Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bridge Blog 982: September Swan Song

Club points for the year through Sept. 30: 114.99, up 13.55 from August. 
     Just barely good enough to cling to third place in the Ace of Clubs race (club play only) among Ruby Life Masters (1,500 to 2,500 points) in ACBL Unit 116 (Buffalo only).
Here are the leaders: Mike Silverman, 151.21, Ken Meier, 129.27, me, 114.99, and Allen Beroza, 113.75.
David Millward, fifth among Unit 116 Ruby Life Masters last month, has been transferred by the ACBL to Vero Beach, Fla., allowing Fred Yellen to move up to fifth place with 88.08. Then it’s Dorothy May, 74.47, and Gene Finton, 64.74. 
     Art Morth, with 36.43, moves up to ninth. He displaces Chuck Schorr, now tenth, who adds nothing to last month’s total 31.54. Nipping at his heels is Carolyn Siracuse, with 31.14.
Among the entire spectrum of Unit 116 players in the Ace of Clubs race, last month’s runner-up has taken the lead. 
     The Top 10 looks like this: Jerry Geiger, 153.42; Mike Silverman, 151.21; Liz Clark, 133.59; Denise Slattery, 132.69; John Ziemer, moving up from seventh to fifth with 131.68; Ken Meier, 128.27; Judi Marshall, 124.19; me, 114.99, still in eighth place; Allen Beroza, 113.75; and Ron Henrikson, advancing from 12th place to 10th with 113.30. 
     Close behind are Martha and John Welte, both 111 even; Mike Ryan, dropping from 10th to 13th with 109.02; and Martin Peterese, down from 11th to 14th with 107.86. Also surpassing the century mark in Ace of Clubs points, Bud Seidenberg with 100.22 in 15th place.
Total points for the year, as of Sept. 30: 135.04, up 15.55 since August. 
     Among Ruby Life Masters in Unit 116, here's how the leaders look: Ken Meier, 237.66 (still fifth among all Unit 116 players); Mike Silverman, 160.74 (down to 14th from 12th overall); Allen Beroza, 138.60 (still 19th overall), me, 135.04 (up to 20th from 22nd overall); Fred Yellen, 132.22 (up to 22nd from 29th overall); Gene Finton, 89.44; Dorothy May, 80.01; Art Morth, 55.62; Chongmin Zhang, 38.51; and Bill Rushmore, 38.34.
Last month five of the overall Unit 116 Mini-McKenney leaders were above the 200-point mark. Now there are seven. Increasing the two-point lead they attained a month ago to a 26-point lead are Martha and John Welte, both with 290.88.
Then it’s Davis Heussler, 264.38; Mike Ryan, 243.50; Ken Meier, 237.66; John Ziemer, 217.96; Jay Levy, 215.18; Linda Burroughsford, 187.56; Jerry Geiger, 182.63; Dian Petrov, 176.14; Bert Hargeshimer, 166.99; and Christy Kellogg, 166.94.
District 5 (Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh) Ace of Clubs. Ruby Life Masters. I’m hanging in at third place in my division, and 20th overall, down two notches from 18th. We Buffalo players are the only ones with 100-plus points and we hold down the top four spots.
Mike Silverman is the leader with 151.21. He slipped from fourth to fifth among all District 5 Mini-McKenney players. Second is Ken Meier, 128.27 (14th overall, down from 12th); then me, 114.99 (20th, down from 18th); Allen Beroza, 113.75 (22nd, down from 19th); Chantal Whitney, formerly of Bratenahl, Ohio, now from Boca Raton, Fla., 96.20 (41st); Susan Konig of Bridgeville, Pa., 92.50 (48th); Fred Yellen, 88.08 (56th); and Doris Kirsch of East Springfield, Pa., 81.71 (62nd).
         District 5 Ace of Clubs overall. Here Arlene Port of Pittsburgh (174.86) retains the lead she took last month from Robert Alexander of Mentor, Ohio, (167.64).
They're followed by Asim Ulke of Monroeville, Pa., 158.24; Jerry Geiger, up from sixth place with 153.42; Mike Silverman, 151.21; Stephanie Alexander of Mentor, Ohio, 150.60; Patricia Katz of Pittsburgh, 145.65, stepping back ahead of Richard Katz of North Versailles, Pa., 142.86; Liz Clark,133.59, Barbara Belardi of Pittsburgh, 132.90; Denise Slattery, 132.69; and John Ziemer, 131.88.
District 5 Mini-McKenney. Ruby Life Masters.  Sue Lan Ma of Kirtland Hills, Ohio, continues on top by a wide margin. She’s got 662.05. First in the division and still first in the district overall.
The rest of the Top 10 plus one: Craig Biddle of Pittsburgh, still second with 413.62 (tenth overall); William Lindgren of Slippery Rock, Pa., still third with 261.42 (20th); Ken Meier, 237.66 (29th); Charles Ladiha of Vermillion, Ohio, 178.13 (56th); Mike Silverman, 160.74 (70th); Russell Sheldon of Pittsburgh, 157.34 (71st); Allen Beroza, 138.60 (82nd); Wayne Heritage of North Olmsted, Ohio, 138.44 (83rd); Jean Picone of Pittsburgh, 136.17 (89th); and me! 135.04 (up one notch to 11th among Ruby Life Masters, and up five places to 93rd overall).
         District 5 Mini-McKenney overall. Sue Lan Ma, 662.05; Phillip Becker of Beachwood, Ohio, jumping from fourth to second with 462 even; Reanette Frobouck of Pittsburgh slips to third on an off-month, only advancing about 5 points to 460.89.
Then it’s Kathleen and Don Sulgrove of Twinsburg, Ohio, 456.32 and 445.37, respectively; with Phillip Goulding of Wexford, Pa., leaping up between them with 451.44.
Then it's Bernie Greenspan of Beachwood, Ohio, down one notch to seventh with 440.32; followed by Robert and Stephanie Alexander of Mentor, Ohio, 432.62 and 416.25; and Craig Biddle of Pittsburgh, 413.62. The Unit 116 leaders, Martha and John Welte, are tied for 13th with 290.88.
Nationwide. Ace of Clubs. Ruby Life Masters. The top three hold their positions – Thomas Roberg, Raleigh, N.C., 270.66; and Robert Shearer of Diberville, Miss, 251.72; and Ben Franz, Edgewood, N.M., 250.42.
     Then it’s Dennis Harms, Corvallis, Ore., 242.89; Gary Waldron, Laguna Beach, Calif., 241.54; Sidney Perutz of Dallas, 232.98; and Barry Nish of Little Neck, N.Y., 230.62.
     Mike Silverman is 83rd, down from 73rd. Ken Meier is 178th, down from 168th. I'm 277th, up from 292nd. Allen Beroza checks in at 295th, down one from 294th. The list cuts off at 98.34.
Nationwide. Ace of Clubs overall. Bill Kulbersh of Atlanta (513.60) stays on top. Gail Wells of Dallas (479.67) remains in second ahead of Bella Ionis-Sorren of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (457.90).
     Kay Schulle of Purchase, N.Y. (430.49), stays in fourth place, followed by Irva Neyhart of Corvallis, Ore. (404.89); Sheila Gabay of Newton, Mass. (396.27); and Marion Gebhardt of Richardson, Texas (393.79). 
     No Unit 116 players here and only two from District 5 – Arlene Port is 364th, down from 326th, and Robert Alexander is 461st, down from 438th. The list cuts off at 164.05.  
Nationwide. Mini-McKenney. Ruby Life Masters. Big month for Sudhakar Divakaruni of Scottsdale, Ariz., who gathered 100+ points to reach 802.95 and slip ahead of Gillian Miniter of New York City, 790.87.
District 5's Sue Lan Ma, 662.05, continues in third, followed by Jeff Edelstein of Riverview, Fla., 531.58; and Mark Blanchard of Bay Shore, L.I., 479.87. Unit 116's Ken Meier is 122nd, down from 118th. Mike Silverman is 481st, up from 500th. The list cuts off at 158.51.
Nationwide. Mini-McKenney overall.  Ongoing leader Chris Compton of Dallas continues to be the only player who has surpassed the double-century mark, now with 2,175.49. Then it's Kevin Dwyer of Melbourne, Fla., 1,958.48; Mark Itabashi of Murrieta, Calif., 1,807.26; Shan Huang of Toronto, 1,692.86; Greg Hinze of San Antonio, Texas, 1,677.94; and Jeff Meckstroth of Clearwater Beach, Fla., 1,621.80. 
     Former Buffalonian Joel Wooldridge is up a notch, from 26th to 25th, with 1,200.66. Sue Lan Ma is 108th, up from 118th. Phillip Becker is 298th. Reanette Frobouck is 301st, down from 269th. Ten District 5 players make the list before it ends at 379.72. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Bridge Blog 981: You cannot win

