August 2017
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August is your last month for club NAP qualifying games! The North American Pairs (NAP) is a grassroots event in three flights that starts at the local level and runs all the way to the national level.

Remember that a club qualification earns you a place at the district games (October), which can earn you a spot at the Nationals in Philadelphia in March. District level qualifications can also earn you money! Check with your local club for qualifying game dates and times. For more info, click on the links for each flight in the District 4 events box below. 

District 4 Officers  
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Questions? Comments? Concerns?
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Dan Boye

Meyer Kotkin
Bill Bauer

Pat Civale  

Joann Glasson 
President's Message
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As the Toronto NABC has just ended, District 4 was well represented north of the border. Special recognition and congratulations go out to our District Director Joann Glasson and her team - Bob Glasson, Rick Rowland and Marty Rabinowitz - for bringing home the trophy in the Senior Swiss! The venue was everything a bridge player could want. Large open areas with plenty of room between tables and perfect lighting made the playing areas comfortable. Walking around the City showcased why Toronto is an ideal location for a summer nationals. There were plenty of casual as well as fine dining restaurants within walking distance of the playing site. Toronto offered enjoyable and delicious late night sidewalk dessert dining after the sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. I couldn't help but be excited about District 4's opportunity to show ACBL members all that Philadelphia has to offer when we host the 2018 Spring Nationals in March. NABC Tournament Chair, Joann Glasson, has assembled a star studded team of volunteers to ensure that Philadelphia and District 4 will provide players with everything that made Toronto a success (several hundred tables over the estimate) - from an excellent playing area to hospitality that will be rated second to none and a wide range of savory dining choices that are certain to satisfy players' palates. Many players commented on Toronto's congenial population. Philadelphia is known as the "City of Brotherly Love." Let's work together to live up to and exceed that description. See you all at "the Nook."
From the District Director 
joann glasson
[Joann has filed a thorough report from the Toronto Nationals, detailing the meeting and activities of the Board of Directors and much more. Read her complete report, including photos and additional links to relevant information, here. -- Ed.]
District 4 Schedule    
District 4 STaC
August 28 - September 3
October 7
October 7-8
October 28

Lancaster Regional
October 30 - November 5
November 23 - December 3 
Jane Segal 
District 4 lost a great player, teacher, ambassador, volunteer, and advocate this week with the passing of Jane Segal. A former District 4 president, goodwill committee member, hospitality coordinator, host, teacher, and much more, Jane contributed to the game in nearly every possible role. She will be missed by her many friends, students, tablemates, and everyone who knew her through the game.

Tributes have poured in from around the country. You can read a sample of them here.

Valley Forge Report
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Great news to report from the Philadelphia Regional at Valley Forge. Attendance was up 6.3% over last year -- a rare exception for regionals across the country, where attendance is almost uniformly dropping or barely holding steady.

Survey results indicate that players were happy with nearly every aspect from the schedule to hospitality to location. Dupli-Swiss continues to be a major draw and a key reason for the regional's ongoing success.

Chairman Meyer Kotkin will continue to look for ways to innovate and improve the many features of the regional and make the player experience even better next year. He and the tournament committee look forward to seeing everyone again! 
Results from Toronto  
Hearty congratulations to District Director Joann Glasson, GNT/NAP Coordinator Bob Glasson, Rick Rowland, and Marty Rabinowitz for their impressive WIN in the Truscott Senior Swiss at the Toronto Nationals. We are delighted to report on this impressive success in a nationally-rated event for our District 4 players!

We are also happy to report on a terrific 2nd place finish for Sam Amer and his partner Daniel Lev in the Bean Red Ribbon Pairs. Players will remember Sam, who grew up playing in Unit 190, as one our District's talented, young players. Well done, Sam!

And, finally, here's a report on our GNT teams, who you've been reading about over the last few months.
The Flights B and C teams both survived  the one-day Swiss Teams qualifier to start head-to-head knockout matches. Unfortunately, both teams lost their first-round matches, bringing the D4 2017 GNTs to a close.

