Annual General Meeting on February 18

Unit 431’s Annual General Meeting will be held on February 18, 2018 at Victoria Bridge Centre, starting at 12:45 pm. An election will be held to fill vacant positions on the Board of Directors. All Unit members in good standing are eligible to vote.

An Individual Movement (no partner required) duplicate bridge game will follow the AGM. Free coffee and cookies are provided. Free pizza and pop will be served at the conclusion of the game.

For more details, please consult the AGM 2018 Flyer.

January results for It’s Your Call, Victoria!

Congratulations to Duncan Smith who once again wins the contest, with a score of 440. He receives a free play, valid at Capital City Bridge Club, courtesy of Ewa Zwicky.

Of the 38 participants, only three scored 400 or better. Must have been a tough quiz.

The complete list of participants and scores can be found under It’s Your Call-Results in the MEMBERS section at the top of the page. For quicker access, follow this link.

Once there you can also read some very interesting comments by players explaining their choices of bids. If you feel like responding or adding your own comment, just email the webmaster.

And you can also check out our “Helpful bridge tip of the week” in the right sidebar.

To play the February quiz, either click here, or hover your mouse over MEMBERS (at top of page) to see a pull-down menu of choices, one of which is It’s Your Call, Victoria!

Victoria players go up-island in search of silver

Ten Victoria area players traveled up-island to play in the Campbell River New Year Sectional (Jan 12-14).

Some were very successful:

  • Holly Boudreau playing with polymath Margaret Skinner came in first in B and C in the Friday games, giving Holly enough silver for her Life Master!
  • Kirk Homis and Virginia Youens were second overall on Friday.
  • On Saturday, Ernie Tradewell and Daniel Lyder were the overall winners of the 2-session pairs game.
  • Holly and Margaret again got first place overall in B and C in the Saturday events. Damn, these girls are good!

As always, complete results can be found on ACBL Live.

Campbell River is a very friendly place. Everyone appreciated the great hospitality provided by the tournament organizers even if it means being on a diet for the next month or so.

Many of us will surely be back next year.

New Societies Act requires changes to our Unit’s constitution

The Societies Act came into effect November 28, 2016 and governs how societies (not-for-profit corporations) are created and run in BC. The Act includes significant updates to allow for more flexibility in how societies operate, while still protecting the public interest.

In order to comply with the new Societies Act we need to amend our Constitution and Bylaws. Our new Constitution and Bylaws requires approval by a special resolution at our 2018 Annual General Meeting. Below are links to our draft Bylaws & Constitution, with changes highlighted in blue.

We encourage all members to attend the AGM on February 18 to vote on this and other issues.

Constitution – Unit 431

Bylaws – Unit 431

December Results for It’s Your Call

The December quiz has been compiled and the results are out, just in time for Christmas.

This month’s winner eschews the limelight, so we will keep his or her identity secret. But we can reveal that the winning score was a very respectable 450 out of a possible 500.

The complete list of participants and scores can be found under It’s Your Call-Results (where else?) in the MEMBERS section at the top of the page. For quicker access, follow this link.

Several players have contributed some very interesting comments explaining their choices of bids. Fascinating reading.

For next month’s quiz, the submission form has been tweaked to allow comments to be made directly after each hand. This should make it a little easier for participants to express themselves. To play the January quiz, either click here, or hover your mouse over MEMBERS (at top of page) to see a pull-down menu of choices, one of which is It’s Your Call, Victoria!

The January winner will receive a free play, valid at Capital City Bridge Club, courtesy of Ewa Zwicky.

 

 

Victoria players win big at the San Diego NABC

Several Victoria area players went down to San Diego to try their luck in the NABC. Here, to the best of my knowledge, are their results. Please let me know (by emailing the webmaster) if I have missed any.

Gerry McCully and Rhonda Foster had a 60.26% game in the second final session of the Senior Mixed Pairs to win the event by less than a board (55 top). The pair garnered 80 platinum MPs. With the win, McCully became a Grand Life Master. 


