THE
MILLPONDS

Who We Are

We are a private duplicate bridge group consisting mostly (but not only) of people who used to play in the Advanced workshop of OLLI. We expect participants to be familiar with most of the major conventions such as:

Stayman -- Jacoby Transfers -- Jacoby 2 NT over a major -- New Minor Forcing -- 4th suit forcing -- Weak 2’s ( preempts) ( plus 2NT features ask) -- 1NT Forcing/two over one -- Michael's Cue Bid -- Unusual 2 NT -- Balancing seat bids -- Strong openings ( 2 clubs) -- Blackwood or Roman Key -- Gerber -- Splinter Bids -- Takeout doubles, negative doubles, power doubles -- Support doubles --Reverses and jump shifts -- Cue bids of opponents suit.

For the reason explained in the next section we are reluctant to accept any more members. When we have facilities that can accommodate a second bridge section more people will be able to join.

We do not accept "drop-ins" (non-members). This is similar to the OLLI policy during the academic year. A member may bring as partner a non-member who must join the group at that time by paying the appropriate fee (currently $10 the first time a person plays)..


Differences from OLLI Practices

  1. We place emphasis on following correct procedures and, in particular, making sure that all teams play all the boards.
  2. There are no lottery days.
  3. There will be no weekly lessons but we may have occasionally a lesson on a strategic topic followed by directed play.
  4. There is no permanent director. Instead the position is rotated amongst several individuals who have volunteered for the duty.
  5. There will be at least two 5-10 minute breaks to allow N/S teams a "seventh inning stretch." (This is important for health reasons according to medical experts consulted.) The director should decide when to call them.
  6. Players are not supposed to ask the director (or any other person) for advice on how to play. Also they may not consult books or other instructional material.

No 1 is important because if we do not follow it, the rankings of the teams are affected (see an analysis of the problem). Of course such a strategy limits the number of teams if the time for the game is also limited. More teams can be accommodated if they are divided into sections. Currently the facilities of Millponds allow only for one section at any given date and for this reason the number of players is limited to 40 (why 40).


Schedule

  • Our time slot is Monday 12-4, planning to start playing at 12:30 pm and finishing by 3:30 pm.
  • Dates for the Fall of 2018 are:

    September 17, 24
    October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    November 5, 12, 19, 26
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Assorted Trivia; Boards per Table - Why Skip


Fees (as of September 2018)

There is a $4 fee each time a person plays that pays for the use of the premises. In addition there is a $6 charge the first time a person plays that goes toward covering the cost of the equipment. If someone plays on all the dates listed above their total expenditure will be $50 (4*11+6).


Links to Official Sites

(For the Curious and the Brave. All the Rules and Regulations you might wish to know.)


Version of September 17, 2018.