          The Steve Forbert song, echoing an old saying, goes: “You cannot win if you do not play.” That’s certainly the case while I’ve been on companion duty with my pussycat for the past two weeks while he recovers from a leg amputation.
          And it was also the case on the one day, last Saturday, Sept. 30, when I did play. Far from repeating our string of Saturday successes, Denise Slattery and I had a bad game. Although we knew it all along, we still harbored some hope right up to the last round of that three-table Howell session at the Airport Bridge Club.
          Not that we really expected to make much headway in those final five boards against Gladys and Ken Hardcastle. Regular visitors from Georgia (their son plays in the Buffalo Philharmonic), they are no slouches. Going into the round with a running score of 40%, we’d need a miracle to hit 50.
          On the other hand, we weren’t expecting to get slam-dunked so hard. Four bottom boards, taking us down to 35%. Were we that bad?
Well, on one board, yes. The Hardcastles bid and made 5 Diamonds on a hand where they should have taken only 10 tricks. Perhaps we gave one away with Denise’s opening lead of the 7 of Hearts. Here are the hands. East is dealer and declarer. East-West is vulnerable.

East (Gladys)
Spades: A-K-Q-7-6; Hearts: A-J-2; Diamonds: 8-6-5-4-2; Clubs: none.

South (Denise)
Spades: 8-3; Hearts: 10-9-7-5; Diamonds: K-J-9; Clubs: J-6-4-2.

West (Ken)
Spades: J-5; Hearts: Q-8-4; Diamonds: Q-7-3; Clubs: A-9-8-5-3.

North (me)
Spades: 10-9-4-2; Hearts: K-6-3; Diamonds: A-10; Clubs: K-Q-10-7.

