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Duplicate Bridge: May 16, 2020

Silver Linings Week is what the ACBL is calling it – a week of triple silver master points for play in Virtual Clubs on Bridge Base Online from Monday, May 25, which is Memorial Day, until Sunday, May 31.

The ACBL says every game in a Virtual Club will award them, but adds, “This is not a STaC (Sectional Tournament at the Clubs). There will be no overalls or combining of scores. It’s your regular club game with new, temporary conditions.” For more info, visit acbl.org and bridgebase.com.

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While local clubs are closed indefinitely due to the pandemic, the ACBL has joined with Bridge Base Online to provide virtual club games awarding master points while giving support to home clubs. Home clubs provide the online directors.

Those who have played at the Bridge Center of Buffalo, Bridge Club Meridian and the Lockport Duplicate Bridge Club can take part in the BBO games under the banner of "Buffalo Hot Wings" every day at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m., although games may be canceled if not enough players sign up. Fee is $5.

Open to all players are the Support Your Club games on BBO every day at 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., which sent part of the game fees to a club that players designate. For more info, visit acbl.org and bridgebase.com.

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Unit 116 canceled the Non-Life Master Sectional Tournament today and Saturday, May 16 and 17, and the Spring Session of Youth Bridge Lessons. They will not be rescheduled.

Still on the Unit 116 calendar, but looking less likely, are the summer picnic Aug. 2 in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst, and the Buffalo Fall Sectional Tournament Sept. 11 to 13 at the same location.

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The Saturday Duplicate Bridge column is on hiatus in the print edition of The Buffalo News until clubs resume regular play, but it’s alive and well online. The syndicated Daily Bridge Club column by Frank Stewart will continue to appear.

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Tournament calendar

2020

CANCELED: Cleveland All-American Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio. Tuesday, May 19, to Monday, May 25. For info, click this link.

CANCELED: 2020 Canadian Bridge Championships – Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5685 Falls St., Niagara Falls, Ont. Saturday, May 30, to Sunday, June 7. Regionally rated. For info about online competition, click this link.

CANCELED: Syracuse Sectional – Syracuse Contract Duplicate Bridge Club, 501 Edgerton St., Minoa. Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14.

CANCELED: District 5 Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STAC) – Local clubs. Monday, June 15, to Sunday, June 21.

CANCELED: Niagara-on-the-Lake Intermediate/Novice Sectional – Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Path, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Friday, June 26, to Sunday, June 28. For info, click this link.

CANCELED: Southwest Ontario Regional – Bingemans Conference and Convention Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, Ont. Tuesday, July 7, to Sunday, July 12. For info, click this link.

CANCELED: Rochester Summer Sectional – Webster Columbus Center, 70 Barrett Drive, Webster. Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12. For info, click this link.

CANCELED: Hamilton Sectional – Royal Canadian Legion, 435 Limeridge Road East, Hamilton, Ont. Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19.

CANCELED: Syracuse Regional – Holiday Inn Syracuse, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool. Monday, Aug. 10, to Sunday, Aug. 16. For info, click this link.

St. Catharines 299er Sectional – Bridge Centre of Niagara, 6-2E Tremont Drive, St. Catharines, Ont. Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16. For info, click this link.

Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional – DoubleTree Pittsburgh-Green Tree, 500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. Tuesday, Sept. 1, to Monday, Sept. 7.

Buffalo Fall Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, Sept. 11, to Sunday, Sept. 13.

St. Catharines Regional – Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Center, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. Tuesday, Sept. 15, to Sunday, Sept. 20.

Rochester Fall Sectional – Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4.

CANCELED: Buffalo Regional – Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly Adam's Mark), 120 Church St., Buffalo. Tuesday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 25.

Finger Lakes Sectional – Seneca County Office Building, 1 DiPronio Drive, Seneca Falls. Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8.

Unit 255 Sectional – Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Path, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Friday, Nov. 13, to Sunday, Nov. 15.

2021

Cleveland Rock and Roll Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, to Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

Buffalo Winter Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, to Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.