All Nationals publish an online Daily Bulletin, where you can peruse complete results at your leisure. Check out the ACBL website for full details. 
Heady Achievements 
Congratulations to three District 4 players on reaching impressive rank accomplishments.

Grand Life Master Arnie Fisher of Unit 141 earned his 20,000th masterpoint.

Longtime District 4 Treasurer and Grand Life Master Rick Rowland of Unit 190 reached the 15,000 masterpoint level.

Unit 141 player and teacher Carl Berenbaum became a Platinum Life Master by earning his 10,000th masterpoint. 
News from Around the Units 
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Unit 112: Central New York
DeWitt Henricks
Unit 112 STaC
August 14-20

Unit 112 Sectional (Cicero)
September 9-10

September 23-24

Unit 112 Sectional (Webster)
October 14-15

Unit 112 Sectional (Endwell)
October 28-29

Unit 112 Sectional (Waterloo)
November 11-12

Unit 112 Clubs Slam  Alzheimer's Disease
     The Canandaigua Duplicate Bridge Club and Ithaca Bridge Club made a grand slam against Alzheimer's and brain disease on June 21 when they raised a combined $6,000 for the local and national Alzheimer's Assn. The organization has designated June as Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month and "The Longest Day," is its biggest annual fundraising event.
     The ACBL has also supported The Ls DeWitt Henricks, Unit 112 president. "Many of our families and friends have been adversely affected by Alzheimer's and other brain diseases. They need our support."   
Unit 120: Northeastern Pennsylvania 
Fay Pacchioli

Architzel Memorial Game
September 24
Unit 120 Sectional
September 15-17 
Instant Matchpoint Game
October 25

The Architzel Memorial Game being held on Sunday September 24th is the famous Turkey Party held at the Central House Resort, 81 Milanville Road, Beach Lake, PA 18405. If have not been there yet, you are missing out on a great party. Sit-down dinner with turkey and ham between sessions. Cash Bar. Stratified - open - non-smoking - fragrance free. Two sessions of bridge - play one session or both. Same cost. Separate section for Intermediate/Newcomers. Partners are not guaranteed. If you need a partner, call Fay at 610-442-0742 or email RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and the deadline for reservations is September 20th. Registration is 11:30 AM; game starts 12:00 PM sharp.
To date, I have not heard from any Club directors who are scheduling the Instant Matchpoint game on October 25th. Let me hear from you if you are planning to hold this game as I have already had questions on who is scheduling it since it is one of the few games where gold is handed out at a club game.
The Honesdale-Hawley DBC did a superb job again this year for the fight for Alzheimer's and brain disease on the Longest Day, June 21. The club holds their game at the Senior Center in Honesdale so they cannot hold several games that day as doors close at 4 PM every game day. To compensate for this, the club holds all games for Alzheimer's the entire month of June and along with club fees and donations from club members we exceeded last year's total and contributed $1200 to the Alzheimer's Association.
At the Unit 120 Sectional in Wilkes Barre:

Friday June 2, 10:00 AM
Joe Distini and Doreese Torrey 1st in A.
Walt Mitchell and Sue Kluger 2nd in A.
Sara Eisner and Tom Weik 3rd in A.
Judy Stillinger and Carole McCallum 4th in A.
Steve and George Mansour 5th in A.
Chris and Louisa Stevens 3rd in C.  

