Almost twice the size of the Buffalo Regional (1,166 tables vs. 628) with nearly twice as many players earning points (821 vs. 431). Point collection at the top wasn't as big, though (115.31 in Buffalo vs. 75.82 in Niagara Falls).
Niagara Falls was better for the top Buffalo player – Saleh Fetouh, who earned 60.63 points (fifth overall), vs. 52.34 in his home town (ninth overall). What made the difference were 18.64 points from a second-place finish in the Sunday Swiss team game with some top-flight teammates – David Hemmer, Chris Urbanek and Bud Seidenberg. (The same team was third in the Buffalo Swiss, earning 10.04.) Chris was second-best Buffalo player and eighth overall with 58.41 points.
What's also impressive is that they came so close to first, only 2 victory points behind the team of Jonathan Steinberg, Alex Hudson, Mark Itabashi and July Ratley. Three pros! Until John Ziemer mentioned it at the club game on Monday, I didn't realize that Jonathan Steinberg is a pro, too. A full recap of the week's games and winners can be found here.
I looked at that Swiss team game as my last hope for being among those 800-plus point winners, albeit winning maybe only one round, like Judy Padgug or District 5 Ruby Life Master Mini-McKenney leader Sue Lan Ma.
Next time I'm lining up partners early, not relying on last-minute twists of fate. And then there's that suggestion from David Hemmer, who follows this commentary. His comment after Blog 996: "Dale, have you considered some lessons?"