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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
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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
Seeding of Players
 
The board has been looking at seeding of players in games in order to make games more equitable.  Instead of implementing a new system in November, as originally planned, the Board has decided to study the matter further, and will make an implementation decision at a later meeting.  Currently we will continue as before, with the request that the Directors pay particular attention to the strength of fields across sections and within sections.
Last updated : Oct 16, 2017 13:19 EDT
Temporary Venue Changes

Paul Matheson has announced the following temporary venue changes.

  • Oct 20 - The Friday 6:15 pm game at Laurel Manor will be held at Eisenhower instead.
  • Oct 21 - The Saturday 1:00 pm game at Colony will be held at Rohan instead.
  • Oct 27 - The regularly scheduled Friday 1:00 pm game at Eisenhower will be held at Rohan Rec Center instead.
  • Oct 28 - The Saturday 1:00 pm open game at Lake Miona will be held at Rohan; Lake Miona has a conflicting schedule that day.
  • Nov 3 - The Friday 1:00 pm game at Eisenhower will be held at Rohan instead.
  • Nov 18 - The Saturday1:00 pm 750er game cancelled - conflicts with 499er Sectional.
  • Nov 19 - The Sunday 1:00 Mentor/Novice game cancelled - conflicts with 499er Sectional.
Last updated : Oct 12, 2017 14:58 EDT
5 Day Side Series Regional At The Villages

Janet Matthews reports that there will be a 5 Day Side Series Regional that we can participate in here in The Villages at our club.  It will be held during the week of November 13 -17.  The ACBL is piloting a collaboration with the Chesapeake Regional and The Common Game.

If you are interested go to this web site for information - https://sites.google.com/site/racswingforgold/home
 
Paul Matheson adds there is an important thing to consider.  The game results will not be stratified.  HOWEVER the system will note the "Field Strength" of those playing in the game and place the results in one of 3 "Pools".  Pool A will be for games played in the highest "Field Strength", Pool B is the next highest, and Pool C will be for games played in the lowest "Field Strength".  Therefore, our open games will probably be in Pool A, our 750 game in Pool B and those under 400 probably in Pool C.
 
A players final score will be their highest 2 game average played in the same "Field Strength".   So 2 high scores played in different Field Strength events will not count.  They must be in the same "Field Strength".
Last updated : Oct 13, 2017 15:18 EDT
The Villages 499er NLM Sectional

Our 3rd annual 499’er Sectional will again be held at The Savannah Center.  This year’s tournament will be held November 17 to 19 and is expected to be larger than ever and all eligible members of the Duplicate Bridge Club are encouraged to participate.  Players from many clubs in Central Florida are sure to attend as well.  Click on this article to view the flyer with all the information about this Tournament.

Last updated : Oct 15, 2017 13:02 EDT
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

 
Jon will be teaching a three week long class on Opening Leads.  To sign up please email Jon directly at  jdwmrw@earthlink.net
 

Thursdays, January 18, 25, February 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 17, 2017 10:31 EDT
Nominees for 2018 Board of Directors

The BOD has offered the following nominations to the Board for 2018:  Sheila Goad, Marilyn Williams, Larry Abramovitz, Phil Benner, Gordon Pfeiffer, and Donna Brown.

Last updated : Oct 12, 2017 15:05 EDT
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 : Oct 15, 2017 13:03 EDT
Changes to our Regular Game Schedule

Here are some preliminary changes made at the September 12 Board Meeting that Paul Matheson wanted to put out to our members immediately.  More details will come out when the Board Minutes are published and uploaded to this web site.

  1. Effective immediately there will no longer be a Reunion game the first Wednesday of the month at Lake Miona.  All games there on Wednesday afternoons will be limited to those with less than 400 mp and all the games will start at 1:00 PM.
  2. Sunday's game schedule will continue through October.  1st Sunday - Open Swiss / 3rd Sunday Mentor/Novice game  /  4th Sunday Fast Pairs at 2 PM  /  No game on 2rd or 5th Sundays.
  3. November 6 - 12 will be member Appreciation days.  Game fees will be $2 a game.
  4. Starting Saturday October 7 the game at Colony Cottage will be 399/NLM game.  The game Lake Miona will be an open game.  The change is in response to Colony Cottage's flawed policy concerning its restrictions on the use of chairs with arm rests.  This policy is not in effect at Lake Miona.  There are not any members in the 399er group that need this help so they will not be affected by the change in venue but the members who need the chairs will have them provided at Lake Miona.
Last updated : Oct 7, 2017 08:12 EDT
Life Master Rank Changes for Sept
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 : Oct 9, 2017 16:10 EDT
Special Game Schedule for October

Click on this article to view the October 2017 Special Game Schedule.

Last updated : Sep 29, 2017 22:30 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 Holmes  
Monday 6:15 pm Laurel Manor < 500NLM Pairs Holmes New game starting Nov 6
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 < 400 MPS 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 Payette  
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 399er NLM Pairs Kuyper 399er will chg to 750NLM on Nov 4
Sunday (1st) 1:00 pm Seabreeze Open Swiss Holmes
Sunday (2nd) 1:00 pm Seabreeze 499/NLM Swiss Matheson No games in Oct
Sunday (3rd) 1:00 pm Seabreeze Mentor-Novice Pairs Magnuson
Sunday (4th) 2:00 pm Seabreeze Fast Pairs Thiher Oct Only
Sunday (4th) 1:00 pm Seabreeze 8 is Enough Swiss Matheson Click Special Games for more inifo

 

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Last updated : Oct 12, 2017 14:49 EDT
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Last updated : Jan 14, 2017 09:12 EST
Results
Wed October 18, 2017
Wednesday Morning Pairs
Director: Caroline Davies
Tue October 17, 2017
1 PM Miona Charity
Director: Jon Williams
Tue October 17, 2017
1 PM Eisenhower Charity
Director: Bruce Thiher
Mon October 16, 2017
1 PM Laurel 299 Charity
Director: Dean Robinson
Mon October 16, 2017
Seabreeze Charity Game
Director: Magnuson
Mon October 16, 2017
6:30 PM Newcomer
Director: Paul Matheson
Mon October 16, 2017
6:30 PM Laurel 'Charity'
Director: Pat Holmes
Sun October 15, 2017
1 PM Mentor Novice Game
Director: Jon Williams
Sat October 14, 2017
1 PM Colony 399
Director: Kuyper
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Last updated : Oct 16, 2017 13:21 EDT
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
Wed October 18, 2017
Wednesday Morning Pairs
Director: Caroline Davies
Tue October 17, 2017
1 PM Miona Charity
Director: Jon Williams
Tue October 17, 2017
1 PM Eisenhower Charity
Director: Bruce Thiher
Mon October 16, 2017
1 PM Laurel 299 Charity
Director: Dean Robinson
Mon October 16, 2017
Seabreeze Charity Game
Director: Magnuson
Mon October 16, 2017
6:30 PM Newcomer
Director: Paul Matheson
Mon October 16, 2017
6:30 PM Laurel 'Charity'
Director: Pat Holmes
Sun October 15, 2017
1 PM Mentor Novice Game
Director: Jon Williams
Sat October 14, 2017
1 PM Colony 399
Director: Kuyper