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Duplicate Bridge: Aug. 26, 2017

The Airport Bridge Club continues to award extra points, half red, at its games at noon today and next Saturday and at 11 a.m. Monday to Friday.
Also holding extra-point games are the Bridge Center of Buffalo at noon today and Bridge Club Meridian at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

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Beware the robots! Instead of taking a sit-out at an extra half-table at the Lockport Duplicate Bridge Club last Saturday afternoon, Aug. 19, players got to try the hands on a computer screen against a pair of virtual opponents –Robot Red and Robot Blue. Mere humans proved to be no match for them. Overall winners by a wide margin, they had a 69% game.

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Jim Gullo, left, introduces student bridge players at the Unit 116 picnic.

Several students from summer classes sponsored by Unit 116 at the Bridge Center of Buffalo and students at Transit Middle School who learned the game during the school year were introduced at the annual Unit picnic Sunday, Aug. 20, at Rescue Fire Hall in North Tonawanda, then joined in the competition in the duplicate games.

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Hamburg Senior Bridge, which has been meeting on Tuesday afternoons for the past two years at the Hamburg Senior Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., is looking for additional players.
Previous players who have been away from the game, as well as advanced beginners who recently took classes, are welcome to join the group.
Players arrive around 12:15 p.m. Play begins at 12:30 and ends around 3:30. For more information, players can drop in prior to the game, call 202-4505 or email chetzler@roadrunner.com.

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Western New York Unit 116 regularly sponsors special games. Currently they include:
Annual Meeting and Game – Saturday, Dec. 2. Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst.

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Tournament calendar

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 – Knights of Columbus Hall, 70 Barrett Drive, Webster. Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. For info, click this link.
Buffalo Regional – Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo. 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.

2018 

Cleveland Rock and Roll Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, to Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.
Buffalo Winter Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, to Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.
Niagara District Sectional – Holiday Inn Parkway Conference Centre, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, to Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018.
Toronto Easter Regional – Sheraton Toronto Centre, 123 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ont. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, to Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Buffalo Spring Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Williamsville. Friday, April 13, 2018, to Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Rochester Spring Sectional – Location TBA, Webster. Saturday, April 28, 2018, and Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Ithaca Sectional – Location TBA. Saturday, May 19, 2018, and Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Cleveland All-American Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio. 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 – Location TBA, Webster. Saturday, July 14, 2018, and Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Syracuse Regional – Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool. Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional – Monroeville Convention Center/Doubletree Hotel, 209 Mall Plaza Blvd., Monroeville, Pa. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, to Sunday, Sept. 3, 2018.
Buffalo Fall Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, to Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.
Rochester Fall Sectional – Location TBA, Webster. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, and Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
Buffalo Regional – Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, to Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.
Finger Lakes Sectional – Location TBA, Canandaigua. 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.

2019 

Cleveland Rock and Roll Regional – Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, to Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.
Buffalo Winter Sectional – Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, to Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.
Buffalo Spring Sectional – Friday, April 5, 2019, to Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Rochester Spring Sectional – Saturday, April 13, 2019, and Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Toronto Easter Regional – Tuesday, April 16, 2019, to Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Rochester Regional – Tuesday, May 13, 2019, to Sunday, May 18, 2019.
Cleveland All-American Regional – Tuesday, May 21, 2019, to Monday, May 27, 2019.
District 5 Spring Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – At local ACBL-sanctioned bridge clubs. Monday, June 10, 2019, to Sunday, June 16, 2019.
Rochester Summer Sectional – Saturday, July 13, 2019, and Sunday, July 14, 2019.
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional – Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, to Sunday, Sept. 2, 2019.
Buffalo Fall Sectional – Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, to Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019.
Rochester Fall Sectional – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, and Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.
Buffalo Regional – Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, to Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.
Niagara Falls Regional – Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, to Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.
Finger Lakes Sectional – Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, and Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.
District 5 Winter Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – At local ACBL-sanctioned bridge clubs. Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, to Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

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Bridge club websites:

Click names for links.
Bridge Center of Buffalo.
Bridge Club Meridian.
Western New York Unit 116.

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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 danderson@buffnews.com or dahotwings@aol.com. 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 is approaching 2,250 master points. He blogs about his progress toward Gold Life Master (2,500 points) and other bridge adventures here.

