Contra Costa Bridge Center (CCBC)

CCBC Board of Directors has decided to begin in-person games, effective the Week of November 15. Online games will continue on Tues, Wed and Fri.  See full schedule of in-person and BBO games below.

Contra Costa Bridge Center, Inc. (CCBC) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Public Charity, formed for the purpose of Education.  Our mission is to offer educational and playing opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and experienced bridge players in the greater Contra Costa area. We are striving to make every CCBC offering an enjoyable learning experience.

Board members of Contra Costa Bridge Center, Inc. (and e-mail addresses) are as follows:
 
Bruce Johnsonbaugh eckhoffhoppe@hotmail.com

Location – First Christian Church, Fellowship Hall
3039 Willow Pass Road, Concord
Phone:  925-935-2273

In addition to reaching the playing site, making reservations, and leaving messages, you will be able to get a lot of information about CCBC classes and events right from your phone.

Also note the email addresses for CCBC:
ccbc.reservations@gmail.com for class and event reservations, including requests for a stationary position. Game directors will monitor this email address.
ccbridgecenter@gmail.com for all other communications. The Center manager will monitor this email address.
Stay in touch!

Directions – here

Manager, Grant Robinson 

Limited and open games weekly!  Click here for the schedule!   Click here for Game Results!

Stratified Games  All games will have two to three strats, so your results will be compared to players of the same relative skill which means more master points for you.

Pre-Dealt Hands  Games will have hands prepared by dealing machines with hand records supplied after each game.

Fast, accurate scoring. Electronic scoring devices used to reduce scoring errors and provide results instantly 

Online Results. Hand records and results for each pair on every hand are available online for every game. Players can learn from reviewing these results.

LOTS OF NEWS!

With the good turnout on Saturday, Oct 6, coupled with the county’s continued increase in vaccinations and decrease in Covid cases, we feel comfortable with restarting some in-person games on a regular basis.

New in-person games. CCBC will hold the following in-person games every week, starting November 15:

  • Monday mornings at CCBC, 10:00, Open, $9 or ticket, starting Nov 15.
  • Thursday mornings at CCBC, 10:00, 999er, $9 or ticket, starting Nov 18 (no game on Thanksgiving Day).
  • Saturday afternoons at CCBC, 1:15, 299er ($8) and Open ($9 or ticket), starting Nov 20.
  • See below for Health/Safety protocols
All games will be Club Championship rated. CCBC is located at 3039 Willow Pass Road in Concord.
      • Click here for the regular weekly schedule at CCBC both in person and on BBO.  
      • Click here for newsletter w upcoming special events.
        • STaC Week, Dec 6–12. Win Silver points at CCBC. In-person games only.
        • Charity Week, Dec 13–19, all games.
        • No games on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
      • Monday morning 99er limit raised to 200 masterpoints.
      • Friday afternoon 499er limit raise to 750 masterpoints.
      • Saturday Morning Limit Raised. Participation in the 199er game on
        Saturday mornings has dwindled. The limit is raised to 300 masterpoints to
        broaden interest, effective September 25. Come and play!
Health and safety.
1) Everyone must be fully vaccinated. You must show proof of full vaccination the first time you play this year. Proof may be provided by showing your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (or copy) or your California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (or copy). We will keep track after the first time.
2) CCBC will be a controlled space. Everyone will need to check in on arrival at each game.
3) Please do not come if you are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.

4) Masks are optional. Contra Costa County has lifted masking requirements for certain indoor settings such as CCBC (click here for details).

5) Coffee service and soft drinks will be provided. You may bring your own lunch and snacks.
6) You are encouraged to wash or sanitize your hands regularly. Look for sanitizer around the Center.

We started a first time ever 0-20 Duplicate game on Bridge Base (BBO) for a non-pressure entry into the world of Duplicate (www.BridgeBase.com). You will be able to ask the Director (a limited number) of bidding and play questions while you continue to learn the game, gain experience and earn Masterpoints while playing with people who are close to your level of experience. Keep in mind, though, this is still a timed event but we will try to add enough time to the rounds to keep it comfortable. These games are every Wednesday afternoon at 2pm.  The cost is $5 per game. They are ‘drop-in’, so join us when you can. You can sign-up with a partner or as an individual and we will pair you with someone.

In order to participate you need to be a member of ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) and have set-up a profile on BBO (Bridge Base Online). We are happy to help with both. Email Deb Rechnitz (drechnitz@comcast.net) or Wayne Rechnitz (WayneRechnitz@comcast.net) and we can set up a Zoom session to walk you through the steps and show you how to navigate on BBO.
See you at the tables!

Night club game for 99ers – California 99er “Nite Club”

Three districts are teaming up to offer safe and fun 99er games online for players with less than 100 masterpoints. A special feature is post-game analysis on Zoom at no extra cost. And, you support your local club every time you play.
These games will be Mondays through Thursdays at 6:30PMClick here for more information about the games, and for how to register.
Eligibility. If you see the game listed when you try to register, you are eligible to play. If you don’t see the game, send your BBO user name to ccbridgecenter@gmail.com for assistance. Register early the first time you play so that you aren’t shut out.
What if I’ve never played online? You should play in a virtual club game before trying the California 99er Nite Club. Contact ccbridgecenter@gmail.com for assistance getting started.
We hope you enjoy these additional opportunities to play.

Unit Game – 

 

CLASSES AT CCBC for beginners to advanced players! 

Learn to be a confident declarer. Whether you want to play just for fun or are interested in serious competition, this class will elevate your enjoyment of bridge using a hands-on learning approach developed by top teachers and players. Meet other bridge players and make new friends in a friendly and engaging online learning environment.

Instructor Deb Rechnitz is an accredited bridge teacher and accomplished player. This class assumes basic bidding skills. Accompanying book available for purchase separately.

Mini-lessons Prior to most games — Monday 9:30, Tuesday 9:30, Tuesday 1:40, Wednesday 9:00, Thursday 1:45, and Saturday 9:15.

For newer players…

 

Advanced

For advancing players

Mini-lessons Prior to most games — Monday 9:30, Tuesday 9:30, Tuesday 2:00, Wednesday 8:35, Thursday 1:45, and Saturday 9:15

 

INTERMEDIATE/NEWCOMER GAMES EACH WEEK:

See the current game schedule above

Saturday Morning 199er Game   The Saturday morning Novice Game (199 or fewer master points) welcomes all interested newer players each week. The morning begins at 9:15 with a short lesson, then supervised play of 18+ hands. Players can ask questions of the mentors. You may come without a partner.  Contact Mike Kruley for information, bearkruley@gmail.com, 925-609-8517 

Ravi Bhalla’s Tuesday Morning 499er Game   Lesson at 9:30am followed by game at 10:00am.  Ravi Bhalla, Ravib2000@hotmail.com, 510-540-9872

Debby Rechnitz’s Tuesday Afternoon 0-20 game.  Lesson at 1:40, followed by game at 2:00pm.  No partner needed.  Debby Rechnitz, drechnitz@comcast.net

Larry Miller’s Wednesday Morning 499er Game   Lesson at 9:00am followed by game at 9:15am.

Thursday Afternoon Novice Game (0-99 masterpoints)  Game is at 2:00pm with mini-lesson at 1:45pm, cost $7. Players are allowed to ask questions.  No partner needed.  Contact Mike Kruley for information, bearkruley@gmail.com, 925-609-8517