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ALERT

Bridge club activities are suspended through Thu Apr 30. Keep healthy!

COVID-19

All bridge activities have been suspended through April 30. We are monitoring the situation through the CDC and CT Department of Public Heath and will cooperate with all federal, state and town directives regarding public safety. If the closing timeframe changes, this information will be updated.

In the meantime, please keep healthy! The Connecticut Department of Public Health (ct.gov/coronavirus) is a source for information and recommendations.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you back at the bridge table when we’re able to resume games and lessons.

Playing bridge online

Want to play online with people you know?

You're not the only one - other Newtown Bridge Club players want to do this too. Fortunately, it's easy to create a private table on BBO (Bridge Base OnLine) and play with 1, 2 or 3 friends. You can play at any time; the only charge is $1 to hire a robot to fill an empty seat. Click here for instructions.


Wondering about ACBL's online “Support Your Club” games?

Players have asked about ACBL’s email announcing the new “Support Your Club" games offered on BBO. The games are 18 boards, 126 minutes, cost $5 per player and award black points like a club game. Currently, game times are 10:00 am, 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm daily. If you are looking information about how to find the games, how to use BBO and more, click here for information about “Support Your Club” games.

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 & 99ers
  12:30 pm  Tuesdays  Open
  7:00 pm  Tuesdays  Open
  10:00 am  Wednesdays  Open & 299ers
  12:30 pm  Thursdays  Open & 99ers

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.

Save the Dates June 17 - The Longest Day, a fundraiser to support the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Bridge and Scrabble - morning, afternoon and evening. Breakfast pastries, lunch and dinner included.

September 16 - Wednesday afternoon Swiss team game and light supper, 2:00-6:30.

October 5-8 - Team Week. All regular games will be Swiss teams during this week.

Learn to Play Bridge

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

Bridge Lessons at Newtown Bridge ClubSUSPENDED. Schedule to be announced after Apr 30.
Bells & Whistles – Part 1 SAYC, Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am and More Bells & Whistles , Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am. Bells & Whistles is more than an introduction to useful conventions. You will gain insight about when and why to use these conventions and practice with example hands. Players are welcome to attend any or all workshops of interest. Tuition: $12 per class ($9 for members). Click for schedule and more information.

Bridge Studio, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm. A 30-minute bridge lesson Social bridge studio followed by a social bridge game where your foursome plays privately and at your own pace. You can play as few or many hands as your table likes. You will NOT be asked to join the duplicate game. As a matter of fact, we won’t even disturb you.
However, we are here to support you. If your group is just learning, you can ask our director if you need help with bidding or have questions. Card fee is $5 (new players and members).
Advance sign-up is required. Singles and pairs will be matched to create tables. Email director@newtownbridge.org to join the fun. Suspended. The date of the next Bridge Studio will be announced after Apr 30.

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). Suspended. The date of the next Chat Bridge will be announced after Apr 30.

Backstage Banter, Thursdays at noon. Join the group backstage behind the curtain for bridge tips and answers to your bridge questions before Thursday's game. Free. Suspended. The date of the next Backstage Banter will be announced after Apr 30.

Coming soon…
Learn to Play Bridge, Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am, is a perfect place to start for beginners as well as players returning to bridge after some years. Everyone will be playing bridge at the first lesson. The 10-class course presents the basics of modern bidding. After a few lessons, players will have the confidence to join bridge games with friends. Schedule to be announced. Read more.

Bridge Mentoring

Bridge Mentoring at Newtown Bridge Club provides members Bridge mentoring program with coaching and advice and the opportunity to share the love of the game. Might you be interested in having a mentor or being a mentor?
 
Players with fewer than 200 masterpoints may sign up to have a mentor. Experienced players may sign up to be a mentor.
Mentoring partnerships agree to play together at least once a month for 3 months on a mutually convenient schedule. Mentors in approved registered partnerships qualify for free plays.
For details, click to see the printable Bridge Mentoring registration form.

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.

Guaranteed partners: Tuesday & Wednesday games.
Guaranteed partners at Tuesday and Wednesday games If your Tuesday or Wednesday schedule suddenly opens up to play bridge or your partner had to cancel at last minute, you can come to the daytime and evening 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 matched with a partner.

 

April 2020 calendar

Tournaments:

May 29-31 Orange CT Sectional

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

Linda Dale Mulholland, assistant
club manager

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American Contract Bridge League

District 25

Unit 126


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