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Please visit this site often to keep you informed of current ACBL bridge events and milestones in the area.
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Russell Roosen Sectional
August 15th to 18th
The Michigan Bridge Connection
Southfield, MI --Map--


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Apple Cider Sectional
Nov. 14th to 17th
The Michigan Bridge Connection
Southfield, MI
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Spooktacular Sectional I/N
October 25th to 26th
Birmingham Unitarian Church
Blomfield Hills, MI --Map--


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Motor City Regional
Oct. 28th to Nov. 3rd
Costic Center
Farmington Hills, MI
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Keeping You Informed



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.....

    Obituary


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.


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


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.



                          Welcome to the New SOMBA Members



April May
Donald Borich Marsha Auslander
Grace Brainin Marjorie Decapite
Marie Maskin Timothy McCabe
Crystal Noftz Elaine Weber
Joseph Reimann Linda Zapp
Margaret Sande


                              Masterpoint Achievements



April Achievements May Achievements
Junior Master Thomas Bjorklund Junior Master Julia Beals
Junior Master Ann Katz Junior Master Sue Bernstein
Club Master Tara Clavenna Junior Master Donald Borich
Club Master Beverly Seifert Junior Master Judy Flowers
Sectional Master Elizabeth Mikhail Junior Master Christine Giampetroni
NABC Master Carol Borich Junior Master Wendy Kelly
Bronze Life Master William Smallwood Junior Master Moe Shah
Ruby Life Master Lynn Root Junior Master Dr. Sudarshan Singal
Gold Life Master Robert Mendelson Junior Master Dr. Todd Wilkinson
Club Master Margaret Mohler
Club Master Karen Pollak
Sectional Master Kathleen Cooley
Life Master Mari Kaftan
Bronze Life Master Mari Kaftan
Bronze Life Master Dr. Roberta Toll
Ruby Life Master Phyllis Cohn
Ruby Life Master Connie Dugger


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

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