September 2016
This September 2016 4Spot issue marks the end of quarterly publication. Look for us again in January 2017, when we debut a monthly schedule.

President's Message
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With summer closing and District 4 Regionals also coming to an end, I invite all of you to be sure and give the NEW and IMPROVED location - Spooky Nook - a visit at the Lancaster Regional. Your tournament hosts, John and Deb Klinger, have a fantastic tournament schedule as well as location waiting for you and your partners/teammates. Be sure to give it a look.

The Board meeting at Valley Forge highlighted many issues to improve players' experiences at D4 tournaments. While ZT compliance remains an important policy, the ACBL has recognized the health issues associated with fragrances at all of its tournaments. District 4 will develop a formal policy for the fragrance issue, yet the difficulty will come in the enforcement of any policy. Therefore, the Executive Committee and the Board has agreed that all tournament advertising will include a reference to District 4 tournaments being "Fragrance Free." We expect that our players will understand the health issues to many of our players and will abide by "Fragrance Free" attendance thereby maximizing the educational aspect and, hopefully, minimizing the "enforcement" issue. Please respect all players' with regards to ZT AND "fragrance free."


District 4's 4Spot Editor, Allison Brandt, made a great suggestion that the 4 Spot be released on a monthly basis. Since the 4Spot is easily accessed on the D4 website, the Exec Committee approved this recommendation. In updating the 4Spot monthly, Bridge News will be more current to our players.
Jerry Manioci, our District's Education Chair, has organized a TAP seminar for the Lancaster Regional for October 30-31. See below for more information, including a link, as well as on the District and ACBL websites.
Congratulations to the tournament Chairs and committees of Valley Forge and Syracuse for successful regionals. Both tournaments received rave reviews from players. District 4 will continue to improve every aspect of tournaments in an effort to enhance the tournament experience for all players. So make time to enjoy District 4 and Lancaster hospitality in the new Spooky Nook location. I look forward to seeing all of you at the tables! 
District 4 Schedule 
October 15

October 15-16

October 22

Unit 141 STaC (with 112, 120, 133, and 190)
November 14-20

Unit 168 STaC (with 121 and 217)
November 14-20 

October 31-November 6
From the District Director 
joann glasson
It is my honor to appoint new lifetime members from District 4 to the Charity and Goodwill Committees of the ACBL. These appointees are chosen because of the extraordinary contributions that have made to bridge and the bridge community.
My appointments to the Charity Committee for 2017 are:

Naomi Griffin -- Newtown, PA
Sisters Naomi Griffin and Sheila Engelbach were best friends and bridge partners.They were always together, not just at family events, but shopping, vacationing, laughing and playing bridge. Sadly, Sheila left us last year.
In memory of her stylish sister and bridge partner, Naomi organized the "Couture for the Cure," a fashion show at Neiman Marcus to be held this month, which has already raised more than $60,000 in donations to the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania to honor her sister. 

Mary Miller -- Canandalgua, NY
Mary Miller organized and ran a two-session bridge game at a local church to benefit "The Longest Day", the ACBL Alzheimer's Charity.   Mary got the church to provide the space for free, took no fee for directing the games and organized a "pot luck" dinner for all of the players. In lieu of entry fees, she asked people to give a donation to the charity. Mary raised $1,900 for Alzheimer's research in just one day.
Mary is a "worker bee" as she also runs both the Syracuse and Rochester Regional Tournaments in addition to sectionals in her area.

My appointments to the Goodwill Committee for 2017 are:
Joan Brandeis -- Elkins Park, PA
Joan Brandeis has been giving back to bridge players and the bridge community for as long as I have known her. When Larry Hoffman was stricken with a neurological disease, Joan would come to the bridge club and hold Larry's cards so he could still play.  
Joan worked tirelessly at the PCBA sectional tournaments providing hospitality for all the players. She organized and served the same wonderful meals to hundreds of volunteers at our NABC's.

The number of zucchini breads that Joan baked for bridge players is legendary.
Bruce Gwaltney and Judy Gwaltney -- Wilmington, DE
Bruce and Judy Gwaltney are the co-chairs of the Delaware "First State" Regional Tournament.
They are rarely seen holding cards at their tournament because they give 100% of their time making sure that the player experience is maximized.
They work tirelessly before, during and after the regional - always with a smile and a level of caring that is amazing.

