What happens on March 8th? You got it! Philly Nationals start. Check out the NABC website for lots of helpful information from schedule to restaurant guide to hospitality and entertainment to logistics and more. Since last month's 4Spot, there are even more new things happening with special bridge events and entertainment so scroll down to read more.
Philly Nationals now offers an easy opportunity for you to play hands with or against many, many luminaries, including Meckstroth, Rodwell, Sontag, Berkowitz, Zia, Shi, Hamman, and many more. It will happen in the Rubber Bridge Room, so check it out!
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Contact your District 4 board members.
It's here! The Philadelphia North American Bridge Championships (NABC) start March 8th
and run through March 18th
. There are events, programs and entertainment for everyone. Many local players will join National and International stars in premier National Championship events like the Platinum Pairs and the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams (KO). There are ten NABC+ Championships up for grabs and if you are so inclined, Go for the Platinum! There is also a full daily schedule of Regionally rated events (Gold Points) including Gold Rush Pairs or Teams every day, as well as a full schedule of I/N events. If you need a partner, no worries - there are dedicated desks for I/N partnerships, Regional partnerships and National event partnerships. Chairpersons Joann and Bob Glasson and their Tournament Committee have planned extraordinary programs, speakers, treats and entertainment galore including a Sunday night Stroll on the Boardwalk with free hot dogs, cotton candy and arcade games. Visit the Philadelphia NABC website
for more details and information. I am under strict orders to attend all three performances of the University of Pennsylvania's acapella group, the Counterparts.
There is another advantage to attending the Nationals this month. It will give you a chance to practice for what Dave Treadwell would have called the Main Event - the Wilmington Regional on Apr 30 - May 6. Wilmington is the first D4 Regional of the year and will be the first D4 tournament to run the new, more equitable KO format that has a first day Round Robin or Swiss qualifier for a second day KO phase. In this event, the (minimum five) team brackets will be more equitable so that all the teams in a bracket will have a similar number of masterpoints instead of some of the wide-ranging masterpoint brackets in past KO. Additionally, all teams that enter are guaranteed to play both sessions of the qualifying day - no more being knocked out in the first session and having to play in a one session side event. The four teams that qualify for the KO phase will also play two sessions that day as there will be a playoff for third and fourth. I will write more about the new KO format in my article next month. You can find the Wilmington Regional schedule and other information
There is a Philadelphia NABC every eight to nine years and every time I play in a Philly NABC, I get nostalgic. Many friends from across the country will be coming to Philadelphia for the NABC and I look forward to catching up with them. But I always find myself thinking about friends and partners who have passed or are no longer able to play because of health concerns. I remember them now and hopefully, I will always remember them. They are part of my bridge culture and history and had profound effects on my game and my personality. Many of the events at the Philly NABC are named after people who were integral parts of my bridge community. I can't imagine what I would be like if I hadn't met Dave Treadwell, Norman Kay, Charlie Gray, Howie Cohen and others too numerous to mention.
Speaking of nostalgia, I found the picture below in the March 7, 2003 NABC Bulletin. Some of these old friends have passed and some have less hair and slightly larger bellies, except for Rick Rowland who is in fighting shape and making a run against me for D4 Chick Magnet. I was hoping the picture would bring back some fond memories for you.
As always, I welcome all comments and suggestions. My e-mail is
and my cell is 856.986.5109.
From the District Director
When you read this report we will be days away from the NABC and I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia.
For the first time ever at a North American Championship, we will have a Rubber Bridge Room that will have continuous games on Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm. Entry is free. The only requirement is that you be an ACBL member and we are making the ACBL's new $8 temporary memberships available at the door if you are not yet one of us.
From 10 to 12 each day, some of the best players in the world will sit in and play a few hands - Gary Cohler, Eric Rodwell, Bob Hamman, Zia, Jeff Meckstroth, Sylvia Shi, Jerry Helms - will sit-in, just to name a few. Here's your chance to play a hand or two with a bridge luminary.
Players can cut in at any time.
Click here for the house rules
. Tom Smith will be hosting the event which will be held in Room 403 on the fourth floor of the Marriott.
Please spread the word and encourage social players to come to the Marriott and share the excitement of playing in an NABC.
