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Unit 484 is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBLacbl logo small) which fosters the game of bridge throughout North America.  We are a member of District 20 (D-20 ), one of 23 North American districts under the auspices of ACBL.  Unit 484 is a non-profit organization in Jackson County located in Southern Oregon.  The bridge clubs in our unit run ACBL sanctioned games available for players of all levels in competitive yet friendly and nurturing environments.
Bridge games within Unit 484 are located in the Rogue Valley—home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Britt Festival
We have several clubs offering games, excellent bridge instructors, games for players of varying levels and a bridge community of vibrant, interesting players whose goals are to have fun,make friends, improve their bridge, and to bid and make all their slams!

 

There will be a unit championship game Saturday April 4 at noon, with lunch served at 11:30.  Be there or be square!

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 Let’s get acquainted with Terry Ansnes

 

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Summer job boss turns out to be a bridge mentor

By Jim Flint

MARCH 25, 2015—It was the boss at his summer job who lured Terry Ansnes into the game of duplicate bridge.

Ansnes, a college student at the time, worked on the desk at the Heathman Hotel in Portland. The manager was Oscar Wallace, a pretty recognizable name on the Portland bridge scene. It was Wallace who started the Ace of Clubs duplicate club. More than one event at that Beaverton club bears his name today, more than 50 years later.

Ansnes’ parents played bridge, too, so he had already been exposed to the game.

He said he was lucky to have a player of Wallace’s stature teaching him the finer points of the game.

“When things were slow, he’d give me one-on-one instruction,” Ansnes said. “We’d also play some club games together.”

Ansnes, 74, said he remembers well one of the first out of town events they played.

“It was an open pairs game in Seattle. At the first table, Charles Goren was kibitzing.”

Goren wasn’t playing tournaments as much in those days. Ansnes wondered who the “star” was at the table that had drawn Goren’s attention.

“It turned out to be John Gerber,” Ansnes said.

“Gerber” is an ace asking convention devised in 1936 by Dr. William Konigsberger and Win Nye from Switzerland. John Gerber of Texas introduced it to North America in 1938 where it was named after him.

The first hand at the table that day is burned into Ansnes’ memory.

His partner Wallace opened the bidding with a preemptive 2 diamonds. Gerber doubled and it was passed out.

“Oscar trumped the opening lead with the deuce of diamonds when it got around to him, not realizing that his right hand opponent had trumped it with a small diamond himself!”

His under-ruff cost him the hand, which went down only one trick.

Ansnes went on to get his bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

His first job was with an old political firm in San Francisco, where he worked for five years. “It was small, but it had been around forever.”

When he moved on, it was to take a job in the in-house legal department for Syntex, a company that started out doing chemical research and later developed pharmaceuticals. He worked there for 25 years, taking on some management duties later in his career.

It was at Syntex where he met Anne Bellegia, whom he married in the late 1990s.

After they retired, they played “Gypsy” for awhile, staying at various locations for extended periods.

One of those extended periods was in Ashland, which turned out to be less than temporary.

“You know how it goes. You get here, and it becomes home,” he said.

Ansnes started out learning Kaplan-Scheinwold, but now plays variations of the 2 over 1 game force system with most partners. “I like Precision, too,” he said.

Asked what he enjoys most about bridge, he said it’s knowing he probably is extending his quality of life by exercising his brain. “I also like the communication between partners, with the bidding and the play of the hand,” he said.

He plays area regional tournaments and sectionals and an occasional national. “I like to support our local tournaments by playing as much as I can,” he said.

Ansnes has three sons and his wife Ann has a daughter.

Besides bridge, he is involved with the Ashland New Plays Festival and volunteers for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as the concierge for student groups.

 

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          Current ACBL Unit 484 Board Members

  • Terry Ansnes

Member-at-large 

2014/15

  • David Bryant

Member-at-large 

2014/15

  • John Cowles

President

2015/16

  • Sharon Fauss

Member-at-large

2014/15

  • Michael Pavlik

Secretary/Treasurer 

2014/15

  • Bob Scott

Member-at-large

2015/16

  • Neal Smith

Vice-President 

2015/16

  • Maynard Vitalis

Member-at-large

2015/16 

 

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