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Edmond Town Hall, new home of Newtown Bridge Club
Edmond Town Hall

Newtown Bridge Club meets in the Alexandria Room on the second (top) floor of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown CT.

Game times:

  12:30 pm  Mondays  Open & 49ers
  10:00 am  Tuesdays  Open & 299ers*
  7:00 pm  Tuesdays  Open
  10:00 am  Wednesdays  Open & 299ers*
  12:30 pm  Thursdays  Open & 49ers
      *NAP only: Open & 499er/NLM

Game fee: $10 per person ($8 for members).

New players are invited to join us anytime. There is a 20-minute lunch break at the 10:00 am games; most players pack a light lunch or place an order for noontime pickup with the deli next door. Open sections at all games; Newtown Bridge Club participates in the Common Game.

Swiss team games at Newtown Bridge ClubSun Sep 17, 11:30-4:00. Please bring your foursome and join us for Sunday Swiss. Game fee of $50 per team includes a light lunch. ($2 per player surcharge for non-members.) Reservations are appreciated. Upcoming dates for Sunday Swiss: Oct 22 & Nov 19.

New to teams? This is a perfect opportunity to play in your first team event. Come 30 minutes early for an explanation of scoring plus team strategy tips.

North American PairsNorth American Pairs (NAP): Aug 1-2, Aug 15, Aug 17, Aug 21, Aug 23-24 & Aug 28. Generous masterpoint awards (50/50 red/black at 81.8% sectional rating). Players qualifying at the club level are eligible to play in the district final; district winners qualify to play in the finals at the spring NABC. Read more.

Sat Sep 23 & Sun Sep 24 – Audrey Grant will hold a 2-day Bridge Festival hosted by Newtown Bridge Club at Edmond Town Hall. Audrey Grant, renowned bridge teacher and best-selling author You’ve read her books, her Better Bridge magazine and on-line bridge columns and now you can enjoy her lectures in person at the club.

Saturday’s topic: Making an Impact on Defense with the Weakest Hand at the Table. Sunday’s topic: Entries Are Everything. Lectures are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm both days.

Public registration is $200 for both days and $105 for one day; for Newtown Bridge Club members, registration is $180 for both days and $95 for one day. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. Click here for information about Audrey Grant festival. Since space is limited, please register early.

Learn to Play Bridge

Have fun. Meet interesting people. Sharpen your memory. Laugh out loud.

Bridge LessonsEasybridge!2 lessons, Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm. Lesons and play for anyone who has taken a beginning bridge class and for players who want to update their game. Tuition is $9 per workshop for members ($12 for public). Click for information about Easybridge!2. To register, contact Georgeann at gkishner@comcast.net or 203-748-5445.

Easybridge! workshops, Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm. Each workshop consists of a lesson followed by play and discussion of 4 to 6 practice hands. Tuition is $9 per workshop for members ($12 for public). Click for information about Easybridge! workshops or contact Susan at director@newtownbridge.org or 203-733-8525.

Chat Bridge, Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 pm – Exclusively for bridge players with fewer than 20 masterpoints. Chat bridge is a game where players can:

Chat Bridge, Tuesdays at 2:30
  • Ask for advice
  • Refer to notes
  • Have help on any hand
  • Earn masterpoints (when 2½ or more tables play)
  • Free bridge lesson starts at 2:10 pm

If you’d like to get more bridge playing time and still have the chance to ask questions during bidding and play, try a Chat Bridge game. Come alone or with a partner. An instructor will be standing by to help. Game fee: $10 per person ($8 for members).

THEY WON! Newtown Bridge Club Team Wins National Championship

Congratulations to Barry Bragin, Weiling Zhao, Gary Miyashiro, Mike Hess and teammates Susan and Michael Smith from Newington who won the Grand National Teams Flight A event in Toronto on Sun Jul 23!

Bewtown Bridge Club team wins national championship

Early this year, team captain Barry Bragin joined with Weiling Zhao and the partnership of Mike Hess and Gary Miyashiro to form a Newtown Bridge Club team. Their goal was to compete in the two-day qualifying event in Sturbridge MA for the honor of representing ACBL’s District 25 (the New England states) at the summer’s North American Bridge Championships in Toronto ON. When the team earned first place in the Flight A division in Sturbridge, the four began planning their trip to the national championships in Toronto. Knowing that success meant five days of intensely competitive bridge, another pair, Susan and Michael Smith from Newington, CT, was invited to join the team for Toronto.

According to Gary, the five day event in Toronto was "a great experience but grueling." Play started on Wednesday, July 19, with teams from each district competing for the top 16 positions. (Our home team won a spot.) The next four days were knock-outs where they played 56 boards against one other team. At the end of each day the field was halved with only the winning teams continuing on to the next day’s competition. The last two days, their matches were played at championship tables that have screens to prevent players from seeing their partners. Gary said it took a while to get used to the screens but the screens limited outside distractions and as a result the players could better focus on their game. The team clearly focused on their game defeating the California District 22 team in the final day’s match 119 to 72 and winning the 2017 Grand National Team Goldman Flight A championship.

As Weiling summarized the event, "We enjoyed the journey from the beginning to the end." And what a wonderful ending it was - congratulation to Gary, Weiling, Mike and Barry, and their teammates Susan and Michael, on a job well done!

Make Tuesday Your Bridge Night!

The Tuesday evening game starts promptly at 7pm and ends before 10pm; partners are available for walk-in players (Tuesday evenings only).

Newtown Bridge Bits, a regular Tuesday evening feature, starts about 6:40 pm. Bridge Bits are mini-lessons designed to sharpen wits and improve winning ways.

Refreshments are provided. There is no additional charge for Bridge Bits mini-lessons.

Need a Partner?

The Partnership Desk has current contact information for Newtown Bridge Club players as well as the list of players looking for partners. If you're new to the club and need a partner, please contact Susan at director@newtownbridge.org or 203-733-8525 for assistance.

Many thanks to the committee members, sponsors and players who made The Longest Day on Jun 21 such a success. Click to read more about the club's first Longest Day event.

 

August 2017 calendar

Full August calendar

Tournaments:

Aug 18-20 Stamford CT Sectional

Oct 9-15 Danbury CT Regonal

Susan Fronapfel, club manager
director@newtownbridge.org
203-733-8525

Linda Dale Mulholland, assistant
club manager

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The Newtown Bridge Club offers ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games near the flagpole at center of town, on Main Street (Routes 25 and 6). Easily accessible from Connecticut - Newtown CT, Danbury CT, Bethel CT, Southbury CT, Brookfield CT, New Milford CT, Monroe CT, Bridgewater CT, Woodbury CT, New Fairfield CT, Redding CT, Ridgefield CT, Botsford CT, Roxbury CT, Sandy Hook CT, South Britain CT and Stevenson CT are within 12 miles - and Putnam County and Dutchess County New York including Brewster NY, Patterson NY, Carmel NY, Croton Falls NY and North Salem NY.

Newtown CT Bridge Club at Edmond Town Hall | 45 Main Street, Newtown CT | email: director@newtownbridge.org