District 4 has another first this year. Meyer Kotkin, Mike Giesler. and John Dickenson have collaborated on a new format for knockout events at our regionals that will make the events more equitable and more fun for everyone. Additionally, the new, albeit experimental format will guarantee that all teams that enter the event will play both sessions on the first day. No more one session and done if you lose. The first of these experimental knockout events will be held at the
, April 3 - May 6 2018.
Teams will be grouped in brackets with a similar number of masterpoints, so that no team will be forced into a bracket that won't be a comfortable level of competition. The size of the brackets will not be determined by splitting the field equally, but by grouping teams together based on the total number of masterpoints. So, the top bracket (which is open to all teams that voluntarily want to play in the top bracket) might have 6 teams or it might have 8, but it will have players with the largest number of masterpoints. Similar equitable bracketing will continue down to the last bracket.
On the first day of the new two-day knockout event, players will play a Round Robin or Swiss team qualifier, and the highest scoring four teams will go into a knockout phase on day two. All players get to play all day on the first day.
On the second day when only four teams in each bracket remain, the teams that lose in the semi-final will play off against each other to get an overall third place and fourth place award. That ensures that all teams that reach the KO phase of the event will play all four sessions.
Click here for the conditions of contest
prepared by Meyer.
See you all in Philadelphia!
April 30-May 6
June 25-July 1
District 4 STaC
NAP Flight C
NAP Flight A
NAP Flight B
October 29-November 4
Philadelphia Nationals: March 8-18
With just about a week to go until the start of Nationals, we still have breaking news.
1. An exciting new feature: The Rubber Bridge Room. Enjoy relaxed bridge with top experts from around the world and players from the Hamilton Club, the country's oldest rubber bridge club. The "RBR" will be located in Room 403 on the 4th floor of the Marriott. You can drop in anytime between 10 am and 9 pm Monday-Friday March 12-16, but expect to see the experts between 10 am and noon. Play is Chicago-style with cut-ins after four deals, no partners needed. Cost is free for ACBL members; $8 will cover non-members for the entire week. Full information at the Philly NABC website. Don't miss this amazing opportunity
2. Great tour opportunity: Bridge players can enjoy the Big Bus tour at a great discount. Get $12 off the $32 fee for their on-and-off bus tours around the city just by showing your convention card at the Tour Desk in the Marriott lobby.
The bridge will be great, but our NABC is about much more than bridge! There's hospitality every night, starting Thursday, and fantastic entertainment nearly every night.
* The Jersey Tenors on Friday, March 9
* stroll the Boardwalk right in the Marriott on Sunday, March 11
The Counterparts will wow you with their vocal stylings on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday March 14-16. You will need a free ticket to guarantee a seat, but it's easy to grab one from the Information desk on the 5th floor of the Marriott.
Questions? Click here to find out who to contact and how. The local committee is happy to help, so please call or email if you need any help at all.
Unit 141 and D4 Seminar Prepares
Remember what it was like the first time you played in a tournament? Are you still waiting to give tournament play a try?
On February 25, nearly 50 newer players attended a day of activities at Valley Forge Bridge Club to help make that transition easier. With the support of District 4, Unit 141 organized the first of what we hope will be many such events around the district. The goal was to prepare and excite players for the upcoming Nationals, as well as our district's many sectionals and regionals. The seminar included talks on a variety of tournament-related subjects (from filling out a convention card to handling director calls), a panel discussion with questions from the players, and a "mock" Swiss Teams to accustom players to that format.
Many thanks to Unit 141 I/N chairs Joan and Bill Goldstein for coordinating the event as well as Dave LeGrow, Joann Glasson, Ed Kung, and Mike Giesler for all of their time and effort in making the event a success.
News from Around the Units
Unit 112: Central New York
Unit 112 I/N Sectional
Unit 112 Sectional
Unit 112 Sectional
Unit 112 Sectional
Unit 112 Sectional
Unit 112 Sectional
Unit 112 Sectional
Spring is in the air and we are looking forward to the Spring NABC in Philadelphia March 8 to March 18.
March 15 and 16 (Thursday and Friday) Unit 112 is sponsoring a Knockout Team Event in honor of our dedicated Club Managers and Players.
