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Duplicate Bridge: Dec. 2, 2017

The Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) will be held Monday to next Saturday at local ACBL sanctioned clubs, offering silver points and extra points for winners at the district level. The Airport Bridge Club will hold STaC games with no extra charge at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day, with a snack between games.

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Free bridge classes will be held for middle and high school students from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays beginning Jan. 7 in the Bridge Center of Buffalo, 3362 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Beginners and continuing students are welcome to attend. Classes will continue through March 11. For info, email Carol Bedell at

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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

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Tournament calendar


Cleveland Rock and Roll Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, to Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. For info, click this link.

Buffalo Winter Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, to Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. For info, click this link.

Niagara District Sectional – Holiday Inn Parkway Conference Centre, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, to Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. For info, click this link.

Toronto Easter Regional – Sheraton Toronto Centre, 123 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ont. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, to Sunday, April 1, 2018. For info, click this link.

Rochester Spring Sectional – Location TBA, Webster. Saturday, April 7, 2018, and Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Buffalo Spring Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Williamsville. Friday, April 13, 2018, to Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Rochester 199er Sectional – Century Club, 566 East Ave., Rochester. Friday, April 20, 2018, and Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Cleveland All-American Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to Monday, May 28, 2018. For info, click this link.

Ithaca Sectional – Location TBA. Saturday, June 2, 2018, and Sunday, June 3, 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. 10, 2018, and Sunday, Nov. 11, 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.


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
The online version contains unabridged scores and a longer list of notices. Deadline for submission of scores and notices is Tuesday night.
Email or 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 recently attained a career total of 2,300 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  Nov. 20 to Nov. 26
ACBL Sanctioned Clubs

Airport Bridge Club Monday morning – North-south, A: Bob Sommerstein and Allen Beroza, 56.25%; Bob Linn and Mike Ryan, 55.36%; B/C: Denise Slattery and Gene Nowatniak, 54.76%; Phyllis Wilkinson and Gerry Slattery, 52.98%; east-west, A/B: Nadine Stein and Ron Henrikson, 63.69%; C: Barbara Multerer and Art Schumacher, 51.49%.

Airport Bridge Club Tuesday morning – North-south, A: Judi Marshall and John Ziemeer, 61.01%; Barbara Libby and Harry Cheung, 54.76%; B: Judy Kaprove and Nadine Stein, 54.17%; C: Denise Slattery and John Bava, 51.79%; east-west, A/B: Dorothy May and Paul Zittel, 56.08%; Barbara and Martin Pieterse, 55.29%; Mike Silverman and Art Matthies, 53.44%; C: Wilson McClaren and David Donaldson, 48.68%.

Airport Bridge Club Tuesday evening – ACBL-Wide Charity Game. Howell. A/B: (tie) Gene Nowatniak and Bob Sommerstein, Linda Burroughsford and Davis Heussler, 62.04%; Martha and John Welte, 53.24%; John Bava and Alan Greer, 52.31%.

Airport Bridge Club Wednesday morning – Howell. A: Martin Pieterse and Walt Olszewski, 62.50%; Allen Beroza and Alan Greer, 61.81%; B: Joe Rooney and Ken Meier, 59.72%; C: Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 52.08.

Airport Bridge Club Friday morning – North-south, A: Vic Bergsten and John Ziemer, 58.33%; B: Eleanor Whelan and Walt Olszewski, 54.58%; C: Patty Porter and David Donaldson, 54.17%; east-west, A/B: Barbara and Martin Pieterse, 56.25%; C: Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 51.25%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday noon – 99ers. North-south, A/B: Jane and Bruce Roberts, 63.33%; Betty Defeo and Rose Ann Grimaldi, 62.50%; C: Louise Hayes and Chris Hipp, 53.33%; east-west, A/B/C: Gini Sicignano and Joan Nigrelli, 58.33%; Laura and John Houghtaling, 55.83%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday noon – Non-life masters. One winner. Susan Levy and Patty Porter, 63.92%; Jim Easton and Marilyn Wortzman, 61.83%; Carla Press and Agi Maisel, 55%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Wednesday morning – North-south, A: Sharon Benz and Sue Neubecker, 61.90%; B: Jim Gullo and Joyce Frayer, 50.60%; C: John Marvin and Usha Khurana, 46.13%; east-west A: David Hemmer and Saleh Fetouh, 61.90%; Judy Graf and Fred Yellen, 61.61%; B: John Bava and Stan Kozlowski, 54.46%; C: Henry Porter and Jeff Oshlag, 44.05%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Friday morning – One winner. A/B: Fred Yellen and Judy Padgug, 59.72%; C: Jim Gullo and Audrey Ray, 59.03%; Davis Heussler and Linda Burroughsford, 56.94%;

Bridge Center of Buffalo Saturday noon – One winner. A/B: Davis Heussler and Liz Clark, 67%; Claire Gareleck and Raj Puri, 58%.

Bridge Club Meridian Monday morning – Howell. A: Saleh Fetouh and Bud Seidenberg, 61.57%; B: Terry Fraas and Elaine Universal, 60.65%; Ken Meier and Dorothy May, 56.94%; C: Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 42.59%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Tuesday evening – Howell. Jeff Bender and Gabe Tannenbaum, 68.06%; Kathy Fenn and Ed Harman, 53.96%; Miriam Regnet and Elve Johnston, 52.18%; Jim Lanzo and John Meindl, 49.61%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Saturday afternoon – Howell. Ed Harman and Bob Lederhouse, 62%; Dave Larcon and Pat Lanighan, 59%.

Other clubs

ABA Humboldt Bridge Club Tuesday evening – Howell. Marcia Turley and Doanne Jackson, 59.35%; (tie) Diana Brown and Pearl Harris, Shirley Thompson and David Mathis, 47.65%.

Amherst Senior Center Monday afternoon – Howell. Sam Grossman and Shirley Cassety, 71%; Joe Huber and Marion Morber, 62%; Bruce and Jill Brown, 60%; Bill and Jo Rich, 52%.

Canterbury Woods Duplicate Wednesday – North-south, Meena Rustgi and Charles Banta, 58.8%; Joan Mack and Dick Munschauer, 54.4%; east-west, Ruth Jones and Fred Nadel, 63.2%; Sandy Recoon and Bill Hambridge, 56.1%.


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