Another special week is ahead for players in Virtual ACBL Clubs on Bridge Base Online. Stardust Week, which runs from Monday, Sept. 21, to Sunday, Sept. 27, will double the usual master point awards and those points will be one-fourth gold and three-fourths black. An extra fee will be added onto the usual cost of club play.
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 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.
The Delaware Wednesday Club also plays 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 and to ensure that it is restricted primarily to club members, there’s a master point limit of 1,500 on players who want to join. None of the club members has more than 1,500 points.
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Canceled due to the pandemic is the St. Catharines, Ont., Regional Tournament, originally scheduled to conclude today, Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, in the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Center, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines.
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The Saturday Duplicate Bridge column is on hiatus in the print edition of The Buffalo News until clubs resume regular play, but it’s alive and well online. The syndicated Daily Bridge Club column by Frank Stewart will continue to appear.
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CANCELED: St. Catharines Regional – Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Center, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. Today, Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20.
CANCELED: Rochester Fall Sectional – Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4.
CANCELED: Buffalo Regional – Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly Adam's Mark), 120 Church St., Buffalo. Tuesday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 25.
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.
No Longer on ACBL Tournament Schedule: Cleveland Rock and Roll Regional – Embassy Suites, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, to Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.
No Longer on ACBL Tournament Schedule: 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, 2001, 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.
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.
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Bridge club websites:
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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 normally appears 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 buffalonews.com, 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 currently cannot be accessed on the News website. But all is not lost. They are available in an appendix to Dale Anderson’s bridge blog at http://newsdupli.blogspot.com/
The online version contains unabridged scores and a longer list of notices. Deadline for submission of scores and notices is Tuesday night. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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scores from Bridge Base Online
Week of Sept. 7 to Sept. 13
Bridge Center of Buffalo Monday evening – 99ers. Betsy and Jim Greno, 68.89%; Janet and David Desmon, 60%; Elaine Idzik and Martha Townson, 59.44%; Tiger Li and Darwin Skalski, 57,78%; Jo Ann Smith and Maria Schory, 55%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Tuesday afternoon – Non-life masters. North-south, Martha Townson and Jim Lanzo, 65.48%; Jim Hassett and Bill Rich, 61.51%; Usha Khurana and Mary Terrana, 58.33%; east-west, Paula Rosen and Maryann Szafran, 60.32%; Susan Levy and Bill Noltee, 58.73%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 55.95%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Wednesday evening – Joann and Gary Keenan, 71.30%; Jennifer Epstein and partner, 59.26%.
Bridge Center of Buffalo Thursday afternoon – Under 1,500 points. North-south, Dorothy and Larry Soong, 65.60%; Richard McGowan and Bill Rich, 65.38%; Mary Joyce and Pam Righter, 60.26%; Carol Bedell and Terry Fraas, 52.99%; east-west, David Schott and Larry Himelein, 61.54%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 58.76%; Martha Townson and Jim Lanzo, 57.69%; Agi Maisel and Tova Reinhorn, 54.70%; Paula Rosen and Maryann Szafran, 53.85%.
Delaware Wednesday evening – Barbara Hill and Ruth Nawotniak, 56.94%; Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 52.78%; Ed Harman and Bill Rich, 51.39%.
Garret Club Invitational Monday morning – Robin Coffin and Amber Dixon, 55.79%; Mary Joyce and partner, 55.56%; Elizabeth Schreier and Pinky Regan, 55.09%; Betsy Heuer and Susan Burns, 53.01%.
Lockport Duplicate Bridge Tuesday evening – Violet and Jasbeer Makhija, 66.67%; Jim Lanzo and Ed Harman, 55.55%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 53.70%.
Twentieth Century Club Invitational Friday morning –Christine Nieman and Fran Schmidt, 64.03%; Anne Allen and Mary Ellen Cotter, 62.92%; Elaine Idzik and Martha Townson, 54.86%; Barbara Kaye and Barbara Meenaghan, 53.19%; Nancy Deneen and Cherry Searle, 51.39%.
Other Clubs (face-to-face)
Clarence Senior Center Thursday – Judy Graf and Donna Steffan, 64%; Lata Maheshwari and Ellen Lochead, 62%; Jane and Paul Garvey, 51%.
Unit 116 Master Point Leaders for Overall Play
Jan. 1, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2020
0-5 Points – Linda Henschel, 40.55; Nancy Deneen, 31/56; Martha Cain, 28.83; Elaine Idzik, 21.22; Amy Habib, 15.98; Anne Allen, 15.63.
5-20 Points – Martha Townson, 57 even; Jane Constantine, 12.96; Tyler Mu, 8.91; Fran Schmidt, 8.42; David Desmon, 8.33.
20-50 Points – Stephane Ronget, 19.08; Maria Amlani, 18.46; David Schott, 18.17; Mary Joyce, 15.86; Cherry Searle, 12.15.
50-100 Points – Larry Himelein, 58.37; Joanne Nover, 31.50; Rose Ann Grimaldi, 14.63; Pam Righter, 14.54; Barbara Hill, 13.05.
100-200 Points – Vic Bergsten, 73.80; Bonnie Clement, 59.38; James O’Hara, 39.68; Terry Hamovitch, 38.76; Bram Hamovitch, 36.46; Audrey Ray, 31.77; Ann Marie Ryan, 24.76.
200-300 Points – Jim Lanzo, 95.09; Margaret Zhou, 32.04; Jasbeer Makhija, 30.11; Patty Porter, 29.36; Ruth Nawotniak, 18.42.
300-500 Points – Amita Arora, 86.10; Larry Abate, 77.46; Joyce Frayer, 64.70; Violet Makhija, 30.67; Sushil Amlani, 25.87; Pawan Matta, 16.62.
500-1000 Points – Bob Sommerstein, 94.87; (tie) Jim Easton, Marilyn Wortzman, 77.83; Mary Ball, 65.91; John Bava, 59.94; Ed Morgan, 45.97; Ten-Pao Lee, 44.61.
1000-1500 Points – Gay Simpson, 79.18; David Colligan, 71.07; Sandi England, 58.14; Joyce Greenspan, 31.91; Terry Fraas, 29.69; Joanne LaFay, 27.49; Howard Foster, 27.01; Ron Henrikson, 22.20.
1500-2500 Points – (Tie) Martha Welte, John Welte, 335.79; Davis Heussler, 145.06; Linda Burroughsford, 113.99; Nancy Wolstoncroft, 72.95; Walt Olszewski, 41.68.
2500-3500 Points – Allen Beroza, 106.60; David Millward, 79.06; Ken Meier, 77.87; John Sinclair, 58.36; Mike Silverman, 55.20; (tie) Fred Yellen, Dale Anderson, 54.12.
3500-5000 Points – Barbara Libby, 71.89; Sharon Benz, 71.01; Mike Ryan, 61.01; John Ziemer, 57.90; Christy Kellogg, 53.67; Judy Padgug, 49.27.
5000-7500 Points – Saleh Fetouh, 170.81; Alan Greer, 100.85; Bert Hargeshimer, 55.60; Jay Costello, 39.27; Judi Marshall, 35.65.
Over 7500 Points – Bud Seidenberg, 115.07; Chris Urbanek, 85.61; Jay Levy, 47.82.