This would have been the weekend of the Buffalo Winter Sectional Tournament, but it got snuffed by the pandemic. On its website, Western New York Unit 116 says the Spring Sectional, scheduled for April 16 to 18, is still scheduled. However, on the ACBL website, all tournaments previously listed for March and April have been erased from the calendar.
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Silver points still will be awarded this weekend on Bridge Base Online, where Silver Linings Week continues today, Saturday, Jan. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 24. Players can win silver in their regular online games at their Virtual Clubs.
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Bridge Base Online has teamed with the ACBL to offer a variety of 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 acbl.org or bridgebase.com.
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 alliancebridgeclub.com or call Airport Club manager Bill Finkelstein at 603-6943.
The Bridge Center of Buffalo offers games at least three days a week on Bridge Base Online and the Lockport Duplicate Bridge Club has scheduled games there on Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon, the same days they played face to face.
The Bridge Center has added an open game to its Tuesday afternoon game for players with fewer than 999 master points on Bridge Base Online. The 999er session starts at 12:05 p.m, while the open game for all players begins at 12:20 p.m. Winners in the open game receive large point rewards since they are based on the total table count from both sections.
The Delaware Wednesday Club, which is invitational, plays under auspices of the Bridge Center of Buffalo on Bridge Base Online at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For info, call Ed Harman at 480-1666 or email email@example.com
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The East Aurora Bridge Club has resumed face-to-face games, 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.
Director Dave Larcom says that players have their temperatures checked upon arriving and must wear masks. For more info, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Frank Stewart, whose Daily Bridge Club column stopped appearing in The Buffalo News last fall, believes that reader sentiment can bring it back.
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CANCELED: Buffalo Winter Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Today, Saturday, Jan. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 24.
NO LONGER on ACBL Tournament Schedule: St. Catharines Sectional – Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Center, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. Was Friday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, Feb. 14, then rescheduled for Friday, March 26, to Sunday, March 28.
NO LONGER on ACBL Tournament Schedule: Rochester Spring Sectional – Webster Columbus Center, 70 Barrett Drive, Webster. Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28.
NO LONGER on ACBL Tournament Schedule: Toronto Easter Regional – Sheraton Toronto Centre, 123 Queen St. West. Tuesday, March 30, to Sunday, April 4.
NO LONGER on ACBL Tournament Schedule: Unit 112 (Rochester) 199er Tournament – Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Ave., Rochester. Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10.
NO LONGER on ACBL Tournament Schedule: Buffalo Spring Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, April 16, to Sunday, April 18.
Cleveland All-American Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio. Tuesday, May 25, to Monday, May 31.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Intermediate/Novice Sectional – Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Path, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Friday, June 4, to Sunday, June 6.
District 5 Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) – Local clubs. Monday, June 14, to Sunday, June 20.
Southwest Ontario Regional – Bingemans Conference and Convention Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, Ont. Tuesday, July 6, to Sunday, July 11.
NO LONGER on ACBL Tournament Schedule: Rochester Regional – RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 W. Henrietta Road, Henrietta. Monday, Aug. 2, to Sunday, Aug. 8.
St. Catharines 299er Sectional – Bridge Centre of Niagara, 6-2E Tremont Drive, St. Catharines, Ont. Saturday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 22.
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional – DoubleTree Pittsburgh-Green Tree, 500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. Tuesday, Aug. 31, to Monday, Sept. 8.
Great Lakes Sectional – Erie Bridge Center, 1221 Grant Ave., Erie, Pa. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12.
Buffalo Fall Sectional – Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept. 19.
RESCHEDULED: Buffalo Regional – Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Was Tuesday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 24. Rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 5, to Sunday, Oct. 10.
Niagara Falls Regional – Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5685 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. Tuesday, Nov. 9, to Sunday, Nov. 14.
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. Monday, Dec. 6, to Sunday, Dec. 12.
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Bridge club websites:
Click names for links.
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 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 buffalonews.com, the Buffalo News website.
If you can’t get to it there, go to Dale Anderson’s bridge blog at http://newsdupli.blogspot.com/
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Now a Gold Life Master, Dale Anderson is playing online these days and finished 2020 with a career total of more than 2,800 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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scores from Bridge Base Online
Week of Jan. 11 to Jan. 17
Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday evening – 99ers. North-south, Sarmishtha and Shyam Kumar, 59.72%; Amy Habib and partner, 59.03%; Karen Dearing and Michael Metzger, 54.86%; Isabelle Banas and Donna Saia, 51.39%; east-west, Joann and Gary Keenan, 58.68%; (tie) Peggy and Jeff Feather, Janet and David Desmon, 57.64%; Sterling Zeran and partner, 57.29%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday afternoon – 999ers. North-south, Margaret Zhou and Audrey Ray, 62.12%; Susan Cardamone and Linda Milch, 60.35%; Martha Townson and Jim Lanzo, 58.84%; Janet Desmon and Joanne Nover, 58.59%; Rose Bochiechio and Judith Bailey, 56.31%; east-west, Bonnie Clement and Larry Himelein, 58.84%; Rivona Ehrenreich and Carol Roth, 56.57%; Beena and Madhav Deshmukh, 53.54%; Dorothy and Larry Soong, 53.03%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday afternoon – Open game. Sam Pal and Rajat Basu, 56.48%; Judy and Bob Padgug, 54.63%; Martha and John Welte, 53.70%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday afternoon – Under 1,500 points. North-south, Richard McGowan and Bill Rich, 63.84%; Wendy Zinman-Smith and partner, 59.97%; Sharon Wilcox and Joyce Greenspan, 59.88%; David Schott and Larry Himelein, 56.91%; Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 55.26%; east-west, Martha Cain and Linda Henschel, 61.41%; Gary Keenan and Jim Hassett, 58.97%; Martha Townson and John Marvin, 56.25%; Rajat Basu and John Bava, 56.25%; Agi Maisel and Tova Reinhorn, 56.04%; Miriam Regnet and Jim Lanzo, 53.96%.
Delaware Wednesday evening – Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 57.22%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 56.67%; Nancy Deneen and Martha Townson, 55%; John Scott and Jim Lanzo, 54.44%; Gay Simpson and Tova Reinhorn, 51.67%.
Garret Club Invitational Monday morning – Robin Coffin and Candace Graser, 59.72%; (tie) Linda Henschel and Elizabeth Schreier, Susan Burns and Carol Sedita, 52.78%.
Garret Club Invitational Friday morning – Janie’s Game. Maureen Saab and Amy Habib, 64.81%; Susan Burns and partner, 63.89%; Candace Graser and Martha Cain, 55.56%.
Twentieth Century Club Invitational Friday morning – Nancy Deneen and Cherry Searle, 71.11%; Donna Starnes and Sheila Hess, 56.11%; Fran Schmidt and partner, 53.89%; (tie) Anne Allen and Mary Ellen Cotter, Phyllis Wilkinson and Peggy Stock, 52.22%.