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!
At the top of the list, with almost 40 masterpoints earned (!!) is Terry Beckman. We've been seeing Terry's name at "the top of the list" for many years now. And, just recently, T Beckman reached a most lofty goal. T now is one of the few Minnesotans to have ever attained a total masterpoint holding of over 10,000!
Kudos to Terry - and to Kathy Beckman, who was just behind Terry at the Aquatennial!
It's summertime in Minnesota - and the Aquatennial Sectional is in full force!
If you are one of our competitors who has been enjoying Wednesday and Thursday's game - you know what a great tournament it is! Yet, whether you have been At the Table already - or not - we have lots left!
As we await the Gopher Regional and enjoy USBF Open Championship Final rounds on BBO Vugraph, Mike Cassel kindly writes up another report for us.
Here, Mike features the Mahaffey-Cayne match, where Cayne eked out a win by 8 IMPS. Mahaffey's front four drilled Cayne the last set (well, much of the set!) .... Some might say they ran out of boards!
Thanks, Mike, for helping us to feel like we are "there"!
Howie Weinstein, former Minnesotan, District 14 member from Omaha and President of the United States Bridge Federation, played on Team Hamman this week at the USBF Open Championship in Chicago. The Championship will select one team to be USA #2 in the Bermuda Bowl this fall.
When your team's name is "Hamman" - you can bet that it's good. But, as Mike Cassel recounts in the report below, sometimes even the best falter.
A young but talented team, Ganzer, managed to KO Team Hamman from the Round of 16. Mike has some of the interesting details below!
And be sure to catch some of the action in the Championship on BBO! It continues today through Sunday.
Our thanks to Barbara Wijdicks and John Ryder, tournament chairs, Ann Van Ryn, partnerships, our Director in Charge, Mike Flader - plus all the other individuals working and volunteering to create a great bridge experience at the sectional.
As most of you know, Grand National Teams was also held concurrently in Rochester Saturday and Sunday. We will post about that at District 14 Bridge, and cross-post here when those results are up!
More photos from the weekend below; enjoy!
(Please note; on the ACBL flyer, Lance Chamberlain was listed as tournament chair. So, MN Bridge originally thanked Lance for his role. While Lance has been a tireless contributor to bridge in Minnesota, Barbara Wijdicks and John Ryder were actually the fabulous co-chairmen at the tournament. The post is now corrected, and we thank Barbara and John - along with their volunteers - for all the great efforts!)
Great events for those wishing to compete in our spring sectional at the Rochester Event Center. Super competition for all District 14 teams looking to earn the right to represent their flight in the Grand National Teams this summer at the Chicago NABC.
Another fine St. Paul Winter Carnival has concluded. 237 people earned almost 958 masterpoints over the course of the weekend.
At the the top of the list, we see perennial champs John Koch and Paolo Ranaldi, tied with almost 35 masterpoints! Just a hair behind at almost 32 points is Kerry Holloway, who seems to have that rare ability to do well with almost any partner. The full masterpoint list and results can be found here.
Our thanks to tournament Gus Doty and all his volunteers for their generous hospitality. In addition, a "well done" to directing staff Tony Ames, Kim Hayward and Tony Ames II.
It may be cold during Minnesota winters. Yet, we sure know how to have a hot time at the bridge table, irrespective of season! Thanks to all who attended and competed!
While other parts of the nation are digging out from blizzards, Minnesota has escaped with almost nary a flake. Still, we know that winter is still with us - and - with the beginning of February, St. Paul's Winter Carnival!
Only 3 days from now, the Bridge Center of St. Paul will hold this year's Winter Carnival Silver Point Sectional. As always, a fine selection of events and wonderful hospitality from this coming Friday through Sunday.
Most of us have had the experience of being KO'd early from a knock-out event, or losing a Swiss Team match. Though no one ever likes losing, often we console ourselves: "At least now we'll get an easier draw."
Well, yeah - sometimes. But if you think always, you'd be in error.
If you are unfamiliar with Bridgewinners, you should check it out. The site has a wealth of articles, discussions, polls and hands that can aid your bridge knowledge. A number of our players participate there; you could, too!
Any doubts that we are in the throes of winter have been dismissed by the last few days. Bitter cold temperatures, with wind chill hovering around minus 25 to 30, is an "alert" that winter has definitely arrived!
We Minnesotans, however, are hardy stock. And, who better than we to know how best to cope with winter... than with a bridge tournament!
Early in February the Winter Carnival 2015 is scheduled. Held Friday, February 6th through Sunday the 8th at the Bridge Center of St. Paul, events and treats await you. In addition to the excellent schedule, you can enjoy free lunch daily, snacks and freshly brewed coffee. A flyer with all the details can be viewed here.
Instead of cursing the weather - head to St. Paul's Winter Carnival! Bridge, treats, a warm atmosphere and fun are all waiting!