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Duplicate Bridge: Oct. 16, 2021

Duplicate Bridge: Oct. 16, 2021

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Western New York Unit 116 hopes to be able to hold its next two events face-to-face – the annual meeting Dec. 4 and the Winter Sectional on Jan. 21 to 23. Both are planned for the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst.

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The East Aurora Bridge Club has been holding face-to-face games for quite some time now, 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. Players must wear masks. For more info, email director Dave Larcom at

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In the meantime, players can earn ACBL master points in a variety of games sponsored by local clubs on Bridge Base Online. Info can be found at or

The Rust Belt Bridge Group, which invites players from Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh to play on Bridge Base Online, has novice games at 9:45 a.m. Monday to Saturday, with open games at 9:50. To visit the group’s homepage, click this link. For other info, call Dian Petrov at 688-1226 or email

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 offers games at least three days a week – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – on Bridge Base Online. Open games often are added to the games for beginning players on BBO at 7 p.m. Monday and noon on Tuesday and Thursday. Winners in the open games, which begin a few minutes after the novice games, 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 Club plays under auspices of the Buffalo Bridge Center on Bridge Base Online at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For info, call Ed Harman at 480-1666 or email

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Tournament calendar


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

CANCELED: 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, if face-to-face play has resumed. 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. Another place to find it is on 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 2,885 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 Oct. 4 to Oct. 10

Buffalo Bridge Center Monday evening – 0-750 game. North-south, Jim Lanzo and Sushil Amlani, 69.33%; Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 56.87%; Betsy and Jim Greno, 53.63% Fran Schmidt and Richard McGowan, 51.77%; east-west, Jim and Michael Hassett, 58.76%; Carol Licata and Stephane Ronget, 56.87%; Margaret Zhou and Joyce Frayer, 54.86%; Karen Dearing and Judy Zeckhauser, 51.74%.

Buffalo Bridge Center Tuesday afternoon – 999er game. North-south, Martha Townson and Jim Lanzo, 65%; Agi Maisel and Pat Haynes, 64.75%; Amita Arora and Mel Simon, 57.50%; Linda Henschel and Martha Cain, 57%; Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 52%; east-west, Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 64%; Jim Hassett and Gary Keenan, 58.25%; Rivona Ehrenreich and Carol Roth, 55%; Violet Makhija and Judy Zeckhauser, 50.75%; (tie) Laura and John Houghtaling, Bill Noltee and David Schott, 50.50%.

Buffalo Bridge Center Thursday afternoon – 299ers. Carol Roth and Audrey Ray, 62.27%; Linda Henschel and partner, 60%; Joanne Nover and Janet Desmon, 56.36%; (3-way tie) Jim Hassett and Bill Noltee, Laura and John Houghtaling, Judy Zeckhauser and Pat Haynes, 52.73%.

Buffalo Bridge Center Thursday afternoon – Open Game. Larry Himelein and David Schott, 72.02% Rajat Basu and John Bava, 60.71%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 54.76% Miriam Regnet and Jim Lanzo, 51.79%.

Bridge Club of East Aurora Wednesday morning – Bill Feasley and Paul Zittel, 56.25%; Joan and Bob Ciszak, 54.17% Dan Clark and Dave Larcom, 50%.

Delaware Wednesday evening – (Tie) Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 57.64% Maria Schory and Richard McGowan, 56.94%; Beena Deshmukh and Bill Rich, 54.86%; Kesum Phadke and Amita Arora, 52.08%.

Other clubs

Amherst Senior Center Friday – North-south, Shirley Cassety and George Mayers, 74%; Mike and Ed Rupp, 58%; east-west, Jill and Bruce Brown, 61%; Jackie Simon and Paul Ziebarth, 56%.

Unit 116 Master Point Leaders for Club Play

Jan. 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2021

0-5 Points – Donna Starnes, 18.35; Howard Epstein, 15.94; Michel Dupuis, 9.65; Pat Pasculle, 8.40; Devon Marlette, 5.24.

5-20 Points – Gary Keenan, 27.82; Jennifer Epstein, 26.34; Cynthia Tashjian, 23.50; John Houghtaling, 18; Maria Schory, 14.92.

20-50 Points – (Tie) Betsy and Jim Greno, 36.05; Jim Hassett, 34.86; Candace Graser, 32.54; Amy Habib, 28.29; Fran Schmidt, 27.93; Carol Licata, 21.78.

50-100 Points – Linda Henschel, 64.78; David Schott, 55.76; Janet Desmon, 49.81; Martha Cain, 33.39; Maria Amlani, 25.44; Nancy Deneen, 22.44.

100-200 Points – Martha Townson, 167.47; Larry Himelein, 130.04; Joanne Nover, 49.31; Carol Roth, 49.18; Pat Haynes, 26.58; Hannah Weinberg, 21.28.

200-300 Points – (Tie) Bram and Terry Hamovitch, 99.30; Audrey Ray, 56.36; Agi Maisel, 49.40; Judy Zeckhauser, 30.67; Margaret Zhou, 28.36; Bob Ciszak, 25.77; Patty Porter, 20.26; Maryann Szafran, 20.17.

300-500 Points – Jim Lanzo, 184.53; Vic Bergsten, 143.15; Violet Makhija, 89.25; Bonnie Clement, 85.12; Jasbeer Makhija, 78.28; Joyce Frayer, 65.26; Richard McGowan, 53.12; Jim McClure, 34.26; Paula Rosen, 27.49; Linda Milch, 22.81.

500-1,000 Points – Amita Arora, 139.51; Jim Easton, 97.26; Marilyn Wortzman, 95.01; Bill Rich, 54.69; Mary Ball, 53.83; Sushil Amlami, 43.24; Rajat Basu, 41.56; Brian Block, 41.43; Bob Sommerstein, 29.45; Paul Zittel, 27.56; Ed Harman, 24.63; Bill Regan, 22.07; Ed Morgan, 20.61; Usha Khurana, 20.20.

1,000-1,500 Points – Sandi England, 110.60; John Bava, 79.58; Tova Reinhorn, 30.84; John Marvin, 29.86; Miriam Regnet, 23.18.

1,500-2,500 Points – Gay Simpson, 111.82; Pinky Regan, 50.29; Linda Burroughsford, 20.78; Walt Olszewski, 20.49.

2,500-3,500 Points – (Tie) John and Martha Welte, 466.69; Ken Meier, 172.71; Allen Beroza, 100.60; Dale Anderson, 50.59; Davis Heussler, 28.81; Bill Rushmore, 27.24.

3,500-5,000 Points – Barbara Libby, 130.25; Sharon Benz, 83.08; Judy Padgug, 65.02; Dian Petrov, 45.39; Kathy Pollock, 29.46.

Over 5,000 Points – Judi Marshall, 83.57; Chris Urbanek, 52.93; Christy Kellogg, 30.62; Bud Seidenberg, 23.31; Saleh Fetouh, 20.07.


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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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