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Duplicate Bridge: Dec. 23, 2017

The Bridge Center of Buffalo will hold its fifth annual Christmas Day Game at noon Monday, Dec. 25. The Airport Bridge Club and Bridge Club Meridian will be closed Monday.

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Last chance for master points in 2017 will be the End-of-the-Year Game at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Bridge Center of Buffalo. First chance for points in 2018 will be at 11 a.m. New Year's Day, Monday, Jan. 1, at the Airport Bridge Club.

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The Airport Bridge Club will offer extra points at its game today, Saturday, Dec. 23, and all of its games from Tuesday, Dec. 26 to next Saturday, Dec. 30.

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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  Dec. 11 to Dec. 17
ACBL Sanctioned Clubs

Airport Bridge Club Monday morning – North-south, A: Bob Linn and Mike Ryan, 55.80%; B/C: Ruth and Gene Nowatniak, 54.71%; east-west, A: Mike Silverman and Martin Pieterse, 58.14%; B: Tova and Andrei Reinhorn, 49.15%; C: Sandi England and Bob Kaprove, 47.27%.

Airport Bridge Club Tuesday morning – North-south, A: Barbara Libby and Harry Cheung, 55.36%; B: Barbara Sadkin and Dale Anderson, 43.87%; C: Gene Nowatniak and Chip Kean, 52.98%; east-west, A/B: Barbara and Martin Pieterse, 60.12%; C: Ron Henrikson and Bob Sommerstein, 56.25%; Denise Slattery and John Bava, 55.65%.

Airport Bridge Club Wednesday morning – Howell. A/B: Nadine Stein and Bill Boardman, 65.48%; C: Ron Henrikson and Art Schumacher, 50%.

Airport Bridge Club Thursday morning – North-south, A: Judi Marshall and John Ziemer, 61.16%; B: John Kirsits and Ken Meier, 56.50%; Marietta Kalman and Dale Anderson, 54.42%; C: Gay Simpson and Pawan Matta, 47.68%; east-west, A: Liz Clark and Allen Beroza, 60.76%; Alan Greer and Ed Morgan, 59.29%; C: Martha and John Welte, 58.29%; Helen Panza and Mike Silverman, 53.02%; C: Joyce Greenspan and Ron Henrikson, 43.60%.

Airport Bridge Club Friday morning – North-south, A/B: Nadine Stein and Dale Anderson, 58.15%; C: Usha Khurana and Ron Henrikson, 53.23%; east-west, A: Martha and John Welte, 59.40%; B/C: Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 56.47%.

Airport Bridge Club Saturday afternoon – Howell. A: Denise Slattery and Dale Anderson, 60.12%; Nancy Wolstoncroft and Alan Greer, 58.93%; B: Paula Salamone and Cleveland Fleming, 57.74%; C: Dorothy and Larry Soong, 49.40%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday noon – Non-life masters. North-south, A: Paula Rosen and Maryann Szafran, 62.92%; B: Pat Kilbury and Jeff Oshlag, 56.67%; Natalie Abramson and Richard McGowan, 55%; C: Pat Haynes and Terry Camp, 46.67%; east-west A: Jim Easton and Marilyn Wortzman, 64.17%; B: Martha Quinn and Rose Bochiechio, 54.58%; C: Burt Freiman and Larry Abate, 48.33%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Wednesday morning – North-south, A: Stan Kozlowski and Sharon Benz, 67.26%; B: Howard Foster and Mike Ryan, 53.57%; C: Barbara Landree and Betty Metz, 48.81%; east-west, A/B/C: Sue Neubecker and Tova Reinhorn, 57.41%; B: David Donaldson and Bob Kaprove, 53.97%; C: Mary Ball and Judy Graf, 49.21%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday noon – 0-750 game. North-south, A/B/C: Peggy Mergenhagen and Helen Reilly, 63.99%; David Whitt and Sharon Wilcox, 63.69%; east-west, A/B: Pat Kilbury and Jeff Oshlag, 56.25%; David Donaldson and Henry Porter, 55.65%; Richard McGowan and Jim McClure, 55.36%; C: Burt Freiman and Rose Ann Grimaldi, 46.73%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday evening – One winner. A/B: Penny and Peter Shui, 59.72%; Shakeel Ahmad and Manju Ceylony, 58.33%; Saleh Fetouh and Dian Petrov, 57.81%; Bob and Judy Padgug, 56.25%; Rajarshi Roy and Chris Urbanek, 55.73%; C: Beena and Madhav Deshmukh, 44.80%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Friday morning – North-south, A/B/C: Claire Gareleck and Gay Simpson, 54.17%; east-west, A: Bud Seidenberg and Jay Costello, 59.52%; B: Davis Heussler and Fred Yellen, 58.63%; C: Audrey Ray and John Marvin, 46.73%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Saturday noon – One winner. A: Jay Levy and Ethan Xie, 63.89%; B/C: Shakeel Ahmad and Manju Ceylony, 55.56%.

Bridge Club of East Aurora Wednesday morning – Joanne LaFay and John Fiegl, 70.83%, (tie) Ed Harman and Bob Lederhouse, Sandi England and Joe Miranda, 50%.

Bridge Club Meridian Monday morning – Howell. A: Bud Seidenberg and Fred Yellen, 63.10%; B: Sue Neubecker and Eleanor Whelan, 55.36%; Terry Fraas and Elaine Universal, 54.17%; C: Ginny Panaro and Betty Metz, 51.19%.

Delaware Wednesday evening – North-south, Gabe Tannenbaum and Dian Petrov, 58.8%; Edna Fill and Nancy Acara, 55.8%; east-west, Sandy Marcussen and Sam Grossman, 57.1%; Jack Cukierman and Paul Morgante, 53.3%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Tuesday evening – Howell. Madhav Deshmukh and Jasbeer Makhija, 56.25%; Miriam Regnet and Kathy Fenn, 54.86%; (tie) Ed Harman and Bob Lederhouse, Beena Deshmukh and Walt Olszewski, 52.78%; Barry Hemphill and David Mazur, 52.08%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Saturday afternoon – Howell. Edith Moran and Anne Clancy, 62%; Jasbeer Makhija and Jim Lanzo, 57%.

Other clubs

ABA Humboldt Bridge Club Tuesday evening – Mary Scofield and Doanne Jackson, 56.38%; (tie) Neola McGuire and Pamela Murphy, Diana Brown and partner, 56%.

Amherst Senior Center Monday afternoon – North-south, George Mayers and Chuck Heimerl, 57%; Bill Westley and Ellen Lochead, 54%; east-west, Sam Grossman and Shirley Cassety, 62%; Herb Falk and Marv Feuerstein, 56%.

Amherst Senior Center Thursday morning – North-south, George Mayers and Marian Morber, 76%; Bruce and Jill Brown, 51.4%; east-west, Tom Guttuso and Jerry Hovley, 55.4%; Fritz Schweiger and Marv Feuerstein, 52.9%.

Canterbury Woods Duplicate Wednesday – North-south, Joan Mack and Dick Munschauer, 65%; Meena Rustgi and Sukhanand Jain, 52.5%; Fred Nadel and Charles Banta, 51.3%; east-west, Betty Bowling and Bette Seifert, 63.8%; Ruth Jones and Carol Grieco, 53.8%; Sandy Recoon and Bill Hambridge, 52.5%.


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