Having notched my first master points of the year at the Buffalo Winter Sectional last weekend, I came into the first full week of January full of confidence, bolstered even more on Monday when Nadine Stein and I turned in a 57% game, finishing third.
Then along came the Blizzard of 2014, with the attendant driving bans, states of emergency and general treacherousness on the highways. The Airport Bridge Club sent out e-mails with the latest Winter Storm Warnings on Tuesday and Wednesday, along with the announcement that there would be no bridge that day.
When things settled down on Thursday, Dianne Bloom and I could only muster at 45.24% effort, not nearly enough for points. Friday in St. Catharines, Ont., Selina Volpatti and I began the session with a pair of 6 No Trump slams, in which I made the overtrick on the first one for a top board and lost an unnecessary finesse on the second one, making just 6 NT, good for 4.32 out of a possible 14 game points. On offense for most of the day (19 out of 26 boards), we finished with 52.16%, fifth overall North-South, third in B, earning 0.48 of a master point.