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!
So we're about to have the coldest weekend of the season. Windchills could hover around minus 45!
And MN Bridge is posting spring daffodils?
Just a few short months from now, daffodils will pop into view - and the Hiawatha Bridge Sectional will be held! No April fooling here; from Friday, April 1 to Sunday the 3rd, enjoy bridge and Rochester hospitality at the Rochester International Event Center. You can check out the schedule and details here.
In the meantime, this weekend, stay home and stay warm! If you must venture out, however, stay safe.
Lots of great bridge in 2016. We want you to enjoy it all!
The Winter Silver Point Sectional, scheduled January 29-31 at the Bridge Center of St. Paul, is just a few weeks away. With winter really here, having a fun sectional in the midst of it is a treat!
Keith Thompson has shared with me some of the details about just how good this tournament is going to be. When you read through this, I'm sure that everyone will want to attend!
To accommodate a 10AM start time on Friday and Saturday, free lunch will be served. No one need brave the outside temps; stay, munch and play!
All games on Friday and Saturday will be pair/team games. Win extra points at no extra charge! Same deal for I/N games, too!
Saturday evening will be a "warm-up" for the Sunday Swiss with a single session stratified Swiss event.
Sunday games will have two separate sessions. Sleep in late or leave early, if one session is your preference. Note, though, that both sessions will be regionally rated with more masterpoints available! Do play both if you can - and all players in both Sunday sessions will receive a free lunch.
If at least 5 I/N teams enter, a separate I/N section will be offered.
Lots of bridge, food and friends to enjoy! Don't miss this tourney!
The USBF Junior United States Bridge Championship for the Under 26 Division has concluded. The winner is Team Kaplan: Adam Kaplan, Adam and Zach Grossack, Zach Brescoll, Kevin Rosenberg - and our own Ben Kristensen from Duluth.
Two teams will represent the United States in Salsomaggiore, Italy next August. Team Kaplan will be USA1 for the Patino Cup.
Heartiest congratulations to Team Kaplan - and best of luck to them as they represent us next year in Italy!
Vugraph begins at 10AM central time today, Tuesday. If you're able to watch a bit during the holiday break, expect a treat! Our juniors are talented - and, being juniors - uninhibited! Quite a show yesterday; we expect the same today.
The Holiday Sectional this past weekend at the Bridge Center of St. Paul was a rousing success! Partners John Koch and Paolo Ranaldi topped the masterpoint chart with a most robust 32+. The full list of masterpoints earned and by whom can be found here. Results from each event are at this link.
Our thanks to Suzette Durdahl, tournament chairman, Kim Hayward, partnerships and Tony Ames, director for a fine December tourney.
With your blogmaster at the NABC in Denver, Sandy Casey and Bill Voedisch were most helpful in providing photos! Thanks for sending them!
Of course, a fine tournament does not just "happen." Many thanks to our tournament co-chairs, Kerry Holloway and Liz Hughes. With an excellent new venue, yummy hospitality and wonderful volunteers, lots of happy faces at Sunday's end.
Our directors, headed by Mike Flader, also performed admirably, occasionally having to deal with an errant Bridgemate system - yet overcoming all.
As always, our thanks to everyone who came, competed - sometimes conquered - yet always enjoyed!
More photos of smiling and concentrating faces below!
The holiday weekend delivered four days of excellent sectional events for Minneapolis! And, some huge turnouts ended up with a huge masterpoint total for the guy at the top of the list: Paolo Ranaldi. Paolo's just over 42 masterpoints was a bit ahead of frequent partner John Koch's 35.7.
Yes, it's true. Monday is Labor Day, and along with the holiday weekend comes a great sectional! Head to the Twin City Bridge Center in Minneapolis from Friday through Monday to enjoy excellent competition and earn silver points!