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Hi Everyone,

 

Hugh Shine has passed away.  (Picture attached). He was a well-liked and happy friend at the bridge table.

He was a frequent player in Belmont before the Covid-19 crisis.  He often told me stories about the years when he was a singer on Broadway in New York.

 

Cold Weather:  Please bring a sweater, etc with you to bridge.  The church now has a computer controlled centralized heating system which controls the temperatures in all of their buildings.

It can be chilly in the lower church late in the afternoon.

 

Snow Policy:   When the weather forecast is predicting snow on “bridge days”, you can check the website, www.familyfriendlybridge.com .  In addition,  I will send an Email to notify everyone as soon as any bridge game is canceled.   If Belmont Schools are closed, then The Beech St Center will be closed.   Even if the game is not canceled, please use your own judgment re: whether it is safe to be on the roads during/after the storm.  Your personal safety is the most important factor – you can play bridge some other day.  Note: The parking situation in Belmont remains very difficult because of snow banks.

 

If you have a cold or the flu, please do not come to bridge -  You will be jeopardizing the health of everyone.  Flu is very dangerous and even possibly fatal to some individuals.  Please be respectful to everyone and stay home when you are ill.  Thank you.

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Tournaments: 

 

Presidential Regional Tournament: February 7 - 11,

Southbridge Conference Center, 14 Mechanic St, Southbridge, MA  01550

For Details: https://nebridge.org/pages/476/

 

EMBA Sectional Tournament: February 24 -26, Watertown, MA;

Separate section for players with less than 300 masterpoints on Saturday Morning;  scheduled start times for Saturday events are 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM

for details see:  – not yet posted by EMBA --

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

 

 

Change to Belmont Schedule:  Wednesday Morning games in Belmont now start at 10:00 AM  – less traffic for your commute.

 

Advance Notice of Bridge Closings at St Camillus –

 

For Martin Luther King Day Observed (1/16/23):

Monday, January 16, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT CANCELLED.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

For Presidents Day (2/20/23):

Monday, February 20, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT CANCELLED.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Play Bridge
Elizabeth Gompels elibridge101@outlook.com
Come join us to practice and play bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game.
Get your questions answered and receive help in real time. The atmosphere will be fun, friendly, and relaxed.

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – New Classes are just starting.

 

Newcomer Bridge Lessons, Tuesday Mornings, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Waltham Council on Aging, 488 Main Street, Waltham, MA  02452
Instructor: Bernice King; Cost $10.00 per lesson

 

For all level players, Kim Gilman classes are available “in person” and on-line.

For her complete schedule: https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes

Contact Kim if you want more information –  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

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”, but especially for Non-Lifemasters

Wednesday 10:00 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, 9 boards, 20 minute lesson at beginning of session, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Non-Lifemaster

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone,

 

FFBC Holiday Party:  Monday, December 19,  12:30 - 3:45 PM

To mark the holidays, FFBC will present a bridge game with “extras” – Door prizes, extra masterpoints, and “special” hospitality offerings.

No additional costs; just the usual entry fee.  Come and enjoy the game with your friends.

 

Congratulations to our latest Lifemaster – Well Done!   (Picture attached)

Jory Agate

 

Slow Play Policy:   If you are the E/W pair following a pair that’s always late for the next table, you have felt the frustration of slow play.  What’s going on at these tables?  They are chatting away about the boards as if nothing is wrong.  If you are “on time”, go ahead and chat.  If you are late, please save the chatting for later and certainly consider “claiming” when you have all the remaining tricks.  Please read the attached Bridge Proprieties and ACBL policy re: Slow Play.  If everyone keeps an eye on the time clocks, then the games can run smoothly – something that we all want.

 

Snow Policy:   When the weather forecast is predicting snow on “bridge days”, you can check the website, www.familyfriendlybridge.com .  In addition,  I will send an Email to notify everyone as soon as any bridge game is canceled.   If Belmont Schools are closed, then The Beech St Center will be closed.   Even if the game is not canceled, please use your own judgment re: whether it is safe to be on the roads during/after the storm.  Your personal safety is the most important factor – you can play bridge some other day.  Note: The parking situation in Belmont remains very difficult because of snow banks.

 

If you have a cold or the flu, please do not come to bridge -  You will be jeopardizing the health of everyone.  Flu is very dangerous and even possibly fatal to some individuals.  Please be respectful to everyone and stay home when you are ill.  Thank you.