St. Catharines Sectional – Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Center, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, to Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

Toronto Easter Regional – Sheraton Toronto Centre, 123 Queen St. West. Tuesday, March 30, 2021, to Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Buffalo Spring Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, April 16, 2021, to Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Cleveland All-American Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio. Tuesday, May 25, 2021, to Monday, May 31, 2021.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Intermediate/Novice Sectional – Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Path, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Friday, June 4, 2021, to Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Southwest Ontario Regional – Bingemans Conference and Convention Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, Ont. Tuesday, July 6, 2021, to Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Rochester Regional – RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 W. Henrietta Road, Henrietta. Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, to Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021.

St. Catharines 299er Sectional – Bridge Centre of Niagara, 6-2E Tremont Drive, St. Catharines, Ont. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, and Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021.

Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional – DoubleTree Pittsburgh-Green Tree, 500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, to Monday, Sept. 8, 2021.

Great Lakes Sectional – Erie Bridge Center, 1221 Grant Ave., Erie, Pa. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, and Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.

Buffalo Fall Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, to Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

Buffalo Regional – Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, to Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

St. Catharines Regional – Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Center, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, to Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021.

Unit 255 Sectional – Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Path, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Friday, Nov. 13, 2021, to Sunday, Nov. 15, 2021.

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Bridge club websites:

Click names for links.

Bridge Center of Buffalo.

Bridge Club Meridian.

Western New York Unit 116.

The Airport Bridge Club does not have a website. For info, call 716-603-6943.

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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.

During this hiatus, it can be found by Googling  “Duplicate Bridge” plus the current Saturday date, which should bring up a link to it on buffalonews.com, the Buffalo News website.

Sometimes the online version does not materialize on the Buffalo News website, at least not in a timely fashion. Worse yet, columns from previous weeks currently cannot be accessed on the News website. But all is not lost. They are available in 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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Now a Gold Life Master, Dale Anderson has a career total of more than 2,700 master points and is playing online while he waits for the clubs to reopen. He blogs about his quest for the next measure of achievement, Emerald Life Master (3,500 points), and other bridge adventures here.

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Unit 116 Master Point Leaders in all venues

Jan. 1, 2020, to April 30, 2020

0-5 Points – Carol Licata, 2.32; Linda Henschel, 2.29.

5-20 Points – Fred Schweiger, 7.33; Gini Sicignano, 5.11; Marcia Turley, 4.05; Jose Justicia-Linde, 2.35.

20-50 Points – David Schott, 7.43; Stephane Ronget, 6.13; Maria Amlani, 4.11; Gail Pitterman, 3.80.

50-100 Points – Joanne Nover, 12.14; Larry Himelein, 11.49; Rose Ann Grimaldi, 11.29.

100-200 Points – Vic Bergsten, 30.84; Terry Hamovitch, 16.98; Richard Davidson, 14.67; Bram Hamovitch, 14.47; Henry Porter, 14.26.

200-300 Points – Jim Lanzo, 28.58; Margaret Zhou, 14.17; Laurie Foster, 11.14.

300-500 Points – Larry Abate, 60.67; Joyce Frayer, 19.08; Pawan Matta, 16.62.

500-1000 Points – Bob Sommerstein, 51.68; Ten-Pao Lee, 44.61; Ed Morgan, 38.50; (tie) Jim Easton, Marilyn Wortzman, 34.46; Mary Ball, 28.47; John Bava, 26.87.

1000-1500 Points – David Colligan, 58.91; Gay Simpson, 39.15; Joyce Greenspan, 31.91; Sandi England, 30.21; Howard Foster, 27.01; Joanne LaFay, 26.97.

1500-2500 Points – Davis Heussler, 115.06; Linda Burroughsford, 109.84; (tie) Martha Welte, John Welte, 94.41; Nancy Wolstoncroft, 72.95.

2500-3500 Points – David Millward, 56; John Sinclair, 55.32; Fred Yellen, 53.07; Allen Beroza, 49.80; Dale Anderson, 42.96; Mike Silverman, 39.83.

3500-5000 Points – Mike Ryan, 61.01; John Ziemer, 57.90; Sharon Benz, 48.72; Christy Kellogg, 46.49; Barbara Libby, 43.16; Donna Steffan, 35.11; Judy Padgug, 31.29.

5000-7500 Points – Saleh Fetouh, 124,53; Alan Greer, 100.85; Bert Hargeshimer, 48.38; Jay Costello, 39.27; Judi Marshall, 23.80.

Over 7500 Points – Bud Seidenberg, 62.76; Chris Urbanek, 51.93; Jay Levy, 35.22.

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