Meyer Kotkin -- Cherry Hill, NJ
Meyer Kotkin is a "mensch." He would laugh at me for using that term, but there is no equivalent in the English language.  
As tournament chair, Meyer brought new energy to Unit 141 sectionals. Meyer now chairs the Valley Forge Regional.
Meyer used his amazing mathematical skills to create the Dupli-Swiss movement used in our District to provide duplicated hands and hand records in Swiss team games.
At the Washington NABC, Dr. Meyer Kotkin used his statistical skills as a key witness in the ACBL case that found Fantoni-Nunes and Fisher-Schwartz guilty of collusive cheating. All of Meyer's work for bridge is pro-bono because he just loves the game.
Report from the Washington ACBL Board Meetings
My report from the board meetings in Washington, DC, is available on the District 4 website. You can access it through this link:
I look forward to seeing you at the Lancaster Red Rose Regional at Spooky Nook, a beautiful brand new playing facility from October 31 to November 6th. Debi and John Klinger have a new early schedule (10:30am & 3pm) with GOLD POINTS galore in both Gold Rush and Mid-Flight events every day. It's a tournament not to be missed!
District 4 Officers  
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Questions? Comments? Concerns? Contact your District 4 Board members.

Dan Boye

Meyer Kotkin
Bill Bauer

Pat Civale

Joann Glasson 
North American Pairs  

Players who have earned an NAP club qualification can participate in the District-level competition this fall. That event is played in three levels: A (any masterpoint level), B (fewer than 2500 mps), and C (fewer than 500 mps). The NAP final for all flights will be held at the NABC in Kansas City, Missouri in March of 2017.

The District finals award gold points in all three flights. The top three finishers in Flight A are eligible to play in the national event.
The three pairs in Flight A that represent District 4 at the national event receive the following monetary subsidies to help pay for the trip. The Flight A district event takes place at Ami Bridge Club in Langhorne, PA on October 15-16, 2016.

The top four finishers in Flight B and C are eligible to play in the national event. In the event that any of the top four pairs cannot attend the national event, they are replaced with 5th and lower placed finishers down the line. The four pairs in each flight that represent District 4 at the national event receive the following monetary subsidies to help pay for the trip. The Flight B district event takes place at Harrisburg Bridge Club in Camp Hill, PA and Broome West Senior Center in Endwell, NY on October 22, 2016. Flight C takes place at clubs throughout the district on October 15.

For complete details, click here.
TAP Class

District 4 will be subsidizing a Teacher's Accreditation Program for District 4 members. The cost of the two-day program will be only $50
and the TAP will be held at the Lancaster Regional at Spooky Nook on October 30-31, 2016.

Click here for a registration form. 
News from Around the Units 
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Unit 112: Central New York
Jim Carroll

Unit 112 Sectional
September 10-11

September 24-25

Rochester Fall Sectional
October 23-25

Binghamton Sectional
October 22-23

Finger Lakes Sectional
November 12-13

No Unit 112 report this issue. 
Unit 120: Northeastern Pennsylvania 
Walter Mitchell

September 30-October 2
No Unit 120 report this issue.  
Unit 121: Berks Montgomery 
Sue Wessner
September 23-24

On September 23 & 24, our unit will hold a 2-day Sectional with games at 10 am and 2:30 pm each day. There will be 299'er games offered at both sessions, both days. Coffee and pastries are free to players. If interested in more info check the online flyer or contact Eugene O'Brien ( The event will take place at Sacred Heart Villa, 51 Seminary Road, Reading, PA 19605. There is elevator service for people who need it. 

On July 9th, our Annual Doris Sheeder Memorial Picnic and bridge unit game were held at the Villa. Albert Bingaman and Sue Wessner were the winners. The Annual Halloween Unit Game will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at The Villa at 12:30 pm. 

The following people have achieved new ACBL master pointstatus: Jr. Master; Ruth Morelli and Leslie  Pomerantz. ClubMaster; Harold Taylor. Sectional Master; Gloria Kintzer. Regional Master; Greta Dolinski and Jack Gechter. Ruby Life Master; Sue Wessner.

Our Unit is hosting a wonderful bridge cruise at an incredible price in February of 2017. If interested, please contact Judy Sager (

There are still 2 seats left for the Atlantic City Casino/Bridge 2-day trip. If interested call Sue Wessner, 610-562-1333.
Unit 133: Lehigh Valley 
Dave Kresge
Lehigh Valley Sectional
October 21-23

The unit will hold its fall sectional on 21 October through 23 October and the Active Life Center in Allentown. The Saturday and Sunday games (10 AM & 2:15 PM) will have free pizza between sessions. The next unit game will be 11 September at the Temple in Bethlehem at 2:00 PM. This will be the popular pro-am team game.

