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See your friends at UPCOMING SECTIONAL

Upcoming Russell Roosen Sectional

AUG. 25 - 28  (Flyer)


      District 12       Unit 203


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



Achieved Gold Life Master

Bridge for Joy & Growth
Lakshmi S. Vora   


My friend, now my husband, introduced me to the game of Contract Bridge in the early 70s and gave me Edgar Kaplan’s book to study.  I loved the game immediately and still have the book. Over the years, my passages of life took their usual stages of cultivating my career, marrying, having children, watching my children graduate and marry, welcoming the arrival of grandchildren.  A full life, but little time for me to play or  develop my Bridge skills.


As I was about to retire from Ford Motor Company, Ellen Silverest, a friendly Bridge director who is now a dear friend, introduced me to Ford Bridge Club and Duplicate Bridge. She gave me lessons on duplicate protocols and fended off aggravated opponents when I forgot to use the bidding box and said my bids out loud! 


I loved the competitive spirit of Duplicate Bridge, being able to compare my play with other teams to improve my game. As I was learning the conventions and bidding methods for duplicate bridge-- which were very different from my Edgar Kaplan days-- I was fortunate to get a call from a then-acquaintance and now-friend and mentor, Vishwas Gadgil, an expert duplicate player who graciously partners with me often. My other regular partners, Naresh Kapila, Larry Lewis and many more have contributed greatly to my Bridge growth and enhanced my life with their friendships.


The ACBL has done a remarkable job of creating an ethos of fairness, embodied in due processes so that we enjoy the game properly. And the SOMBA Bridge Clubs, run by Vickie, Dolores, and Dave, that I play in have been most welcoming.  And during last couple of years of Covid, I can’t even imagine what I would have done without on-line Bridge on BBO.  I thank BBO for their rapid response to our needs during Covid times.


 I have now been playing duplicate bridge for over about 13 years.  I am absolutely hooked on the game. I find it meditative when I am focused on playing a hand with full concentration and joyful when I have played a hand well.  The companion themes in Bridge to “start where you are, use what you have and do what you can" and "do all this with good communication with your partner" provide a powerful metaphor for living my life outside of Bridge as well.  

I'm happy that I am building my own bridges with so many kind people I have had the pleasure of playing with. Bridge has become much more than a game to me.  It offers me the opportunity to have truly enriching experiences, both in terms of the intellect and in the diverse human connections it has fostered.  


I thank each one of my friends in the Bridge community for this gift, this JOY, of competitive Bridge and look forward to more games and friendships.


2021 Masterpoint Races Winners

MPs Ace of Clubs Mini McKenney
0-5 David Groth David Groth
5-20 Catherine Gay Catherine Gay
20-50 Bill Price Bill Price
50-100 Terri Hartle Terri Hartle
100-200 Peter Hellekjaer Peter Hellekjaer
200-300 James Verhage James Verhage
300-500 Pamela Radike Alan Hassoun
500-1000 Evelyn Rosen Evelyn Rosen
1000-1500 Patricia Livingston Song Lin
1500-2500 Tony Savant Tony Savant
2500-3500 Robert Mendelson Robert Mendelson
3500-5000 Robert Raf Robert Raf
7500-10,000  Debra Eaves Jerrold Grossman
10,000+ Michael Crane Eric Greco



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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
June July

Ye Chen

James Collins

Elizabeth Jackson  


New Masterpoint



Junior Master Fuchun Zhu
Club Master Daniel Dmitruk
Life Master William Ahlstrom
Life Master Jean Hornbacher
Life Master Marsha Liebhart
Life Master Evelyn Rosen
Bronze Life Master Alan Hassoun
Bronze Life Master Jean Hornbacher
Bronze Life Master Marsha Leiphart
Bronze Life Master Evelyn Rosen



Junior Master Mark Migdal
Sectional Master Ginna Donnelly
Sectional Master Carol Skamiera
Regional Master Seymour Brode
Life Master Jane Lehman



♠  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.