Spring may be coming. Yet, if you look out your front door this morning, your view will resemble mid December more than the cusp of spring! Nevertheless, this past weekend bridge players from the Twin Cities and beyond enjoyed three days of competition at the Twin Cities Bridge Center - knowing that springtime will arrive, despite today's huge snowfall!
Thanks to Director in Charge Mike Flader, along with indispensible Larry Oakey, Teri Blu, volunteers and all of you who made the tournament so fun!
Congratulations to Paul Meerschaert, whose over 18 masterpoints headed the leaderboard - with Joe Rice close behind at 16.49. The full list and results from each event are here.
Results from the Granite City Sectional are now available!
Apparently this was the tournament for family partnerships to do well. First overall for masterpoints earned went to the Kathy and Terry Beckman, for pocketing almost 23 points. Next, father and son Terry and John Lijewski with 18.4.
Congratulations to these two pairs - and - to all the partnerships and teams that enjoyed summer in Granite City!
The Spring 2012 NABC in Memphis is underway! Already - Minnesotans are distinguishing themselves. Tony Ames and Judy Nassar had a fine qualifying first day. Going into the final two sets, they stood fourth in the field. And, "native son" Joe Grue with partner Shane Blanchard finished day one in the 7th slot.
Lots more action here! We'll be reporting both at Minnesota Bridge and at the ACBL website under "NABC Highlights." Please stay in touch!
Although our previously quite mild winter may seem less so lately - be sure that spring is coming. And - the Spring is Coming Sectional has come and gone - with lots of fun and competition and masterpoints from start to finish.
Congratulations to Terry Lijewski and Bruce Boje. Playing together, they earned 19.85 masterpoints for the weekend. Less than one point behind was Peter Langsetmo. Results for every result and the final masterpoint tallies can be found here.
Sunday Swiss Winners
Thanks to Teri and Chip Blu for their hospitality at the Twin City Bridge Center, to Mike Flader and others who ably directed - and to all the players who contributed to a great (if a bit chilly!) sectional weekend.
Winter 2011-2012 so far has not seemed much like a winter. Nevertheless, in honor of the Winter Carnival, we had a nice dusting of snow on Saturday.
We also had a fine dusting of results throughout the weekend!
Congratulations to the Beckmans, Terry and Kathy, who topped the masterpoint winners. Their over 30 point total edged out Joe Rice, Linda Webb and Rick Ekstrum (3rd and 4th/5th) by less than 4 masterpoints. All ACBL results for the tournament can be viewed here.
Other highlights were our new champion of the Junior USBF Team #2, Ben Kristensen, competing with his dad, Curt. And, we were fortunate that ACBL President and District 14 Director Sharon Anderson had returned from Bermuda to be able to compete in Sunday's Swiss.
Our thanks to Mike Flader and Gregg Van Dyke for their directing efforts, and to our tournament chairman, Gus Doty, for all his fine planning and execution. As always, a big "thank you," too, to the volunteers who made this year's Winter Carnival a success!
Masterpoints. They're what duplicate players earn for peformance. The better the performance and the tougher the competition? The more the masterpoints flow!
Every month, the Twin City Bridge Center posts a list of those who earned masterpoints that month, along with a cumulative total for the year. In 2011, the person at the top of the list was Joe Rice. Joe had an exceptional year, earning 211.75 at TCBC club games alone!
The last 7 years, Sue Jackson and Don Priewert have topped the Club's annual masterpoint list. But although the race was close going into December, Joe and his excellent partners played often and well. Ultimately, Joe easily bested Sue and Don.
Terry Lijewski and Kory Solarz earned a most impressive 42.43 masterpoints! Just a hair behind was Paolo Ranaldi, with 42.23. Very well done!
My teammates for the Friday afternoon BAM were pretty excited about our result in that event. I must admit that I never had a game quite like that. Out of a possible 24 score, we earned 22! That's over a 91.6% game.
We couldn't have achieved perfect. I cost a half a board when I misdefended against a game, turning our minus 420 into minus 450. And, I could have passed out a hand for plus 200 against 140 at the other table. Instead, I chose to double, and partner didn't judge to leave it in. Still - I and Kerry Holloway, Joe Rice and Tim Wernz were rather amazed as we compared, and the "win's" kept on coming.
We survived the "fall back" time change and finished the MN State Sectional on time!
Our thanks to co-chairmen Kathy Beckman and Verda Gould for all their hard work. Appreciation, too, to Mike Flader and his directing staff. They had to contend with a great turnout and find spots for all of us to play!
Great hospitality every day - and loads of fun!
Results are below. Official ACBL results will be posted as soon as they are available - along with some photos from the weekend, too.
Wonderful to see everyone's smiling face this weekend!
In case you missed it, Kim Hayward kindly left a comment about results for the Autumn Harvest Sectional. We will post final results from ACBL when they are ready, but in the meantime, you can see what is happening here.
A bit of warmer weather brought our first spring sectional to Minnesota! Official results are not yet posted at ACBL.org. If you cannot wait to review how your favorite players performed, however, you can check the links below from Rochester's website.
Congratulations to all who competed, did well, and (most importantly) had a great time at the Hiawatha Valley Spring Sectional!
The final results for this year's great Winter Carnival are now posted. Kudos to Joe Rice, whose 20.81 masterpoints just beat out Linda Webb and Lorna Nordlinder (aka, "the birthday girl) for top masterpoint earners.
Due to a computer glitch, results from our early December sectional had not been available. But - now they are! Congratulations to the dad-son duo of Terry and John Lijewski for earning more masterpoints than anyone else.