Mississauga-Oakville Community Bridge Club
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Welcome to Mississauga-Oakville Community Bridge Club
Our Mission Statement

To provide a home for friendly, competitive bridge in a community of new to highly skilled players.

Will there be an OPEN game Wednesday/Friday this week?

Let's try this tactic to get these Wed. & Fri. OPEN games going:

Send an e-mail to mail@mobridge.club if you intend to play in either (or both) of these 2 OPEN game(s) this week.

You can submit up to 10:00 on either morning of, each week.

We will do our best to make sure we have a game for you.

We will also post here that there will definitely be a game (if we get enough reservations).

OK MObridge Members and guests ... let's get these OPEN Games up and running!!!

BBO Online Schedule

                         Hi-Lited Games are (fairly) NEW                         

Monday   10:00 am 300 MP    
     1:15 pm    1000 MP
    7:00 pm   300 MP  

$4Linked*

    7:15 pm Stratified Open
Tuesday 9:30 am 1000 MP $4
    1:15 pm 500 MP    
7:15 pm Stratified Open Linked*
   7:30 pm 50 MP
Wednesday 1:15 pm 500 MP Linked*
    1:30 pm   Stratified Open  
    7:00 pm Swiss Teams 1st Wed. of Mo.
Thursday   9:30 am 1000 MP    
  12:30 pm 300 MP  
    7:15 pm 1000 MP    
Friday 9:50 am 20 MP Linked*
    10:00 am 100 MP  
    1:15 pm 500 MP   Linked*
    1:30 pm  
Stratified Open
 
Saturday 10:00 am Stratified Open Linked*
10:15 am 300 MP
Sunday 10:00 am Stratified Open Linked*
    10:15 am   50 MP  
    1:15 pm   1000 MP  

Our NEXT Swiss Team Game is Wednesday, May 5th @ 7:00pm

For SWISS TEAMS pre-registration, contact Martin Hunter ... martinhunter@rogers.com.   Submit pairs or teams, noting the MPs of the player with the most MPs.  Pre-registration up to Wednesday morning of the game.

CLICK HERE for SWISS TEAMS Registration Instruction on BBO

**Next** ACBL Special Event in MObridge Virtual Club on BBO

May 15 & 16 -- Grass Roots Weekend at Virtual Club

2x regular club points --- all black --- $1.00 extra per player.

 

*Linked Games

Open games get credit for limited games that start within 30 minutes. For example, if we have a 300 MP game with 12 tables and an Open game with 8 tables the Open game will be awarded MPs based on a (8+12) 20 table game. More tables equals more potential points!
 

Please be careful to ensure you are registering for the correct game. 

Do not buy BBO Bucks on an app as there will be a 30% premium 
charged. Buy BBO Bucks directly from the BBO website.

MObridge Coffee Chat

Our Next COFFEE CHAT!!!

Mark the Date!!! 

Sunday, April 25th @ 9:15 am

Click here to join zoom call

Jerry Howarth will again host!!

Join us ... see your old friends (and some new)!

 

 

Members' Achievements

 

Let’s

Our Members' Rank Achievements in March, 2021

 

JUNIOR Master

LIFE Master

Verna Dennis

Gail Andrews

Sum Tang
CLUB Master

Maria Moeller

BRONZE LIFE Master

Gail Andrews
NABC Master Sum Tang

David Dickson

Peter Rival

SILVER LIFE Master

Nicole Formanek

ADV NABC Master

Marie Toyota

Luigi Giammarco

 

Virginia Warren

 

Our Honour Roll for March, 2021

This is a listing of players who played in MObridge Virtual Games @ 70+%

March 2nd Marie Toyota & Tina Boyd 70.00%
March 12th Mary Young & Robyn Markwick 70.83%
March 15th Cathy Sporich & Crystal Ingoldsby 71.43%
March 18th Ted Suski & Zachary Suski 73.02%
March 19th Joan Marsman & Peter Gardner 70.71%
March 19th Norm Rankin & Maureen Rankin 70.96%
March 20th Kathy Mason & Mary Bradley 70.83%
March 30th Mariann Glynn & Nancy Hall 74.32%
     

BARRY CRANE Top 500 Master Point Race for 2020

We have 5 of our Members on this list:

Mel Norton (#4)

Doug Andrews (#122)

John Rayner (#329)

Gary Westfall (#336)

Rod McLeod (#426)

Congratulations Gentlemen!  Quite an accomplishment!

