If you love our game - then you will love all these super upcoming events!
Our thanks to Diane Henson to keeping us up to date on all the bridge happenings in Minnesota!
Upcoming events and news
8 is Enough team game at Bridge Center of St. Paul - Feb 27 5:30pm potluck, 6pm game. Please let Kim know if you'd like to play and she will help you find a team if you need help. Kim 651-271-3500.
Spring Sectional at Twin City Bridge Center Mar 4-6 See link for games and times:Spring Sectional
Rochester Sectional Apr.1-3 Rochester Intl Event Center; see link for information: Rochester Sectional Note the cutoff date for the hotel bridge rates is 3/1/16.
Gopher Regional May 23-29 at Ramada MOA Gopher Regional
GNT Qualifying games run through the beginning of May 2016. Please check with local clubs for games. Here are some that are posted:
Twin City Bridge Center: Feb 15 at 11am Come with a team or the director will provide teammates. Light lunch provided. If you have questions or want to register in advance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, April 9 at 1pm
Bridge Center of St. Paul: Feb 12 & 15- at 10am , Feb 21 at 5:30
Plymouth Bridge Club at Edina Sr. Center: Feb 23, March 29, April 26 at 6:30 pm, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Mar. 24 at 7pm
Minneapolis Grand Slam Club: Edina Senior Center at 7:15pm, Feb 12 & 19- BAM Team qualifier.
Rochester: March 30 at 12:30pm
GNT finals to be held in Omaha, NE May 14-15 in conjunction with a Sectional Tournament starting on May 12th.See flyer:GNT Sectional
The names Bob and Cindy Balderson are pretty well known in Minnesota's bridge community. These two competitors, married for many years now, each have long lists of successes. We are always proud to see them representing us at the table.
But what may be less known to others are their roles as loving Papa and Grammy. Last weekend at the Winter Silver Sectional, players got a glimpse of Bob and Cindy with their dear grandchildren, Louisa and Joseph.
The grandkids enjoyed lunch with the rest of us during the mid-day break. Demonstrating that their abilities as Papa and Grammy are as strong as their bridge prowess, Bob and Cindy delivered hugs, plates of food and clean up afterwards.
We look forward to a few years down the road; perhaps Louisa and Joseph will take up the game, too! If so - watch out, Minnesota bridge!
Fortunately for all of us driving to North St. Paul over the weekend, real winter didn't decide to arrive until today! It is nasty in much of southern MN; stay safe, everyone!
On a brighter (and far less snowy) note, we are delighted to report about another great Minnesota sectional! Final results are in and can be viewed here. At the top of the masterpoint heap, we find Jim Stepnes. The only competitor to break the 30 masterpoint barrier, Jim earned a whopping 31.77! Barry Purrington captured 2nd highest masterpoint earnings, with a most respectable 26.08. The full masterpoint list is here.
Our thanks to Keith Thompson, tournament chair, Kim Hayward, partnerships, and Mike Flader, DIC. Additional thanks to all the volunteers, especially those providing yummy treats every day!
Sunshine or not - tomorrow is a happy day! Friday brings the start of the Winter Silver Point Sectional. Head on over to The Bridge Center of St. Paul for a weekend of fun competition, hospitality and friends!
A number of Minnesotans are familiar with Bridgewinners. I describe it as "Facebook for Bridge Players." Members can post all sorts of items related to bridge; others can comment on the posts. From bridge hands to bidding questions, discussions about ethical considerations and so forth and so on, it is a fine site.
You need not be an expert to belong and become involved, either. Here is an intermediate section, for instance, for those more in the earlier learning stages.
If you are not familiar with the magazine, you might consider subscribing. It really has the best event reporting, bridge problems, bidding discussion, humor articles and much more.
After posting this story, another reader shared with me that she had a collection of older Bridge Worlds that she no longer wishes to keep. She estimates that there are 70 to 80 issues, ranging from the 1950's all the way through to the 2000's.
She is not looking to sell the magazines. For the price of shipping, she will pack them and send them to you, if you are interested. Contact me, Peg Kaplan, at email@example.com and I can submit your inquiry to her.
Helen Tew has not been able to play bridge for some time. Nevertheless, Helen was an important part of our bridge community for many years - and old timers will remember her fondly.
Helen passed away a little over a week ago. Larry Oakey shares some remembrances of a partner, friend, and lovely lady.
Longtime Twin City bridge player Helen Tew died January 17th. She was 98.
When I started at the old Bridge Center at 2430 Nicollet (1966-1972), I met a pair of two pleasant women: Helen Tew and Sally Neff. Since Sally worked, I frequently played with Helen in morning games. Sally and I partnered one another occasionally in tournaments.
Regrettably, Sally contracted cancer and passed away. Now, Helen was without a partner.
Soon however, she found Doris McCalla. They formed a formidable partnership for twenty years; always 12 N/S at the Twin City Bridge Center!
In the 1990’s, Helen’s health began to fail and she had to stop playing. Nevertheless, Helen amassed about 2500 masterpoints, along with a record of always smiling, making new players feel comfortable and welcome – and of being a good partner.
If you look in an encyclopedia under the category of “Nice Person” – you will find a picture of Helen Tew along with a glowing description.
Helen's obituary can be found here. Our sympathies to her family and friends.
So we're about to have the coldest weekend of the season. Windchills could hover around minus 45!
And MN Bridge is posting spring daffodils?
Just a few short months from now, daffodils will pop into view - and the Hiawatha Bridge Sectional will be held! No April fooling here; from Friday, April 1 to Sunday the 3rd, enjoy bridge and Rochester hospitality at the Rochester International Event Center. You can check out the schedule and details here.
In the meantime, this weekend, stay home and stay warm! If you must venture out, however, stay safe.
Lots of great bridge in 2016. We want you to enjoy it all!
The Winter Silver Point Sectional, scheduled January 29-31 at the Bridge Center of St. Paul, is just a few weeks away. With winter really here, having a fun sectional in the midst of it is a treat!
Keith Thompson has shared with me some of the details about just how good this tournament is going to be. When you read through this, I'm sure that everyone will want to attend!
To accommodate a 10AM start time on Friday and Saturday, free lunch will be served. No one need brave the outside temps; stay, munch and play!
All games on Friday and Saturday will be pair/team games. Win extra points at no extra charge! Same deal for I/N games, too!
Saturday evening will be a "warm-up" for the Sunday Swiss with a single session stratified Swiss event.
Sunday games will have two separate sessions. Sleep in late or leave early, if one session is your preference. Note, though, that both sessions will be regionally rated with more masterpoints available! Do play both if you can - and all players in both Sunday sessions will receive a free lunch.
If at least 5 I/N teams enter, a separate I/N section will be offered.
Lots of bridge, food and friends to enjoy! Don't miss this tourney!
The USBF Junior United States Bridge Championship for the Under 26 Division has concluded. The winner is Team Kaplan: Adam Kaplan, Adam and Zach Grossack, Zach Brescoll, Kevin Rosenberg - and our own Ben Kristensen from Duluth.
Two teams will represent the United States in Salsomaggiore, Italy next August. Team Kaplan will be USA1 for the Patino Cup.
Heartiest congratulations to Team Kaplan - and best of luck to them as they represent us next year in Italy!
Vugraph begins at 10AM central time today, Tuesday. If you're able to watch a bit during the holiday break, expect a treat! Our juniors are talented - and, being juniors - uninhibited! Quite a show yesterday; we expect the same today.