Friday, April 8, 2011

Bridge Blog 405: Marching into the record books

          I heard that the ACBL was having e-mail problems, which is why their masterpoint races weren’t updated on the evening of the sixth day of the month, like they usually are. But by the end of the day on Thursday, the 7th, all was taken care of. For the month of March, I added another 14.48 points, all in club play, bringing my overall total for the year to 44.15 and my Ace of Clubs total to 40.21. Lifetime is now 1,079.67. Here’s how things stand in relation to the rest of the world at the end of the first quarter of 2011.
          On the Unit 116 (Buffalo) level, I’m fifth in Ace of Clubs, behind Mike Kisiel (55.32), John Ziemer (47.25), Elizabeth Clark (44.49) and Carlton Stone (43.15), and just ahead of Vince Pesce (36.83). In Mini-McKenney, I’m also fifth. Here Kisiel has 56.01, followed by Judy Padgug (49.87), Ziemer (49.59) and Liz Clark (46.28). On my heels are Carlton Stone (43.15) and Mike Ryan (39.32).
          On the District 5 (Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh) level, the top four on the Ace of Clubs list are the leading four Buffalo players. But there’s a scrum of five names when you get down to 40 points and I’m eighth. In the Mini-McKenney, top player is someone named Hao Ge from Bay Village, Ohio, with 190.59, trailed at a distance by Ronald Franck of Pittsburgh with 70.51. My 44.15 gets me in at No. 20. Kisiel is tenth.
          Nationwide, I’m nowhere. Ace of Clubs leader in the 1000-2500 point division is Zita Lechter of Sunny Isles, Fla., with 99.74, followed by Ronald Andrews of Vero Beach, Fla., with an even 87. Kisiel is 25 th. To make the top 100 list, you need at least 46.20. The Mini-McKenney leader in this bracket is Geeske Joel of Palo Alto, Calif., with 313.64, followed by Justine Cushing of New York City with 236.78. Nobody from Buffalo is on this list. To crack this group of 100, you need at least 92.64. 

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