A Message from Our President

Whew! Never has there been a more exciting time to be an up-and-coming player in Unit 117. Along with the excellent classes offered by Verna Goldberg and Mauri Malka, two new educational programs make the Louisville Bridge Center the place to be for anyone dedicated to improving their game. Wait! Do not fret if you are an experienced player. I also have news for you.

The first new educational opportunity is hosted by Matt Just on Tuesday nights. This program consists of two parts. The first part begins at 5:30 pm, and consists of Matt offering a hour-long lesson on a topic decided on by the group the week before. This lesson is open and available for free to all skill levels. The second and culminating piece of the evening begins at 6:30 pm and consists of a 0-200 short-game. What is unique and special about this game--and why this game is a must-attend for any 0-200 player--is because each player is allowed to ask one question per round of an experienced moderator. These questions can involve bidding problems, leading problems, or insights into how to declare a hand. The initial response to this program has been overwhelmingly positive. I invite you to gain more information about this program and then disseminate that information among your friends. Oh--I almost forgot--if you are eligible to play, I want to invite you to come out and give it a whirl.

The second educational opportunity is called 'Learning the Savant"s Secrets'. This program focuses on developing good, sound judgment in all three aspects (bidding, defense, and declarer play) of the game. This program does not focus on new-fangled gadgets or the latest conventional craze. This class--instead--delves into how to read spot cards, inferential assumptions, purity, and many more subjects integral to sound judgment. This program is designed and taught by Kit Overpeck. Look for it in the near future.

Are you sad, my experienced player? Well, turn that frown upside-down--we are finally to you. There are two big changes in the ACBL. The first change is that there is a massive overhaul of the Laws of Contract Bridge that go into effect towards the end of September. Be forewarned that you may receive a different ruling on certain infractions in the near future than you have in the past. The second thing is that the ACBL is putting a STOP to the STOP card. The ACBL has begun to phase out the STOP card, and the STOP card will no longer be legal beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Save the date for our upcoming Sectional and Regionals, the details of which can be found in the Midwest Monitor on the ACBL Website or on the Louisville Bridge Club website. Also plan on playing in the 2017 NAP and 2018 GNT (hosted in Louisville.)

This year ends my Presidency, this also means that the nominating committee is gathering to recruit volunteers to help assist and guide our club into the future. If you are earnest in having a desire to work fot the benefit of all bridge players, please contact a member of the nominating committee: Dotty Losey, Bill Toutant, Norman Smith, Hannah Davis, or Marsha Kyle.

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.

ACBL Big Ideas for San Diego

The ACBL's CEO has put together a list of Big Ideas to be discussed by the Board of Directors at the San Diego NABC. Beth Dlutowski has produced a document (31 pages) that describe all these ideas in one place. You can view that document by clicking Here

After looking over these ideas, you can leave feedback for the ACBL by taking a survey that they have on their website. You can reach the survey by clicking Here.

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