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Cheating:   Cheating online is a serious offense, subject to the same penalties as cheating in live play. It is illegal to communicate with your partner during a hand via any means other than chat to the full table, to communicate with a kibitzer during the game,(I didn't think kibitzing was allowed) to play using an account that is not yours, to gain advanced knowledge of a deal, or to play in one event using multiple accounts(BBO IDs). Any accusation of cheating must be made privately to the director of the event, to the ACBL recorder, or to a reporting mechanism provided by the online platform ‌ If you suspect a pair of inappropriate actions, Click Here     


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2023 Valentine Sectional - Feb 9 - 11      Flyer

Wolverine Regional May 15 - 21

MBA -Somba Joint Sectional June 22 - 25

Spooktacular Oct. 21 - 22

Apple-Cider Nov.. 16 - 18


At the 1/5/23 SOMBA board meeting, current president Dave Dursum presented Satish Shah with a commemorative gavel in thanks for his past service as board President.



♠  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.


      District 12       Unit 203




2023 SOMBA Officers 

At the 1/5/23 SOMBA Board meeting the following people were elected for the coming year.


President - Dave Dursum

Vice President - Kathy Twomey

Secretary - Diane Kosuda

Treasurer - Dave Fletcher

Chairman of the Board - Satish Shah

The above officers also serve as our Executive Committee.

This year's committee chairpersons we're also appointed.

Member               Assignment

Lori Brisco Public Relations 
Dave Cleveland Club Liaison
Deepak Dighe Tourn. Flyers
Dave Dursum Education 
Dave Fletcher Communications
Bill Goodman  Tourn. Coord.
Posh Gulati Zero Tolerance 
Jean Hellekjaer Hospitality
Diane Kosuda Hospitality
Marsha Leiphart Awards
Tony Savant Web Master
Henry Shevitz Ethics
Satish Shah Membership 
Kathy Twomey Vice President 
Kathy Twomey Goodwill


New Face-to-Face Club Game

Be advised that SOMBA is pleased to announce a new face-to-face game.


Day Wednesday/Weekly
Place Birmingham Unitarian Church
Time 11:00 am
Club Name Midweek Bridge Club 
Director  Tony Faint
Open Game 3 Stratifications
First Game Feb. 1, 2023

Need a partner?  Call Tony at (760)415-7313

--------New SOMBA Members--------
November December

Meg Richard

George Papagni



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NABC Master Jane Frick
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