Hand record says it’s East-West all the way, making 2 NT, 3 Spades, 1 Heart, 4 Diamonds or 1 Club. Don't think Denise and I did any bidding, but the Hardcastles found their way to 5 Diamonds anyway.
As for the other three bottom boards, we were losers no matter what we did. On one of them, they bid game when apparently nobody else did. On the other two, we sacrificed to keep them away from contracts they would have won, but other East-Wests apparently weren’t that competitive.

The upshot was that my point count for September stayed at 15.55 – right where it was at the beginning of the week, when I stopped playing. Thank god I made my monthly goal early. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bridge Blog 980: TWTWTW Sept. 18 to Sept. 24

Disaster. 
My cat breaks a leg, prompting a 1 a.m. trip to the emergency vet clinic out by the airport Monday night. 
Tuesday I take him to the big veterinary hospital in Orchard Park and miss bridge. 
Surgery on Friday determines that bone cancer caused the break. The cat, Boris, is 17, but still viable. We decide to give him a 10th life with just three legs. Sunday he comes home and will need supervision while he recovers. My daily bridge game is being put on hold for at least two weeks, maybe longer.
The week was almost a complete disaster at the tables, as well.
Monday with Marilyn Sultz, a near-miss at 48.67%. A little over 50% and we would've scratched.
Tuesday canceled with Dottie May. She had nearly 54% with Carolyn Siracuse, who came in as a sub, but they still didn't get points.
Wednesday. Bottomed out with Usha Khurana right from the start as we both made grievous mistakes. 35.68%, but not dead last.
Thursday. Got a fraction of a point with Marietta Kalman with a miserable 45% game until someone found a scoring mistake. That dropped us to 43.75%, out of the money.
Friday. Luck is no better with Selina Volpatti in St. Catharines and I get shamed for being in Canada while the cat is going into surgery. 44.38% is 10th out of 16 pairs.
Saturday still is filled with cat worries, but Denise Slattery and I put them to rest temporarily with a scorchingly good game. 64.08%. First in this four-table Howell session. These 2.04 points may be the last ones I get this month.

Meanwhile, Denise and I have been Saturday monsters for the past two months. Aug. 12 – 64.17%. Aug. 26 – 61.51%. Sept. 2 – 61.73%. And Sept. 9 – first overall with 58.33%. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bridge Blog 979: Buffalo Fall Sectional Roundup

My measly 1.98 points make me 99th out of 166 people who got points, between Gary Gottermeier of Fairport and occasional partner Art Matthies. Last year I only earned 1.52 points and was in a four-way tie for 122nd.
But perhaps I had a hand in helping Jay Levy attain his place on top of the master point heap. He had 22.28, 6.81 of them from Swiss teams on Sunday, 15.47 from his victory with Fred Yellen on Friday's two-session pairs. Other point leaders included Chris Urbanek, 20.97; Gene Finton, 17.68; Kamil Bishara, 17.47; Donna Steffan, 17.34; Fred Yellen, 16.38; and Saleh Fetouh, 15.61.
For a complete rundown of tournament winners, click this link.
Tournament tables totaled 168, down from last September, when there were 182. Swiss team turnout also was down – 23 teams this year, 29 last year.
All this after that big crowd Friday morning. Certainly the 39.5 tables must have constituted a landmark, especially since they ran out of bidding boxes and at least one table's worth of players had to play the first round in a standing position until the Main-Transit firemen brought in some more chairs.







Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bridge Blog 978: Buffalo Fall Sectional Day 3


I should feel worse. A bottle of champagne at friends Julie and Larry's farewell-to-the-country-house party and bonfire Saturday night out in Strykersville, then a couple Sazeracs in a downtown bar with old friend Nancy T., now living the beach life in South Carolina, after she emailed me to say she was back in town. 
Then again, I have a reason to be at least a little bit upbeat. My missing wallet is back, found in a pair of pants that I was gathering up to include in a load of laundry. 
People tell me I'm perkier in the afternoon, but our Swiss team does most of its shining before lunch. 
We lose the opening round to Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, thanks to one big mistake by me and another by partner Myra Razik, but then rack up three wins in a row, two of them by 30-0 Victory Point margins. In there is a plus 1,100 score against John and Martha Scott (whom I introduce to Myra as the king and queen of Lockport) when they go down at 5 Diamonds doubled.

Our Swiss team after three straight wins. From left, Myra Razik, Ron Henrikson and Judie Bailey.

After the break for Firehouse subs, we run up against two of the toughest outfits in the 23-team field. We keep the bleeding to a minimum against Chris Urbanek and Bud Seidenberg, losing by only two International Match Points. But then we meet Jay Levy and a particularly joyless guy named Robert Cannizzaro, who slam-dunk us by a score of 44-1 IMPs.
We finish against another tough crew – Fred Yellen and Jim Gullo – and prevail only because they stumble into a bad slam bid.
The Saleh Fetouh team, with Chris Urbanek and Bud Seidenberg, comes in first and gets 9.08 silver points. The Jay Costello team, with Jay Levy, is runner-up and gets 6.81. The B strat leaders are Canadians, including Dee Glover, who I see regularly at the St. Catharines club. Tied for third overall, they get 5.01. Fortunately, we didn't face them.
Our team, with 119 Victory Points, manages to capture the last bonus position we could catch – fifth in the B strat – for a reward of 1.67 silver points, boosting my tournament total to 1.98. 
The Scotts, part of the all-Niagara County Jim Jones team, recover from their bout with us to finish first in C and take home more points than we do – 2.34.
Today's game marks a return to old-fashioned shuffle-and-play Swiss teams. The Unit 116 board decided to abandon their experiment in pre-dealt hands. Downside: No hand records. Upside: The caddies are back. One of them is director Brian Meyer's younger daughter, now grown up into a long-legged early teen who is as sharp and courteous as she is attractive.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bridge Blog 977: Buffalo Fall Sectional Day 2 (Updated)

