Release 2.19o
Welcome to North Orlando Bridge Center

Location:           Venue on the Lake - Maitland Civic Center

641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland FL 32751

Phone:               321-460-2083 (Club Number)

                           407-435-5123 (Glen Martin)

                           407-808-7900 (Perry Poole) 



We will be closed for all Face to Face bridge activities until further notice.

Please stay safe and restrict yourselves socially for the foreseeable future. 

In the meantime, here are four ways to support our club

Play in our virtual club games on BBO - please take survey by clicking here and see below

Sign-up for Bridge lessons provided on Zoom - see below

When shopping on Amazon simply use the following link:

Make a Donation to our club - please use our special PayPal link.

Thank you!


David Loeb is offering a new series of classes starting November 10th

Replays of past classes are also available - See "Replays of Classes" in Menu at left

The following classes are entitled the "Nov-Dec" series:  The schedule and topics are:

  • Nov 10 - 1m-1M-2m Auctions 
  • Nov 12 - Hand evaluation  
  • Nov 17 - Splinter bids 
  • Nov 19 - Loser on loser play 
  • Dec 1 - Safety play  
  • Dec 3 - The Woolsey Defense to 1NT
  • Dec 8 - Strong 2C Auctions  
  • Dec 10 - Roman Key Card   

Description of Classes:  

  • 1m-1M-2m Auctions:  After opener shows a minimum with a long minor, responder may want to improve the contract, invite game, or force to game.  On other auctions, responder has 2-Way New Minor Forcing or 4th Suit Forcing to clarify their intent.  Learn how to bid accurately after opener rebids their minor.    
  • Hand Evaluation:  The ability to assess your hands potential is one of the most important skills in bridge.  HCP and Losing Trick are useful tools.  Learning how to judge the value of your holdings based on the auction provides a bid advantage.  Score more matchpoints by learning when to upgrade and downgrade your hand. 
  • Splinter Bids:  With a good trump fit and shortness, games and slam may be available with fewer than expected HCP.  Learn how to use splinter bids to show a trump fit, shortness, and game forcing values and how the auction should proceed.  
  • Loser on Loser Play:  Learn how to safely take more tricks by exchanging losers to avoid overruffs and keep the dangerous opponent off lead. 
  • Safety Play:  Learn how to use safety plays to guard against bad breaks and secure your contract.  In team scoring and rubber bridge, safety plays pay dividends by increasing the likelihood of collecting your game and slam bonuses.  In matchpoints, where overtricks are often critical, safety plays are typically used when you are in a good contract and expect to score well if you make your contract.  The class will cover when to make a safety play in a matchpoints game.   
  • Woolsey Defense to 1NT:  Almost all defenses to a 1NT opening provide a method to show both majors, but few provide a way to choose your best fit.  Learn how to use the Woolsey Defense to find the best major suit fit and clarify the respective lengths when showing a major-minor 2 suiter.  
  • Strong 2C Auctions:  You don't get great hands often.  Learn how to bid more accurately when holding a big hand.  Big hands where opener has a 4-card major and long diamonds are particularly difficult.  Auctions where opener jumps to 3NT make it difficult to look for the best strain and assess whether a slam is available.  This class provides tools to avoid these difficulties and arrive at the right contract. 
  • Roman Key Card Blackwood:  Slam bidding is more accurate when you have tools to learn about the trump King and trump Queen.  This class teaches how to use Roman Key Card Blackwood to collect the information you need to assess slam chances.  Topics include how to ask for the trump Queen, whether you should ask for the number of Kings or for a specific King, and how to respond with a void.
The classes will be offered onTuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 am.  The cost of each individual class is $10, all the Nov-Dec classes for $60, or you can purchase a subscription to 4 months of his classes now for $120.  A subscrition includes all the Nov-Dec classes and those to come in January and February.  There is no charge for the above for those who signed up for subscriptions in September or October.  If you are unable to attend a session, you will receive a link to a replay that you can view at any time.  You may pay with credit card or use paypal.  If you wish to purchase more than one class, click the "Continue Shopping" button before paying.  

Choose an Option
Specify Class - if Individual

Support our virtual club games on BBO with an entry fee of $5.00.  See weekly schedule under Special Events

If you are interested in supporting our club by playing on-line, please take our survey by clicking here.

  You will need a computer, tablet or smart phone to play on BBO.  A BBO account is needed (joining BBO is free).  You will also need to purchase some "Bridge Base Dollars" to cover your entry fee.  We hope you enjoy the chance to play with our friends and support the club.  The Sagamore Bridge Club, one of the pioneer clubs getting all this started, has a set of videos you might want to look at if all this is very new to you.  Click here to access these videos.   

