A Message from Our President

Happy March! I am afraid that March is going to come in like a "lion", which means it should go out as a "lamb". I am ready for Spring.

Now that 2016 is history, we know the winners of the Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs certificates and the Mini-McKenney medals. What is involved in the Ace of Clubs? These are the points that you have won in play at the bridge center. The Mini- McKenney award is based on all the points you have won during the year, both club and tournament play. The 2017 master point races are updated monthly and you can follow them on acbl.com.

2016 Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs Winners

  • 0 - 5 points David Van Zant 15.87
  • 5 - 20 points Kimberly Maxey 35.37
  • 20-50 points Marilyn Frankenberger 34.81
  • 50-100 points Denise Tonini 43.24
  • 100-200 points Stuart Ray 68.35
  • 200-300 points John Stone 77.76
  • 300-500 points Lois Shapero 55.46
  • 500-1000 points Bill Cook 107.99
  • 1000-1500 points Steven Blank 115.84
  • 1500-2500 points Frank Collecchia 145.12
  • 2500-3500 points Cynthia Hall 154.34
  • 3500-5000 points Brian Ross 140.92
  • 5000-7500 points Dorsey Brown 227.65
  • Over 10,000 points Dennis Hesthaven 72.16

2016 Mini-McKenney Awards

  • 0 - 5 points Robin Baldock 23.68
  • 5 - 20 points Kimberly Maxey 52.92
  • 20-50 points Beverly Hopkins 48.72
  • 50-100 points Louise Hilton 63.68
  • 100-200 points Stuart Ray 111.03
  • 200-300 points Terri Chandler 115.69
  • 300-500 points Kay Omanson 108.57
  • 500-1000 points Bill Cook 387.01
  • 1000-1500 points William Toutant 222.34
  • 1500-2500 points Nancy Abrams 281.10
  • 2500-3500 points Patricia Buckley 251.79
  • 3500-5000 points Brian Ross 611.22
  • 5000-7500 points Dorsey Brown 395.93
  • Over 10,000 points Dennis Hesthaven 194.31

Congratulations to all the winners. We will be handing out these awards at the March LBA Game, which will be on Thursday, March 23, 201

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.

Triple Point NABC Fundraiser Games

During the week of May 8-14, we will have games at our club that award 3 times the usual number of masterpoints. These games will cost $1.00 extra per person with that money going to help fund the Spring NABC in Columbus, OH. This will be the first national tournament in our district since Louisville in 2011. Click HERE for more information.

Congratulations Shirley & Sheldon

On Saturday, Jan. 28 in a 5.5 table Howell open game directed by Bill McAvinue, Shirley Mueller and Sheldon Shafer won with an 82.30% game. This may be a record for our club...can anyone remember a bigger game?

Bridge Lessons - Winter 2017

Eight-Week Sessions - $80


  • Wed, Feb. 8, 7-9 PM Instructor - Mauri Malka 552-4226
  • Thurs, Jan. 26th, 9:30-11:30 AM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Advanced Beginners - Intermediate

  • Mon, Jan. 23rd, 4-6 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Best Bridge Series - Strategy and Basic Conventions

  • Fri, Jan. 27th, 3:15-5:15 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Inside The Mind

  • Tuesday, Weekly, 3:30-5:30 PM Instructor - Brian Ross 502-876-9531

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

The Long C.L.U.B. on Saturdays

UPDATE: the Long C.L.U.B. free morning lessons on Saturday have been a great success so far. The next lesson will be on March 4. Stay tuned for future developments.

At 9:00 am, The Long C.L.U.B. will host a thirty-minute mini-lesson. This lesson will begin with a five-minute discussion on the ethics, propriety, and/or responsibility of playing under the umbrella of the ACBL. Next, there will be a fifteen-minute presentation on one of three predetermined topics. The make-up of the participants each Saturday will determine which topic is presented. Never fear, even if a topic is not discussed on one Saturday-- it will be discussed on a future Saturday. Finally, there will be a ten-minute question and answer discussion on this topic.

