Release 2.19n

While BUC is shut down, Vickie Vallone will run a FOR FUN tournament (NO MPs) on Tues & Wednesday @ 11:00. 

Register by logging in to and clicking on Competetive then Free Tournaments then search for Bridge Central and click on it.

Contact Vickie at (586)944-4218 with questions.



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Call the Director


    Issue #7.  

As dummy you may not call the director.

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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MI State Sectional
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Southfield, MI

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May 11th to 17th
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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

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            New SOMBA Members
February March
Marsha Deitch Karen Carter
Jeffrey Heuer Lisa Hamill
Mark Hodgson Nancy Lefkowitz
Mary Macguidwin Katie Parks
Susan Parker Murry  Pierce
William Parker  
Mary Shott  
       Masterpoint Achievements

             February Achievements

Junior Master Bob Glotzhober
Junior Master Michael Lichomski
Junior Master Molly Saeli
Club Master Michael Campbell
Club Master Moe Shah
Sectional Master Peter Hellekjaer
Regional Master Robert Langtry
NABC Master Chris Hill
Bronze Life Master Lori Briscoe
Bronze Life Master David Winer


March Achievements

Junior Master Judy Anderson
Junior Master Margaret Stacy
Club Master Gale Lawson
Club Master Dr. Rosanne Murphy-Cotant
Club Master Gerald Smigelski
Sectional Master John Lowry
Sectional Master Dr. Kanak Varde
Regional Master Irma Glaser
NABC Life Master Ann Margosian
NABC Life Master Richard Verhelle
Life Master Thomas Bonfils
Ruby Life Master Kathy Twomey