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
| Spooktacular Sectional I/N
October 25th to 26th
Birmingham Unitarian Church
Bloomfield Hills, MI
| Motor City Regional
October 28th to Nov. 3rd
Farmington Hills, MI
| Apple Cider Sectional
Nov. 14th to 17th
The Michigan Bridge Connection
Keeping You Informed
(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
That's it!!     Easy Peasy.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
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
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