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Wednesday Night Games

Starting on Wednesday night, December 1st, we will be having a ACBL sanctioned bridge game.  Points will be awarded. Start time will be 6:30 PM.  Show up 10 or 15 minutes early to sign up.  Have fun.

Holiday Party

The OMBC is pleased to announce a holiday party on Sunday, December 12th.  Please bring a dish for a potluck lunch at noon before the 1:00 pm game.  In the spirit of the holidays, we will be collecting non-perishable food donations and funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.  There will be silent auctions of lessons, and pro play dates to help the Second Harvest support those in need in our community.  

Take Me Out to the Bridge Game

Big news-we will start holding a night game on Wednesday, December 1st.  The Director will be Andy Wilken.  This game is aimed at those who work or otherwise can’t play during the day.  Tell all your friends.  It will start at either 6:30 or 7:00 PM.  We don’t have a final start time because we are still trying to see what works best for those that have expressed interest.   Check in on the website for further updates.

You may have noticed that the premises looks a little brighter and a little cleaner.  A big thank you to Bill Lynch, Georgette Lynch, Flo Sena, Jeff Ritchie, and Chris Kindt who all got various things done.

Some really good playing.  When you are good and you are hot Bridge is a beautiful game.  Just ask Liz Harris and Sarah Taft.  On October 14th they played well enough to score 70.0% and then, one week later on October 21st they scored a 76.25% game.  Hats off to the two ladies!  In between Geoff Jones and John Reitz has a 72.09% afternoon.  A salute to them.

Gloria McCain is teaching a class on different areas of bridge on Thursday mornings.  The classes start at 10:45 and last for about 45 minutes.  These classes are meant for newer players although anyone can sit in.  I sat in on her first class and it was informative and relaxed.  See you there.

The Monday game on the Non-Life Master side seems to be building.  We have had as many as 5 tables and no less than 4.  The Master Point limit for the game is 750 points.  Most players have less than 300 I would guess.  It is a great game for those who are newer to the game and what to play in a take it easy atmosphere.

Bob Buhrmann
11/17/2021

Upcoming Lessons for Newer Players

On Thursday, Nov. 4 at 10:45, Gloria McCain will begin her series of mini lessons for newer players.  Come join us as Gloria reviews her lessons from last year.  It is your opportunity to let her know what you would like her to focus on in upcoming lessons.  Stay and play after the lesson and wow your opponents with your new strategies!

BOB BUHRMANN - GOODWILL AMBASSADOR - UNIT 240

Please join the OMBC Board in congratulating Bob on being named Unit 240's Goodwill Ambassador.  This honorary title is presented to an ACBL member who has exhibited unselfish dedication to the causes of good conduct, worthy participation and ethical behavior.  Bob's positive attitude and tireless work on behalf of ACBL's official charity, Alzheimer's Association was noted in his nomination.  Well done Bob!

Take Me Out to the Bridge Game-Extra

The ACBL has decreed that the rest of the year will be Club Championship except when there are other specials such as STaC.  Club Championship means extra points at no extra cost. Come on and join the fun and get some extra points.  I will look forward to seeing you at the Bridge table.

The Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center (OMBC) offers Duplicate Bridge Games Seven Days a Week.

Our Newcomer's Game on Saturday's at 12:00, which includes a Mini Lesson covering a variety of Bridge Topics and Duplicate Games where you can win your first ACBL Master Points.

Non-Life Master (Limited Games) and Open Games, where some of the BEST Players in the State Compete, are offered Daily at 12:00 and an Open Game on Sunday at 1:00 to give you time for Church.

Duplicate Bridge is recognized by the AARP as a way of keeping mentally strong long after Retirement. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates use Bridge to stay Sharp and so could you. Check our website and come by the Bridge Center for a Game.

Take Me Out to the Bridge Game

A lot is happening.  We got our shipment of Easy Bridge books yesterday.  That means that we will be offering an Easy Bridge course taught by David Hoyle.  We are looking for people who are new to Bridge or new to Duplicate.  If you play social bridge, away from duplicate bridge in approved places, talk to your friends who play socially.  Tell them about the fun and the good people.  If they have never played Bridge tell them about the fun you are having.

David and Maureen Loeb are talking about lessons before the game on Thursday and Sunday.  We don’t know exactly when this will start but watch for an email or go to the web site.  I sat in on his lesson today (9/9) and he talked about Prime values which are mostly Aces and Kings.  The point was they were probably worth a little more than the usual high card point count.  Particularly if they are together.  He also mentioned that together they are even more valuable because an AK combination will usually take two tricks in that suit.  Also, I think he mentioned that a KQ limited you to mostly 1 loser.  Following that lesson, I applied what he was talking about to upgrade a couple of hands and it made a difference.  In a short time we will be coming out with a list of classes and the cost.  Also David & Maureen may be teaching a 2/1 class.  Watch for an email and check out our web site.

Come on out and join us having fun and enjoying some of the most fun you can have for less than $3.00/hour most of the time.  Charity games and other special events may cost a $1.00 more but then the money goes for a good cause.  You will know you are helping someone and having fun.  What is better than that!

Bob Buhrmann
9/9/2021

Easy Bridge

OMBC is pleased to announce that we will offer EasyBridge to new Players who may have never played bridge before and to those who want to enjoy the benefits of “Improved Memory” that AARP heralds for a player in the Duplicate Bridge World.

Classes will be scheduled to begin October 2nd, Saturday Morning from 9:00 to 11:00 to allow Students to participate in our Newcomer’s Game when they are ready.

And it is Free. Send your questions to Dave Hoyle at dave@onlinebridgecenter.com

2021 Longest Day Update

Checks should be made out to the Alzheimer’s Association.
In the memo line put Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center so that we get credit for it.
The mailing address is:

Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center
756 Bennett Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

Total Raised:  $9,044

Goal:  $6000

Member Rank Changes

August
David Loeb - Sapphire Life Master
Pat Bruno - Junior Master

July
Arlene McCord - Regional Master

May
Katherine Bybee - Silver Life Master

April
Geoff Jones - Gold Life Master

70% Games

Liz Harris & Sarah Taft
  76.25% on October 21, 2021

Geoff Jones & John Reitz
  72.09% on October 20, 2021

Liz Harris & Sarah Taft
  70% on October 14, 2021

Fred Fedler & Elizabeth Cragin
  71% on August 27, 2021

Brendan Snyder & Bill McShea
  71.87% on August 21, 2021

William Alexander & John Reitz
  70.71% on August 6, 2021

Ken & Diane Templeton
  71.67% on July 22, 2021

Carolyn Becker & Charles Minor
  73.81% on June 16, 2021

Lindy Greening & Jan Smith
  72.40% on June 
10, 2021

Bob Buhrmann & Anil Aggarwal
  71.88% on June 
01, 2021

Fred Fedler & Helen Philips
  70.14% on May 26, 2021

Ann Farrell & Charles Minor
  70.14% on May 22, 2021

Chris Kindt & Jane Formet
  71.99% on May 12, 2021

Kit & Jane Haskett
  70.40% on May 6, 2021

OMBC Event Schedule

Club Championship week (twice the points at no additional cost)

  • All remaining weeks in 2021 except for STaC weeks listed below

STaC (Sectional Tournament at Club) games award silver points and cost an additional $1

  • Monday Oct 18th thru Sunday Oct 24th
  • Monday Nov 15th thru Sunday Nov 21st