WHAT"S NEW

 

First thing – Happy Holidays to you and your families.  I hope that 2021 be a

wonderful year for all of us.

Your bridge holiday “gift” from FFBC is attached – and it comes with no “strings” attached.

 

FYI: Renovations of the lower church at St Camillus have reached 50% complete.  Pictures coming soon….

 

ACBL awarding more Silver masterpoints:

Silver Linings Week (January 18-24, 2021) – seven days of stratified events and chances to win Silver masterpoints all day long.

See the link: https://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/play/2021_Online_Event_Schedule.pdf   for 2021 BBO Event calendar.

 

 

Charitable Donations by FFBC:

At this time of year, FFBC supports charities that make a big difference to children in the Boston area.

FFBC has kick-started the 2 charities with checks for $ 500 each.  You can help via credit card or check.

Make out your check payable to the charity that you prefer and you will retain any possible tax deduction for 2020.

 

  1. The Waltham Boys & Girls Club, which many of you are familiar with from our prior support to them. Without financial support from the City of Waltham, they provide meals to children during the summer and other school vacations.  “Our food program provides a free meal to any youth 18 years or younger year round. The program is open to any youth in the community regardless of their membership. During the summer months, the Club prepares and distributes free healthy lunches throughout many sites around Waltham. This summer all meals are Grab & Go to be taken with you- please no congregating at the Food Site. Caregivers may pick up meals for their children. Fun Giveaways and Raffles will be announced throughout the summer! During the school year, the Club serves a hot dinner every weekday from 4-6pm. Any youth 18 years or younger is welcome to a free and nutritious meal!”

To see all the programs they offer or make a donation, please visit their website https://walthambgc.org/

 

  1. REACH, which provides safety and support to survivors of abuse, and works to end domestic violence.  Here is more info from Muggsie Rocco, who retired from there: "REACH runs a wonderful holiday gift program for domestic violence survivors, providing gifts for over 200 local families. I've seen firsthand what a huge difference the program makes. Many parents would not have been able to give their kids even one gift, if not for the generosity of people supporting this program. Because of COVID-19, Reach has made the decision to change certain aspects of the REACH Holiday Gift Program and focus the program solely on donations of Target gift cards.  We are hoping to provide $100 worth of Target gift cards for each person we are working with.  Donors can make a donation through our website for the Holiday Gift Program and we will purchase the gift cards on your behalf. (Please note, Reach is not able to accept e-gift cards).”  To donate, go to https://reachma.salsalabs.org/donatetoreach/index.html and choose “Holiday Gift Program” under “I want my gift to go towards:”.  You can also choose “In Honor of” --“FFBC Bridge Club”.  If you want more information, you can contact Muggsie ( <mugsroc@comcast.net> )

 

Forming small groups for casual play:

Contact Elizabeth at elibridge101@outlook.com if you are interested in joining with others to play bridge for fun and practice.

Each group will decide when and how often you will play. Elizabeth will make the introductions and assist with setup if you would like help getting started.

We have received positive feedback from players and former students.   

If you are looking for partners in competitive play or for virtual club games, Elizabeth will be happy to assist you too.

 

BBO Goals for FFBC… 

Let's all keep trying to make our online world the friendliest world it can be. Here are some thoughts:

--- Introduce yourself at the beginning of a round

--- Include your name in your BBO profile – Please, it is just like wearing your badge at the club

--- Have a convention card filled out with your partner

--- Over Alert your bids - remember your partner does not see your alerts, so feel free to elaborate to your opponents

 

If you are not sure how to Alert, how to Fill Out a Convention Card or anything else on BBO, please send me an email.  

I have many ways to assist you with your BBO questions.

 

 

+ Bridge Lessons being offered….

 

 

Bridge Classes with Kim Gilman (Online): 

Her lessons are designed for several bridge levels – from Beginner to Intermediate.

See attached .pdf file for complete details of her winter classes, or go to http://www.bridgewithkim.com/

 

 

Bridge Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (Online): 

 

BEGINNER CLASSES: You will play Bridge every session.

All classes are highly interactive in a relaxed environment, allowing you to have fun, learn, and meet new friends.

Contact Elizabeth at  elibridge101@outlook.com with any questions.

LEARN BRIDGE:

… will start up online Monday, January 4. It is an eight-week series introducing players to the basics of bidding, play, and defense.

We meet via Zoom Monday afternoons, 1:30 to 3:30 PM. 

