Hi Everyone,



Beginner Bridge Lessons start this week.  Share the fun with one or more of
your friends..



Learn How to Play Bridge (invite your friends)…  LEARN BRIDGE will start-up
in September – eight-week series introducing players to the basics of
bidding, play, and defense.

Tuition includes comprehensive handouts each week. The optional textbook
“Easybridge!” by Edith McMullin may be purchased from the instructor at the
first class.

For the evening course (Wed- start: Sept 29):  Registration is via
Arlington Community Education.   Go to
https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/1047/fall-2021/learn-bridge .

For the daytime course (Wed- start: Sept 29):   Registration – Go to
https://prescottscc.org/product/learn-to-play-bridge/



Important:



Congratulations to our newest Life Master, Kate Sears…  attached is her
picture..  her hard work has paid off.



BBO Schedule Change:  The Tuesday Evening Game on BBO is officially
cancelled due to lack of attendance.  The Tuesday Evening game, 6:30 to 9:00
PM at St Camillus, Arlington continues on.



Columbus Day, Monday, October 11 – Yes, there will be a game at St
Camillus, Arlington at 12:30 PM and a game on BBO at 12:40 PM.



2021 Harvest Regional: scheduled November 2 thru November 7 in Mansfield,
MA has been canceled by ACBL District 25.



Elections for EMBA Board of directors:  We have 5 members nominated for
election: Carolyn Bitetti, Hardin Matthews (Incumbent),

Stan Pilch, Muggsie Rocco, and Tom Shea.  Be sure to vote for your
favorite(s) in the month of October.  Go to https://acblemba.org/ to vote.



EMBA Fall Sectional Tournament: October 1 - 3, Watertown, MA; ACBL requires
proof of full Covid vaccination for all attending the tournament.

We will be checking vaccination cards for everyone,  Mask use will be
encouraged, and may be required if the ACBL or local regulations require
their use. 

Prepackaged snacks and beverages will be provided.  We plan to offer
sandwiches and salad for purchase for both Saturday and Sunday, but without
open condiments.

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.
Location is Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave, Watertown, MA

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



Schedule of Events:

Friday, Open Pairs, 7:30 PM

Saturday, Open Pairs, 2 single Sessions, 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM

Saturday, 0 – 299er Pairs, 2 single Sessions, 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM

Sunday , Open Swiss Teams, 2 Sessions, 10:30 AM (until 6:00 PM approx.)

Sunday , 0 – 299er Swiss Teams, 1 Session/4 matches, 10:30 AM (until 2:00
PM approx.)



Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Week:  All Virtual Club games on BBO
(including FFBC) from October 11 thru October 17 will award “Black
masterpoints at 2X the usual awards”. 

There is NO extra charge to the players for these games.



“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.

The last number I heard was that 85% of persons over 65 years old are fully
vaccinated.

Note: Towns of Arlington & Belmont have implemented a policy to require
masks for all individuals entering public buildings (includes St Camillus &
Beech St Center).





For Newer Players:



Opportunities to Play Bridge:



At St Camillus Church, Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 20 minute lesson at
beginning of session, “Restricted”, must be Skill Level = Novice or
Beginner.

There will be more opportunities available after Sept 1 – Games restricted
to new players only.  Look for the announcements in the future.



Lessons starting in September:



FFBC Classes - Teacher is Elizabeth Gompels, < <mailto:eli413@lycos.com>
elibridge101@outlook.com>.



Improve Your Bidding… BIDDING REFRESHER mini-course will begin on September
28 at St Camillus location and meet weekly for four two-hour sessions.

Topics include Opening & Responding, Overcalls & Takeout Doubles, Stayman &
Jacoby Transfers, and Strong 2C & Blackwood.

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 beginners who want to improve and
hone their bidding skills.

To register, go to
https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/1048/fall-2021/play-bridge



Improve Your Defense… Play Bridge – DEFENSE mini-course will begin on
October 26 at St Camillus location and meet weekly for four two-hour
sessions.

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

You will bid and play a series of prepared deals with your classmates to
practice the techniques presented.

This is a great opportunity for beginner course graduates and advanced
beginners to develop their defensive skills and fierce defender mindset.

