Another Duplicate Bridge Season

November 1st, 2014

My “Desert High Season” bridge partner Fred, a Canadian, has returned to Palm Springs. Yesterday we resumed the first of our twice-weekly Duplicate Bridge games held in the large meeting room at Mizell Senior Center. There were eleven tables of four players. We played 27 hands between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm. The game fee to play is usually $7.00 which includes coffee and a buffet table of not particularly nutritious snack food offerings (which I try and avoid!).

Duplicate Bridge requires lots of concentration on my part and I always tire near day’s end. That proved my undoing yesterday for I made a dumb playing error that prevented us from scoring a hand (the last one of the day). Despite my error we scored 3rd place in Group B and 2nd place in Group C – which gave us 0.28 Master Points.

Bridge 3

ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) is the sponsoring organization for Contract Bridge here and in most areas. ACBL keeps track of points earned by members and awards titles based on totals. The run the gamut from Rookie (less than 5 points), through Junior Master (20+ points), Club Master (20+, including special points), Sectional Master (50+ points), Regional Master (100+ points), and NABC Master (200+ points), to the highest honor ACBL awards, the title and rank of Life Master. There are several levels of 10,000+ point Life Master: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, Emerald, Platinum, and Grand. The higher level titleholders have accumulated thousands of Master Points.

Fred’s not an ACBL member and has no recorded Master Points. I’ve been a member for a couple of years and have less than 50 points. My point count allows us to compete in all three Groups for I’m rated as a Group C competitor. However, my interest is in the game and don’t consider myself among those who are really into Master Points and ACBL titles.

Next week, if I can remain alert, we may do better.


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