Open Sunday 1:00 PM Games Resume
no reservations needed
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Morning Games are cancelled during the PS Regional
Regular Afternoon Games will be Held
Tuesday Evening Suspended until January
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December 6, 2018
Dear Friends and Players,
Happy holidays to all and a warm welcome back to our visitors and snowbirds!  The full room is evidence that you have returned to the desert and Duncan–we’re so happy to see you and Thank You!
We expect our final Building Permits any day from the County of Riverside.  I will let you know immediately when we can break ground.
We have a lot of news and reminders, so let me get to it:
1.  Jamie’s Sunday games will resume effective this Sunday, December 9th at 1:00 PM.  No reservations are necessary for Sunday games.
2.  “Suction” Convention:  DBC games have adopted a policy consistent with ACBL policy on the use of this convention.  Suction will be allowed as a defense to any forcing-club opener.  It will not be allowed as a defense over opponent’s 1nt opener.  Please see Sean Lui or Bev Hartin with any questions.
3.  Reservations are a must to ensure your seat at the table for our 1:00 PM games.  Please use the link “New Reservation System” for open or limited games on our website:  duncanbridgecenter.com  No reservations are needed for morning, evening or Sunday games.
4.  Pass Program forms are available at the center to sign up for this value-program available to the morning Mon-Fri 299er players.  Passes will be distributed at the Center the week after Christmas.  The Pass gets you an unlimited amount of morning bridge games at a great savings.
5.  Morning Open Fast Pairs Game – NEW GAME –  On Wednesday January 9th, 9:00 AM, we will launch a weekly “Fast Pairs” Open game.  This is a fun and fast-paced fully sanctioned duplicate bridge game.  Players will have 5 1/2 minutes per board.  You are encouraged to move to the next table as soon as you complete a round.  If you’re swift at the table, this game is for you!  To get this game off the ground, our first game on the 9th will be offered at $5.00 card fees.
6.  Smokers please smoke outside the front automatic doors.  Property management has requested that we police your ‘butts’ and we have placed a receptacle for this on the south side of the site.
7.  Cold and flu season is here.  Please use the Sanitizers when you enter the venue.  There are 2 stations at each entrance.
8.  Note that Tuesday Evening game with Mick Riccio will be suspended in December.  Notice will be sent regarding the restart.
 
Please have a safe, healthy and happy Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year!
Fondly,
Bev Hartin and the entire CVBF Team
* *  New Reservation System  * *

Effective Monday, November 19th Duncan Bridge Center will be using a new reservation system for Monday thru Saturday afternoon games. If you show up without a reservation, you may not be able to play.  Other games should not be capacity restricted and you may show up to play without a reservation. Please view the schedule here to check games and times.

For Open Game Reservations:  http://www.bridgefinesse.com/C263830OpenProfile.html

For Limited Game (e.g. 750, 499) Reservations:
http://www.bridgefinesse.com/C263830LimitedProfile.html

You will only need your ACBL number to log in and make, view or cancel reservations.  After clicking submit, pick a game and then choose a partner from the list. Each week you will receive an email reminding you to reserve for the coming week and showing you your existing reservations whether made by you or your partner.  The system also has a recurring feature to allow you to book games on the same day of the week with the same partner  for one, two or three months into the future.

After you use these links, you may bookmark them for future use.

If you have problems with the system, please contact the game director when you show up to play or click here to email Sean Lui.

We are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
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NOW:  299er Games Mon-Sat 9:00 AM
Mini free lesson on Mon, Wed, Thur & Sat
30 minutes before game time
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Sunday Games resume in December
with the Unit Game Holiday Party 12/2
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Dear Friends and Players,
It’s wonderful to see so many familiar faces return to the desert!  The season is upon us and this year it brings some unaccustomed challenges to Duncan.  For several years, we had enjoyed a chunk of “free space” to host DBC games; unfortunately, this free space was lost last Spring.  In hopes of making sure everyone can play at their level and to ease the demand on our afternoon capacity, we will be offering incentives to our 299er players to come out and play in the morning.  Next month, I’ll write more about our “Pass Program” for weekday morning games in January, February and March.
New Schedule:  The new schedule of games is posted on our website under “Game Schedule”  The biggest changes have been made to the morning lineup of games.  Note that our 299er’s can play every morning at 9:00 AM.  More 0-20 and more 0-49 games have been added too.  Our directors are offering a mini-lesson on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings–arrive 30 minutes before game-time to take advantage of these free learning opportunities.  In January, we will try a morning “Fast Pairs” game for our open players on Wednesday.  If this turns out to be popular, we will expand it to more mornings.
 
** IMPORTANT Reservations:  For Reservations made on or after November 18th, a more “user-friendly” Reservation system has been installed Click on New Reservation System , choose your section (Open or restricted 750/499), and type in your ACBL #, choose a date and partner and reserve your game.  I think you’ll find it much easier to use.  For those of you who have made reservations for games after November 18th, those will be saved to the new system–no need to re-enter.  I look forward to your feedback.  It will be important for you to make a reservation to ensure a seat at the game.  ALL afternoon games are subject to reservations.  We don’t want to disappoint anyone.  Your reservation will be held up to 10 minutes prior to game time.
 
Sunday, Sunday:  The unit is hosting its Holiday Unit Game on Sunday, December 2.  Please join us for a unit-hosted lunch at noon and a BIG POINTS Unit game at 1:00 PM!  Jamie resumes his Sunday games in December.
 
New Building Update:  Progress has been made!  Last week Riverside County formally sent us notice that we have been approved to move forward on the construction.  They have promised to issue the Final Permits in 3 to 4 weeks.  Your donations have been much appreciated and Bob Wernick is matching every future donated-dollar up to $500,000!  Thank you all for your support.  

You can make a donation payable to the Coachella Valley Bridge Foundation, an IRS designated 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.  Your contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Please send to the CVBF c/o Guy Brackett, 1595 S. San Joaquin Drive, Palm Springs, CA  92264.

Holidays & Regional:  We will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.  During the  district’s December Regional at the Westin Resort in Rancho Mirage, December 10 to 17, DBC will remain open for our regularly scheduled afternoon games only; all morning games will be suspended during that week.  We support District 22 and this Regional; however, there are a few of our players who do not participate in higher rated events or who do not wish to drive after dark; we want to ensure them a bridge game during this week.
A good time was had by all at Tom and Jana’s Retirement party on November 11!  A huge thanks to Mick Riccio and our batallion of chefs who fed over 124 hungry bridge players!
A must see photo!  How many can you name?:  Halloween at DBC

Happy Thanksgiving,

Bev Hartin, President CVBF and the Duncan Team

FUTURE NEW HOME of the DUNCAN BRIDGE CENTER

Your support of this non-profit dedicated facility is appreciated.

All Games and Classes at 75-400 Gerald Ford Drive, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92211 1/2 mile east of Cook Street on the north side of the street near the corner of Cook and Gerald Ford (look for Rock Church)  Click on “Contacts” above for our phone numbers. 
Open Games Weekdays at 1:00 PM
Open and 999r game Saturday at 1:00 PM
499r Games every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 PM
799r Games every Mon, Wed and Fri at 1:00 PM

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