ACBL Canadian Bridge Fedaration

ACBL Unit 430 (Vancouver) MENTOR/MENTEE SERIES 2015

Next game: August 8th, 2015, 12:00pm at the Vancouver Bridge Centre.

Registration is now open for the August game.

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The master point limit for Mentees is 250.

We have another 4 Mentor Mentee games scheduled for 2015, (all Saturdays): The third game of the year will be August 8th (and the final game for 2015 is scheduled for November 21st).

All MM games will be held at the Vancouver Bridge Centre. The start time is 12:00pm so that players will have time to attend the post game Vugraph review and still get home in time for dinner.

Cost: Mentee $9. As a sign of appreciation the Mentors play for free, compliments of ACBL Unit 430.

If you have any questions please contact Kathryn Shannon ( or (604) 984.4167) or Maryellen Gallo ( 778-438-2349).


About the games

If you are an up-and-coming bridge player with less than 250 master points, you won't want to miss these games! We will pair you with an experienced player from the Vancouver area who will share their expertise with you in developing your game. As a Mentee, you will play 22 boards with a Mentor at any or all of the four Mentor/Mentee games scheduled for 2015. As well as having time after the game to discuss the hands you have just played with your Mentor, you will receive a complete hand record and analysis to take away with you at the end of the game. We will also host a Vugraph presentation where after the game, one of the Mentors will discuss a number of hands while the audience follow the bidding and play on a BBO bridge table projected on the wall.


What Mentees need to know: The best way to improve your game is to play with the best partners, in the best games you can find, and here is your chance, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

What we ask from the Mentees is that you come to the game with an open mind, willing to learn. There are many different approaches to this game, what one expert may tell you may not be the same as the next. It is up to you and your partner to decide on the approach that best suits you.

Along with an open mind, we ask Mentees to bring 2 copies of their favourite convention card. Your Mentor will play your card. If you don't have a convention card, don't worry! We will help you to complete one on the day of the event. These ACBL help pages may also assist you in completing a convention card.

Mentees are not just beginners, or those who are new to duplicate, but players who are keen on improving their bridge. Even if you have a lot of duplicate experience, so long as you have less than 250 master points, you are welcome to sign up as a Mentee and our goal is to pair you with an appropriate Mentor to help you move to the next level in your game.


What Mentors need to know: Mentors, we are looking for experienced players, but the most important trait we are looking for is a pleasant table manner and patience!

If you think this description fits and you are interested in helping a Mentee to develop their game (just as others helped you in the past), please register as a Mentor.

If you are considering becoming a Mentor, there are some important things you need know. (These points are taken from a letter written by a Mentee about her experiences, and those of others, which you can read here):


Partnerships: finding a compatible bridge partner is challenging so you can imagine the kind of problems that could occur when we try to match up 120 players of varying abilities and personalities. If you have had an enjoyable time with your partner we encourage you to ask for the same partner again. Conversely, we would like to hear from you if you would prefer not to play with the same partner. You can indicate this preference in the comments field on your online registration or you can contact one of us on a confidential basis.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I play with the same person again? Often a player will ask can I play with the same wonderful Mentor in the next MM game We definitely want to encourage these partnerships and if your MM partnership is working and both partners are happy to continue, then this is likely the best combination to help you improve and enjoy your game.

What we want to avoid is having experienced MM partnerships dominate the games when they would benefit more from playing in open games. Players often know when they have reached this level and stop playing in the MM games or better still, both partners register as mentors.

To assist in determining if your pair is too experienced to play in an MM game, we have developed a points system. 5 points for winning, 3 points for placing in the overalls, 1 point for winning master points. If a pair has accumulated 7 points or more in the past 3 games we will ask that they find a different partner for the next game.


Are the boards predealt? Yes, the boards are predealt so that all players will play the same boards over the course of the day.This is Duplicate Bridge and allows comparison and scoring across all tables and all sections along with one set of hand records and analysis. Predealt duplication of the boards does not mean that we create hands with particularly tricky layouts or that we set up the boards so that the mentors or mentees get to play certain hands. The boards are 100% random. If during the game you find that you are declarer for most of the boards, or you get dealt hands with 10 spades from the AKQJ or even a string of seemingly useless hands, that is simply the beauty of the game; we have no influence on the cards you receive.

From time to time there are games that use prearranged deals. These games are usually designed for instructional purposes of certain play tactics or use of conventions. This does not happen in the Mentor/Mentee games in Unit 430.


Kathryn Shannon and Maryellen Gallo
ACBL Unit 430 (Vancouver)