Good luck to our Unit 112 pairs that have qualified to participate in the North American Pairs Event -
Flight C- Stephen and Holli Mast
Flight B - Lynn Ackerman and Mary Miller
Edythe Kraus and Ellen Ryan
Tom Aridgides and Dick Tuttle
Congratulations to our players achieving their next Masterpoint level:
Junior Masters - Mary E Burns Rochester NY
Dr Sarah Liebschutz Pittsford NY
Ellen Thorton Fayetteville NY
Club Masters - Anne Field Horseheads NY
Paul Hagar Maryland NY
Joseph Nicholson Endwell NY
Sectional Masters - Mary Helen Cathles Lansing NY
Mahlon (Gene) Hauber Elmira NY
Steve Hiscox Oneonta NY
Allen Presby Unadilla NY
Regional Masters - Donald Boyce Groton NY
Gregory Liebner Vestal NY
Roxann Roberts Leicester NY
Mark Tevelow Vestal NY
Life Masters - Stephen Mast Corning NY
David Morris Hastings NY
Bronze Life Master- Jo Ann Filipe Fairport NY
Gold Life Master- Dolores Schwartz Pittsford NY
Emerald Life Master- Roger Woodin Rochester NY
Save the Date
April 7 and 8 April 20 and 21
Rochester Spring Sectional Webster 199er Sectional
Knights of Columbus
70 Barrett Drive Webster, NY
566 East Ave. Rochester, NY
Unit 120: Northeastern Pennsylvania
Unit 120 Sectional
Unit 120 Sectional
2018 NABC March 8 - 18 - Philadelphia - Unit 120's volunteer day is Tuesday, March 13th, so there will be a lot of familiar faces around that day to root for those playing. Looking forward to seeing you all there. Beth Rosenthal got a few Club Directors together and organized a Seminar at Wesley Village for newcomers who were going to play in their first National Tournament. The Seminar was programmed for players with fewer than 200 points although those with more than 200 points were allowed to attend. It was Free and anyone with less than 200 points was eligible to win a free two night stay at the Marriott to encourage our newer players to get their feet wet at a National. I am sure all of us remember our first National. Two of our under 200 point players from the Honesdale Club were convinced to go to the seminar as one of them has been in our beginners class since the beginning of summer 2017 and we thought it would be beneficial to them. They traipsed off to the seminar, loved it and won 2 Free nights in the Marriott and will be attending the NABC on March 16 - 18th
. So wish Antonette Finelli and Carol Rick good luck if you see them. They will be playing in games specifically stratified for players with similar point counts.
Beverly Bright and Jane Bovard qualified on the local level and will be playing in the PRESIDENTS CUP FLIGHT C NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS on Sunday. We all wish them good luck.
ACE OF CLUBS - 2017 MINI MCKENNEY - 2017
0 - 5 Rob Schanker, Lake Ariel Rob Schanker
Harold Koehler, Dallas Harold Koehler
James Post, Hanover Twp Jian Chen, Tobyhanna
Rita Groves, Pittston James Post
Antonette Finelli, Lakeville Rita Groves
5 - 20 Roseann Tedesco, Moosic Roseann Tedesco
Mary Ellen McCormick, Forty Fort Mary Ellen McCormick
Kristen Armstrong, Dallas Kirsten Armstrong
David & Patty Frischholz, Hawley David & Patty Frischholz
20 - 50 Louisa Stephens, Scranton Louisa Stephens
Marla McNabb, S. Abington Twp Marla McNabb
Janet Morganthau, E. Stroudsburg Janet Morganthau
Elizabeth Vucic, Poyntelle Kelly Sherry, Mountain Top
Kathleen Burns, Throop Susan Hildebrand, Albrightsville
50 - 100 Christopher Stephens, Scranton Christopher Stephens
Begona Kowet, Lords Valley Begona Kowet
Betsy Hattersley, Hawley Anne Pelak, Kingston
100 - 200 Linda Churla, Waverly Linda Churla
George Clark, Clarks Summit Victoria Tarleton, Bear Creek
Marie Lewis, Dallas Marie Lewis
200 - 300 Beverly Bright, Scott Township Beverly Bright
Fran Hofherr, Swoyersville Fran Hofherr
Wanda Cristali, Scotrun Wanda Cristali
