Bridge News

This was an interesting read – start kids playing cards!  I always recommend slap jack as a first game, kids as young as 2 can play that!  Play cards!

Bridge and Pokemon Go? Bridge in the KC Star 2016

Another article about why Kids should learn bridge!  2015
in Huffington Post this time.

Youth Play with ACBL President in 2011 

Publicity Link – Bridge is Cool  2006 page 4

Publicity link – ACBL Junior Grapevine 2005-page 4

Publicity link – Denver Daily Bulletin 2005 – pgs 1 and 4

Listen to this 12 year old sum it all up!

Teacher of the Year Finalist: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017

The American Bridge Teachers Association and Master Point Press established a process for nominating a bridge teacher of the year and selecting finalists and a winner.  The first award was given in 2010.  Kathy Rolfe was nominated for that in 2010 and again in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2017.  In each of the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 she was a finalist.

Some pictures from those finalist years are here:

Kathy is 2nd from right.
2012 ABTA/MPP Teacher of the Year Finalist

Kathy is 3rd from the right. 2017 Teacher of the Year Finalist.

ABTA Applebasket Award Winner

The American Bridge Teachers Association collects teacher tips from the members every year which are voted on by the members attending the annual convention.  I won the award in 2012.

Kathy (on the left) receiving her crystal apple for the 2012 winning teacher tip.

Applebasket Entry, 2012

Submitted by: Kathy Rolfe

First Place Winner, 2012. (Of course I don’t teach Standard American anymore, so this isn’t quite so true, but still, my students know what to bid when I ask if they’re desperate yet?)

When I teach how to respond to an opening bid of one of a suit with 6 to 9 points (or 6 to 10) depending on which book I’m teaching from, I list the priorities to respond and 1NT is always the last choice.  I call that choice the bid of desperation!  It does not mean responder has a balanced hand.  It does not mean you actually want to play Notrump, although you may end up doing so!  It simply means, “Partner, I have to bid and this is the only bid available!”


How to respond to 1 of a major with 6 to 9 points:

1)    Raise partner to 2 of the major, (must have at least 3 card support)

2)    Can’t do that?  Then bid a suit of your own at the 1 level.

3)    Can’t do that?  Bid 1NT!

How to respond to 1 of a minor with 6 to 9 points:

1)    Bid a suit of your own at the 1 level.

2)    Can’t do that?  Raise partner to 2 of the minor, (must have at least 5 clubs, 4 or 5 diamonds)

3)    Can’t do that?  Bid 1NT!

When my students are practicing this concept, I’ll let them struggle with what to bid and if they can’t come up with the response, I’ll ask, “Are you desperate yet?”  Then they laugh and say, “Yes!  1NT!”