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Duplicate scores
Week of  Aug. 14 to Aug. 20
ACBL Sanctioned Clubs

Airport Bridge Club Monday morning – North-south, A: Vera Carpenter and Rashid Khan, 62.16%; B: Mike Silverman and Martin Pieterse, 60.16%; Eva Schmidt and Paula Kotowski, 53.70%; C: Phyllis Wilkinson and Elsie Rogers, 53.39%; east-west, A: Judi Marshall and Allen Beroza, 58.31%; Barbara Libby and Sandi England, 53.15%; B: Dorothy May and Ken Meier, 52.49%; C: Ruth Wurster and Florence Boyd, 47.69%.

Airport Bridge Club Tuesday morning – North-south, A/B/C: Rajat Basu and Gene Nowatniak, 61.12%; east-west, A/B: Tom Fraas and Allen Beroza, 57.26%; Dorothy May and Paul Zittel, 55.67%; C: Denise Slattery and Ruth Wurster, 49.36%.

Airport Bridge Club Wednesday morning – North-south, A: Bob Linn and John Ziemer, 60.12%; B: Barbara Sadkin and Paula Kotowski, 57.70%; C: Sandy Scheff and Christine Malarkey, 50.74%; east-west, A/B: Elsie Rogers and Mike Silverman, 57.49%.

Airport Bridge Club Thursday morning – North-south, A: Martha and John Welte, 59.93%; Liz Clark and John Ziemer, 59.35%; Allen Beroza and Barbara Libby, 55.81%; B: Eleanor Whelan and Ed Drozen, 54.95%; C: Gene Nowatniak and Bob Sommerstein, 45.69%; east-west, A: Judi Marshall and Vince Pesce, 61.14%; B/C: Fred Hirsch and Burt Freiman, 54.08%.

Airport Bridge Club Friday morning – One winner. A: Jerry Geiger and Vic Bergsten, 60.90%; Allen Beroza and John Ziemer, 58.65%; B: Sandi England and Ken Meier, 57.44%; C: Denise Slattery and Marietta Kalman, 53.52%.

Airport Bridge Club Saturday afternoon – Howell. A/B/C: Dorothy May and Myra Razik, 58%; Art Matthies and Dale Anderson, 56%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday noon – 99ers. North-south, A: Bill Noltee and Sue O’Connor, 58.33%; Bonnie Clement and Louise Hayes, 56.94%; east-west A/B: Gini Sicignano and Joan Nigrelli, 69.44%; C: Laing and Barbara Heffernan, 45.83%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday noon – Non-life masters. North-south, A: Beverly Isenberg and Sandy Scheff, 62.26%; B/C: Paul Morgante and Marilyn Sims, 57.28%; east-west, A/B: Carla Press and Agi Maisel, 60.33%; Marilyn Shuman and Janie Polk, 59.38%; C: Helen Reilly and Peggy Mergenhagen, 58.09%; Judith Babat and Laurie Foster, 56.23%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Wednesday morning – North-south, A/B/C: Jim Baker and John Lyth, 53.87%; east-west, A/B: Mary Ball and Art Morth, 54.46%; C: Adrian Figliotti and Dede Kluckhohn, 51.19%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday noon – 0-750 game. North-south, A/B/C: Paul Morgante and Marilyn Sims, 65.48%; east-west, A/B: Carla Press and Agi Maisel, 62.50%; Fran Schmidt and Jim Easton, 55.95%; Usha Khurana and Beena Deshmukh, 54.76%; C: Amita Arora and Sharon Chang, 45.54%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday evening – One winner. A/B/C: Peter Shui and Ten-Pao Lee, 65.28%; Bill Rushmore and Art Morth, 61.11%; Bert Hargesheimer and Pat Rasmus, 59.72%; Meg Klamp and Judi Marshall, 56.25%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Friday morning – North-south, A/B/C: Gary Schmitt and John Lyth, 56.94%; Fran Kurtz and Anne Watkins, 55.32%; Joan Rose and Liz Clark, 55.09%; east-west, A: Bud Seidenberg and Jay Costello, 67.59%; B/C: Terry Fraas and Elaine Universal, 55.09%; Davis Heussler and Ethan Xie, 54.63%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Saturday noon – One winner. A/B: Stan Kozlowski and John Lyth, 62.50%; Mike Ryan and Ten-Pao Lee, 54.63%; C: Cathy Majewski and Vince Taeger, 54.63%.