300 - 500 Joe Distini, Clarks Summit Joe Distini
Arthur Kibbe, Clarks Summit Gretchen Jack
Gretchen Jack, Cape Canaveral, FL Arthur Kibbe
500 - 1000 Bill Burns, E. Stroudsburg Bill Burns
Lynn Gonchar, Naples, Fl Kathryn Shumaker
Diane Berkowitz, Hawley Martha O'Connor
1000 -1500 David Forth, Stroudsburg David Forth
Stanley Smulyan, Fort Myers, FL Walter Mitchell
Helene Megargel , Lake Ariel Bill Orth, Sugarloaf
1500 - 2500 Carole McCallum, Newfoundland Stephen Tillman
Stephen Tillman, Shavertown Carole McCallum
Sara Eisner, Scranton Sara Eisner
2500 - 3500 Judith Argento, Naples, Fl Judith Argento
George Marcy, Kingston Marlene Meyer
Marlene Meyer, Scranton George Marcy
3500 - 5000 Carol Drewniak, Conyngham Carol Drewniak
5000 - 7500 David Meyer, Scranton David Meyer
- Brooks Eldredge-Martin, Towanda
- Mary Ellen McCormick, Forty Fort
James Post, Hanover Twp.
District 4 now maintains and enforces a fragrance policy that includes the smell of smoke, fragrance and body odor. All clubs should be following this policy as well as sectional and regional events . It is important that all players are in compliance with this policy which is critical for the health and enjoyment of all players. Players must refrain from wearing any of the following: cologne, after shave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion, fragranced hair products, and or similar products. Strong scents including fragrances, the smell of smoke and poor personal hygiene violate the Zero Tolerance Policy.
2018 CALENDAR -
March 2- 4 - NEPA Sectional Tournament, WilkesBarre
April 7 - Grand National Teams - Flt. A and C
April 7 - 13 - STAC
April 15 - April 22 - Unit 120 Group Trip to Gatlinburg
April 21 - Grand National Teams - Flight B
June 1 - 3 - NEPA Sectional Tournament, WilkesBarre
July 9 - ACBL wide Instant Matchpoint Game - Gold pts
September 9 - ARCHITZEL MEMORIAL GAME, Beach Lake
October 5 - 7 - NEPA Sectional Tournament, WilkesBarre
October 13 - North American Pairs - Flight C
October 27 - North American Pairs - Flight B
October 31 - ACBL Instant Matchpoint Game - Gold pts
December 10 - Honesdale Holiday Party
Club Directors - Get your scheduled dates in to me so we can publicize your special events. Early publicity does increase attendance.
Unit 121: Berks Montgomery
Brian C Snyder
Our President's Day Unit Game was held Wednesday February 21 at The Jewish Cultural Center. Vicky and Ellis Sokoloff won 1st
overall. Our next Unit Game will be for St. Patrick's Day on Thursday, March 22 at Sacred Heart Villa.
Our next Intermediate-Newcomer Sectional will be held Friday, April 6. This is for Non Life Masters with 500 or fewer Masterpoints.
for more information.
Congratulations to the following members for achieving their next Masterpoint Rank:
Club Master - Romaine Schwartz
Sectional Master - Barbara Swales, Tom Swales
Life Master - Nancy Machusick, Elaine S. Van Briggle, L. Irish Murphy
Unit 133 Sectional
We are sad to report the demise of two members of our Unit--Lawrence Young and Lewis Schor. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families.
Every Thursday (for eight weeks), beginning
, 4:45 PM Brookside Country Club; Sara Gainey will be offering the third Series of Lessons (8-Series III). For details contact Sara Gainey at 610-417-5982.
Sunday, April 8
, 12:00 PM, Brith Shalom, Macada Road, Bethlehem;
Unit Game, Open and NLM events.
A mentoring team game at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 12:30 PM. Facilitator Mike Kohler-610-554-7602,
A more experienced player will pair with a newer player; two such pairs will comprise a team.
NLM Sectional at Lehigh Valley Active Life, two separate Flights: 0-100 and 0-500. Lunch will be provided, further details maybe found on the ACBL website.
