Important:

 

Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 – Yes, there will be a game in Arlington at 12:30 PM.

No Game on Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day.

 

Change your clocks – Sunday morning, November 3, 2:00 am, fall back one hour.

FFBC Holiday Party – Thursday, Dec 19 (save the date), Italian buffet for lunch at 11:30 AM, followed by 20 board bridge game with door prizes awarded to lucky players.

 

Charitable Donations by FFBC:

FFBC supports charities that make a big difference to children in the Boston area. You can help.

FFBC is contributing 10% of your entry fees in December to two charities that help needy children and families.

 

  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 the “free school lunch” children during the summer and other school vacations…

 

  1. REACH, which provides safety and support to survivors of abuse, and works to end domestic violence.  Here is more 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.

The way it works is each family gives a wish list, with 4 wishes for each family member (usually the kids and the single parent) coming to about $100 / person.

In mid-December, there is a holiday gift party where the gifts and wrapping paper are given to the parents, so that they can give the gifts to their children.

The party includes a holiday meal and activities for the kids.  It is a lot of fun for everyone.  Both as an advocate at REACH and now, when I volunteer to sponsor a family and help with the party,

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."

 

The FFBC committee is currently collecting donations for the charities and you can give your check to Bob or any FFBC Committee Member.

FFBC has kick-started the 2 charities with checks for $ 400 each.  Make out your check to the charity that you prefer and you will retain your tax deduction for 2019.

 

In Memoriam: Our friend, Jeannette Sheils died in September at the age of 93.  Jeannette was a life-long Belmont resident and played weekly at the Belmont Bridge Club for many years. 

She was a dear friend and she will be missed by everyone that knew her.

 

 

Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

 

Harvest Regional & North American Pairs: November 6 – 10, Holiday Inn, Mansfield, MA.

For those who have qualified for North American Pairs during June, July & August (look for your name on attached document),

You can win $$ toward expenses for the 2020 Spring Nationals in Columbus, OH. 

For Flight B, 4 sessions required on Saturday, Nov 9 and Sunday, Nov 10.

Flight C is completed in one day, 10:00 AM & 2:15 PM on Saturday, Nov 9 (2 sessions)

 

Harvest Regional portion of this tournament awards Gold and Red masterpoints for Pair and Team events.

For all of the events, see https://nebridge.org/media/ups/2019_Calendar/D25_2019_Harvest_Regional_Mansfield_REV2.pdf

 

Sunday, November 10:  1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 15 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 12+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or calling me.

Other dates for 2019:   (No party in Dec)

 

Watertown Holiday Sectional Tournament, December 13 - 15:

for details, see https://acblemba.org/Media/Default/Fliers/2019-12%20EMBA%20Sectional%20Watertown%20MA.pdf

PRO-AM event is Friday night, 7:30 PM; 0-49er Section on Saturday at 10:30 AM (Note: FREE to ACBL Members)

299er Section on Saturday at 10:30 AM & 2:45 PM; Sunday 10:30 AM (299er and Open Swiss Team events)

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

Start times: Saturday events are scheduled for 10:30 AM and 2:45 PM (!).  Note: EMBA meeting is at 2:30 PM.

 

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

Upgraded Local Club Championship, Monday, October 11, 12:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington.

 

 

Bridge Lessons +: 

 

Play Bridge with Elizabeth Gompels:

This six-week series moves beyond the basics of the game with an emphasis on declarer play and improving your bridge-thinking skills.

Each session will be hands-on with ample opportunities to practice new techniques and play bridge. Appropriate for novices thru advanced beginners.

 

6 Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 12 noon, January 28 to March 10 (no class Feb-18), St Camillus, Arlington

6 Tuesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, January 28 to March 10 (no class Feb-18), Arlington High School

Register online, starting in December 2019  https://ace.asapconnected.com/ … Questions? Contact Elizabeth at eli413@lycos.com

 

 

Casual Bridge Lessons for New Players: Monday mornings at Waltham Senior Center – taught by Bernice King (email to bybernice@hotmail.com )

 

Upcoming Classes with Kim Gilman: 

The current series of  bridge classes started in September.  For details about all classes, you can go to www.bridgewithkim.com/classes.

