One of the most difficult tasks I must do as webmaster for Minnesota Bridge is to report when we lose one of our players. I feel as if we bridge players are a sort of family; the death of one of us is a loss to all.
A short while ago, Don Priewert's friend and sometimes bridge partner Sue Jackson emailed me that Don died today. Those of us who knew Don were well aware that he was a character, sometimes outrageous - and a fine player, too.
Sue kindly has shared some of her thoughts about this funny and talented character who loved our game to bits. Thank you, Sue - and goodbye to our friend Don.
Don Priewert passed way the morning of July 29th. He died peacefully while receiving dialysis at St. Mary's in Rochester. Don was one of my favorite people, despite his issues with tact.
Don's humor was always enjoyable. For example, if queried "What are your discards?" Don's reply would be: "We keep winners and throw away losers."
Whoever was Don's partner was likely to learn something. "Don't give up the pump" would get laughs - or sympathy.
Don was a character; we all witnessed his emotions at times getting out of hand. Nevertheless, the fact that Don was closing in on 7000 masterpoints was evidence of his outstanding abilities at the bridge table.
Even as his health problems mounted, Don continued to make the long drive from Rochester to the Twin Cities. He loved, loved, loved the game. Don would pull out his cards, make an outrageous bid - then get away with it.
His friends will miss him.
We may not see an obituary printed in the paper. Mary Brown or I will let you know if a service is scheduled.
Mondays, 6:30pm: ACBL Bridge Defense in the 21st Century Heart Series
This class on defense using the book listed above. It will meet for 9 weeks beginning July 13 ending Labor Day September 7 and cover one chapter per week. Topics include:
● Opening Leads Against No-trump Contracts ● Opening Leads Against Suit Contracts ● Third Hand Play
● Second Hand Play
● Defensive Signals
● Developing Defensive Tricks ● Interfering With Declarer ● Making a Plan ● Negative Doubles
Whether you took lessons recently, a while back, or just want some review, all are welcome. Lessons are two hours. Taught by George West. $40 for the series. or $5 per week. Book is list price $19.95, but you pay the club just $12.
Tuesdays, 2:00pm: 2 Over 1
Tom Hammond returns to teach this eight week class on 2 Over 1. The price can’t be beat, $25 will get you the entire series, and be donated to a charity of Tom’s choice. Begins July 14.
Tuesdays, 6:00pm: Mini Lesson
There is a free mini lesson before the 6:30pm game. Various topics, Taught by Keith Thompson.
This popular program continues. Four players work with one coach on hands. Lots of individual teaching. If you attend the 12:30pm game after the lesson, there is no charge. $5 for others. Please sign up so we can provide enough coaches.
Thursdays, 12:30pm: Chat Bridge
Chat Bridge continues with Doug & Jane Frost. Cost is $5. No need to come with a partner.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm: Chat Bridge
This is a new time slot and will begin on August 5. With Larry McIntyre. Cost $5. No partner necessary, please call ahead for count.
Mondays, 6:30pm: Beginning Bridge
ACBL Bridge in the 21st Century: Bidding - Club Series will be the book used for this class beginning September 14. Taught by George West. Call to sign up.
When yours truly, the MN Bridge webmaster, first began to play duplicate in the late 70's, Terry Beckman - aka "T" was already a well known Minnesota expert. T began his duplicate bridge career in 1968 and clearly had a strong affinity for the game.
Like many of us, T took breaks throughout the years for his career and for family. He was fortunate, however, to have a number of other find players and good friends to help him on his journey.
Early partners were Russ Weikle, Paul Winter, Howie Weinstein and Hugh MacLean.
In later years, T's most frequent partners have been his wife, Kathy and John Koch. Terry clearly did well in selecting partners - and - his partners with Terry, too!
T is a big fan of Precision systems; he likes working out all the many permutations the system affords. He plans to take Precision - along with Kathy - to many bridge tournaments, focusing on Minnesota and Florida, now that he is enjoying his retirement.
"I expressed that I would 'slow down' after I reached my goal of 10,000 points," T tells us. "But I have already changed my mind!"
When you have talent and a great game like bridge - I guess that is what happens!
Congratulations, Terry, on your fine achievement that so few ever reach.
At the top of the list, with almost 40 masterpoints earned (!!) is Terry Beckman. We've been seeing Terry's name at "the top of the list" for many years now. And, just recently, T Beckman reached a most lofty goal. T now is one of the few Minnesotans to have ever attained a total masterpoint holding of over 10,000!
Kudos to Terry - and to Kathy Beckman, who was just behind Terry at the Aquatennial!
Once ranked among the 50 best players in the world, he formed the Omar Sharif Bridge Circus to perform exhibition matches before such spectators as the shah of Iran. Mr. Sharif shared a byline on a syndicated bridge column for decades, first with Charles Goren and later with Tannah Hirsch.
Asked why he spent so much time at bridge when he could have been making movies, he once replied: “The real question is why I spend so much time making movies when I could be playing bridge.”
It's summertime in Minnesota - and the Aquatennial Sectional is in full force!
If you are one of our competitors who has been enjoying Wednesday and Thursday's game - you know what a great tournament it is! Yet, whether you have been At the Table already - or not - we have lots left!
Mike Cassel wears many hats in the bridge world. One is as the Gopher Bulletin each day during the regional.
We received an email this evening from Sandy Nelson, who was taking photos during the regional of our I/N players. Sandy said so many appreciate the recognition that Mike gives to players, organizers and volunteers throughout the week. So - they thought that Mike should get some recognition in return for all he does!
Sandy said, "Mike is the engine behind the Bulletin."
Much about bridge fascinates us. One of the many features is this: in many IMP matches, despite one team having a decent lead - it ain't over 'till it's over!
Fernando Lema has just such a match. The match was just held at the Canadian Bridge Championships. This was the finals of the CSTC - the category to see what Senior team would represent Canada in international competition this fall in India.