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Tournaments: 

 

EMBA Winter Sectional Tournament: December 9 -11, Watertown, MA;

Friday night is the Annual Pro-AM event where Lifemasters are paired with Non-Lifemasters.

Separate section for players with less than 300 masterpoints on Saturday Morning;  scheduled start times for Saturday events are 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM

for details see:  https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwoq/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20221209_1&wd=1&club=emba

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

 

From January 9 thru 15, 2023:  Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC games)  Note: almost all bridge clubs in the Boston area will participate in this event.   Silver Masterpoints are awarded for these games (instead of the usual Black Masterpoints).  These games are very popular.

Our STaC Games are: Mon, Thu & Fri in Arlington- 12:30 PM, Wed, Jan 11 in Belmont- 10:00 AM, and Tue Eve, Jan 10 in Arlington – 6:30 PM

 

 

Change to Belmont Schedule:  Wednesday Morning games in Belmont now start at 10:00 AM  – less traffic for your commute.

 

Advance Notice of Bridge Closings at St Camillus –

 

For Christmas Day Observed (12/26)

Monday, December 26, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT CANCELLED.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

For New Year’s Day Observed (1/2/23):

Monday, January 2, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT CANCELLED.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

For Martin Luther King Day Observed (1/16/23):

Monday, January 16, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT CANCELLED.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Play Bridge
Elizabeth Gompels elibridge101@outlook.com
Come join us to practice and play bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game.
Get your questions answered and receive help in real time. The atmosphere will be fun, friendly, and relaxed.
 

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – New Classes are just starting.

 

Newcomer Bridge Lessons, Tuesday Mornings, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Waltham Council on Aging, 488 Main Street, Waltham, MA  02452
Instructor: Bernice King; Cost $10.00 per lesson

 

For all level players, Kim Gilman classes are available “in person” and on-line.

For her complete schedule: https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes

Contact Kim if you want more information –  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

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”, but especially for Non-Lifemasters

Wednesday 10:00 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 = Non-Lifemaster

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

hursday, November 24, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington and the 12:40 game on BBO are Both Cancelled.   

The usual schedule of games returns for Friday, November 25.

 

 

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ACBL Fall NABC Tournament: November 24 – December 4, Phoenix, AZ,

Watch the Pros play on BBO Vugraph starting on November 27, 12:30 PM

For details: https://www.acbl.org/portfolio/phoenix-nabc/

 

EMBA Winter Sectional Tournament: December 9 -11, Watertown, MA;

Friday night is the Annual Pro-AM event where Lifemasters are paired with Non-Lifemasters.

Separate section for players with less than 300 masterpoints on Saturday Morning;  scheduled start times for Saturday events are 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM

for details see:  https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwoq/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20221209_1&wd=1&club=emba

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

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Play Bridge
Elizabeth Gompels elibridge101@outlook.com
Come join us to practice and play bridge while increasing your
confidence and deepening your understanding of the game.
Get your questions answered and receive help in real time. The atmosphere will be fun, friendly, and relaxed.
 

Defense: The focus of this 4-week mini-course is on techniques to
improve your results when defending. Topics include carding/
signals, opening leads, discards, and partnership cooperation.
This series is highly interactive with guided demonstrations and
discussions. You will bid and play a series of prepared deals
with your classmates to practice the techniques presented. This
is a great opportunity for Learn Bridge graduates and advanced
beginners to develop their defensive skills and fierce defender
mindset.

4 Tuesdays | 7:00–9:00 pm | Arlington High School
Defense: Nov. 1–22; link for registration www.arlingtoncommunityed.org 

 

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – New Classes are just starting.

 

Newcomer Bridge Lessons, Tuesday Mornings, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Waltham Council on Aging, 488 Main Street, Waltham, MA  02452
Instructor: Bernice King; Cost $10.00 per lesson

 

For all level players, Kim Gilman classes are available “in person” and on-line.

For her complete schedule: https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes

Contact Kim if you want more information –  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

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”, but especially for Non-Lifemasters

Wednesday 10:00 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 = Non-Lifemaster

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

 

 

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Cost to play Bridge is going up:  Effective on November 1, the cost to play bridge is increasing to $12 per session.  Facing rising expenses and lower attendance, this increase is necessary for the club to continue.