Tuesday, 1 to 3 PM, from Oct 22 thru Nov 19, 5 lessons at St Camillus, Arlington – Conventions & Declarer Play

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held on Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.   Coffee and snacks are served.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

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Important:

 

Columbus Day, Monday, October 14 – Yes, there will be a game in Arlington at 12:30 PM.

 

FFBC Mugs for sale to benefit local children’s charities – You can see our ad in the October ACBL Bulletin, Page 17

 

Memorial Service: Our friend, Lila Murphy died peacefully in her sleep on September 21 at age 96. 

Her celebration of life will be on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2:00 – 5:00 in the Atlantic Room, Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf.  

We hope you can join us to eat and drink and tell funny stories about Lila with others who loved her. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to the Clemente Course in Humanities at https://go.masshumanities.org/donate

 

Swiss Team Events this month – October is the only time of year that we have these special bridge games made up of 4 players per team.

Start forming your teams now.  5 % of the masterpoints you win will be “Gold” masterpoints.

Note:  These team games will be held on Friday, Oct 4, -- Wednesday, Oct 16 -- Thursday, Oct 24 -- and Monday, October 28

 

Playing Tips to Keep Us Moving!

When on lead, make your opening lead before writing the contract down - even before entering in the BridgeMate.

Claim the hand when you can, explaining how you are going to play the cards.  The biggest time culprit is talking about hands that are over.  Do it after the game!

If someone at your table won't stop talking about a hand, it is fine to politely ask them to save the conversation for after the game.

When the round is over, move promptly to the next round.  If you are still playing, be sure to send the finished boards to the next table (or ask someone to get you a board if necessary). 

Practicing these  simple, thoughtful habits will make our games better for everyone!

 

 

 

Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

 

EMBA Fall Sectional Tournament: October 4 - 6, Watertown, MA;  

Separate section for Newcomers – Come and try it out;  scheduled start times for Saturday events are 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM

For details see  https://acblemba.org/Media/Default/Fliers/2019-10%20EMBA%20Sectional%20Watertown%20MA.pdf

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

Free Pizza for lunch on Sunday…  Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

 

Sunday, October 13:  1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 13 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 12+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or calling me.

Other dates for 2019:   Nov 10. (No party in Dec)

 

ACBL Instant Matchpoint Contest:   Thursday afternoon, October 31.  See https://www.acbl.org/clubs_page/special-events/img/

In addition, an analysis of all 36 bridge hands is available within ACBL site results. 

Each section winner will receive 1 Gold Point, and all scores will be submitted to the ACBL for comparison.

ACBL-wide results will be analyzed and some players will receive additional masterpoints based on this comparison.

 

Harvest Regional & North American Pairs: November 6 – 10, Holiday Inn, Mansfield, MA.

For those who have qualified for North American Pairs during June, July & August (look for your name on attached document),

You can win $$ toward expenses for the 2020 Spring Nationals in Columbus, OH. 

For Flight B, 4 sessions required on Saturday, Nov 9 and Sunday, Nov 10.

Flight C is completed in one day, 10:00 AM & 2:15 PM on Saturday, Nov 9 (2 sessions)

 

Harvest Regional portion of this tournament awards Gold and Red masterpoints for Pair and Team events.

For all of the events, see https://nebridge.org/media/ups/2019_Calendar/D25_2019_Harvest_Regional_Mansfield_REV2.pdf

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

Club Appreciation Pairs Event, Wednesday, October 9, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

Club Appreciation Pairs Events, Monday, Thursday & Friday -  October 7 - 11, 12:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington.

Club Appreciation Swiss Team Events, Wednesday, October 16, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

Club Appreciation Swiss Team Events, Friday, October 4, -- Thursday October 24 -- Monday, October 28 – at 12:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington

 

 

 

Bridge Lessons +: 

 

Casual Bridge Lessons for New Players: Monday mornings at Waltham Senior Center – taught by Bernice King (email to bybernice@hotmail.com )

 

Upcoming Classes with Kim Gilman: 

The current series of  bridge classes started in September.  For details about all classes, you can go to www.bridgewithkim.com/classes.

Tuesday, 1 to 3 PM, from Oct 22 thru Nov 19, 5 lessons at St Camillus, Arlington – Conventions & Declarer Play

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held on Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.   Coffee and snacks are available.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

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Important:

 

Labor Day, Monday, September 2 – Yes, there will be a game in Arlington at 12:30 PM.

