Unit 103 is excited about their newest Silver Life Master! Bravo, Adele!
One of our "super senior" bridge players, Adele Boettner, became a Silver Life Master on Monday, February at the Bridge Center of St. Paul. Adele was playing with her partner, Greg Stromath, and needed .61 to reach her goal. As the results were published, they had earned 1 full point.
Adele says she and Greg started playing after noticing how curious he was about the game. He liked to ask how people got to a certain contract or inquire about conventions they used. Adele asked him one day, "Would you like to play sometime?" A great partnership was formed after Greg was able to change his day off so he and Adele could play in the Monday game.
Adele does not remember when she started playing duplicate - but she reports it seems like "forever". She played social bridge many years before turning into a duplicate player. Adele felt she never got many points, so learning to play good defense made the game less boring and more rewarding then social bridge.
Unlike most of us who anxiously track our points on our path to become a Life Master, Adele did not know she had attained this goal until a director at a tournament in Des Moines came up and congratulated her. She said at the time, she did not keep track of points or their colors.
After accepted congratulations from everyone, Adele said her next goal was to help Greg become a Life Master.
We love seeing Adele's smiling face at the Bridge Center of St. Paul. We sure don't think she will be retiring from bridge in the near future!
Your webmaster traveled to the West Bank to see for herself how the lessons were coming along. Delighted to report that all systems are go!
At the front of the room, Professor Matthew Bribitzer-Stull, Director of the Honors Program and Associate Dean, leads a lively discussion about the values of honor cards. Getting their bridge feet wet, students offer thoughts on aces and spaces.
Other U of MN professors assist as students wade into our fascinating yet confounding game. How do we capture tricks? What bids are to be made when? Which hands are great - and which not? Professor Hsu, below, advises.
As I walk through the room, I remember my own fascination and concurrent bewilderment with this marvelous game as my bridge education began. I hope that many of these students take on the bridge challenge, leading to a lifetime of excitement, mental sport - plus an entire world of bridge playing friends.
What does it all mean? How does it work?
Never ever do you master bridge completely - yet learning continues forever - along with the fun!
We will be reporting more on our bridge adventure at the U of MN! Stay tuned, everyone!
If you are in Minnesota and want to play in the state's most challenging club game, then the Minneapolis Grand Slam Club is for you. Now in its 79th season, the MGSC is a super place to compete, irrespective of experience.
One of the big reasons for this is our people. We have great folks who love our game, work hard at it, volunteer at the club and elsewhere - and are friendly and welcoming. One of those people who surely would be a contender for Best in Show in all these aspects is a guy who today is celebrating his 70th birthday: Kerry Holloway.
Last night, as Mike Cassel, another fine player and volunteer, was preparing lots of goodies for our GNT Fundraiser Super Bowl evening, Kerry's marvelous wife Cara was preparing for a surprise! She dropped off a huge & very yummy birthday cake with Kerry's partner for the evening (yours truly) to surprise Kerry on his Big Birthday.
Kerry was indeed duly surprised and delighted! And all of us enjoyed the treats and birthday cake - along with another excellent evening of bridge.
If you happen to be reading this and you are not a bridge player, then please note that we would love for you to learn our game! Not only is it THE greatest mind game out there - it is filled with loads of really superb people who forge friendships for decades - just as important as the bridge partnerships they cherish.
Happy BIG birthday to someone I met forty years ago, already an expert then when I was a newcomer. Whether playing with a novice, seasoned player or someone top flight, Kerry is kind, a tough competitor and supportive in every way.
Thanks to all who played Friday night! We love our bridge community and are happy to share lots more photos of the people who are as wonderful as the game itself.
A great venue at the Maplewood Community Center provided a fine weekend of tournament bridge! Our thanks to tournament chair Keith Thompson, DIC Kim Hayward and all our able volunteers for the Winter Sectional.
At the top of the masterpoint list for the weekend, we find Kerry Holloway. Known for not only his excellent play, but also his ability to partner a wide variety of players and achieve great results, this weekend was no different. Kerry earned an impressive 30.5 masterpoints with his partners! The overall masterpoint list is here; results from each event here.
