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.

Randy Baron's New Books

If you have not yet seen Randy Baron's new books, now is the time. Theses books have not only been given great reviews but are very popular. They are chock full of excellent advice for all levels of players, and the material is presented in Randy's usual eclectic style.

Both books are available directly from Randy or through Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies.

-- Ralph Letizia