 

New Grand Lifemasters: Both Adam and Zach Grossack ​have become Grand Life Masters (10,000 masterpoints + a National Championship).   

Adam beat him by a month, but Zach is the youngest Grand Life Master in the history of the ACBL!

 

2 Special Classes on Slam Bidding:  Brief lesson highlighting “Slam Bidding” that includes a valuable 5-page handout.  Teacher: Bob Gaudet

Tuesday evening, Sept 3 at 6:30 PM – includes 18 practice hands; Thursday morning, Sept 5 at 9:30 AM – limited to 9 practice hands.

 

Our Special Visitors:  Renate and Ron Conlon, from Severn, Maryland played bridge with us on Friday, August 30, and checked off

Massachusetts as the 49th state on their trek to play bridge in all 50 states.  Only Alaska remains.  A ‘thank you’ card from them said:

“Thank you to everyone for the “49 Party”.  After playing in all 49 states, we can attest to the “fact” that you are “Numero Uno”!

We had a great time.  All the best from Ron and Renate.”

 

Reminder:  ACBL Regulation 40: Partnership Agreements refers to Memory aids

Unless the Regulating Authority provides otherwise, a player is not entitled to any aids to his memory, calculation or technique during the auction period and play.

At FFBC, we are allowing players to record the auction and the opening lead.  It is important that this activity does not delay the bidding or play of the hand in any way.

These activities would not be permitted in a bridge tournament or at most bridge clubs. 

 

FFBC is NOT allowing players to review their notes after the 1st trick has been completed, as this violates ACBL Regulation 20.

In addition, it is our recommendation to limit your discussion about the bidding/play of any hand -- or preferably, wait until the end of the game to review the hands.

 

 

Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

 

Sunday, September 8:  1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 15 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 12+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or calling me.

Other dates for 2019:   Oct 13 & Nov 10    

 

EMBA Fall Sectional Tournament: October 4 - 6, Watertown, MA;  

Separate sections for players with less than 50 and less than 300 masterpoints;  NO entry fee for ACBL members in the 0-49 masterpoint section.

for details see  https://acblemba.org/Media/Default/Fliers/2019-10%20EMBA%20Sectional%20Watertown%20MA.pdf

Free Pizza for lunch on Sunday…  Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

ACBL Inter-Club Championship, Wednesday, Sept 4, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

Local Club Championship, Wednesday, Sept 18, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

Local Club Championship, Monday, Thursday & Friday -  Sept 16-20, 12:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington.

ACBL Inter-Club Championship, Thursday, Sept 26, 12:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington

 

 

Bridge Lessons +: 

 

Beginner Bridge Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (Arlington): 

Next series of  Beginner Bridge classes will start  September 24, 2019 – Days = Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to Noon; Evenings = Tuesdays, 7 to 9 PM

8 week course ends on November 12, cost is $ 165, sign up with Arlington Adult Education after August 21,

(https://ace.asapconnected.com/?org=1184&%23CourseGroupID=18959#CourseGroupID=18959 ) or  email to eli413@lycos.com for additional info.

 

Casual Bridge Lessons for New Players: Monday mornings at Waltham Senior Center – taught by Bernice King (email tobybernice@hotmail.com )

 

Upcoming Classes with Kim Gilman: 

Next series of  bridge classes are starting in September.  For details, you can go to www.bridgewithkim.com/classes.

Tuesday, 1 to 3 PM, from Sep 10 thru Oct 15, 6 lessons at St Camillus, Arlington – Improve your Competitive Bidding

Tuesday, 1 to 3 PM, from Oct 22 thru Nov 19, 5 lessons at St Camillus, Arlington – Conventions & Declarer Play

Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, from Sep 13 thru Oct 18, 6 lessons at St Camillus, Arlington – For Newer Players

Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, from Sep 7 thru Sep 28, 4 lessons at Westwood Bridge Club – Bidding Brush-up

Beginner Classes: Tuesday evenings in Carlisle, beginning September 10th;

                                 Wednesday evenings at Newton South High School, beginning September 18th

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held on Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.   Coffee and snacks are available.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone,

 

Expected Visitors:  Renate and Ron Conlon, from  Severn, Maryland are coming to play bridge with us on Friday, August 30.  Why? 

They are on a trek to play bridge in all 50 states, and Massachusetts will be number 49…  So close. 

I hope you will come and play bridge that day, so we can applaud their accomplishments.