 

If you're a MObridge MEMBER and not receiving our E-mails/Blasts ... let us know!!!  We will fix.  :)

If you're receiving our E-mails/Blasts and no longer wish to do so ... let us know!!!  We will fix.  :)

 

ARE YOU PLAYING ON BBO YET???

Several of our Board Members have been calling Members that haven't been visible at our Virtual Club on BBO.  They've been calling to see how you are all doing, and checking if you want to go on BBO and need assistance.  They've done a great job and were well received by all that were contacted.

If you were not contacted, drop us an e-mail to mail@mobridge.club and let us know how you are doing.  We don't want anyone left out.

Also, if you've moved, or changed your e-mail address/phone numbers(s), let us know so as we can update our Membership Listing.

 

 

 

MObridge Mentoring Programme

We have Mentors ready and willing to encourage and assist any Mentees (0-300 MPs) wishing to improve their game.

Calling all advancing Intermediate players wishing to add to your bridge arsenal, we have Open Players ready to help you achieve the next level of your game.  

Please go to the MObridge Website and click on the Mentoring Programme.  Fill out the Mentee form you find there to start on your journey to having more confidence in your games.  

All information to register is on the Website under The Mentoring Programme.

 

   MObridge Educational Resources   

 

 

*NEW*  Spring Lessons with Pam Husband

Click here.

 

Seminars with Danielle Gosselin 

Click here.

 

Seminar on Re-bids

Click here.

 

 

You can also check out the details under the MObridge Educational Resources menu tab.

 


 

   External Educational Resources   

... John Rayner 

2-Part Lesson Series on "The Magic of the End Play" is now open for registration.  Lessons are taking place LIVE on Mondays, April 12th & 19th, 2021 at our usual time of 4:00 - 5:30 PM Eastern.

You may register here

As well, if you would like to purchase any past or future bridge lessons, please visit my website "lessons" page here.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the live lessons!

John

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... Marty Bergen 

Do not forget about Marty’s Interactive Online Lessons - he is not just about Bergen Raises!

Go to the Marty Bergen tab under "EXTERNAL EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES"; you can peruse the many topics available for the Intermediate + player - all include a PDF (which is also available to purchase separately).  These are offered at very reasonable prices, especially if consolidated, ie. volume discount when purchased alone or with 1 or more others.

SOME examples include:  Competitive and Constructive Bidding (ie. sacrificing, doubles, overcalls, 2/1), Defensive and Declarer Card Play (ie. suit preference signals, active vs. passive leads, making overtricks).

Registration is very simple as described by Marty.

Take a look - there is something for everyone - we all want to become better Bridge players right?

__________________________________________________________________________

 

You can also check out the details under the External Educational Resources menu tab.

 

 

 

Upcoming ACBL Special Events

 

Keep your eyes open for coming events:

 

... in April:

Apr. 22nd - 25th      Stay@Home, Play@Home – ACBL regionally rated event.

 

 

... and in May:

 

May 15 - 16   Grass Roots Weekend at Virtual Clubs

                       (2x regular club points - All Black).  $1.00 extra per player.

 

May 24 - 30   Silver Linings Week at Virtual Clubs

                       (2x regular club points - 100% Silver).  $1.00 extra per player.

 

 

 

And NEVER forget to  drop any suggestions you may have in the 

Suggestion Box on our Home Page.

 

Previous Important Reads!!!

