Book: Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?

My book is still available! It is entitled, “Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?”  (That is, Wanna Play Bridge the two over one way?)  Published by Master Point Press in November, 2017 and available for sale through them, on Amazon, or if you reside in the U.S. you can buy directly from me.  (See below.)

It is designed to be used in a variety of ways, but is basically a novice book, designed to teach the 2/1 bidding system to absolute beginners. The description on the back cover gives the best idea of how to use it.

Start early!
2/1: More Power, More Fun!

This book can be used as an absolute beginner book, teaching the 2/1 bridge bidding system from the start. Use just Chapters 1-5 to teach children as young as 6! They can learn how to play before they are ready to learn how to bid. Older than 9, kids can move, right along with adults, into learning the bidding system. It can also be used by a novice player who has the mechanics down but still needs help with bidding structure and playing tips as well as scoring. Those people can probably start with Chapter 6. If you already play a good game of Standard American but want to switch to 2/1 then you should probably start at Chapter 11. If you already know 2/1 but don’t know a couple of other conventions needed when responding to an opening bid of a major suit, then perhaps you just need Chapters 14 and 15. There are dozens of deals for practicing both bidding and play. Use the book the way that suits you best!

You can buy it directly from me at a slight discount or you can buy directly from MPP.  You can also find it on Amazon.

My new book, “Wanna Play Bridge The 2/1 Way?” is now available for sale!
It retails from Master Point Press for US $19.95.
If you buy it directly from me, via the link below,
I can sell it to you for $19 if shipped within the U.S.
This includes any sales tax and shipping and handling.

MCC Community Adult Education Courses

Spring  2020

Beginning Bridge Classes will be held on Longview Community College Campus in the spring of 2020.  Here are the dates, times, and topics.  To register look under classes/recreation, start by going to this link.  Spring classes will be there shortly!

Mondays  6 to 8 p.m.

Beginning Bridge
Mar. 30 – The Mechanics of this trick taking game, Hand evaluation, Playing Practice, Scoring
Apr. 6 – Opening bids and a start on how to respond, more playing practice
Apr.13 – More about responding to an opening 1 level bid, more playing practice
Apr. 20 – Review Opening and Responding Bids and Practice Playing
April 27 – Competitive Bidding – Weak 2 and 3 level Preemptive Opening Bids and Responses
May 4 – Overcalls and Takeout Doubles and Responses
May 11 – Takeout Doubles and Negative Doubles

Competitive Bidding

Competitive Bidding:  Change in Dates!

  • How to get into the bidding after the opposing side has already started bidding
  • How to start the bidding off by taking up some of the opponents’ bidding space
  • How to stop the interfering opponents and find the right contract for your side

Classes are at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lee’s Summit, MO
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost:  $17 per class 

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.  Class will cancel by the Tuesday night before the class without enough students pre-registered.

Nov. 27: Overcalls (making a bid after the opponents have started the bidding) and responding to or advancing the overcall. 

Dec. 11:  Take-out Doubles (after the opponent’s have started bidding, asking partner to pick a suit) and responding to or advancing the double

Dec. 18:  Pre-emptive opening bids (2 & 3 level) (taking away the opponent’s bidding room) and responses

Jan. 8:  Interfering after a 1 NT opening bid (using the convention Disturbing Opponents NoTrump DONT)

Jan. 15:  How to overcome interference from pre-emptive bids, takeout doubles, and overcalls.  Learn what a negative double can do for you and what a redouble can do.

Carriage Club Duplicate

Tuesdays again in 2019  at 5 p.m. at the Carriage Club. If you would like to play contact Kathy. Cost is $8.  This is a shorter game; we are usually done by 7:15.

Remaining Dates for 2019:

Nov. 19

Call Kathy at 816-237-0519 or email her to sign up.

This is an invitational club with limited space.  You have to be approved to come before coming!