 

Important:   Labor Day, Monday, September 2 – Yes, there will be a game in Arlington at 12:30 PM.

 

Who’s Moving to Florida?...  Ru Terajewicz and her husband have sold their condo and are moving to Florida.

The end of August is when it happens and we will lose our Monday Bridge Director to the land of “snow-less” winters.

Of course, we will have a “going away” party (probably on Monday, Aug 26), when we can express our good wishes to her.

 

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Words from Frank Stewart:

Why do we play bridge anyway?  Certainly not to memorize a bidding system or to adhere to a set of rules.

The game’s appeal lies in problem-solving.  During a session, a player faces hundreds of decisions.

Some he can resolve with little thought, but many require reasoning.

That is what a player finds exhilarating: He has a problem and figures out the answer.

 

 

Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

 

Summer Sectional – NH Bridge Association: August 17 – 18, Rivier University, Nashua, NH;

Includes 299er game on Saturday, for details see: http://www.nhbridge.com/

Note: Silver Masterpoints are awarded for all “Sectional level” events.

 

Ocean State Regional - District 25:  August 27 – September 1, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI; for details see

https://nebridge.org/media/ups/2019_Calendar/D25_Ocean_State_Regional_REVISED-4.pdf

Start Times for Intermediate/Novice 299er events:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM, 2:15 PM & 7:30 PM;

Sunday 10:00 AM (299er Pairs event and Gold Rush Swiss).  Red/Gold masterpoints are awarded for all events.

Note: Gold Rush Events on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

 

Sunday, September 8:  1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 15 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 12+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or calling me.

Other dates for 2019:   Oct 13 & Nov 10    

 

North American Pairs Qualifying:  This grassroots event is staged in qualifying rounds at the ACBL club, unit and district levels - during August. 

It culminates in a final event held in conjunction with the 2020 Spring NABC, in Columbus, OH.  See game dates below…

Masterpoints awarded for these games are 50% Red and 50% Black (instead of the usual 100% Black Masterpoints).

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

North American Pairs Event, Monday, August 5, Thursday, August 8, and  Friday, August 9, St Camillus, Arlington

North American Pairs Event, Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

North American Pairs Event, Monday, August 19, Thursday, August 22, and  Friday, August 23, St Camillus, Arlington

North American Pairs Event, Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

 

Bridge Lessons +: 

 

Summer Bridge Lessons in Belmont (Beech St Center) with Bob Gaudet:

2 hour bridge lessons, Wednesdays, 1 to 3 PM, (August 7, 14, 21, & 28)…  Cost is $ 10 per lesson; no signup required.

These lessons are designed to improve your “bridge thinking” and to show you how to use Bridge Base OnLine, to improve your bridge.

 

Beginner Bridge Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (Arlington): 

Next series of  Beginner Bridge classes will start  September 24, 2019 – Days = Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to Noon; Evenings = Tuesdays, 7 to 9 PM

8 week course ends on November 12, cost is $ 165, sign up with Arlington Adult Education after August 21,

(https://ace.asapconnected.com/courses.aspx?coursegroupid=18959 ) or  email to eli413@lycos.com for additional info.

 

Casual Bridge Lessons for New Players: Monday mornings at Waltham Senior Center – taught by Bernice King (email tobybernice@hotmail.com )

 

Upcoming Classes with Kim Gilman: 

Next series of  bridge classes are starting in September.  For details, you can go to www.bridgewithkim.com/classes.

Tuesday, 1 to 3 PM, from Sep 10 thru Oct 15, 6 lessons at St Camillus, Arlington – Improve your Competitive Bidding

Tuesday, 1 to 3 PM, from Oct 22 thru Nov 19, 5 lessons at St Camillus, Arlington – Conventions & Declarer Play

Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, from Sep 13 thru Oct 18, 6 lessons at St Camillus, Arlington – For Newer Players

Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, from Sep 7 thru Sep 28, 4 lessons at Westwood Bridge Club – Bidding Brush-up

Beginner Classes: Tuesday evenings in Carlisle, beginning September 10th;

                                 Wednesday evenings at Newton South High School, beginning September 18th

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held on Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.   Coffee and snacks are available.

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Hi everyone,

 

Important:

4th of July, Thursday, July 4 – there will not be a lesson or game in Arlington.