Member Survey Results

Thank you to everyone that answered the survey.   We had 156 responses – and most had favourable comments and suggestions.   We give you a few quick stats from the survey:

MP Level of Respondents

75% of Respondents (and by extension, the membership) having less than 1000 MP

  • 19%       0 – 50 MP
  • 27%       51-300 MP
  • 30%       301-1000 MP
  • 15%       1001-2500 MP
  • 10%       > 2500 MP

Note - rounding results in 101%

Desired or Intended Playing Frequency (Per Week)

  • 1-2         43%
  • 3-4         45%
  • 5-7         12%
  • >7          1%

Note - rounding results in 101%

LINKED games & TEAM games:  The response indicated substantial enthusiasm for these games.  As such, we are making some changes to the current schedule.  We have already added a Sunday LINKED game and have modified a couple of existing LIMITED games with a LINKED Open game. 

More opportunities for OPEN players and more opportunities for more points for ALL players.

BBO has been enhancing their virtual system to accommodate TEAM games.  MObridge is planning a trial SWISS TEAM GAME for March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.  If successful, a TEAM game will be added to the regular schedule.

TEAM LEAGUE:  Enthusiasm for this was mainly from the higher MP levels.  We will follow up to determine how ACBL & BBO plan to implement this.  Stay tuned for more.

SPEEDBALL pairs & IMP scored games:  The response was less than overwhelming.  Hence, no plans to add anything here.

Some of the comments received included concerns about the timing of games, the time allotted per game (6 minutes too short for some), number of games per session, cost of the online games, limited games point count, and more.  We will continue our review of this input and determine how/if we can accommodate these requests.

Thank you again for your participation and input.

 

The Directors’ Corner

During the game, when calling the Director, make sure to use the 3 bar option, typing the reason for you call in the space provided, as opposed to private chat with the Director.  Director Calls using this option allows the Director to come right to your table (as opposed to having to find you, which is the case when you use chat) and it stays in the Director Call List until the Director can get to your call (They do sometimes get more than 1 Director Call at once).  Using this feature does save time with no chance of your “call” being lost in chat.

The Directors can’t stress enough how important it is for you to be registered for your game at least 5 minutes ahead of start time (10 minutes would be ideal).  And if you do register earlier, make sure you are back at Registration at least 5 minutes before game start time (again, 10 minutes would be ideal). Last minute entries quite often change the setup, and sometimes without enough time to do so.  There have also been situations where players have been removed from our listing (BBO glitch) ... time is needed before game start to help out in such situations.  Unlike at the Club, where the game setup can be entered after game start, on BBO it MUST be set before game start.  Hopefully, if this happens to you, the Director has enough time to help out.

The Directors have also noted that it’s rare they find a pair playing in our Virtual Club without a completed Convention Card.  This is was not the case a few months back.  Well done MObridge players.

You may have noticed that the Director is now listed in the game’s opening comments.

President’s Message - February 2021

We have now completed 10 months of ‘suspended operations’! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it looks more like a pin hole. As I write this update, we have 3% of Canadians vaccinated at least once, but only 0.3% have received both doses necessary for full vaccination. Not nearly enough but a start. This is a critical measure for our readiness to resume in-person play, since many of our members want to be assured of a safe environment, the indication being 100% of all attending the game.

We continue to monitor the situation so the club can open safely and in a timely manner. Eric Pinto and his team have been working hard to understand the options and determine the safest environment and appropriate timing. At this time, we have more questions than answers. Many factors are beyond our control and are dependent on decisions by others.

We do control the game offerings we provide, both virtually and in-person. This is a unique opportunity to establish a program that reflects the wishes of our members. We have a legacy schedule with origins from the Rayner days and a second much different virtual schedule. Our objectives are:

  • Establish a schedule that provides a playing option for all members every day that we are open
  • Start and end at a consistent and predictable time
  • Have a structure of games that facilitates growth of capabilities

Shortly you will receive a questionnaire aimed at determining the preferred days and times. Please help us to set up the best schedule possible!

