Big Heart Charity Game

Essex Bridge Center will participate in the ACBL-wide Big Heart Charity Game
on Wednesday afternoon, February 21st.
This is an Open Game starting at 12:30pm.

This game awards extra Black points for no extra fee.
Additionally, up to 25% of the field will earn Red points.

Essex Bridge Center will absorb the additional $3.35 per table and the registration fees for this event.

Make your reservation today!

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events at Essex Bridge Center

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK
Monday, January 29 – Friday, January 2
Extra Points, No Extra Fees
All Open and 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

PLUS Team Games
499 Swiss Teams Wed Aft Jan 31 12:30pm
Open Stratified Fri Eve Feb 2 6:00pm Supper 6:30pm Game

INTERNATIONAL FUND GAME
Open Game
Saturday, Feb 3
Lunch 12 noon Game 12:30pm
50% Black / 50% red

REACH EVENT
Essex Bridge Center is a participating club in the
Regional Event At The Club ‘House’ (REACH) event
held February 3 (in conjunction with the International Fund Game)
AND afternoon games on Monday, Feb 5 through Friday, Feb 9.
This event awards GOLD points.

REACH is an independent event that runs concurrent to the usual afternoon Common Game
at Essex Bridge Center.
Players will earn the usual black points in every Essex Bridge Center game during this week.
Only registered REACH participants are eligible to also earn GOLD points.

How Does It Work?

1. Players MUST pre-register at the REACH website no later than 11:59pm
on Friday, February 2.
The cost to participate is $30, payable at the REACH website:
http://www.acbl.org/reach-2/

Player Registration link in lower right corner

Essex Bridge Center has no ability to accept registrations or REACH payments.
Absolutely no late entries are accepted by the REACH administration.

2. Players then play a minimum of two afternoons starting on February 3
(International Fund Game – which also qualifies for REACH) through Friday, Feb 9
either an Open or a 499 Game. (Evening Open and 499 games do NOT qualify.)
Players are still required to pay the $13 entry fee for all Essex Bridge Center games
even if they are participating in the REACH event.

3. Scores from participating players will be compared across the field of all participating
clubs. Your two best scores from the week will be used. Gold points will be awarded by the ACBL.

NOTE: Only those individuals who have registered for REACH will be compared.
Registered REACH players MAY partner with a non-REACH player in
an afternoon game. Since it’s only the individual outcome that matters,
your partner is not required to register if he/she does not want
to register for REACH.

Interested in participating or have any additional questions?
REACH registration and information can be found at:
http://www.acbl.org/reach-2/

 

JANUARY EVENTS AT ESSEX BRIDGE CENTER

Club Championship Week
Monday, January 29 – Saturday, February 3
Extra Points, No Extra Card Fees

All Open and 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

PLUS  TEAM GAMES
499 Swiss Teams
Wed Aft, Jan 31   12:30pm

Open Stratified Swiss Teams
Friday Eve, Feb 2    6:00pm Supper   6:30pm Game

All Teams Must Pre-Register At Director Desk

 

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS FOR LOW-INTERMEDIATE AND INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE PLAYERS

January Workshops with Alan Powell
These workshops are geared for the 0-99, 0-199 and 0-299 players
Saturday Mornings   9:00am  – 11:15am
$13 per workshop    No Partner Necessary

Jan 13    Takeout Double
Regular use of the Takeout Double and Responses

Jan 20    Simple Overcalls and Responses
Basic and Cuebid Responses

Jan 27    Bigger Overcalls
Big Overcall Takeout Double and NT Overcalls

February Workshops with Dominick D’Ascoli
These workshops are geared for the 0-299 and 0-499 players
Saturday Mornings   9:00am  – 11:15am
$13 per workshop    No Partner Necessary

Feb 3     Roman Key Card 1430
Alternative to regular Blackwood Ace Asking

Feb 10    Jacoby 2NT – Part I
Feb 17    Jacoby 2NT – Part II
Another Method to Explore Slam

Feb 24    Splinters
Another Method to Explore Slam

 

Do You Have a Friend or Family Member Who Would Like To Return To Bridge?
Do You Have a Friend or Family Member Who Would Like to Learn to Play Bridge
?
Our Beginner Bridge Level II course starts on Monday, February 5th.
Returning Beginner or Advanced Beginner students may join us to hear all of Basic Bridge from the beginning.
If you have a friend who is a true Beginner, please contact Meagan Powell for more information.