Friday 2:30 PM.
Bill Haynes and Kate Shumaker 3rd in A.  
Joe Distini and Doreese Torrey 3rd in C.  
Mary Zabresky and Ellen Preece 4th in C.
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am
Kate Shumaker and Gwen Ritter 1st in B.
Dave and Marlene Meyer 4thin A.
Steve and George Mansour 6th in A.  
Joe Distini and Doreese Torrey 2nd in B.  
Dave and Karen Wessell 4th in B.  
Chris and Louisa Stevens 1st in C.  
Saturday 2: 30 PM
Steve and George Mansour 2nd in A.
David Forth and Gillian Chase 5th in A.  
Walt Mitchell and Bill Orth 6th in A.
Kate Shumaker and Gwen Ritter 4th in B.
Arthur Kibbe and Marie Lewis 2nd in C.  
Sunday in the Swiss Team Game
Al Shrive, Tom Weik, Dave Meyer and Sara Eisner 2nd in A.
Walt Mitchell, Alan Fierverker, Steve Tillman and Bill Orth 3rd in A.
Anne Pelak, George Marcy, Chris Stevens and Fran Hofherr 2nd in B.
Jim Mazeika, Mary Tragis, Joan Winters and Fay Pacchioli 3rd in B. 
At the National in Washington DC on July 20 in Sheinwold GNT - Flt B - George and Steve Mansour, Steve Tillman and Alan Fierverker were 15th.
In the Daylight open pairs, Steve Tillman and Alan Fierverker were 7th.
At the District 3 Summer Regional in Fairfield, NJ in Tuesday Golden Opportunities, Judy Stillinger and Wanda Cristali were 7th. Wednesday Golden Opportunities they repeated their win in 5th place.
In the bracketed round robin teams Kate Shumaker, Gwen Ritter, Deborah Butz, and Mimi Lengel came in 3rd.  

We lost two players recently -- Eleanor Bucknavagse from Plains and Lorraine Sharp from Freeland. Eleanor played in Beth Rosenthal's game and at the JCC. "I remember Lorraine very well. She was very active in the Hazelton Club and loved to come to our Turkey party. She used to call me every year once she got the Notre Dame football schedule to be sure I did not schedule the Turkey Party on a Saturday when Notre Dame was playing." 
Unit 121: Berks Montgomery 
Brian C Snyder 
Unit 121 I/N Sectional 
September 22
Unit 121 I/N Sectional
December 15 
Our annual Doris Sheeder Memorial Picnic and Unit Game was held Saturday July 22 at Sacred Heart Villa. We had 7 tables and Alice Hyman and Glenn Trayer won 1st overall.  

Our next Intermediate - Newcomer Sectional Tournament will be held Friday September 22 in The Bridge Room at Sacred Heart Villa. More information can be found at the Unit 121 website.

Sue Wessner will be starting a new series of Bridge Lessons at Boscov's North in Reading beginning on Thursday September 14. Contact Sue to register -- (610) 972-532,

Congratulations to the following for achieving their next rank in the ACBL:

New Junior Master - Margy Esterly 
New Sectional Master - Keith Ordemann 
New Regional Master - Theresa Althouse 
New NABC Master - Elaine Van Briggle
Unit 133: Lehigh Valley 
Dave Kresge

Unit 133 Sectional
October 20-22
Upcoming unit events are un it pairs game which is a NAP Qualifier on Sunday 27 August at the Brith Sholom temple in Bethlehem at 1:00 PM. Also on Sunday 24 September there is a pro-am team unit game at the temple at 1:00 PM.  This game is preceded by a unit board meeting at 11:45 AM.

The Fall sectional will be held on 20 October thru 22 October at the Lehigh Active Life Center.  The flyer is on the unit web site, the district web site, and the acbl web site.  The Unit annual meeting and holiday party will be held on Sunday 12 November at the Brookside Country Club.

Unit 2016 winners of the Mini McKenney and Ace of Clubs awards are as follows:

               MINI MCKENNEY   `                     ACE OF CLUBS 
0-5             Bryan Snapp                                Bryan Snapp 
5-20           Michael Dopera                           Jon Clemens 
20-50         Betsy Cutler                                 Betsy Cutler 
50-100       Marieann Mazzafro                      Marieann Mazzafro 
100-200     Mike Kohler                                  Mike Kohler 
200-500     Donalee Griswold                        Freda Witmer 
500-1000   Mimi Lengel                                 Mary Jo Stofflet 
1000-1500 Karen Yellin                                 Karen Yellin 
1500-2500 Gary Hillenbrand                         Stan Yellin 
2500-3500 Paul Irvine                                   Barb Miller 
3500-5000 Dave Wachsman                         Valarie Barber 
5000-7500 Bill Parks                                     Rhoda Prager 
7500-10000 Rhoda Kauffman                       Rhoda Kauffman
Unit 141: Philadelphia 
Joan Warren
Bala Sectional
October 13-15
Bala Sectional
November 10-12
Unit 141 STaC
December 4-10