If nothing else, Selina Volpatti and I are consistent. 49.50% in the morning – 14th in the B strat, 22nd overall. 49.26% in the afternoon, even though I keep dozing off – again 14th in B, 22nd overall. No points.
Still, I always have a good time with Selina. Someone (Ken Meier?) remarks how I always have attractive partners.

Selina

Attendance is down – 21 tables. Betty Metz, who's in charge, says today they have enough bidding boxes. Friday they didn't.

Meanwhile, food truck is good for fish tacos and today I've gone to the bank, cashed a check and have cash, even though my wallet is still missing. Here's hoping we salvage something from Swiss teams Sunday. 


ADDENDUM: Chris Urbanek tells me Sunday that she made an error in scoring on the hands we played against her Saturday afternoon and got director Brian Meyer to correct it. So instead of being slightly down in the afternoon, we're now slightly up – 49.67%. Not enough to get us points, though. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bridge Blog 976: Buffalo Fall Sectional Day 1


         I can't find my wallet. I had it last night at work, but it's not in yesterday's pants this morning and I have no time to look for it. Is this a bad dream?
         No driver's license. No credit cards. No health care cards. No folding cash that isn't Canadian in my drawer at home.
         At least there's enough change to get an iced coffee at Tipico. At least I get out to the Main-Transit Fire Hall in Amherst without getting killed or caught. At least there's still room at the far end of the parking lot. I've never seen so many cars at a sectional tournament. Inside, 39½ tables for the morning session.
Partner Pawan Matta, bless her soul, has paid our entry fees and is loaning me $20 for lunch at the food truck outside.
         
Pawan 

           As for bridge, we hit a couple early bumps in the road. The biggest bump comes in the first round against Raj Puri and Rajat Basu when she pushes me to slam with a hand that doesn't quite justify it and I compound the error by going for 6 No Trump, which goes down three, instead of Hearts, which would be down one. Correct that one and we'd be over 50%. We finish with 49.56%, 10th out of 15 North-Souths. Here's that hand. 

 North (me):      A 6 3 A J 9 Q 10 7 6 4 A J
 West:    Q 8 7 4 10 6 K J 5 Q 8 7 2
 East:    J 5 2 8 5 4 3 2 K 10 6 5 4
 South (Pawan)      K 10 9 K Q 7 3 2 A 9 8 9 3

         We face all three of the day's big winners in two-board rounds in the morning. We're 53% against overall champs Jay Levy and Fred Yellen, 42% against runners-up Martha and John Welte and 9% against C strat leaders Jim Lanzo and Beena Deshmukh, who are one of only two pairs who jump to a 4 Spade contract and get a top board. My Saturday partner, Selina Volpatti, is there with her priest friend, Chris Kulig. We're 61.9% against them.
         North-South in the morning, East-West in the afternoon. Pawan is flagging. She stumbles on a slam contract that she admits she should have made. I'm growing cautious and don't push to game a couple times when it should have been the obvious move.  
Even so, we do better. An even 53%. Eighth in the B strat. 0.31 of a silver point. Selina and Chris Kulig are in the other section and register 53.92%, which puts them first in the C strat. They get 1.20 points. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bridge Blog 975: TWTWTW (abbreviated) -- Sept. 11 to Sept. 14


         Started off nicely enough, then took a nosedive. Hope my game resurfaces for the Buffalo Fall Sectional Tournament this weekend.
         Monday: After Marilyn Sultz breaks our date for family reasons last week, I'm pleasantly surprised to get an invitation from Beena Deshmukh, a Lockport woman who often teams with my frequent partner Usha Khurana with good results. Beena is more reserved than most of my playmates, but she's solid and compatible. Our 54.17% is third in our direction and earns 1.23 points. We'll have to connect again.
         Tuesday: For once my high hopes of doing well with Dottie May are fulfilled. Not a spectacular game at 52.57% – tie for sixth overall – but even fractional points (0.89) are always welcome.
         Wednesday: Another lark with June Feuerstein in a six-table game, but we don't fly high enough. 49.17%. To scratch in our direction, we need some serious altitude – another 10 percentage points.

