Please visit this site often to keep you informed of current ACBL bridge events and milestones in the area.
This web site also gives you information on all SOMBA clubs, games and results.

SOMBA Educational Seminar

June 2nd

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Saturday, April 13th
Birmington Unitarian Church
Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Wolverine Regional
May 13th to 19th
Costick Center
Farmmington Hills, MI

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Joint SOMBA/MBA Sectional
June 20th to 23rd
Bridge Connection
Southfield, MI

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Keeping You Informed

The Bridge Connection To Host
The Longest Day Games
On Wednesday, June 19

The ACBL’s The Longest Day annual special day to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be celebrated by the Bridge Connection on Wednesday, June 19th.  Four games will be held, each awarding considerably higher masterpoints.  Stratified open pair games will be held at 9am (18 boards), noon (lunch will be served) and 7pm.  There will also be a 0-750 game at noon.

Players will have the opportunity to bid to play with an expert (see the Bridge Connection’s Facebook page for details or check at the club).  All winning bids will be tax-deductible donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.  In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle with lots of door prizes and a bridge book sale. Direct donations to the Alzheimer’s Association through the Bridge Connection are also welcomed to help the club meet a $3,600 challenge grant from one of their players.

Last year, the Bridge Connection raised nearly $20,000 and has set a goal of $25,000 for this year.  Come play in all three games to support this very worthy cause.  For further information, call 248-356-6254 or email Ron Horwitz at:   horwitz@oakland.edu.

Success at the Mentor/Mentee Game

The first Bridge Pro/Am since 2007 was provided by SOMBA last April 13 with 72 participants. The event supported the idea that many Bridge players want to improve their game and are willing to take steps to do so. It was also a tribute to the Bridge community that so many mentors took the time to help out. Look at the pictures rolling above and see if you recognize anyone.

“By far, it was the best event I’ve seen to bring out so many players-pros and ams-and I’d propose that we consider doing it more than once a year” Those are the words of Sook Wilkinson, Somba Membership Chair, who was a mentor with her husband Todd.

“It was a enjoyable event and we received a lot of good information and Bridge pointers” said Dave Cook a mentee who participated with his wife Diana, another mentee.

The day consisted of 18 Bridge hands with adequate time for the mentors to make suggestions and comments. A supply of donuts and the pizza provided for socialization, always an important part of Bridge.

Vickie Vallone served as the Director, as well as coordinating the mentee list. Somba President Satish Shah coordinated the mentors.

Your Board - Its Roles & Responsibilities
Public Relations

Part of the Board's responsibilities is to grow the membership and attendance at club and tournament events.  As the SOMBA Public Relations Director,
Lori Briscoe uses a variety of techniques to do this.

Throughout the year, Lori sends out event flyers to the 22 clubs in Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee and St. Clair counties.  The clubs and tournaments are those both in SOMBA and MBA.  About 600 club directors and managers are included in her long list of people receiving the documents.

Lori also reaches out to local newspapers to spread the word about the many opportunities to enjoy the game of bridge in a friendly environment at our tournaments.  She sends the tournament info to a couple of newspapers three weeks before the event. When the newspapers are able to print the info, you can find it in the Calendar of Events section of the Oakland Press and the Macomb Daily prior to the tournaments.

If you have any suggestions on how to help spread the word to the public, please contact Lori.  You can find her contact info by clicking Other Links at the top of this page and then click Board.

       Congrats to the 2018 Ace of Clubs & Mini-McKenney Winners As of 1/06/19

   Ace of Clubs    Mini-McKenney

       0 - 5   John Caldwell   Yu Chen
      5 - 20  Mike Roeder          Mike Roeder
    20 - 50           Alan Hassoun     Alan Hassoun
    50 - 100         Frank Burns    Diane Kosuda
   100 - 200        Song Lin                Song Lin
   200 - 300        John Piljan             John Piljan
   300 - 500        Joyce Jonik             Lisa Karam
 500 - 1000        Larry Cohen           Larry Cohen
1000 - 1500       Charles Schiff         Lakshmi Vora
1500 - 2500       Robert Mandelson  Bob Rasmussen
2500 - 3500       Robert Raf   Robert Raf
3500 - 5000       Georgene Cronin    Georgene Cronin
 5000 - 7500      Jerrold Grossman   Jerry Grossman
7500-10,000      Samir Zeine            Samir Zeine
Over 10,000      Michael Crane        Michael Crane

