​​Rainberry Bay Bridge Club

Bill Braverman, President
Bob Sherburne, Club Manager

Click on the Registration form to the left to access a copy of the RSVP form to secure your place.
Print it, fill it out, and give it to a
Game Director. 
Have a wonderful time!

Grand Slam Newsletter

There will be Monday night games on May 13th and 20th. Please be seated by 6:45 PM.

The Sunday Party will be held on May 19. It will begin at 12 Noon with lunch (hot dogs, potato salad and …). The game will begin after lunch. Please call Bob Sherburne (561-414-5184) and place your check in the Clubhouse Bridge Club mailbox by May 12 if you
plan to attend. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for guests. We need at least 10 pairs to have a game.

The games above are the last of this season. There will be no games or other activities during June, July and August.

We will begin our next season on Monday, September 9.

As the last of our snowbirds leave RB this month, we wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy summer.


Please call:

Elayne @ 561-265-0609 if you are looking for a partner

Bernice, Good & Welfare, @ 561-243-9392 (November-April)
914-276-2812 (May-October) with news of our members.

Bob @ 561-414-5184 for any other information
related to the Bridge Club.

All 2018 games have been posted to the ACBL website.
The address (link) is:

Or go to the ACBL website,
http://www.acbl.org/, then click on Clubs, then Club Results, then enter Florida, then Delray Beach, then select Rainberry Bay Bridge Club from the list that appears. Review any game by selecting the month, then the date of the game.


A finesse in bridge is the attempt to gain power for lower-ranking cards by taking advantage of the favorable position of higher-ranking cards held by the opposition. It is also 1. the attempt to take advantage of the location of the cards of the opponents and 2. a play that makes such an attempt.

A Finesse is Used:
1. to avoid losing a trick.
2. to gain a trick with the low-ranking cards.
3. to prepare for a pinning play in the same suit.
4. to prepare for a second finesse in the same suit.
5. to keep a particular opponent off lead.
6. to set up a safety play.
7. to gain one or more entries.

How to Take a Finesse in Bridge:
The purpose of a finesse is to make a card good by virtue of its position to an opponent's higher card.
A Q 8 5 9 3 2
If you are leading from the North hand you will only get the Ace, and the opponents will always capture your Queen with their King.
A Q 8 5 9 3 2
If you can lead low from the South hand towards the A Q however, then you have a 50% chance that West has the King and doesn't play it. You then play your Queen which wins. This is the simplest form of a finesse.
A time not to finesse is when you fear what the opponents will do next.
A J 5 K 10 2
Here you can either lead low to the Jack and finesse West for the Queen, or low to the 10 to finesse East. Suppose you have already found out that West has two good Spades left in their hand.
Clearly you don't want West to ever win the trick or they will play their good Spades. The choice is easy: lead from your hand and finesse the Jack on the board. Even if East wins the Queen you have kept West, the danger hand, off the lead.

To read the newsletter in its entirety, simply click on the front page here. It will open the entire newsletter in another tab. You can read through and check your scores on the ACBL website right here.

This newsletter contains information about:
  • Monthly Bridge Party
  • Annual Meeting
  • Classes
  • Bridge Hands Information
  • ACBL Connection for scores