December Events at Essex Bridge Center

We are CLOSED on Monday, December 25th

 

Player Recognition Party on New Year’s Day
Monday Afternoon, January 1st

12:00pm Special Lunch and Desserts
12:30pm Open and 0-499 games

Upgraded Club Championship
Extra Points, No Extra Card Fee

IMPORTANT:
In previous years we have been filled to capacity and have had to turn players away!
Please make reservations early!
Reservations are now being accepted by email, phone and in person

Win Gold Points At Essex Bridge Center

Essex Bridge Center is a participating club in the
Regional Event At The Club ‘House’ (REACH) event
held November 13 – 17, 2017. This event awards GOLD points.

This REACH event is an opportunity to play at Essex Bridge Center in a Side-Series Regional Pair Event in collaboration with the Chesapeake Regional and The Common Game.

REACH is an independent event that runs concurrent to the usual afternoon Common Game
at Essex Bridge Center.
Players will earn the usual black points in every Essex Bridge Center game during this week.
Only registered REACH participants are eligible to also earn GOLD points.

How Does It Work?

1. Players MUST pre-register at the REACH website no later than 11:59pm
on Sunday, November 12.
The cost to participate is $25, payable at the REACH website:

https://sites.google.com/site/racswingforgold/home

Registration is handled exclusively by The Common Game and
the Chesapeake Regional through the REACH website.
Essex Bridge Center has no ability to accept registrations or REACH payments.

Absolutely no late entries are accepted by the REACH administration.

2. Players then play a minimum of two afternoons in The Common Game
during the week of Nov 13-17 in either an Open or a 499 Game.
Players are still required to pay the $13 entry fee for all Essex Bridge Center games
even if they are participating in the REACH event.

3. Scores from participating players will be compared across the field of all participating
East Coast clubs. Gold points will be awarded by the ACBL.

NOTE: Only those individuals who have registered for REACH will be compared.
Registered REACH players MAY partner with a non-REACH player in
an afternoon game. Since it’s only the individual outcome that matters,
your partner is not required to register if he/she does not want
to register for REACH.

STaC – Silver Points!

STaC – Sectional Tournament at the Club
Monday, October 16 – Sunday, October 22
Silver Points – No Extra Card Fees

All Open Games
All Afternoon and Evening 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

 

PLUS  TEAM GAMES
Teams Games Require Pre-Registration at Director Desk

499 Swiss Teams
Wednesday Afternoon,  October 18     12:30pm

Open Stratified Teams        Sunday Afternoon,  October 22
199 Swiss Teams                Sunday Afternoon,  October 22
Sunday Games – 12 noon Lunch,  12:30pm Game

 

Mark Your Calendar: Sunday, October 8th – Upgraded Club Championship

SUNDAY, October 8th – Cycle For Survival Charity Event
Upgraded Club Championship Pair Games
12:00 noon    Special Lunch

12:30 pm        Open Pairs   AND   0-299 Pairs Games

Essex will hold an Upgraded Club Championship Game to support Cycle For Survival.
Cycle for Survival is a national (USA) movement to beat rare cancers.

Cycle For Survival – the fastest growing athletic charity in US history – is the creation of Livingston-native Jennifer Goodman Linn, and her husband, David Linn.  At the heart of the movement is a series of indoor team cycling events that take place across the country, with other events – like our special bridge events – contributing additional support.

Jennifer, the daughter of Essex Bridge Players, Sandy and Len Goodman, was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2007.  She created Cycle for Survival and paired with Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) and Equinox Fitness Clubs to raise money to stimulate research trials and provide additional treatment options and  hope for her fellow patients with rare cancers.

By the time Jennifer passed away in 2011, she raised over $17 million for rare cancer research.
Since her passing in 2011, $140 million has been raised, and every single dollar raised is applied at the Jennifer Goodman Linn Laboratory of New Drug Development in Sarcoma and Rare Cancers at MSK developing trials and therapies to fight rare cancer.

Every single dollar is directly allocated to rare cancer research at MSK within six months of the event, and all new and promising information is shared with other cancer hubs across the US.

Half Of All Patients Are Fighting A Rare Cancer
About 50 percent of people with cancer have a rare cancer.
Rare cancers include brain, pancreatic, ovarian, stomach, thyroid, leukemia and lymphoma, all types of pediatric cancers, and many others.
Even though they account for about half of all cancer diagnoses when combined, research on many rare cancers is drastically underfunded, often leaving patients with limited or no treatment options.

Cycle For Survival is making strikes into targeted cancer therapy to change the way we fight back!

Join The Battle!
Join us on Sunday, October 8th!
Eat lunch!   Play bridge (extra points)!
No extra card fees for this special game.

Essex Bridge Center will donate all net proceeds from this game to Cycle for Survival.
Voluntary donations will be accepted.

