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    Issue #7.  

As dummy you may not talk to the declarer.

In fact, you may not call declarer's attention to anything except that he is about to lead from the wrong hand or to ask if he is out of the suit being played. ..........
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Online Bridge Playing & Learning Tools

Some ten years ago, I retired.  On the very first morning of retirement, I got a call from a friend asking if I wanted to play bridge with him.  I knew very little about bridge but I went along with him and a whole new world opened up to me.

 Ever since then, I have become a student of bridge and started playing at bridge clubs on a regular basis.  All of the players became an extended  family.  I even became a Board member of SOMBA and have served the Board now for nearly eight years.

I was informed about an online bridge app, BBO (BridgeBase Online).  I never could get interested in BBO as I loved playing with REAL people at REAL clubs.

 Then we were struck with the Corona virus (COVID19) and all of the bridge clubs closed their games for the health and safety of their members.  Now we had to think of innovative ways to pass our time.

 I got a call from a friend and who reminded me about BBO.  Reluctantly, I agreed to give it a try and to my surprise, I loved it!  You can play bridge with your favorite partner, with a random partner or you can play with robots.  You can play FREE or for a small entry fee.  For a small fee, you can play with a human partner or with robots and get ACBL master points.

Here is a link that has a brief video that shows how to use this app

I particularly liked the learning part which focused on Declarer Play.  It is great for all skill levels.

Go to and login (sign up is FREE)

1. Click Practice

2. Click Bridge Master

3. Choose your skill level  (1) Beginner (2) Intermediate (3) Advanced ...etc


1. Click Solitaire

2. Click Just Play Bridge

Satish Shah                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   4/1


SOMBA announces the death of one of its members, Bedford Embrey Junior.

He was one of the finest gentlemen who loved to play bridge. He was loved without exception by both his partners and his opponents. He will be missed by all.

            New SOMBA Members
September October
Lynne Grando Tom Demrick
Vishwanath Mali  
Susan Spector  
       Masterpoint Achievements

        September Achievements

Junior Master Cindy Bielski
Sectional Master Susan  Breen
Sectional Master Terri Hartle
Sectional Master Carrie Hauser
Sectional Master Sally McDonald
Sectional Master Dr. Rosanne Murphy-Cotant
Regional Master Nancy Buck
Regional Master Peter Hellekjaer
Regional Master Robin Lewis
Regional Master Patricia McCabe
NABC Master Barbara Nowikowski
NABC Master Robert Nowikowski
Life Master Pamela George
Bronze Life Master Thomas Bonfils
Bronze Life Master Susan Yester
Silver Life Master Thomas Ciaramitaro
Ruby Life Master Jerome Hasenjager


             October Achievements

Junior Master Babak Famili
Junior Master Stephanie Stanton
Sectional Master Arvin Sab
Sectional Master Naveen Sab
Regional Master Ellen Wumel
NABC Master William Ahlstrom
NABC Master Teryl Asher
Adv NABC Master Dr. Chote Gupta
Adv. NABC Master Jean Hellekjaer
Life Master Jerrie Sasson
Silver Life Master Fred Batten
Silver Life Master Song Lin
Silver Life Master Darlene Smith


Jane Hall's Shorepoint Bridge Club is a new Virtual club and she mentions that members of the Monday and Friday Troy games are welcome to play in her club.

Welcome:  The BSM Bridge Club and Second Friday Bridge Club join the Virtual world.