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Partnership Contacts

Open

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
Rick Gauthier will be the New Head Director on 1/1/18
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Rick Gauthier as our new Head Director effective January 1, 2018.  Please join us in congratulating Rick on his new position.  We also wish to thank Paul Matheson for his many years of faithful service as Head Director.  Paul will continue to serve as Database Manager, which we appreciate very much.
Last updated : Nov 17, 2017 12:16 EST
Temporary Venue Changes

Paul Matheson has announced the following temporary venue changes.

  • Nov 26 - The Sunday 1:00 Fast Pairs game has been cancelled.
  • Dec 10 - A Sunday 2:00 pm Fast Pairs game as been ADDED at Seabreeze.  There will be NO fee for members.  This will be a Holiday Special.
Last updated : Nov 19, 2017 19:56 EST
New Educational Classes Being Offered

Listed below are some new classes being offered to our members to improve their bridge skills.

Thursdays Nov 16, 30 and Dec 7 - Class on Opening Leads taught by Jon Williams

 
Opening leads are frequently the cause of victory or defeat on an entire hand.  Improved your game by learning how to choose your opening lead.  Email Jon directly at  jdwmrw@earthlink.net to register.   Remaining spots will be filled based on recorded dates on emails.  Registrations will be confirmed by return email after Nov 9th.
 

Thursdays, Jan 18, 25 and Feb 1, 8, 15 -  Class on 2 over 1 Game Force taught by Sharlene Tyler - Registration Closed*

Learn the most popular new system in modern bridge --- TWO over ONE Game Force You may often hear, “Oh, yes, I play 2/1 … it’s easy!”  Please know there is more to the system than Responder’s first bid.  This class is suitable for any player that has already taken a basic bridge class.

 

*This class is already filled up.  If there is enough interest, a repeat of this class is being considered for April 2018.  Please email Sharlene directly at tandemst@gmail.com to express your interest in an April offering and to be placed on a Waiting List.

 
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 : Oct 22, 2017 09:01 EDT
Nominees for 2018 Board of Directors

Click on this article to pull up the bios for each candidate running for office for the 2018 Board of Directors.  There will be 2 people elected from the 6 people running for office.  The candidtates are as follows:  Sheila Goad, Marilyn Williams, Larry Abramovitz, Phil Benner, Gordon Pfeiffer, and Donna Brown.

Ballots for the election of new members to the Board of Directors will be distributed to all the venues by December 1.  The election period is from Dec 1 - 15, 2017.   Directors will disseminate and collect the ballots at each game and then pass the sealed envelopes to any BOD member.  The BOD will meet on December 16 to open and count the ballots.  More explicit directions will be provided just prior to December 1.

Last updated : Nov 18, 2017 11:59 EST
Life Master Rank Changes for October

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 : Nov 11, 2017 15:00 EST
Special Game Schedule for Nov

Click on this article to view the Nov 2017 Special Games Schedule.

Last updated : Oct 31, 2017 08:01 EDT
Regular Game Schedule
Day Time Location Type Director Note
Monday 1:00 pm Laurel Manor 299er Pairs Robinson 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  
Monday 6:15 pm Laurel Manor < 500 NLM 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 Thiher  
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 Thiher  
Thursday 4:30 pm Rohan 99er Pairs Holmes Question & Answer after game
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 NLM Pairs Kuyper  
Sunday (1st) 1:00 pm Seabreeze Open Swiss Holmes
Sunday (3rd) 1:00 pm Seabreeze Mentor-Novice Pairs Magnuson
Sunday (4th) 2:00 pm Seabreeze Fast Pairs Thiher  

 

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

Last updated : Nov 16, 2017 10:35 EST
Update on Bus Trip to Gatlinburg Regional Tournament

The proposed bus trip to Gatlinburg has been modified.  The trip is now planned to be a 5-day Monday to Friday schedule allowing for 3 full days of play at the Tournament.  A 38 passenger bus has been reserved and approximately 24 members have registered for the trip.  A minimum of 30 riders is necessary for the bus transportation cost per person to be approx $200. The group size will likely be capped at 32-34 to avoid overcrowding on the bus.  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 during most games and is also posted on the tournament section of the ACBL website.

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 carolk@gmail.com   or by phone 352-750-0059.

Last updated : Nov 5, 2017 09:16 EST
Alert Message

Rick Gauthier will become our new Head Director effective 1/1/18.  Read article to the left.

Last updated : Nov 17, 2017 12:13 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
Sun November 19, 2017
Sunday Morning Session
Director: Paul Matheson
Sat November 18, 2017
Villages 499er Sectional
Director: Paul Matheson
Sat November 18, 2017
1 PM Miona Open
Director: Rick Gauthier
Sat November 18, 2017
Villages Sectional
Director: Paul Matheson
Fri November 17, 2017
9: AM Sea Br Open
Director: Sandra Gebhardt
Fri November 17, 2017
1:00 PM Open Pairs
Director: Pat Holmes
Fri November 17, 2017
Friday Morning Session
Director: Paul Matheson
Fri November 17, 2017
6:15 PM Laurel Open
Director: John Kuyper
Fri November 17, 2017
Friday Afternoon Session
Director: Paul Matheson
Alert Message

Rick Gauthier will become our new Head Director effective 1/1/18.  Read article to the left.

Last updated : Nov 17, 2017 12:13 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
Sun November 19, 2017
Sunday Morning Session
Director: Paul Matheson
Sat November 18, 2017
Villages 499er Sectional
Director: Paul Matheson
Sat November 18, 2017
1 PM Miona Open
Director: Rick Gauthier
Sat November 18, 2017
Villages Sectional
Director: Paul Matheson
Fri November 17, 2017
9: AM Sea Br Open
Director: Sandra Gebhardt
Fri November 17, 2017
1:00 PM Open Pairs
Director: Pat Holmes
Fri November 17, 2017
Friday Morning Session
Director: Paul Matheson
Fri November 17, 2017
6:15 PM Laurel Open
Director: John Kuyper
Fri November 17, 2017
Friday Afternoon Session
Director: Paul Matheson