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Duplicate Bridge: Nov. 14, 2020
Duplicate Bridge: Nov. 14, 2020

Duplicate Bridge: Nov. 14, 2020

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No annual meeting and game for Western New York Unit 116 this year, due to the pandemic. It had been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5. Also canceled is the Buffalo Winter Sectional Tournament Jan. 22 to 24.

Unit 116 is resuming its Junior Lessons program online. Middle and high school students who would like to learn how to play should contact Kathy Pollock at

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Bridge Base Online has teamed with the ACBL to offer games with ACBL master points, some of which benefit local clubs. Among the clubs taking part in Virtual Club play locally are the Airport Bridge Club, the Bridge Center of Buffalo, Delaware Wednesday and the Lockport Duplicate Bridge Club. More info can be found at or

The Airport Bridge Club is linked 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 Bridge Center of Buffalo offers games three or four days a week on Bridge Base Online and the Lockport Duplicate Bridge Club has games there on Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon. For the most part, the calendar follows the schedule that the clubs maintained when they were able to play games face to face.

For more info, visit the Bridge Center of Buffalo website, email acting club manager Terry Fraas at

The Delaware Wednesday Club also plays under auspices of the Bridge Center of Buffalo on Bridge Base Online at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the same time that it had its actual games.

Delaware Wednesday is invitational. For info, call Ed Harman at 480-1666 or email

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The East Aurora Bridge Club has resumed face-to-face games, becoming the first ACBL sanctioned club in the area to resume 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 will have their temperatures checked upon arriving and must wear masks. For more info, email him at

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The Saturday Duplicate Bridge column is on hiatus in the print edition of The Buffalo News, but here it is online, alive and well.

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Frank Stewart’s Daily Bridge Club column stopped appearing last month in The Buffalo News when pages were eliminated to cut costs. Comments may be emailed to Mike Connelly at and Margaret Kenny at

Stewart, meanwhile, is still writing instructive columns featuring Cy the Cynic, Unlucky Louie, Minnie Bottoms and all the other denizens of the penny game at his club. You can read them at Or better yet, follow Judie Bailey’s suggestion and find a whole Frank Stewart archive at Baron Barclay here.

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Tournament calendar


CANCELED: Unit 255 Sectional – Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Path, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Today, Saturday, Nov. 14, to Sunday, Nov. 15.

CANCELED: District 5 Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – Local clubs. Monday, Dec. 7, to Sunday, Dec. 13.


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

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

RESCHEDULED: St. Catharines Sectional – Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Center, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. Was Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, to Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Rescheduled for Friday, March 26, 2021, to Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Rochester Spring Sectional – Webster Columbus Center, 70 Barrett Drive, Webster. Saturday, March 27, 2021, and Sunday, March 28, 2021.

NO LONGER on ACBL Tournament Schedule: Toronto Easter Regional – Sheraton Toronto Centre, 123 Queen St. West. Tuesday, March 30, 2021, to Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Unit 112 (Rochester) 199er Tournament – Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Ave., Rochester. Saturday, April 9, 2021, and Sunday, April 10, 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.

District 5 Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – Local clubs. Monday, June 14, 2021, to Sunday, June 20, 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.

RESCHEDULED: Buffalo Regional – Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Was Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, to Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. Rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, to Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.

Niagara Falls Regional – Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5685 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls, 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.

District 5 Winter STaC – Local clubs. Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, to Sunday, Dec. 12, 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, which formerly appeared Saturdays in The Buffalo News, went on hiatus in March when the pandemic forced local bridge clubs to halt face-to-face play.

During this hiatus, it can be found 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.

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 sometimes cannot be found on the News website. But all is not lost. They are available in an appendix 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 has a career total of more than 2,700 master points and is playing online these days. He blogs 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 Nov. 2 to Nov. 8

Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday evening – 99ers. North-south, Betsy and Jim Greno, 65.28%; Jennifer and Howard Epstein, 58.33%; (tie) Isabelle Banas and Donna Saia, Candace Graser and Cynthia Tashjian, 48.61%; east-west, Joann and Gary Keenana, 61.11%; Peggy and Jeff Feather, 57.87%; Amy Habib and Stephane Ronget, 57.41%.  

Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday morning – Non-life masters. North-south, Larry Himelein and David Schott, 68.83%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 56.70%; Agi Maisel and Pat Haynes, 54.35%; Mary Terrana and Usha Khurana, 54.14%; east-west, Richard McGowan and Jim McClue, 66.02%; Dorothy and Larry Soong, 60.03%; Laura and John Houghtaling, 53.27%; Joanne Nover and Janet Desmon, 51.67%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday afternoon – Under 1,500 points. North-south, Beena Deshmukh and Seema Bhagwat, 62.22%; Miriam Regnet and Jim Lanzo, 60.96%; Audrey Ray and Carol Roth, 54.90%; Agi Maisel and Tova Reinhorn, 54.65%; east-west, Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 66.16%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 64.85%; Judy Reich and Susan Levy, 54.65%; Paula Rosen and Maryann Szafran, 53.08%.