Registration is now open at Arlington Community Education   https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/532/winter-2021/learn-bridge

Here is the syllabus:

Week 1 – Introduction to Bridge

Week 2 - Bidding to Win (Part 1)

Week 3 - Bidding to Win (Part 2)

Week 4 - Defensive Bidding - Overcalls, etc.

Week 5 - Opening Leads - Defensive Play

Week 6 - Opening NT Bids and Responses

Week 7 - Opening Preemptive Bids

Week 8 - Bidding to Slam

Tuition for 8-class series: $159, includes comprehensive handouts.

The optional textbook “Easybridge” may be purchased from the instructor (cost is $18, includes shipping).

 

PLAY BRIDGE: 

… will start up online Tuesday, January 26. It is a six-week series focused on Declarer Play and improving your Bridge-thinking skills.

We meet via Zoom Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 PM or Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Registration opens November 23 at Arlington Community Education https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/354/winter-2021/play-bridge.

Tuition for 5-class series: $119 includes comprehensive handouts.

 

Here is the syllabus:

Week 1 - Declarer's P.L.A.N.

Week 2  - Creating Winners, Eliminating Losers

Week 3  - All About the Finesse

No class - School Vacation Week

Week 4 - Defense: Leads & Signals

Week 5 - Managing Entries

Week 6 - Putting It All Together

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

Thanksgiving Day (11/26):

  Schedule change –  On this day only, FFBC is offering only a single bridge game at 10:30 AM, open to all of our members.

 

ACBL Gold Masterpoints:

ACBL Stardust Week is from Monday thru Sunday, 11/23 thru 11/29, in all Virtual Club events.  All games will award double regular club rating masterpoints, and awards will be ¼ gold, ¾ black. For these “special” games, FFBC will be charging $ 1.00 additional per player.

 

Charitable Donations by FFBC:

At this time of year, FFBC supports charities that make a big difference to children in the Boston area.

FFBC has kick-started the 2 charities with checks for $ 400 each.  You can help.

Make out your check payable to the charity that you prefer and you will retain any possible tax deduction for 2020.

 

  1. The Waltham Boys & Girls Club, which many of you are familiar with from our prior support to them. Without financial support from the City of Waltham, they provide meals to children during the summer and other school vacations.  “Our food program provides a free meal to any youth 18 years or younger year round. The program is open to any youth in the community regardless of their membership. During the summer months, the Club prepares and distributes free healthy lunches throughout many sites around Waltham. This summer all meals are Grab & Go to be taken with you- please no congregating at the Food Site. Caregivers may pick up meals for their children. Fun Giveaways and Raffles will be announced throughout the summer! During the school year, the Club serves a hot dinner every weekday from 4-6pm. Any youth 18 years or younger is welcome to a free and nutritious meal!”

To see all the programs they offer or make a donation, please visit their website https://walthambgc.org/

 

  1. REACH, which provides safety and support to survivors of abuse, and works to end domestic violence.  Here is more info from Muggsie Rocco, who retired from there: "REACH runs a wonderful holiday gift program for domestic violence survivors, providing gifts for over 200 local families. I've seen firsthand what a huge difference the program makes. Many parents would not have been able to give their kids even one gift, if not for the generosity of people supporting this program. Because of COVID-19, Reach has made the decision to change certain aspects of the REACH Holiday Gift Program and focus the program solely on donations of Target gift cards.  We are hoping to provide $100 worth of Target gift cards for each person we are working with.  Donors can make a donation through our website for the Holiday Gift Program and we will purchase the gift cards on your behalf. (Please note, Reach is not able to accept e-gift cards).”  To donate, go to https://reachma.salsalabs.org/donatetoreach/index.html and choose “Holiday Gift Program” under “I want my gift to go towards:”.  You can also choose “In Honor of” --“FFBC Bridge Club”.  If you want more information, you can contact Muggsie ( <mugsroc@comcast.net> )

 

Mysterious Abbreviations in BBO:  See attached .PDF to view the BBO Dictionary

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

BEGINNER CLASSES with Elizabeth Gompels: You will play Bridge every session. All classes are highly interactive in a relaxed environment, allowing you to have fun, learn and meet new friends. Contact Elizabeth at elibridge101@outlook.com with any questions.

 

LEARN BRIDGE will start up online Monday, January 4. It is an eight-week series introducing players to the basics of bidding, play and defense. We meet via Zoom Monday afternoons, 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Registration will open shortly at Prescott School Community Center https://prescottscc.org/catalog/ . Here is the syllabus:

  • Week 1 – Introduction to Bridge

  • Week 2 - Bidding to Win (Part 1)

  • Week 3 - Bidding to Win (Part 2)

  • Week 4 - Defensive Bidding - Overcalls, etc.

