Hi Everyone,

 

Covid-19 is killing Bridge Clubs – with the help of the ACBL and BBO.

Many bridge clubs are now gone (30 bridge clubs have closed in Massachusetts), and the 37 remaining clubs are failing financially - including Family Friendly Bridge Club.

 

In the first 6 months of 2022, FFBC has experienced a 34% reduction in number of tables playing bridge – counting both BBO and face-to-face.

From what I can see, many of you are just playing less bridge – which means less income to the bridge clubs.

Like the other clubs, FFBC is being “squeezed” financially.  BBO takes 20% of the money “off the top” + a credit card fee for every game played on BBO. 

As always, ACBL charges their table fees for all the games – with added fees for every “special” game (Silver points, etc).

FFBC still has to pay the Directors, rent to the church, buy snacks, bridge supplies, etc. 

So far, I have made up the “shortfall” in the hope that bridge players will come back to the game in the fall.

 

Why am I telling you all this?  From the beginning, I have felt that this club belongs to its members. It exists to benefit every member.

If some action has to be taken in the future to save the club, I want every member to understand that all options were considered.

I have always tried to keep fees as low as possible, but an increase may be required in the near future.  Thank you for understanding the situation.

History of FFBC Bridge Fees: 6/30/15 thru 8/31/17 = $ 8.00;   9/1/17 thru 7/31/22 = $ 10.00

 

 

Congratulations to our latest Lifemasters – Well Done!   (Pictures attached)

Tracy Burlock, Sam Gallo, Rob Jones

 

Advance Notice of Bridge Closings at St Camillus –

 

Due to Labor Day Holiday: 

Monday, September 5, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is Cancelled.   The 12:40 game on BBO is NOT Cancelled and is Open to everyone.

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Tournaments:  (Bring Your Covid Vaccination card with you)

 

EMBA Sectional Tournament: August 5 - 7, Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave, Watertown, MA

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

Special Game on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM.  If 0 – 49 masterpoints and ACBL member = you can play for free on Saturday.

For details, go to: https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwop/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20220805_1&wd=1&club=emba

 

EMBA Cape Cod Sectional Tournament: August 13 - 14, Barnstable Middle School, 895 Falmouth Rd, Hyannis MA

All events are Open Stratified Pair Events: Saturday = 11 AM & 3 PM, Sunday = 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

For more information, go to : https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwop/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20220813_1&wd=1&club=emba

 

Ocean State Regional - District 25:  August 30 – September 3, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI;

See https://nebridge.org/ for current schedule – NOTE: No Games on Sunday, Sept 4.

 

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – New Classes beginning in September.

Contact the teacher if you want more information –

Elizabeth Gompels, <elibridge101@outlook.com> and Kim Gilman, < kgilman11@comcast.net >.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our efforts to have a fun place to play bridge.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

Schedule of Bridge Games – Family Friendly Bridge Club                                                           

On BBO:  (Note: if game has less than 3 tables, game is canceled per BBO rules)

 

Monday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Wednesday 9:50 AM -- for Belmont Bridge, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 2,499 MPs or less

Thursday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Friday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

 

 

“Live” Bridge at St Camillus Church, Arlington”

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 6:30 PM, 18-20 boards, “OPEN”

Wednesday 9:30 AM -- for Belmont Bridge Club, 20-21 boards, “OPEN”

(location=Beech St Center, Belmont)

Wednesday 7:00 PM -- for Winchester DBC, 24 boards, “OPEN” 

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 20 minute lesson at beginning of session, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

 

 

July   2022

Advance Notice of Bridge Closings at St Camillus –

 

Due to Independence Day Holiday: 

Monday, July 4, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is Cancelled.   The 12:40 game on BBO is NOT Cancelled and is Open to everyone.

 

ACBL National Tournament in Providence:  We will be “Open” for all the scheduled games for FFBC – NO CHANGES.

 

Schedule of Bridge Games – Family Friendly Bridge Club                                                           

On BBO:  (Note: if a game has less than 3 tables, the game is canceled per BBO rules)

 

Monday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Wednesday 9:50 AM -- for Belmont Bridge, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 2,499 MPs or less

Thursday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Friday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

 

 

“Live” Bridge at St Camillus Church, Arlington”

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 6:30 PM, 18-20 boards, “OPEN”

Wednesday 9:30 AM -- for Belmont Bridge Club, 20-21 boards, “OPEN”

(location=Beech St Center, Belmont)

Wednesday 7:00 PM -- for Winchester DBC, 24 boards, “OPEN” 

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 20 minute lesson at beginning of the session, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Tournaments:

 

Summer ACBL National Tournament for 2022 will be held July 14-24 in Providence, RI.   

For details, go to:  https://www.acbl.org/portfolio/providence-nabc/ 

NOTE: A new game for players with 0-20 masterpoints has been added to the schedule for Tuesday, July 19.

 

EMBA Sectional Tournament: August 5 - 7, Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave, Watertown, MA

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

Special Game on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM: If 0 – 49 masterpoints and ACBL member = you can play for free.

For details, go to: https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwop/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20220805_1&wd=1&club=emba

 

EMBA Cape Cod Sectional Tournament: August 13 - 14, Barnstable Middle School, 895 Falmouth Rd, Hyannis MA

All events are Open Stratified Pair Events: Saturday = 11 AM & 3 PM, Sunday = 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

For more information, send an Email to: voilamonami@gmail.com

 

Ocean State Regional - District 25:  August 30 – September 4, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI

 

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – New Classes beginning in September.