         Thursday: I desperately want to cheer up Marietta Kalman with a good game, but this is just the opposite. Our fault mostly, but not entirely. For instance, Myra Razik and Brian Block come along in the second round, pick up a hand that goes all the way to slam in every suit but Clubs, and turn out to be the only ones who bid it. 39.42%. Absolute dead last in this six-table session. Total points for the week so far: 2.12. For the month: 11.53. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bridge Blog 974: TWTWTW Sept. 4 to Sept. 10

Monday: Double Labor Day session at the Airport Bridge Club with the usual hasty lunch included. And me with no partner, having decided to play at the last minute.
Morning finds me paired with Sam Austin, whom I know as a medical assistant who's often taken my weight and blood pressure at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Sam's getting back into the game – he doesn't even play weak two-bids or transfers over 1 No Trump openers – but we achieve a miracle anyway. 55.65%. Second in A and B strats in our direction. 1.29 points.
Afternoon teams me for the first time with Margaret Zhou, a more experienced newbie, but experience doesn't help us much. 45.56%. At least we're not last.
Tuesday: Again no partner, but this time club director Bill Finkelstein lines up a player with a lot of experience – Carolyn Siracuse. When Carolyn and I do well, we do very, very well, and this is one of those games. 59.67%. First north-south, second overall. 2.30 points.
Wednesday: Even a bad game doesn't diminish June Feuerstein's jolliness. And it isn't as bad as we think it's going to be. 47.96%. If only we could replay a couple of those bottom boards …
Thursday: My only game of the summer with Dede Kluckhohn, who wonders how much of her winter house on Sanibel Island in Florida will survive Hurricane Irma. We have an excellent time together – we were acquaintances back in the 1970s – but not an excellent game. 40.65%. Fortunately, that isn't last.
Friday: In need of a pick-me-up, I roll up to St. Catharines, Ont., and find one with my Canadian partner, Selina Volpatti, in a 17-table game. 62.38%. Second in the A strat, first in B. 1.28 points. Hope we do as well next Saturday in the Buffalo Fall Sectional Tournament.

Saturday: Saturday partner Denise Slattery and I are on a roll. 58.33%. First overall in a four-table game. 2.04 points. Total for the week: 6.91 points. For the month so far: 9.41. 

