While Other Pairs Went Down? Often the difference lies in planning. Practice planning defensive play starting with opening lead.  This seminar is focused on planning your defensive play and will cover both NT and suit contracts.

Instructor: Rick Garvin

Saturday, Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. – noon

Cost: $10

 

#3) Special games this week:  The only special game this coming week is the unit game at 1pm in Corvallis on Sunday, Feb 18th!  There will be an open and a side 199er!  Come join the fun!

 

#4) Sunriver Condo Auction: For the second year, the Corvallis club is auctioning off 5 condos that are a 2-minute walk from the playing venue for the High Desert Regional in Sunriver (May 14-20, 2018).  The condos are cozy, fully equipped (including kitchen), and walking distance to the tournament!  Two 1-bedroom units (sleeps 4 people) and three 2-bedroom units (sleeps 6 people) are up for bid.  Grab your friends and bid for this exceptional lodging, with all proceeds going to the club!  For more information, see the flyer here.  The auction is open through midnight Pacific on Feb 28, 2018.  To bid for a room online, register here.  You can register to see more information, photos, and the current bidding price without placing a bid!  A big thank you to Dick Jarvinen for creating the auction on our web site!

 

#5) Junior Tournament in Corvallis!  Corvallis is hosting a Junior Bridge Tournament for players under 26 years of age with 0-5 masterpoints at 1pm on Saturday, March 3rd!  Dick’s 6-week bridge class series for talented and gifted kids will culminate with a 1-session tournament for juniors!  Do you know a kid or young adult who plays a little bridge?  No partner needed!  If you have a grandchild who plays or if you know a younger player who has played a bit, see the details below or contact Dick (dick@firish.com) for additional info!  This tournament is designed for young people with very little playing experience!

 

#6) Mentorship program in 2018: The Corvallis club will be starting it’s 2018 mentorship program in March!  This program will target advancing players in the 20-300 masterpoint range who have several years of bridge experience and are interested in improving their skills to be more competitive in open games.  We will be trying a new format this year that is more flexible to accommodate mentees and mentors who play either in day games or in night games.  Be on the lookout for an email with a detailed description about how you can participate!

 

#7) Our upcoming HOV sectional!  The Heart of the Valley Sectional at the Linn County Fairgrounds is fast approaching, March 16 – 18, 2018. You know the saying: It Takes A Village and it does for this tournament! It would be really great to have a 100% turn out to play in our own sectional AND a 75% turn out for volunteering.

 

The Corvallis and Albany bridge clubs have sign up sheets for volunteer opportunities, including:

  • Set up early Friday morning and clean up Sunday at the end of the game
  • Food for Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus one or two people who will cover the food at the end of the game on Friday and Saturday
  • Help set up the food tables early Friday morning
  • 1 or 2 volunteers to take orders on Friday/Saturday/Sunday for the bag lunches for sale for Sunday’s Swiss Team.  Several people can help with this and Becky McKenzie who has done this job for many years will be available for advice.
  • Donations, 3 for each of the games. 2 games each day = 15 donations.  These need to be appropriate for people from out of town. For example, good choices would be:  a Fred Meyer gift card, bottles of wine, a small basket with bridge items, Target gift card, Elmer’s gift card, more wine.  What NOT to donate: a gift card for a store or restaurant only located in Corvallis or Albany.

     Volunteers needed! The flyer is here!

 

#8) Unit game date changes in March and April

  • March: The Unit game in March has been changed from the 3rd Sunday to the 2nd Sunday because the 3rd Sunday is our own HOV Sectional!!  March’s unit game with therefor be on March 11th.  This game is the 2017 awards celebration, celebrating Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs winners and all members who’ve advanced in rank.
  • April:  The Unit game in April has been changed from the 3rd Sunday to the 2nd Sunday because we are hosting the Salem club for the Willamette Challenge on April 8th!  Come join us for this rivalry game against our neighbors to the north!  We need players at all levels for the challenge with Salem!  We will have an eat-and-great at 12:30 with the Salem folks, and the game will start at 1pm!



6)     Our upcoming Heart of the Valley Sectional (March 16-18):

 


 

+ Junior Tournament in Corvallis!

