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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 (https://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.

Upcoming events (4+)

BayState Bridge Together Online (Sunday)

Online event

Note: Every other Sunday this online event coincides with an in-person version.

Please join us for a pleasant afternoon/evening of competitive party bridge.

We use Zoom for audio/video chatting during our games: see the link in the date/time/place sidebar. You may wish use two separate devices for the audio-video and for the bridge play.

Kindly provide me your BridgeBase.com username. Then, after you login to BridgeBase.com, go to "Play or Watch Bridge>Casual". From there you can receive the invitation to our table. (BridgeBase doesn't issue invitations unless you are in the right place. (And in case of trouble, it may work to back out and reenter the "Casusal" space.))

If we get more than 4 people, then we'll ask someone to stand up after a few rounds and let others play. Or have more tables!

You must know Contract Bridge rules and basic bidding to play. No formal training will be offered, but this is a social, casual event, and bidding advice and meanings will be openly discussed at 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 shown above, plus standard Jacoby Transfer (http://www.bridgebum.com/jacoby_transfers.php) and Stayman (http://www.bridgebum.com/stayman.php) responses to NT openings. We will expect a verbal alert on deviations an expert may make to these most-common conventions.

BayState Bridge Together Online (Sunday)

Online event

Note: Every other Sunday this online event coincides with an in-person version.

Please join us for a pleasant afternoon/evening of competitive party bridge.

We use Zoom for audio/video chatting during our games: see the link in the date/time/place sidebar. You may wish use two separate devices for the audio-video and for the bridge play.

Kindly provide me your BridgeBase.com username. Then, after you login to BridgeBase.com, go to "Play or Watch Bridge>Casual". From there you can receive the invitation to our table. (BridgeBase doesn't issue invitations unless you are in the right place. (And in case of trouble, it may work to back out and reenter the "Casusal" space.))

If we get more than 4 people, then we'll ask someone to stand up after a few rounds and let others play. Or have more tables!

You must know Contract Bridge rules and basic bidding to play. No formal training will be offered, but this is a social, casual event, and bidding advice and meanings will be openly discussed at 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 shown above, plus standard Jacoby Transfer (http://www.bridgebum.com/jacoby_transfers.php) and Stayman (http://www.bridgebum.com/stayman.php) responses to NT openings. We will expect a verbal alert on deviations an expert may make to these most-common conventions.

Games Potluck for the Vaccinated

Harold's

Dear card sharps,

This is the fortnightly games night shared between two card groups (Bay State Bridge and Arlington Hearts & Spades), and a longstanding Games Night contingent. It is structured as a potluck.

You should be fully vaccinated + 2 weeks.

We will have tables for bridge, other cards and board games. Grab a friend and join us!

Start time: 5pm. Come and go as you please.

Bring: A dish or beverage, and if you like, your favorite game.

Address: on request
Phone: on request

I’ll provide:

A main course
A snack or two
A vegetarian dish
Perhaps: something sweet
Perhaps: An alcoholic elixir to improve your performance
Non-alcoholic beverages

Hope to see you. 😊 Please RSVP so I have an idea of what to expect!

- Harold

BayState Bridge Together Online (Sunday)

Online event

Note: Every other Sunday this online event coincides with an in-person version.

Please join us for a pleasant afternoon/evening of competitive party bridge.

We use Zoom for audio/video chatting during our games: see the link in the date/time/place sidebar. You may wish use two separate devices for the audio-video and for the bridge play.

Kindly provide me your BridgeBase.com username. Then, after you login to BridgeBase.com, go to "Play or Watch Bridge>Casual". From there you can receive the invitation to our table. (BridgeBase doesn't issue invitations unless you are in the right place. (And in case of trouble, it may work to back out and reenter the "Casusal" space.))

If we get more than 4 people, then we'll ask someone to stand up after a few rounds and let others play. Or have more tables!

You must know Contract Bridge rules and basic bidding to play. No formal training will be offered, but this is a social, casual event, and bidding advice and meanings will be openly discussed at 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 shown above, plus standard Jacoby Transfer (http://www.bridgebum.com/jacoby_transfers.php) and Stayman (http://www.bridgebum.com/stayman.php) responses to NT openings. We will expect a verbal alert on deviations an expert may make to these most-common conventions.

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Games Potluck for the Vaccinated

Harold's

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