The News about Silver Masterpoints:

 

All BBO Games within ACBL Virtual Club will award Silver Masterpoints at 3 Times the usual rate starting next week (from March 25 thru 31).  This is a great opportunity for players working toward the Lifemaster level.  The ACBL is helping you and helping themselves – financially.  The ACBL fee for these games is significantly higher and I have to pass this cost on to you, the players.  All FFBC BBO games next week will cost $ 9.00 per player, up from our current player fee of $ 7.00.

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 7:00 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Wednesday 7:15 PM  -- for Winchester DBC.

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 3 boards per round, 9 minutes per board, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

 

 

Names for BBO Please: If you believe in the spirit of FFBC, please modify your BBO Profiles and add/change your “Real Name” to something your friends can recognize.  You can put your entire name or just “Nancy H”.  You can think of it as wearing your name badge at St Camillus.

 

 

Complaints About Other Players:  I heard more complaints today than I have ever heard in one game – please stop.  I have had it.  I have finally lost my patience.  None of you are the 2nd coming of Oswald Jacoby.   If you are, you should not be playing in this bridge game.  This bridge game is for human beings that play bridge and make mistakes.  Every single one of us is learning what it means to play bridge on the BBO website.  Some of us learn quickly and some of us don’t, but we are all trying to improve – even the Directors. 

 

So what happened today? 

  1. “I want my score adjusted.  The opponents were too slow and we couldn’t finish a board.  We didn’t call the Director, but that shouldn’t matter”.

  2. “I asked the opponents the meaning of a bid, but they wouldn’t answer (or maybe they didn’t know how to answer).  I never got the information I asked for.  It delayed the playing of the hand, so that I didn’t get to finish the hand.  I want my score adjusted.”

  3. “We kept telling the player to play a card.  She said my keyboard is frozen.  We told her to logout/login.  By the time the table was finally told that the reason she couldn’t play a card was that she was dummy, they had wasted a lot of time.  Her partner was the declarer.”

  4. “Both sides were slow playing the first 2 boards.  Time expired and the third board was taken away after the first trick had been played.  I am positive that I would have made my 5 Club Contract, and I want my score adjusted.

 

Please read and understand the following:

 

To call the Director, there is a blue box in the top left corner with 3 white bars.  Click on the box, call director and type in opponent is not answering my question.  The director will come to the table and resolve.  I want all my players to call the director for any irregularity.  We don’t want players making their own rulings at the table – especially when they complain about it later.

 

To inquire about a bid: you can click on the bid in question, then type “What is your agreement about this bid?”. 

The opponent’s response will go to you alone.  If there is a problem at this point, call the Director.

Please do not type any explanations/alerts to Table Chat, where your partner can see.

Doing so risks the receiving of an adjusted score -  if “damage to opponents” is found from the

“unauthorized info” being passed in the Table Chat.

 

Alert your bids: If opponents have special agreements and they properly Alert them, you will see the bid with an explanation on the top right of your green table area.  Note: the partner does not see the explanation, but you and your partner do see the explanation.  If you need further information, click on the bid as in the paragraph above.  Note: Failure to Alert a “special agreement” can result in an adjusted score that will benefit the injured parties.  But ACBL has determined that bids higher than 3 NT do not require “Alerts” - because it is better to ask for explanations of these bids at the end of the auction.  You can still ask questions about any specific bid, especially if you are considering to make a bid.

 

Slow Play:  If you encounter a “slow player”, be kind because they may be new to BBO.  If you feel there will be a “time problem”

by the end of the round, please call the Director.  If you don’t call the Director, don’t complain about it later. The Director will now be aware of the problem, and will probably monitor the table.  If you are consistently a “slow player” over more than 1 table, the Director has the duty to penalize you for “Slow Play” and points can be taken away from you.  “Slow Play” is penalized at physical clubs in the same way.

 

 

Free Bridge Lesson, Mark Your Calendars:

Saturday, June 6, 9:15 - 10:00 AM

 

National Champion, Kevin Wilson of Knoxville, TN was scheduled to visit our club a few weeks ago to teach an all-day seminar. He is looking forward to rescheduling that seminar once our club is open again. Meanwhile, he has generously offered a FREE ONLINE LESSON on "Fitting Honors" for our players on June 6th.  Kevin is an excellent teacher; don't miss this!

 

Fitting Honors:  Learn how to re-evaluate and upgrade your hand if your honor cards fit well with partner. Reach games and slams others don't reach…or stay out of bad ones others might bid and go down!  It all depends on WHERE your points are!

 

To connect to this lesson:

Log in in to BBO and add grypho as a friend (that's Kevin).

Here's how: Find the People tab, at the bottom or right of your screen, and click on it. Then at the bottom there is a place to Add a Friend. Type grypho in the blank line, and then click Add Friend.

At 9:00 AM on June 6th, grypho (Kevin) will open a teaching table on BBO. To get to the table, again go to your People tab, click on his BBO name, and then a pop-up box will appear. From that pop-up box click Join in the upper right.  You will be instantly taken to the Lesson! You must be on the BBO home page (NOT in the Casual section) or the "Join" button will not be an option. If you don't see it, logout and then log back on and then click on grypho.

 

This will be a voice presentation so you will need to have speakers, so turn them on before it begins. This is also intended as a discussion so you are welcome to ask questions and participate!   If you have any questions before class, e-mail Kim Gilman at kgilman11@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi everyone,

 

Thank you for joining us to play bridge online, and in numbers exceeding our previous table counts.  Although I cannot see you, I recognize each and every one of you by name (I am learning your BBO usernames too!).  It means a lot to me to see the Family Friendly Bridge community come together.

 

We have to face it, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the future of bridge clubs forever.

Although we don’t know when, I believe bridge clubs will reopen and improvements to our playing area will be required to insure the safety of every player.

 

I have been discussing this situation with the club’s directors and your Player Committee.

The group consensus was that the club must be prepared for the future, and the possible changes that will be required.

To have the funds needed for the changes, Family Friendly Bridge Club will increase the fee for playing in our BBO games.

 

Effective on Monday, May 18, the fee for playing in an Open FFBC game on BBO will increase from $ 5.00 to $ 7.00.

Note: This is a temporary change.  Fee will go back to $ 5.00 when we have sufficient funds for these renovations.

 

This $ 2.00 increase will be set aside as a separate fund to be monitored and controlled by the Player Committee.

This money will be used to pay for all necessary improvements to the club’s playing area in the lower church.

We need to be able to totally sanitize all of our areas.  The bathrooms will be remodeled – new floors, stalls, lighting, etc. 

Similar improvements would be made to the kitchen area and to what I call the playing area.

The church has said that it is willing to let the renovations happen, but they don’t have any funds to pay for building improvements at this time.

 

I don’t know when we will be back at St Camillus, but I’m confident it will happen someday.

I’d like us to come back to a better physical facility and we will.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

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Regarding our games on BBO:

 

The usual peak online attendance for BBO was 20,000 to 25,000 players before the pandemic.

Last Friday afternoon, attendance was between 50,000 and 55,000 players, and this is the new “normal”.

BBO is investigating new equipment to handle all of this new activity, but they are having problems with lost internet connections, etc.

 

If you lose your connection, please log back in again.  BBO will bring you back to your table.

If your keyboard seems frozen, this can be a momentary problem that the servers are very busy.

What should you do?   Send a “Chat” to your table that “Keyboard is Stuck”, and wait at least 30 seconds.

You can also “Call for the Director”, so they are aware also.  You should be reluctant to “logout/login” – it will take longer.

 

Last Friday, the game/tournament was delayed over 7 minutes…. Waiting for at least 10 missing players to “log back in”.

I won’t delay the game/tournament in the future.  It is your responsibility to be online and waiting when game time arrives.

If you are late logging in, the game will start without you and your BB$ will NOT be charged.

 

From now on, I’m expecting all of the players in a game to be online at least 15 minutes before game time.

If your partner is not online, our wonderful directors will probably notify you – so you can call them.

 

Other BBO Stuff:

 

  1. To save playing time and computer resources, “Claim” when it is reasonable – instead of playing it all the way out.

  2. Please fill in your name in your BBO profile.  It is more fun for all to know who is playing.  Use “David A”, etc

  3. Check your ACBL number – else you won’t get the masterpoints that you win. Click “ACBL World” on 1st screen – then “Update…” at bottom of screen.

  4. If a board is taken away because time expired, it will be adjusted to the most likely final result – NOT always average.  It will only be average if we can’t determine a result.

 

Bridge Lessons are being offered:

 

Teacher: Elizabeth Gompels

 

LEARN BRIDGE is being offered starting Tuesday, April 28. Please freely share the details and registration link with anyone who may be interested.

These beginner bridge lessons are part of Arlington Community Education.  You can register online for these courses and other activities.

 

8 Tuesdays, April 28 to June 16

Section 1: Mornings, 10:00 - 12 noon

Section 2: Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

 

To register online the link is:  https://ace.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=221234

​Any Questions? Please contact Elizabeth at eli413@lycos.com

 

Teacher: Kim Gilman

 

Kim is working to set up online group lessons through Zoom and BBO.

If you would be interested, please send Kim an e-mail letting her know whether you'd like to participate, and what you'd like to see covered.

Write to kgilman11@gmail.com.

 

 

Remembering Mort Speck:

 

The passing of Mort Speck brought back some pleasant memories from those that knew him best:

 

I could not sleep last night (Thu, 4/23) and my head was everywhere.  Mort popped into my thoughts and I was wondering how he was doing.

He was such a nice man.   I’m glad he went peacefully.         From Wendy Jarrett.

 

I remember playing with Mort. In fact, I quote him all the time. The instance I quote him from came from a time he was playing with Wendy Jarrett as his partner and he bid their side up to game and then put down a less than stellar dummy. When Wendy teasingly questioned his judgement he said "I know you like a challenge!" I loved that line and use it all the time when I do the same to my partner.       From Kathy Leafquist

 

This is sad news.. I have known Mort for 40+ years with deep fondness.  He was cute at bridge...his famous word for taking time to plan play of the hand was “ reconnoiter.” He was the only partner that I’ve played with to reach a grand slam and we made it!  I’m relieved to hear that he died peacefully and at home.    From Merry Ray 

 

I had the privilege of driving Mort home sometimes after our bridge games in Arlington. Although Mort’s memory was not good it was patently clear from our conversations that Mort was a gentleman and an all-around classy guy.  Just a terrible sense of loss.  From Carolyn Bittetti

 

I wish goood health to everyone during these trying times.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

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Hi everyone,

 

I received a message from Gayle Speck (Mort’s wife):

 

“I want to let you know that Mort died on Tuesday (4/21).  He had had a stroke the previous Wednesday.  He died peacefully at home.”

 

It was about a year ago that Mort Speck, famous Belmont orthodontist /jazz clarinetist, retired from bridge playing.

Although in good health at the time, he decided that he had been end-played for the last time.

Mort started playing with us in Belmont in 2012 and his final total was 247 bridge games.

Upon his “retirement”, we sent him a large card signed by so many of his bridge friends (see attached).

 

A highly respected member of our club , Mort loved bridge and his bridge friends.

I will miss Mort…   He was such a kind person, and I’m very glad that he touched my life.

 

If you wish to send a sympathy card:

Gayle Speck

50 Waltham Street, Unit 105

Lexington, MA 02421

 

In Memoriam

Our lives go on without you
But nothing is the same
We have to hide our heartache
When someone speaks your name
Sad are the hearts that loved you
Silent are the tears that fall
Living without you is the hardest part of all

Author Unknown

 

 

 

Hi Everyone,

 

  1. There was a sufficient response - so we have added Tuesday Evening to our list of games on BBO.

  2. ACBL has increased the Masterpoint awards for our BBO games. Now, they are 50% higher than regular club games.

Thanks to every one for supporting our club.

Bob

Summary of Our FFBC Tournaments on BBO:

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 7:00 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 3 boards per round, 9 minutes per board, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, “OPEN”

 

 

Useful BBO Information:

 

In general: Please play “in tempo”, alert your own bids when necessary, and claim when you can.  Be kind to everyone.

 

If you lose your Internet connection, please go back to BBO immediately.  The system will bring you right

back to your table.  Until BBO can upgrade their equipment further, they suffer from “overload” at times.

 

Please fill in your name in your BBO profile.  It is more fun for all to know who you are playing.

If you are concerned about privacy, you can enter just your first name (i.e. Francis X.)

 

If you want to play and you don’t have a partner, use the “Partnership Desk” please.

Click on the “Title of the Tournament” at least 30 minutes before “Start Time”.

Instead of “Registering”, click on “Partnership Desk (xx)” on the line just above the entry request.

Enter you BBO Username and remain on BBO.  Invitations will come to you – which you can accept.

If you choose to not accept an invitation, it is better not to try to explain your decision – just decline.

As the “Start Time” approaches, a Director will send Chat messages to you.  We will do everything we

can to find you a suitable partner.  We are usually 100% successful.

 

Convention Cards: The “Open Chart” and other systems are allowed. 

Your convention card will default to SAYC, if it is not set to something else.

 

If your clock expires and your last board is taken away, the BBO computer will award a final result to the hand.

BBO knows what cards have been played and it will play out the remaining cards to determine the final result. 

If BBO and the Director can’t determine a final result, the final result will be marked “Average” for both sides.

If you disagree with the final result awarded, call the Tournament Director and state your position.

 

To call the Tournament Director:  There's a blue box with 3 white lines  at the top of your table.

Click on “Call Director” and type in the reason.  The Director will come to your table and make a ruling.

You will find other table options in the blue box: checking opponents’ convention card (if they have one), etc.

 

Director call etiquette: Please use the director button and describe what the call is for. When

you text us privately without calling with the button, we have to search for you.

 

If you encounter a “slow player”, be kind because they may be new to BBO.  If you feel there will be a “time problem”

by the end of the round, please call the Director.  The Director will now be aware of the problem, and will probably

monitor the table.  If you are consistently a “slow player” over more than 1 table, the Director has the duty to penalize

you for “Slow Play” and points can be taken away from you.  “Slow Play” is penalized at physical clubs in the same way.

 

To Alert in BBO: We “Self-Alert”: Click on “Alert” in the bidding box area, then type your explanation

in the box provided, and then make your call. This ensures that opponents receive the information

they need about your agreements, and your partner will not see it. This is the exact opposite procedure

to what we do at bridge clubs.

 

To inquire about a bid: I believe(?) you can click on the bid in question, then type

“What is your agreement about this bid?”.  The opponent’s response will go to you alone.

Please do not type any explanations/alerts to Table Chat, where your partner can see.

Doing so risks the receiving of an adjusted score -  if damage to opponents is found from the

“unauthorized info” being passed in the Table Chat.

 

During the game, “misclicks” can happen. “Undos” are not allowed in our BBO games, nor is announcing your

mistakes. When this happens, continue to play the hand and “say nothing”. “Undos” are allowed in private games. 

To avoid the problem of “misclicks”, use your “Account” tab to help you.  Near the top of the column is “Settings”.

Click on it. The settings “ Confirm Bids” and “Confirm Cards” can be turned on.  This means you must confirm all of

your bids and the cards you play, with a second “click”. You can also set “Autoplay Singletons” to help a little.

 

To see your results for your game, check your BBO “History” tab (usually on right edge of computer screen).

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