A Message from Our President

Here come the lazy, hazy days of summer and lots of very exciting things are going to be happening at the Louisville Bridge Club. Our "snowbirds" are back with us and we are so happy to see them. Welcome HOME!

I am very excited to announce the beginning of a new game, designed specifically for players with fewer than 199 points, and a thirst to improve and excel. This game, patterned off one that Rachelle Goodwin, our Education Chairperson, saw in Texas, will start earlier in the evening and play fewer boards than a regular game. This format will allow players to ask one question each round, and still be finished with play at a relatively early hour. Matt Just will be directing this game and will be there to answer questions. The games will be Tuesday evenings, at 6:30 and will begin June 13, the second Tuesday. Players are encouraged to bring a partner, however, if they need one, Matt or Rachelle can help them with a pairing. The cost for the game will be the same as our regular games, $7.00 per participant.

Verna and Mauri have their summer classes beginning the first and second weeks in June. The schedule is posted on our web site under the dropdown box labeled "Lessons". These classes will last for eight weeks and run the gamut from beginner to advanced. At the end of this series of lessons, we will have a Mentor/Mentee game. Watch for the date, the end of July or in early August. Kit is going to continue his Saturday morning classes, with a small nominal fee involved. Watch for information on start date, content, price, etc..

June, July and August are NAP Qualifying months. Persons qualifying in a club qualifier will be eligible to participate in the District 11 Qualifier the weekend of November 4 and 5. Pairings are by "A", "B" and "C". "C" players are NLM with fewer than 500 points; "B" players must have between 501 and 2500 points. "A" players have greater than 2500 points. The charge for playing in a club qualifier is $9.00 per participant per game. The schedule at the District level is such that if you are a "C" player, you could play in both the "C" and "B" qualifying games. "B" players can play in both the "B" and "A" games. Should you qualify in two different levels, you may only play in one at Nationals. I hope you will find a partner and participate. We are hoping for a large Louisville turnout at the District Qualifier.

The last weekend in June is the Louisville Summer Sectional Tournament. The club will be closed for regular games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24, 25, 26. There will be pair games on Friday and Saturday, knockouts on Saturday and a Swiss Team game on Sunday. The Swiss Team game will feature a separate 299er Swiss Team Game. Don't miss this fun opportunity to win silver points.

Welcome to Louisville Bridge Association

The Louisville Bridge Club, Unit 117, offers games every day and night except for Tuesday and Saturday evenings, when there are occasional special events. For more information call the bridge center, or the director for the game you prefer.

Thank you for all of the comments on the new LBA web site. They have been mostly very positive with a sprinkling of suggestions how we can make it better, and a few complaints about "things not quite working right on my system or device". For example, one problem seems to be with the dropdown menu on android phones. If that happens, try clicking here to get our Site Map. This will As you will note, not all of the links are currently active but will soon be on a staggered rollout effort. If you click on a link and nothing happens, just assume it is not yet active.

Finally, anyone who has news that would be of interest to the unit members please send it along to me, Bill or Vangie. This also includes singificant rank accomplishments, obituaries, tournament results, just about anything. Also, I am once again doing the Midwest Monitor for Unit117 so please send anything to go out there to me as soon as possible.

Updates From Our President

Kit Overpeck will be directing on Thursday nights and we are hoping to revitalize this game. Hope you will join us.

Saturday mornings, Kit Overpeck will hold his free class starting at 9:45. Many people had hoped for a slightly later time and here it is.

Bill McAvinue will be directing the game on Saturday afternoons. There will only be one game as the limited point game has not drawn enough players.

Sundays at 5:30, Erin will be directing an Open game which will get out early.

Hope to have you enjoy all our games and lessons.

Bridge Lessons - Fall 2017

Eight-Week Sessions - $80 (Dates below are for the first lesson)


  • Wed, Sept. 27, 7-9 PM Instructor - Mauri Malka 552-4226
  • Thurs, Sept. 28, 9:30-11:30 AM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Advanced Beginners - Intermediate

  • Mon, Sept. 25, 4-6 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Best Bridge Series - Conventions and more

  • Fri, Oct. 6, 3:15-5:15 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

"Thinking" Bridge ($10 Weekly)

  • Tuesdays, 3:15-5:15 PM Instructor - Brian Ross 876-9531

Additional Information Under Lessons & Seminars Drop Down Menu

All Classes held at LBC, 9870 Linn Station Rd 40223

For more information, call the bridge center at 897-3581

In Memory Of

Harold Stengel

It is with deep sadness and compassion that I report the death of Harold Stengel on May 30, 2017. Harold had surgery that evening that was deemed to have been successful, however, having had a chronic coronary condition for some time, his heart gave way while in recovery.

Harold was married to Joan Lepping, and the two of them lived in Boston for many years before moving back to Louisville in the mid-2000's. He had one daughter Kaitlin, and a grandson Niko. Harold deeply loved and was very proud of his grandson, and posted numerous pictures on facebook.

Harold was a top expert having won national events and also played in the world championship. At one time, before he started having serious health issues, Harold was one of our best national players. He and Joan had a very well established partnership and have won many regional and sectional events together and with others. He was quite easy and delightful to play with, and was always the perfect partner. I was fortunate to have played with him several times and was always very impressed with his bridge skills and acumen. He was a bridge player's expert and never turned down a chance to answer a bridge related question, regardless how simple or from whom.

Harold and I shared many interests outside of bridge and I have great memories of our conversations. He was quite eclectic, very well read and educated, and could discuss most any topic albeit sometimes quite opinionated! In any case, you never had a doubt where he stood on any subject. I, along with many others, will greatly miss his lasting smile and dry, eccentric humor.

Rest in peace my friend - I will never forget you.

- Ralph Letizia