Winners of the Senior Mixed Pairs:
Rhonda Foster and Gerry McCully

 

Duncan Smith and Karen Turner received 16 platinum points in the same event.
In the NABC+ Mixed Swiss Teams,  Karen Turner, Barbara Stewart, Michael Roche and Duncan Smith scored 25 platinums. 
Jim Galand, playing with Calgarian Doran Flock won the Fast Open Pairs.
Playing in various knockouts, Holly Boudreau, Esther Wiebe, Keith Hibbert and JP Weber obtained 40.4 points, mainly gold. Their San Diego adventure is chronicled in a separate post, “Innocents Abroad“.
Tom and Dallas Goodchild struck gold competing in Gold Rush events.

Innocents abroad: notes from the San Diego NABC 

After competing with reasonable success in the Penticton Regional this year, our little team of four aspiring players decided to take a shot at the big time.

We booked flights and accommodations for the San Diego NABC, arriving there on Thursday evening of November 23, the hottest Thanksgiving in San Diego ever at 85 F. Not the best time to arrive in the US as most restaurants are closed to allow for turkey dinners with family. Following a semi-successful Friday morning compact KO we looked for something appropriate to our rating. The afternoon featured the start of a “Senior Knockout Teams”. Should be right up our alley, all of us being seniors (60+ and even ++).

So we pay our money (having to pay for two 30-board games at $25 each US did not seem unreasonable given this was a special game and the Nationals after all) and Keith and I get to a table where a pleasant “young” man named Mike is already seated, shuffling cards in a very professional manner. He asks us what our seeding points are. Well that’s easy enough, we don’t have any. Soon his partner Bob shows up. They’re both very proficient players and after 15 boards, have a comfortable lead. Bob does compliment us on our fast play: “You guys play in very good tempo”.

This being half the boards, they are replaced by their teammates, Jeff and Eric, also pretty good players. Their faces seem familiar, where could we have seen them before? In any case it’s soon over and they have a huge lead.

Meanwhile at the other table, our partners are battling it out with Nick and Ralph who also have a coach. Holly and Esther manage a grand slam (not bid) where the opponents (Eric and Jeff) at our table only make six, so our defence was working well for that board at least. They also put the opponents down 1 in a slam try. But that’s not enough and we concede, trailing by 100+ points.

Although we did not win, it was an interesting learning experience. We now know that “Senior” has different meanings and is not necessarily related to the age of the players.

And we got to play against the top rated team of Frank Nickell, Ralph Katz, Robert Levin, Michael Rosenberg, Eric Rodwell and Jeff Meckstroth who were very kind to us despite our obvious blunder in signing up against the big boys.

For the rest of the week, we decided it was best to stay with our peers and play in regional-rated knockouts.

Playing 18 games over 8 days, we manage to win one KO and place in a few others for a total of 40+, mainly gold, points.

So an exhilarating and exhausting week. Fortunately, San Diego has some decent microbreweries and eateries and we were able to revive ourselves daily before tackling new challenges.

Holly Boudreau, Esther Wiebe, Keith Hibbert and JP Weber 

Unit Christmas Party – updated with photo of winners

Unit 431’s annual Christmas dinner and bridge game was held at the Monterey Recreation Centre on December 2 2017.

Barbara Boisvert, the Unit’s President, emceed the event which featured a wonderful turkey dinner, drinks and celebration enjoyed by over a hundred participants.

It was great fun with everyone dressed in their finery and enjoying camaraderie with each other.

Nancy Adrian did an excellent  job of chairing, and the game was ably directed by Ernie Tradewell.

Congratulations to Brian Fraser and Keith Dowdall who were first overall (and N/S). They win the Sam Duprau Trophy. Kudos also to Margaret Skinner and Brenda Jackson who swept E/W.

Full results are posted on the Monterey Bridge Club website.

Brian Fraser and Keith Dowdall, winners of the Sam Duprau Trophy, December 2, 2017.
This trophy was established in 1963 and is awarded annually to the pair with the highest score at the Christmas Social.

 

 

Unit Christmas Party

Unit 431’s annual Christmas dinner and bridge game was held at the Monterey Recreation Centre on December 2 2017.

Barbara Boisvert, the Unit’s President, emceed the event which featured a wonderful turkey dinner, drinks and celebration enjoyed by over a hundred participants.

It was great fun with everyone dressed in their finery and enjoying camaraderie with each other.

Nancy Adrian did an excellent  job of chairing, and the game was ably directed by Ernie Tradewell.

Congratulations to Brian Fraser and Keith Dowdall who were first N/S and to Margaret Skinner and Brenda Jackson who swept E/W.

Full results are posted on the Monterey Bridge Club website.