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11 Feb 2019
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Weclome to the Cincinnati Bridge Association Newcomer's Page! 
We hope you find lots of great information about bridge and how to enjoy this game at your pace.  We recognize that different people have fun at bridge in many different ways.  We want you to be able to get the most fun possible out of this great game of ours.  We welcome back all of you who played bridge some time ago and want to re-engage the fun you remember.  We also welcome all who are new to bridge and just starting out in the game.  We have something for everybody.  

Please be sure to check out the current schedule of bridge classes and current events in the Cincinnati area.  Don't miss COME AND PLAY BRIDGE and Supervised Play offered at the Cincinnati Bridge Center, and Non-Life Master Duplicate Games offered throughout the metropolitan area. 

There are many bridge games around town.  You can play at different venues.  The Cincinnati Bridge Center is at 2860 Cooper Road, Cincinnati OH 45241, and is near I-75 in Evendale.  The Northern Kentucky Bridge Club meets every day of the week at the Elsmere Senior Center on 179 Dell Street, Elsmere KY 41018.  The Anderson Bridge Club meets on Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings in the Anderson Township Senior Center at 7970 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45255

The following are offered at the Cincinati Bridge Center for Newcomers:

Tuesday 2:45 - 5 PM
Thursday 2:45 - 5 PM

Call ahead to assure attendance  or 513-580-4229 
Are you looking to try your hand at some informal and fun rubber bridge?  Drop by the Cincinnati Bridge Center on Saturday mornings.  Come alone or with friends. 

Taking introductory lessons and want to play some bridge?  This session is perfect for you.  Looking to hone your bridge skills a bit before starting duplicate bridge at the club?  Join us for COME AND PLAY - pure bridge fun. 

- our version of informal, fun, rubber bridge.  This is a great way for people just learning about bridge to play without the competition of Duplicate Bridge.  You will find fun playing with many different people.  This is a great event to bring friends for a fun morning! 

$3 per person, 1 Instructor per group (typically 3-5 tables), Come and Play is designed primarily for the player coming out of classes who wants to play right now. 
COME AND PLAY provides a fun venue for newcomers to play games, and find a gateway to classes, duplicate bridge and further bridge learning.  Sign Up (Tuesday Afternoon Only) NOW so we can make everyone comfortable!

Cost:  $3 per person ($1 Youth). Snacks and coffee provided.  You do not need to be an ACBL member.  or 513-580-4229 
Saturday Supervised Play - 9:30 AM to 12 NOON
(Includes 20 min lecture/lesson before play) 

Are you looking to learn about Duplicate Bridge or practice what you've learned in recent duplicate bridge lessons?  The CBA offers Saturday Supervised Play for bridge players starting or wanting to start playing duplicate bridge! Focus will be on new conventions, better bidding, and play techniques. 

Supervised Play is for those familiar with bridge but still basically beginners at duplicate bridge. In Supervised Play, experienced bridge players coach you on bidding, play and defense during each hand.  Supervised Play provides you with an opportunity to meet new partners, and there is a half hour lesson before play begins.

Supervised play is not a sanctioned game - no master points awarded.   One weekend every month the Saturday Supervised Play Duplicate is a sanctioned game for masterpoints ($5 per person).  Be sure to try this - a great way to learn about playing duplicate bridge!  Come join us for a fun Saturday morning!  Bring a friend!

Show up a few minutes early to sign in.  We will match players of similar experience at the table.  A 20-minute lecture starts at 9:30 AM (various bridge topics).

Cost:  $5 per person ($1 Youth).

Contact Mike Purcell ( ) if you have any questions about  Saturday Supervised play.
Tuesday Supervised Play - 2:45 to 5:15 PM

Are you looking to learn about Duplicate Bridge or practice what you've learned in recent duplicate bridge lessons?  Bob Fisk and volunteers offer Tuesday Afternoon Supervised Play for bridge players.

This is a great way to learn (duplicate) bridge. Come have fun, meet new friends and join the ACBL.  Supervised Play is for those familiar with bridge but still basically beginners at duplicate bridge. Supervised Play is designed for those taking or having taken bridge classes to be able to practice what they learned in class, or just a great way to practice what you are learning.

Contact Bob Fisk with any questions about the Tuesday Afternoon Supervised Play Session. 
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Interested in Duplicate Bridge?  Here are all the offerings in the Cincinnati Area for Non-Life Masters:
       Mon CBC - Limited Game 7 PM Contact Mike Lipp for partners 513-467-8054
       Tues CBC  Supervised Play 2:45 PM    COME AND PLAY - Rubber Bridge Fun! 2:45 - 5:00PM CBC  
       Tues CBC- Limited game 0-1000 and 0-20 Game based on attendance.  Call ahead to schedule 0-20 Pam Campbell 7 PM CBC
       Wed CBC - "4 is Enough Pairs" Pair must be less than 4; experts play with novices!  - Call Mike Lipp 513-467-8054 to confirm.   
           (Under 100MPs 0.5 points; 101 - 500 MPs 1 point; 501-1200 MPs 2 points; 1200- 2000 MPs 2.5 Points; 2000-3000 MPs 3 Points; 3000+MPs 3.5 Points)
       Wed CBC - Deb's Limited Game 7 PM  Debbie Wiest 513-563-2218         
       Thur CBC COME AND PLAY - Rubber Bridge Fun! 2:45 - 5:00PM CBC
                CBC  6:30 PM  (1st 3rd 5th Only) "Eight is Enough Swiss Teams" Learn team bridge in a friendly environment with balanced teams.  Team points must be less than 8.
                (< 400 MPs 1 point. 401-1500 2 points > 1500 3 points). Contact John Meinking for a partner or a team. 513-379-2882
NLM 11 AM CBC (Lecture 10:30) Call for partner NLM : Deb Wiest 513-563-221 
       [1st Fri 99er 10:00 AM NKY BC]
       Sat Supervised Play 9:30 A - 12 Noon CBC (<100 MP)  Supervised Play Duplicate Games - once each month. Check the calendar on the website for dates. 
CBC is the Cincinnati Bridge Club.  NKY BC is the Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. 

Check the CBA home page for the director's contact information. Call ahead for all NLM and 0-10 MP Games.  If there are not at least 2.5 tables, there will be no limited section.
Newcomers Reference Material

Play of the Hand

The Finesse

Suit Contracts - Counting Losers

Suit Contracts - Ruffing in the Short Hand, Dummy Reversal

Suit Contracts - Developing Side Suits

Suit Contracts - Cross Ruffing

NT Contract Play – Counting Winners

NT Contract Play – Developing our Suits Before Opponents Establish Theirs

NT Contract Play - When to take Stoppers

Introduction to Duplicate


Opening Leads Part 1

Opening Leads Part 2

Opening Leads Part 3

First Discards and Signals

Second Hand Low

Third Hand High

Covering an Honor with an Honor

Bidding to the Right Level (Part Score, Game, Slam)

2C Opening Bid and Responses

Opening Bidding - Initial Hand Assessment [Worksheet]

Rebids by Opener - II

Invitational Bids by Opener - Minors

Responder Bidding - Initial Hand Assessment

Invitational Bidding by Responder

Preemptive Openings and Overcalls

Responding to Preemptive Openings

The Stayman Convention

Jacoby Transfers

Slam Conventions - Blackwood and Roman Key Card

Overcalls and Interference

Overcalls - 1 Level

Overcalls - 2 Level

Overcalls - Advancer Responses (simple raises, cue bids)

Overcalls 1N, 2N over a Weak 2

Overcalls - Big Hands

Michaels Cue Bids

Takeout Doubles