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….

 

Bridge Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (Online): 

 

Play Bridge, DEFENSE

4 Tuesday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Oct 20 - Nov 17 (no class 11/03)

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

 

Come join us online to practice and Play Bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game. 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. The atmosphere will be fun, friendly and relaxed. Take either mini-course or sign up for both. Appropriate for Beginner course graduates and players returning to the game who would like to brush-up their skills.    For more details and to register: visit https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/122/fall-2020/play-bridge

 

 

Bridge Classes with Kim Gilman (Online):  ( go to http://www.bridgewithkim.com/ )

 

Classes for Advanced Beginners & Up:

 

“Defense, Part 2”  -- 10:00-11:50 AM, Tue. & Fri. mornings, four weeks, 8 classes: Oct. 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13

 

“Bidding in Competitive Auctions” -- 7:00-8:50 PM, Tues. & Thurs. evenings, five weeks, 10 classes: Oct. 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12

 

"Popular Conventions” -- 1:00 - 2:50 PM, Mon. & Wed. afternoons, four weeks, 8 classes: Oct 19, 21, 26, 28, Nov. 2, 4, 9, 11

 

Special Saturday Morning “Learning Games” -- 9:30-11:30, Kim’s Learning Games — with Co-Teacher, Elizabeth Gompels

                                                      Dates: Oct. 10 ($5 intro). Series of five classes: Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14.

 

Classes for Intermediate Players & Up:

 

“Defense, Part 2 for Intermediates” -- 10:00-11:50 AM,  Tue. & Fri. mornings, four weeks, 8 classes:  Oct. 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13

 

Classes with Zach Grossack, (Grand Life Master):

 

Tentative plans for Zach's upcoming classes:   3:30 - 5:15 PM, Thursday afternoons,   Series 2: October 8, 15, 22 “Zach’s Tips for Tops”

 

 

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: 

  1. Results of Bridge Match vs St Albans Bridge Club

The final results are: 

 

For the details: see www.familyfriendlybridge.com ;  To view their website: https://www.bridgewebs.com/stalbans/  

A lot of favorable comments about the event, and I’ll probably ask to have a rematch sometime in the future.

 

  1. ACBL offers more and more masterpoints:

  2. The first is a one-day event on Labor Day Monday. For this day, all masterpoint awards will be double the regular club rating.  Currently, all BBO games give a 50% bonus, but games on Labor Day will award a 100% bonus instead.  No extra charge to you.

  3. Next will be a full week of Upgraded Club Championship games that will run from Monday, September 21, to Sunday, September 27. For this week, awards will also be doubled like the Labor Day event but with one major difference – the awards will be ¼ gold and ¾ black. This will apply to ALL games including events that are masterpoint limited.  Increased charges from ACBL means FFBC will be charging an additional $ 1.00 for playing in these games.

 

  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.

 

 

+ Bridge Lessons being offered….

 

Bridge Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (Online): 

 

LEARN BRIDGE - Online

8 Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Sept 22 – Nov 17 (no class 11/03)

Over eight weeks, you will learn how to play Bridge, including the basics of Bidding, Play, Scoring, and Bridge Conventions. Online classes include hands-on learning, guided demonstrations, group discussions, and lots of bridge hands to practice techniques. All very fun and highly interactive!

For details and to register: visit https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/120/fall-2020/learn-bridge

 

Play Bridge, BIDDING REFRESHER

4 Friday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Sept 22 - Oct 13

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

 

Play Bridge, DEFENSE

4 Friday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Oct 20 - Nov 17 (no class 11/03)

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

 

Come join us online to practice and Play Bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game. 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. The atmosphere will be fun, friendly and relaxed. Take either mini-course or sign up for both. Appropriate for Beginner course graduates and players returning to the game who would like to brush-up their skills.    For more details and to register: visit https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/122/fall-2020/play-bridge

 

Bridge Classes with Kim Gilman (Online):  (See attached .pdf file for complete details, or go to http://www.bridgewithkim.com/ )

 

Classes for Advanced Beginners & Up:

 

“Dazzling Defense!” -- 10:00-11:50 AM, Tue. & Fri. mornings, four weeks, 8 classes: Sept. 22, 25, 29, Oct. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16

 

“Defense, Part 2”  -- 10:00-11:50 AM, Tue. & Fri. mornings, four weeks, 8 classes: Oct. 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13

 

“Demon Declarers!” -- 7:00-8:50 PM, Mon. & Wed. evenings, four weeks, 8 classes: Sept. 14, 16, 21, 23, 30, Oct. 5, 7, 12

 

“Bidding in Competitive Auctions” -- 7:00-8:50 PM, Tues. & Thurs. evenings, five weeks, 10 classes: Oct. 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12

 

"Popular Conventions” -- 1:00 - 2:50 PM, Mon. & Wed. afternoons, four weeks, 8 classes: Oct 19, 21, 26, 28, Nov. 2, 4, 9, 11

 

Special Saturday Morning “Learning Games” -- 9:30-11:30, Kim’s Learning Games — with Co-Teacher, Elizabeth Gompels

                                                      Dates: Oct. 10 ($5 intro). Series of five classes: Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14.