The Saturday morning game has restarted at the senior center in Allentown and is now an open game. Free continental breakfast plus I/N lessons at 9:30 AM. Please come out and support this game. The Thursday night game is at the Temple in Bethlehem at 6:45 PM and is a shortened game with a $5 fee.  Please come out and support this evening game.

The unit's annual meeting and holiday party event will be held on Sunday, 13 November at the Brookside Country Club. Tickets go fast for this event, see Stan Yellin or Frank Kuebler for tickets.

The annual in memoriam charity pairs game will be held on Sunday 11 December at the Senior Center.

Congratulations to unit members Mimi Lengel and Mary Jo Stofflet for becoming Bronze Life Masters. The unit was saddened by the passing of members Rich Brooks, Ray Kachelries, Shirley Knerr, and Sam Litzenberger.

Unit 141: Philadelphia 
John Dickenson
Unit 141 Bala Sectional
October 9-11

Unit 141 STaC
November 14-20

Our new I/N coordinators Joan and Bill Goldstein are running a one day Sectional for 299ers at the beautiful new Valley Forge Bridge Club on September 29th. At press time, the event is sold out, but there is a waiting list. For more information, click this link.

The 14th Annual Bridge Tournament for Lupus takes place at Green Valley Country Club on September 12 at 10:30 AM. Click on this link to donate, for more information, or to register.  
Unit 168: Central Pennsylvania 
Jeanne Parrett 
Williamsport American Legion Sectional 
September 23-25
Harrisburg NLM (0-500) Sectional  October 22
Unit 168 STaC 
November 14-20
December 2-4
Hey, Hey, won't you come out to play! Mark your calendar for the upcoming tournaments.

Oct 22            NLM Sectional             Harrisburg Bridge Club
Oct 31 - Nov 6   Red Rose Regional     Spooky Nook Sports & CC

Dec 2-4            Harrisburg PA Sectional        Harrisburg Bridge Club
2016 Red Rose Regional:
The 2016 Red Rose Regional tournament will be here before you know it, and it's in a new and exciting location - Spooky Nook Sports & Convention Center. We believe you'll love this venue as much as the tournament committee does, with its easy access to Route 283 and zero stairs between you & your table! Oh, it's also the home to the USA Women's Olympic field hockey team!  
This year's contest schedule has been updated based upon player feedback, with games starting at 10:30 am. What hasn't changed?   You'll still get the same great hospitality that Lancaster is known for, free parking, and the convenience of an on-site cafĂ© and restaurant. There is an attached hotel (plus 2 additional new hotels within a 5 minute drive). There are plenty of great restaurants to try within a short drive of Spooky Nook too.
Make plans to be part of the fun, excitement and hospitality at Spooky Nook Sports!
A huge CONGRATULATIONS!! goes out to the following Unit 168 members who recently achieved new Life Master rankings. Way to go!!
Life Master
Bronze Life Master
Silver Life Master
Ruby Life Master
Gold Life Master
Fred Long, Kasey Long, Mary Ann Regan, Jack Rudy Jeremy Lynch, Lewis Maddock, Barbara Sturgis
Charles Meister, John Sobestanovich, Alan Walter
Robert Bach, Edward Magee, Robert Marsh
Andie Sheaffer
Unit 190: Delaware 
Ala Hamilton-Day 
September 16-18

