Duplicate bridge is not my WHOLE life, at least not yet. But I am having a lot of fun playing in tournaments in the West. I used to run a couple duplicate bridge games in Hayward and San Leandro in the 70s and early 80s, partnering with other bridge club owners. I "retired" from bridge in 1981 just before getting married. About 20 years later I started playing again. After retirement and getting into Genealogy in 2007, I've cut back a bit on my bridge playing, but still like to attend local special events. I play mainly at the East Bay Community Bridge Center in Oakland.
I've served on local ACBL Board of Directors in South County and Diablo Valley Units. I also authored several web sites to help bridge club get their results on-line in the early 2000's. Current URLs of the three units are (also, see what they looked like in 2007 for multiple times):
- Unit 499 - (Wayback) Diablo Valley
- Unit 500 - (Wayback) Southern Alameda County
- Unit 501 - (Wayback) Livermore Bridge Club
Other interesting Bridge Links
- Chris Pisarra's totally unauthorized Blog - About the life of a bridge player in Contra Costa County - Very entertaining. Try to review his escapades in Gatlinburg. Good Restaurant reviews.
- BridgeBase.com (see below).
- Bridgewinners.com - Put together by Gavin Wolpert. Excellent source of high-level bridge articles.
- Bridgehands.com - Friend of mine's web site, very extensive on all kinds of bridge lessons.
- BridgeGuys.com is one of the most extensive coverage of bridge bidding conventions.
Have you tried BridgeBase? It's an on-line bridge website that allows playing in many types of bridge matches including ACBL masterpoint tournaments. They use a General Convention Card. Most enjoyable are their Vugraph, real-world real-time bridge matches, especially the NABC Spring/Summer Vanderbitl/Spingold KO finals. http://bridgebase.com