Report from "Learn Bridge in a Day"

Lisa Procter reports from the September 24 "Learn Bridge in a Day:"

On Saturday, September 24th, we held our first "Learn Bridge in a Day" program at the Puritan Bridge Club. We had 30 participants and of the 30, 25 were signed up for ACBL memberships. Four of the participants already had a membership. Adam did a great job teaching the program and we received very positive responses from the participants on the surveys. The Puritan Club was terrific and very generous to give us their classroom for free. A key to this program was having a helper at each table. I want to thank David Aronson, Stan Richmond, Jan Smola, Stuart Whitle, Saul Agranoff and Ellie. We couldn’t have done it with out them. Adam and I hope to hold another in November. Thank you all for your support.

And thanks to Lisa and Adam for organizing this event.  We will announce the time of the next event as soon as we can. Let's all try to support the program by telling our non-bridge playing friends.

Fall Sectional and NAP Results

Watertown hosted an unusual dual tournament on October 7 to 9. In additional to the Fall Sectional, the Flight A North American Pairs took place on Saturday and Sunday in the same venue. The Flight A NAP is probably the toughest pair event held in New England. It drew quite well this past weekend, with 22 tables in play. The pool was full of sharks!

First place in the event was taken by EMBA's Lloyd Arvedon and Jay Stiefel of Connecticut, followed closely by the Connecticut pair of Doug Doub and Frank Merblum. Third place went to the Cape's Margie Sullivan and Steve Rzewski. These three pairs will be sent to the Nationals in Kansas City next Spring to compete at the National level.

Remember that the Flight B and C NAP's will be held at the Mansfield Regional.

Complete results from the Fall Sectional are here. Of special note: Larry Hanerfeld and Anita Taylor nearly won both ends of the Saturday pairs. Congratulations to the Flight C pair that beat them in the afternoon, Robert Farmer and Catarina Kiefe, with better than a 67% game.

Online EMBA Election

The election of Officers and the Board of Directors of EMBA for 2017 is coming up. The Secretary has send out paper ballots, but it will also be possible to vote online. Online voting will begin October 1 and remain open until October 31. To vote, please click here.

We are in the process of collecting biographical information on the candidates.  Information we have received to date is posted here. The slate is:


President Bob McCaw
Vice President Luke Gillespie
Secretary Carolyn Weiser
Treasurer Linda Robinson


Mark Aquino
David Aronson
Bob Bertoni
Maureen Bitler
Steve Diamond
Peter Lombardo
Brenda Montague
Jan Smola
Paul Tierney

New Kid in Town

Don Caplin is well known for encouraging young people to take up bridge. He can often be spotted playing duplicate with one of his young proteges, many of which have become very successful players.

One of his latest is Harrison Luba, a 12 year old who just moved here from Hilton Head, SC. Thanks to Don for this article introducing Luba.

Quick Trick

For many years, the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association published a quarterly newsletter with news of tournament results, listings of upcoming tournaments, and so forth. Recently, it has seemed that with advent of the Internet, the Quick Trick did not really justify the time and expense required to produce it. Producing a glossy newsletter was very time consuming and rather costly, and the costs of mailing were prohibitive (actually, a substantial portion of EMBA's annual budget). So, a couple of years ago, the Board of Directors decided to discontinue its publication.

We are pleased to announce an "electronic Quick Trick" -- a stripped down and abbreviated version of the old newsletter that hopefully contains most of the former newsletter's information, and which can be produced at a fraction of the cost. Thanks to Carolyn Weiser for producing the new version. It may be viewed here.