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Brookline Bridge Party - Every other Mon. at Athan's, 7PM
We'd love to have you come out and join us for a pleasant evening of party bridge in Brookline at Athan's Bakery in Washington Sq. Please plan to order a sandwich, dessert, or something to drink from Athan's excellent menu, which will ensure we are welcome to monopolize some of their tables for the evening. You don't need a partner to play, and if there is not a multiple of four playing, we have worked out rotations so that everyone gets a fair turn to play. This is a very informal event, so if you can't remember what to bid, you can refer to the bidding notes, or just ask. We prefer to have at least 5 players signed up by 5pm on the day of the game, otherwise we may cancel. We can still play with four if we re-confirm. Check this space at 5pm on the day if quorum questions exist. Out of courtesy, please do not sign up casually, nor cancel out on the day of the event except in emergencies. You should know Contract Bridge rules and basic bidding to play this week. No formal training is to be offered, but this is a social, casual event. To assist novices, bidding advice and meanings will be openly discussed on any player's request. ACBL Yellow Card (http://lexikos.com/yellowcard.htm) is our group-standard bidding system; a novice should please take time to study all basic openings and responses, plus standard Jacoby Transfer (http://www.bridgebum.com/jacoby_transfers.php) and Stayman (http://www.bridgebum.com/stayman.php) responses to NT openings.

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Regular public meetups are held to play competitive contract bridge, usually in some coffee house. We play party style, using Chicago scoring (http://www.whyisthisimportant.net/bridge/ChicagoStyleScoring.htm), with no duplicate equipment in sight. Players will table-talk to learn how to become better players, diagnose hands afterwards, and socialize between hands with like-minded friends

Good card players started holding similar meetups in 18th-century London and New York, but they referred to their game as Whist. We know and love its more challenging modern equivalent, which our Bridge Parties make easy for you to play and enjoy often.

The social networking payoff remains unchanged - we stimulate our minds, catch up on news and gossip, eat dinner near people we enjoy, get up off our couches, and have a barrel of fun.

Bridge Party meetups repeat regularly in MetroWest or North Shore venues, usually midweek evenings after work, starting near supper time. We expect you already know rules, tactics, all common "Standard American" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_American#Most_common_elements) bidding conventions; have good "card sense"; enjoy competition; win or lose gracefully.

We do teach beginners, but only in meetups held solely for that purpose. Write the organizer if interested. Ask about our next scheduled introduction to the basic play and tactics of Contract Bridge, offered via free, public mini-bridge (http://www.meetup.com/BaystateBridgeParties/pages/Learn_to_PLAY_Contract_Bridge/) meetups.

We honor and hold dear the memory of Dan Corwin - visionary, friend, teacher, and founder of Baystate Bridge Parties.

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