Enjoy autumn's beautiful colors on your way to Duluth - and great competition at the table!
Enjoy autumn's beautiful colors on your way to Duluth - and great competition at the table!
Labor Day and the conclusion of summer saw a fine sectional at the Twin City Bridge Center. John Koch and Paolo Ranaldi led the pack for masterpoint winnings with a very impressive 32.24 total!
Full results from the events can be found here. Our thanks to everyone who contributed to a great way to lead into autumn, and the TCBC for hosting!
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.
Our schedule can be found here. Festivities begin tomorrow, Friday August 29th, and we hope that many of you will avail yourselves of the fun events!
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.
For those interested in watching Ben's team play live, here is the schedule at BBO for Vugraph.
You may not get as much shut eye as usual if you catch the action. I'm sure, however, that you'll have a marvelous show!
Good luck to Ben and the other USA1 Team competitors!
It's a bit before 9AM. Turn on your computer, head to vugraph at BridgeBase and you can watch Minnesota's Ben Kristensen compete against France in the semi-finals of the World Youth Championship!
Best of luck to Ben and his team! They are ahead a bit right now!
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.
Partnerships are: Kriegel-Huber; Kristensen-Rosenberg; Spencer-Chang.
Everyone in Minnesota - and the US - is rooting for Ben & Company!
And our thanks to Ben's dad, Curt, for the photos and updates!
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!
Check out the schedule for this weekend's 299er sectional for fun, great hospitality and competition among your peers!
Five days of competition in the middle of the summer! Lots of masterpoints and lots of fun.
Results from the tournament can be found here. At the top of the masterpoint heap can be found Paolo Ranaldi. Paolo's 26.35 masterpoints bested 2nd place Brian Crossley by almost 5 points. Joe Rice was just behind Brian's 21.40 with 20.24.
Our thanks to tournament director Mike Flader, along with miraculously healed Larry Oakey and TCBC owner Teri Blu for a super sectional! And - as always - thanks to all our players who came and played and conquered!
No milk carton boat races nor cows wearing leis. But, we can promise that Aquatennial Silver Sectional 2014 promises to be a great tournament!
This year's tourney starts Wednesday with a session at 10AM at the Twin City Bridge Center at Nicollet & 60th. Events are scheduled every day, with Swiss Teams on Sunday.
You can view the week's schedule here. Beat the heat and have a hot game in summer's best sectional!
Every year, the organizers of the Gopher wish to provide the best possible experience for our players. Toward that end, a survey was sent out to judge opinion about Gopher 2014.
The results can be found below. Thanks to all who participated in helping!
Just prior to our District 14 Regionals, Unit 103 hosted a fine sectional in St. Cloud; the Granite City Sectional.
Congratulations to Kathy and Terry Beckman, whose total scores of over 20 masterpoints topped the leader board. Just a hair behind the Beckmans were John Koch and Paolo Ranaldi, with almost 20.
The full list of event placers and overall masterpoint leaders can be found here.
Many thanks to everyone - organizers, volunteers, directors, caddies and PLAYERS who contributed!
Finally! The snow is melting, the temperatures are rising ... spring is on its way!
And with spring, we can also enjoy the Spring Sectional in Rochester! From Friday, April 4th through Sunday, the 6th, you have your choice of various fine pair and team games.
The schedule and details are here. Enjoy the end of winter and bridge, too!
Spring. Dare we think it's possible we'll be graced with it after month after month of a brutal winter? One can hope!
But - irrespective of the weather, we know this for sure: we can enjoy the Spring Sectional in Rochester the first weekend in April! On the 4th, 5th, and 6th, Pair and Team games, plus Swiss Teams.
Rain or sunshine - snow or clouds - a fine sectional is on its way!
Please note that the venue has been changed. An updated flyer is below.
Weary of the news that Blizzard #29 may soon strike? Well - help is on the way!
May is but 3 months away ... and with it comes not only flowers, but the Gopher Regional.
