Just to Roger Anderson's right is Bill Quinn, one of our long time players for whom this Labor Day weekend sectional is named. Aptly, the Friday through Monday tournament will be held at the Twin City Bridge Center, where Bill enjoyed and won many a game.
The final hands from the 2014 World Youth Championship Youngsters (under 21) have concluded. USA1 earned silver!
Ben Kristensen's dad Curt (mentor, teacher, coach and cheerleader extraordinaire) emailed me early this morning with the news. Though Ben's team fought hard, led the Swedish team at certain stages and kept the match within reach, the Swedish youngsters were formidable opponents and ended victorious. Scores from each set and final totals can be viewed here.
We here in Minnesota - and across the USA - applaud Ben and his teammates for their great achievement! We look forward to more and more success from Ben at the bridge table - and are so happy that he and his team earned the silver!
Minnesota's Ben Kristensen and his under 21 "Youngsters" team has made it to the finals of the 2014 World Youth Team Championships! Here are the scores from the two semi-final matches. USA1 beat France by 20.5 IMPS, and will face Sweden's team in the final match.
Minnesota's own Ben Kristensen, a member of USA-1 is currently playing in Istanbul in the 2014 World Youth Championships. Ben's team has qualified and earned the right to play a talented China team in the quarter finals of their knockout.
In the above photo, left to right, is non-playing captain Barry Goren, Oren Kriegel, Ben, Cole Spencer, Kevin Rosenberg, Chris Huber and Nolan Chang.
Starting tomorrow, a great opportunity for our 299er crowd! The Bridge Center of St. Paul is offering three days of pair and team events, with pizza inbetween sessions tomorrow, Friday August 15th and free lunch on Saturday at noon!
Billy Rosen, 2014 von Zedtwitz Award & Hall of Fame Member
Deception at the bridge table can be a two edged sword. During the auction or defense, fool the opponents - and you may find yourself confusing partner, too, to disadvantage. Yet as declarer, dummy merely plays the cards, while you attempt your magic against the defenders.
Surely such ploys can work against moderate opposition. But when your opponents are expert level? What then?
This week, John Koch demonstrates that even the best of the best can be ensnared in a crafty declarer's dastardly plot!
Without a doubt, bridge is the best mind game there is. Always challenging, always fascinating, always new, always thrilling - bridge has so very much to recommend it.
Yet, despite all these fine attributes, something else is even better about bridge: its people. The people who play bridge are in a class all their own. Smart, fun, creative, competitive - and, most of all - wonderful friends.
We bridge players are so fortunate to enjoy a game so fascinating, so challenging and so deep, it intrigues us just about forever.
Yet - even as important as the game itself is - our people are equally important. Saturday night at the Twin City Bridge Center, just how amazing was most demonstrable.
Sue Jackson, John Crouch and many other incredibly wonderful volunteers, worked to put together a superb night of charitable giving, dining and bridge. At 5:15, people gathered to enjoy a lovely variety of dishes and desserts. While visiting and dining, everyone also inspected the many items that were available for silent auction - including donations of games with expert players.
Rolf Svendsen, the co-founder and current Chairman of the Board of Tree Trust of Minneapolis, the charity selected as the beneficiary of our event, was on hand. Rolf explained the great work for both people and environment that Tree Trust provides. And - the good news is that at the end of the evening, we found that the day had raised $4275 for Tree Trust!
Many people contributed to make the auction, the food and the night of bridge a success. We do not have everyone's name - but please know that the efforts of each and every one of you is appreciated greatly.
We hope that you enjoy the photos from the evening - and are as thankful for the people in our bridge community, as well as our great game - as we are!
Only a few Minnesotans have ever earned over 10,000 masterpoints. In recent years, only one player topped that figure.
As of this masterpoint cycle, however, we have a new competitor who has gone over the 10,000 masterpoint threshold: Peder Langsetmo!
Please join me in congratulating a long time member of our community, a player who is always tough and a challenge to meet at the table - yet a wonderful friend and buddy to so many. Now, Peder is in the lofty status of Platinum Life Master.
Well earned and well deserved, Peder! And good luck in your quest for more success and masterpoints to come!
As we enjoy the last weeks of summer, Unit 178 President Sue Jackson has forwarded the August agenda for this month's board meeting on August 16th. Do feel free to read through, and contact any board members with questions or input!
As always, our thanks to those who serve to make bridge as good as it can be in Minnesota!
Saturday, August 2nd, the Twin City Bridge Center and Unit 178 presents a fine evening of food, bridge and community contributions!
Starting at 5:15PM, enjoy a great meal, a fun silent auction with a wide variety of items on which to bid (including trees!) - followed by a challenging evening of duplicate at 7PM. Entry fees are $8.00, with all proceeds going toward charity.
You can have a super evening with your friends, as you contribute to a most worthy cause along the way.
Tree Trust of Minneapolis is a non profit organization that supports the environment. It not only provides tree planting and the environment, but it also aids special needs and at-risk youth by offering work skill training and summer jobs as tree-planters.
We in the Minnesota bridge world are exceedingly fortunate to have John Koch. Not only is he one of our top players, John is a national champion. Of course, as we all know, John is also an insightful writer, sharing wisdom, insight and deft plays with us, week after week.
Yet, even the talented John sometimes finds these plays after the fact - and not at the table.
Such is the nature of our game.
Here are two such hands from the 2014 District GNT. John found the winning play ... but alas for John, in the rear view mirror.