ACBL Unit 430 (Vancouver) MENTOR/MENTEE SERIES 2013
November 16th - 1pm Vancouver Bridge Centre
For the November 16th Mentor Mentee Team Game (also a CNTC qualifying game): Registration is now closed for Mentees, but we still need more Mentors! Please contact Kathryn Sahnnon (604 984 4167) if you are willing to help.
If you are an up and coming bridge player with less than 200 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 24 boards with a Mentor at any or all of the four Mentor/Mentee games scheduled for 2013.
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 have also introduced a “Vugraph” presentation where after the game, some 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.
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. http://www.acbl.org/play/conventionwisdom.html
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.
Next game: Saturday November 16th. Registration is open.
Cost: Mentee $9, Mentor plays for free (courtesy of ACBL Unit 430)
You may also register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning Rhoda Tafler (604) 273-6980
The November Mentor Mentee game will be a teams game. Many of our newer players have never played in a team game, and are interested to learn more about this aspect of the game. This is an opportunity to try a teams game in a supportive atmosphere with an experienced partner. Secondly, the Canadian Bridge Federation is hosting the Canadian Bridge Championships in Calgary in May 2014 and our game will be a qualifying game for the Canadian National Teams Championship (CNTC). Any 4 or more (up to 6) players who qualify as individuals in this or other CNTC qualifying games can form a team and participate in the Canadian Bridge Championships! There are three separate CNTC events, at the A, B and C level. A Vancouver area team reached the finals of the B event in 2013. If you are interested in more information, please visit www.cbf.ca.
Vugraph: We will be hosting another post game session to review the bidding and play of some of the more interesting boards from the game. We have identified some technical issues which will make set up speedier and we have heard your concerns regarding the level of instruction and will make changes to better target the presentation to the mentees. We will also consider starting the game earlier to allow players to attend the post game session and still get out at a reasonable time.
Partners: 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 me on a confidential basis at email@example.com (604) 984-4167 (778) 710-1846
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 & Leila Jinnah
ACBL Unit 430 (Vancouver)