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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.

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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.

Monday game CLOSED June 4 and 11 (on vacation)

June 21 (Thursday), The Longest Day Benefit for Alzheimer's — Open Pairs plus 99er Pairs

Web movements for 14-board games

Six board sets ready for a Festival game

by Morris "Mojo" Jones
14 January 2018

What is this Web movement?

Tournament players have mostly seen Web movements by now. For most larger events, at least one section in the game will be set up using this unfamiliar pattern of play.

In this case, I'm talking about the order of the boards and the players in a duplicate bridge game. The two most common movements in bridge, Mitchell and Howell, pre-date the game of bridge itself, and were used for duplicate whist tournaments.

In the 1970s, a director named John Harris, who went by the nickname of "Spider," invented a general movement that would have every player in the game playing the same group of boards. We call them Web movements in honor of Spider.

My evolving bridge mission

This has been a fast-moving week here at Sea Island with the Audrey Grant Bridge Festival. We've done some things that have never been done, and that has changed me, personally.

When I created my own bridge club this year (last year) I gave it a mission statement. Part of that mission was to embrace, enjoy, and share the game of bridge as it has evolved in 2018, rather than 1978.

Today's bridge is more technological, complex, and challenging. It's also more exciting, accessible, and social. Bridge is a more interesting game today than it was fifty years ago.

Bridge at its core has changed. Modern bidding is more precise, competitive, and playful than it was in 1978 -- even while the play of the hand remains timeless.

The world surrounding the core game has changed tremendously. Here are some of the things I have seen come into existence since I started playing bridge:

New Player Guide to the LA Regional, Dec. 2017

Regionals and Nationals are great places for new bridge players to play!

Seriously, newer bridge players are treated like royalty at the bigger tournaments. They usually have gifts and S.W.A.G. to give out. There are celebrity speakers every day. You get your own events and your own partnership desk. The Novice/Intermediate games at the NABCs are just about the only games that have trophies!

Imagine a ballroom full of players who are your peers, with lots of big games to choose from. The masterpoint awards are bigger, and these are the only place to get the coveted RED and GOLD masterpoints that you'll need to become a Life Master.

Nearly all tournaments have a tournament flier that features the events scheduled  for play. The flier for the LA Holiday Regional is at this link. I'll help decipher some of the shorthand below.