Welcome to the New Hampshire Bridge Association Website
The New Hampshire Bridge Association (NHBA) is Unit 150 in District 25 of the American Contract Bridge League. It is comprised of an all-volunteer Board and more than 500 active members of the bridge community in the State of New Hampshire.
An opportunity to participate in a truly historic occasion will occur the weekend of January 8-10, 2016, at the Marriott Hotel in Newton, MA.
The first individual bridge championship in New England was held in 1945 in Boston. For three decades it grew and grew in popularity until it reached the mind-boggling total of 176 tables in 1972. The game of bridge has changed, however, and the last such tournament, the 71st annual Keohane Individual Regional, is scheduled for January.
If you have never had the intriguing experience of playing in an Individual, this is perhaps your last chance. The format allows you to play with a new partner and a new pair of opponents every few hands. You might find yourself paired with someone whom you know, but in many cases you will have only a minute or two to establish bidding agreements with a total stranger. A Yellow Card can be useful. Don't bother trying to teach each new partner your modifications of Manfield.
The players compete with those sitting in the same chair (North, South, East, or West) and with the group as a whole. The winners will earn a lot of gold points and bragging rights for all time.
The Individuals are the prime attractions in Newton, but the tournament also includes team events, Open Pairs, and 299er Pairs. Details are on the flyer, which can be read here. If you need a partner, you can use the Partnership Desk software on NEBridge.org or send an e-mail to Kim Gilman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mel Marcus 19?? - 2015
Mel Marcus of Waltham, Mass., one of New England's great players and a familiar face at New Hampshire sectionals, has passed away. Mel recently became a Grand Life Master, winning the Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss Teams at the Summer NABC in Chicago along with Bill Irvine, Haven Sharaf, Rena Lieberman, Robert Lurie, and John Hrones Jr.
A memorial will be scheduled. Donations in Mel's name can be made to the Jimmy Fund. More details to follow.
The Tom Cheetham Club in Nashua Has Moved
The Tom Cheetham Club has moved from the Nashua Senior Center to the Presbyterian Church on West Hollis St. The first game at the new location was held November 11, 2015.
Wanted: More School Bridge Clubs
How can you help?
If you know of someone who will help recruit students to try out a school bridge club, please inform any board member of New England Youth Bridge, Inc. The recruiter could be a school faculty member or other school-connected individual who would personally reach out to students, a parent who will recruit not only their child but also the friends of their child and/or will personally coordinate responses to a notice to parents from the school’s Parent Teacher Organization, or a student who will recruit his/her friends to join. New England Youth Bridge (NEYB) will help the bridge club succeed for the recruited participants by supplying lesson plans and – if you do not want to teach the students yourself – by recruiting a bridge player to teach the lessons. Just contact a board member of NEYB (names are listed below) to talk about how to proceed.
Now is the time to follow up, so that a new school bridge club can begin soon after the start of the 2015-16 school year.
NEYB is a tax exempt charitable organization. NEYB, which charges no fees for teaching youth to play bridge, offers not only lesson plans, teaching tips, cards, boards, and bidding boxes, but also, as necessary, financial assistance to help the youth bridge club succeed.
NEYB board members are Jeff Lehman, Lisa Allison, Pam Miller, Adam Parrish, Jim Rasmussen, Adam Grossack, and Barbara Doyle.
Many bridge players in D25 help promote school bridge clubs by volunteering to help teach and supervise tables of players at school bridge clubs’ meetings and tournaments. Please give a big thank you to these individuals: Dave Lawrence of Rochester, NH; Lisa and Nate Allison of Lee, NH; Ruth Cunniff of Durham, NH; Nancy Hornbeck of Durham, NH; Darien Lauten of Durham, NH; George (Skip) Page of Rye, NH; Maureen Fahey of Coventry, RI; Vivi Leavy of Newton, MA; Barbara Doyle of Chestnut Hill, MA; Lew Gamerman of Randolph, MA ; Pam Miller and Jim Rasmussen of Cambridge, MA; Fizza Adamjee of Newton, MA; and Lloyd Steger of Watertown, MA.