Unit 207 Newsletter
December 2004 / January 2005
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
Dec 4      (Sat)      NW Center - Individual Game - 12:30
Dec 12(Sun)Senior Center - Unit Christmas Party - Two-Session - Meal - No Age Restriction
Jan 29(Sat)NW Center - Stratified Open Pairs

Upcoming Special Games at Clubs
Dec 2(Thu)First Presbyterian Church - Open Game at NW Center
Dec 6(Mon)Senior Center - Club Championship
Dec 7(Tue)Senior Center - Christmas Party/Charity Game - Dinner/Bridge at 6/7
Dec 11(Sat)NW Center - No Game
Dec 15(Wed)NW Center - Upgraded Club Championship
Dec 16(Thu)NW Center - Christmas Party/Club Championship
Dec 18(Sat)NW Center - Junior Fund Game
Dec 19(Sun)NW Center - Club Championship
Dec 23(Thu)First Presbyterian Church - Open Game at NW Center
Dec 24/25(Fri/Sat)SAC and NW Centers - No Games
Dec 26(Sun)NW Center - There Is A Game
Dec 31(Fri)Senior Center - There Is A Game
Jan 1(Sat)NW Center - No Game
Jan 2(Sun)NW Center - There Is A Game
Jan 6-9(Thu-Sun)No Games (Austin Sectional)
Jan 15-16(Sat/Sun)NW Center - No Games
Jan 17(Mon)NW Center - There Is A Game
Jan 17(Mon)Senior Center - No Game
Jan 18(Tue)Senior Center - Club Championship
Jan 19(Wed)NW Center - Junior Fund Game
Jan 20(Thu)First Presbyterian Church - Club Championship
Jan 22(Sat)NW Center - Club Championship
Jan 24(Mon)NW Center - Club Championship
Jan 30(Sun)Junior Fund Game

Future Austin Tournaments
Jan 6-9, 2005(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn - Sectional
Mar 5-6, 2004(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional
May 12-15, 2005(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn - Sectional
Jul 16-17, 2005(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional
Sept 22-25, 2005(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn - Sectional


New Emerald Life Master (7,500):
Ken Schutze. (This is a new ACBL rank)

New Silver Life Master (1,000):
David Beam

New Bronze Life Master (500):
Shirley Holland, Don Shimmon

New Life Masters (300):
M. Damon, Clint Schuhmacher, Monty Van Dover

(4000) Pat Hood; (3000) Jerry Bigler, Eve Bindeman; (750) Anne Seiders; (200) Nick Jong, (100) Linda Bush, Terry Richardson; (50) Rich Ellmer

Ray Robak Award:
Awarded annually to the Unit 207 member winning the most masterpoints at the September Sectional, this year's winner is Paul Kelley. He has won the award for three consecutive years. (A 'Paul' has won for five straight years.) Dean Truair won the most points in B Flight, and Anita Cokins won the most points in C.

National Goodwill Committee:
Marilou Powell has been appointed as a lifetime member of the ACBL National Goodwill Committee. She has served our unit in many capacities such as unit board member, tournament chairman, and hospitality co-chair at the recent Austin Regional. She is currently the Unit Recorder.

Tentative Unit Events 2005
Jan 29th - Open Pairs, Feb 12th - Annual Unit Meeting/Open Pairs, Feb 19th - GNT Unit Finals, Flights B and C (two-session), Apr 9th - Awards/Lone Arranger (pairs), Apr 23rd - Open Pairs (afternoon) and Teams (evening), June 11th - Ice Cream Social/Open Pairs, June 25th - IMP Pairs, Aug 6th - City Championship (two-session), Oct 29th - NAP Unit Finals (two-session), Oct 31st - Halloween Party/Open Pairs, Dec 11th - Christmas Party/Open Pairs (two single-sessions). Events are one session unless otherwise noted. All pair games are stratified except for the Lone Arranger. All games are at the NW Center except for the Christmas Party (probably at the Senior Center). All games are on Saturday at 12:30 except for the Christmas Party (Sunday) and the Halloween (Monday).

NAP District 16 Final
If you played in the Unit 207 NAP final and earned a "Q" (qualified), then you may play at the district-level in January 2005 at the San Antonio Sectional Tournament. The dates/times are 15/16 January (Sat/Sun) at 1:00 and 7:00. The event is flighted (not stratified). About half of the field in each flight is eliminated after the second Saturday session. The top three (sometimes four) places in each flight advance to the national level held at the Spring Nationals in March 2005.

Grand National Teams (GNT)
The unit-level GNT qualifier for flights B and C will be held on Saturday, February 19th. It is a two-session event with a meal between sessions. The upper half of each flight qualifies to go the district-level (usually held in Richardson (Dallas) over the Memorial Day weekend). The national-level is at the Summer Nationals. Must play both sessions.

Party! Party! Party!
Various Christmas parties are being held in December. The Unit 207 party is December 12th (Sunday) at the Senior Activity Center. There is NO age restriction. There will be two single-session, charity, stratified pairs games with a catered meal between sessions. The cost is $12 if playing both sessions, $8 if playing only one session. Reservations are required. Reserve your place with Unit President Mary Anne Laier (828-5013). The Senior Activity Center party is Tuesday, December 7th. Must be 50+ years of age. Dinner at 6:00 and bridge at 7:00 (charity, stratified pairs). The cost is $6 if you bring a dish, $9 without a dish. Reservations are not required, but please sign up at the SAC indicating the kind of dish you will bring the Northwest Center 0-600 game will have a party/club championship on Thursday, December 16th at 11:30.

Reviewing/Asking Questions About the Auction
The declarer may ask for a review of the bidding prior to playing from the dummy to the opening lead. The opening leader may ask before he makes the opening lead. Opening leader's partner may ask at his first turn to play (not before the opening lead is made). After these times, it is too late to ask for a review. One may, however, ask what a specific bid means at any time during the play when it is your turn to play a card. The declarer may ask during the play about defenders' carding/discarding agreements. It is unethical to ask for a review for the purpose of calling your partner's attention thereto.

Bids at/above the Four-Level
Beginning with opener's first rebid, bids at/above the four-level are not to be alerted. After the auction is over (and before the opening lead), the opponents should be informed, even if they do not ask, what any such conventional bids mean. Opening four-level bids and responder's first response (if at/above the four-level) are alertable. Even though bids at/above the four-level are not to be alerted, the opponents still have the right to ask what any such bids mean. If they do ask, they are to be told the meanings. Remember, that one may ask what a bid means only at your turn to bid. It is unethical to ask what a bid means for the purpose of calling your partner's attention to the bid.

Deaths and Departures
Moved to Dallas: James Garner