Release 2.19n
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 - new)

                           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 August 4th.  

The first series is entitled "Improve Your Bidding" and includes the following:

  • Aug 4 & 6 – The Best Way to Play Inverted Minors - This 2-lesson series teaches an easy, natural approach to raising your partner's minors.  The lessons address the 5 biggest flaws in the way inverted minors are typically taught: the space consuming 1m-2m-3NT auction, the difficulty handling constructive raises. the guessing after a preemptive raise, and handling opener's big hand with a 3-card minor.  The style presented is effective at every level playing, including world championships.  
  • Aug 11 & 13 - Improved Jacoby 2NT - Traditionally, players are taught artificial responses to show shortness after a Jacoby 2NT response showing 4+ card support for opener's major and game forcing values.  Because the shortness showing bids don't disclose whether opener has extra values or not, they often needlessly help the defense by disclosing information about opener's distribution.  The traditional 1M-2NT-4M auction forces responder to guess at the 5-level when slam is possible opposite a minimum opener.  This lesson series provides a better artificial response structure to avoid helping the defense and to avoid guessing.

The second series is entitled "Take More Tricks" and includes the following:

  • Aug 18 & 20 – Winning Notrump Leads - David Bird and Taf Anthias shared the results of running thousands of simulations on leads against notrump contracts after different auctions in the "Winning Notrump Leads."  The traditional 4th best from your longest and strongest suit approach didn't fare well in many situations.  This 2-lesson series reviews their findings and gives you the opportunity to put their advice into practice.  
  • Aug 25 & 27 - End Plays:  A finesse against the King works 50% of the time.  If your left-hand opponent leads into your Ace-Queen, you have a 100% chance of scoring your Ace and your Queen.  This 2-lesson series provides techniques to force your opponents to make leads which give you extra tricks.  Successfully executing an end play scores well and is great fun.  Intermediate players and advanced players. can use the techniques provided in the lessons to take more tricks.

The classes will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 am.  The cost of each series is $40 but you can sign up for both for $70. If want to save money, you can purchase a subscription to 3 months of his classes now for $120.  This includes the 8 classes above and those to come in September and October.  Subscribers also enjoy access to special sessions David plans to offer during these months.  There is no charge for the above for those who signed up for subscription in July.  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.

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David Loeb is making available replay videos of past classes.  You can purchase these individually or as a set. 

May Classes: $7.50 each or all 6 for $30

  • May 19 - Balancing:  Don't let the opponents steal your matchpoints
  • May 20 - Defensive Signals:  What, when, how & why
  • May 21 - To Draw Trump or Not to Draw Trump
  • May 22 - Inviting Game:  How to invite games without helping the defenders set your game contract
  • May 26 - Defense - What to lead and why?  What to return and why?
  • May 28 - Preempts - Best Preempting Strategy by Seat Position

June 2/1 Classes: $7.50 each or all 5 for $30

  • Jun 2 - Overview of the benefits of 2/1 Game Force.  Why it is easier than Standard American.  How to make a 2/1 Game Force.  Rebids in 2/1 Auctions.
  • Jun 4 - How to respond when you don't have a game force.  The pros & cons of 1NT Forcing versus 1NT semi-forcing.  The pros & cons of Bergen Raises
  • Jun 9 - Choosing the right game.  How to right-side notrump auctions.  The best rebid structure after 1H-2C and 1S-2C.  
  • Jun 11 - Slam bidding.  The meaning of jump bids.  Cue bidding and gauging the level of slam interest.  
  • Jun 16 - The 1D-2C 2/1 Game Force.  Rebids.  How to find the right game.  How to right-side notrump contracts.  Assessing slam interest. 

July Series 1: $10 each or all 4 for for $30

  • July 7 - Defending Interference Over 1NT (using the Lebensohl Convention)
  • July 9 - Advancing a Takeout Double of a Weak 2 (again using the Lebensohl Convention)
  • July 14 - Continuations After Opener's Reverse
  • July 16 - The Good/Bad 2NT Switch

July Series 2: $10 each or all 4 for for $30

  • July 21 - A Time for Planning - provides a checklist for declarer to consider when dummy is tabled
  • July 23 - Placing Cards - discusses how declarer can place cards in the hidden hands and provides examples to apply your card placing skills
  • July 28 - Form Your Plan - takes the concepts from the first 2 lessons and applies it to boards for class discussion
  • July 30 - Examples of planning - not a video but PDF showing thought process when planning for six example hands

If you wish to purchase more than one class or set, click the "Continue Shopping" button before paying.  

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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 Sun Open
Special Game(s)
Aug 12 6:30 pm - Next Mentor-Mentee Game
500 or more = Mentor; Under 500 = Mentee
Tue August 11, 2020
0-299 Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Dave Hoyle
Tue August 11, 2020
Open Online Game
BBO 12:25 pm
Director: Glen Martin
Wed August 12, 2020
0-299 Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Stan Goodman
0-299 Online Game
BBO 10:05 am
Director: Dave Hoyle
Open Online Game
BBO 12:25 pm
Director: David Loeb
Open Online Game
BBO 12:25 pm
Director: Stan Goodman