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Partnership Contacts

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Joanie Colbert

(352-430-3503)

399er

BJ Chiota

(352-751-4095)

Online Partnership Curator

Mike Mocella

(484-354-0152)

 
Online Partnership Request

Click here to pull up the online partnership request spreadsheet.  Call Mike Mocella if you have any questions on how to use this site.

Form to Report an Incident at Bridge Table

If you come upon an issue that involves conduct or ethics and you wish to report it either confidentially or not, please click on this article to pull up a form for you to fill out and submit to Russ Pearly, our Club Recorder.  This is an additional procedure set up to supplement the Zero Tolerance card to help maintain a friendly atmosphere at the bridge table.

 
Welcome to The Villages Duplicate Bridge Club
Welcome
Welcome

Welcome to The Villages Duplicate Bridge Club.  Our club is located in The Villages (Florida's Friendliest Hometown) which is in central Florida.  Our ACBL sanction number is #217489.  We are in District 9, Unit 128.

This is an invitational club so guest passes must be obtained for a guest to play.  All regular game fees are $3 per person for a resident and $5 per person for a guest.   We are a non-smoking club and adhere to the ACBL Zero Tolerance Policy.

Last updated : May 27, 2017 12:07 EDT
Notes from Jan 20 Board Meeting

Click on this article to review the notes taken at the Jan 20 Board Meeting.  The actual minutes will be available in a few days.

Last updated : Jan 22, 2018 09:41 EST
Spring Gala Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets to attend the Spring Gala at Savannah Center on Saturday February 17, 6:30pm, are now available.  The tickets are $10 per person.  Members may buy 2 tickets to include a guest.  The event will include a live band for dancing and hors d oeuvres.  BYOB .  The room will be set up with round tables for 10 but tables will not be reserved.  Mingling with your fellow DBC members is encouraged!  Dress will be Country Club Casual.  Click on this article to view the flyer for this event.

The following Members of the Board of Directors will have tickets for sale at games:  Alex Booke, Donna Brown, Carol Ketterer, Jeff Koltenuk, Bev Parrish and Gordon Pfeiffer.    

Last updated : Jan 13, 2018 08:19 EST
Bus Trip to Gatlinburg Regional Tournament

SEATS AVAILABLE on BUS TRIP to GATLINBURG REGIONAL TOURNAMENT

We still have seats available for the Gatlinburg tourney.    The trip will be a 5-day Monday to Friday schedule allowing for 3 full days of play at the Tournament. We need a minimum of 10 more participants in order to make the trip.  The bus is a very modern 38 passenger vehicle. Transportation cost per person to be approx $200.   The  departure from The Villages will be the morning of Monday April 16, 2018 with arrival back in The Villages on Friday evening April 20.   Hotel for 4 nights and meals will be separate cost by each member. The Tournament flyer is available if you are interested and is also posted on the  tournament section of the ACBL website.

The deadline for registering for the bus is FEBRUARY 24.  If we have insufficient number of participants, the charter will be cancelled allowing sufficient time for those who wish to make alternative travel plans.

The Gatlinburg Tournament is considered by many bridge players to be one of the best tournaments of the year.  Many of our members have attended in prior years.   IF you might want to go on this trip, please contact Board Member Carol Ketterer to register your interest and for further information.  Contact email (preferred) at carolk1155@gmail.com or by phone  352-750-0059.

Last updated : Jan 12, 2018 10:39 EST
Changes to Duplicate Bridge Laws - Part One

Click on this article to review some of the Laws which directly affect The Villages Duplicate Bridge Club (TVDBC) - there are 93 Laws in total and 72 of them have been amended or rewritten and one is completely new!  It is important that you read and understand this document as all clubs throughout the world must abide by the Law changes which were introduced in September 2017.  This article is Part One of the Colin Graham-Hydes review of some changes to some of our Duplicate Bridge Laws.

Last updated : Dec 30, 2017 13:34 EST
Temporary Venue/Game Changes

Paul Matheson or the Board have announced the following temporary venue or game changes.

