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:   email@example.com.
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
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
||Bronze Life Master
||Ruby Life Master
||Gold Life Master
|Bronze Life Master
|Ruby Life Master
|Emerald Life Master
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.
ETIQUETE and TIPS
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