Dave Treadwell Sectional
December 27-31

Even during this election year, bridge players love to hold hands. Remember this for the upcoming 2016 Diamond State Sectional, taking place on September 16-18, with times of 10 AM and 2:45 PM, at the Bridge Studio in Wilmington. In that famous Kevin Costner movie, he is told, "If you feed them, they will come." Okay, maybe not the movie you were thinking of, but there will be delicious lunches provided every day of the tourney, so come and sample the delicacies.
The proposed slate of 2016 DSBA Board member candidates are Gail Everett, Jeff Ruben, and Mark Henderson. There will also be a nominee from the floor at the Annual Meeting and election on Saturday, September 17th at 2 PM, while that delectable lunch is being served. Returning Board members are Ala Hamilton-Day; Peter Harris; Alan Horowitz; Caroline Hughes; Soley Kristjansdottir, Debby Purbrick; Barbara Saulsbury; Eli Solomon; Melissa Jessup; Karen Pollak; and Anne Taylor. Thanks to those members stepping down go to Steve Herrmann; Richard Popper; Andy Purbrick; and Barbara Rhoades.
Did you remember that the Unit website pops with pictures, information, back copies of The Dummy, the quarterly newsletter, and event results? Check it out at . The August issue of The Dummy contains the Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney leaders as of July 1, 2016, and lists masterpoint winner leaderboards from the First State Southern Sectional in Lewes and the Wilmington Sectional.  
Players who have recently advanced in rank are:
JUNIOR MASTER : Barbara Angermeier, Marie Q. Caruso, Paul D. Collins, Jonathan Lawlor, Steve Lu, Ruth T. Norman, Katherine C. Slavin CLUB MASTER: Jim A. Farrell, Duke Lohr, Dan Miles, E. Donald Shackelford, Teresa E. Spicer, Kathleen R. Sullivan, Murray R. Summers, Susan A. Trombley SECTIONAL MASTER: Marilyn E. Haskins, Denise Ucciferro REGIONAL MASTER: Joanne K. Bahr, Walter R. Bernadzikowski, Judith Cronin, Diana R. Erney, Nancy D. Ferguson, Michael W. Moore, Karin Schwenk, Margaret E. Taylor NABC MASTER: Mary K. Reilly ADVANCED NABC: Jill L. Itzkovitz LIFE MASTER: Phyllis L. Kucharczuk BRONZE LIFE MASTER: Kim R. Holm SILVER LIFE MASTER: Jane S. Myers RUBY LIFE MASTER: Shirley A. Hanson, Stephen L. Miller GOLD LIFE MASTER: Diana Conrad
Back to that newsletter, there is a write up by Tournament Chair Peter Harris on the recent Lewes Sectional, which was a huge ["huge, really huge" Ed.] success. Also check out an interesting article by Stephen E. Herrmann on the history of playing cards, and information provided by ACBL Director Sandy Cerato on opening with a 1NT bid, in addition to her "Director Please" column on the Alert system. 

Major props go out to Karen Pollak ( ) and Barbara Saulsbury ( ), for chairing a wildly successful mentoring program. Lastly, be forewarned that bridge players will go to bid with anybody.

Unit 217: Susquehanna  
Jim McKeown
September 9-11

Congratulations!! Gerald Arcuri, Kathleen Arcuri, and Lisa Godin have advanced to Club Masters. Mary Lisko has advanced to NABC Master, and Sarah Soster is now a Sapphire Life Master.
We held our June sectional at State College June 2 - 4. Barbara Mateer - Dave Hoover and Ed Bissell - Mary Ann Churba won the Thursday pair games. Friday pair winners were Marilyn Goldfarb - Susan Fletcher and Carol Reitz - Jim McKeown. Mary Ann Churba, Ed Bissell, Carol Reitz and Jim McKeown won the Saturday Swiss. Jim McKeown was the overall master point leader, with Carol Reitz second. We are all grateful to tournament chair Sarah Soster and hospitality co-chairs Marilyn Furry and Irene Harpster for all their hard work.
Please join us for our next sectional September 9 - 11 in Williamsport at the Williamsport Bridge Club, 1042 High Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.
Master Solvers Club

Master Solver's Club offers bidding challenges, reviews expert suggestions and thinking, and welcomes solution submissions from readers.

Click here to read this month's problems.  
Master Solvers Club
January Problems

Ready for the next issue's challenges?

Click here for the January problem. 
For Novices Only 
Marti Ronemus

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Look for the return of Marti's great column in January 2017. 
The ABC of Bridge 
Dave Wachsman

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The primary focus of Always Be Counting is to visualize all four hands as if you were seeing the hand in the bridge column of the newspaper. Achieving this reconstruction requires some basic arithmetic together with processing information from bids made, bids not made, and opening leads. So began the last ABC article. This article will begin with an example of Counting and transition to a discussion of the other two Cs: Communicating and Curiosity.
A Spot 4 the Advancing Player
Jay Apfelbaum

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In this article we will discuss how to maximize the chance to find a game when we open the bidding with 1NT and Partner has a long suit. Most players use major suit transfers, and many others use a bid of 2S to show a long club suit and 2NT to show a long diamond suit. For the major suit transfers, the responder will bid 2NT or 3NT to either invite or force to game with a five-card suit. A raise to three of the major invites game with a six-card suit.
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