Unit 141 congratulates its New Life Masters and all those who reached new designation levels. Especially noteworthy is our new Grand Life Master, Arnie Fisher, who reached 20,000 masterpoints. 
New Life Masters
Michael Garnek 
Lynn Gonchar 
Peggy Greenawalt 
Sandy Tilney 
Rebecca Weiss

Grand Life Master  Arnie Fisher

Platinum Life Master  Carl Berenbaum

Silver Life Master Kathy Fisher 
Thomas Foerster 
Helen McCool 
Frank Morgan 
Fran  Each
Gary Shiftan
Joel Slutz 

We hope you enjoyed playing at the Philadelphia Regional at Valley Forge. Congratulations to all those who scored well and left with the masterpoints they needed.
Unit 168: Delaware 
Jeanne Parrett

A bridge player's journey to Platinum Life Master is long and reaching it quite an accomplishment. In late June, our own Unit 168 player, Barry Gorski, reached that major milestone! For those that have played against Barry, you've learned he was born with several abilities that give him a distinct (and might I say, unfair) advantage:
  • he has the ability to 'see through' the cards
  • he has the ability to make plays that will often bamboozle opponents into giving him an extra trick
  • he will squeeze you, end play you, or do both simultaneously!
  • he counts cards (okay - us mere mortals do try!)
  • he knows virtually every convention (whether he plays it or not)
He's a regular at the Lancaster club games and we're all better for the tough competition. Please join me in congratulating Barry!! Hey... next stop is the GRAND!
News From Harrisburg:
In addition to our regular day and evening schedule, we are featuring the following special games during the month of August.
  • 8/03: Mentor game
  • 8/05: Brunch & Bridge
  • 8/09: Wednesday evening wine & cheese game
  • 8/20: Birthday game
  • 8/23: Wednesday night Swiss
Hope to see you at the Club! We are 100% owned by our MEMBERS, and we count on your support to maintain The House of Friendship That Bridge Built.
News From Lancaster:
Special games for the month of August include:
  • Week of 8/14: Club Championship games all week - extra points!!
  • Week of 8/28: STaC games all week - silver points!!
Unit 168 NAP Final Game is Coming! REGISTER TODAY!!
On Sunday, October 1, Unit 168 will be holding its 2017 NAP Final (for points only) at the Harrisburg Bridge Club, 349 N 21st Street, Camp Hill PA.  The event is stratified including A, B and C qualifiers in a single section.  Points include 20% Gold for A, 10% for B and 5% for C.
All District 4 NAP club qualifiers are eligible to play. 
Preregistration deadline is September 25.
Unit 168 Members:
  • Preregister and your entry fee is only $5!! (subsidized by Unit 168!)
  • If you do not preregister, the rate to show up & play is $30
NOT a member of Unit 168?: Preregistration is required. The entry fee is $30 per person.
Entry fees include lunch between sessions (stuffed chicken breast, potato and salad).
How to Preregister:
Make checks to "Unit 168", and include your (1) name, (2) ACBL Number and (3) club where qualified. Send your check and information to:
Robert Priest
108 Hanna Street
Harrisburg PA 17104
Unit 168 works hard to keep those Gold Points coming!
For decades, Unit 168 has found ways to award Gold Points at the Club.  Since District 4 does not require Unit qualification for either GNT or NAP district finals, Units are permitted to hold a two session final, for points only.  For over a dozen years, Unit 168 GNT finals have awarded Gold points.  When ACBL changed the color, if qualification was not required (you could still run the event, for black points only), Unit 168 switched to running an NAP Unit final.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Unit 168 members on their new master point rank achievements:
Club Master:
Dolores Fenton, Marilyn Gillespie, Joseph Nicodemus, William Schantzenbach, Elaine Smith, Scott Worrall, Mary Wyatte
Sectional Master:
Sandra Goldberg
Regional Master:
Kathleen Gallagher, Patricia Solomon, William Solomon
NABC Master:
