Unit 207 Newsletter
April / May 2003
Larry Davis, Editor  
Larry Davis, Editor

The Unit 207 Newsletter editor is Larry Davis. The board member supervising the unit newsletter is Jenny Stocker. The newsletter will be available on or about the first day of the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December. Please let the editor know about newsworthy items so that they may be included in the newsletter. Please do not expect everything told to the editor to appear in the newsletter. The supervising editor makes the final decision on each issue's content.

New Board/Officers Elected
New Board Members are Bobbie Mayer and Phyllis Tate. Continuing Board Members are Chris Hull, Mary Anne Laier, Mark McAllister, Diana Rogers, Clint Schuhmacher, Jenny Stocker, and James Wueste. At its first meeting, the Board elected officers as follows: President: Mary Anne Laier; Vice-President: Jenny Stocker; Secretary: Diana Rogers; and Treasurer: Clint Schuhmacher. Committee Chairmen are: Caddies - Vera Chimene; Conduct/Ethics - George Pisk; Contracts - Larry Davis; Education/Novices - Kathy McCabe; Hospitality - Bobbie Mayer; Membership - Mark McAllister; Photography - Steve Bruce; Publicity - Jenny Stocker and Gene Cavanaugh; Recorder - Marilou Powell; Supplies - Kevin Perkins; Tournament Coordinator/Unit Manager - James Wueste; and Webmaster - Steve Bruce. The new position of Unit Manager will take care of many administrative and scheduling aspects of running the unit.

Upcoming Unit 207 Events
Apr 12(Sat)NW Center - Lone Arranger/Awards - 12:30
May 17(Sat)NW Center - Unit Tournaments - 12:30 one-session pairs; 6:00 one-session Swiss Teams

Upcoming Special Games at Clubs
Apr 8(Tues)Senior Center - Club Championship
Apr 10(Thur)Dell Center - Club Championship
Apr 11(Fri)Senior Center - Charity Game
Apr 16(Wed)NW Center - Junior Fund Game
Apr 21(Mon)NW Center - Club Championship
Apr 29(Tues)NW Center - Inter-Club Championship
May 8(Thur)Dell Center - Junior Fund Game
May 9(Fri)Senior Center - Club Championship
May 20(Tues)NW Center - Club Championship
May 21(Wed)NW Center - Inter-Club Championship
May 26(Mon)No games at Senior Center and NW Center
May 28(Wed)NW Center - Club Championship

Future Austin Tournaments
May 1-4, 2003(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn - northwest "corner" of I-35 and Oltorf
Jul 12-13, 2003(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional
Sep 18-21, 2003(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn
Nov 22-23(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional
Jan 1-4, 2004(Thur-Sun)DoubleTree Hotel - District 16 NAP Finals Sat-Sun

New Life Masters: Harvey Browning, Stephen Campbell
New Diamond Life Master: Gary Powell
Note: Names are listed in this newsletter after they have appeared in the ACBL Bulletin. There are three players in our unit with over 10,000 masterpoints, four with 5000-10000, 21 with 2500-5000, 73 with 1000-2500, 128 with 500-1000 and 128 with 300-500. Of all ACBL members, 0.17% have 10,000+, 0.76% have 5000+, 2.9% have 2500+ and 13.5% have 1000+. Unit 207 members with 5000+ masterpoints are: George Pisk, Tobi Sokolow, Mildred Breed, Ken Schutze, Paul Kelley, Gary Powell, and Jim Griffin.

More Congratulations!
Five Unit 207 members made the 2002 Barry Crane 500. They are: Mildred Breed, #80; Tobi Sokolow, #115; Jim Griffin, #374; Jerry Bigler, #460 and Alex Kolesnik, #476.

Fourteen members made the District 16 Top 100 masterpoint winners for 2002. They are: Mildred Breed, #6; Jim Griffin, #22; Jerry Bigler, #30; Alex Kolesnik, #31; Lynn Baker, #37; George Pisk, #40; Pat Griffin, #62; Marilou Powell, #63; John Oakley, #67; Rosemary Kelley, #77; Tony Eckman, #87; Nancy Brown, #94; Charlie Brown, #95 and Paul Kelley, #98.

In the District 16 Youth Race (under age 18), Lisa Burton was 2nd with 102 masterpoints. In the District 16 Junior Race (under age 25), Lisa Burton was 3rd and Kaustubh Bendre was 4th.

In the District 16 Mini-McKenney Tony Eckman was 1st and John Taylor was 4th among Club Masters, Lisa Burton was 7th among Sectional Masters, Nancy Brown was 1st and Charlie Brown was 2nd among Life Masters, Charles Hampton was 8th among Bronze Life Masters, Jerry Bigler was 4th and Lynn Baker was 6th among Silver Life Masters, Jim Griffin was 3rd and Alex Kolesnik was 6th among Gold Life Masters, and Mildred Breed was 2nd among Diamond Life Masters.

Texas Star Award
Tricia Kane is the Unit 207 recipient of the 2002 Texas Star Award. The recipient of this annual award is chosen by the Unit 207 Board of Directors for outstanding service to the bridge community. Past winners are: Joan Adair, Millie Sherrod, Ray Robak, Lois Smith, Marguerite Wright, George Watkins, Kevin Perkins and Scott Humphrey.

Bridge on the Web
A partial list of useful bridge websites: www.acbl.org, the official website of the ACBL (look up your masterpoints!); www.d16acbl.org, the official website of District 16 (tournament information); and home.austin.rr.com/sbruce, the official website of our unit.

Mentor Program
The Unit 207-sponsored mentor program continues. More experienced players (mentors) have been paired with less experienced players (mentees) and will be playing twice/month at club games during 2003. Please call Kathy McCabe if you are a mentor or mentee and have questions/concerns. Suggestions are welcome from anyone.

Deaths and Departures
Jerome Ravel, of Austin, was a Life Master.
June Wolffe, of Austin, was a Silver Life Master.
Marguerite Wright, of Austin, was a Silver Life Master with over 2000 masterpoints.

Bidding Contrary to System
It is not illegal to bid contrary to one's system, provided that partner is not in on it and bids his hand according to what you are supposed to have. There is no automatic penalty awarded to the "non-offending" side based solely on the fact that the "offending" side bid contrary to their system. Common contrary bids (not necessarily recommended by this writer) are: bidding a four-card major even though partnership agreement call for five-card majors, making a weak two bid (or weak jump overcall) with a five-card suit even though partnership agreement calls for a six-card suit, making a limit raise with only three trumps when four-card trump support is the agreement, making a two-suit bid such as Michael's or Unusual 2NT with only 5-4 (or even 4-4) distribution when 5-5 (or better) has been agreed upon. Such contrary bidding should be rare. If a certain contrary bid (or bids) becomes commonplace in an established partnership, then there is presumed to be an implicit understanding within the partnership. Since undisclosed understandings are illegal, the opponents should be alerted. Feel free to call the director if the opponents have bid contrary to system. Since such bidding is not illegal, the director will not often penalize it, BUT the director will take note of it and caution the "offending" pair. If the director comes to realize over time that a partnership "often" (director's judgment) bids contrary to their system in a certain way, he will require the "offending" pair to modify their convention card and/or alert the opponents. After this point, the director will penalize pairs which bid contrary to their system if they have not modified their convention card and/or alerted the opponents.