  • Week 5 - Opening Leads - Defensive Play

  • Week 6 - Opening NT Bids and Responses

  • Week 7 - Opening Preemptive Bids

  • Week 8 - Bidding to Slam

Tuition for 8-class series: $145 includes comprehensive handouts. Optional textbook “Easybridge” may be purchased from the instructor (cost is $18, includes shipping).

 

PLAY BRIDGE will start up online Tuesday, January 26. It is a six-week series focused on Declarer Play and improving your Bridge-thinking skills. We meet via Zoom Tuesday mornings 9:30 to 11:30 PM or Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Registration opens November 23 at Arlington Community Education https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/ . Here is the syllabus:

 

  • Week 1 - Declarer's P.L.A.N.

  • Week 2  - Creating Winners, Eliminating Losers

  • Week 3  - All About the Finesse

  • No class - School Vacation Week

  • Week 4 - Defense: Leads & Signals

  • Week 5 - Managing Entries

  • Week 6 - Putting It All Together

 

Tuition for 5-class series: $119 includes comprehensive handouts.

 

 

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What’s New: 

  1. International match vs St Albans Bridge Club, England

A lot of favorable comments about the last event, so we will have a rematch on

Our 12 teams will be selected by lottery from the many teams that might be interested in playing on that day.

More information will be provided later this month.

 

    2.  International Round Robin Matches vs English, Irish, Dutch, and South African Bridge Teams

It begins this Sunday, Oct 4, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Our 5 teams will be competing in friendly matches with bridge players around the world.  Kibitzers are Allowed.

Watch the matches by clicking on a Captain’s BBO Username – but please no Chatting with the players. Silence is golden in this situation.  The results will be posted on the FFBC webpage.  The Captains = Ronnie Fuchs (Ronnie M), Marshall Williams (secondgent),  Tom Shea (patriotfan), Judy Siemen (judys232) & Michael Williams (mdrtmjw)

 

  1. ACBL awarding more Gold masterpoints:

Fall into Bridge (October 15-18, 2020) – four days of stratified events and chances to win gold points all day long.

See the event schedule at acbl.org/virtual for details and check the FAQ for more information on participation.
 

October is Club Appreciation Month – Where clubs award higher match point awards and some awards are Gold Masterpoints.

Games are during the week of October 26 thru November 1.  Watch your Email for announcements by the ACBL for these special games.

 

  1. New Time for Beginner Game-- is on Wednesday nights with post-game discussion. This 7:25 PM game is for novices thru advancing beginners. We play 12 boards and have a Zoom conference after the game to review the hands.  Co-hosted by Family Friendly Bridge Club and The DBC of Winchester. Registration opens at 5:25 PM on Wednesdays, early sign up encouraged.  Any questions?  Contact, Elizabeth at elibridge101@outlook.com

 

  1. Forming small groups for casual play:

Contact Elizabeth at elibridge101@outlook.com if you are interested in joining with others to play bridge for fun and practice.

Each group will decide when and how often you will play. Elizabeth will make the introductions and assist with setup if you would like help getting started.

We have received positive feedback from players and former students.   

If you are looking for partners in competitive play or for virtual club games, Elizabeth will be happy to assist you too.

 

BBO Facts…  (for those that missed this last month)

  1. A recent change to the BBO/ACBL interface has resulted in inaccuracies re: How many ACBL masterpoints did I win?

The answer is that the masterpoints posted in “ACBL Live” are the accurate results for all of our games.

The numbers shown by the BBO are usually lower than the actual masterpoints awarded at the ACBL level.

 

  1. BBO Tips I borrowed from 7NTWorld (with permission) --

 

Let's all keep trying to make our online world the friendliest world it can be. Here are some thoughts:

--- Introduce yourself at the beginning of a round

--- Include your name in your BBO profile – Please, it is just like wearing your badge at the club

--- Have a convention card filled out with your partner

--- Over Alert your bids - remember your partner does not see your alerts, so feel free to elaborate to your opponents

 

If you are not sure how to Alert, how to Fill Out a Convention Card or anything else on BBO, check out the BBO Help Page.  

You will find documents and videos describing most of the common BBO questions.

 

 

+ Bridge Lessons being offered….

 

 

 

 

 

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