Michael Mendelson, Jean Pryzbylkowski
Bronze Life Master:
Jeanne Gehret, Martha Lewis
Silver Life Master:
Kathleen Harter
Sapphire Life Master:
John Klinger
Platinum Life Master:
Barry Gorski
Two Hearts Bust Minor Suit Stayman Keycard
In an Inter-Club Championship matchpoints game earlier this month, I was the vul dealer against non-vul opponents, when I fanned my hand to reveal this 4-loser, 23-point beauty:
East: AQ3 AJ65 K8 AKQ2
With the opponents silent, the bidding proceeded:
West             East
2D(1)            2N(2)
3S(3)            3N(4)
4S(5)            4N(6)
6D(7)            6N(8)
(1) Game-forcing, showing at least an Ace, a King, or 2 Queens (here also, "Two Hearts Bust", 2H = less than that, after which the 2C opener can stop in either Major at the two level, or go on)
(2) 22-24 high-card points
(3) Minor Suit Stayman
(4) Denies a 4-card minor
(5) 1430 for Diamonds (here also, 4C = 4 Clubs & 5 Diamonds, 4D = 4 Diamonds & 5 Clubs, 4H = 1430 for Clubs, 4S = 1430 for Diamonds, although there are other ways to play this)
(6) 1 or 4 keycards in Diamonds
(7) OK, we're missing a keycard - we'll stop here
(8) Well, it's matchpoints, partner (not a team game, where safety would be paramount), and I have good tenaces to receive the opening lead, so let's try this!
Partner's hand was:
West: KT7 Q QJT9643 73
Making 6, on the lead of the Spade 9, and giving up only the trump Ace. Nice that we had a way to inquire safely, without guessing and blasting into the slam.
Kokish After Drury
Here's the hand I alluded to last month, where one convention segue ways right into another. In a club matchpoints game back in May, I was dealer with both sides vulnerable, when I spread this unassuming hand:
North:  A64 K987 K96 JT2
With only a 9-loser, 11-point hand, my action seemed clear, and the auction proceeded (with the opponents silent throughout):
North             South
Pass            1H
2D(1)            3C(2)
4H(3)            Pass(4)
(1) Reverse Two-Way Drury, showing 4+ Hearts and an invitational hand
(2) Kokish Three-Way Game Try, showing Club shortness (here also, 2H = minimum hand, no interest in game, 2S = "Is there a suit in which you would have accepted a help suit game try, partner?", 2N = Spade shortness, 3D = Diamond shortness, and 3H = "enough points for game, partner, but poor trumps - only bid game if you have good trump honors, otherwise pass!")
(3) Your Club shortness improves my hand, partner, and I have help in the other two suits, so let's do this!
(4) Yay, thanks, partner, wish me luck
Partner's hand was:
South:  Q3 AQJ63 QJT74 Q
Making 4, double-dummy, but making 5 at the table, thank you very much, at least partly due to the fact that the opponents were given fewer clues than usual, during the bidding, as to where our hands' weaknesses were.
Coming Attractions
Next month, I'll try to find an example of another cool gadget (which shall remain undisclosed until then)! So, stay tuned.

Unit 190: Delaware 
Ala Hamilton-Day
Diamond State Sectional
September 15-17
Unit 190 Dave Treadwell Sectional
December 26-31
Menus and delicacies have been the subject of emails, motions, and much discussion. The question is what delectable foods will be served on Saturday, September 16th, at 2:00 during the Unit 190 Diamond State Sectional. At the annual meeting on Saturday, you can fill two needs with one deed by filling your belly and electing the qualified slate of candidates.
JUNIOR MASTER Melissa S. Lewis and Michael Vogel
CLUB LIFE MASTER Anne Daley Wattman, Walter Weeks, and Elizabeth E. Williams
LIFE MASTER : Joan W. Flanagan
BRONZE LIFE MASTER : Joan W. Flanagan and Pat Tylander
Congrats to Nancy Ferguson and Karin Schwenk, winners of the Bastille Day Golden Opportunity Pairs at the Fairfield Regional!
Don't worry password. I'm insecure too.
Unit 217: Susquehanna  
Jim McKeown
Unit 217 Sectional
October 6-8
There is no Unit 217 report this month. Check back in September for updates and information.  
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