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Monthly Competition - August Most Masterpoints

And the Winner Is.......

This Bridgewebs bridge club site lets us put up various competitions online.  The Club Manager does these for fun, since they are available.

August's competition was for the Person earning the MOST MASTERPOINTs for the month. The winner is Woody McHarg with 25.65 MPs! Woody also attended the most games, 18 in all. Second place is Misha Tomic, 23.48. Third is Sherry McHarg with 21.85. Fourth and Fifth are Norma Scott and Al Kocurek.

The good news is 61 players received some masterpoints. The thing to look at, is how well you did in relation to your peers, or how you did last month. Total masterpoints also vary on how many players are in  the game.  In the winter with large playing fields one can pick up more points. Look on the webpage for the competition and see how you did.

Septembers competetion will be for another slam contest. This will be for total number of slams, regardless of small or grand.  Let's see you guys get gutsy with your bidding!

 

New Postings

The Minutes of the Annual Meeting, Recent Board Meetings, and the new Bylaws (retroactive to Jan 1, 2019) are now posted on the website under the menu heading "Minutes of Meetings"

 

 

PRICE INCREASE

Due to increased expenses, the Board voted to raise the game fee to 100 pesos, and the book of 10 tickets to 900 pesos. But remember, your game fee now includes fees for special games, such as charity, NAP games and others.

Welcome to The Bridge Studio of San Miguel de Allende
Bienvenidos!
Bienvenidos!

Welcome to The Bridge Studio of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We are an official ACBL duplicate bridge club, offering games four times a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Games start promptly at 1:30pm, so please arrive by 1:15. We welcome visitors, please stop by and see our club. See our information page for more details. Any questions, contact our board at board@smabridge.com.  

Last updated : May 18, 2019 13:05 CDT
New Location News

Find/Offer a Ride feature now on this web site

If you are looking for a rideshare to our game at the Ventanas Country Club, Add you name and interest to the form under the Menu item "Find a Ride to/from Ventanas".You can put in the week you are interested,which days, and contact information.There is a text box where you can elaborate: Number of seats, which part of town, whether you are offering or wanting a lift.

If you are Driving or Walking into Las Ventanas, You MUST have a Photo ID! This is for our and everyone's security.

Passengers do not need a Photo ID.

 

Last updated : Aug 9, 2019 21:12 CDT
Our Club
Our Club
Last updated : Aug 9, 2019 21:23 CDT
Recent History

Dear Members and Friends:

At an emergency meeting held on Sunday, July 7th, the Board of Directors made the very difficult decision to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with “Mon Bistro” located at Ventanas for a period of one year with a three months early termination clause

Background

In October 2018 the Board was advised that we would have to vacate our premises on Stirling Dickenson by May 31, 2019.  It was not a complete surprise but we wondered how we would ever find another location that so completely met our needs.  The answer is we could not.

The Board began its search for a new location in earnest. Three Board members volunteered to form a Relocation Committee. They spent many hours visiting sites throughout the city.  They followed up on every lead, suggestion and recommendation. Two of the locations they visited early on were the Bordello and Ventanas, a golf club located on Carretera Dolores. Initially Ventanas was eliminated as a potential site because of its location just on the outskirts of the city.  The Bordello was viewed as a possibility.   Fortunately we were given some breathing room with an extension at our current location until July 31, 2019. The search continued.

In March 2019 a newly constituted Board of Directors was established.  After a first introductory meeting in March following the AGM, an emergency Board meeting was held to review the findings of the Relocation Committee. No new location had been found. Therefore the Board passed a motion that we enter into negotiations with the owner of the Bordello with the purpose of having a lease in place by July 15, 2019. 

