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Welcome to Sun City Grand Bridge Club


Weekly News Items


Important messages from Jim Kelso, Bridge Club President, dated 9/12/2020.  

This is the time of year we normally greet you, welcome back our snowbirds, and tell you about the Bridge Club schedule for all Social, Marathon and ACBL games.  Well, obviously, this year is very different.

On September 10th I attended, via Zoom, the Charter Club Presidents meeting.  My impression is that CAM staff and the SCG Board of Directors are working extremely hard to reopen clubs and other activities in a manner that is safe for all, following Arizona State guidelines. They stressed, as do I, that everything said today could change, depending on the Covid situation.

Several clubs have resumed activities with limitations.  The Chaparral building is open only to the Billiards Club and the Computer Club.  The Apache, Pima and Hopi rooms remain closed for card games and other close proximity activities. At this time, my best guess is no card games will be permitted until at least early 2021. When we resume, we may need to limit the players in the rooms, and the following would be required:

Signed SCG Liability Waivers for all players
Masks for all players - no exception
Hand Sanitizer at all tables, to be used frequently

There are rules about club meetings and elections, but due to the current situation, CAM is permitting flexibility, so our election normally held in December will be delayed until sometime 2021.

If you have any bridge friends who do not have email, please inform them of the current status.


In the meantime, for those of you who are not yet playing bridge on BBO, I encourage you to try it.  You can play with your friends, with robots or with strangers.  You can play solitaire.  Much of it is TOTALLY FREE.  There are also ACBL games.  BBO and the ACBL are working closely to provide bridge during this unusual time.  The ACBL is offering A FREE FOUR MONTH MEMBERSHIP TO NEW MEMBERS.  If you are interested, please see the link below.

Also, I am pleased to announce that Bruce Ketcham, a long time member of our club, has agreed to assume the duties of our club Treasurer effective October 1st, 2020 continuing until December 2021.  Welcome Bruce and thank you for stepping forward.

Bruce will replace Brad Bowker who has served with distinction as our club Treasurer since 2018.  Brad along with his wife Barbara have relocated out of Sun City Grand and are ineligible to continue SCG Bridge Club membership.  

I wish you all good health and look forward to the day when we can resume SCG Bridge Club activities.




ACBL Duplicate Bridge at SCG

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Games are Wednesday and Sunday 1:00 pm  year round and 
Tuesday at 6 pm, October through April.
ACBL members are welcome guests to our ACBL games.

Game fees: $3 members, $6 guests,
$1 or $2 for special games.

For these three ACBL games, please 
 arrive 15 minutes early so the Director 
can make seating assignments for an on time start. 
If you  need to request a special accommodation,
or are delayed, please call  the game Director:

Sunday: Dennis Frazier at 623-512-0254
Tuesday: Kathy Brousseau  at 
 Wednesday: Jackie Langlois at 623-584-5886.  
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About Our Club

Games are normally played in the Apache and Pima
rooms of the Chaparral Center located at: 
19781 N. Remington Drive, Surprise AZ  85374 

We have five Social games and three ACBL sanctioned
games weekly. (Note: The Tuesday evening ACBL
game is October through April.) Please see the schedule
of days and times at the Navigation Tabs to the left.

 For all games. For members and guests.

Please be considerate of players who have

respiratory issues.  This means smoking between
rounds and during sit out rounds is not allowed. 

Marathon Bridge Info

Friday Marathons:

1st Friday Rankings

• 2nd Friday Winners

3rd Friday Rankings

4th Friday Rankings

4th Friday Marathon (Jan-Oct) Marathon Chicago scoring
Play 3 rounds of 10 hands Play 12 Fridays – two 5th Fridays will be selected by the committee. Six best scores used – so team can miss some of the Fridays.

• Fees are $20.00 per year per team for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Friday Marathons and are non-refundable. 1st Friday Marathon fees do not include cost of lunch. No refunds. Teams must be paid-up members of the SCG Bridge Club for both calendar years to participate in a marathon. Members are required to get their own substitute partner, if necessary. If, however, a substitute cannot be found, a committee member shall be informed at least two days before scheduled play.

Although substitute players are not limited to the substitute list, substitutes should be members of the Sun City Grand Bridge Club. 

As an exception, a guest who qualifies within the 3-game overall limit restrictions as outlined in the bylaws of the Sun City Grand Bridge Club may act as a substitute.

Games are played in the Chaparral Center unless otherwise noted. Play for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd marathons begin at 9:00 a.m. Players are requested to arrive by 8:40 a.m. Team movement and tallies will be provided for each team. Players in the 4th Friday Marathon should arrive by 12:10 p.m. with play beginning at 12:30 p.m. Each session of play consists of three (3) rounds of either 8 or 10 hands each, except that leaders may choose other rotation methods (e.g., 4 rounds of 6 hands each). Leaders may use discretion on how to handle uneven tables. (They can call for bidders or call for a sit-out, giving 1500 points to pairs sitting out for a round.) A maximum of one (1) hour of time is allowed to play each round. Any delayed play (late play) will take place after the third round at the end of play.