If you are interested in playing on-line, perform the following steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Bridge Base, especially if you've been playing on BBO for a while.  To be sure, use this address to sign-in:  (Don't try to get there with won't work).
  2. If you haven't already signed up for Bridge Base Online (BBO), try to do so at least 24 hours ahead of the game you want to play in. Once logged in, click on “BBO Help” and review how to navigate around BBO.  
  3. These games are meant to support our club therefore, there will be a charge.  You will pay this charge using BBO$.  See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “How to add $ on BBO” for how to do this. Monday’s club game will cost each player $5.00 with 80% of this going to our club. We thank you for this support!
  4. Enter your ACBL number into BBO if you have one.  Do this in BBO as follows: Click on the ACBL World button. Click on Update your ACBL number - the link is in the list of horizontal links immediately below the list of pending ACBL tournaments, on the left side of your screen. Enter your username and password, then click on Submit. If you do not have an ACBL number, you will be unable to play in any limited games, only our open games.  New or Beginner players without an ACBL number can request an ACBL temporary membership for only $7.99.  Temporary memberships last one month but once you have an ACBL number, you can continue to play in our limited games.  This option is only available to players who have never been a full-year member. Enter our club number of “268136” when joining so that you are linked to our club.  Click here to Join Now! "       
  5. In your BBO account settings, you have the option of confirming your bids and plays which is recommended as it is makes it much harder to misclick.  In tournament games like these, the director is not allowed to “UNDO”. However, if there's a real mess because of an error, you can call the Director and he/she may adjust the results.
  6. You can also add a convention card to your profile. In tournament games, you or your partner must have a card or the director will force you to play according to the Standard American Yellow card.  See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “Make a BBO Conv. Card” for how to do this OR see the panel below for the steps needed. .
  7. Starting two hours before game time you can register to play. Go to “Competitive” and then choose “ACBL - Virtual Clubs”.  You'll see our upcoming game listed with how many minutes there are until game time.
  8. If you plan to play with your regular partner, you will need to know your partner's “BBO user name”.  Note: We are adding BBO usernames to our member list. You will enter this when you register for the game. 
  9. If you do not have a partner, you can enter your name on the partnership desk for the game you want to play in.  There you can invite someone already there to be your partner or wait for someone else to come and invite you to be your partner. See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “Want a partner? Learn How” for more on this.
  10. The games are stratified by mps of highest player--a third of the field in each strat. Once you have registered for a game, the program will automatically stratify and seat you.
  11. To see the results of these games, click here or check the results page on our website
  12. Based on the survey responses and lessons learned from this game, we will determine when and how often we will offer additional games. 

Your feedback is important so send us your comments.

Any questions call or email Glen or Perry and we will help.

BBO Convention Cards
If you and your partner are playing agreed conventions not found on the Standard American Yellow Card (SAYC), you really should create a Convention Card that describes your agreements.  
You can do this as follows: 
  1. Log on to BBO and click on your Account tab on the right hand side of screen.  Up at the top you will see Profile, Settings, Convention Card and Deal Archive.  
  2. Click on Convention Card and view the cards already there under Stock cards.
  3. Select one that is closest to your agreements and Click edit to adjust it to what you and your partner actually like to play (or Click on New Convention Card to create one from scratch). 
  4. After modifying or adding what you want, adjust the title of the card to what you like and add your partner's BBO username in the field titled "use with" (this is optional) then click save.
  5. Your new saved card will show up under Personal Cards with the title you entered.   
Now, when you are getting ready to play in a tournament and when your partner is online, select your personal convention card you added and enter your partner's BBO Username in the "use with partner" field and click on "use with partner".  This will load your card for use in that game.  You can also do this during the game if you forgot to do so earlier.  
You can view the cards selected by your partnership and your opponents when at the table by clicking on the little blue box with three lines in it at top left of screen   


Support your Club by Playing in the North Orlando Bridge Center's Tournaments on BBO.  

Our Weekly Game Schedule:

10:05 amMon Thru Sat 0-299

12:25 pmMon Thru Sat Open
Note: Sunday games are cancelled due to lack of participation
Tue November 24, 2020
Open Online Game
BBO 12:25 pm
Director: Glen Martin
Wed November 25, 2020
0-299 Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Stan Goodman
Wed November 25, 2020
Open Online Game
BBO 12:25 pm
Director: Stan Goodman
0-299 Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Dave Hoyle
0-299 Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Dave Hoyle
#9878 0-299 Pairs North Orlando Bridge Cente