Unit 207 Newsletter
February 2005 / March 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
12 Feb(Sat)NW Center - Annual Meeting/Stratified Open Pairs - 12:30
19 Feb(Sat)NW Center - GNT unit-level qualifier - two-session - 12:30

Upcoming Special Games at Clubs
Feb 3(Thurs)Presby. game at NW - both games possibly cancelled
Feb 5/6(Sat/Sun)no games
Feb 8(Tues)NW Center - Inter-Club Championship
Feb 10(Thurs)NW Center and Cove. Presby. - Junior Fund Game
Feb 16(Weds)NW Center - Club Championship
Feb 18(Fri)Senior Center - Club Championship
Feb 19(Sat)NW Center - no club game (GNT Qualifier)
Feb 21(Mon)NW Center - there is a game
Feb 21(Mon)Senior Center - no game
Feb 22(Tues)NW Center - Club Championship
Feb 26(Sat)NW Center - Junior Fund Game
Feb 28(Mon)Senior Center - ACBL-wide Senior Game (Must be 55+)
Mar 2(Weds)NW Center - Junior Fund Game
Mar 5(Sat)NW Center - no club game (NLM Sectional)
Mar 6(Sun)NW Center - Club Championship
Mar 19(Sat)NW Center - Junior Fund Game
Mar 21(Mon)Senior Center - Club Championship
Mar 27(Sun)NW Center - no game

Future Austin Tournaments
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
Nov 12-13, 2005(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional
Jan 5-8, 2006(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn - dates and location tentative

Congratulations!

New Bronze Life Masters (500):
Alan Laverty, Flora Pettit

New Life Masters (300):
Phyllis Tate

Others:
(750) Shirley Henry; (200) Joe Black, Mary Hahn; (100) George Richards; (50) David Dickson, Laura Dickson, Margie McClurg, Danna Redford, Adam Ruprecht


Annual Unit 207 Meeting:
The annual meeting will be held February 12th (Sat) at the NW Center at 12:30. A stratified open pairs game will follow at 1:30 (free, if attended meeting). The nominees for three positions on the nine-member unit board are: Linda Anthony, Mildred Breed, Joyce Cooper, Jim Glathar, Flora Pettit and Diana Rogers. Additional nominations may be made from the floor. Ballots will be mailed to all Unit 207 members a few days later. They may be returned by mail or at a local club game. The six members whose terms are continuing are: Laura Delfeld, Hal DeShong, Mary Anne Laier, Mark McAllister, Clint Schuhmacher, and Phyllis Tate.

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.

January Sectional:
Attendance was great at the sectional, especially for the morning knockouts. The tournament chairmen were Laura Delfeld and Diana Rogers. Other chairmen were: Linda Anthony - Hospitality, Mark McAllister - Partnerships, Steve Bruce and Clint Schuhmacher - Photography and Kevin Perkins - Supplies. The tournament chairmen would like to thank the many individuals who brought goodies for the hospitality table. The outstanding meal was catered by Mike Stout, the Unit 207 master chef. The top 10 masterpoint winners were: Jim Griffin, Paul Kelley, Alex Kolesnik, George Pisk, Bill Erwin, Dean Truair, Angela Lennon, Anita Cokins, Tony Eckman and Paul Tobias. Four of these top ten were Flight B and C players.

District 16 Top Masterpoint Holders:
There are about 11,000 ACBL members in District 16. Unit 207 members in the top 5% by masterpoint holdings (as of 12 January 2005) are: G. Pisk-15th, T. Sokolow-16th, M. Breed-19th, K. Schutze-39th, P. Kelley-51st, J. Griffin-75th, J. Lacy-85th, G. Powell-86th, R. Kelley-118th, P. Hood-139th, A. Kolesnik-146th, S. Bruce-169th, D. Bruce-189th, D. Sokolow-210th, Marilou Powell-213th, S. Humphrey-216th, M. Laier-217th, J. Bigler-223rd, L. Kennedy-240th, E. Bindeman-241st, K. Bains-242nd, L. Baker-265th, P. Griffin-266th, E. Jennings-291st, Marcia Powell-361st, B. Daniel-403rd, P. Tobias-413th, G. Watkins-478th, T. Kane-517th, and M. Sherrod-542nd.

Slow Play:
Bridge is a Bridge is a timed event! The time allowed per round depends on the number of boards to be played in a round. For 2 boards, it's 15 minutes; for 3 boards, it's 20 minutes and for four boards, it's 25 minutes. Procedural penalties (points deducted from your final score) may be assessed by the director for slow play. If your table is behind, everyone is obliged to try and catch up (even the pair not at fault). Do not post-mortem the hands or visit between the hands if you are behind. Do your paperwork quickly. If you can claim, do so (giving, as always, a clear explanation of the claim). If you will be late going to the next table, do not get refreshments between that round. If you have a sit-out and decide to leave the playing area, keep track of time so that you won't be late to the following round. (Don't make the director come looking for you.) All of this falls under the general category of being considerate to other players.! The time allowed per round depends on the number of boards to be played in a round. For 2 boards, it's 15 minutes; for 3 boards, it's 20 minutes and for four boards, it's 25 minutes. Procedural penalties (points deducted from your final score) may be assessed by the director for slow play. If your table is behind, everyone is obliged to try and catch up (even the pair not at fault). Do not post-mortem the hands or visit between the hands if you are behind. Do your paperwork quickly. If you can claim, do so (giving, as always, a clear explanation of the claim). If you will be late going to the next table, do not get refreshments between that round. If you have a sit-out and decide to leave the playing area, keep track of time so that you won't be late to the following round. (Don't make the director come looking for you.) All of this falls under the general category of being considerate to other players.

New Location:
The Thursday Open Game (not the 0-600 game, which remains in the NW Center) has moved to a new location: Covenant Presbyterian Church. It is due west of the NW Center (across the parking lot). Game time is 11:30. There is a map of the church campus on the bridge bulletin board of the NW Center. There are two locations within the campus. The primary location is Eaton Hall (the former sanctuary), the building nearest the road. The secondary location is Covenant Hall, a two-story building nearest the NW Center. The game room in Covenant Hall is on the second floor. There is a ramp entrance to the second floor at the back (South) end of Covenant Hall.

District 16 NAP
The district-level NAP finals were held in conjunction with the San Antonio Sectional in January. The top three places in Flights A and C and the top four places in Flight B qualify to play at the national-level this March in Pittsburgh. Earning a trip to Pittsburgh in Flight C are J. Ford and W. Ren (2nd) and I. Blount and J. Hughes (3rd). Also in C were A. Lennon and A. Cokins (9th). Flight A honorable mention are A. Kolesnik and D. Hadden (San Antonio) - 5th and J. Griffin and K. Schutze - 7th. Flight B honorable mention are L. Davis and R. Donathan - 5th (1st alternates), N. Joe and C. Eick (Houston) - 6th and K. Snyder and N. Boothe (Houston) - 10th. Only in bridge can one find lots of people competing madly for a trip to Pittsburgh in March (still winter up there).

Bridge Lessons
There are a variety of opportunities for people to learn to play bridge. (We always need new players.) Kevin Perkins teaches beginning bridge through the University of Texas Informal Classes program. One need not be a student/faculty/employee to take these classes, which are offered in the Spring and Fall semesters. For people who already know how to play socially (perhaps minimally), he teaches about duplicate bridge (with lessons on bidding and play) twice per year through a city-sponsored program called Lifetime Learning. Leona Rieger continually teaches a series of classes through the Senior Center (must be 50+). Call Kevin, Leona or Larry Davis for more information.