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June 24, 2014 > Cribbage club completes another official season

Cribbage club completes another official season

Submitted By ACC Grass Roots Cribbage Club #43

Combining luck and skill, cribbage is a 2-player card game invented in the 17th century and still played today by young and old alike. Members of ChristopherÕs Crusaders, formally known as the American Cribbage Congress (ACC) Grass Roots Cribbage Club #43 in Fremont, one of 185 clubs in North America sanctioned by the ACC, compete every Wednesday evening in a 9-game round-robin tournament. Visitors from the Grass Roots Cribbage Club #337 in Livermore also participate on a regular basis.

The Grass Roots (GR) official season consist of 36 weeks of play between September 1 and May 31 each year. This season marks the 28th season since GR 43 was chartered in 1987. In the last seven seasons of play, the average tournament attendance has grown by 50 percent. The tournament players are a nice mix of male and female, young and old (25 to 96 years of age), with skill levels that include novice, intermediate and advanced.

Reigning club champion Tracy Yott of Newark earned GR points in 11 straight weeks during mid-season to repeat as 2013-2014 Club Champion. Tracy finished the season with 269 GR points, followed by Jim Crawford from Mountain View with 236 GR points to secure second place. Five-time club champion Roy Kaufmann from San Leandro scored 211 GR points this season, just edging out the 196 GR points scored by Ben Holder from Fremont and the 195 GR points scored by Farokh Ziari of Fremont.

Congratulations go to Jim Crawford for earning his Silver Award (2,500 GR points lifetime) and to Reginald Lennie of Newark for earning his Bronze Award (1,000 GR points lifetime) this season. Roy Kaufmann and Jim Crawford each had a Grand Slam this season, winning all nine games of the tournament. Thirteen times somebody won eight of nine games, just one game shy of that rare feat.

For those who donÕt feel they know enough to play the game on Wednesday nights, there is a ÒMinor LeagueÓ on Tuesday evenings at the Round Table where those attending can build their confidence and learn more about the game in an easy going atmosphere. Members Reginald Lennie and Theo Mattingly show players how to play the odds, predict their opponentÕs cards and play the hand. There is no need to join the ACC to play on Tuesday nights.

ACC Grass Roots Club #43 welcomes all players of all skill levels to join us. Tuesdays evenings are open to everyone who already enjoys the game or would like to learn how to play while Wednesdays are for intermediate to advanced players who are capable of playing a game in 15 Ð 20 minutes. For more information, email ACCGR43@gmail.com or simply show up on any Tuesday before 6:15 p.m. at Round Table Pizza (Centerville), 37480 Fremont Blvd., Fremont.

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