Presidents Corner May 2020

As we are living through this pandemic, that most of us has never lived through one like it, we can see a dim light at the end of the tunnel. Our new normal has become going to the grocery store, the drug store, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, or Lowes, then coming home and shutting out the world, and hope we didn’t get near anyone that has the dreaded virus. Behind our closed doors are our televisions and computers to occupy our time. As everything slowly opens, your board is carefully monitoring the situation to come up with something that will protect us all. In the meantime, we are cancelling the June Sectional, but we have not made a decision on the Non-Life Master tournament, nor the October Swiss Team Sectional, and it’s a little too early to make a decision on the Louisville- Lexington Regional.

Meanwhile to keep your bridge skills sharp, we have the Virtual Club Games on BBO. Verna is directing Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 AM., and Sundays at 1:00 PM. Bill Toutant is directing Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1:00 PM. There are also the Support Your Club Games on BBO everyday at 10:00 AM, 5:10 PM, and 7:30 PM.

And there is more: Randy Baron is offering a question and answer forum via the Zoom app on Tuesdays. See my last email blast to find out the particulars. This is free for our members. Kit Overpeck is offring Bridge Lessons for one to a group of four individuals on the BBO platform. The lessons will last for an hour and cost is $10.00 per person per session. Kit will schedule the lessons so they are convient to you. You can contact Kit by email, kitoverpeck@yahoo.com, or by text 502-281-8886. If you have any questions, you can email me at bama426@aol.com, or text or call at 502-767-5589.

Stay safe and well. I hope to see everyone soon!

- Hannah Davis

Welcome to Louisville Bridge Association

The Louisville Bridge Club, Unit 117, offers games every day and night except for Tuesday and Saturday evenings, when there are occasional special events. If you have not visited our club, check out the game calendar for times and days. If you have a partner, just show up before game time. The usual fee is $7.50 per person. If you do not have a partner, you can contact the game director and he or she will try to find a partner for you. The names and phone numbers of the game directors can be found at this link. You can also join our forum and use that recourse to look for partners

Thank you for all of the comments on the new LBA web site. They have been mostly very positive with a sprinkling of suggestions how we can make it better, and a few complaints about "things not quite working right on my system or device". For example, one problem seems to be with the dropdown menu on android phones. If that happens, try clicking here to get our Site Map. This will As you will note, not all of the links are currently active but will soon be on a staggered rollout effort. If you click on a link and nothing happens, just assume it is not yet active.

Finally, anyone who has news that would be of interest to the unit members please send it along to me, Bill Toutant or John Van Cleve. This also includes singificant rank accomplishments, obituaries, tournament results, just about anything.

The Club is Closed/Virtual Club is Online

All games and classes are suspended at our Plainview location until further notice.

The Louisville Bridge Center and Verna's Suburban Bridge Club have formed ACBL Virtual Clubs. Th virtual club games are being hosted on BBO. We now have a virtual club game scheduled every day. Check the website calendar for times

You should have received an email with all the details about our Virtual Club. If you didn't, then you are probably not on our club's mailing list. Email bill.toutant@gmail.com to have your name added to the list.

Support Your Club Online Games

The ACBL, BBO and Common Game people have all teamed up to offer online games which will award ACBL black masterpoints and at the same time help your local club.

To play, you and your partner will both have to be registered with BBO. If you are not registered, you can go to this link: Bridge Base Online to register, It is free and easy.

There are games 10:00 am, 5:10 pm and 7:30 pm our time every day. You can register to play in the game starting two hours before game time. Games are currently limited to 400 pairs and have been filling up. To register for the game, log on to BBO and from the home page, under FEATURED AREAS, choose ACBL World. There you will see a list of upcoming games (tournaments). To play in this game, select Support Your Club ACBL Black Point Game (that option will not appear until two hours before game time.)

You will be asked for the BBO username of your partner that you want to invite to play. Your partner will also need to be logged on to BBO and accept the invitation The fee is $6.00 per player, with the majority of that money going back to your local clubs. The fee is paid with BB$. You can purchase BB$ by clicking on the BB$ icon near the upper right corner of the BBO home page. You can purchase them using a credit card or Paypal.

If you are not familiar with BBO, this may sound a little confusing. You might want to look around the site and check out the many free opportunities it offers to get aquainted.

Remember, your participation will help our club's financial health while we protect our collective and individual health.

In Memory Of

Two of Unit 117's most prominant bridge players have recently passed on to the the great bridge game in the sky: Larry Kozlove and Helen Casey. I am honored to have known both of them quite well, and of course, call them friends.

Larry Kozlove was Louisville's best player and most well known nationally for many years. I first met Larry way back in 1975 when he was playing with his Uncle Julius and John Sheridan of Indianapolis. I remember my first sectional in March 1975, when I did not have a partner for a session and asked who would be good to watch. Several people recommended Larry but always with the caveat that "he was not the nicest bridge player around". I figured I want to learn from the best, nice or not so ventured over to his table between rounds and asked if I could watch. Without missing a beat, he said sure, and not only answered all of my persistent and pesky questions, but also offered tips and advice. And he was REALLY nice to me, which was an attitude that he carried toward me forever. I have played on teams with Larry, and have made some less than optimal bids, occasionally being penalized for it. He would be playing at the other table and would never yell at me, rather would just calmly explain why I should not have done that, or even more likely, why he would not have done that. I listened and learned.

I believe Larry was often nicer than many people give him credit for. He was a very highly competitive person, and a high risk taker that hated more than anything to lose. Larry is probably far removed from your ideal vision of a great swimmer, having been a little pudgy and not exactly muscle bound, and with a tedency to slightly waddle like a duck when he walked, hence maybe contributed to his nickname "Duck" over the years (at least that is what I was told). But boy, was he good and very competitive. I was told he was one of the best in his day and won many ribbons and trophies. That same competitiveness carried over to bridge and in addition to winning many open regional titles, has won several open national events and was also runner-up several times. So, yes, that intensity combined with a direct blunt nature of responding or reacting to people oft-times gave the impression of being unpleasant to play against. But I can truly say he was never like that to me.

Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of Larry's life is that he never made the 10,000 point mark to make Grand Life Master, simply because he just didn't play that much. But I assure you, up until his health started to fail, he was surely one of the best around and he was never underestimated in critical high level matches. He was also an excellent poker player who won quite often, and was a devoted family man and dog lover. I miss him dearly but have comfort knowing he is now in a better place.

Helen Casey was one of my very first bridge partners, and back in the days when I first picked up the cards, took me under her wing and taught me all she knew - and that was a lot. As my friend Cary Golde said, "She was a classy lady and I and I am very sorry to see her go". Helen was an excellnt partner and very easy to play with even as she entered her 8th decade. She didn't play much during her last few uears mostly due to family constraints and failing health, but when she did, she still made her presence well known.

Helen was extremely generous with her time and would play with anyone that asked her. She was quite full of life and an excellent conversationalist. She always seemed to know everything that was going on in our unit. She was fun to be around and quite comfortable in any gathering. And she was an excellent player with a penchant for handling difficult partners. She had many favorites, far too many to name, and they all loved playing with her. I had not seen Helen much in the recent years but it was always a joyful reunion when I did and catching up on life was fun. I knew her kids well and she would never fail to keep me updated on how they were doing. I also miss her dearly and know there will now always be a little piece missing when I think about her.

So, with a heavy heart I now close this dialog. This for me, is the hardest part of getting old when your friends move on and leave you behind. God be with both Larry and Helen's families, and may Larry and Helen forever rest in peace.

-- Ralph Letizia