Posts Tagged ‘Bridge’

Bill Gates LOVES Bridge

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

I’m no bridge expert, but I’m pretty sure that when you sit down for three hours to play bridge, you must love the game. That’s exactly what Bill Gates did this afternoon. Even though Warren Buffett spent his usual bridge playing time selling jewelry at Borsheims instead, Mr. Gates sat right down and played several hands of bridge with Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

Bill Gates plays bridge at Borsheims

Not a bad afternoon, huh? Warren Buffett selling jewelry. Bill Gates playing bridge. And thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders fed, bejeweled, and now headed home happy with purchases in hand.

See you next year, shareholders! We love hosting you at Borsheims!

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!

Warren Buffett Pictures

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Warren plays BridgeHello Berkshire Weekenders,

We were lucky enough to have Warren stop by Borsheims again this year for a little Sunday afternoon fun. Warren dropped in and watched a few table tennis matches. Ariel Hsing, top-ranked US table tennis player, took on competitors from about 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. She also brought Warren an extra large chocolate bar as a treat.

Warren then went upstairs to play a little bridge with one of his old friends and partners, Sharon Warren enjoys a cherry cokeOsberg. He was never without his trademark smile and a can of cherry coke. Thank you Warren for stopping by and thank you to all the shareholders who make this weekend the exciting event that it is.

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Hope you had a great time this year. I know I did,
Bill, the blogger

Warren Buffett’s Favorite Game

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Good Morning Weekenders,Bridge in the atrium

I hope that you are enjoying your stay in Omaha. We sure hope that you will stop by Borsheims today for the final day of the shareholder’s weekend. We have many exciting activities going on this morning and this afternoon, including Warren’s favorite card game, bridge. This year we have made some changes to the bridge experience.

Bridge Rules with SarahThe bridge tables and sign up are now upstairs in the atrium of the Regency Court. To get up to the bridge tables head to the north side of the building near the bathrooms, then take the stairs near the waterfall up to atrium. Bridge play won’t begin until 1 p.m., but you can sign up your foursome anytime. Just head on up and say hi to Sarah, and she will add you to the list of bridge teams.

FYI, but this year we don’t expect any VIPs to attend the bridge play. We have not invited any professional players this year and we expect Warren to be playing a bit of table tennis downstairs instead.

Enjoy the bridge and the lovely day,
Bill, the blogger

Berkshire Sunday Brunch

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Berkshire Brunch BuffetGood Morning Berkshire Shareholders,

And what a beautiful morning it is. Sunny and not a cloud in the sky, we are expecting a high of 73 degrees today. I hope that you are enjoying your stay in Omaha, and that you will stop by Borsheims today for the final day of the shareholder’s weekend. We have many exciting activities going on this morning and this afternoon. Right now, a delicious brunch of is being served both in the courtyard and in the party tent. The party tent is also enjoying the musical stylings of Notes of the Round Table, a Jazz Combo from local Party Tent for BrunchWestside High School. And, of course, we will be offering deep shareholder discounts on thousands of jewelry and watches in the Borsheims store all day.

The crowds are beginning to build inside the Regency Courtyard in anticipation of the afternoon’s activities and a visit from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett. This year we have a lot of exciting entertainment. It all begins at 1 p.m. In the courtyard of Regency Court, two-time U.S. chess Champion Patrick Wolff will be playing against several opponents at once, probably blindfolded. We plan to project the games on a large screen to make it easier for everyone to see.

Jazz GuitarWe have also invited magician Norman Beck back this year to befuddle and astound the crowd. One big change this year is the addition of top-ranked junior table tennis player Ariel Hsing. She joined us in 2007 and we are happy to welcome her back again! And of course anxious to watch her challenge Mr. Buffett. Table tennis matches will be held in the courtyard, where bridge was held last year.

See at the brunch,
Bill, the blogger

Berkshire Hathaway Bridge Game and More

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Hello Weekenders,

Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s weekend is famous for great deals, good advice and Warren Buffett playing bridge. The Bridge games are usually held in the open courtyard of Regency Court right after Sunday brunch during the Borsheims shopping day of the Berkshire weekend. This final day of the Patrick WolffBerkshire Shareholder’s Weekend oNorman Beckffers many fun activities including a chess champion, a magician, a table tennis champion and, of course, bridge.

There will be a few changes to the activity line-up this year. In the courtyard of Regency Court, starting at 1pm on Sunday, two-time U.S. chess Champion Patrick Wolff will be playing against several opponents at once, probably blindfolded. We plan to project the games on a large screen to make it easier for everyone to see. We have also invited magician Norman Beck back this year to befuddle and astound the crowd.

One big change this year is the addition of top-ranked junior table tennis player Ariel Hsing. She joined us in 2007 and we are happy to welcome her back again! And of course anxious to watch her challenge Mr. Buffett. Table tennis matches will be held in the courtyard, where bridge was held last year. Warren Buffett Plays Bridge

Bridge will be played upstairs this year in the upper atrium of Regency Court. The stairs to get to the atrium level are located on the north side of the building near the restrooms. So, just bring your four-person team upstairs to sign up and play, or create a foursome with new friends! Sadly, we are not expecting the bridge champs or VIPs to be playing bridge this year.

See you soon,

Bill, the blogger