Unit 207 Newsletter
August / September 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.

Upcoming Unit 207 Events
Aug 16th(Sat)NW Center - Ice Cream Social - Pairs - 12:30
Oct 11th(Sat)NW Center - NAP Unit Final - 12:30/TBA - Meal

Upcoming Special Games at Clubs
Aug 5th (Tues)NW Center - Club Championship
Aug 7th (Thurs)Dell Center - NAP Game
Aug 10th (Sun)Dell Center - NAP Game
Aug 13th (Weds)NW Center - Club Championship
Aug 19th (Tues)NW Center - NAP Game
Aug 20th (Weds)NW Center - InterClub Championship
Aug 22nd (Fri)Senior Center - Club Championship
Aug 24th (Sun)Dell Center - Junior Fund Game
Aug 25th (Mon)NW Center - NAP game - last one!
Aug 28th (Thurs)Dell Center - no game
Aug 31st (Sun)Dell Center - no game
Sep 1st (Mon)Senior Center and NW Center - no games (Labor Day)
Sep 10th (Weds)NW Center - Charity Game
Sep 14th (Sun)Dell Center - Club Championship
Sep 15th (Mon)Senior Center - Club Championship
Sep 18th (Thurs)NW Center - no game (Austin Sectional)
Sep 19th (Fri)Senior Center - no game (Austin Sectional)
Sep 21st (Sun)Dell Center - no game (Austin Sectional)
Sep 25th (Thurs)NW Center - Club Championship
Sep 28th (Sun)Dell Center game moved to NW Center (tentative)

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

Congratulations!
Jim and Pat Griffin (with two non-unit 207 teammates) won the Flight A Grand National Teams at the summer nationals in Long Beach CA. They were representing District 16 (most of Texas). Each district of the ACBL sends one team to the nationals.


New Life Masters: Gene Cavanaugh, Bob Pflugbeil, Jenny Stocker
New Bronze Life Master: Robert Donathan, Pam Phillips
New Silver Life Master: Mike Doyle
New Diamond Life Master: Jack Lacy
New NABC Master: Diane Ebert, John Taylor
New Regional Life Master: Marc McAllister
New Sectional Life Master: Kaustubh Bendre, Sarah Bowman
Others: Mary Anne Laier 3000, Paul Tobias 2000, Al Inks 1500, Francis Duce 750

Note: Names for ranks of Life Master and above are listed in this newsletter after they have appeared in the ACBL Bulletin (even if the editor hears rumors about it before).
Further Note: An attempt will be made by the editor to list some ranks below Life Master (200, 100 and 50) and other "milestones" (750, 1500, 2000, 3000, 3500, 4000, 4500 and multiples of 1000 above 5000). These are not listed in other publications. The editor will try to capture this data from monthly, downloaded masterpoint lists. If you were missed, let the editor know (preferably in some non-violent way), and he will include you in the next newsletter.

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.

City Championship
The City Champions for 2003 are: Flight A - Scott Humphrey and Marilou Powell, Flight B - Lois Goodman and Beth Tobias, and Flight C - Jeff Ford and Nick Jong. The winners received gift certificates to a local restaurant. The A winners were only two points above the B winners, who were themselves less than half a point above last year's B winners.

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
(Deaths)
Baker Jones of Austin, Bronze Life Master
Alma McDonnell of Austin, Silver Life Master

(Departures)
Sarah Bowman (daughter of Pat Griffin) to Dallas for further graduate work
Lois Smith to Oak Ridge (Knoxville), Tennessee in late August. Lois received the Texas Star Award in 1997 for service to our Unit 207. She is close to becoming a Gold Life Master. A farewell party is being planned.

East/West in a Mitchell Movement
Once the round has been called, east/west must leave their current table to make room for the arriving east/west pair even if there is no room at the next table (because of play still in progress). Conversely, prior to the round being called east/west is under no obligation to vacate their table for an early arriving east/west pair.

Insufficient Bids
A director often encounters the following: the person who makes an insufficient bid gives an explanation to the director (and, therefore, to everyone else at the table) as to how this happened. Usually, the explanation is "I didn't see partner's opening bid." DO NOT give this (or any other) explanation. None is needed. I know that the offender wants to explain himself, but what the explanation actually does is give unauthorized information to partner. In many bidding scenarios, an explanation (of not seeing a bid) tells offender's partner that offender has an opening hand (rather than a one-level response showing perhaps just 6 HCP, or a two-level response showing perhaps just 10 HCP). This unauthorized information may subject offender to extra (and perhaps more serious) penalties. Simply call the director when an insufficient bid occurs, and let the director do all of the talking and question asking.

Also, remember that the person to the left of the insufficient bidder has the first option. He may choose to accept the insufficient bid. DO NOT simply make the bid sufficient without first calling the director.

Revokes
How many tricks do you get if the opponents revoke? It depends. Usually, it is one or two tricks, but it could be zero or 3+. If the revoking player (not revoker's partner) did not win the trick and no subsequent tricks were won by the revoking side, then zero tricks are awarded. If the revoke caused the declarer to lose more than two tricks (the declarer must demonstrate to the director that this was, in fact, the case), then 3+ tricks may be awarded. NOTE: there is no official revoke on the 12th trick, even if an actual revoke occurred. The director will cause the 12th trick to be replayed (correcting the revoke), and then the last trick is replayed. Whichever side wins the 12th and 13th tricks is awarded those tricks, and no penalty is assessed.

Opening Leads Out of Turn
These should never happen. If you will simply make your opening lead face down (as is supposed to be the case), then, even if your lead happens to be out of turn, the face down lead is withdrawn with no penalty.