Co-Chairs Patti Stuhlman and Sue Jackson have a superb schedule for this year's Gopher.
Plus, Cindy Balderson has organized an exciting seminar featuring reigning Women's Pair Champion Lynn Deas and Venice Cup World Champion Disa Eythorsdottir. A great opportunity to play hands from the World Championship Match with your partner and teammates, then enjoy an hour-long question and answer session with Lynn and Disa.
Of course, there is much more! Please check out the flyer! While you're snowbound - once again - you can plan for daisies and bridge at May's Gopher!
Most of us are categorizing the 2013-2014 winter as the Season from Hell. If it's not bone chilling cold, it's blizzards. If it's not that - it's ice on every exterior surface.
If you have escaped to warmer climes - mazel tov! But - if this weekend finds you in the Twin Cities, then take advantage of the best offer available: the Winter Carnival Sectional Tournament.
Here's the schedule with all the details. Don't give in to winter; get even! Have a super time and win masterpoints, too!
With temps cold enough to shiver your timbers - and then some! - September and autumn sound a long way away. Yet, spring and summer can zip by. Thus, Paul Bunyan chairpersons Dianne Carr and Warren Nelson want to alert you in the depths of winter that you should prepare for fall!
The Paul Bunyan Sectional is a beautiful drive away from anywhere to the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, near Duluth. Do make plans to attend this fine sectional. Enjoy the gorgeous colors and grab your masterpoints!
A tournament flyer is posted below.
Due to the contributions of many people who love bridge, the USBF just concluded the Junior Trials in Atlanta. Competition included 3 categories: US26, US21 and Roma (female competition).
On one of the teams is a player many of us in Minnesota have come to know and admire; Ben Kristensen. Since Ben has come on the scene as a youngster, he's been proving his talent and ability for bridge. Ben has already had significant success at NABC Junior competition. Now, with the Junior USBF competition concluded, Ben and his teammates will have the opportunity to show the world what they can do. Team Kriegel (Oren Kriegel, Christopher Hubel, Ben and partner Kevin Rosenberg) won the right to represent in world competition as US21.
In particular, we want to thank Ben's dad, Curt, for starting Ben off on his bridge career and being his #1 supporter. And, we also want to thank a player with deep Minnesota roots, Howie Weinstein, for mentoring Ben and his teammates.
We wish Ben and Team Kriegel the best as they head for the World Youth Team Bridge Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, next August. With Ben's talents, training and support - betting on Ben and his team should be a winner!
As many Minnesotans were returning from the Fall NABC in Phoenix, and winding down from Thanksgiving - Cindy Balderson and Carole Miner were off on an incredible adventure. As one of the United States' top female partnerships, Cindy and Carole headed to Beijing, China. There, they competed with teammates Disa Eythorsdottir, Lynn Deas, Rozanne Pollack and Cheri Bjerkan, representing the U.S. in the Women's Competition.
Carole and Cindy had an amazing time. Their team captured a bronze medal, their partnership finished 4th overall in the Women's Pairs Competition - and Carole was 4th in the Women's Individual Competition. Cash prizes were awarded; sightseeing was fascinating. Full results and daily bulletins can be viewed here.
Though the tournament site in China made kibitzing a bit challenging (game times for those of us back home started later in the evening - and ran until roughly 5-6AM every day) - many of us still were able to watch a bit and cheer for for Cindy and Carole.
We are so proud of our talented women - and applaud their success!
And now - thoughts from Carole and Cindy about representing our nation in the 2013 Sport Accord Mind games, posted below.
When I was watching, our Minnesota female stars, Carole Miner and Cindy Balderson, were at the top of the leader list in the pair competition. And - when I awakened? Still there!
The pair already earned a Bronze Medal with their US team in the team competition. Now, we hope they reach even greater heights.
Carole and Cindy - we here in Minnesota and throughout ACBL-land are beyond proud of you! Keep up the good work!