LBC Newsletter

 Read the October 22 newsletter here. Newsletter clipart

Audrey Grant at LBC

Acclaimed Canadian teacher/author/speaker Audrey Grant held 2 workshops this weekend at LBC.  There were over 70 attendees on Friday, and over 90 on Saturday.  Players came from as far away as Peterborough and Port Elgin to hear Audrey speak.  It was a great success, with players commenting on how much they learned!  

We hope to have Audrey visit us again next year to teach us about Defense.  Click here to view some photos of the event.  For more information about Audrey and her Better Bridge Team click here.


NAP District Finals - November 5


North American Pairs - District 2 Finals

To be Held in Tillsonburg, ON

Flights B and C Only

(Flight A to be Held at Hazel’s Bridge Club – Toronto)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. & T.B.A.

Compete for the right to represent District 2 in the North American Final to be held at the Spring NABC in Philadelphia, PA - March 2018

Click here for details

35th Stratford Festival of Bridge 

November 17-19

See the flyer here

Fall Schedule changes

Friday evening games - have resumed!  Come out and enjoy a relaxing evening with your friends.  Game starts at 6:30.

Saturday am Practice & Play -  has resumed!  Come and practise and get advice on bidding and play. Saturdays @ 9:30.

Fall Bridge Courses.

The London Bridge Centre is hosting a series of bridge courses this fall. Instructors will present a range of courses that are specific to your bridge playing experience, whether you are a novice, beginner, intermediate and advanced player. Whatever your skill level, the London Bridge Centre will be offering a course to help improve your bridge game.

Starting in October

Starting in November

The Course Calendar and individual course outlines can be found under our Bridge Courses tab.

Competitive Bidding Lessons

COMPETITIVE BIDDING will be taught by Audrey Craig on four Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 this coming November. 


When the opponents conk out at the two level, usually it means that you and partner have about the same combined strength as your opponents. As Eddie Kantar would say "Should you let them play there or should you stir the pot and reopen the bidding".

The sessions focus on the advantages and disadvantages of balancing and when you should consider balancing.

Sessions will be held on Monday, November 6 and 13 from 1:00 to 3:00.


A review of the Michaels Cue Bid will be followed by the uses of the Unusual Two No Trump. These are very useful tools, typically reserved for hands with a 5-5 or longer pattern. These are excellent conventions to add to your bidding toolkit.

Sessions will be held on Monday, November 20 and 27 from 1:00 to 3:00.

To register, please complete the Registration Form on the Competitive Bidding page in the Bridge Courses tab.

Mentor Progam - Starts This Fall

Last Fall the LBC introduced a Mentoring Program to assist developing players in improving their bridge game. We are again hosting a Mentor Program this Fall, but in a slightly different format.


Mentors will be asked to volunteer for a minimum for five sessions from September to the end of December.

If you are an experienced player willing to serve as a Mentor, then please sign up by September 1, at the London Bridge Centre. 

Those interested in learning from a more advanced player should contact a volunteer mentor on the Mentor list posted at LBC and then arrange to play a minimum of five (5) games between September and the end of December, 2017. General guidelines will be emailed to all participants after you register.  Mentees must have a minimum of 20 Masterpoints and be members of both ACBL and LBC.


This is an excellent opportunity for developing players at all levels to gain valuable tips and strategies from our more experienced players.

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Membership Renewal

Renew now!  

Our membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. Beginning October 2, you will pay a $9 game fee if you have not renewed your membership. The fee remains unchanged from prior years at $30.

Special Events Schedule - September to December 2017

The LBC Special Events list for the period September through January 2018 will give you all the dates for our special games: Club Appreciation games, Rookie-Master games, Christmas Party, etc.  LBC Special Events have also been added to our games calendar.

70% Games - October and September

Shirley Briley and Noni Brown - 71.20% on Monday morning October 16. 

Shelley Sorgini and Gail Janus - 73.09% on Wednesday evening October 18

Dwight Bender and Peter Tuttle - 71.99% on Friday afternoon October 6.

Arlene Lundgren and Eva Good - 70.37% on Monday afternoon September 11 

New ACBL Rankings

Congratulations to our LBC members who achieved a new ACBL ranking in September.

Richard Pocket, Donna Spence, Trudy Von Wistinghaus - Sectional Master

Jim Jordan - NABC Master

Noreen Franklin - Silver Life Master

Marlene Benny - Ruby Life Master

September Recognition Award

Congratulations to Barry Deathe our September Recognition Award winner. Barry earned 4.02 masterpoints during the month of September. Effective August 1, 2017, members with under 50 masterpoints who earn the most masterpoints during the month win a Free Play.

Upcoming Tournaments

The ACBL sanctions more than 1200 tournaments a year. If you want to play in a tournament, chances are good that you can find one just about any week of the year. Check out the Unit 249 and District 2 tournaments.

The Kibitzer - Fall 2017

The Kibitzer is no longer printed and mailed to Unit 249 ACBL members. It is now emailed to the address registered with the ACBL. If you have not received your copy of The Kibitzer, it is suggested that you confirm that your email address is correct at My ACBL.

Here is the Fall edition of The Kibitzer.

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