The following players recently attained higher bridge masterpoint ranking:
: Richard Hyman, Susan Keller, and Carol Turoczi;
Bronze Life Masters
: Lynda Shoeninger, and Todd Wachsman.
The Unit-Game of February 4 (Souper Bowl) helped raise significant amount of money and food for Second Harvest Food Bank. In the NLM section (yes, we had a separate NLM section-yippee...eee!) Pat Saeger and Karen Myers were the winners, while in the 'other' section Arnold Kritz and Ben Yang were the winners. A total of twenty-two pairs competed in the event.
On February 22, Sara Gainey organized a mentee-mentor game at the Brookside Country Club. It was an enjoyable affair with stimulating conversation and a good dinner (sans alcohol though). E J Krall and Keith Ordemann were the first amongst
fourteen winning pairs
Congratulations to all our achievers!
Bridge for the Newer Players:
While a lot more remains to be done, we are proud to report that the Unit is increasingly making concerted efforts to facilitate beginner bridge. For instance, Jim Kenny, the president of Unit 133, has himself been taking keen personal interest in ensuring that newer players have an opportunity to be exposed to team game format of bridge (IMP scoring). And this is only the tip of the iceberg. The mentee-mentor program with Mike Kohler at the helm, Sara Gainey's beginner bridge lessons and games, the upcoming NLM Sectional Tournament are some of our other beginner bridge initiatives. Again, while we are very encouraged, please let us not rest until our ranks swell up to at least 350 members. And once that milestone is achieved, we must keep marching on trying even harder!
At all our Sectional Tournaments and Unit Games, we plan to have a separate NLM section and hope our newer players will enthusiastically participate in them.
If we do not muster enough tables for the NLM event, American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) rules will obligate merging of the NLM event with the Open event. Please do not let that happen.
Unit 141 congratulates its New Life Masters and all those who reached new designation levels.
Gold Life Master
Ruby Life Master
Jean Ann Dockray
Silver Life Master
Bronze Life Master
We hope to see you at the NABC in March. There are several sessions in honor of local Unit 141 members. Come play in them.
The Unit 141 Annual Meeting will be Sunday April 29 at 10:30 am at Green Valley Country Club. Look for flyers in your clubs soon with details and watch your email for information. One free sectional play for New Life Masters, Mini McKenney and Ace of Clubs winners who attend. Sign-up required.
Unit 168: Central Pennsylvania
Unit 168 NLM Sectional
UNIT 168 NEWS
News From Chambersburg
Plan ahead and join us at the Chambersburg Sectional, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, June 14, 15, 16. Click on
for game information, directions, and contacts for the tournament.
Special games in March include:
- Saturday, 3/3 - 11:30am - Lunch & Bridge (soup & sandwiches)
- Tuesday, 3/6 - 11:30am - Birthday Party to celebrate Jim Green's 93rd!!
- Wednesday, 3/7 - 6:30pm - Wine & Cheese Open Game
- Sunday, 3/11 - 12:30pm - Ladies' Swiss Teams (pre-registration required)
- Saturday, 3/17 - 11:30am - Lunch & Bridge (serving corned beef & cabbage); free for all HBC Members
- Monday, 3/19 - 12:15 (lunch at 11:30am) - ACBL-Wide Senior Pairs Game
- Wednesday, 3/28 - 6:30pm (dinner at 5:45pm) - Monthly Swiss Teams Game
- Many March games at HBC will be charity games (ACBL and local, which is Downtown Daily Bread), where extra points will be awarded
- Plan ahead for our first 0-1000 Swiss Team Game on Friday, April 27.
Special games at Maple Grove in March include:
- Monday, 3/5 - 12:15 - Unit Game - extra points!
- Monday, 3/19 - 12:15 - ACBL-Wide Senior Pairs Game. Join all the 60+ year olds in North America for a day of extra points and extra fun!
- Wednesday, 3/21 - 12:15 - Unit Game - extra points!