Contact the teacher if you want more information –

Elizabeth Gompels, <elibridge101@outlook.com> and Kim Gilman, < kgilman11@comcast.net >.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our efforts to have a fun place to play bridge.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

 

Notice of Bridge Closings at St Camillus –

 

Due to Arlington High School Graduation: 

Thursday, May 26, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is Cancelled.  The 12:40 game on BBO is NOT Cancelled and is Open to everyone.

Note: Newcomer Game on Thursday, May 26, at St Camillus is also  Cancelled. 

 

Due to Memorial Day Holiday: 

Monday, May 30, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is Cancelled.   The 12:40 game on BBO is NOT Cancelled and is Open to everyone.

 

Due to Fourth of July Holiday: 

Monday, July 4, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is Cancelled.   The 12:40 game on BBO is NOT Cancelled and is Open to everyone.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to John Franz and John Tully.  They went to the ACBL Championships in Reno, NV and finished 4th in the President’s Cup, North American Pairs, Flight C. 

In the same event, Sam Gallo and Kate Sears finished 10th.  An impressive performance by our FFBC players.

 

Congratulations to our Winning Swiss Team at District 25 Gala Regional - Marlboro MA - – Well Done!   (Pictures attached)

Diana Chirita, Mine Usluel, Dori Senerchia, & Rita Vachani

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Tournaments:

 

RI Bridge Association Summer Sectional, June 4-5 at the Johnston Senior Center in Johnston, RI.  Cost is $11 per session; see .pdf file above.

Proof of Covid vaccination is required; masks are suggested, but not required. All Covid protocols in effect at game time, will be enforced.

 

RI Game Schedule:

   Saturday, June 5         10:00 am & 2:15 pm, Two Single-Session Stratified Open Pairs

   Sunday, June 6            10:00 am, Stratified Swiss Teams

 

 

Special Alzheimer Charity Game, Sunday, June 12, 1:00 PM, Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham St, Lexington, MA (see flyer attached- .pdf).

This is a charity event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and support their research efforts.  Newcomers are

especially welcome and usually play in a separate section. You can expect special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

We are expecting 18+ tables 'in play' – Come and give it a try... Suggested donation is $ 10.00 per player.

NOTE: To play in this game, you must register in advance at their website – NO Exceptions.  Go to- https://bit.ly/LexPurpleBridge

 

+ other Alzheimer Charity Games, Monday, June 13, Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17, on BBO and at St Camillus, Arlington.

+ Alzheimer Charity Game, Wednesday, June 15, 9:30 AM, on BBO and at Beech St Center, Belmont.

 

 

EMBA will host the June Sectional on June 24-26 at the Armenian Center in Watertown, MA.  (Next Watertown event will be August 5-7)

See website: https://www.bridgewebs.com/emba/June2022_Watertown.jpeg. All Covid protocols in effect at game time, will be enforced.

 

Watertown Game Schedule:

   Friday, June 24              7:30 pm, Single Session Stratified Open Pairs

   Saturday, June 25         10:30 am, Two Single-Session Stratified Open Pairs

                                            10:30 am, Single-Session 299er Pairs (Free for players with <50 masterpoints)

   Sunday, June 27            10:30 am, Stratified Swiss Teams

 

 

Summer ACBL National Tournament for 2022 will be held July 14-24 in Providence, RI.   NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE.

 

Other:

 

“Live” Bridge during Covid-19 pandemic:  Limited hospitality will be served at St Camillus – some prepackaged snacks w/coffee & cold drinks served for now.

Disinfectant and hand sanitizing supplies will be available at all times.  We are NOT requiring players to show proof of vaccination.

Note: Town of Arlington & St Camillus Church have “lifted” their “mask mandates” for public buildings (includes St Camillus Church).  Masks are still recommended to persons with health issues.

 

 

Schedule of Bridge Games – FFBC                                                                    as of 1/14/22

BBO:  (Note: if game has less than 3 tables, game is canceled per BBO rules)

 

Monday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Wednesday 9:50 AM -- for Belmont Bridge, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 2,499 MPs or less

Thursday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Friday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

 

“Live” Bridge at St Camillus Church, Arlington”

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 6:30 PM, 18-20 boards, “OPEN”

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 20 minute lesson at beginning of session, “Restricted”,

            Recommended Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

Wednesday 7:00 PM -- for Winchester DBC, 24 boards, “OPEN” 

 

Wednesday 9:30 AM -- for Belmont Bridge Club, 20-21 boards, “OPEN”

(location=Beech St Center, 266 Beech St, Belmont)

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

NEW Classes:  Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Bridge Lessons with Bob Gaudet at St Camillus, Tuesday Afternoons, 1 to 3 PM, 8 weeks, from May 24 thru July 12, $ 25 per lesson.

100% refund if you are not satisfied for any reason.   Send Email if you need further info:  bridgeleader@gmail.com

 

Week 1 – Responding to Opening of 1 of Major (done)

Week 2 – Responding to Opening of 1 of Minor (May 31)

Week 3 – Responding to NoTrump Opening (Jun 7)

Week 4 – Preemptive Openings (Jun 14)

Week 5 – Double and Redouble (Jun21)

Week 6 – Overcalls – Simple and Jump Overcalls (Jun 28)

Week 7 – Slam Bidding / 2 Club Openings (Jul 5)

Week 8 – Declarer & Defender Play (Jul 12)

 

 

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – Contact teacher for more information –

 

Elizabeth Gompels, <elibridge101@outlook.com> and Kim Gilman, < kgilman11@comcast.net >.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our efforts to have a fun place to play bridge.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com