Look for news in early 2018 about Meagan’s Cycle For Survival team for the NJ Equinox event

 

NAP Qualifier Games

Essex will hold the final NAP Qualifier Games for August during the week of August 28th.

Join us on the following dates:

Monday Aft   Aug 28 12:30pm Open and 499
Tuesday Aft Aug 29 12:30pm Open and 499
Tuesday Eve Aug 29 6:30pm Open and 499
Wednesday Aft  Aug 30 12:30pm Open
Thursday Aft  Aug 31 12:30pm Open and 499
Thursday Eve Aug 31 6:30pm Open and 299
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August Events at Essex Bridge Center

Thank you for your participation in and donations
to the Alzheimer’s Association’s THE LONGEST DAY efforts in June.
This year, Essex Bridge Center held a very small event,
but we still raised over $2,600.
Thank you!

Club Championship Week
Extra Points – No Extra Card Fee

SUNDAY, August 13 (yes, Sunday!) – Saturday, August 19
All Open and 499 Games, and Thursday Evening 299 Game

PLUS Team Games – Club Championship

SUNDAY, Aug 13
Open Stratified Swiss Teams And 499 Swiss Teams
Lunch at Noon; Game at 12:30pm

Saturday, Aug 19

199 Swiss Teams
Lunch at Noon; Game at 12:30pm

NAP – North American Pairs Qualifying Games

Friday, August 11 12:30pm Lite Lunch at Noon
Saturday, August 12 12:30pm Lite Lunch at Noon
Tuesday, August 29 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 30 12:30pm
Thursday, August 31 12:30pm and 6:30pm

50% Red and 50% Black Points
No Extra Card Fee

Coming in September:

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day
Yes, we are open for our usual Open and 0-499 afternoon games

 

Also in September:

BEGINNER Bridge at Essex Bridge Center
Tell your Friends and Family!

Beginner Lessons start on Monday, September 18th.

Morning Session 9:10am – 11:40am
Evening Session 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Meagan Powell is the teacher for both sessions.
Sessions are identical.
Players attend at a time that’s convenient!

Beginner Lessons: 16-week course.
Weeks 1-6 are FREE, and FREE instructional materials are provided.
Weeks 7-16 in the Beginner cycle follow at $13 per session.

There is no pre-registration necessary.
Players should arrive 20 minutes early for their first session to register and get settled.

Feel free to forward this email to any friends or family members interested in learning to play Bridge.
Tell them to join us on September 18th for their first FREE lesson.

New players interested in more information?

Contact Meagan Powell at
meagan@essexbridgecenter.com
or at 973-535-9262.

Upcoming June Events at Essex Bridge Center

June 2017 is Jam-Packed!

We are CLOSED on Saturday, May 27 and Monday, May 29
for the Memorial Day weekend.

World Wide Bridge Contest

Friday Evening, June 2                  6:30pm            Special Snacks
Saturday Afternoon, June 3     12:30pm            Lite Lunch at 12 Noon

50% Red and 50% Black points at sectional rating
NO Extra Card Fee for players
Essex Bridge Center will pay the $3.25 extra required ACBL fee per player in both games
AND the cost of duplicating/producing the analysis booklet for each player.

This international competition is scored across the world using the Internet to give an overall winner.
The Friday and Saturday games are separate events.
Booklet with analysis of hands will be provided.
The World Bridge Federation will award prizes based on world matchpointing.

Please make a Reservation through our website, by phone or in person.
Reservation forms are already available for both events in the Reservation book.

STaC Week – Sectional Tournament at the Club
SILVER POINTS!

Monday, June 12 – Sunday, June 18th
All Open Games
All Afternoon and Evening 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

PLUS
Wednesday Afternoon, June 14        499 Swiss Teams                12:30pm

SUNDAY Afternoon, June 18          Open Stratified Swiss          12:30pm
199 Swiss Teams                12:30pm
A Lite Lunch will be served on Sunday at Noon.

SILVER points at sectional rating
NO Extra Card Fee for players
Essex Bridge Center will pay the $1.50 extra required ACBL fee per player in in each STaC game.

The Longest Day
Charity Club Championship games for 3 Days:
Monday, June 19
Tuesday, June 20
Wednesday, June 21
Three Days of Games to Support Alzheimer’s Research

Essex Bridge Center will again be participating under the ACBL umbrella
raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day Fund Drive.

All games on all 3 days will be stratified and award extra points.
Essex Bridge Center will donate $1 for every player in every Alzheimer’s event game.
Voluntary donations will be accepted from the players at each game.

Reservations forms will be available in the Reservation Book 10 days prior to June 19.

Coming in July:
North American Pairs Qualifying Events