Celebrating with family and friends? Winging your way to the Fall NABC in Orlando? Whatever your plans, we wish you a fine Thanksgiving - and wish our friends competing at the Nationals much luck and fun!
Speaking of which .... our thanks to frequent contributor and competitor Steve Gaynor. This most recent contribution is part of what keeps us coming back to the game. Just "Wow"!
Sharing news about the loss of a member of the Minnesota bridge community always remains difficult. Today, I am deeply saddened to report that Brenda Travis of Rochester died on Saturday, October 22nd. After a tragic auto accident, Brenda succumbed to injuries from the incident.
Sue Greenberg, the Rochester DBC manager, shared that Brenda had been active in their club, plus had been an avid tournament goer for years. Brenda chaired local tournaments in the Rochester area several times.
Brenda loved to travel. This past spring, she enjoyed a steamboat bridge cruise down the Mississippi.
Lots of aspiring Life Masters turned out for Rochester's Non Life Master tournament! The morning session had 12.5 tables vying for silver.
Ann Van Ryn, the Rochester DBC President, and GS Jade Barrett offer smiles for the camera. Ann and her club did an outstanding job of organizing and running the NLM sectional for local intermediates and novices.
The Minneapolis Grand Slam Club has aimed at having top competition in a local duplicate game. Since 1937, the MGSC has done just that.
In addition, however, to having great competition, the MGSC wishes to promote our great game! To that end, on Friday, October 28th, the Twin City Bridge Center and the MGSC will collaborate at 6045 Nicollet Avenue to have an Eight is Enough event.
Grand Slam Club members will team up with non- and recent Life Masters to form teams with balanced experience and skill levels. After the game, the hands will be discussed in a relaxed and enjoyable format with hand records available. You can sign up as a pair - or a single.
We hope that many can attend. And - as we plan on enjoying yummy food along with fun bridge, we invite you to bring a treat to share for the game and discussion.
A flyer is below. Look forward to seeing you Friday night!
Jim Snyder became a Life Master today. People become Life Masters at various times, often at a tournament.
But becoming Life Master in your home club is fun!
Jim is a busy man. He has an active family life, served as a long-term Credit Union Board President, even served on our club board. He’s a strong intermediate player. But Jim just couldn’t get himself to the Gopher regularly to get that much-coveted gold.
Several years ago along comes the Jane Johnson Club Appreciation month, where players get 5% gold in team games. Jim got some more gold and was pretty close.
Last year Jim and his wife vacationed in Hawaii during almost all of October. When he returned we said, “You missed all but one of the team games!” He said, “I will play in that last game. I still need .13 gold.”
Jim achieving Life Master with Team - Karen Peterson, Jim Snyder, Janet Williams & Mary Meinecke.
As the day progressed, we watch his team do pretty well. During the last round it looked like second place would do the job. Amazingly, his team prevailed, got 1st in B and 2nd in A, totaling 2.24 black and - are you ready for this - .12 gold!!!
Today, with almost the same teammates as last year, they won the first round of Club Appreciation Swiss.
Thus, Jim Snyder became a Bronze Life Master. Congratulations, Jim!
From near and far, players enjoyed the beautiful colors of autumn to play at the Maplewood Community Center at our Autumn Harvest Sectional last weekend. Above, we see the smiling faces of Keith Thompson, tournament chair, and other competitors during the Sunday Swiss.
When a player is in the early stages of their bridge career, playing against the Big Guys can at times be daunting. So - our non-Life Master players are fortunate to have a great sectional tournament opportunity coming up!
We have a non-LM sectional in Rochester, MN on October 22nd. Silver points, expert speaker and great hospitality! The flyer is posted below!
What a glorious weekend to enjoy all the beauties of autumn! And - next weekend, we can enjoy the last days of fall plus a marvelous St. Paul sectional, too!
Unit 103 is hosting the Autumn Harvest sectional Friday October 14th through Sunday, October 16th at the Maplewood Community Center. The flyer, schedule and other details can be found here.
For those who are unsure as to what "pair-team games" are, we are providing an explanation below. My thanks to Keith Thompson for providing it - and for all those who are contributing in so many ways to our fine upcoming sectional.
Come one - come all - and have a great time at the sectional!
The Pair/Team game is an exciting event for players at all levels of experience. Players have 2 ways to win! The pair portion of the event runs as a regular match point game. In the team portion, the players starting at your table will be your teammates. Who is on any team is determined by the computer. The game starts after your teammates move to the next table so you never play against them. Each pair will receive a score for the pair portion of the game and a separate score for the team portion. Players receive the higher number of points they earn, either as a pair or as a team. For example, if in the pair portion a pair earn 1.12 MPs but in the team game they achieve 4.5 MPs, they get the 4.5 --all for the price of one event!
At the Autumn Harvest Sectional, both Open sections and I/N sections will be pair/team games. So, irrespective of the sections in which you compete, you will have an equal opportunity for extra points!
Carol Rynders, our partnership chair, will have pairs on call for both I/N and Open sections to best insure we have full tables.
Too soon again, it is my painful duty to report yet another loss in Minnesota's bridge community. Please join me in saying goodbye to one more of our long time, excellent players: Colin Kehe. In today's world, at 73, Colin leaves us way too early.....
A beautiful obituary for Colin appears in today's paper. You may read it here.
Colin is survived by his lovely wife and bridge partner of 27 years, Theresa. And, as bridge players, we know that special, long time partners such as Evan Sachs will be grieving, too.
Please note that tomorrow, Saturday, a memorial service shall be held for Colin. It will be at 2PM at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Avenus S. Minneapolis. Visitation begins at 1:30. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Doctors Without Borders.
Every player in our bridge community is so valued. Colin will be greatly missed.
Monday evening, September 19th, a large gathering of family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and - of course, a great many bridge players - met for a memorial service honoring Jonathan Cohen.
Wonderful stories were shared by Jonathan's brother Harlan, colleagues of Jonathan's from the University of Minnesota, neighbors.... And Charlie Nauen, long time friend and bridge partner, expressed thoughts about Jonathan that were moving, complimentary - and funny.
It still remains difficult to know that Jonathan will no longer be giving the rest of us a tough time at the table, nor attempting to share his baggie full of vegetables and rotting fruit to others. Still, sharing memories of Jono with one another was comforting. Tears - and smiles - were clearly both in evidence.
As the Minnesota bridge world celebrates years of friendship and competition with Jonathan, we also send our deep condolences to his family; wife Barbara, daughter Ilana and her husband Craig, grandchildren Nolan and Clara and others.
As a final remembrance, we will share thoughts from Dave Anderson. Though it has been many years since Dave has lived in the Twin Cities - no one who knew Jonathan could forget him.