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The New Hampshire Bridge Association (NHBA) is Unit 150 in District 25 of the American Contract Bridge League. It is comprised of an all-volunteer Board and more than 500 active members of the bridge community in the State of New Hampshire.
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New Hampshire State Championship and Open Pairs, June 3-4, Nashua
Once again the New Hampshire Bridge Association is holding our annual State Championship and Open Pairs on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th at Rivier University in Nashua, just over the Massachusetts line. Everyone is invited to attend.
This is a truly unique event with incredibly cheap dorm room rates, a superb meal between sessions Saturday, and a banquet with a cash bar Sunday. Everyone who comes has a great time! When you're not playing bridge, shop at the sales-tax-free Pheasant Lane Mall and dozens of other places ten minutes away. Or visit the Merrimack Premium Outlets mall only 15 minutes away. Fine dining is available all around Nashua.
The State Championship is a three session event: two qualifying sessions Saturday and a final session Sunday afternoon. Anyone can play in the qualifying sessions but only current or former Unit 150 (NHBA) members can play in the final. Everyone else can play in the one-session Open Pairs that runs concurrently with the final. This is a charity event so the awards are regionally-rated black points.
Although you can enter the same day we would appreciate registration in advance so we know how many meals are needed. Please print out the entry form and mail it in with a check. We hope to see you there!
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Nashua Monster Mountain Regional, June 20-15, Nashua
District 25 Has Made Major Changes In The Nashua Monster KO’s!
Don't miss Nashua! There will be pairs and team games for players at every level…plus a new format for the Knockouts.
The new KO’s are for players of all levels. And, to kick things off, we are offering the Saturday-Sunday KO FREE in Nashua this year! That’s right—completely FREE, compliments of District 25. Not just Round 1, every round is FREE for this one event! There’s no fee to enter. And, so long as you win, you’re in…and you get your next entry free.
We would like everyone to experience the excitement of this form of bridge. Many District 25 players have never felt KO’s were for them because they had to compete against players who were out of their league. So, in 2017 we changed everything about the way District 25 does them.
Players have already noticed and responded! We had a recent-year record of 50 tables in the Cromwell KO (compared to just 21 tables the year before). The reason: Knockouts are now bracketed. This means players will compete only against players at roughly their same level (i.e. within their bracket). There were five different brackets in Cromwell. In case you’re wondering, the Directors determine how many brackets, and who plays in which bracket, depending on the total number of teams and the total masterpoints of each team.
New Englanders will now get to see why Knockouts have been the “True Gold Rush” for players of all levels across the country, not just the top tier. The KO is a 4-session event; you’re in as long as you continue to win matches. You play in matches against players at your level; win four matches and you win the event for your bracket! If you unluckily get KO’d Saturday morning, there is a side Swiss Team game waiting for you in the afternoon.
Gone is the Friday night start; seeding has been eliminated, and five sessions will be impossible. Games that do not run will not happen.
Starting in Nashua there will be a Saturday morning lecture by experts on “How to win Knockouts.” The strategy for KO teams is a bit different from pairs. KO’s are scored in IMPS (International Match Points) which makes them a lot more like the rubber bridge you played for years. If you outscore your opponents, you win; if you don’t, you lose. Unlike Swiss Teams, where it pays to win big, in KO’s the margin is immaterial. That’s why the scoring favors bidding games and slams; overtricks have small value—as opposed to match points, where missing an overtrick can be a disaster. Generally, it is more fun and relaxing to play, and you just have to outscore just one opponent at a time to win your round!
The Monster Bracketed KO will start Saturday in Nashua at 10:00 AM and run through Sunday. Brackets will contain between 9 and 16 teams that are the closest in Masterpoints. GOLD is awarded at all levels (100% of the number allowed by the ACBL in higher brackets and 50-30% in lower brackets).
Mid-chart conventions will be allowed only in brackets where the lowest team has a total of 10,000+ masterpoints; the ACBL General Convention Chart applies in all other brackets. If you don't understand the difference, do not worry. This makes you normal. In layman's terms, this simply means no real fancy conventions are allowed in any bracket where the average player at bracket bottom is 2,500 or less.
The Sunday Fast Pairs has been eliminated. Instead, we will hold two separate “Super Point Series” Pair games on Sunday. This allows you to get the 2-session overalls while playing on just one day. The KO teams that lose in semifinals on Sunday morning have a great game to stay and enter in the afternoon!
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Volunteers Needed for Monster Mountain Regional in Nashua
The Nashua Regional tournament at the Radisson in south Nashua needs 299er volunteers to be available and offer to play with another 299er who shows up without a partner. We need one volunteer for each 299er daytime slot 10 and 2 June 20th - June 25th. We also need volunteers for the partnership desk at 9:15-9:50, 1:15-1:50 each day. Our last request is; we need a pair who are both under 750 mp's who would volunteer to play with another pair that shows up without a team for Sat June 24th to play in the KOs. If they don't get to play in the KO they play for free in the pairs. Anyone who volunteers to play, plays for free if they are needed or gets a free pass to play another time. Wayne Burt is in charge of all the volunteers. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith Kimball wins 2016 Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney Awards for 0-5 Class!
Keith is a regular at the Tom Cheetham Club in Nashua and the Bridge Spot in Woburn.
Rivier University in Nashua and the Grantham Town Hall are terrific places to play bridge but the NHBA has been unable to find tournament sites in other areas of New Hampshire. If there's a site in your area that you think may be suitable for a tournament, please let us know! Contact Sarah Widhu, the President of the NHBA, at (603) 881-7518 or email@example.com or use the Contact Us page on this website.