Bridge Blog 973: August over and out

Club points for the year, through Aug. 31: 101.42, up 16.10 since July. Despite maintaining my 15-point-per-month average, I'm eclipsed by Ken Meier and now residing in third place in the Ace of Clubs race (club play only) among Ruby Life Masters (1,500 to 2,500 points) in ACBL Unit 116 (Buffalo only).
Here's the Top 10: Mike Silverman, 138.47, also first among all Unit 116 players; Ken Meier, 115.04, fifth in the unit; me, 101.42, eighth; Allen Beroza, 101.35, ninth; David Millward, 90.71, 17th; Fred Yellen, 77.92, 21st; Dorothy May, 62.89, 30 th; Gene Finton, 61.38, 32nd; Chuck Schorr, 31.54, 82nd; and Art Morth, 30.30, 88th.
Among all Unit 116 players in the Ace of Clubs race, the Top 10 looks like this: Mike Silverman still on top, 138.47; then Jerry Geiger, 132.46; Liz Clark, 125.44; Airport Bridge Club August master point race champ Denise Slattery, 116.18; Ken Meier, 115.04; Judi Marshall, 112.30; John Ziemer, 108.82; me, 101.42; Allen Beroza, 101.35; and Mike Ryan, 100.20. Just missing the century mark are Martin Pieterse, 99.87; Ron Henrikson, 97.46; and Martha and John Welte, both 95.83.
Overall points for the year, as of Aug. 31: 119.49, up by just those 16.10 club points since July. Here again I slip down a notch in the Mini-McKenney race (all points earned everywhere) to fourth among Ruby Life Masters in Unit 116, surpassed by Allen Beroza.  
         Here's how the leaders look: Ken Meier, 221.73 (fifth among all Unit 116 players, up from sixth); Mike Silverman, 143.92 (holding steady in 12th overall); Allen Beroza, 126.20 (19th), me, 119.49 (still 22nd); Fred Yellen, 105.68 (29th); David Millward, 104.97 (30th); Dorothy May, 68.43 (53rd); Gene Finton, 68.40 (54th); Art Morth, 41.80 (87th); and Chuck Schorr, 33.31 (109th).
This month five of the overall Unit 116 Mini-McKenney leaders are above the 200-point mark and there are new faces on top – Martha and John Welte, both with 261.94 points. Right behind them is Davis Heussler with 259.48.
Then it's Mike Ryan, 225.58; Ken Meier, 221.73; John Ziemer, 188.81; Jay Levy, 188.77; Linda Burroughsford, 180.86; Liz Clark, 158.41; Jerry Geiger, 157.20; Dian Petrov, 154.96; and Mike Silverman, 143.92.
District 5 (Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh) Ace of Clubs. Ruby Life Masters. I’m hanging in at third place in my division, and 18th overall, down one notch from 17th. We Buffalo players have the top four spots and six of the Top 10.
Mike Silverman is the leader with 138.47. He continues to be  fourth among all District 5 Mini-McKenney players. Second is Ken Meier, 115.04 (12th overall); then me, 101.42 (18th); Allen Beroza, 101.35 (19th); Allen Selling of Erie, Pa.; 96.20 (26th overall); Chantal Whitney of Bratenahl, Ohio, last month, Boca Raton, Fla., this month, 94.58 (37th); David Millward, 90.71 (40th); Susan Konig of Bridgeville, Pa., 82.45 (50th); Fred Yellen, 77.92 (59th); and Doris Kirsch of East Springfield, Pa., 72.86 (67th).
         District 5 Ace of Clubs overall. Here Arlene Port of Pittsburgh (161.68) has overtaken last month's leader, Robert Alexander of Mentor, Ohio, (151.29).
They're followed by Asim Ulke of Monroeville, Pa., 143.12; Mike Silverman, 120.13; Stephanie Alexander of Mentor, 135.45; Jerry Geiger, 132.46; Richard Katz of North Versailles, Pa., 131.75, jumping ahead of Patricia Katz of Pittsburgh, 131.17; Liz Clark,125.44, slipping past Barbara Belardi of Pittsburgh, 118.85; Denise Slattery, 116.18; and Ken Meier, 115.04.
District 5 Mini-McKenney. Ruby Life Masters.  Sue Lan Ma of Kirtland Hills, Ohio, continues on top by a wide margin. She’s got 614.04. First in the division and first in the district overall. The rest of the Top 10: Craig Biddle of Pittsburgh, still second with 411.82 (eighth overall); William Lindgren of Slippery Rock, Pa., still third with 241.34 (22nd); Ken Meier, 221.73 (28th); Charles Ladiha of Vermillion, Ohio, 176.84 (51st); Russell Sheldon of Pittsburgh, 151.68 (63rd); Mike Silverman, 143.92 (68th); Jean Picone of Pittsburgh, 128.05 (82nd); Leroy Hackenberg II of Pittsburgh, 127.05 (84th); Allen Beroza, 126.20 (86th); Wayne Heritage of North Olmsted, Ohio, 123.63 (91st); and me! 119.49 (still 12th among Ruby Life Masters, but 98th overall, down from 94th).  
         District 5 Mini-McKenney overall. Sue Lan Ma, 614.04; Reanette Frobouck still second, but only advancing about 17 points to 455.94; Kathleen and Don Sulgrove of Twinsburg, Ohio, 444.54 and 439.18, respectively; with Phillip Becker of Beachwood, Ohio, leaping up between them with 443.83.
Then it's Bernie Greenspan of Beachwood, Ohio, slipping one notch to sixth with 435.34; followed by Philip Goulding of Wexford, Pa., 424.14; Craig Biddle of Pittsburgh, 411.82; and Robert and Stephanie Alexander of Mentor, Ohio, 390.19 and 374.02.
Nationwide. Ace of Clubs. Ruby Life Masters. Still Thomas Roberg, Raleigh, N.C., 235.28; then a shuffle in the next four places – Robert Shearer of Diberville, Miss, 222.04; Ben Franz, Edgewood, N.M., 220.07; Gary Waldron, Laguna Beach, Calif., 218.29; Dennis Harris, Corvallis, Ore., 215.03 – and a couple more over 200, Barry Nish of Little Neck, N.Y., 207.54; and Sidney Perutz of Dallas, 205.88. Mike Silverman is 73rd up from 76th. Ken Meier is 168th, up from 394th. I'm 292nd, up from 320th. Alan Beroza checks in at 294th. David Millward is 450th. The list cuts off at 87.65.
Nationwide. Ace of Clubs overall. A shakeup at the top. Bill Kulbersh of Atlanta (464.69) overtakes Bella Ionis-Sorren of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (417.86), who drops to third behind Gail Wells of Dallas (430.10). Kay Schulle of Purchase, N.Y. (381.25) stays in fourth place, followed by Irva Neyhart of Corvallis, Ore. (362.79); Marion Gebhardt of Richardson, Texas, 343.32; and Sheila Gabay of Newton, Mass., 342.07. No Unit 116 players here and only two from District 5 – Arlene Port is 326th and Robert Alexander is 438th. The list cuts off at 145.53.  
Nationwide. Mini-McKenney. Ruby Life Masters. Here it continues to be Gillian Miniter of New York City, 769.65; Sudhakar Divakaruni of Scottsdale, Ariz., 700.65; District 5's Sue Lan Ma, 614.04; Jeff Edelstein of Riverview, Fla., 502.20; and Mark Blanchard of Bay Shore, L.I., 454.51. Unit 116's Ken Meier is 118th. Mike Silverman is right where the list cuts off at No. 500 with his 143.92.
Nationwide. Mini-McKenney overall.  Ongoing leader Chris Compton of Dallas has surpassed the double-century mark with 2,032.87. Then it's Kevin Dwyer of Melbourne, Fla., 1,831.45; Mark Itabashi of Murrieta, Calif., 1,696.81; Greg Hinze of San Antonio, Texas, 1,611; and Jeff Meckstroth of Clearwater Beach, Fla., 1,605.95. 
Former Buffalonian Joel Wooldridge is 26th with 1,162.04. Sue Lan Ma is 118th, up from 133rd. Reanette Frobouck is 269th, down from 193rd. Ten District 5 players make the list before the it ends at 353.75. 






