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Have lots of fun & points at the Sectional

The Spooktacular Sectional

OCT. 28 - 29 (FlyerResults

The  Apple Cider Sectional

Nov. 17 -20 (Flyer)


      District 12       Unit 203


Spooktacular Is Back!! 2022

After a 3-year hiatus due to Covid, SOMBA held its 12th Spooktacular Tournament on 10/28 & 10/29. Enthusiastic players returned, many in elaborate costumes. Free plays were awarded to costume winners.

Success was assured through the diligent efforts of director Dave Fletcher (who is the new president of district 12). Sir Trumps A Lot was assisted on both days by able director Jane Hall.

Thanks go to catering expert Diane Kosuda who ordered lunches, shopped, delivered necessities, and filled in as a partner for an I/N player. SOMBA’s newest Board Member, Jean Hellekjaer, baked and decorated cookies, welcomed players and ran errands. Marsha Leiphart served as Swiss assistant and check in helper. She played with a newbie too. Sook Wilkenson ensured all players were vaccinated (an ACBL requirement) both days. We are appreciative of Dave Dursum (SOMBA President) for his support and assistance delivering everything it takes to run a tournament (a lot of stuff!) to storage.

On Friday we had 9 tables in the morning and 8 ½ in the afternoon. Saturday had 5 teams in the Swiss. 

Congratulations to our Winners:

Am Pairs:

N/S Norm Kakaral& Babak Famili

E/W Martha Radek Smith & Carol Diebold

PM Pairs:

N/S Claudia Snyder & Valerie Straith

E/W Larry Junck& Diane Kosuda

Swiss Teams:

Paul Kubicek& Asher Howarth

Mark Merritt & Connie Chapp

Thank to all who contributed to this fun event

Kathy Twomey

Tournament Chair



Since the pandemic, I have played duplicate bridge online only on BBO and sometimes face to face at local clubs and tournaments.  I have noticed several pairs of siblings who are playing bridge and having lots of fun.  So, I decided to compile a list of them, some are SOMBA or MBA members.

Pamela Morse , Susan Higbe, Martha Henkel and Joan Micou from the Grosse  Pointe Area

Emily Miller and Susan Michelotti from Birmingham

Michele Jacobsen and Melinda Muirhead from Bloomfield Hills

Mark Merritt and Margie Reed from Lake Orion and Clarkston respectively

Pam George and Roberta Parker from Ann Arbor

Mike Bishel and Ron Bishel from Ann Arbor and Columbus, Ohio respectively

Some of these bridge players discovered and learned the bridge game during college, while working at their career, or during retirement, even at family gatherings.

We should encourage our siblings or other family members to learn the duplicate bridge game.  That’s what Margie Reid did when her brother, Mark Merritt got interested in bridge after his retirement then they started to be partners.

Submitted by: Marsha Leiphart


Somba held its 2022 regional May 9 thru May 15 at the Bridge Connection with everything from 0-500 mp pairs to Swiss team games.  Attendance was down from previous years which was expected due to the nationwide slow return to live bridge after the Covid pandemic. 

Congratulations to Owen Lien who was our point leader for the week.  At least three people were known to obtain their Life Master status during the tournament getting those last precious gold points.  Marsha Leiphart- Evelyn Rosen- Jean Hornbacher.

Special thanks to our Tournament co-chairs – Dave Dursum/ Kathy Twomey/ Deepak Dighe -- and a big shout out to Diane Kosuda who did a real bang up job on hospitality.  Thanks also to all the board members who helped out with greeting, vac checks, partnerships, and awards.


Tony Savant, my friend and bridge partner, and our SOMBA web master, has returned from an extended stay in South Carolina. Several ailments including Covid and a slow healing broken ankle kept him from returning to Michigan last summer. But he's back now after a one week stop in Gatlinburg to pick up a few master points. He is hot on the trail of becoming a Gold Life Master and you should see him at upcoming tournaments and club games.

Welcome back Tony!!

Submitted by: Dave Fletcher


**** A quick addendum **** HE'S GONE   On Sept, 1. Tony sold his house and moved to the Myrtle  Beach area. 

He is still our webmaster and a good friend. ***




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The Bridge Connection Is Reopening


Many of you are anxious to get back to playing in person.  It is of paramount importance to us that you do so safely!

For the health and safety of our Directors and players, The Bridge Connection is requiring all guests be temperature checked and present evidence of having received full vaccination to compete in live play.

We are also asking that you orally certify upon entry that you have not experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 72 hoursFever above 100. ..........

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--------New SOMBA Members--------
October November

Plyush Desia

Meg Richard



New Masterpoint



Junior Master John Monnich
Club Master Shelley Barr
Club Master Jeanine Lunghamer
Club Master Anne Shenck
Bronze Life Master  
Bronze Life Master Chun Zhou
Sapphire Life Master Deepak Dighe



Junior Master Kelly Cash
Club Master Asher Howarth
Regional Master Charles Raeder
NABC Master Jane Frick
Adv NABC Master Peter Hellekjaer
Life Master Peggy Roberts
Ruby Life Master Vishwas Gadgil


































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































♠  New ACBL Alert Procedures  ♣ 

  • "Transfers"  We can no longer just use the word transfer, we must include the suit to which we are transferring.
  • Traditional Support Doubles and Redoubles no longer need to be alerted.
  • Direct Cue Bids (with the exception of Michaels) must now be alerted.
  • Uncontested jump shifts no longer require an alert.
  • Instead of saying "could be short" when bidding 1 Club for example, you must now specify the number of cards in that suit.

          Example:  "Could be as short as one".

Look at page 35 of your January 2021 ACBL Bulletin for a complete listing of the changes.