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Playing Warren Buffett’s Games at Borsheims

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

They really are Warren Buffett’s games. Everyone knows Mr. Buffett loves bridge and invites two of his buddies and bridge experts back year after year to take on shareholders. He thinks Patrick Wolff is a chess genius. Magician Norman Beck always entertains the crowd. And who else would invite a 16-year-old Olympian to play him in table tennis.

So you want in on the action, too? Here’s what you need to know to participate in the games this Sunday (May 6) at Borsheims.

BRIDGE
Bridge has been moved upstairs this year to the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. I say get there by noon at the latest if you definitely want a seat. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm.

CHESS
This is really amazing to watch. Patrick Wolff is a two-time U.S. Chess Champion and Grandmaster. He will play six people at the same time while blindfolded. It’s incredible to see. If you want to be one of the six people to try to beat Patrick, you can sign up at the Media/Info kiosk in the center of Regency Court starting at noon. At 1pm, we will take the list over to the chess area and draw the names of the six people who will play. You must be there at 1pm when your name is called in order to have a seat.

TABLE TENNIS
We expect Mr. Buffett to be the first person to play Olympian Ariel Hsing in table tennis, and we anticipate that will be around 1pm. After that, shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to one you are welcome to bring it. She usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try!

MAGICIAN
Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

How to Play Chess, Bridge for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Each year, Warren Buffett brings in several professional game players for his shareholders during the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders’ weekend. They’re all at Borsheims during the Sunday brunch and shareholders’ only shopping day. Here’s how you can participate in the fun!

Bridge is set up in the center court of the mall, right outside Borsheims mall entrance. Anyone is welcome to play starting at 11am (but a basic knowledge of bridge is helpful). Bridge champions Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamman will arrive at 1pm. Warren Buffett has sat down and played several hands of bridge in past years, but we do not expect him to play this year. Bill Gates has also played in the past, but he doesn’t ever let us know ahead of time if he’ll be here.

Bridge rules: 4 players must be present to start a game (if someone doesn’t have a party of 4, they may wait to join other solo players); tables are filled on a first come first serve basis. There is a waiting list if the tables are full, but the guest must be present at time of opening to play or their name will be removed from the list; there isn’t a time limit; no substitutes are allowed during game play.

Players also will need to sign up if they wish to play two-time U.S. chess champion Patrick Wolff. He plays six people at once, all while blindfolded! Chess is tucked just to the east of Williams Sonoma in the side corner on the way to Paradise Bakery. Sign up will begin at 11am and sign up will occur in the bridge area. The first 6 players to sign up will get the chance to play Patrick. We take additional names in case any of the first 6 are a no-show. Players must be present at 1pm (a few minutes earlier would be best) when Patrick will show up. A television monitor will be set up for spectators to see the plays. It’s really an amazing thing to watch!

The world-class magician, Norman Beck, is also in center court just outside of Williams Sonoma. He does his tricks for whomever is present. There are a handful of chairs available for people to sit down if they choose.

Remember, there will be a game registration table set-up just inside the bridge area. This is where guests can sign-up to play chess and come to play bridge. Hope to see you there, and good luck against the pro’s!