Monday, September 4, 2017

Bridge Blog 972: TWTWTW Aug. 28 to Sept. 2

Monday: Another down day. Poor partner, which is Art Matthies. 43.88%.
Tuesday: Can I find winning ways with Usha Khurana and fatten my point count for August in the waning days of the month? Not when the two of us are making such grievous mistakes. 44.71%.
Wednesday: Always a good time with June Feuerstein, but not always a good game. Nevertheless, better than both of us expected. 46.06%.
Thursday: Last chance to improve August with Marietta Kalman. But we don’t. 49.11%. Finish the month with 14.91 points at the Airport Club, plus 0.75 at the Unit Picnic and 0.49 in St. Catharines.
Friday: New month begins in St. Catharines with Selina Volpatti. Our usual aggressive game pays off in a 20-table competition. 58.32%. Third overall. 0.84 of a point.
Saturday: Airport Bridge Club August master point race winner Denise Slattery carries her magic into the new month, despite three major errors on my part that give us bottom boards – blowing a makeable 3 No Trump contract, failing to even bid game on a hand that takes 12 tricks and … can’t think of the other one. Still we come in with 61.73% in a four-table Howell. Second overall, first in the B and C strats. 1.66 points.
Are my hands way below par (i.e. average of 10 points) in the back-and-forth switch from North-South to East-West in the Howell movement? Seems that way. Let’s check. Yep, 8.74, but not as bad as I thought.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bridge Blog 971: Second hand low

That's what partner Usha Khurana says Tuesday, Aug. 29, when I play her King of Hearts on the opening lead in a 3 No Trump contract in the next-to-last round in an 11-table game at the Airport Bridge Club.
The King gets swallowed by Eleanor Whelan's Ace, but it sets up my sequence of lesser honors in the Hearts very nicely. A few plays later, I lead a Club from my hand to dummy's 10 for a safety play, to insure that I can cash the remaining four Clubs in hand. The 10 holds, miraculously, and I proceed to win all the other Clubs.
Ruth Wurster, sitting South, could have won that first Club trick with her Queen or Jack, but followed Usha's suggestion. Bridge wisdom, to be sure, but in this case, it secures an extra trick for me. The hand record says it's only good for 3 No Trump, but I wind up with two overtricks. Top board. One of the few bright spots in a 44.71% game.

Board 5. North-south vulnerable. North is dealer.

North (Eleanor Whelan)
Spades: A-10-9-6; Hearts: A-4-2; Diamonds: K-6-4-2; Clubs: 9-4.

East (moi)
Spades: Q-8; Hearts: Q-J-10-9; Diamonds: Q-5; Clubs: A-K-8-7-6.

South (Ruth Wurster)
Spades: 4-3-2; Hearts: 8-7-5-3; Diamonds: J-10-8; Clubs: Q-J-2.

West (Usha)
Spades: K-J-7-5; Hearts: K-6; Diamonds: A-9-7-3; Clubs: 10-5-3.

Lead is 8 of Hearts. 

Bridge Blog 970: TWTWTW Aug. 21 to Aug. 26 (augmented)

Monday: Art Matthies and I click again. 53.01%. Third in the A strat, first in B. 2.36 points.
Tuesday: A near miss with Usha Khurana. 50.55%.
Wednesday: Uptick with June Feuerstein, who's fun as usual. 55.66%, but it doesn't get our names in the paper. Sixth in the A strat, fourth in B. 0.94 of a point.


Partner June Feuerstein brightens a fairly miserable 46.06% game a week later by recalling the takeout double that I left in place during this session. The contract was 2 Spades doubled vulnerable. Plus 800. Top board. Here's the deal:

Board 22. East is dealer. East-west vulnerable.

East (Joyce Greenspan)
Spades: K-J-10-9-7-3; Hearts: K-9-5-2; Diamonds: 7-4; Clubs: 8.

South (June)
Spades: void; Hearts: A-Q-8-3; Diamonds: A-Q-9-8-3; Clubs: J-10-3-2.

West (Sandi England)
Spades: Q-8; Hearts: J-7-6-4; Diamonds: 5-2; Clubs: K-Q-9-7-5.

North (moi)
Spades: A-6-5-4-2; Hearts: 10; Diamonds: K-J-10-6; Clubs: A-6-4.


Did Joyce pre-empt 2 Spades? Don't remember, but I think she did, prompting June's double after two passes. Do I have a bid? Diamonds. Hand record says it will make 6 Diamonds, but nobody goes there and we wouldn't either.


June's lead is Jack of Clubs. Playing in Spades, our obvious tricks are two Diamonds, a Club, a Heart and a Spade, right off the top. The rest are ruffs. Joyce thinks she could have held it to down two, but hand record says we deserved eight tricks.   

Thursday and Friday: Adventuring in Cleveland. Indians vs. Red Sox Thursday night, Cleveland Botanical Gardens Friday afternoon, Donald Fagen from Steely Dan with his hot young band, the Nightflies, on Friday night in the Hard Rock Rocksino in nearby Northfield.
Saturday: Seriously sleep-deprived session after a hair appointment at 9 a.m. Nevertheless, it's my best game of the week, thanks in no small part to club master point race leader Denise Slattery. 61.51%. Second overall, first in B, in a four-table Howell game. 1.97 points.
Total for the week: 5.27. Month's tally to date in the Airport Bridge Club shows me with 14.91. Add the 0.75 from the Unit 116 Picnic and 0.49 from the St. Catharines club and I'm safely beyond my 15-point goal. Whew! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bridge Blog 969: TWTWTW Aug. 14 to Aug. 20

Eight days of bridge this week. Once every day and twice on Sunday at the Unit 116 picnic (see Blog 969-A). Four fruitful, one also-ran, three absolutely abysmal.

Monday with Marilyn Sultz. 47.72%. Actually a close one. One more match point and we would have edged out Cleveland Fleming and Margaret Zhou for third place in the B strat. I should have kept a Spade against the No Trump contract on Board 15.

Tuesday with Usha Khurana. 42.11%. Last North-South.

