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Edmond Town Hall, 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: $11 per person ($9 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.

Guaranteed partners at Tuesday and Wednesday gamesGuaranteed partners: Tuesday & Wednesday games. If your Tuesday or Wednesday schedule suddenly opens up for you to play bridge or your partner had to cancel at last minute, you can come to the 10:00 am and 7:00 pm games and there will be a partner waiting for you. Note that partners are guaranteed for Tuesday and Wednesday games only. (Please arrive 10 minutes early to be guaranteed a partner.)

North American Pairs (NAP)NAP (North American Pairs) is a highly prestigious grass roots event that starts at the club level in June, July and August. NAP qualifying games at club level award generous extra points, 50/50 red/black. (Red points usually can be earned only at regional tournaments.) In addition, players qualifying at the club may compete in the district finals; district winners go on to represent New England at the spring NABC. Read more.

Learn to Play Bridge

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

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, Wednesdays 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 play bridge more 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).
(No Chat Bridge on the Independence Day holiday Wed Jul 4.)

NEW!  Play of the Hand in the 21st Century, Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 pm, starting Jul 10. The secret to being a good bridge player, whether the game is social bridge, rubber or duplicate, is to play your cards better. This 8-class course will help players become confident declarers. Tuition is $12 per lesson ($9 for members). To register, contact Susan at director@newtownbridge.org or 203-733-8525. Read more.

NEW!  Two-Over-One Game Force, Thursdays 10:00-11:30 am, starting Jul 12. Whether you are looking to make the transition to 2/1 or simply want a better understanding of the system, this 6-class course will teach 2/1 concepts and provide time to play practice hands. Tuition is $12 per workshop ($9 for members). To register, contact Susan at director@newtownbridge.org or 203-733-8525. Read more

Coming in September…

Learn to Play Bridge (Easybridge!1) is a perfect place to start for beginners as well as players returning to bridge after some years. The 10-class course presents the basics of modern bidding and gives players the confidence to join in social and club games. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, starting Sep 12. Read more.

Need a Partner?

The Partnership Desk has 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.

Tue Jun 19, The Longest Day

The Longest Day, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to benefit the Alzheimer AssociationEnthusiastic bridge players were heard throughout Edmond Town Hall between sunrise and sunset with bridge, socializing, food and jazz in both the Alexandria Room and the gym. With the support of our sponsors, the Longest Day committee hosted an event that was enjoyed by everyone. The generosity of our members, players and community made this a successful fund-raiser for the Alzheimer's Association.

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!

 


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