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.

Russell Roosen Sectional
August 15th to 18th
The Michigan Bridge Connection
Southfield, MI

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Spooktacular Sectional I/N
October 25th to 26th
Birmingham Unitarian Church
Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Motor City Regional
October 28th to Nov. 3rd
Costic Center
Farmington Hills, MI

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Apple Cider Sectional
Nov. 14th to 17th
The Michigan Bridge Connection
Southfield, MI

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Keeping You Informed


Why am I sometimes an "A', "B" or a "C"?   There are two reasons that the strata (A/B/C) you are assigned may be different from week to week.

(A) The strata limits for all multi-site games: STaC, Inter-Club Championships, NAP, etc. are set by the rules for that type of game. The limits generally pertain to the average points for the pair. The start limits are usually: A 2500+, B 750-2500 and C <= 750.

(B) For other type of games, to maximize the number of people that receive points, we need to have have the number of pairs in each strata to be equally divided. When you sign-up for the game, we try to divide the players as equally as possible among the strata. Since we never know who will actually show up for a game, sometimes, we fail. We then use a function in ACBLScore to manually adjust the strata so that if we have 12 Tables, we end up with 4 A's, 4 B's and 4 C's divided as evenly as possible. We also strive to have the best players divided evenly as possible between NS and E-W This only applies to Mitchell Movement games where the N-S pairs compete against each other and the E-W pairs compete against each other. This action doe not affect overalls because it is based on ranking pairs from top to bottom based on their percentage score.

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Great news!!   You can now sign up to receive a quarterly SOMBA Newsletter via email.   To subscribe, click on one of the following names, put NEWSLETTER as the Subject and include your name and contact phone number.     Vickie Vallone   or   Satish Shah

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While you're at it, why not be on the list to attend future SOMBA Education Seminars?   Just click on one of the following names and put SES as the Subject and include your name and contact phone number.     Vickie Vallone   or   Satish Shah

Barbara Jur Passes Away
Had A Distinguished Career In Bridge and her College Teaching Profession

Barbara Jur retired from the SOMBA Board on Dec 31st, 2012.   That culminated her twenty years of distinguished service on this Board!   And perhaps the start of a new journey in her bridge career, a life without being on the SOMBA Board!

Barbara continued to play in local clubs, and many a national tournament.

Let us not forget that she was actively involved in preparations for the ACBL Nationals in Detroit in 2008.

Barbara served as a second alternate from District 12 for many years starting in 2008 and made it a point to attend national Board Of Governors meetings regularly.

Starting in 2008 Barbara was District 12 president for 3 years, and subsequently served as Vice Present of both the District 12 and Unit 203 for a number of years..

During two decades of service as a SOMBA Board Member, she chaired the following committees:   Tournaments, the North American Pairs and the Grand National Teams.   Barbara also served as Echo editor for approximately ten years.   She continued to operate the Neighborhood Bridge Club II as owner/director for many years.   The club was located at 17150 Waterloo Street, Grosse Pointe, MI.

Outside of the world of bridge, Barbara was a College Math Professor and Associate Dean at Macomb Community College.   Her other love was to travel all over the world playing bridge in different countries.   She authored several articles on the ACOL system played in bridge clubs in England.

We thank her for her many years of service to the bridge community in our area.   To Barbara, a recipient of the ACBL National Goodwill Award, we will miss her quiet, yet sincere influence on the game of bridge in our area.   Thanks a bunch Barbara, for all you did!

We will miss you.....   Posh


                          Welcome to the New SOMBA Members

July August
Barbara Ben Terry Selman
Julie Pulte Shelagh Vanderveen
Mitchell Roth
Ellen Stephenson

Masterpoint Achievements

July Achievements August Achievements
Junior Master Bill Price Junior Master Marla Feldman
Junior Master Julia Smith Junior Master Gale Gordon
Club Master Linda Lenchner Junior Master Heard Slade
Club Master Robin Lewis Junior Master Kyoko Watanabe
Sectional Master Susan Luria Club Master Mary Jung
Sectional Master Sharon Mazurek Club Master Gerd Keuffel
Sectional Master David Mitchell Club Master Patricia McCabe
Sectional Master Madelon Weber Club Master Carol Price
Sectional Master Mitzi Weinberg Sectional Master James Huston
Regional Master Mike Roeder NABC Master Edward Becker
Regional Master Annette Saylor NABC Master Thomas Bonfils
NABC Master Alan Hassoun NABC Master Jerrie Sasson
NABC Master Xiaoxin Susa Xu Bronze Life Master Rosemary Sharland
NABC Master Chun Zhou

2019 Wolverine Regional

The table count at club games and at all tournaments has been trending down for several years. Despite this, our table count showed a significant improvement at our 2019 Regional.

I was thinking about what factors contributed to this reversal in trend. Here are some reasons that come to mind.

First, it is the tremendous hard work and teamwork of SOMBA Board members who have worked tirelessly for the last several months. They wake up early in the morning, get fresh bagels and donuts and arrive a full hour prior to the start time. Some Board members do not even play. They simply come just to fulfill the tasks they have committed to.

For the last several years, we have held a lid on our entry fees despite the increases in other costs. We have provided coffee and snacks and soft drinks throughout the tournament. Compare this to National tournaments where players have to buy their own coffee and virtually no snacks are provided.

Our players have also enjoyed and appreciated the bridge lectures provided by our team of expert bridge lecturers. In the short amount of time they had, they provided us the finer points of bridge that can be put to immediate use.

A huge accolade to our bridge community and especially the top players. In the past, our players witnessed intimidating behavior from some of the players and there were zero tolerance violations. However, there has been a huge improvement in this area. We are proud to say that there was not a single incidence of ZERO TOLERANCE violation. Several players expressed that they were welcomed, saw courteous behavior from players and felt very comfortable. They expressed that they were more apt to return to the tournaments.

An overwhelming majority of the players told us they appreciated all of the hard work put in by SOMBA and that they enjoyed playing in the tournament.

We have posted a lot of pictures on our website. Please look at the rotating pictures at the top of this page and you may see your picture in action.

Satish Shah, SOMBA President