Welcome to the Website for the Westside Bridge Academy.
Notice from the Common Game
This email is to inform you that our email service Amazon is experiencing a major outage. Because of this we are currently NOT sending out emailed results.
We will be monitoring the situation this afternoon and evening, but there is a high likelihood that players will not receive emails at all today.
This will not affect us processing your results, so please continue to send results as usual via TCGMerge and players can go to our website www.TheCommonGame.com and login with their ACBL numbers to see their results.
We hope you can help communicate this message to players.
We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope to be back up soon!
2016 was a good year!
In 2016 WBA had a total of 8,904 tables, up 240 tables from 2015's total of 8.664. That made us the 15th largest club by table count in the ACBL and the largest in District 16 by almost 1,200 tables. The Bridge Academy of North Dallas was 2nd with 7,741 tables.
We averaged 24.4 tables/day in 2016 compared to 23.7 tables/day in 2015. Here's how we progressed through the year.
We are working to get to 10,000 tables, which would get us in the top ten clubs in the ACBL. To do that, we would need to average about 3 tables per day more, not an insurmountable number.
Come on out and help us get there!
Life Master Party for Ned Earle!
Ned Earle recently made Life Master, and his friends and partners are giving a party in his honor on Wednesday, March 29th at 10:30.
Sandwiches and a cake will be served. Side dishes, appetizers and desserts would be welcome.
Come on out and help Ned celebrate his achievement!
New 0-20 game
We will be starting a new 0-20 game on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to about 3:00. Jimmy Breihan will give a FREE mini-lesson at 12:30.
The first game will be held on March 19th, and we will kick if off with a party, free to all, with snacks and drinks provided! No need to bring a partner, we will make sure you have one. It will be a great time; be sure to invite all your non-bridge playing friends, family members, and acquaintances who you think might enjoy it.
It's a sanctioned game and awards masterpoints, but it's extremely low key duplicate; no time pressure, and no rudeness will be allowed. No need to be nervous - everyone there will be in the same situation!
It's sure to be a fun time!
Mini-Bridge is basically Bridge without the bidding. The side with the most high card points gets the contract and the hand with the most points is the declarer. The declarer gets to choose whether to play game or partscore, and either in notrump or in a suit contract.
We will be having our second game on Sunday, March 12th at 1:00 pm, so invite your friends and anyone else you think might be interested. No need to bring a partner, preregistration is NOT required, there will be snacks and coffee and tea, and it's FREE!
Call in reservations
Effective immediately the directors will no longer accept call in reservations for a N-S seating assignment unless the caller has a mobility issue that requires them to sit N-S.
If you have a mobility issue and need to be seated N-S we will of course honor that. To make it easier on the directors, we request that you call in 45 minutes or so prior to game time and ask to be seated N-S.
Otherwise, seating assignments will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if you want a N-S, get there early!
We have had many complaints from those who show up 30 minutes prior to game time only to find that all the N-S tables for their strat have been taken by those who called in for a reservation.
The directors make a strong effort to spread out the A+, A, B, & C players so that one section or direction is not significantly stronger than another, since that makes the competition fairer for all. It is often difficult to do that and seat everyone in their preferred direction, so if you don't get the direction you prefer, realize that is the reason why.
Are the Common Game hands truly random?
The truth of the matter is yes, they are truly random, in spite of what you might think. This is from the Common Game FAQ:
Yes they are truly random. This is a common misperception since many players are often used to relatively "flat" hands produced in typical shuffle and deal games. We use the industry standard utility Bridge Composer which does not provide any options for attenuating or manipulating hand distributions. In addition, we are using the open source utlity "Big Deal" (an option inside Bridge Composer) to generate the actual hands. These hands are added to our library and NEVER touched thereafter.
They have a whole page devoted to the subject; you can see it here.
BridgeComposer really is the industry standard; we use it to generate the hands when we don't get the hands from the Common Game (mainly for I/N tournaments). And the BigDeal program is a very strong random hand generator, used all over the world, including by the software that generates the hands for the Dealer4 dealing machines used by many bridge clubs, and it is my understanding that the ACBL has committed to use it starting in the spring of 2017.