Then, at 930 am, The Long C.L.U.B. will host an informal, mentored game for 90 minutes. For newcomers to duplicate, this will give you an opportunity to learn how duplicate works. For novices and intermediates, this will give you an opportunity to grow in your understanding of what works and what doesn't work. We will start by playing a hand barometer style. You will be free to ask questions, talk across the table, and use other processes to refine your knowledge. We will then have a group discussion about this hand. After the discussion, we will learn how to matchpoint hands by sharing the results we achieved in the play of this hand. After this first board, a move will be called. We will then repeat the process that we followed with the first board. We will play, discuss, and score hands until 11:00 am.

From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, there will be a chance for you to have lunch and make merry; while I set up for the afternoon games.

Starting at 1230 pm, I will run two distinct games; of which you may participate in one. There will be a standard open game. The one special note is that when I am able-- I will stratify pairs by average MP holdings. The standard cost of this game is $7. Occasionally, the cost of this game may be more than $7. There will always be advanced notice when this is true. The second game is a new type of game at the LBC. This game will be a 0-99 short game. Players in this game will play between 18 and 21 hands. There will be a small addition of time to complete each round.

This game is designed to establish and develop the skills and confidence necessary to play in events that have a sterner adherence to accepted protocols. The cost of this game is $6.

Finally, approximately fifteen minutes after the last of the two games finishes, The Long C.L.U.B will host an open-floor panel discussion focusing on the afternoon's deals. There will also be time for more philosophical discussions. The panel will consist of experienced players. These players will answer questions and provide different points of view. I always find it interesting how drastically different means work to achieve exactly the same ends.

Thank You!

A Tribute to Beth Reid

Beth Reid has been a significant force in bridge at all levels (unit, district, national) for many years, and after nine years of continuous service representing District 11, she is stepping down for a well deserved rest.

I have known Beth since she first appeared on the scene in 1990 (more on that later) and was immediately impressed with her strong competitive personality. She learned to play bridge in college (70's) and played daily there. During law school and her career she didn't play. When she took early retirement in 1990, she began playing duplicate at the LBC with Alan Goldberg, husband of a good friend. Since then, she has formed many successful partnerships and continues to play on a regular basis.

She has had many jobs on the Louisville Bridge Association board, far too many to recall them all. When she was Treasurer at one point, she was the first to computerize the book, and also served as Treasurer of several regionals. When she was President of the LBA, the ACBL approached her about having the NABC here in 2011. She worked very hard to make that happen (this was about 5 years out) and then, when elected to the National Board worked closely with Hannah Davis and Wendy Sullivan to make our it a reality. I have been playing since 1975 and this was the realization of a dream I never thought could or would come true, and she made it happen.

But the action she was most determined to accomplish and is still the proudest of was rebuilding the LBA Game. When she became LBA President, the LBA game had been moribund for years, with maybe 3-4 tables. She assigned the LBA Board Members pages in the membership directory and had them call out players urging them to come out and play in our unit championship. She asked all LBA Board members to attend. We began providing great snacks. I am proud to say her efforts were a success and the monthly game continues to be a success.

It was during this period that she began serving on the district board. She was first elected in 2007 to succeed Jim Reiman for a 3-year term 2008-10. She was elected for two more terms, serving a total of nine years. In that time she served on many committees, chairing at various times, Audit, Finance and Governance as well as some smaller committees. At her retirement, she had chaired Finance for the previous 6 years and was serving on the Executive Committee. I am very proud of the part she played in the professionalization of the headquarters finance staff, now headed by our very talented CFO, Joe Jones, and the work she did in bringing out Audit Committee into compliance with nonprofit best practices, drafting both the Audit Charter and the Whistleblower Policy that is still in use. She also served 6 years on the ACBL Educational Foundation Board and provided some similar services to them.

We were very lucky to have had her pulling so hard for all the right things for the right reasons, and especially for her strong representation of our unit and district. She is now looking forward to actually PLAYING more bridge at all levels. Beth, thank you for all you have done for us and the bridge - our organization is all the better as a result of your dedicated service. Enjoy playing and go easy on me...

- Ralph Letizia