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Helen Shields Rookie Master Game
The Helen Shields Rookie Master Game is usually held in the spring. It is named in memory of Helen Shields, of Thunder Bay, who was a past President of the Canadian Bridge Federation. Helen was very active in teaching and introducing new players to duplicate bridge.
The Helen Shields Rookie Master Game is usually held in the spring of each year in clubs across Canada. The first game was held in 1995. The list below presents you with the results of all games since 1995
ROOKIE: Anyone with fewer than 50 masterpoints
CLUBS: Click here for application forms
THEME: Special games designed to help introduce new players to your bridge club and the game of duplicate bridge. Enlist your regular club members to help recruit new members to your club. Challenge all club players to bring someone new to this game or to play with a novice. Plan to make this a special night at your club and let's all plan to have fun at this game.
THE GAMES: The games will be run using computer hands so that all players across the country will be playing the same hands. The best percentage score in Canada will be declared the National Winners. Trophies are awarded to the National Winners. The pair with the top percentage score in each Zone will receive plaques. All club winners will receive certificates.
ELIGIBILITY: At least one member of each partnership must have fewer than 50 master points. A "ROOKIE" is considered to be a player without much experience at playing duplicate bridge. Although we use a masterpoint cut off of 50, we are really intending that the player be fairly new to the game of duplicate bridge. Players that have let their ACBL membership lapse or have not been remitting master points for recording, although below the 50 master point level, do not necessarily fit the definition of "rookie". All club managers or game directors may prohibit a pair from playing in this game, if they feel that the partnership does not include a player that fits the definition of a "rookie".
CONVENTIONS: Since this game is designed to introduce new players to our game, the use of certain conventions does not fit with the spirit of the game. Ideally most players will stick to the old Class A conventions (green card). Under no circumstances will conventions beyond those on the ACBL Yellow Card be allowed in this game. Club managers are encouraged to limit conventions in this game. If a club has an established policy on conventions allowed in Rookie-Master games, they are encouraged to use the same guidelines for this game, as long as they do not extend to conventions beyond the scope of the Yellow Card.
SANCTION FEE: $6.00 Canadian per table. (This fee includes GST)
SEATING: Rookies should sit in the South and West positions- makes things fairer and more standard across the country.
ANALYSIS: In order to address the problem with size of type in the hand analysis sheet - hand analysis will only be provided for Boards 1 - 30. Analysis will be done by top players in Canada.