WOW --- What A Game

Tai Chan & Song Lin had a 77% game
Friday, May 10 at the Friendly Bridge Club

9 of their 24 hands were Top 100% hands

                          Welcome to the New SOMBA Members

February March
Karen Caldwell Leslie Luciani
Norm Kakarala Christine Pierce
Benard Stuecheli Shanda Rumble
Jeffrey Topf Norine Zimmer
Charlie Uchno

                              Masterpoint Achievements

March Achievements April Achievements
Junior Master Daniel Dmitruk Junior Master Thomas Bjorklund
Junior Master Joey Fischer Junior Master Ann Katz
Junior Master Dianne Knowles Club Master Tara Clavenna
Junior Master John Lowry Club Master Beverly Seifert
Junior Master Patricia McCabe Sectional Master Elizabeth Mikhail
Junior Master James Verhage NABC Master Carol Borich
Club Master Susan Breen Bronze Life Master William Smallwood
Club Master John Caldwell Ruby Life Master Lynn Root
Club Master James Haselwood Gold Life Master Robert Mendelson
Sectional Master Michiko Ueda
Regional Master Donna Leland
Regional Master Karen Stankard
NABC Master Jean Grande
NABC Master Richard Voss
Life Master Katherine Beebe
Life Master Helyn Kohlman
Life Master Judy Mintz
Bronze Life Master Katherine Beebe
Ruby Life Master Helyn Kohlman
Emerald Life Master Michael Alioto

A Message of Thanks

Hello Lakshmi, And thank you for your message of congratulations.

I started playing duplicate bridge in San Miguel México at the invitation of a friend while spending a winter break there. Having not played since college and never duplicate, I had a lot to learn.

Upon returning home, I joined my sister, Nancy Stewart, to play in Grosse Pointe, continued in Mexico with Mary Jane Brodie and, more recently, with John Grant in Bloomfield Hills. All are good players and very patient with my lapses. I’ve enjoyed our games and the tournaments, getting to know some very nice people. And, best of all, my weekly get together at the table with my sister.
                             Kate Beebe


1.   Always count your cards BEFORE looking at them.   If you don't and have an incorrect number, you may face a penalty.

2.   You may ONLY tell your Partner if the last trick is facing the wrong direction.   Calling attention or correcting any other trick is strictly PROHIBITED.

3.   DO NOT call the director on yourself, even if you realized you revoked or any other reason.   It’s up to the opponents to catch it.

4.   Any player except Dummy must call the Director when law infractions, hesitations, rude behavior, or problems of any kind occur.   Dummy may, however, call a director after the hand has been played out.

5.   After a board has been played, you may not, without permission, remove someone's hand to look at it.   If you have received permission, only one hand at a time may be out of the board.

6.   If declarer designates a suit, but not the rank, he is deemed to have called for the lowest card of the suit indicated.

7.   If declarer designates a rank but not a suit, he is deemed to be continuing the suit in which dummy won the last trick.

8.   Do not ask for information unless it is your turn to bid or play.

9.   A player may not refer to his/her convention card during the auction or play.

10. The opening lead should be made face down until it is accepted by partner.   This prevents irregularities such as leading when it is not your turn.   It also enables your partner to ask any questions about the auction or alerts that have been made.

11. Snapping cards is one of the ten greatest pet peeves of Larry Cohen and most bridge players.

2019 SOMBA Valentine Sectional

This year, the tournament turnout was better than 2018. This was mainly due to mother nature cooperating with us. Our table count was 270 compared to 2018 count of 208.

Most of the SOMBA Board members were out of town, but those who were in town joined hands to make this tournament a success for the benefit and enjoyment of our members. I would like to thank all of them for their hard work and dedication. They started early in the morning picking up bagels and donuts for our players. During the day, they made sure that there was sufficient snacks and soft drinks. If needed they ran out to refill much needed ice. All this to ensure that our players can focus on their game and have a nice time.

The evening game table count has been disappointing for the last several years. SOMBA will have to give serious consideration to the viability of holding evening events in future Valentine Sectionals.

From the financial viewpoint, this event is almost break even.

We have posted a lot of pictures on our website. Please visit the website and you may see your picture in action.

Satish Shah, SOMBA President