Corvallis is hosting a Junior Bridge Tournament for players under 26 years of age with 0-5 masterpoints at 1pm on Saturday, March 3rd!  Dick’s 6-week bridge class series for talented and gifted kids will culminate with a 1-session tournament for juniors!  Do you know a kid or young adult who plays a little bridge?  No partner needed!  If you have a grandchild who plays or if you know a younger player who has played a bit, see the details below or contact Dick (dick@firish.com) for additional info!  This tournament is designed for young people with very little playing experience!

 




Allison

Outreach Committee

Corvallis Bridge Club

Club phone: 541-740-1072

Cell phone: 541-231-5766

Web: www.acbridge.org

Game calendar: http://www.acbridge.org/calendar/Unit477/CalendarScores.php

 

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https://www.facebook.com/heartofthevalleybridgecenter/

 





REMINDER (courtesty of the Albany Bridge Club):

Once your Bid Card is out of the box 'with intent', then that is the bid made!
 






























Tournament Quick List

2017 Sectionals (District 20)
2017 Regionals (District 19, 20 and a few extras)
2017 Nationals



2017-2018
SECTIONAL TOURNAMENTS 
(District 20)  

Jan 13-14, 2018Vancouver, WA
infoI/N
Jan 15-21, 2018STaC D20info
STaC
Jan 26-28, 2018Lihue, HI
infoOpen
Jan 26-28, 2018Portland, OR
infoOpen
Feb 9-11, 2018Kihei [Maui], HI
infoOpen
Feb 9-11, 2018Boise, ID
infoOpen
Feb 23-25, 2018Kailua Kona, HI
infoOpen
Mar 2-4, 2018Honolulu, HI
infoOpen
Mar 16-18, 2018Chico, CA
infoOpen
Mar 16-18, 2018Albany, OR
infoOpen
Mar 22-24, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ
info
Senior
Mar 23-25, 2018Ontario, OR
infoOpen
Mar 23-25, 2018Medford, OR
infoOpen
Apr 13-14, 2018Springfield, OR
infoI/N
Apr 13-15, 2018Redding. CA
infoOpen
Apr 14-15, 2018Vancouver. WA
infoOpen
Apr 20-22, 2018
Seaside, OR
info
Open
Jun 1-3, 2018Eugene, OR
infoOpen
Jun 8-10, 2018 Portland, OR
infoOpen
Jul 13-15, 2018Honolulu, HI
infoOpen
Aug 17-19, 2018Vancouver, WA
infoOpen
Aug 20-26, 2018
STaC
info
STaC
Sep 7-9, 2018Portland, OR
infoOpen
Sep 14-16, 2018Honolulu, HI
infoOpen
Sep 14-16, 2018Boise, ID
infoOpen
Sep 14-16, 2018Medford, OR
infoOpen
Oct 12-14, 2018
Nevada City, CA
info
Open
Oct 20-21, 2018Vancouver, WA
infoI/N
Oct 25-28, 2018Newport, OR
infoOpen
Nov 2-4, 2018Redding CA
infoOpen
Nov 3-4, 2018Corvallis, OR
infoI/N
Nov 10-11, 2018Vancouver, WA
infoOpen
Nov 16-18, 2018Honolulu, HI
infoOpen
Dec 3-9, 2018
STaC
info
STaC



2017-2018
REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS
(Districts 19 & 20)

Jan 8-14, 2018Honolulu, HI
InfoOpen   
Feb 19-25, 2018Vancouver, WA
InfoOpen
Feb 26-Mar 4, 2018
Tucson, AZ
Info
Senior
Apr 2-8, 2018Burnaby [Vancouver BC]  InfoOpen
May 14-20, 2018Sunriver [Bend OR]InfoOpen
Jun 11-17, 2018Penticton, BC
InfoOpen
Jun 19-24, 2018Anchorage, AK
InfoOpen
Aug 6-12, 2018Boise, ID
InfoOpen
Aug 20-26, 2018Lynnwood, WA
InfoOpen
Oct 1-7, 2018Seaside,ORInfoOpen
Oct 29-Nov 4, 2018
LeavenworthInfoOpen

 


2017-2018
NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS


Mar 7-18, 2018  Philadelphia
Info Open
Jul 26-Aug 5, 2018  Atlanta Info Open
Nov 22-Dec 2, 2018 
 Honolulu Info Open





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