Welcome to Our Website

We are Tom Hunt and Julie Arbit, the proprietors of the Charlotte Bridge Association’s Thursday evening express (18 board) bridge game, which is played most Thursdays at the Charlotte Bridge Association, 510 East Park Avenue, Charlotte, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 p.m.  If you have played in our game in the last 90 days, you will  receive our weekly newsletter.  (You may view the most recently issued and all past newsletters by clicking on the Newsletter menu above. )  If you want to find out more about Tom and Julie, click here.  If you need a partner for the next Thursday night game, click here.   Click on the Game Results link to go to our common game results page.

In addition to a quick game with an early return home, our game offers the following:

Snacks

Since many of you may be coming directly from work hungry, we offer more than the usual bridge club snacks.  The last game’s snack was margherita and cheese pizza.  Next week we will offer a chicken waldorf salad croissant.  These snacks are offered at our cost (typically between $2.00 to $3.00) so you must sign up for one in advance (usually by Wednesday evening),  either using the sign-up form in our newsletter or by e-mailing us at  CBAThursdayEvening@gmail.com.

Loyalty Card

Players receive a loyalty card which entitles the player to 1 free game every 10 times they play.

Play-with-a-Pro Raffle

Our game offers our players a play-with-a-pro free raffle ticket every time they play which entitles the winner to one free club game play with a local bridge professional.    (Extra tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each).  Drawings are made during the last game of the month.  Last month’s pro was John Kranyak.  Player Bill Taylor won the raffle, and is expected to play with John at our last evening game this month.  This month’s pro is Len Case.  We will raffle off the right to play with Len on October 19, the last game of this month.   Click on  Our Pros  to see a biographical sketch of each of our pros and the conditions of contest.

No Sit-Outs Guaranteed

We never have sit-outs because any otherwise half-table pairs play via computer against BBO robots the same hands that everyone else is playing.

Bridge Education Opportunities

Since our game ends quite early (usually by 8:45 pm), Tom and Julie enjoy staying afterwards going over any hands that our players care to discuss.  You will find our popular weekly bridge problem or quiz (and all past problems) by clicking on the Bridge Problems link.  Feel free to leave a comment.

Game Profile

This game may be particularly appealing to a player that typically plays on the “limited” side and is reluctant to play in the open game, but is willing to give it try.  The middle 50% of our players have between 106 and 616 master points, as shown by the following game statistics, and so while there will be some advanced players who will be formidable opponents (and a great opportunity to learn from), most of the players will be on the limited player’s level.

Below are our basic game statistics as of October 12, 2017:

Total number of games held to date 5
Number of tables in most recent game 7
Average number of tables over the past 90 days 7.8
Number of unique players over past 90 days 84
Average* masterpoints of most recent game 252
Percentage of players with < 500 masterpoints 67%
1/4 of our players have less than this number of masterpoints 106
1/2 of our players have less than this number of masterpoints 408
3/4 of our players have less than this number of masterpoints 616

We hope to see you at our game soon.

*This average is the so-called “geometric average”, which tends to give less weight to very large numbers.  This is a fairer measure of a typical player’s master points, since using the arithmetic average gives unfair weight to, say, a single player with a very large number of master points.  Master point figures are from the Charlotte Bridge Association September 2017 directory.