Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bridge Blog 676: Adding up April

Now that the ACBL has posted its monthly updates on unit, district and national master point races, it confirms what I suspected. More slippage. In the Unit 116 Ace of Clubs race, I was second at the end of February, third at the end of March. Now, with 60.40 club points for the year, I’m fourth, thanks to the arrival on the list of David Millward, who apparently has been tearing up the tables down in Florida. David hasn’t shown up at the Airport Bridge Club for the summer yet.
Still leading the 1,000 to 2,500 master point list locally is John Ziemer, who now has 84.71 club points. David Millward is next with 69.90. Then there’s Mike Silverman with 60.70. In fifth place is Liz Clark with 58.57, then there’s a drop to the second tier – Ken Meier, 46.73; Fred Yellen, 41.49; Judy Padgug, 36.01; Paul Libby, 35 even; and Elaine Kurasiewicz, 32.71.
Over on the Mini-McKenney list, which includes club points and tournament points all together, John Ziemer also is the leader with 120.67, having overtaken David Hemmer, who has 115.44. Next come David Millward, 75.29; Liz Clark, 69.42; Judy Padgug, 69.33; and then me in sixth place with 65.60, down one place from last month, again thanks to David Millward. Rounding out the list are Ken Meier, 64.45; Mike Silverman, 61.92; Fred Yellen, 59.44; and Paul Libby, 43.26. Overall Mini-McKenney point leader for the unit is Chris Urbanek, who’s in the 7,500 to 10,000 point category. So far this year she’s gotten 163.52, of which 41.30 are club points.
Moving along to District 5 (Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and parts of West Virginia and western Maryland), the Buffalo players hold down the first six places on the Ace of Clubs list and all 10 of us are in the Top 25.
It’s a different story on the District 5 Mini-McKenney. John Ziemer is third. David Hemmer is fourth. David Millward is eighth. Liz Clark and Judy Padgug are 11th and 12th. And I’m 16th. Ken Meier, Mike Silverman and Fred Yellen also make the top 25.
Leading the list are the usual top dogs – Michael Craeger of Brecksville, Ohio, who now has 204.05; and last month’s third place holder, Fleur Howard of Gates Mills, Ohio, who has 128.91. Last month’s second-place guy, James Gray of Murrysville, Pa., has dropped to sixth with 112.69.
The national Ace of Clubs list leads off with Judy Zhu of Naperville, Ill., who has 109.14; followed by Michael Vermilion of Albuquerque with 106.18. John Ziemer is 15th. David Millward is 45th. Mike Silverman and I just miss making the list. It cuts off with a three-way tie at 61.20.
Over on the national Mini McKenney list, the leaders have surpassed the 500-point mark. Jim Johnsen of San Diego, Calif., has 539.74, while Shan Huang of Toronto has 510.05. The District 5 leaders? Michael Craeger is 17th, while Fleur Howard is 99th. Nobody from Unit 116 is on this list.

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