Helen Panza chuckled Thursday at the Airport Bridge Club when I told her about my New Year's Resolution to score above 40% on all my bridge games in 2018. So that got me wondering – just how many times did I fail to reach this ridiculously low goal in the year that just ended? Is this really an empty promise to myself?
To find the answer, I'll go to my 2017 datebook, where I kept a record of all my scores.
And I discover that I crashed below 40% in my first venture of new year on Jan. 2, bringing home a 39.83% game with Tish Schiffman, with whom it's generally hard to get a good score. It happened again on Feb. 6 with Nadine Stein, this time 37.50%. And on Feb. 23 with Marietta Kalman, 39.78%. (This particular Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, Marietta and I had a respectable 50.93% game and earned 0.77 of a master point.)
And so it continued. In all, I had 20 games below 40% in 2017. Here are the rest:
Feb. 25 with Denise Slattery, 39.58%.
Feb. 27 with Denise Slattery, 36.93%.
March 7 with Joyce Greenspan, 37.96%.
April 8 with Denise Slattery, 38.19%.
April 19 with June Feuerstein, 38%.
May 29 with Burt Freiman, 39.96%.
May 30 with Ruth Wurster, 37.15%.
June 28 with June Feuerstein, 39.14%.
Sept. 14 with Marietta Kalman, 39.42%.
Sept. 20 with Usha Khurana, 35.65%.
Sept. 30 with Denise Slattery, 35%.
Oct. 24 with Barbara Sadkin, 35.42%.
Oct. 31 with Eva Schmidt, 35.80%.
Nov. 9 (a.m.) in the Niagara Falls, Ont., Regional with June Feuerstein, 39.74%.
Nov. 27 with Marilyn Sultz, 38.49%.
Dec. 6 (p.m. STaC game) with June Feuerstein, 39.90%.
Dec. 26 with Carolyn Siracuse, the worst one of all, 34.42%.