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Duplicate Bridge: June 5, 2021
Duplicate Bridge: June 5, 2021

Duplicate Bridge: June 5, 2021

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The Longest Day, the ACBL’s summer solstice fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease research, will be held online on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20, through virtual clubs on Bridge Base Online. Extra master points will be awarded. More info can be found at or

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The Airport Bridge Club is linked on Bridge Base Online with the Alliance Bridge Club, the ACBL’s largest bridge club, which offers more than a dozen games every day. Anyone who has played at the Airport Club is automatically a member. For more info, visit or call Airport Club manager Bill Finkelstein at 603-6943.

The Buffalo Bridge Center, formerly the Bridge Center of Buffalo,offers games at least three days a week – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – on Bridge Base Online. Open games have been added the games for beginning players on BBO at 7 p.m. Monday and noon on Tuesday and Thursday. Winners in the open game receive larger point rewards since they are based on the total table count from both sections. For more info, visit the Buffalo Bridge Center website, call 691-6201 or email acting club manager Terry Fraas at

The Delaware Wednesday Clubplays under auspices of the Bridge Center of Buffalo on Bridge Base Online at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For info, call Ed Harman at 480-1666 or email

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Another option is the Rust Belt Bridge Group, which invites players from Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh to play. Games for 499er novices are held at 10:05 a.m. Monday to Saturday. Open games start at 10:15 a.m. Monday to Saturday. The club also takes part in ACBL special games. To visit the group’s homepage, click this link. For other info, call Dian Petrov at 688-1226 or email

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The East Aurora Bridge Club has resumed face-to-face games, the only ACBL sanctioned club in the area to hold live competition. Play begins at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St., East Aurora.

Director Dave Larcom says that players have their temperatures checked upon arriving and must wear masks. For more info, email him at

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All tournaments are canceled nationwide through the end of July because of the pandemic, the ACBL has declared. Depending on conditions, the people who do the sanctioning think that August may be safe enough to allow face-to-face play in sectional tournaments to resume. As for regionals, perhaps early October.

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Tournament calendar


CANCELED: Niagara-on-the-Lake Intermediate/Novice Sectional – Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Path, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Today, Saturday, June 5, to Sunday, June 6. 

CANCELED: District 5 Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – Local clubs. Monday, June 14, to Sunday, June 20. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESCHEDULED: Buffalo Regional – Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Was Tuesday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 24. Rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 5, to Sunday, Oct. 10.

Niagara Falls Regional – Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5685 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. Tuesday, Nov. 9, to Sunday, Nov. 14. 

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

District 5 Winter STaC – Local clubs. Monday, Dec. 6, to Sunday, Dec. 12. 

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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 stopped appearing Saturdays in The Buffalo News in March 2020 when the pandemic forced local bridge clubs to halt face-to-face play.

These days you can find it in two places online. Google “Duplicate Bridge” plus the current Saturday date and that should bring up a link to it on, the Buffalo News website.

If you can’t get to it there, go to Dale Anderson’s bridge blog at

Deadline for submission of scores and notices is Tuesday night. Email or Office phone is 716-849-4420.

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Now a Gold Life Master, Dale Anderson is playing online these days and has a career total of more than 2,800 master points. Online play doesn’t provide as much drama for his bridge blog as face-to-face competition, but he still writes about his quest for the next measure of achievement, Sapphire Life Master (3,500 points), and other bridge adventures here.

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Duplicate scores from Bridge Base Online

Week of May 24 to May 30

Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday evening – 49ers. Jim Hassett and partner, 62.50%; Cynthia Tashjian and Candace Graser, 59.72%; John Houghtaling and partner, 59.03%; Jo Ann Smith and Maria Schory, 52.78%; Jennifer and Howard Epstein, 52.08%.   

Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday evening – Open game. Carol Licata and Stephane Ronget, 68.06%; (tie) Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, Martha Townson and Jim Lanzo, 56.25%; Judy Zeckhauser and Bonnie Clement, 50%.   

Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday afternoon – 999er game. North-south, Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 62.92%; David Schott and Richard McGowan, 53.33%; Jim Hassett and Bill Rich, 51.46%; (tie) Jane Mitchell and Linda Henschel, Carla Press and Agi Maisel, 51.04%; east-west, Martha Townson and Amita Arora, 72.50%; Paula Rosen and Jim McClure, 59.58%; Phyllis Wilkinson and Fran Schmidt, 57.71%; Carol Licata and Stephane Ronget, 56.25%; Dorothy and Larry Soong, 54.38%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday afternoon – Open game. Martha and John Welte, 61.25%; Sharon Benz and John Marvin, 60%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday afternoon – 299ers. North-south, Jim Hassett and Gary Keenan, 61.28%; Carol Roth and Audrey Ray, 58.05%; Rivona Ehrenreich and Judith Babat, 53.46%; Laura and John Houghtaling, 52.61%; east-west, Larry Himelein and David Schott, 61.22%; Susan Levy and Meena Rustgi, 60.20%; Diane Appleby and Bill Noltee, 56.24%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday afternoon – Open Game. Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 65.08%; Martha and John Welte, 62.75%; John Bava and Rajat Basu, 57.67%; Amita Arora and Judy Padgug, 54.58%; Dorothy and Larry Soong, 53.33%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Sunday afternoon – Open pairs. Christy Kellogg and Bert Hargeshimer, 62.50%; Larry Abate and John Bava, 58.33%; Larry Himelein and David Schott, 57.64%; Martha and John Welte, 56.94%; Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 53.47%. 

Bridge Club of East Aurora Wednesday morning – Joe Rooney and Joe Miranda, 59%; Pat and Dick Rasmus, 55%.

Delaware Wednesday evening – Amita Arora and Jim O’Hara, 68.52%; Richard McGowan and Terry Camp, 62.04%; (3-way tie) Ed Harman and Bob Ciszak, Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, Salina Poon and Bill Rich, 53.70%.

Garret Club Invitational Monday morning – Jane Mitchell and Linda Henschel, 70.37%; Candace Graser and Cynthia Tashjian, 54.63%; Susan Burns and partner, 51.85%.

Twentieth Century Club Invitational Friday morning – Barbara Kaye and Barbara Meenaghan, 56.94%; Anne Allen and Mary Ellen Cotter, 55.56%; Peggy Stock and Phyllis Wilkinson, 54.86%.

Other Clubs

Clarence Senior Center Thursday morning – Jane and Paul Garvey, 64%; Judy Graf and Mike Ryan, 61%; Kathy Borcik and Bill Westley, 53%.


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Dale Anderson has been a Buffalo News staff reporter since 1968. He was the chief rock and pop writer for 20 years and helped establish the weekend entertainment magazine Gusto.

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