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!
Meanwhile, the Summer 2016 NABC in Washington, DC began 2 days ago. Many Minnesotans were on the District 14 teams representing us. After a great start on Wednesday, tough competition felled two of the three remaining teams. Our Flight B team is still in the hunt, though.
Along with spring weather, Minnesota bridge players enjoyed a fun filled weekend of tournament bridge the first weekend in March. At the top of the leader list, we find Michael Lee Howland and Kerry Holloway, raking in a most respectable 23.81 masterpoints. Well done! Also earning over 20 masterpoints was Harry Sapienza. All results for each event can be viewed here.
As always, our thanks to our excellent directors, Tony Ames and ever present assistant Larry Oakey. And thanks to hostess and tournament chairman Teri Blu.
Recently, we've seen glimmers of spring in Minnesota. This coming weekend, however, we are going to see the real thing: the "Spring is Coming" sectional!
Head on over to the Twin City Bridge Center in Minneapolis, and enjoy a variety of events from March 4th through the 6th - along with hospitality and great competition. The schedule and details can be found here.
Fortunately for all of us driving to North St. Paul over the weekend, real winter didn't decide to arrive until today! It is nasty in much of southern MN; stay safe, everyone!
On a brighter (and far less snowy) note, we are delighted to report about another great Minnesota sectional! Final results are in and can be viewed here. At the top of the masterpoint heap, we find Jim Stepnes. The only competitor to break the 30 masterpoint barrier, Jim earned a whopping 31.77! Barry Purrington captured 2nd highest masterpoint earnings, with a most respectable 26.08. The full masterpoint list is here.
Our thanks to Keith Thompson, tournament chair, Kim Hayward, partnerships, and Mike Flader, DIC. Additional thanks to all the volunteers, especially those providing yummy treats every day!
Sunshine or not - tomorrow is a happy day! Friday brings the start of the Winter Silver Point Sectional. Head on over to The Bridge Center of St. Paul for a weekend of fun competition, hospitality and friends!