For the past 5 years, I kept the cost at $10 – lower than what other clubs were charging.  For all my loyal supporters, I am offering a “special deal” to save you money.  I have plastic “Game/Lesson Entry cards” that are valid for payment to our games.

From now until July 1, 2023, you can purchase a group of 5 of these cards for $50 and use them to pay for 5 games of bridge.  You will save $10 by purchasing these cards.  The cards are 100% refundable at any time and they never expire.

 

My thanks to each and every one of you as we face this new period in bridge.  For the future, I believe we will grow as a club and we will provide all the benefits that we were able to provide in the past.

 

 

 

Change to Belmont Schedule:  Wednesday Morning games in Belmont now start at 10:00 AM  – less traffic for your commute.

 

Sad Notice: Frank Gages passed away on October 1 (picture above).  A wonderful gentleman who donated his time to so many others. 

He was such a good friend to many of us over the years and will be sorely missed.  The wake is tomorrow and the funeral is on Friday.

 

Advance Notice of Bridge Closings at St Camillus –

 

On Columbus Day:

Monday, October 10, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT Cancelled.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

On Veterans Day:

Friday, November 11, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT Cancelled.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

On Thanksgiving Day:

Thursday, November 24, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington and the 12:40 game on BBO are Both Cancelled.   

The usual schedule of games returns for Friday, November 25.

 

Elections for EMBA Board of directors:  We have 5 FFBC members nominated for election: Peter Clay (Incumbent),

Rob Jones, Jan Smola (Incumbent), Andrea Teacher, & Michael Williams.  Be sure to vote for your favorite(s) in the month of October. 

To vote:  https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/gJeYya6?source_id=1f4ff3e4-b805-40cf-abaf-60df9d2df089&source_type=em&c=v7WMtrYBfXhcINBn8VzsDEHDaitOGaL2mEDhQ43UrQq4ghmUE0nanA==

 

EMBA Candidates for Election to the EMBA Board for 2023:  8 to be elected

David Aronson *

Curtis Barton

Natalie Bassil

Peter Clay *

Selen Hotamisligil *

Rob Jones

Brenda Montague *

Edward Scolnick

Jan Smola *

Andrea Teacher

Michael Williams

* running for re-election

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Tournaments: 

 

North American Pairs Qualifying – Flight B: 

To participate, the competition is 4 sessions of bridge on BBO, October 8 & 9.  Send me an email if you need further details.

 

District 25 Royal STaC – a special event just for face-to-face clubs,  will be held October 10 – 14, 2022

Royal STaC Masterpoint Awards: 25% gold, 25% red, 25% silver, 25% black
STaC = Sectional Tournament at the Clubs...  Results from all participating clubs will be combined for higher overall awards.
To see the Final Combined Results, go to https://nebridge.org/pages/48/

 

Non-Lifemaster Sectional Tournament: October 22 - 23,

Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main St, Holden, MA  01520

For Details: https://tournaments.acbl.org/schedule.php?sanction=2210380

 

NHBA Ed Gould Memorial Sectional Tournament: November 5 - 6,

Portsmouth Senior Center, 125 Cottage St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

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

For details, go to: file:///C:/Users/Bob/Downloads/Nov-flyer-2022.pdf

 

Harvest/Spectacle Regional Tournament: November 15 - 19,

Southbridge Conference Center, 14 Mechanic St, Southbridge, MA  01550

For Details: https://nebridge.org/pages/476/

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

​Learn Bridge
Elizabeth Gompels elibridge101@outlook.com
Social and enchanting, a hand of bridge takes only a deck of 52
cards, four people, and about 10 minutes to play. Easy to learn,
the game can take a lifetime to master, and is fun to play at all
levels of expertise. Learn how to play bridge, including the basics
of bidding, playing, scoring, and bridge conventions. Classes
include hands-on learning, guided demonstrations, group
discussions, and lots of bridge hands to practice techniques.
 

8 Tuesdays | Sept. 27–Nov. 15 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm, St. Camillus Church
link for registration www.arlingtoncommunityed.org 

 

Play Bridge
Elizabeth Gompels elibridge101@outlook.com
Come join us to practice and play bridge while increasing your
confidence and deepening your understanding of the game.
Get your questions answered and receive help in real time. The atmosphere will be fun, friendly, and relaxed.