Carriage Club Results:

Nov. 5 Game Results Corrected

Oct. 22 Game Results

Oct 8 Results

SEP 24 Results

July 9 Game Results

June 11 Results

May 28 Results

May 14, 2019 game results

 

2019 Scholarship Fundraiser

The 9th Annual Pizza Shoppe Fundraiser was held on Tuesday June 18, 2019.   10% of your purchase price was donated to scholarship funds held with Truman Heartland Community Foundation.  The first fund is the Eugene J. Rolfe Memorial Scholarship Fund, providing $1000 renewable scholarships to Engineering students.  The next fund is the Rolfe Bridge Fund.  This fund provides $500 renewable scholarships to Kathy’s students who have at least 1 masterpoint upon graduating from high school and who continue to add to the masterpoint holding while in college. The Bridge Fund also provides scholarships to students winning at the local Unit 131 Spring Tournament when a student section is offered.You can read about these scholarships on this website or read and apply for them via the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.  We’ve given away over $50,000 in scholarships and bridge camp funding so far!

Thank you to my supporters!  We had a great time this year! Sorry I forgot to take your picture Dave!

 

Bridge Competition Scholarship

Normally Unit 131 holds a student competition at the Spring Sectional Tournament.  The students will play in their own section if there are at least 3 tables. If at least 10 students don’t participate, those attending will play in the 0-299 section with the adults. This is for students age 18 and younger with less than 20 masterpoints. Winners will be awarded masterpoints and the Unit provides a trophy to the top student winners as well. In addition, Kathy Rolfe is providing a $50 scholarship to the top winners residing within Unit 131 through the Rolfe Bridge Fund administered through the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. The cost of play will be $1 to play.  Contact Kathy via e-mail  or call 816-237-0519 to let her know you plan on playing.

The 2019 Spring Tournament hosted 3 tables for the competition bridge scholarship on June 1.  Finishing in first place were Peter Caughron and his grandmother Nancy Caughron (playing to complete the 3 tables) with a 60% game, picking up .92 Silver masterpoints and winning Peter a $50 scholarship when he graduates from high school next year.  In second place were Patrick and Michael Caughron with a 57.5 % game picking up .69 masterpoints and $50 each in scholarship money to be used this fall at their college.

Supervised Play

Wednesday Wanna Play:
Wednesday 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 12:30 to 3 p.m. in my home in the Greenwood, MO area.  Next Wednesday Wanna Play:  NOV 20
Cost: $5 per person with light snacks provided.

You must register ahead of time.  I cancel by late Tuesday evening via email communication with fewer than 3 people signed up.  Call Kathy at 816-237-0519 or email her to sign up and get directions if you need them.

Monday Minglers

We play from noon to 2:30 at my home with beverages and snacks provided.  Cost is $5.  Next Monday Mingler December 16!  You must sign up ahead of time.  I cancel by Sunday evening if not enough have signed up.

Mo-Kan Bridge Academy

GAME RESULTS:  (No game Nov.  29)

Oct. 4 Game Results
Sep. 27 Game Results
Aug. 2 Game Results
Congrats to Rose for winning her first masterpoints on her birthday!

Happy Birthday Rose!  

July 26 Game
July 12 Game
June 21 Game Results
June 14 results
June 7 Corrected Results
May 24 Game Results
May 17 Game Results
MAY 17 MP Awards
Congratulations to Wynne Begun on making LIFE MASTER at the May 17 game!
MAY 3 Game
April 12 Game Results
April 5 Game Results

Mo-Kan Bridge is just getting started.   Their first duplicate game is offered at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit on Fridays, from 10:30 to 2.  There will be a variety of directors directing this game, but I will be the director for many of the games.  There will be both a novice section (for those with less than 50 masterpoints) and an open section, provided there are at least 3 tables per section.  If both sections cannot be run, then one combined open section with stratification will be played instead. Partners are guaranteed if you can’t find your own on any given day.  (This might mean you play with the director, in which case you would be playing in the open section.)  Lunch is provided.

Cost is $8 or less.  Please check out the Mo-Kan Bridge Academy website for details on costs and this game.

Mo-Kan is raising funds and has a matching donor!  All donations made between Oct. 5, 2019 and April 30, 2020 will be matched, up to a total of $20,000.  So check out the website and donate to help bridge grow in our area.