Bridge Club of East Aurora Wednesday morning – Pat and Dick Rasmus, 67.50%; Linda and Paul Zittel, 60%; Joan and Bob Ciszak, 57.50%.

Delaware Wednesday evening – Beena Deshmukh and Bill Rich, 69.21%; Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 58.33%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 56.48%; Pat Radtke and Anne O’Connor, 56.25%.

Garret Club Invitational Monday morning – Martha Cain and Pam Righter, 63.89%; Devon Marlette and Robin Coffin, 57.64%; Candace Graser and Cynthia Tashjian, 54.17%; Judy Reich and Jane Constantine, 52.08%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Tuesday evening – Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 54.17%; Gay Simpson and partner, 47.22%.

Twentieth Century Club Invitational Friday morning –Donna Starnes and Martha Townson, 70.83%; Phyllis Wilkinson and Mary Bell, 56.94%; (tie) Anne Allen and Cherry Searle, Christine Nieman and Sheila Hess, 55.56%; Nancy Deneen and Helen Scott, 53.47%.

Other Clubs (face-to-face)

Clarence Senior Center Thursday – Donna Steffan and Judy Graf, 74%; Lata Maheshwari and Ellen Lochead, 57%; Marge McMillen and George Dorigo, 53%.

Unit 116 Master Point Leaders for Club Play

Jan. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2020

0-5 Points – Linda Henschel, 38.43; Nancy Deneen, 37 even; Elaine Idzik, 30.61; Martha Cain, 27.43; Amy Habib, 24.47; Anne Allen, 23.23.

5-20 Points – Martha Townson, 81.37; Jane Constantine, 21.47; Susan Burns, 13.23; Fran Schmidt, 12.62; David Desmon, 11.49; Tyler Mu, 8.91.

20-50 Points – Maria Amlani, 31.36; David Schott, 29.83; Mary Joyce, 23.04; Stephane Ronget, 18.87; Cherry Searle, 15.08; Carole Sedita, 14.96.

50-100 Points – Larry Himelein, 93.48; Joanne Nover, 37.87; Pam Righter, 20.38; Barbara Hill, 18.68; Rose Ann Grimaldi, 17.53; Betty DeFeo, 11.79.

100-200 Points – Vic Bergsten, 103.28; Bonnie Clement, 71.66; Terry Hamovitch, 62.21; Bram Hamovitch, 59.41; Audrey Ray, 47.54; James O’Hara, 35.95; Carol Roth, 28.76; Ann Marie Ryan, 24.24.

200-300 Points – Jim Lanzo, 121.47; Patty Porter, 45.10; Jasbeer Makhija, 42.74; Margaret Zhou, 36.63; Ruth Nawotniak, 24.64.

300-500 Points – Joyce Frayer, 78.78 Amita Arora, 67.10; Larry Abate, 59.23; Violet Makhija, 43.30; Sushil Amlani, 34.99; Paula Rosen, 17.89; Pawan Matta, 16.62.

500-1000 Points – Mary Ball, 80.83; John Bava, 75.75; Bob Sommerstein, 75.06; (tie) Jim Easton, Marilyn Wortzman, 74.22; Bill Rich, 48.35; Ed Morgan, 44.40; Ed Harman, 39.09; Ten-Pao Lee, 35.70.

1000-1500 Points – Gay Simpson, 97.03; Sandi England, 88.63; Joyce Greenspan, 31.91; Terry Fraas, 31.79; Joanne LaFay, 27.49; Miriam Regnet, 20.23; Howard Foster, 19.26.

1500-2500 Points – (Tie) Martha Welte, John Welte, 416.07; Nancy Wolstoncroft, 72.31; Davis Heussler, 58.10; Pinky Regan, 46.06; Linda Burroughsford, 44.52; Walt Olszewski, 41.34. 

2500-3500 Points – Allen Beroza, 129.25; Ken Meier, 104.21; Dale Anderson, 59.68; Mike Silverman, 50.61; Fred Yellen, 40.21.

3500-5000 Points – Barbara Libby, 102.53; Sharon Benz, 81.79; Mike Ryan, 50.35; Judy Padgug, 49.84; John Ziemer, 43.41; Christy Kellogg, 38.91; Kathy Pollock, 38.03.

5000-7500 Points – Saleh Fetouh, 104.51; Alan Greer, 100.85; Judi Marshall, 59.08; Bert Hargeshimer, 37.89; Jay Costello, 21.79.

Over 7500 Points – Bud Seidenberg, 116.63; Chris Urbanek, 61.79; Jay Levy, 36.82.



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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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