 

Bidding Refresher: This 4-week mini-course moves beyond the basics of
the game. Topics include opening and responding, overcalls and
takeout doubles, Stayman and Jacoby Transfers, and Strong 2C
and Blackwood. Each session begins with a brief lesson, then you
will bid and play a series of prepared deals with your classmates
to practice the techniques presented. This is a wonderful
opportunity for bridge players who are returning to the game
and would like a refresher or for newer who want to improve and
hone their bidding skills.
 

Defense: The focus of this 4-week mini-course is on techniques to
improve your results when defending. Topics include carding/
signals, opening leads, discards, and partnership cooperation.
This series is highly interactive with guided demonstrations and
discussions. You will bid and play a series of prepared deals
with your classmates to practice the techniques presented. This
is a great opportunity for Learn Bridge graduates and advanced
beginners to develop their defensive skills and fierce defender
mindset.
 

4 Tuesdays | 7:00–9:00 pm | Arlington High School
Bidding Refresher: Sept. 27–Oct. 25;  Defense: Nov. 1–22

link for registration www.arlingtoncommunityed.org 

 

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – New Classes are just starting.

 

Newcomer Bridge Lessons, Tuesday Mornings, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Waltham Council on Aging, 488 Main Street, Waltham, MA  02452
Instructor: Bernice King; Cost $10.00 per lesson

 

For all level players, Kim Gilman classes are available “in person” and on-line.

For her complete schedule: https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes

Contact Kim if you want more information –  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

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 10:00 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”

 

 

 

 

 

============================

Hi Everyone,

 

Elections for EMBA Board of directors:  We have 5 FFBC members nominated for election: Peter Clay (Incumbent),

Rob Jones, Jan Smola (Incumbent), Andrea Teacher, & Michael Williams.  Some pictures are attached..

Be sure to vote for your favorite(s) in the month of October.  You will get an Email from EMBA that will allow you to vote.

 

EMBA Candidates for Election to the EMBA Board for 2023

8 to be elected

David Aronson *

Curtis Barton

Natalie Bassil

Peter Clay *

Selen Hotamisligil *

Rob Jones

Brenda Montague *

Edward Scolnick

Jan Smola *

Andrea Teacher

Michael Williams

* running for re-election

 

 

 

New link for:

 

NHBA Fall Foliage Sectional Tournament: September 24 & 25, Grantham Town Hall, 300 NH Rt. 10, Grantham, NH

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

For details, go to: https://nhbridge.com/ and click on “Tournament Flyer” to download the .PDF file

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Change to BBO Schedule:  Wednesday Morning BBO games, 9:40 AM are discontinued – due to lack of attendance.

 

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.

 

On Columbus Day:

Monday, October 10, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT Cancelled.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

Special Announcements: 

 

At FFBC, we wish to acknowledge a “special” achievement for Mine Usluel.....  (Picture attached)

On Monday, Aug 29, she became a United States Citizen and we celebrate and congratulate her on this important occasion.

 

Congratulations to our latest Lifemaster – Well Done!   (Picture attached)

Tom Shea

 

Special Bridge Podcast:  Anthony Zhao, (Picture attached), has produced 2 Bridge Podcasts that discuss the future of bridge

and the lack of young bridge players.  Current average age of ACBL bridge players is 73 years old.  This is a very interesting discussion and well worth

listening to.  Anthony has just graduated from Milton Academy and is headed for Duke University in September.  The link is:

https://soundcloud.com/anthony-zhao-733924633/sets/bridge-stories?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

 

 

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

 

NHBA Fall Foliage Sectional Tournament: September 24 & 25, Grantham Town Hall, 300 NH Rt. 10, Grantham, NH

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

For details, go to: file:///C:/Users/Bob/Downloads/Fall_Foliage.pdf

 

EMBA Sectional Tournament: September 30 – October 2, Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave, Watertown, MA

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

For details, go to: https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwop/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20220930_1&wd=1&club=emba

 

District 25 Royal STaC – a special event just for face-to-face clubs,  will be held October 10 – 14, 2022

Royal STaC Masterpoint Awards: 25% gold, 25% red, 25% silver, 25% black
STaC = Sectional Tournament at the Clubs...  Results from all participating clubs will be combined for higher overall awards.
To see the Final Combined Results, go to https://nebridge.org/pages/48/

 

 

 

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

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”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

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