North American Pairs qualifying games, awarding extra points, half of them red points, will be played today, Saturday, June 24, and Monday, June 26, through next Saturday, July 1, at the Airport Bridge Club; and from Tuesday, June 27, through next Saturday at the Bridge Center of Buffalo.
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Congratulations to Nancy Wolstoncroft, the Buffalo area player who earned the most master points in the Spring Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC), held June 12 to 18 throughout ACBL District 5, which includes Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. She won a total of 16.14 points, ranking 12th in the district.
Other Buffalo players doing well in the STaC included: Alan Greer, 14.77 (16th in the district); Denise Slattery, 14.52 (17th); Jerry Geiger, 11.28 (25th); Judi Marshall, 11.13 (26th); Ken Meier, 11.04 (29th); and Jay Levy, 10.82 (30th). For a complete list of STaC silver point winners, click this link.
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Free bridge lessons will be offered for students from fifth to 12th grade on Thursday mornings from July 6 to Aug. 31 this summer at the Bridge Center of Buffalo. Sessions will include practice games, snacks and social time. For info and to sign up, email Carol Bedell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Western New York Unit 116 regularly sponsors special games. Currently they include:
Annual Picnic and Game – Sunday, Aug. 20. Rescue Fire Hall, 1241 Strad Ave., North Tonawanda.
Annual Meeting and Game – Saturday, Dec. 2. Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst.
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Hamilton Sectional – Royal Canadian Legion, 435 Limeridge Drive East, Hamilton, Ont. Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10. For info, click this link.
Rochester Summer Sectional – Moose Club, 5375 W. Henrietta Road, Henrietta. Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16. For info, click this link.
Roni Atkins Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional – Monroeville Convention Center/Doubletree Hotel, 209 Mall Plaza Blvd., Monroeville, Pa. Tuesday, Aug. 29, to Sunday, Sept. 4. For info, click this link.
Great Lakes Fall Sectional – Erie Bridge Association, 1221 Grant Ave., Erie, Pa. Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10. For info, click this link.
Buffalo Fall Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, Sept. 15, to Sunday, Sept. 17. For info, click this link.
Rochester Fall Sectional – Location TBA, Webster. Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15.
Buffalo Regional – Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church St. Tuesday, Oct. 17, to Sunday, Oct. 22. For info, click this link.
Pittsburgh Fall Sectional – Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh, Pa. Friday, Oct. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 29.
Niagara Falls Regional – Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5685 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. Tuesday, Nov. 7, to Sunday, Nov. 12. For info, click this link.
Finger Lakes Sectional – Location TBA, Waterloo. Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12.
District 5 Winter Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – At local ACBL-sanctioned bridge clubs. Monday, Dec. 4, to Sunday, Dec. 10.
Cleveland Rock and Roll Regional – Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, to Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.
Buffalo Winter Sectional – Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, to Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.
Toronto Easter Regional – Tuesday, March 27, 2018, to Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Buffalo Spring Sectional – Friday, April 13, 2018, to Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Rochester Spring Sectional – Saturday, April 28, 2018, and Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Cleveland All-American Regional – Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to Monday, May 28, 2018.
District 5 Spring Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – At local ACBL-sanctioned bridge clubs. Monday, June 11, 2018, to Sunday, June 17, 2018.
Rochester Summer Sectional – Saturday, July 14, 2018, and Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Syracuse Regional – Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional – Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, to Sunday, Sept. 3, 2018.
Buffalo Fall Sectional – Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, to Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.
Rochester Fall Sectional – Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, and Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.
Buffalo Regional – Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, to Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.
Finger Lakes Sectional – Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.
District 5 Winter Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – At local ACBL-sanctioned bridge clubs. Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, to Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.
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Bridge club websites:
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The Duplicate Bridge column is compiled weekly by News Staff Reporter Dale Anderson. The print version normally appears in the Life & Arts section in the Saturday edition of The Buffalo News.
If it’s not in its usual place, Google “Duplicate Bridge” plus the current Saturday date, which should bring up a link to it on the Buffalo News website.
Sometimes the online version does not materialize on the Buffalo News website, at least not in a timely fashion. When that happens, like it did a couple times recently, you can find it as an appendix to Dale Anderson’s bridge blog at http://newsdupli.blogspot.com/
The online version contains unabridged scores and a longer list of notices. Deadline for submission of scores and notices is Tuesday night.
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Office phone is (716) 849-4420.
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A Ruby Life Master since the ACBL created that new ranking at the beginning of 2016, Dale Anderson just surpassed 2,200 master points. He blogs about his progress toward Gold Life Master (2,500 points) and other bridge adventures here.
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Week of June 12 to June 18
ACBL Sanctioned Clubs
Airport Bridge Club Monday morning – North-south, A/B: Tova Reinhorn and Ruth Kozower, 63.38%; C: Linda and Paul Zittel, 55.53%; east-west, A/B: Mike Silverman and Martin Pieterse, 57.85%; C: Hannah Weinberg and Val Derenda, 51.67%.
