January "Learn Bridge in a Day" Scheduled
The third "Learn Bridge in a Day" is scheduled for January 8 at the Bridge Spot in Woburn.  The flyer describing the event is here.

Thanks, once again, to Lisa Procter for organizing the event.  Dean Panagopolous will be the teacher this time. This the third installment of program, and the first two have been very successful in introducing new players to the game.  If you have some time that day, they can use volunteers.  Please see the flyer

Holiday Tournament Features Pro-Am, Two Session Pairs

The Holiday Tournament is coming up soon -- December 9-11 -- at the usual location at the ACEC is Watertown. The Friday game is the annual "Pro-Am" event, where a "Pro" -- a Life Master or someone with more than 500 Masterpoints --  is matched up with an "Am" -- a non-Life Master with fewer than 500.  Saturday will feature the two session "Bill Hunter Cup" pair game.

Please click here for more information and partnership help for the Pro-Am.

The annual EMBA meeting will be held between sessions of the pair event on Saturday.  The agenda of the meeting is here.

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 online election of officers and Board of Directors is closed.  Results will be announced at the Sectional in Watertown in December.  Thanks to all who participated.

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.