King Of Hearts Event: Ken Powell Memorial Games at Essex Bridge Center

Special Day!    Special Game Times!    Special Price!

We are celebrating the life of our King of Hearts, Ken Powell, with Upgraded Club Championship games on Sunday, April 29th.

Sunday, April 29th
Upgraded Club Championship
Reservation sheets will be available in Reservation book on Monday, April 16.

Morning Games – $10 per player
10:00am – 12:00 noon

0-199 Game     Will play 14-15 boards
0-499 Game     Will play 15-16 boards

We will serve morning snacks including pastries, yogurt, fruit, nuts, bagels and cream cheeses, and more.

 

Afternoon Game – $10 per player
1:00pm – 3:30pm

Open Game    Will play 20-21 boards

We will serve afternoon snacks including cheeses and crackers, fruit, finger foods, and desserts.

 

How To Donate In Ken’s Honor:

King of Hearts Games for Cycle for Survival:
ALL entry fees from our King of Hearts games will be donated in Ken’s name to Cycle for Survival to help them continue their research into rare cancer treatments – rare cancers like Ken’s brain cancer.

We will also collect voluntary donations during the game  or
you can donate using a credit card to our team at Cycle for Survival here: https://goo.gl/kzU5zV

 

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Many of you have also asked about donating in Ken’s name to his alma mater – Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Here’s the information to donate in Ken’s name:

Link:  https://alumni.oberlin.edu/default.aspx?page=GIVEGiving
Personal information at the top of the page is YOUR information.
(Class year doesn’t apply if you didn’t go to Oberlin).

About halfway down the page it asks for
“This gift is in honor/memory of someone”
Kenneth George Powell
Class of 1965

Acknowledgement Information:
Roz Powell
27 Elmwood Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039

 

We are looking forward to seeing those of you who can join us in celebrating Ken’s life on Sunday, April 29th.

 

 

SILVER POINTS START TUESDAY!

SILVER POINTS START TUESDAY!

STaC – Silver Points
Tuesday, March 20 – Monday, March 26
All Open Games
All Afternoon and Evening 499 Games
Thursday Evening 299 Game

PLUS – TEAM GAMES
499 Swiss Teams Wed Aft, Mar 21 12:30pm
Open Stratified Swiss Fri Eve, Mar 23 6:00pm Supper 6:30pm Game
199 Swiss Teams Sat Aft, Mar 24 12:00 noon Lunch 12:30pm Game

All Team games require pre-registration

Ken Powell 1943 – 2018

It is with such sadness that we inform you all that Ken Powell passed away on Monday morning, February 26th.

There will not be a service or a wake – Ken didn’t want one.
Please do not send flowers.

We will hold a special game in Ken’s honor to benefit Cycle for Survival.
That date is still to be determined.

Ken loved bridge, and he loved sharing it with all of you for these past 20 years.

Thank you all for being such an important part of Ken’s life.

Peace.

 

For more information about Ken, his life and family click the pdf below.

KENNETH GEORGE POWELL

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