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Welcome to St Petersburg Bridge Club

St Petersburg Bridge Club 9103 US Highway 19 N Pinellas Park, FL 33782 Call 727-544-5040
This Week at St Petersburg Bridge Club




Someone posted recently on Facebook that grocery shopping 
these days was like being on an episode of "Chopped."  I agree, only 
I play "upside down." There was a recipe I wanted to make. Three 
Walmart online orders and one trip to Aldi later, I finally have all 
the ingredients I need. On the other hand, I now have a 5-pound 
bag of onions because I needed half an onion. No problem, I'll make onion soup. Two Walmart online orders later and I only 
lack one ingredient!
We can complain about toilet paper, paper towels and hand 
sanitizer shortages all we want. What's the worst shortage of all? 
Seeing you, our bridge family, at the club.
We've been delighted to hear from those of you who have sent us 
e-mail or called. We know that some of you are playing bridge 
together on Bridge Base Online. It's great to know that our little 
bridge community remains connected.
No need to let the epidemic stop you from improving your game. 
Merry Schainblatt is offering her Competitive Bidding class 
online through Zoom, a very good meeting application that you 
can run on your mobile device or your computer. It's very easy to 
install and use. 
Classes will begin on Wednesday, April 1, and continue on 
Saturday and Wednesday mornings at ten. These classes 
cover preemptive bidding, take-out doubles, 
overcalls, negative doubles and other aspects of competitive 
auctions. If you wish to join this class, please email Merry at There will be no charge for the 
class but participants are encouraged to make a donation to the 
club at this financially difficult time.
We continue to prepare for the wonderful days ahead when we 
can once again enjoy each other's company at the club. There 
will be no shortage of joy when that day comes.
Stay healthy, stay safe.
Joanne B. Wharton
Acting Manager
Temporary Closing Update

Missing You

We hope that you all are doing well.  We miss you and hope to see you as soon as we are comfortable that it is safe to reopen the club.  We appreciate all of your kind words and support during this difficult time.

The Board of the SPBC met on Monday, March 23, and, among other things, reviewed ACBL’s recommendation that clubs remain closed through May 11.  The Board elected to extend our temporary closing through May 11 as recommended by ACBL.  We understand that several other clubs in our area are closed through May 11 as well.  We will continue to monitor future developments as well as any additional recommendations from ACBL and may adjust our reopening date as warranted. 

During this closure, some of you are helping our club by playing in the Support Your Club Games on BBO.  We appreciate your playing in those games since it generates some revenue for the club.   The club receives up to $4 per player (of the $5 entry fee).

Even though we are closed for business, our expenses do not cease.  During this closure we are incurring expenses of approximately $170 per day. 

We encourage those of you who may not have played on BBO to try it.  There are a number of tutorials available to help you get started on BBO.  Links to those tutorials are posted on our website,  It is not difficult to use BBO once you’ve done it a couple of times. If you have any questions or need additional help, several of us are ready to help you (Lee Taylor, Pam Gorbics, Joanne Wharton).  Contact information for us will be on our website.    We also hope to have a partnership “room” to help you find a partner available to play with you on BBO.

Thank you again for your support and kind words as we all weather this storm together.

Joanne B. Wharton

SPBC President and Acting Manager

* * ALERT - Viewing Our Website by Phone **

If anyone has a problem viewing our Website Homepage or Results using their Cell Phone,

On the Left-Hand Side ABOVE the MENU

Click on "SWITCH to DESKTOP"

Questions: contact Lee Taylor by phone (727.744.0406). The problem in Viewing came with the upgrade to a new version of the Standard BridgeWebs Software.

The Common Game

To receive emails after each game with commentary on the hands and overall results, go to then enter your ACBL number and Log In

04/01/20 -  Bill Hale passed away in Hospice after a long illness.
Support Your Local ACBL Club
Daily games at 10:00 am, 5 pm, and 7:30pm
ACBL members can play with any other ACBL member in a specially created game on Bridge Base On-line and earn black masterpoints. When you play in one of these games, the majority of your table fees will be given back to your club. This way, you can help to support your club while also having the opportunity to win black masterpoints.
Bridge Base On-line

Bridge Base On-line

 Video Instructions

Getting started with BBO. includes logging in, adding friends
The Robots used on BBO  play a relatively simple and natural 2/1 bidding system
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