 

Sad news… Ed and Barbara Langley’s son (Ed Jr.) was stricken with Bacterial Meningitis and passed away on June 25.   He was 48 years old.

To all of you that have reached out to them, Barbara and Ed want to express their sincere appreciation. 

Donations in Ed Jr’s name can be made to Mockingbird Foundation (http://mbird.org/ ) and to Happy Tails Pet Rescue (https://www.happytailspetrescue.org/ )

Barbara and Ed have played bridge with us in Belmont since 2014. 

 

 

Playing Tips to Keep Us Moving!

When on lead, make your opening lead before writing the contract down - even before entering in the BridgeMate.

Claim the hand when you can, explaining how you are going to play the cards.  The biggest time culprit is talking about hands that are over.  Do it after the game!

If someone at your table won't stop talking about a hand, it is fine to politely ask them to save the conversation for after the game.

When the round is over, move promptly to the next round.  If you are still playing, be sure to send the finished boards to the next table (or ask someone to get you a board if necessary). 

Practicing these  simple, thoughtful habits will make our games better for everyone!

 

 

Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

 

 

ACBL Instant Matchpoint Contest:   Monday afternoon, July 8.  See https://www.acbl.org/clubs_page/special-events/summer-img/

In addition, an analysis of all 36 bridge hands is available within ACBL site results. 

Each section winner will receive 1 Gold Point, and all scores will be submitted to the ACBL for comparison.

ACBL-wide results will be analyzed and some players will receive additional masterpoints based on this comparison.

 

ACBL Grand National Teams Knockout and Spingold – July 19 thru 28:  

For those who haven’t see “experts” make mistakes, you can watch them in action at www.bridgebase.com – Schedule:https://www.bridgebase.com/vugraph/schedule.php?headers=no&v3b=web

Times are expressed in 24-hour “military” format – Eastern Time zone.  It is all free of charge.   After “logging in”, you can “click on” “VUGRAPH (live broadcasts: (colored yellow when “active”) --- to access these events.

Many of the tables will have “audio commentary” by noted expert players – look for the “Listen” box at the bottom of the screen.

 

North American Pairs Qualifying:  This grassroots event is staged in qualifying rounds at the ACBL club, unit and district levels - during the months of

July and August.  It culminates in a final event held in conjunction with the 2020 Spring NABC, in Columbus, OH.  See game dates below…

Masterpoints awarded for these games are 50% Red and 50% Black (instead of the usual 100% Black Masterpoints).

 

EMBA Cape Cod Sectional Tournament (4 days):  August 1 - 4, Barnstable, MA;  

Note:  scheduled start times for events are 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM

for details see  https://acblemba.org/Media/Default/Fliers/2019-08%20EMBA%20Sectional%20Cape%20Cod%20MA%20rev1.pdf

Bridge will end by 6 PM each day…  Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

North American Pairs Event, Monday, July 22, Thursday, July 25, and  Friday, July 26, St Camillus, Arlington

North American Pairs Event, Wednesday, July 24, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

 

Bridge Lessons +: 

 

Summer Bridge Lessons in Belmont (Beech St Center):

2 hour bridge lessons, Wednesdays, 1 to 3 PM, (August 7, 14, 21, & 28)…  Cost is $ tbd; next lesson = August 7; no signup required.

These lessons are designed to improve your “bridge thinking” and to show you how to use Bridge Base OnLine, to improve your bridge.

 

Beginner Bridge Lessons: 

Beginner Bridge Lessons will be starting in September.  Each session is 8 weeks long and meets once per week.

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held every Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.  

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Important:

 

Special Alzheimer Charity Game, Sunday, June 9, 1:00 PM, Brookhaven, Lexington, MA (see flyer attached and details below)

FFBC Coffee Cups Now On Sale..  All proceeds donated to charity; Cost is $ 10; See attached image of 2-sided cup.

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4– NO, we are closed………  There will not be any games or lesson in Arlington on that day.

 

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Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

 

Worldwide Bridge Contest:  2 separate events: Friday night, June 7 and Saturday afternoon, June 8. 

Results of these games are compared to other bridge clubs around the world. 

In addition, a book is usually provided to each player with details of the bridge hands. 

This is a fun event that is played only once per year.  A website is provided to check your "worldwide" results.

See https://www.acbl.org/event/worldwide-bridge-contest-2/  for list of participating clubs

 

Sunday, June 9: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Donation minimum = $ 10 -- Bridge Game and Party at Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham St, Lexington.

