The week of September 14, Unit 178 sponsored opportunities for players to play with a mentor or just a fun new partner in exchange for making a donation to Minnesota Bridge Education.
Due to the generosity of our players and mentors, the event raised over $600! A marvelous way to combine our favorite game, great food and do good, too! Thanks to all who contributed!
Minnesota Bridge Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping bridge alive. Anyone can apply for a grant to help educate the public about bridge or to help current players improve their game.
Donations are tax deductible. You can also donate by making your Amazon.com purchases through Amazon Smile and selecting MN Bridge as your charity of choice.
The holiday weekend delivered four days of excellent sectional events for Minneapolis! And, some huge turnouts ended up with a huge masterpoint total for the guy at the top of the list: Paolo Ranaldi. Paolo's just over 42 masterpoints was a bit ahead of frequent partner John Koch's 35.7.
Last Thursday, September 3rd, Linda Brammer and Barb Zipoy headed south to Des Moines. The ladies arrived in time to play in the afternoon bridge club in Clive. A most respectable 58% game earned them 1st in B and 3rd in A.
Friday was a special event: the Audrey Grant "Better Bridge Teacher Seminar." Not only did Barb and Linda attend the seminar, the next day was a learning experience, also. They had the opportunity to observe Audrey as she taught 125 (!!) students.
Barb and Linda are now ACBL accredited teachers! Soon - they may take on their next adventure: teaching!
Yes, it's true. Monday is Labor Day, and along with the holiday weekend comes a great sectional! Head to the Twin City Bridge Center in Minneapolis from Friday through Monday to enjoy excellent competition and earn silver points!
The Minneapolis Grand Slam Club 2015-2016 season begins on September 11th. This is the 78th consecutive season for the MGSC!
The MGSC is a superb game for those looking to be able to enjoy a club game with tough, yet friendly competition. Games are held in Edina at the Edina Senior Center, a pleasant and convenient location at 5280 Grandview Square.
While you need not be a member to play at the MGSC, membership is highly encouraged. Members receive a wealth of benefits!
Please note that our "Win-A-Membership" game, which normally is held the first night of the season, is scheduled this season on the second night, September 18th. This is due to the Black Bear Sectional being held on the weekend of the 11th in Duluth.
The MSGC welcome letter is posted below. Please read through, become a member and enjoy some of the most competitive and friendly games around!
We enjoy nice meals, great conversations, and good camaraderie. Anyone who has stayed with us in Seattle, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago, etc. can attest to the value of a communal NABC experience, particularly if you want to improve your game discussing best practices and how to avoid inevitable disasters.
It's a 5' stroll to the playing site and right on the 16th St. mall.
Cost will be between $65-$80/night depending on whether we have 5 or 6 persons sharing the space.
Email Mike at email@example.com if you have questions.
The Twin Cities Bridge Center enjoyed visitors from the Far East this weekend. Players from Nagasaki mingled with Minnesotans on Saturday, demonstrating that our game ties competitors from around the world.
If you missed seeing our Japanese counterparts in Minneapolis, then consider attending today's game at the Bridge Center of St. Paul. Our visitors will be competing at their club today.
Welcome to our bridge playing friends from Nagasaki, Japan!
As part of the Sister City Program, a delegation from Nagasaki, Japan, will be in St. Paul for a week. Nine of the visitors are bridge players and are excited to play with Americans at our local clubs.
We encourage you to come to one of the following games to interact with our visitors and give them a warm Minnesota Bridge welcome.
Here is the schedule for bridge in Minneapolis and St. Paul:
Saturday, Aug 22: Chat bridge at 10 and Open Pairs at 1:00 at the Twin City Bridge Center
Monday, Aug 24: Open Pairs at 10 am at The Bridge Center of St. Paul and Open Pairs at 7:00 pm at the Twin City Bridge Center
If you've never attended a North American Bridge Championship (aka "the Nationals") - then you should consider doing so. Whether you are an elite champion, a solid player or a newbie - there are events with your peers in which to compete, tons of hospitality and stars to kibitz. A number of Minnesotans headed south to Chicago the last couple of weeks, competing against players from literally all over the world.
Paul Meerschaert was one of those players. Most fortuitously for your blog master, Paul wrote a great write up of some excellent achievements and near misses by Minnesotans in the Windy City. As I've had a heavy schedule lately myself and always appreciate Paul's perspective, his report below is most welcome.
A few notes, though. First, Paul downplays his achievements - as always! He's a tough competitor and no one should take him for granted at the table. I also might note that his Spingold team, succumbing to the Tulin team in the round of 64 by a mere 2 IMPS, is quite the performance. Tulin went on to soundly thrash the Nickell team the next day; enough said!
Also, a newcomer to the Minnesota area, Zizhou Wang, made it to the Round of 16 in the Spingold, losing by a modest margin to, once again, the Tulin team. Very impressive!
If you had an accomplishment in Chicago that we should be sharing, please let us know! Email Peg at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to let the world know!
Now - on to Paul's great round up of people, placings and hands from Chicago. Well done, all!