Release 2.19p

♠   ♣      ♠   ♣

On or when you click on Member Directory, you may come upon a page that indicates a potential security risk to your computer.  Since no financial information is carried on the web site, you have no financial risk.  That page may contain one of the following messages:

1.  Warning: Potential Security Risk Ahea

2.  Your connection is not private

3.  Your connection isn't private

4.  This connection is not private

For items 1, 2 & 3 click on the "Advanced" button

For item 1, click on "Accept the Risk and Continue"

For item 2, click on "Proceed to"

For item 3, click on "Continue to"

For item 4 click on "Show Details"

Then click on the words "visit this website"

In all cases you will be directed to a page leading to the Member Directory.

Go straight to jail!      Do not pass GO

The Bridge police are watching... Just DON’T do IT!

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     


Recent Updates
Home Page
18th Sep 2022 17:50 EDT
Club & Tournament Results & Flyers & Virtual Clubs
13th Sep 2022 16:49 EDT
0 0 0 0 0 0
Pages viewed in 2022
Hope you won a lot at the Sectional

The Motor City Regional

OCT. 10 - 16  (Flyer)

THE Spooktacular Sectional

OCT. 28 - 29 (Flyer)


      District 12       Unit 203



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. ***


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



..... see less

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. ..........

..... see more
New SOMBA Members
July August

James Collins

Mike Ebihara



New Masterpoint



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



Asher Howarth Junior Master
Donna Frohm Silver Life Master



♠  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.