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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!

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Let's get acquainted with Robert Serrett

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A pretty girl got him started in the game of bridge

By Jim Flint

NOV. 14, 2014--It all started when a good looking girl in the student union building at Virginia Tech asked him to hold her hand while she went to the bathroom.

 

It was her bridge hand, and Robert Serrett had never played a hand of bridge in his life up to that point.

 

That serendipitous event at age 23 launched him into the world of bridge and he never looked back.

 

Serrett, now 75, now counts bridge as one of his favorite avocations.

 

He continued playing during his college days, honing his game. After he earned his degree in economics at Virginia Tech and a degree in physics from the University of North Carolina, he was drafted into the Army. But after agreeing to take a course in meteorology (“because they needed a meteorologist”), the Air Force took him instead.

 

“I got married and we went to France,” he said. Bridge continued to be part of his life overseas.

 

Serrett decided early on that the best way to improve his game was to immerse himself in bridge and play with better partners.

 

About five years after that first bridge hand in the student union building, he found himself at a duplicate sectional tournament in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He and his partner won an event.

 

“I used the $25 prize to pay for my first son’s birth expense,” he said.

 

His game has changed over the years.

 

“I started out with the basics, then played the Schenken big club before finally adopting Two Over One,” he said.

 

He said more potential partners played that system, and he liked the aspect of knowing you’re driving to game after a Two Over One auction.

 

Does he have any favorite conventions?

 

“Yes, many,” he said. “Boehm is one. It’s an excellent way to find a good fit and game possibilities.” Boehm helps responders find out if opener raised his major with three or four cards in the suit, and how strong his hand is.

 

“I like Puppet Stayman, too, for finding 5-3 major fits after partner opens No Trump.”

 

He gets the most satisfaction from the game when he plays well and makes few mistakes. What frustrates him is when he forgets a convention. He likes to take notes during the play, study them later, and try to avoid making the same mistake again.

 

 

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2014 Unit 484 Board of Directors:

Terry Ansnes                                   2014 - 2015
David Bryant   2014 - 2015
Sharon Fauss President 2014 - 2015
Harley King   2014
David McKee              2014
Michael Pavlik Secretary/Treasurer  2014 - 2015
Vicki Williams Vice-President 2014
Bob Wolcott   2014

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