The Board approved the year-end draft financials and is arranging for our accountants to finalize the 2020 financial report for membership review prior to the AGM. Although actuals significantly deviated from our pre-COVID budget, we are projecting a surplus of just over $20,000. The summary below reflects a reduction in revenues more than offset by a reduction in operating costs. Our bottom line is a testament to good management practices and the club’s ability to adjust its business model quickly to unforeseeable challenges.

Financial Summary

Profit & Loss

Revenue $171,879 below budget by $69,537
Expense $150,171 below budget by $91,009
Net Income $21,708 above budget by $21,472

Balance Sheet

Total Assets $133,701 Current assets $131,074
Liabilities $16,730 primarily deferred revenue
- memberships and pre-paid cards
Total Equity $116,971

The surplus above has been returned to the members through the elimination of the membership fee for 2021 (500 X $40). There will be no change in game fees at this time.

Our forward planning remains challenging. The 2021 budget was difficult to establish with so many unknowns– predominantly, a reopening date and identifying the restrictions, either government mandated or voluntary, required for on-site attendance. Also, our leasing costs are undefined and will change come September. Your Board is reviewing the options and developing a strategy in this very much different real estate market.

Our budget is based on worst-case scenarios. We modelled different scenarios and decided to base projections on a July 1, 2021 opening date. Further, we have sufficient contingencies and management flexibility to attain a break even result if re-opening is delayed beyond that date.

The Club outreach initiative (telephone calling) is finishing up with a small number yet to be contacted.

The Coffee Chat we ran December 2nd was a great success. Thanks to Jerry Howarth for being a wonderful host. We plan to repeat our chats on a monthly basis and to move it to different games so we may engage a broader cross-section of our membership. The next event is planned for February 16th at 6:30pm before the Open game. Remember to sign up for the game early and join your friends. Look for details in this weekend’s announcement.

Martin Hunter has organized a number of inter-club team events with the South Midland Club near Dublin, Ireland and the Bridge Centre of Niagara. The latest was on January 28th. Eight teams were involved at levels from novice to expert. The matches have been well contested with close outcomes throughout. Many thanks to Martin for making this a great success! Plans are now underway to establish regular virtual Swiss team events. Stay tuned.

We are a community club with a strong history of volunteer support. In this update, I want to particularly thank Rick Wilson who has long been a stalwart of the Club. He manages the website, distributes the weekly eblasts and keeps the Dropbox records current. His ability to execute flawlessly and in a timely manner is hidden from most members, but the Club Manager and your Board understand and very much appreciate the value. Well done Rick! He has been performing thie role for three years and will be stepping down at the beginning of March. We are looking for a volunteer to take on this position going forward.

This month, with regret, the Board received and accepted the resignation of Catherine Colburn as our Club Manager. Over the past year, in addition to the day-to-day operations, Catherine has assisted with giving our website a fresh look and feel and supported the development and distribution of the member survey. Additionally, she introduced and facilitated the use of Zoom technology for our AGM, Board meetings and Coffee Chats. We thank Catherine for a great contribution during a very trying time of uncertainty, changes to our operations and renewal of most of our business processes.

We are pleased to announce that Phyllis Jones will take on the Club Manager duties once again. She was in the position in 2018 and has been a Game Director in the interim. Welcome back.

A reminder that we are planning a virtual AGM again this year on June 21, 2021. There are four Board positions opening up this year and are looking for a cross section of members of diverse talents and bridge experience to contribute to the next chapter of the Club. Please consider doing your part on the Board or as a webmaster. For more information contact Linda Planeta (lindaplanetaon@gmail.com).

Stay safe everyone. See you on BBO. (PINGLIE)

Paul Inglis

President

Mississauga-Oakville Community Bridge Club

 

This club, operating since 1984, was taken over by the local bridge community as a not-for-profit organization in 2015. We are a permanent bridge facility serving the western GTA, with a wide range of bridge games and educational offerings. 

3105 Winston Churchill Blvd, Mississauga, Ontario L5L 5S3

(905) 820-5728
mail@MObridge.club
www.MObridge.club

 

 

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