 

Classes for Intermediate Players & Up:

 

“Fiendish Declarers” -- 10:00-11:50 AM, Eight weeks, Monday and Wednesday mornings

                                                Option of Mondays only, or Monday + Wednesday

                                                Monday dates: Sept. 14, 21, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9;  Wednesday dates: Sept. 16, 23, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

 

“Defense, Part 2 for Intermediates” -- 10:00-11:50 AM,  Tue. & Fri. mornings, four weeks, 8 classes:  Oct. 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13

 

Classes with Zach Grossack, (Grand Life Master):

 

Tentative plans for Zach's upcoming classes:   3:30 - 5:15 PM, Thursday afternoons,

                                                Series 1: September 10, 17, 24 “Modern Preemptive Bidding”;   Series 2: October 8, 15, 22 “Zach’s Tips for Tops”

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

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Hi everyone,

 

ACBL Update:  In an effort to increase membership, there will be an ACBL offer for FREE membership coming in the near future.

Without an ACBL membership, you are not getting credit for the masterpoints that you may be winning…  Sorry

 

In addition, ACBL is also working on more special games – that offer more gold/silver masterpoints.  In the future, we will even be able to play

 

Team events – Swiss Teams and Knockouts.

 

International Challenge Match:  On Tuesday, August 25, at 2:00 PM, FFBC will participate in a bridge match versus  St Albans Bridge Club (England).  Each of our teams will play 12 or 16 boards (Knockout style- Victory Point Scale) against a comparable level team from the St Albans Club.  Our teams have been formed and we are awaiting further information from St Alban’s.  I am hoping that us non-players will be able to “kibitz” one or more of the matches.

 

St Albans described their approach as:  “The point is not the winning, but rather having fun in these difficult times, and we aim to cover all levels of bridge ability in a match rather than simply choosing the best players.  The lower teams are normally quite weak / near beginners.”  I share their approach/attitude completely and this should be great fun.

 

Sue Kuder Memorial Service:  Many of you received my email re: Sue Kuder’s passing from cancer on 7/22. (Picture attached). 

Her Memorial Service will be held online on August 15 at 11:00 AM via Zoom. (Details attached)

Her cancer was only detected at a very late stage.  Sue was a wonderful person and I will miss her so.

Sue played with us on Thursday mornings (mostly), and we will fondly remember her kind and pleasant manner.

 

Important:  Labor Day, Monday, September 7 – Yes, there will be the usual BBO Game at 12:30 PM.

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Lessons: Our popular teachers are ready – It’s time to improve your bridge skills.

 

Bridge Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (Online): 

 

LEARN BRIDGE - Online

8 Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Sept 22 – Nov 17 (no class 11/03)

Over eight weeks, you will learn how to play Bridge, including the basics of Bidding, Play, Scoring, and Bridge Conventions. Online classes include hands-on learning, guided demonstrations, group discussions, and lots of bridge hands to practice techniques. All very fun and highly interactive!

For details and to register: visit www.arlingtoncomunityed.org

 

Play Bridge, BIDDING REFRESHER

4 Friday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Sept 22 - Oct 13

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

 

Play Bridge, DEFENSE

4 Friday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Oct 20 - Nov 17 (no class 11/03)

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

 

Come join us online to practice and Play Bridge while increasing your confidence and deepening your understanding of the game. 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. The atmosphere will be fun, friendly and relaxed. Take either mini-course or sign up for both. Appropriate for Beginner course graduates and players returning to the game who would like to brush-up their skills.    For more details and to register: visit www.arlingtoncommunityed.org

 

Bridge Classes with Kim Gilman (Online):  (See attached .pdf file for complete details, or go to http://www.bridgewithkim.com/ )

 

Classes for Advanced Beginners & Up:

 

“Dazzling Defense!” -- 10:00-11:50 AM, Tue. & Fri. mornings, four weeks, 8 classes: Sept. 22, 25, 29, Oct. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16

 

“Defense, Part 2”  -- 10:00-11:50 AM, Tue. & Fri. mornings, four weeks, 8 classes: Oct. 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13

 

“Demon Declarers!” -- 7:00-8:50 PM, Mon. & Wed. evenings, four weeks, 8 classes: Sept. 14, 16, 21, 23, 30, Oct. 5, 7, 12

 

“Bidding in Competitive Auctions” -- 7:00-8:50 PM, Tues. & Thurs. evenings, five weeks, 10 classes: Oct. 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12

 

"Popular Conventions” -- 1:00 - 2:50 PM, Mon. & Wed. afternoons, four weeks, 8 classes: Oct 19, 21, 26, 28, Nov. 2, 4, 9, 11

 

Special Saturday Morning “Learning Games” -- 9:30-11:30, Kim’s Learning Games — with Co-Teacher, Elizabeth Gompels

                                                      Dates: Oct. 10 ($5 intro). Series of five classes: Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14.

 

Classes for Intermediate Players & Up:

 

“Fiendish Declarers” -- 10:00-11:50 AM, Eight weeks, Monday and Wednesday mornings

                                                Option of Mondays only, or Monday + Wednesday

                                                Monday dates: Sept. 14, 21, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9;  Wednesday dates: Sept. 16, 23, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

 

“Defense, Part 2 for Intermediates” -- 10:00-11:50 AM,  Tue. & Fri. mornings, four weeks, 8 classes:  Oct. 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13

 

Classes with Zach Grossack, (Grand Life Master):

 

Tentative plans for Zach's upcoming classes:   3:30 - 5:15 PM, Thursday afternoons,

                                                Series 1: September 10, 17, 24 “Modern Preemptive Bidding”;   

                                                Series 2: October 8, 15, 22 “Zach’s Tips for Tops”

 

 

 

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