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Open for Registration

Online Bridge Classes in Full Swing This Fall!

 

Our Bridge Teachers Kim Gilman and Elizabeth Gompels have mastered the art of teaching bridge online. Continue to learn and improve your game while we wait for the return of in-person bridge! You only need Zoom and the Internet.

 

Click here for a full list of Kim's Fall 2020 classes for Advanced Beginners, Intermediates, and Advanced players. 

 

Kim will be teaching courses daytimes, evenings, and Saturday mornings on just about everything. She uses the new Shark Bridge classroom for students to play practice hands during class. So, you learn by playing, not lectures.

 

Highlights include:

 

Dazzling Defense! Tuesday and Friday mornings starting 9/22

Demon Declarers! (Adv. Beginner+) Monday & Wednesday evenings starting 9/14

 

Fiendish Declarers! (Intermediate+) Monday and Wednesday mornings starting 9/14

And many more…click above for full listing.

 

Learn to Play Bridge

Kim is also offering three Beginner courses this Fall. Click here for course dates and details.

 

Sign up for any of Kim's classes by e-mailing her at kgilman11@gmail.com.

Elizabeth Gompels will be teaching online during the Fall Term with Arlington Community Education.  

 

 

LEARN BRIDGE - Online

8 Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Sept 22 – Nov 17 (no class 11/03)

 

Play Bridge, BIDDING REFRESHER

4 Tuesday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Sept 22 - Oct 13

 

Play Bridge, DEFENSE

4 Tuesday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Oct 20 - Nov 17

(no class 11/03)

 

Topics will include Carding/Signals, Opening Leads, Discards and Partnership Cooperation.

For details and to register: visit www.arlingtoncommunityed.org

New Life Masters: 

Congratulations to

 Barbara Blauer, Newton           Georgia Mcguire, Winchester

Ronnie Fuchs, Cambridge         Perry Miller, Cambridge

Pam Jerskey, Wellesley              Ron Williams, Wellesley

Team events – Swiss Teams and Knockouts.

 

International Challenge Match:  On Tuesday, August 25, at 2:00 PM, FFBC will participate in a bridge match versus  St Albans Bridge Club (England).  Each of our teams will play 12 or 16 boards (Knockout style- Victory Point Scale) against a comparable level team from the St Albans Club.  Our teams have been formed and we are awaiting further information from St Alban’s.  I am hoping that us non-players will be able to “kibitz” one or more of the matches.

 

St Albans described their approach as:  “The point is not the winning, but rather having fun in these difficult times, and we aim to cover all levels of bridge ability in a match rather than simply choosing the best players.  The lower teams are normally quite weak / near beginners.”  I share their approach/attitude completely and this should be great fun.

Summary of Our FFBC Tournaments on BBO:

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round,

                                   7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 7:00 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round,

                                    7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Wednesday, 6:45PM,   9 boards, 9 minutes per                                                    board with post-game                                                 discussion on Zoom,                     "LIMITED" NonLifeMasters.

Wednesday, 7:15PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round

                                     7 minutes per board, "OPEN"

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 3 boards per round,

                                    9 minutes per board,

        “Restricted”, must be Skill Level = Novice or

                              Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 brds per round,

                                     7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round,

                                 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

 
 
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BBO Information

Please read and understand the following:

 

To call the Director, there is a blue box in the top left corner with 3 white bars.  Click on the box, call director and type in opponent is not answering my question.  The director will come to the table and resolve.  I want all my players to call the director for any irregularity.  We don’t want players making their own rulings at the table – especially when they complain about it later.

 

To inquire about a bid: you can click on the bid in question, then type “What is your agreement about this bid?”. 

The opponent’s response will go to you alone.  If there is a problem at this point, call the Director.

Please do not type any explanations/alerts to Table Chat, where your partner can see.

Doing so risks the receiving of an adjusted score -  if “damage to opponents” is found from the

“unauthorized info” being passed in the Table Chat.

 

Alert your bids: If opponents have special agreements and they properly Alert them, you will see the bid with an explanation on the top right of your green table area.  Note: the partner does not see the explanation, but you and your partner do see the explanation.  If you need further information, click on the bid as in the paragraph above.  Note: Failure to Alert a “special agreement” can result in an adjusted score that will benefit the injured parties.  But ACBL has determined that bids higher than 3 NT do not require “Alerts” - because it is better to ask for explanations of these bids at the end of the auction.  You can still ask questions about any specific bid, especially if you are considering to make a bid.

 

Slow Play:  If you encounter a “slow player”, be kind because they may be new to BBO.  If you feel there will be a “time problem”

by the end of the round, please call the Director.  If you don’t call the Director, don’t complain about it later. The Director will now be aware of the problem, and will probably monitor the table.  If you are consistently a “slow player” over more than 1 table, the Director has the duty to penalize you for “Slow Play” and points can be taken away from you.  “Slow Play” is penalized at physical clubs in the same way.

BBO--- I’m expecting ALL  players in a game to be online at least 15 minutes before game time.

If your partner is not online, our wonderful directors will probably notify you – so you can call them.

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