On Sunday, March 22, at 12:30 p.m. HBC will debut the first of what we hope will be a monthly mentor/mentee pair game.
Each monthly game will be a single-session event, with no commitment for either mentors or mentees beyond that day's game. We hope this new mentoring format will allow for greater participation by club members whose schedules don't allow for a longer-term commitment.
On the day of the game, mentors and mentees will be asked to meet at the club 20-30 minutes before game time to discuss and complete a mutually agreeable convention card.
During the game, mentors will be positive and encouraging while making note of any bids or card play they want to discuss with their mentees after the game.
At the end of the session, mentors and mentees will go over the game's hand records together, discussing the mentor's notes as well as any questions the mentee might have about the day's bidding or play.
We hope that many of our members, both potential mentors and mentees, will participate at least occasionally in these monthly opportunities to teach and learn together!
Two sign-up sheets are available at the club. One is for already formed mentor/mentee pairs. The other is for mentees looking for mentors and potential mentors interested in contributing to the development of one of our advancing players. Mentor/mentee matching will begin on Monday, March 16, so please sign up on the correct form as soon as possible!
Note: A mentor must have 400 MPs or be a life master and should have some experience playing in regular open games. Mentees must have fewer than 400 MPs and have some experience playing in any limited-point game.
Although the focus of the March 22 game will be on mentor/mentee pairs, all pairs in which at least one partner has fewer than 750 MPs are also more than welcome to play.
This is a sanctioned game and there will be masterpoints!
The Hartford Bridge Club offers a unique program to assist advancing bridge players in improving their bridge skills.
Twice a year advancing players (mentees) have an opportunity to be paired with more advanced players (mentors) who help them increase their knowledge and skills in bidding, defense, and declarer play. Each session of the mentor program lasts 12-15 weeks. The mentor and mentee play together as a pair multiple times during this period, with the mentor offering insight on the bidding and play of the hands, often including postgame hand analysis.
If you would like additional information about this program email us at: