What’s New: 

 

2 New Bridge Lifemasters –

Congratulations to Rita Vachani and Sam Hunt (pictures on Media page) – they have met the challenge. 

We will celebrate with cakes in their honor.  This makes 8 cakes that we have to eat when we get back to live bridge.

 

Covid-19 News –

The club is waiting for news from the State of MA and from Cardinal O'Malley – as to when it might be possible to reopen for “live” bridge.

After the clubs return to live bridge, the ACBL is anticipating that there will remain a strong ACBL presence on BBO.  Details are not yet known.

 

In the meantime, the renovations are continuing in the lower church.  We should reach 95% complete in 2 weeks.

What changes are being made: an additional Women’s Restroom is being added, updates have been made to the existing restrooms,

new LED lighting replacing all lights in the playing area, new bridge timers combined with a public address system have been added,

and old carpets/ceramic floors have been replaced with new flooring. (see photo on Media page).

 

For those that are interested, FFBC has not been offered (nor would we accept) any funds from the Covid Financial Recovery bills.

 

Volunteers Wanted –

I am seeking 4 to 6 volunteers to work for 2 to 3 hours, Saturday, April 17, from 12:30 to as late as 3:30 PM.

You are needed to help vacuum, shampoo, and repair the approx. 200 bridge chairs in the lower church.

In exchange for your assistance, you will receive financial compensation for your time and my eternal gratitude.

 

ACBL Stardust Week (Mon.-Sun., Mar. 22-28) –  features double points at 25% Gold and 75% black.

Note:  ACBL charges the club additional fees for these games. All games will cost $ 8.00 during this week.

 

Other:

 

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.

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

FFBC is fortunate to be associated with 2 of the best bridge teachers in the Boston area.

Think about playing in the North American Bridge Championship in Providence, RI (July 15-25, 2022).  This prestigious event only comes to the New England area every 8 years and you can be part of it.

 

Now is the time to seize the opportunity to improve your game.  Success is just around the corner…

 

2021 Bridge Lessons with Elizabeth Gompels (elibridge101@outlook.com ) :

 

Improve Your Declarer Play -  will start up online on Monday, March 22. It is a six-week series focused on Declarer Play and improving your Bridge-thinking skills.

We meet via Zoom Monday afternoons mornings from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Registration is via Prescott School Community Center [ https://prescottscc.org/shop/ ].

 

Here is the syllabus:

March 22 - Declarer's P.L.A.N.

March 29 - Take a Finesse, Part 1

April 5 - Take a Finesse, Part 2

April 12 - Defense: Leads & Signals

**No class April 19**

April 27 - Managing Entries

May 1 - Putting It All Together

 

Tuition for 6-class series: $109 includes comprehensive handouts.

 

Improve Your Bidding Skills -  Bidding Refresher mini-course will begin online Tuesday, April 6 and

meet weekly for four sessions on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, April 6, 13, 27 and May 4 (no class 04/20).

Come join us online to practice and Play Bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game.

Each session will begin with a review of Bidding Guidelines via Zoom.

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

You will “sit” at an online table with classmates, bid and play a series of prepared deals to practice the techniques presented.  Get your questions answered and receive help in real-time. This is a wonderful opportunity for Bridge players who would like a refresher to improve and hone their bidding skills.

The atmosphere will be fun, friendly and relaxed. Tuition is $79.

 

Registration is via Arlington Community Education. Watch for the Spring Catalog [https://www.arlingtoncommunityed.org/ ].

 

 

Improve Your Defense - Defender mini-course will begin online Tuesday, May 11 and meet weekly for four sessions on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, May 11, 18, 25 and June 1.

Come join us online to practice and Play Bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game.

Each session will begin with a brief lesson on Defense via Zoom.

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

You will “sit” at an online table with classmates, bid and play a series of prepared deals to practice the techniques presented.

Get your questions answered and receive help in real-time.

This is a wonderful opportunity for beginner course graduates and advanced beginners to improve and hone their defensive skills.

The atmosphere will be fun, friendly and relaxed. Tuition is $79.

 

Registration is via Arlington Community Education. Watch for the Spring Catalog [https://www.arlingtoncommunityed.org/ ].

 

Beginner – Learn Bridge - will start up online Tuesday, April 6. It is an eight-week series introducing players to the basics of bidding, play, and defense.

We meet weekly via Zoom Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 AM.  Registration is via Arlington Community Education.

Watch for the Spring Catalog [https://www.arlingtoncommunityed.org/ ].

Here is the syllabus:

·     Week 1 – Introduction to Bridge

·     Week 2 - Bidding to Win (Part 1)

**No class 04/20**

·     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).

 

 

 

2021 Bridge Lessons at FFBC with Kim Gilman (kgilman11@gmail.com ):

 

Topics/Highlights:

Bidding in Competitive Auctions

Thinking Slam!