Airport Bridge Club Monday afternoon – North-south, A: Bob Linn and Mike Ryan, 58.97%; B/C: Lois Tatelman and Mike Mesirov, 55.47%.
Airport Bridge Club Tuesday morning – North-south, A/B: Bob Linn and Bill Boardman, 62.46%; C: Beena Deshmukh and Usha Khurana, 52.55%; east-west, A/B/C: Denise Slattery and Bob Sommerstein, 58.87%; Christine Malarkey and Ruth Wurster, 57.35%.
Airport Bridge Club Tuesday afternoon – North-south, A: Liz Clark and Jerry Geiger, 56.22%; B: Eva Schmidt and Ron Henrikson, 53.84%; C: Christine Malarkey and Ruth Wurster, 49.71%; east-west, A/B/C: Denise Slattery and Bob Sommerstein, 64.24%.
Airport Bridge Club Wednesday morning – Howell. Paula Kotowski and Bob Kaprove, 60.77%; Denise Slattery and Jerry Geiger, 60.15%; Florence Boyd and Janet Frisch, 55.91%.
Airport Bridge Club Wednesday afternoon – Howell. A: Denise Slattery and Jerry Geiger, 62.50%; Judi Marshall and Barbara Libby, 61.13%; B: Nancy Littenberg and Jean Macdonald, 56.94%.
Airport Bridge Club Thursday morning – Howell. A/B: John Kirsits and Ken Meier, 64.27%; Selina Volpatti and Dale Anderson, 63.08%; Martha and John Welte, 59.89%; C: Alex Miller and Paul Ganley, 55.83%.
Airport Bridge Club Thursday afternoon – Howell. A/B: Marietta Kalman and Ron Henrikson, 56.55%; Allen Beroza and David Millward, 54.46%; C: Eva Schmidt and Denise Slattery, 50.60%.
Airport Bridge Club Friday morning – Howell. A: Judi Marshall and Tom Fraas, 55.74%; B: Sandi England and Ken Meier, 55.70%; Christine Malarkey and Bill Boardman, 55.54%.
Airport Bridge Club Friday afternoon – Howell. Sandi England and Ken Meier, 61.96%; Judi Marshall and Tom Fraas, 61.10%; Dale Anderson and partner, 53.85%.
Airport Bridge Club Saturday morning – North-south, A: Barbara Libby and Allen Beroza, 64.33%; B/C: Christine Malarkey and Ron Henrikson, 46.83%; east-west, A: Nancy Wolstoncroft and Alan Greer, 68.33%; B: Denise Slattery and Dale Anderson, 53.58%; C: Margaret Zhou and Ed Morgan, 51.83%.
Airport Bridge Club Saturday afternoon – Howell. A: Nancy Wolstoncroft and Alan Greer, 69.76%; B: Shirley Cassety and Ross Markello, 63.01%; C: Hannah Weinberg and Mike Mesirov, 59.30%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday noon – 99ers. One winner. A/B: Patty Porter and Bill Noltee, 65.48%; Jim Lanzo and John Meindl, 59.52%; Donna Saia and Isabelle Banas, 55.95%; C: Maria Amlani and Sumnesh Mathur, 52.38%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday noon – Non-life masters. North-south, A: Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 57.14%; Paula Rosen and Maryann Szafran, 55.95%; B/C: Patty and Henry Porter, 53.27%; east-west, A/B/C: Larry Abate and Audrey Ray, 60.42%; Jane Roberts and Laura Houghtaling, 57.44%; Janet Desmon and JoAnne Nover, 50.30%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Wednesday morning – North-south, A: (tie) David Hemmer and Saleh Fetouh, Jay Levy and Donna Steffan, 58.39%; B: Pat Burns and Jeanne Gladysz, 53.38%; C: Phyllis Wilkinson and Carol Roth, 51.56%; east-west, A/B: Sue Bergman and Mike Mesirov, 62.59%; Bud Seidenberg and Fred Yellen, 56.57%; Sue Neubecker and Tova Reinhorn, 54.83%; C: Mike Putnam and Mary Jo Whitehead, 52.84%; C: Mary Ball and Art Morth, 47.86%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday noon – 0-750 game. North-south, A/B: Jim McClure and Richard McGowan, 61.55%; David Whitt and Sharon Wilcox, 57.39%; Marilyn Wortzman and Ruth Nawotniak, 54.73%; C: Terry Camp and Pat Haynes, 45.83%; east-west, A: Dorothy and Larry Soong, 63.07%; Bill Rich and Lance Pollock, 58.33%; B/C: Joel Brownstein and Sol Messinger, 58.14%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday evening – North-south, A: Christy Kellogg and Bert Hargesheimer, 60.17%; B: Peter and Penny Shui, 59.27%; Sharon Benz and Nancy Wolstoncroft, 54.76%; C: Edith Knaszak and Jan O’Mara, 49.26%; east-west, A: Jay Levy and Ethan Xie, 59.42%; B: Dian Petrov and Kamil Bishara, 50.74%; C: Bob Sommerstein and Larry Abate, 49.65%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Friday morning – North-south, A: Fred Yellen and Jim Gullo, 59.95%; Sharon Benz and Dian Petrov, 57.41%; B: Kamil Bishara and Gene Finton, 56.25%; Jay Levy and David Hemmer, 54.17%; C: Patty Porter and Carol Roth, 46.06%; east-west, A/B: Kathy Pollock and Gary Schmitt, 64.58%; Bud Seidenberg and Jay Costello, 59.03%; C: Betty Metz and Tova Reinhorn, 54.63%; Carol Bedell and Dorothy Soong, 49.31%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Saturday noon – One winner. A: Chris Urbanek and Ginny Panaro, 55.95%; B: Claire Gareleck and Mary Davey Carr, 54.17%; C: Andrei and Tova Reinhorn, 52.38%.