This is a charity event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and support their research efforts.  Elizabeth and I will both be directing the game.

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

You must make a reservation for this event by sending me an Email, or Jim Osten (ostenj@rcn.com) or Jeanne Krieger (kriegerjk44@gmail.com )

We are expecting 12+ tables 'in play' – Come and give it a try... 

 

Summer Regional - District 25: June 18 - 28, Radisson Hotel, Nashua, NH; for details see:

https://nebridge.org/media/ups/2019_Calendar/2019_Granite_State_Regional_Nashua_Web.pdf  

Note: Gold or Red Masterpoints are awarded for all “Regional level” events.

 

From June 24 thru June 30:  Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC games)  Note: almost all bridge clubs in the Boston area will participate in this event.

Silver Masterpoints are awarded for these games (instead of the usual Black Masterpoints).  These games are very popular.

Our STaC Games are: Monday, June 24 in Arlington, Wednesday, June 26 in Belmont, Thursday, June 27 in Arlington and Friday, June 28 in Arlington.

 

North American Pairs Qualifying:  This grassroots event is staged in qualifying rounds at the ACBL club, unit and district levels - during the months of

June, July and August.  It culminates in a final held in conjunction with the 2019 Spring NABC, in Memphis, TN.  See dates below…

Masterpoints awarded for these games are 50% Red and 50% Black (instead of the usual 100% Black Masterpoints).

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

North American Pairs Event, Monday, June 3, Thursday, June 6, and  Friday, June 7, St Camillus, Arlington

North American Pairs Event, Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

Local Club Championship, Monday, June 10, Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14, St Camillus, Arlington.

Local Club Championship, Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

Alzheimer Charity Game, Monday, June 17, Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, St Camillus, Arlington.

Alzheimer Charity Game, Wednesday, June 19, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

STaC Games, Monday, June 24, Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, St Camillus, Arlington.

STaC Games, Wednesday, June 26, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

 

Bridge Lessons +: 

 

Current Spring Classes with Kim Gilman: 

New series of  Bridge Classes have begun.  For details, go to www.bridgewithkim.com/classes.

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held every Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.  

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

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Hi everyone,

 

Important:    Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 – Yes, there will be a game in Arlington at 12:30 PM.

 

Headlines:

 

ACBL Golden Age Master: has been awarded to Lila Murphy for her lifelong dedication to the game.  The award ceremony was scheduled for Monday, April 21, but was canceled due to Lila’s health.

A couple of days before, she had a stroke which left her unable to speak and her right side paralyzed.  She is currently recuperating at a Chelsea rest home – where she is feeling better and her spirits are high.

Frances Burford delivered a giant FFBC Get-Well card on Wednesday.  Although she can’t really talk, she had a big smile when she saw Frances and another big smile when she saw the card.  Lila’s daughter was there and she loved the card, and said it was so colorful and well done.

 

ACBL Recognition for Family Friendly Bridge Club:  There is an article recognizing the Family Friendly Bridge in the current ACBL Bulletin (Page 34).  My thanks to my team and to the many club members who have made the club a special place – one we are all proud of.  Ashley Rooney was the original author of the article.  To read the article, You can Click here

 

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Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

 

Sunday, May 5:  10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Silver Apple Sectional Tournament (One Day) at the Newton Bridge Club, Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02466.

This is a Intermediate/Novice tournament and is restricted to players with less than 500 masterpoints.  Silver masterpoints are awarded at this tournament.

 

Sunday, May 19: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 15 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 12+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or calling me.

Other dates for 2019:   Sep 8, Oct 13 & Nov 10   (Plus a Special Event: Charity Bridge Party for Alzheimers will be held on June 9, Brookhaven, Lexington)

 

EMBA Memorial Sectional Tournament: May 24 - 26, Watertown, MA;  

Separate sections for players with less than 50 and less than 300 masterpoints;  scheduled start times for Saturday events are 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM

for details see  https://acblemba.org/Media/2019_Tournaments/2019-05_EMBA_Sectional_Watertown_MA.pdf

Free Pizza for lunch on Sunday…  Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

 

U.S.B.F. Championship: The 2019 Open USBC will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Schaumberg, IL, starting on Friday, May 10th and ending on Sunday, May 19th.