Bridge Club of East Aurora Wednesday morning – Jane and Dave Larcom, 56.55%; Ken Meier and Joe Rooney, 52.98%; Bob and Joan Ciszak, 52.38%; Lance Crawford and Maureen Cancilla, 51.79%.

Bridge Club Meridian Monday morning – North-south, A: Meg Klamp and Jerry Geiger, 64.29%; B: (tie) Gene Finton and Pat Rasmus, Judy Padgug and Stan Kozlowski, 58.63%; C: Jo Nasoff-Finton and Beena Deshmukh, 49.40%; east-west, A: Bud Seidenberg and Fred Yellen, 67.86%; B: Ethan Xie and Davis Heussler, 57.14%; C: John Bava and Art Morth, 44.64%.

Delaware Wednesday evening – North-south, Jeff Bender and Art Morth, 61%; Chuck Heimerl and Al Dickman, 56.9%; east-west, Beena and Madhav  Deshmukh, 58%; Ed Harman and Sam Grossman, 56%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Tuesday evening – North-south, Dian Petrov and Mohan Prabhu, 63.50%; Gene Nawotniak and Richard  McGowan, 57.24%; Joyce Kindt and Bob Lederhouse, 53.70%; east-west, Sushil Amlani and Walt Olszewski, 59.72%; Jim Lanzo and John Meindl, 53.17%; Ed Harman and Kathy Fenn, 44.64%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Saturday afternoon – North-south, Robot Blue and Robot Red, 69%; Jim and Paula Jones, 51.50%; Ed Harman and Bob Lederhouse, 42.50%; east-west, Jasbeer and Violet Makhija, 54.50%; Madhav Deshmukh and Walt Olszewski, 53%; Edith Moran and Anne Clancy, 52.50%.

Unit 116 Picnic Sunday morning – A: Bud Seidenberg and Jay Levy, 66.95%; Davis Heussler and Fred Yellen, 66.82%; Kathy Pollock and Bert Feasley, 63.32%; Donna Steffan and Jim Gullo, 62.79%; Mike Ryan and John Ziemer, 62.32%; B/C: Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 62.18%.

Unit 116 Picnic Sunday afternoon – A/B: Penny Shui and Ken Meier, 65.60%; C: Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 56.61%; Denise Slattery and Ed Morgan, 55.65%.

Other clubs

Amherst Senior Center Monday afternoon – North-south, Sam Grossman and Marian Morber, 56%; George Mayers and Chuck Heimerl, 55%; east-west, B. J. McMath and Pat Truell, 55%; Shyam Kumar and Prem L. Maheshwari, 52%.

Amherst Senior Center Thursday morning – North-south, George Mayers and Marian Morber, 74.8%; Sam Grossman and Shirley Cassety, 54.2%; east-west, Phyllis and Alan Vogt, 59.5%; Fritz Schweiger and Marv Feuerstein, 58.9%.

Canterbury Woods Duplicate Wednesday – North-south, Meena Rustgi and Sukhanand Jain, 57.8%; Eleanor Murray and Fred Nadel, 51.6%; east-west, Perry Hoffman and Judith Nichol, 58.3%; Ruth Lansing and Charles Banta, 54.2%.

Clarence Senior Center Thursday – Howell. (Tie) Bob Jorgensen and Bill Rogers, Kathy Borcik and Bill Westley, 55%.

Town of Tonawanda Senior Center Wednesday – North-south, Mike Brown and Ron Fill, 54.2%; Margaret Rivard and Joanne Zavarella, 53.2%; east-west, Edna Henrich and Thelma Frauenhofer, 65.9%; Fritz Schweiger and Marv Feuerstein, 53.4%.

Email: danderson@buffnews.com.

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