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BridgeMojo is ACBL accredited bridge teacher Morris "Mojo" Jones, offering games and bridge classes for the greater Pasadena area and San Gabriel Valley.

Bridge Games

Join us for our weekly Monday evening duplicate bridge game for non-Life Masters. This is a sanctioned ACBL bridge game for new bridge players with aspirations of enjoying the pleasures of modern bridge anywhere in the world.

Bridge Classes

Mojo offers classes through PCC Extension for brand new and continuing bridge players, offering Audrey Grant's acclaimed Better Bridge curriculum.

Swiss Team game: Nov. 19 Reservations required

STaC game: Dec. 3 — 18 boards 0-750

Celebrating retirement 2019

Taking a year off to celebrate

Normally at this time of year I would be announcing my class and event schedule for the coming season.

Jane and I have decided to pull the plugs on our day jobs. She's finishing up at the end of November at JPL, and I'm joining her from DreamWorks Animation at the end of February. It's a slightly scary and exciting thing to do.

We've decided to take 2019 for ourselves. We want to have lots of unstructured time: take mid-week astronomy excursions to the desert, play tons of bridge, go to all the big tournaments, and listen to lots of live classical music and jazz.

We're taking a sabbatical year with very few firm commitments.

Closing the Monday night bridge club

December 17 will be the last scheduled game for the BridgeMojo Monday night club. Let's make it a game and a party.

I know that sounds like crazy talk.

BridgeMojo in October

October 2018 at BridgeMojo by the numbers:

Total Tables 50.5
Players awarded masterpoints 58
Total masterpoints reported 34.92

The top winners this month were Tor Hylbom and Richard Gero with 1.48, followed closely by Will and Ileana Shaw with 1.28.

This month I ran games for the North American Pairs first Unit Final, and those results were mingled in with the BridgeMojo results. It was interesting seeing those large numbers of additional masterpoints being awarded. I was unable to filter the report down to number of individual players at the Monday Night game. (I'll have the same problem in November!)

Special Game for 499ers

Come play at the Pasadena/San Gabriel Unit Game!

November 4, San Marino Bridge Club
1800 Huntington Drive, San Marino
Game time 1:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m.

The monthly Pasadena/San Gabriel Unit Game has been one of the best-attended and delightful bridge games in L.A.  The finest players from the district drop in for a great free lunch and a relaxed Sunday afternoon of bridge.

Indeed the field could be a bit intimidating for newer players, even with friendly opponents, but it's a wonderful way to improve your game and make new friends!

The unit is now offering a separate game for players under 500 masterpoints — 499ers. It's the same great food, same great location, and even the same hands as the Open Pairs. The playing field is your peer group in bridge experience, with stratified scoring.

Unit games award not quite as many (black) masterpoints as a sectional tournament, and way more than a regular club game.

BridgeMojo in September

September 2018 at BridgeMojo by the numbers:

Total tables 40.5
Number of individual players 64
Players awarded masterpoints 58
Total masterpoints reported (excluding STaC overalls) 28.82

Hilary Clark and Rosemary Schroeder were the top winners (again!) this month with 1.26. Close behind was Angela Peters with 1.25.

I'll remember September 2018 as the month when 110 folks came to the Laemmle in Pasadena to see a screening of the bridge documentary Double Dummy and meet the filmmaker John McAllister. :) Thank you all!

BridgeMojo in August

August 2018 at BridgeMojo by the numbers:

Total tables 52
Number of individual players 88
Players awarded masterpoints 54
Total masterpoints reported (excluding STaC overalls) 43.44

Inside the club, Hilary Clark and Rosemary Schroeder were the top winners this month with 2.68, excluding their STaC overall award at 3rd in the conference.

In the Western Conference STaC overalls, Dennis Burke and Ray Boncato had a big win to take the 0-750 tournament for Monday evening, earning 3.15 silver points for their win!

Partner opens NT and you have clubs

Board 2 in the August 13 game raised an interesting bidding question.

2

♠J93
982
Q
♣KJ9742
Dlr: East
Vul: N-S
♠A82
Q5
AJ6543
♣T8
  ♠T76
KJT63
KT87
♣5
  ♠KQ54
A74
92
♣AQ63
 

 

The question by email:

Last night on Board #2, South opened 1NT. As North, how do I reach 3-4♣? If 2♣ means Stayman, should I bid 3♣ with only 7HCP?

Come see Double Dummy Sept. 18

I'm excited! I've arranged to present a screening of Double Dummy, a documentary about bridge by new filmmaker John McAllister.

Poster for Double DummyI'm presenting Double Dummy at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on Sept. 18 at 7:30.

Double Dummy introduces us to the world of bridge that we know and love, then takes us into the unfamiliar, exciting world of youth bridge. The film follows the adventures of several young players as they compete in the 2012 World Youth Bridge Team Championship, which the U.S. team had never won.

Moving on up, August 2018

I've started receiving news of rank changes, so I'll do my best to celebrate them here. Congratulations to these players on new ACBL Masterpoint ranks!

Junior Master

Gail Klein

Club Master

Christine Atkinson

Sectional Master

Charles Jarai
Denise Wreede

Regional Master

Bonnie Cox
Lynn Sager