Get your questions answered and receive help in real-time.  To register:
go to https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/1048/fall-2021/play-bridge



Learn How to Play Bridge (invite your friends)…  LEARN BRIDGE will start-up
in September – eight-week series introducing players to the basics of
bidding, play, and defense.

Tuition includes comprehensive handouts each week. The optional textbook
“Easybridge!” by Edith McMullin may be purchased from the instructor at the
first class.

For the evening course (Wed- start: Sept 29):  Registration is via
Arlington Community Education.   Go to
https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/1047/fall-2021/learn-bridge .

For the daytime course (Wed- start: Sept 29):   Registration – Go to
https://prescottscc.org/product/learn-to-play-bridge/





Other Recommended Classes - Teacher is Kim Gilman, < kgilman11@comcast.net
<mailto:kgilman11@comcast.net>  >.



Kim Gilman has more online classes this Fall for Beginners through Advanced
Players. 

Many players have raved about her classes titled "Dazzling Defense" and
"Bidding in Competitive Auctions" – and they are back!

Players may also be interested in joining an advanced class with Kim's
celebrity guest teachers, Zach Grossack (Monday evenings) or Gavin Wolpert
(Tuesday September 28th);

along with other lessons for improving players. Click here
https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes  for all the details, or visit her
website www.bridgewithkim.com <http://www.bridgewithkim.com> .





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 <http://www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

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Hi Everyone,

 

What’s the bridge news for September?

 

Labor Day:  The Face-to-Face (F2F) game for Monday, September 6 (Labor Day) at St Camillus, Arlington is Cancelled. 

The 12:40 FFBC BBO game will be an “Open” game and will award “2X the usual masterpoints”.  No extra charge for this game.

 

North American Pairs Qualifiers: If your name is listed in the attached pdf (NAP_D25), then you are eligible to compete at the District level to win the opportunity to represent

New England in the ACBL North American Pairs event in Reno, NV. (Spring, 2022).  The competition for reaching the next level will be held on BBO only.

 

Flight A Final will consist of a 2-session qualifying event and a 2-session final. Flight A will be conducted on BBO on October 16th and 17th. The morning sessions will start at 10:00 AM.  A short break will occur each day between sessions; the starting time for the second session each day will be announced by the director at the start of the break between sessions. 

 

Flight C Final will consist of 2-sessions. Both will be conducted on BBO on October 16th.  The morning session will start at 10:00 AM.  A short break will occur between sessions; the starting time for the second session will be announced by the director at the start of the break between sessions.

 

Flight B Final will consist of a 2-session qualifying event and a 2-session final on November 20th and 21st. Both sessions will be conducted on BBO.  The morning sessions will start at 10:00 AM.  A short break will occur between sessions; the starting time for the second session each day will be announced by the director at the start of the break between sessions.

 

ACBL Grand National Teams Event:  Beginning the week of Sept 13 thru Sept 17, players can start qualifying for the Finals of the Grand National Team Event to be held in Providence, RI from July 14 thru July 24, 2022.  After the initial qualifying stage, players will be competing as teams of 4 players.  These qualifying games will award “50% Red/50% Black masterpoints at 2X the usual awards”.  There is an extra charge of $1 per player for these games.

 

Silver Linings Week on BBO:  All Virtual Club games on BBO (including FFBC) from Sept 20 thru Sept 24 will award “100% Silver masterpoints at 2X the usual awards”.  

There is an extra charge of $1 per player for these games.

Hi Everyone,

 

2 more of our sponsored games will be offered “live” in the near future… 

          Belmont game will start “live” on Wednesday, 7/14 – Beech St Center, Belmont

          Winchester game will start “live” on Wednesday night, August 4 – at St Camillus Church, 7 PM

 

Our Schedule of bridge games:

 

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

Tuesday, 7:00 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

 

Wednesday, 7:25 PM, 9 boards, 3 boards per round, 9 minutes per board, “Restricted”

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner, followed by Zoom teacher discussion.

Thursday, 9:40 AM, 12 boards, 3 boards per round, 8 minutes per board, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

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, 20-21 boards, “OPEN” (location=Beech St Center, Belmont)

Wednesday 7:00 PM -- for Winchester DBC, 24 boards, “OPEN”  (Starts on August 4)

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”

 

Thanks to all of you for your support during this transition period.

 

 

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

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