Unit 207 Newsletter
October / November 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
Oct 11th    (Sat)NW Center - NAP Unit Final - 12:30/TBA - Meal
Oct 25th(Sat)NW Center - Open Pairs - 12:30
Nov 15th(Sat)NW Center - Individual - 12:30

Upcoming Special Games at Clubs
Oct 2nd    (Thur)    Beth Israel - Club Appreciation Game
Oct 3rd(Fri)Senior Center - Club Appreciation Game
Oct 5th(Sun)NW Center - Club Appreciation Game
Oct 7th(Tue)Senior Center - Club Championship
Oct 9th(Thur)Beth Israel - Club Championship
Oct 13th(Mon)NW Center - Club Championship
Oct 15th(Wed)NW Center - Club Appreciation Game
Oct 20th(Mon)NW Center - Club Appreciation Game
Oct 21st(Tue)Senior Center - Club Appreciation Game
Oct 22nd(Wed)NW Center - Junior Fund Game
Oct 27th(Mon)Senior Center - Club Appreciation Game
Oct 28th(Tue)NW Center - Club Appreciation Game
Nov 11th(Tue)NW Center and Senior Center - No Game (Veteran's Day)
Nov 12th(Wed)NW Center - Club Championship
Nov 13th(Thur)Beth Israel - Junior Fund Game
Nov 14th(Fri)Senior Center - Club Championship
Nov 18th(Tue)NW Center - Club Championship
Nov 27th(Thur)NW Center and Beth Israel - No Game (Thanksgiving)
Nov 28th(Fri)Senior Center - No Game

Future Austin Tournaments
Nov 22-23, 2003(Sat-Sun)    NW Center - NLM Sectional
Jan 1-4, 2004(Thur-Sun)DoubleTree Hotel - Sectional and District 16 NAP Finals (Sat-Sun)
Mar 13-14, 2004(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional
May 13-16, 2004(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn - Sectional
Jun 30 - Jul 5, 2004    (Wed-Mon)DoubleTree Hotel - Austin Regional
Jul 24-25, 2004(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional


Ray Robak Award:
The winner of the 2003 Ray Robak Award is Paul Kelley. The award honors a legendary Austin bridge director and is given to the Unit 207 member who wins the most masterpoints at the Austin Fall Sectional.

New Silver Life Master:
Patricia Pels, Billie Banks Valentine

New Gold Life Master:
Pat Griffin, Sylvia Ferris

New NABC Master:
Diana Rogers, Clint Schuhmacher

New Regional Life Master:
Maidell Davis, Nick Jong

New Sectional Master:
Larry Smith, Jean Townsend

Alex Kolesnik 3500, David Sokolov 3000, Beth Tobias 1500

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).

September Sectional
The recently held Austin Sectional was chaired by Chris Hull and Mark McAllister. From considerable personal experience, chairing a tournament is a big job. Take the time to thank these individuals for their hard work. The chairmen would like to thank everyone who helped out, especially Mike Stout for the meal on Sunday and Jane McAllister and Eve Bindeman for extra work on snack preparation.

The Unit Board is responsible for organizing sectional and regional tournaments. If you have suggestions, criticisms, etc., please talk to a board member. Also, one need not be a board member to chair a tournament. If you are interested in chairing a tournament, let a board member know. The Unit Board appoints the tournament chairmen.

New Bridge Club
The Dell Center is no longer a duplicate bridge site, but its games have survived. The Thursday (noon) game is now held at Congregation Beth Israel (northeast "corner" of Shoal Creek and 38th St.), Room 308 (3rd floor, there is an elevator). The Sunday (1:30) game is now held at the NW Recreation Center. Kevin Perkins directs both games. Note: there is a security code (which changes monthly) which must be entered for access to the Beth Israel building. Call Kevin (917-6285) for the code if you do not know it.

Club Appreciation Games
The ACBL has declared October to be Club Appreciation Month. Each club may hold a certain number of Club Appreciation Games (see schedule above). These games award masterpoints (black) as if they were Unit Games (85% of Sectional Tournament open pairs). There is no extra charge for these games (just extra masterpoints).

Individual Unit Game
What is an Individual game? There is no fixed partnership as in a pairs game. Each round you will have a different partner (as determined by the director in an arcane manner best left undescribed in this genteel publication). At the end of the game, one individual (not pair) wins first place, one individual wins second place, and so on. As usual, the number of places is based upon attendance. The matchpointing of each board is done in the usual manner, i.e. all of the East-West (and N-S) pairs are compared with all of the other East-West (and N-S) pairs playing that board to achieve a score on that board (each individual of the temporary partnership receives that score on that board). Your final score is the sum of all the scores that you have individually "earned" on each board. Do not pre-arrange a partner for this game; just show up all by yourself. Normal matchpoint strategy is in order, but you will probably not be able to play all of your usual bidding gadgets on any given round since your partner will be different each round. The game will not be (indeed, can not be) stratified.

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
Jewel Ogorzaly of Austin, Bronze Life Master

Skip Bids
Whenever a skip bid occurs, whether or not the "STOP" card is used, the next player to call must make a significant pause (officially, 10 seconds) before making a call (including PASS). A skip bid is presumed to cause a problem for the next person to call, and if (A) he passes quickly such action gives unauthorized information to his partner that he was going to PASS in any event, or if (B) he bids or doubles quickly such action gives unauthorized information to his partner that the skip bid gave him no problem whatsoever (because he had a good hand). If you or your partner make a skip bid and the opponents do not make a significant pause before calling, call the director! When pausing, especially if you know you're going to PASS, don't make it obvious that you are just allowing time to go by because you're supposed to, for example by counting to ten either out loud or in some other obvious way. This significant pause (unless it is considerably longer than 10 seconds) is not considered unauthorized information since the pause is required.