These matches determine which players will represent the United States in the World Bridge Federation Championships, Wuhan, China from Sept 14 to Sept 28.

You can watch these matches on BBO and see the “mistakes” the experts make.

 

Worldwide Bridge Contest:  2 separate events: Friday night, June 7 and Saturday afternoon, June 8. 

Results of these games are compared to other bridge clubs around the world. 

This is a fun event that is played only once per year.  A website is provided to check your "worldwide" results.

See https://www.acbl.org/event/worldwide-bridge-contest-2/  for list of participating clubs

 

 

Bridge Lessons: (Send an Email if you need further info)

 

Bridge Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (eli413@lycos.com ): 

Beginner Class: No new Beginner classes are scheduled at this time.

Play Bridge with Elizabeth: Tuesday Evenings, April 23 – May 28, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Arlington High School,  $125 

To register - https://register.asapconnected.com/courses.aspx?coursegroupid=18959

 

 

Current Spring Classes with Kim Gilman at St Camillus: 

May 14 - July 16: Dazzling Defense. Afternoons, 1:00 - 3:00

In addition, Kim teaches classes on Saturday morning at Westwood Bridge Club.

See https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes for all the details

 

Beginner Class: Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Library

Part 1:  Was completed on May 1

Part 2:  May 8 to May 29, and cost for 4 classes:  $105; continuation from Part 1

Go to https://www.lsrhs.net/sites/adulted/2019/01/spring-bridge-classes/  for details.

 

Play Bridge with Kim: Thursday Evenings, April 4 to May 16 (No class 4/18), 7:00 - 9:00 PM,

Temple Kerem Shalom, Concord, $ 20 per session or all 6 sessions for $ 100 (if paid in advance)

Go to  https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f28eb7_322c46cbf3904d38a565c148a07bbe37.pdf  for details.

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held on Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.   Coffee and snacks are available.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

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Hi everyone,

 

Headlines:

 

Bridge Games and Lessons are Canceled in Arlington – from Monday, April 16 thru Friday, April 21 (5 days – Holy Week at the church)

 

Teaching Bridge to Children – Volunteers Please:  Enthusiastic response to bridge by the children means that a new series of classes will start in April.

The Waltham Boys & Girls Club is offering 8 weeks of 1-hour bridge sessions, from April 24 thru June 12 for their 4th & 5th graders.

The classes will be from 5:30 to 6:30 PM on Wednesdays.  We currently have 9 volunteers that can assist, but we need more.

We are expecting 4 to 6 tables for each class and I am looking for additional volunteers to be “Table  Supervisors”.

Each volunteer will have a CORI report request completed before they can assist in the class.  I have the necessary forms.

Note: The children play an abbreviated version of bridge – no bidding, but they learn to count their points and try to make as many tricks as possible. 

Table Supervisors assist in counting points and following suit during the play of the hands.  If you know a youngster who might like to join the group, please let me know.

 

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Here are some upcoming bridge events you might enjoy…

 

Grand National Team Qualification:

Bridge players form teams of 4 to 6 players and try to qualify to represent ACBL District 25 at the Grand National Team Finals – Las Vegas in July.

Date: April 13 & 14; For the details see https://calendar.nebridge.org/media/userdocs/2019/03/06/2019_GNT_FLYER.pdf

 

Rainbow Weekend (concurrent with Grand National Team Events): April 11 - 14, Sturbridge, MA;

for details https://nebridge.org/media/ups/2019_Calendar/MINEflyerV4.pdf

Start Times are 10 AM, 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM..  Note: These events are restricted to players with less than 500 Masterpoints ONLY.

 

Sunday, April 14: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, cost = $ 15 -- Bridge Game and Party at the Jenks Center, Winchester

Newcomers are especially welcome and usually play in a separate section; special prizes, refreshments and lots of bridge with your friends...

Come and give it a try...  This popular event usually has 12+ tables 'in play' – You can make your reservation by sending me an Email or calling me.

Other dates for 2019:   May 19, Sep 8, Oct 13 & Nov 10

 

Combined Senior Regional and Cape Cod Sectional: April 24 – 28, Sea Crest Beach Hotel, N. Falmouth, MA;

for details see https://calendar.nebridge.org/media/userdocs/2019/01/21/april_2019.pdf

Note: Red/Gold Masterpoints are awarded for Senior (over 55) events, and Silver Masterpoints for Sectional events (all ages)

Start Times for events: 10:00 AM, 2:15 PM & 7:30 PM, except Wednesday: 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM

 

Extra Masterpoint Games:

ACBL -Wide Charity Game, Wednesday, Apr 3, 9:30 AM, Beech St Center, Belmont.