  • Jan 28 - Sunday 8 is Enough game
  • Feb 1 - Thursday 9:00am game at Rohan cancelled
  • Feb 1 - Thursday 4:30pm game at Rohan moved to Seabreeze
  • Feb 17 - Saturday 6:30 - "Spring Gala Party" at Savannah Center
  • Feb 25 - Sunday 1:30 - "Annual Board Meeting" for everyone at Seabreeze
  • Mar 1 - Thursday 9:00am game at Rohan cancelled
  • Mar 1 - Thursday 4:30pm game at Rohan moved to Seabreeze
Last updated : Jan 22, 2018 08:52 EST
New Educational Classes Being Offered

Listed below is a new class being offered to our members to improve their bridge skills.


Thursdays Jan 11 to Feb 22 - Class on New to Bridge taught by Janet Matthews

This will be a 7 week class meant for people new to bridge.  The classes will run from 9am until 11am at Seabreeze and the cost will be $45 for the whole course.  Existing club members who know of any friends or neighbors who might be interested, please let them know.

Thursdays Feb 22 and Mar 1 - Class on Team Game Strategies taught by Richard Seidman

This two session workshop is designed to teach the basics for succeeding in Swiss Team Games and Knockout Events.  It will focus on IMP scoring, bidding strategies, and techniques for declaring and defending hands in the team game environment.  It is appropriate for players who are new to team games as well as more experienced players who want to improve their IMP play.  Email Rich directly at raseidman@gmail.com to register.  Click on  Seidman - Team Game Strategies.pdf for a more detailed description.

 Thursdays Mar 8 and Mar 15 - Class on Precision taught by Jeff Koltenuk

Precision is a strong club system developed in 1969 for C.C. Wei by Alan Truscott for the Taiwan National Team.  Modifications began with the Italian Blue Team and continue today with Meckstroth and Rodwell.  In our classes we will explore the bidding structure as well as the responses.  The system is elegant and straightforward.  We will also explore a solid defense if you play against a precision pair.  Bring a partner so that you can utilize the system once you learn it.  You will find yourself in the right contract more often than not.  This two session course will be taught at Seabreeze.  Email Jeff directly at jkoltenuk@icloud.com to register.

For general inquiries regarding Educational Classes, please email Bob Matthews at classesdbc@gmail.com or bobmatthewsusa@gmail.com, or Sharlene Tyler at tandemst@gmail.comTo register for a course or for more detailed information regarding a specific course, please contact the instructor directly at the email address indicated in the course description.  Instructors will need your email contact address to send notices and other pertinent course information.  Classes, unless otherwise stated above, are $5 per class (entire course fee payable at the 1st class) and are held at the Odell Recreation Center from 9 to 11am on Thursday morning.
Last updated : Dec 30, 2017 14:51 EST
Life Master Rank Changes for December

Click on this article to view our members who have just achieved a Rank change.  Click on the Milestones menu button to view previous months.

Last updated : Jan 12, 2018 10:02 EST
Special Game Schedule for Jan

Click on this article to view the Jan 2018 Special Games Schedule.

Last updated : Dec 30, 2017 13:56 EST
Regular Game Schedule
Day Time Location Type Director Note
Monday 1:00 pm Laurel Manor 299er Pairs Matthews Brief lesson before game
Monday 1:00 pm Seabreeze Open Pairs Gauthier  
Monday 5:30 pm Seabreeze New Comers < 50 MPS Matheson Brief lesson before game
Monday 6:15 pm Laurel Manor Open Pairs Magnuson  
Tuesday 12:45 pm Lake Miona Open Pairs Williams  
Tuesday 1:00 pm Eisenhower < 750 MPS Pairs Davies  
Wednesday 8:30 am Eisenhower < 20 MPS Pairs Davies  
Wednesday 1:00 pm Lake Miona 399er NLM Pairs Quinn  
Wednesday 1:00 pm Mulberry Open Pairs Macheel  
Wednesday 6:15 pm Seabreeze Open Pairs Matthews  
Thursday 9:00 am Rohan Open/399er NLM Pr Magnuson  
Thursday 1:00 pm Mullberry Open Pairs Macheel  
Thursday 4:30 pm Rohan 99er Pairs Holmes Question & Answer after game
      0-149 starting 2/1/18    
Friday 9:00 am Seabreeze Open/399er NLM Pr Matthews  
Friday 1:00 pm Eisenhower Open Pairs Holmes  
Friday 6:15 pm Laurel Manor New Comers < 100 MPS Kuyper  
Friday 6:15 pm Laurel Manor Open Pairs Kuyper  
Saturday 1:00 pm Miona Open Pairs Gauthier  
Saturday 1:00 pm Colony Cottage 750 NBLM Pairs Kuyper  
Sunday (3rd) 1:00 pm Seabreeze Mentor-Novice Pairs Magnuson

