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.

Valentine Sectional
February 7th to 10th
Bridge Connection
Southfield, MI

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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

Play with a Pro!!!

Mentor/Mentee Educational & Informal Game

A great opportunity to learn a few new tricks.   This event is open to all players with less than 300 master points to partner with an experienced player.   You may register with your own Mentor or well find one for you.

Hosted by SOMBA & MBA

April 13, 2019 @ 10:00am
Birmingham Unitarian Church
38651 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

This event is FREE!
Come and enjoy our hospitality
A pizza luncheon will be served

Register by email to...
David Dursum, Education Committee ddursum@aol.com
Satish Shah, Somba President satishshah280@gmail.com

On Sunday January 27, the Somba Education Committee held its third seminar featuring the teaching of Bridge expert Larry Cohen.   Thirty three enthusiastic bridge players had the opportunity to play practice hands and listen to Larry's video lecture on "Declarer Play in No Trump". A pizza luncheon accompanied the event making it an enjoyable Sunday for everyone.

Special appreciation to Satish Shah, Lakshmi Vora, Diane Kosuda, Kathy Twomey, Vicky Vallone and David Dursum in making this a successful event.   The Education Committee's next event will be a Bridge Pro-Am on April 13. 2/4

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

B       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 - 1500Charles Schiff         Lakshmi Vora
1500 - 2500Robert Mandelson  Bob Rasmussen
2500 - 3500Robert Raf   Robert Raf
3500 - 5000Georgene Cronin    Georgene Cronin
5000 - 7500         Jerrold Grossman   Jerry Grossman
7500 - 10,000      Samir Zeine            Samir Zeine
Over 10,000        Michael Crane        Michael Crane

How to use the SOMBA web site

I.         To look up the club game results

A. Click on Club Results

B. Click on the club name showing the day of the game of interest

C. From the Results page, lick on Back to return to the Welcome page

II.       To look up Club info (Name, Manager, Email, Location, Web Site)

A. Click on Clubs

B. From the Clubs page, lick on Back to return to the Welcome page

III.     To see info on what Games are available

A. Click on Games, then you will see

1. Day of the game

2. Club web site address

3. Type of game

4. Game start time

5. Game location address

6. From the SOMBA Club Games page, click on Back to return to the Games page

B. From the Games page, lick on Back to return to the Welcome page

IV.     To see Name, Phone Number(s) and Email of SOMBA or MBA members

A. Click on Member Directory

B. Follow the instructions

V.       To see all tournament results

A. Click on Tournament Results

VI.     Other things to see by clicking on Other Links

A. SOMBA Board info

B. Minutes of past Board meetings

C. Photos taken at past SOMBA events/tournaments

D. Select copies of past Welcome pages

E. Bridge hands and articles submitted by members

F. Bylaws of SOMBA

G. Kudos to members

H. Past copies of SOMBA Echo and Tournament Daily Bulletins

I. A link to the District 12 web site

VII.     For questions

A. Click on Contact Us

B. From the Contact Us page, click on Back to return to the Welcome page 2/4

                          Welcome to the New SOMBA Members

January February
Sally Hanley Karen Caldwell
Cheryl Kaltz Norm Kakarala
Theodore Kazanis Benard Stuecheli
Moe Shah Jeffrey Topf
Charlie Uchno

                              Masterpoint Achievements

January Achievements February Achievements
Junior Master Maxine Brickner Junior Master Kathy Cubbin
Junior Master Gale Lawson Junior Master Robin Lewis
Junior Master Arvin Sab Club Master David Satwicz
Junior Master Naveen Sab Club Master Kathleen Strettar
Junior Master An Sachiko NABC Master Sushila Aggarwal
Junior Master Cherie Selis NABC Master Bridget Schipper
Junior Master Susan Siudara Silver Life Master Larry Cohen
Club Master Lori Gothard Silver Life Master Kenneth Geisler
Club Master Gwen North
Club Master Julia Ramonat
Sectional Master Nancy Buck
Sectional Master Mark Merritt
Sectional Master Carol Shelton
Regional Master Thomas Bonfils
Life Master Joyce Jonik


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.   Its 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