In The News:

News Flash!!

  • Beginning next Tuesday 2/23, Steve Forsythe will be directing a new 0-1500 virtual club game at 1 pm bringing our MVBC limited-point games to three: 

    Tuesday 1 p.m., 0-1500, Steve directing – 1st game has double black masterpoints for Ed. Foundation Week.
    Tuesday 7 p.m. 0-750, Steve directing
    Thursday 1 p.m., 0-2500, Bill Gottschall directing

  • Due to the ongoing risk posed by COVID-19, the ACBL has canceled the 2021 Spring North American Bridge Championships that were scheduled for March 11-21, 2021 in St. Louis, MO. They have also cancelled all tournaments through April 30 (including one of ours).

  • Educational Foundation week – Feb. 22-28 – Double black points and no more money – all our MVBC Virtual Club Games involved.

  • Hollywood Magic ACBL Regional Feb 18th – 21st Hollywood_Schedule

  • The Thursday am game is a 1 pm Virtual game Limited to players under 2500. We are hoping that players who don’t want to play against the “big guys” will come  to this game.  Bill Gottschall (937-974-2159) directing. Thurs 0-2500 game

  •  President’s Report: 

    •  This is a challenging time for everyone. I hope you all are staying healthy and safe. The MVBA Board of Directors meets virtually on “Zoom”  for the present time.  If you want to see the minutes from this and other Board minutes, go to “About Us” at the top of the home page, and then the link for “MVBA Board Minutes”. 
    • Received by G. Banziger, Wed September 2, 2020 & Jan 12. 2021 from Joe Jones, ACBL Executive Director:
       “….Tournament Sanctions are cancelled for January and February 2021. …  We just completed our third regionally rated online event. These have proven to be very successful. The recent tournament and the last event, held in June, generated 13,000 tables in four days. We are offering these events every other month…” …. We will contact you by March 1 if the moratorium will be extended past April 30.”
    • Unit Financial Reports provided by David Kennedy, Treasurer, and Jim Rachal, Investment Committee Chair.

    • Bridge Center Manager’s Report

      • MVBC Financial Status    
        •   We received $200 in  donations from members since last meeting. We received $(coming) from ACBL for our Virtual Club Games for the month of Jan 2021. 
        • Bridge Center Checking Account trans –
          • Checking account transactions through Feb 16, 2021. (coming)
          • P & L starting Jan 1 2021-Feb 16 (coming)
      • During the closure of MVBC, the following 3 types of BBO Bridge sessions are available for our MVBC players to participate, thanks to the efforts of ACBL and BBO. All Masterpoints are ACBL. A portion of all entry fees are returned to MVBC:
          1. Support Your Clubs Pairs Program Sessions are conducted 3 times daily at 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM, and 7:30 PM.  Entry Fee is $6.00/player in BBO currency.  Registration is available 2 hours prior to the start time of the session, and is advisable to register early as these sessions are open to all ACBL players in North America and fill up quickly with a limit on # of tables.
          2. Support your Club ACBL Daylong Individual vs Robot sessions – Sign up anytime and you have up to 12 hours to complete the 18 board session.  Entry Fee $6.00.  See the following link:  About ACBL Support Your Club Black Point Daylong Tournaments.  
          3. ACBL/BBO Virtual Club games.  Our current Schedule of MVBC games: MVBC currently has 6 games weekly in this program:  Mon , Tues (0-1500)(starting Feb 23rd) Wed, Thursday (0-2500), Friday,  Saturday all at 1:00 PM, and for newer players Tuesday’s 749er game at 7:00 PM. Starting in April, these sessions have averaged about 9 tables per session. Entry fees are $6.00/player. You will receive results in email or they are on our website in results.
        • Directions: On BBO home page go to “Virtual Clubs”, then ACBL North American Clubs, and then locate Miami  Valley Bridge Pairs… Host VABC 197145.  It’s best to sign on a minimum of 15 minutes prior to start time, because some of our names have been purged by ACBL. If you cannot get in, you need to have time to call the director. Currently Bill G is running the 1 pm M, W, & Th (0-2500) games (937-974-2159), Jeff Gargrave is back running the 1 pm Fri. game (937-554-0856), Steve Forsythe runs the Tues 1 pm (0-1500) & Eve & pm (749er) games (937-640-1665), and Lori runs the Sat 1 pm game (937-305-5495).
        • If  you need a partner for any of the MVBA Bridge Center Virtual Games, Marilyn O’Connor is our Partnership Chair.  Additionally, the director of these sessions, Screen name VACB197145, may be able to find a “sub” to play with you.  Also, there is a “Partnership Desk” option on the BBO web site in the Virtual Games area.  List yourself there, and any club member can invite you to partner with them.
        • If you haven’t signed up to play on BBO, sign up at  www.bridgebaseonline.com and follow their tutorials. Your results will be emailed to you or you can check them at the “Results” section on this website.

MVBA Bridge Library  Several donated books were added 5/15/19 . The books have been alphabetized by author. Please help keep them this way. All have been stamped ” MVBA” and have pockets with cards in the back. See the Director for check out and return. The MVBA Board has committed to buy $300 worth of books per year. The right side of the bookcase has a “Reference” shelf and 2 “Historical Books” shelves; these are for perusing only and cannot be checked out.

If you do not want your information in our online or printed booklet Directory, please let Georgia know. Remember the on-line version is user name (“directory”) and password protected, so only our members have access. Ask your director or Georgia for the password.

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Policies that are enforced at MVBC :

    • MVBC Slow Play Policy
    • MVBC Cell Phone
    • The first 4 spots in the parking lot are now allowed for our members. ( Lifepointe office moved to the other side of the building) Please don’t park in either ramp entrance.
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