             For all other Sunday games, see the Temp Venue/Game Changes article above.

If you need to contact a Director, click on the Staff > Director menu button to obtain contact information.

Last updated : Jan 22, 2018 15:41 EST
Alert Message

Congratulations to Bob Matthews who has become our new club President and to Beverly Parrish who will remain our club Secretary for 2018.

The Board has issued advanced notes on their Jan 20 Board Meeting (see article to the left) and the Duties and Responsibilities of various positions in our club (click on the Board Info menu button).

The February Newsletter is now available by clicking the Newsletter menu button.

Last updated : Jan 22, 2018 10:28 EST
Top Clubs in ACBL

In 2016 we had grown to become the 4th largest ACBL club in North America.  Click on the History - A Growth Story  menu button for the history of our club.

Last updated : Jan 14, 2017 09:12 EST
Results
Mon January 22, 2018
1 PM Laurel 299ers & S.B
Director: Janet Matthews
Mon January 22, 2018
1 PM SB Jr Fund
Director: Jon Williams
Mon January 22, 2018
6:30 PM Newcomer
Director: Paul Matheson
Mon January 22, 2018
6:15 PM Laurel Open Pair
Director: Bev Magnuson
Sun January 21, 2018
1 PM SB Mentor/Novice
Director: Bev Magnuson
Sat January 20, 2018
1 PM Miona Jr Fund
Director: Richard Gauthier
Sat January 20, 2018
1 PM Colony NLM 750
Director: Kuyper
Fri January 19, 2018
Friday Morning Session
Director: Janet Matthews
Fri January 19, 2018
1 PM Open Pairs-Jr. Fund
Director: Pat Holmes
Alert Message

Congratulations to Bob Matthews who has become our new club President and to Beverly Parrish who will remain our club Secretary for 2018.

The Board has issued advanced notes on their Jan 20 Board Meeting (see article to the left) and the Duties and Responsibilities of various positions in our club (click on the Board Info menu button).

The February Newsletter is now available by clicking the Newsletter menu button.

Last updated : Jan 22, 2018 10:28 EST
Top Clubs in ACBL

In 2016 we had grown to become the 4th largest ACBL club in North America.  Click on the History - A Growth Story  menu button for the history of our club.

Last updated : Jan 14, 2017 09:12 EST
Results
Mon January 22, 2018
1 PM Laurel 299ers & S.B
Director: Janet Matthews
Mon January 22, 2018
1 PM SB Jr Fund
Director: Jon Williams
Mon January 22, 2018
6:30 PM Newcomer
Director: Paul Matheson
Mon January 22, 2018
6:15 PM Laurel Open Pair
Director: Bev Magnuson
Sun January 21, 2018
1 PM SB Mentor/Novice
Director: Bev Magnuson
Sat January 20, 2018
1 PM Miona Jr Fund
Director: Richard Gauthier
Sat January 20, 2018
1 PM Colony NLM 750
Director: Kuyper
Fri January 19, 2018
Friday Morning Session
Director: Janet Matthews
Fri January 19, 2018
1 PM Open Pairs-Jr. Fund
Director: Pat Holmes