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Duplicate Bridge: Oct. 31, 2020
Duplicate Bridge: Oct. 31, 2020

Duplicate Bridge: Oct. 31, 2020

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It’s official! Western New York Unit 116 has canceled its annual meeting and game, scheduled for Dec. 5, due to the pandemic. Also canceled is the Buffalo Winter Sectional Tournament Jan. 22 to 24.

Meanwhile, Unit 116 is resuming its successful 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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Club Appreciation Week continues at the ACBL-sanctioned Virtual Club games on Bridge Base Online. All club games today, Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1, will award double points at no extra cost.For more info, visit 

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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 Buffalooffers 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, call director Dian Petrov at 228-2230 or email him at

The Delaware Wednesday Club alsoplays 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 earlier this 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: Finger Lakes Sectional – Seneca County Office Building, 1 DiPronio Drive, Seneca Falls. Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8.

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.

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 and went on hiatus in March when the pandemic forced local bridge clubs to halt face-to-face play. The print version formerly appeared 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, 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

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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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 Oct. 19 to Oct. 25

Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday evening – 99ers. Cynthia Tashjian and Candace Graser, 61.11%; Joann and Gary Keenan, 60.42%; Amy Habib and Jane Constantine, 55.56%.  

Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday morning – Non-life masters. North-south, Barbara Hill and Ruth Nowatniak, 76.26%; Janet Desmon and Joanne Nover, 56.06%; Mary Terrana and Usha Khurana, 55.30%; Judy Zeckhauser and Pat Haynes, 54.29%; Bonnie Clement and Larry Himelein, 52.53%; east-west, Jim Hassett and Bill Rich, 72.73%; Paula Rosen and Maryann Szafran, 58.84%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 53.54%; Carol Roth and Rivona Ehrenreich, 52.27%; Mary Joyce and Pam Righter, 52.02%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday morning – Open game. Meg Klamp and Chris Urbanek, 55.56%; Sharon Benz and John Marvin, 54.17%; Saleh Fetouh and Bud Seidenberg, 52.78%.

Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday afternoon – Under 1,500 points. Dorothy and Larry Soong, 62.50%; (tie) Miriam Regnet and Jim Lanzo, Richard McGowan and Bill Rich, 61.34%; Nancy Deneen and Fran Schmidt, 53.94%; Janet Desmon and Joanne Nover, 53.01%; east-west, Larry Himelein and David Schott, 59.26%; Carol Roth and Audrey Ray, 58.80%; Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 58.33%; (tie) Paula Rosen and Maryann Szafran, Elaine Idzik and Martha Townson, 54.86%.

Bridge Club of East Aurora Wednesday morning  Judy Padgug and Davis Huessler, 77.50%; Linda and Paul  Zittel, 67.50%.

Delaware Wednesday evening – Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 65.74%; Rajarshi Roy and Bill Rich, 54.63%; Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 50.93%.

Garret Club Invitational Monday morning – Pinky Regan and Carole Sedita, 62.04%; Judy Reich and Pam Righter, 52.78%; Jane Mitchell and Amber Dixon, 51.85%; (tie) Amy Habib and Jane Constantine, Candace Graser and Mary Joyce, 50.93%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Tuesday evening – Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 59.72%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 52.78%.

Lockport Duplicate Bridge Saturday afternoon – Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 61.11%; Jim Lanzo and Rajarshi Roy, 52.78%.

Twentieth Century Club Invitational Friday morning – Elaine Idzik and Martha Townson, 71.11%; Donna Starnes and Sheila Hess, 60%; Anne Allen and Mary Ellen Cotter, 55.56%; (tie) Pat Ryan and Chris-Elaine Santilli, Peggy Stock and Phyllis Wilkinson, 53.33%.

Other Clubs (face-to-face)

Clarence Senior Center Thursday – Judy Graf and Donna Steffan, 61%; Kokila Chheda and Stan Kozlowski, 57%.


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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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