Unfortunately it was six long months since our initial talks with the owner of the Bordello.  Many changes were underway at that location with major renovations and the expectation that a restaurant would be leasing space adjacent to ours.  Nevertheless, negotiations continued over the next three months.  A great deal of effort and time was expended by both sides. However, there were a number of issues under discussion which we were unable to resolve. Therefore we decided to take another look at Ventanas location. We were offered space in the restaurant ‘Mon Bistro’ located within the Ventanas complex. Reports from this visit indicated that the space was large enough to accommodate 24 tables, more than sufficient to cover the winter visitors; the rent is less, the lease shorter, large storage space, parking and almost no renovation expense

After a great deal of discussion and angst, the Board decided Ventanas was the best solution at this time.  As expected, there are some negatives associated with the move. Its location would head the list. Also, we were not able to obtain the space 24/7. At this time it will be available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday The club will provide coffee, tea and water.  We will suspend the delicious food service  provided by Sherry.  Mon Bistro will be happy to serve us. 

We are hopeful that it will turn out to be the right decision.   As you know San Miguel is booming.  Rental space is at a premium and when it is available, the rental costs are prohibitive for the Bridge Studio.  Please give the new location a chance and know that we did our best.

Brigitte Lewis, President

 

 

 

 

Last updated : Aug 9, 2019 22:00 CDT
Current Events

TEMPORARY CHANGE OF VENUE

 
Wednesday, Sept 11, Friday Sept 13, and Sat. Sept.14 Due to a conflict of events at Las Ventanas, the three games Sept 11-14 will be held at the Casa de la Noche, at the site of the Bordello Bridge games. Games will be at 1:30pm as usual.  Because we are uncertain of the number of tables, please arrive by 1:15 so game can start promptly at 1:30. The games will be directed by Phyllis Culp and proceeds donated to Jovenes  Adelantes, a scholarship program.
 
Directions: Organos 19 in centro, between Hernadez Macias and Volunteros/Quebrada. There is a parking garage on Organos, corner after Hdz. Macias, fee 100p for bridge players.  Also parking on Quebrada at the Hotel Sauto lot for 30p/hr.
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Change in  Location at Ventanas Golf Club

Now we are located outside of  the Mon Bistro Restaurant.

 Due to some  problems  that accrued, the Bridge Studio games are still in the event center outside of the resaurant. Lunches are no  longer available, and we will go back  to providing  coffee, tea, and whatever. Isabel has been rehired to clean the  area. Many thanks to Sherry and Woody McHarg for coordinating the move. We still have access to the Bodega for storing our equipment. The tables can be left up except when there is a special event in the building. We will have to move  our tables out. The location of those games will be announced. And, we have big windows with a  lovely view.

-- Ellen Snyder, Club Manager

Ex- President of Mexico, Vicente Fox Visits Bridge Studio!

On Saturday, August 3, Studio Players had to navigate around a large fundraiser in the adjoining room, headed by Vicente Fox. We were surprised though, when the ex-prez and the ex-first lady came into Mon Bistro, chatted up with owner Gilles, and then asked if they could speak with our bridge group. Some of our member commented that Fox is a bridge player. He told us about the new hospital, part of Methodist Hospital of Texas, which will be state-of--the art. He asked if he could include our club in future events held in the area. Nobody said no, so perhaps we will hear from Vicente again!


 

NEW! Partnerships

We have a new form on this web site for finding partnerships. In the menu on the left of the home page their is a button "Find a Partner". On that page is a form you can fill out and it will be mailed to our Partnership Chair, MaryKatherine Wainwright. Below the form this is a list of people who have made requests, who you can contact by the information they left. You don't have to use this form, it's just for convience. You still can directly email MaryKatherine at  mkwbridge@gmail.com. Whichever way you choose, PLEASE, if you find a partner on your own, contact MaryKatherine to let her know, so she can stop looking for you. We don't want any double-booking. Thanks to Don Freeland for helping with the form.

 

No Fragrances Please!

Please keep in mind that some of our players have allergies to perfumes and other frangrances so lets not wear any to our games. In our small confines, there's no where to go! 

 

Calendar
September 20, 2019
Friday Open Pairs
1:30
September 21, 2019
Saturday Open Pairs
1:30
September 23, 2019
Monday Open Pairs
1:30
Results
Wednesday Open Pairs
Director: Terry Holden
Monday Open Pairs
Director: Woody McHarg
Saturday Open Pairs
Director: Phyllis Culp