Come out and play with us! For partners, call Andie Sheaffer at 717-581-1003
March special games and workshops at the Bridge Boardroom are shown below:
- Monday, 3/5 - Morning & Afternoon are Unit games - $1 extra
- Tuesday, 3/6 - Afternoon is Unit game - $1 extra
- Wednesday, 3/21 - Morning & Afternoon are Unit games - $1 extra
- Saturday, 3/24 - 6pm - Saturday Night Special game; pre-registration requested
- Wednesday, 3/28 - Evening is Unit game - $1 extra
- Tuesday, 3/13 - 9:30-11:30; Establishing Looooong Suits
- Friday, 3/16 - 10-noon; The Crummy Dummy
- Tuesday, 3/17 - 9:30-11:30; Negative Doubles
The Bridge Boardroom will be closed on Friday, March 30
to these Unit 168 members on their new master point rank achievements:
Ivan Hileman, Cindy Mueller
Suzanne Geubtner, Georgianne Hess
Advanced NABC Master:
Bronze Life Master:
Silver Life Master:
Ruth Ellen Maddock
Wacky Hands & Gadgets -
by Dave Bort
In a recent afternoon club game, white-on-red (aka opponents vul, us non-vul), our opponents held:
North: K73 Q9 QT2 K9875 South: 54 T7 98653 AT64
while my partner and I held:
West: QJ96 K65432 AK J East: AT82 AJ8 J74 Q32
North opened with a Pass, and the bidding proceeded as follows (with the opponents silent throughout)
(1) Let's see, 9 losers, 12 points, and two quick tricks. Usually I bid with two out of three, from among: (1) 7 losers, (2) 12 points, and (3) two quick tricks, but this hand just doesn't look to have many tricks. Plus, I'm in second seat, where I'd like to have a more solid hand to bid, so I'll let this one go (and be prepared to apologize, if we miss something).
(2) Flexible Flannery, showing 11-15 HCP, with Spade/Heart distribution being either 4/5, 4/6, or 5/6.
(3) Forcing; Tell me more about your hand, partner. This from among other options, including:
Pass = poor hand, but with 6+ Diamonds, 2H/S = to play, 2N = tell me more, forcing, 3C = to play, with 6+ Clubs, 3D/H/S = invitational, 3N = to play, 4C/D = transfer to H/S (with no high cards to protect from the opening lead, or to follow-up with 1430), and 4H/S = to play (with something to protect, and no need to go slamming).
(4) Shows 4/6 in Spades and Hearts (leaving both strength and minor distribution unspecified), from among:
3C = 4/5 S/H and 3 or 4 Clubs, 3D = 4/5 S/H and 3 or 4 Diamonds, 3H = 4/5 S/H and 2/2 in the minors, minimum (11-13), 3S = 4/6 S/H, with strength and minor distribution unspecified, 3N = 4/5 S/H with 2/2 in the minors, maximum (14-15), and 4H = 5/6 S/H, with strength and minor distribution unspecified.
(5) Looks like we have a double fit in the majors, so since I have 12, I'm bidding the game. Good Luck, partner!
Making 6H, where both aggressive and/or foolhardy bidders would be rewarded, because both the Spade King is onside and the Heart Queen falls. Lucky, but it probably shouldn't be bid. Still (all together, now!), it's Better to be Lucky Than Good!
Rule of 234 + Modified Ogust = Slam in the East?!?
In another recent club game, red-on-red (aka both vul), with me the dealer, I was up to my usual tricks with the Rule of 2-3-4 (the Losing Trick Count version) in first seat (where I have a little more leeway than in second seat, though way less than in third seat). Partner and my version of the Rule allows me to open at equal vulnerability with no more than 8 losers (see my December '17 4Spot article for more on the Rule of 234). Our opponents' hands were pretty modest, holding:
North: KT32 9873 T72 53 South: Q7 QT2 KJT854 4
while partner and I held:
West: J6 AKJ - AKQJT762 East(me): A9854 654 AQ6 98
The bidding proceeded (with the opponents silent throughout):
(1) Showing 5-10 points, with no more than 8 losers. Yes, with two Aces, this is probably not the best bid for this hand (partner could miss a game, not realizing I have such outside strength), but you asked, so this is what actually happened at the table.
(2) Forcing; Tell me more about your hand, partner.