 

 

Bridge Lessons: (Send an Email if you need further info)

 

Bridge Classes with Elizabeth Gompels (eli413@lycos.com ): 

Beginner Class: Tuesday Mornings, 10 AM to Noon, St Camillus Church, Arlington,  

April 9 - June 4 (no class 04/16), 8 Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. -  Noon, Cost for 8 classes:  $165

To register - https://register.asapconnected.com/courses.aspx?coursegroupid=18959

 

Play Bridge with Elizabeth: Tuesday Evenings, April 23 – May 28, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Arlington High School,  $125 

To register - https://register.asapconnected.com/courses.aspx?coursegroupid=18959

 

Current Spring Classes with Kim Gilman at St Camillus: 

April 2 - May 7: Bidding in Competitive Auctions. Tuesday mornings, 10 AM - Noon

April 2 - May 7: Tips the Experts Use. Tuesday Afternoons 1:00 - 3:00

May 14 - July 16: Dazzling Defense. Afternoons, 1:00 - 3:00

See https://www.bridgewithkim.com/classes for all the details

 

Beginner Class: Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Library

Part 1:  April 3 to May 1 (No class 4/17), and cost for 4 classes:  $115;

Part 2:  May 8 to May 29, and cost for 4 classes:  $105; continuation from Part 1

Go to https://www.lsrhs.net/sites/adulted/2019/01/spring-bridge-classes/  for details.

 

Play Bridge with Kim: Thursday Evenings, April 4 to May 16 (No class 4/18), 7:00 - 9:00 PM,

Temple Kerem Shalom, Concord, $ 20 per session or all 6 sessions for $ 100 (if paid in advance)

Go to  https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f28eb7_322c46cbf3904d38a565c148a07bbe37.pdf  for details.

 

Drop-In Bridge: is held on Tuesday Evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, St Camillus, Arlington. 

All skill levels are invited to come and play bridge with some very friendly and welcoming players. 

You will make some new friends and enjoy a relaxing evening.   Coffee and snacks are available.

 

 

Thanks to all of you for supporting our efforts.

 

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

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Hi everyone,

 

Headlines:

We will soon have a bridge player from Milan, Italy.   Do you speak Italian and would you like to meet her?

Teaching Bridge to Children – Enthusiastic response means that a new series of classes will start in April

Remaining Guest Lectures on Tuesdays (1 PM) – Mark Aquino (Feb 26) and Bob Gaudet (Mar 5)

Watch the Vanderbilt Knockout Event at the NABC Spring Tournament in Memphis.

Help us prevent “Slow Play”… You can help.

 

Expert Lecture series:   At St Camillus, Arlington - expert bridge players will share their best advice…

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, Cost $20 per class, No advance signup required (for complete description of each class: clickhere  )

 

Feb 26: Mark Aquino, Shark’s Pointers, Part 2

Mar 05: Bob Gaudet, The Top Conventions You Should Play

 

Vanderbilt Knockout – March 21 thru 31:  

For those who haven’t see “experts” make mistakes, you can watch them in action at www.bridgebase.com – Schedule:http://www.bridgebase.com/vugraph/v2schedule.php

Times are expressed in 24-hour “military” format – Eastern Time zone.  It is all free of charge.   After “logging in”, you can “click on” “VUGRAPH (live broadcasts: (colored yellow when “active”) --- to access these events.

Many of the tables will have “audio commentary” by noted expert players – look for the “Listen” box at the bottom of the screen.

 

Playing Tips to Keep Us Moving!

When on lead, make your opening lead before writing the contract down - even before entering in the BridgeMate.

Claim the hand when you can, explaining how you are going to play the cards.  The biggest time culprit is talking about hands that are over.  Do it after the game!

If someone at your table won't stop talking about a hand, it is fine to politely ask them to save the conversation for after the game.

When the round is over, move promptly to the next round.  If you are still playing, be sure to send the finished boards to the next table (or ask someone to get you a board if necessary). 

Practicing these  simple, thoughtful habits will make our games better for everyone!

 

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