A nice Minnesota spring weekend - and - a nice turnout, too, for the Hiawatha Sectional!
One of our local players nabbed the most masterpoints earned at the tournament. Congratulations to Greg Caucutt for his healthy take-home pay of 27.80 masterpoints. Less than a full masterpoint behind were Terry and Kathy Beckman, who earned 27.10 for their efforts.
Other players who scooped up 20 points or more were: Paul Meerschaert, John Koch, Genny Rice, Lance Chamberlin and Bill Heyer.
A great venue at the Maplewood Community Center provided a fine weekend of tournament bridge! Our thanks to tournament chair Keith Thompson, DIC Kim Hayward and all our able volunteers for the Winter Sectional.
At the top of the masterpoint list for the weekend, we find Kerry Holloway. Known for not only his excellent play, but also his ability to partner a wide variety of players and achieve great results, this weekend was no different. Kerry earned an impressive 30.5 masterpoints with his partners! The overall masterpoint list is here; results from each event here.
And as we near Valentine's Day, a sweet treat. For many of us, partnering our partner in life can be a significant challenge AT the table. Yet, some of us handle it magnificently!
We sometimes think that elite players are bridge gods and can do no wrong. Sometimes, they do indeed perform miracles at the table!
Yet, as Fred Gitelman (one of the founders of BridgeBase Online) highlights, even the experts sometimes make errors - and sometimes bad ones!
Fred recalls one time approaching Michael Rosenberg, whom he had just watched make a play that had not turned out well. and asking him why he had made the error. Michael smiled at him. ‘Don’t you get it yet. Fred?’ he asked. ‘Nobody’s any good at this game; it’s just that the top players are less bad than the rest.’
Have a great time this weekend at our Winter Sectional. And remember that no one at all ever plays perfectly! If something goes wrong at the table, then forget about it and move on to the next hand.
Just two days until winter fun in St. Paul! Starting Friday, January 27 at 9:30AM, head to the Maplewood Community Center for the start of the Winter Sectional Tournament. Every day features new and challenging events, along with coffee and treats.
During Sunday's morning and afternoon sessions, lunch will be served.
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.
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.
This past weekend, many players from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada headed to Duluth for September's Paul Bunyan Sectional. There, they enjoyed 3 days of pair and team games, plus great hospitality.
At the top of the masterpoint list, no surprise to find two of our Minnesota super stars: John Koch and Carole Miner. Together, John and Carol earned 29.15 masterpoints. Two other partnerships also did quite well: Tom Grue and Gregg Van Dyke nabbed 22.68; Terry and Kathy Beckman, 19.68. The entire masterpoints earned list is here.
Tom and Gregg also performed a rarely seen accomplishment. In the Saturday night pair game, they racked up a mindboggling percentage of 80.42%! Not surprisingly, the next closest percentage was 25% lower! Very well done, boys!
Our thanks to tournament chairmen Diane Carr and Warren Nelson, tournament director Tony Ames and all our other fine volunteers.
If you're pondering who might have been the top masterpoint winner at any Minnesota tournament, guessing John Koch often will give you the correct answer. So it was over Labor Day weekend. John earner 23.72 masterpoints; about a point and a half behind was Joseph Koester. Quite impressive was third place; Sandy Nelson has less experience than many of our competitors, yet she was the only other player to earn over 20 masterpoints for the tourney! Well done, John, Joseph and Sandy, plus the other players who placed high in a number of events. The full list of results is here.
Always wonderful to see people having a great time at the bridge table....
Or - after the game has ended!
As always, our thanks to our hosts, Teri & Chip Blu, great director, Brian Weikle, and the omnipresent player, director and all around wizard at the TCBC, TGLO (The Great Larry Oakey!)
Many thanks to all who came, fought, contributed and volunteered! Hope you had a wonderful time!