(3) Modified Ogust, revealing only a 5-card suit, from among: 3C = 5 cards, 3D = 6 cards, minimum, and 3H = 6 cards, maximum
(4) I'm undeterred by your 5-card suit, partner, tell me how strong you are.
(5) Maximum, from among: 3H = minimum, and 3S = maximum
(6) This could work, partner, since I only need 2 tricks from you. Bet you'll be surprised by my bid!
(7) Wow, yes, I am surprised, but I trust you enough to pass!
Making 7 on the lead of the Diamond 8. I didn't actually have enough other entries (only the Spade Ace and two high Clubs) to toss a Spade on the Diamond Ace, then ruff Spades and finally toss the Heart Jack loser on my long Spade, but the opponents must have helped by tossing the wrong card somewhere in the play. Let people wonder how the Club slam was bid from the East!
Stay tuned for more wacky hands & gadgets in April. You can't make this stuff up (well, the hands, anyway)!
Unit 190 Sectional
Unit 190 Sectional
Unit 190 Dave Treadwell Sectional
LOOK OUT! IT'S COMING!
THE DELAWARE REGIONAL
(April 30 to May 6). The wonderful hospitality, the array of expert lecturers and presenters, the easy access, and the fantastic bridge, make this regional tourney one not to be missed. Mark your calendars now for this superlative tournament.
Steven M. Katz and Brenda Vogel
William F. Lorelli and Thomas N. Tully
William F. Lorelli
Judith M. Gwaltney
Gail S. Levy
SAPPHIRE LIFE MASTER
Harold A. Jordan
A dyslexic man walks into a bra . . .
ACE OF CLUBS
ACE OF CLUBS MINI-MCKENNEY
0 - 5 Michael Vogel Michael Vogel
5 - 10 Debbie Schenkel Mark Nehra
20 - 50 Sugi Hayes Sugi Hayes
50 - 100 Diane Gordy Marilyn Haskins
100 - 200 Richard Weissmann Richard Weissmann
200 - 300 Mary Reilly Mary Reilly
300 - 500 Tina Brinsfield Pat Tylander
500 - 1000 Francis Bizzoco Francis Bizzoco
1000 - 1500 Caroline Hughes Dorothy Hand
1500 - 2500 Mark Henderson Mark Henderson
2500 - 3500 Robert Maier Robert Maier
3500 - 5000 Bernard Rehberg Bernard Rehberg
5000 - 7500 Randall Berseth Randall Berseth
7500 - 10000 Marie and Peter Filandro Richard Popper
10000 + Rick Rowland Rick Rowland
THE BLUE HEN SECTIONAL
February 9 - 11
Top DSBA Award Winners
1. 16.23 Rick Rowland
2. 16.23 Greg Burch
3. 14.90 Richard Popper
4. 8.87 Jeff Ruben
5. 7.63 Tamara Holm
6. 7.63 Kim Holm
7. 5.98 Randall Berseth
8. 5.36 John Strange
9. 5.07 Kurt Engleman
10. 4.82 Marie Filandro
11. 4.82 Peter Filandro
12. 4.72 Alan Horowitz
A retrospective on the great Dave Treadwell, who will be honored at the upcoming Philadelphia NABC, some news from the Southern reaches, as well as some articles and jokes, can be found in the relatively recent February Dummy. For news and results from around the Unit, check out the work of webmaster extraordinaire Mark Henderson and click on the links below:
Unit 217 Sectional
Unit 217 Sectional
Congratulations on the following rank advances!!
Carolyn Kay M Lundy to Junior Master, Angela Sykes to Regional Master, Jess Goodman to Silver Life Master, Gene Waltz to Gold Life Master, Cary Breech to Ruby Life Master, and Jim McKeown to Emerald Life Master.
Congratulations also to our 2017 Unit 217 Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKinney winners:
Ace of Clubs
0 to 5
5 to 20
20 to 50
50 to 100
100 to 200
200 to 300
300 to 500
500 to 1000
J Donald Hollinger
1000 to 1500
1500 to 2500
2500 to 3500
3500 to 5000
Plus two other guys in uncontested higher brackets.
Please join us for our next sectional June 1 - 3 at the Boalsburg Fire Company, 113 E. Pine Street, Boalsburg, PA 16827
. Please note the new location.
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