And as we near Valentine's Day, a sweet treat. For many of us, partnering our partner in life can be a significant challenge AT the table. Yet, some of us handle it magnificently!
We sometimes think that elite players are bridge gods and can do no wrong. Sometimes, they do indeed perform miracles at the table!
Yet, as Fred Gitelman (one of the founders of BridgeBase Online) highlights, even the experts sometimes make errors - and sometimes bad ones!
Fred recalls one time approaching Michael Rosenberg, whom he had just watched make a play that had not turned out well. and asking him why he had made the error. Michael smiled at him. ‘Don’t you get it yet. Fred?’ he asked. ‘Nobody’s any good at this game; it’s just that the top players are less bad than the rest.’
Have a great time this weekend at our Winter Sectional. And remember that no one at all ever plays perfectly! If something goes wrong at the table, then forget about it and move on to the next hand.
Just two days until winter fun in St. Paul! Starting Friday, January 27 at 9:30AM, head to the Maplewood Community Center for the start of the Winter Sectional Tournament. Every day features new and challenging events, along with coffee and treats.
During Sunday's morning and afternoon sessions, lunch will be served.
Minnesota may not be one of the more populous states in the U.S. Yet, we have produced quite a number of super stars in the bridge world.
One of those very accomplished stars is Eddie Kantar.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Eddie began to play at age 11, continuing with both competition and teaching at the University of Minnesota. He has had quite the illustrious career.
Not only has Eddie twice won the famed Bermuda Bowl, he also has many North American Championships to his credit, along with Grand Master status in the WBF and Grand Life Master status in the ACBL. In addition, Eddie is one of the most revered and prolific bridge writers around. His biography has more details.
Twenty years ago, Eddie was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame. Much more about his accomplishments in so many aspects of our game are heralded in his HOF write up.
Now, yet another honor has been bestowed upon Eddie. The 2017 Lazard Sportsmanship Award has named Eddie as their recipient. As an "icon of the game" and a competitor who has been "a beacon of integrity and sportsmanship for decades," the committee selectors chose Eddie for their award.
Many of us "old timers" learned bridge when we were in college. Yet for some years, the number of students getting turned on to The Greatest Mind Game Ever dwindled. Now, however, a fine roster of U of MN professors are going to alter that trajectory!
Matthew Bribitzer-Stull, along with colleagues Paul Gutterman, Eric Hendrickson, Leon Hsu, Nita Kevans, Glen Meeden and Harry Sapienza will soon be teaching bridge at U of MN! Approximately 48 Honors students will learn how to play bridge on Monday evenings, from 5:30-7:00PM in the Honors dorm. If they so wish, students will be encouraged to stay for another hour of play, from 7:00-8:00PM.
Education will go well beyond rote explanation of rules. Faculty will also include discussion of the thinking skills that bridge develops, including enhanced memory, concentration, analytic thinking, contingency planning, communication and more.
Bridge at the Honors dorm starts Monday, January 23rd, through May, 1st. A tournament will be held on the final date! Students are encouraged to join the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and to continue their bridge education at local bridge clubs, such as the Twin Cities Bridge Center and The Bridge Center of St. Paul. We hope that students will also continue their education with further lessons.
U of MN students have a fabulous opportunity to learn the game with a fine array of bridge teachers! We hope that many take advantage of these exceptional sessions!
Thanks to Minnesota Bridge Education for supporting this effort by providing teaching and playing supplies.
Bridge lessons at the Rochester Bridge Club have been quite successful in bringing new players into the club.
Recently, 14 of their bridge students have joined the ACBL and are playing regularly, some even competing for the Ace of Clubs award in their category! Hats off to Sue Greenberg and her team for these achievements!
An additional note is that Minnesota Bridge Education has supported the cause by helping to pay entry fees as the new players try out duplicate games.
MN Bridge Education is a charity whose goal is to support developing bridge players in Minnesota. We support bridge teachers, students, and clubs by providing funds for lessons, supplies, and duplicate games for new players.
As a recognized charity, donations are tax deductible. So far our funds have come from individual donations, memorial gifts, and bridge charity games. We also have been included in at least one person’s estate planning. Please contact Sue Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
We now have a link to this on the left of the website. Keep an eye out for news about this resource to help promote more bridge players in our state!