Bridge Club of East Aurora Wednesday morning – Joyce Kindt and Ed Harman, 70.37%; Sandi England and Rob Hessel, 63.7%; Bob Lederhouse and Jane Larcom, 57.41%; Dan Clark and Dave Larcom, 55.93%; Bill Feasley and Paul Zittel, 51.48%.
Bridge Club Meridian Monday morning – North-south, Helen Panza and Adrian Figliotti, 60%; (tie) Judy Padgug and Stan Kozlowski, Judy Graf and Jim Gullo, 51.25%; east-west, Jay Levy and Davis Heussler, 64.64%; Kamil Bishara and Bud Seidenberg, 54.64%; Gene Finton and Bob Padgug, 52.86%.
Delaware Wednesday evening – North-south, Bill Rich and Ed Harman, 59.9%; Nancy Acara and Anne O’Connor, 59.4%; east-west, Dorothy May and Ron Henrikson, 63.1%; Pam and Lance Pollock, 56.7%.
Lockport Duplicate Bridge Tuesday evening – Howell. Miriam Regnet and Elve Johnston, 62.50%; Beena and Madhav Deshmukh, 58.33%; Eugene Giorgini and Walt Olszewski, 56.94%; Ed Harman and Bob Lederhouse, 51.85%.
Lockport Duplicate Bridge Saturday afternoon – Strawberry Social. North-south, Shakeel Ahmad and Manju Ceylony, 68.11%; Raj Puri and Rolene Pozarny, 56.55%; Joyce Kindt and Carolyn Siracuse, 54.76%; James and Paula Jones, 54.66%; east-west, Edith Moran and Anne Clancy, 63.05%; Walt Olszewski and Beena Deshmukh, 62.12%; Ten-Pao Lee and Linda Burroughsford, 59.18%; Kathy Fenn and Elve Johnston, 56.08%.
ABA Humboldt Bridge Club Tuesday evening – Howell. (Tie) Shirley Thompson and David Mathis, Doanne Jackson and partner, 62.50%.
Amherst Senior Center Monday afternoon – North-south, Marion Morber and Chuck Heimerl, 62%; Bill Rich and Alicia Kolipinski, 57%; east-west, Mike Brown and Ron Fill, 64%; Elaine LaVigne and Cindy Darone, 52%.
Amherst Senior Center Thursday morning – North-south, George Mayers and Marian Morber, 59%; Joe Huber and Chuck Heimerl, 56%; east-west, Marv Feuerstein and Fritz Schweiger, 58%; Harry Metcalf and Tom Guttuso, 56%.
Canterbury Woods Duplicate Wednesday – North-south, Mary Blanchard and Ruth Jones, 62.5%; Charles Banta and Sukhanand Jain, 48.3%; east-west, Bill Hambridge and Sandy Recoon, 59.4%; Evie Miller and Emily Wettlaufer, 56.3%.
Clarence Senior Center Thursday – Howell. Kathy Borcik and Bill Rogers, 64%; Dona Tepas and Bob Jorgensen, 50%.
College Club Duplicate Wednesday – Howell. Clare Schultz and Nancy Thomas, 58.73%; Dorinne Ebel and Betty Loucks, 57.93%. Hallie Howell and Diane Liddell, 52.38%.
Town of Tonawanda Senior Center Wednesday – North-south, Evelyn Vitello and Edna Fill, 68.9%; Pat and Mike Weber, 55.6%; Margaret Rivard and Joanne Zavarella, 51.2%; east-west, Kay Brinkman and Lynda Pettit, 58.9%; Idamae Klipfel and Bob Rivard, 58.4%; Christel and Frank Bernard, 52.8%.