The Next Level (of Bidding – How to win more often)

Become an Expert Defender [Intermediate Level w/Zach Grossack (National Champion)]

Kim’s Learning Games (Play bridge with special “topic” hands)

2-Over-1 – Game Forcing (coming in June)

 

So many opportunities…  Click https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes  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.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

 

 

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

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What’s New: 

 

Free gift for you:  52 Facts of Bridge Life by Eddie Kantar (see attached). 

How many of these facts can you say, “Yes, I knew that!”?

What about your partner?  How many do they know?

 

Bridge for Newer Players: Unique Opportunities to Play and Learn Bridge (see attached posters)

You will love the atmosphere, the format….  everything about these 2 events.

 

ACBL Educational Foundation Week (Mon.-Sun., Feb. 22-28) -- features double points at 100% black.

Some of the great work done by the foundation includes:

  • Awarding grants for bridge education programs and camps

  • Partnering with the ACBL Online Teacher Certification Program

  • Supporting players at the Collegiate Bridge Bowl

  • Providing grants for new online games including Tricky Bridge and Trickster Bridge

  • Teaching military recruits at army bases LBIAD?

  • Testing an initiative to teach students bridge at Boys and Girls Clubs in Illinois

Note:  ACBL charges the club additional fees which will be donated to the ACBL Educational Foundation. All games will cost $ 8.00 during this week.

Other:

 

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.

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

FFBC is fortunate to be associated with 2 of the best bridge teachers in the Boston area.

Think about playing in the North American Bridge Championship in Providence, RI (July 15-25).

This prestigious event only comes to the New England area every 8 years and you can be part of it.

Now is the time to seize the opportunity to improve your game.  Success is just around the corner…

 

2021 Bridge Lessons with Elizabeth Gompels (elibridge101@outlook.com ) :

 

Improve Your Declarer Play -  will start up online on Monday, March 22. It is a six-week series focused on Declarer Play and improving your Bridge-thinking skills.

We meet via Zoom Monday afternoons mornings from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Registration is via Prescott School Community Center [ https://prescottscc.org/shop/ ].

 

Here is the syllabus:

  • March 22 - Declarer's P.L.A.N.

  • March 29 - Take a Finesse, Part 1

  • April 5 - Take a Finesse, Part 2

  • April 12 - Defense: Leads & Signals

**No class April 19**

  • April 27 - Managing Entries

  • May 1 - Putting It All Together

 

Tuition for 6-class series: $109 includes comprehensive handouts.

 

Improve Your Bidding Skills -  Bidding Refresher mini-course will begin online Tuesday, April 6 and

meet weekly for four sessions on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, April 6, 13, 27 and May 4 (no class 04/20).

Come join us online to practice and Play Bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game.

Each session will begin with a review of Bidding Guidelines via Zoom.

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

You will “sit” at an online table with classmates, bid and play a series of prepared deals to practice the techniques presented.  Get your questions answered and receive help in real-time. This is a wonderful opportunity for Bridge players who would like a refresher to improve and hone their bidding skills.

The atmosphere will be fun, friendly and relaxed. Tuition is $79.

 

Registration is via Arlington Community Education. Watch for the Spring Catalog [https://www.arlingtoncommunityed.org/ ].

 

 

Improve Your Defense - Defender mini-course will begin online Tuesday, May 11 and meet weekly for four sessions on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, May 11, 18, 25 and June 1.

Come join us online to practice and Play Bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game.

Each session will begin with a brief lesson on Defense via Zoom.

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

You will “sit” at an online table with classmates, bid and play a series of prepared deals to practice the techniques presented.

Get your questions answered and receive help in real-time.

This is a wonderful opportunity for beginner course graduates and advanced beginners to improve and hone their defensive skills.

The atmosphere will be fun, friendly and relaxed. Tuition is $79.

 

Registration is via Arlington Community Education. Watch for the Spring Catalog [https://www.arlingtoncommunityed.org/ ].

 

Beginner – Learn Bridge - will start up online Tuesday, April 6. It is an eight-week series introducing players to the basics of bidding, play, and defense.

We meet weekly via Zoom Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 AM.  Registration is via Arlington Community Education.

Watch for the Spring Catalog [https://www.arlingtoncommunityed.org/ ].

Here is the syllabus:

·     Week 1 – Introduction to Bridge

·     Week 2 - Bidding to Win (Part 1)

**No class 04/20**

·     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).

 

 

 

2021 Bridge Lessons at FFBC with Kim Gilman (kgilman11@gmail.com ):

 

Topics/Highlights:

Bidding in Competitive Auctions

Thinking Slam!

The Next Level (of Bidding – How to win more often)

Become an Expert Defender [Intermediate Level w/Zach Grossack (National Champion)]

Kim’s Learning Games (Play bridge with special “topic” hands)

2-Over-1 – Game Forcing (coming in June)

 

So many opportunities…  Click https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes  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.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

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