ALERT:   Friday, March 6 – NO Bridge or Bridge Lesson  A special event is being held in lower church. 

Note: There will be no bridge or bridge lessons during Holy Week, from April 6 thru April 10. 

           There is a game in Belmont, April 8, 9:30 AM.


A Personal Message to the FFBC Family:  I find it hard to express my tremendous gratitude to all of you that reached out to me and my family after the sudden passing of my sister Leona.

She was much loved and will live on in my heart.  Each and every one of us has a bit of sadness for our loved ones that have left us too soon.  May we all be consoled by the love we have for each other.


Save This Date – Tuesday, April 28:  Family Friendly Bridge Club is excited to host two highly-accomplished bridge teachers and players from Knoxville, TN for an all-day seminar.

There will be a two-hour lesson in the morning on "Losing Trick Count and Invitations to Game." In the afternoon, the topic will be "Picking Up the Clues."

Cost will be $30 for a single session or $50 for both. Lunch will be available for $10 on site. Great for players of all levels!

The speakers are Jim Ricker, the ACBL's 2019 Bridge Teacher of the Year, and National Champion Kevin Wilson. More details coming in April!


Playing Tips to Keep Us Moving!

When on lead, make your opening lead before writing the contract down - even before entering in the BridgeMate.

Claim the hand when you can, explaining how you are going to play the cards.  The biggest time culprit is talking about hands that are over.  Do it after the game!

If someone at your table won't stop talking about a hand, it is fine to politely ask them to save the conversation for after the game.

When the round is over, move promptly to the next round.  If you are still playing, be sure to send the finished boards to the next table (or ask someone to get you a board if necessary). 

Practicing these  simple, thoughtful habits will make our games better for everyone!



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.



Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…


Sunday, March 15: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 15 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 10+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or calling me.

Upcoming Dates:  Apr 19, May 17 & Jun 14


Vanderbilt Knockout – March 23 thru 29:  

For those who haven’t see “experts” make mistakes, you can watch them in action at www.bridgebase.com – Schedule: https://web2.acbl.org/nabc/ColumbusFull.pdf

Times are expressed in 24-hour “military” format – Eastern Time zone.  It is all free of charge.   After “logging in”, you can “click on” “VUGRAPH (live broadcasts: (colored yellow when “active”) --- to access these events.

Many of the tables will have “audio commentary” by noted expert players – look for the “Listen” box at the bottom of the screen.


EMBA Spring Sectional Tournament: April 3 - 5, Watertown, MA;  

Separate section for players with less than 300 masterpoints;  0-49 section plays for FREE. Saturday events are scheduled for 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM

Free Pizza for lunch on Sunday…  Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

For further details see  the attached .pdf file…


Extra Masterpoint Games:

Local Club Championship, Monday, March 16, Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, St Camillus, Arlington.

Local Club Championship, Wednesday, March 18, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.



Bridge Lessons:


Bridge Beginner Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (eli413@lycos.com ): 

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 to 8:50 PM, Arlington High School, Arlington, April 14 - June 2 (no class 04/21), Cost for 7 classes:  $179

Friday Mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, St Camillus Church, Arlington, April 17 - June 12 (no class 04/24), Cost for 8 classes:   $169

Sign up on-line with  Arlington Adult Education:  https://ace.asapconnected.com/


2020 Bridge Lessons at FFBC with Kim Gilman

Click https://3bc3d607-4f36-405f-92d9-645ff132a78b.filesusr.com/ugd/f28eb7_1bb7efbcecbd4f74b87d3dcaf880ecad.pdf  for full class details,

including prices, class descriptions, and teacher biographies. Or visit www.bridgewithkim.com.

To register for any class: Please e-mail Kim at kgilman11@gmail.com or call 978-254-5008.


Five Conventions to Know & Love (Apr 14 – May 19), Advanced Beginners & Up, Tuesdays, 10 AM – Noon

Demon Declarers II (Apr 14 – May 19), Intermediates & Up, Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM

Bidding in Competitive Auctions (June 2 – June 30), Advanced Beginners & Up, Tuesdays, 10 AM – Noon

Thinking Slam (June 2 – June 30), Intermediates & Up, Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM


Newcomer Game w/mini-lesson:      

Each session begins with a mini-lesson for about 20 minutes – followed by a Newcomer Duplicate Game of 9 hands/boards. 

This is another educational opportunity, so you can use any notes that you have -- even ask questions when you get "stuck".  

We do allow extra time to play the hands in the Newcomer Game (10 + minutes per hand). 

At the end of each game, the winners will be awarded masterpoints.   Cost is $ 10.

St Camillus, Arlington:  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:40 AM, 9 hands/boards per session.   




Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.



Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484






















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