Wednesday with Dottie May. 48.26%. Should have been an also-ran, but we’re on top of a bunch of pairs in the upper 40s. Fourth East-West. 0.83 of a point.

Thursday with Marietta Kalman. 41.12%. Next to last North-South.

Friday in St. Catharines with Selina Volpatti. 51.74%. Fourth North-South, on top of a cluster of players right around 50%. 0.49 of a point. I arrive late because of a 40-minute wait to get over the Peace Bridge and director Keith Burkell sits in for me on Board 3. It’s a bottom, the only one where East-West makes a 3 NT contract and, reviewing it on the website, I see why. Selina leads the 9 of Clubs from A-Q-J-9-4, taken by dummy’s singleton 10. The two North-Souths who beat 3 NT lead the Queen.

Saturday with Art Matthies. Best game of the week so far. 56% in a three-table session. Second overall. 1.83 points. Art gives only a few sighs of exasperation, notably in the final round of the day, Board 24, against Christine Malarkey and Ron Henrikson. Ron makes a 4 Spade contract that Art says would be defeated with a different lead. Here’s the hand:
West is dealer. Nobody vulnerable.

West: (Ron)
Spades: A-K-J-9-8-3; Hearts: A-Q-J; Diamonds: A; Clubs: K-8-7

North: (me)
Spades: 5-2; Hearts: 10-8-7-3-2; Diamonds: K-2; Clubs: A-J-6-3

East (Christine)
Spades: 6-4; Hearts: 9-5; Diamonds: J-10-9-7-5-4-3; Clubs: 10-9

South (Art)
Spades: Q-10-7; Hearts: K-6-4; Diamonds: Q-8-6; Clubs: Q-5-4-2

According to the hand record, it’s all East-West, making 2 NT, 3 Spades, 1 Heart, 3 or 4 Diamonds and even 1 Club. I wish I recalled the bidding, but I’m pretty sure Ron doesn’t do a strong 2 Club opener and steer things into Spades, which is what I would do. At any rate, I think he opens1 Spade and, emboldened by not being vulnerable, I overcall 2 Hearts, Art supports the Hearts and Ron winds up at 4 Spades.
My lead is my fourth-best Heart. Ron plays the 5 from the dummy. Art puts up the 6. Ron wins with the Jack. Art maintains that I should have led my best Heart, the 10, because he infers an honor from my lowball lead. I contend that the 10 is an honor, albeit a low one, and he should have risen with the King anyway.
At any rate, I shall follow his precept when I’m playing with him. I suspect that it makes no difference in the play of the hand. Here I suspect the key to setting the contract is the Clubs. We should hold Ron to five Spades, three Hearts and the Ace of Diamonds.

Sunday morning with Florence Boyd at the Unit 116 picnic. Absolutely abysmal. I'd have more to say about it if I could figure out how to access the results on the Common Game. Since I can't and because the Unit 116 result list only recounts the point winners, I'm not even sure what our score was down there on the bottom. Something like 33.7%

Sunday afternoon with Florence Boyd at the Unit 116 picnic. Redemption. 58.81%. Ninth overall, which wasn't good enough to pick up points in the A strat, but sixth in the B strat, which earned us 0.75 of a point.


Total for the week: 3.90. And for the month so far: 10.88. Short week ahead because I'll be out of town for a couple days. All of a sudden, hitting that goal of 15 points per month looks like it might be a stretch. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bridge Blog 969-A: Unit picnic

Not at the Erie County Fairgrounds like in recent years – this is the last day of the fair – but at another favorite unit venue, the Rescue Fire Hall social hall in North Tonawanda, which has a huge parking lot and the additional virtue of windows, so that those of us facing that direction can see the sunshine on the trees next door.
The picnic is my favorite unit event. Picnic food is the reason. Paul Zittel is in charge and he gets sweet corn picked from his farm that morning. Super fresh. Super tender. There’s also Weidner’s barbecued chicken, which is always good. And there’s corn salsa, which I originally thought that Paul or his wife Linda concocted, but which actually is made by folks down in southeastern Pennsylvania. They sell it at their farm stand.
There are only two empty places left in the rear of the parking lot when I arrive with a couple minutes to spare just before 11 a.m. Not only is it a big crowd, but it’s record-breaking, Betty Metz announces. 33 tables, split into three sections. A lot of Lockport players on hand.
Among the players are youngsters from the Unit’s summer bridge lessons and in-school lessons at Transit Middle School in Amherst. They’re introduced before the game and seem a little shy. I’m told later that some of the girls were a bit tentative in their bidding, but not those two Transit Middle School boys we play in the final round of the morning session. They hold their own against us and finish far better than we do.

Jim Gullo, left, introduces the young student bridge players at the beginning of the morning game.
Betty also puts out the call for candidates for the unit board. Three vacancies coming up and only one person running. If there isn’t a full nine-member board to share the work, she says, they’ll have to cut back on unit functions, like the picnic. Her announcement works. By the end of the afternoon, she has candidates. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bridge Blog 968: TWTWTW Aug. 7 to Aug. 12

Monday: Art Matthies and I salvage a shred of pride with a 50.46% and a sliver of a master point – 0.69. Two top boards – a double on an opponent's ill-advised 4 Diamond bid, down three; and a nicely executed 3 Club contract by Art. Two bottoms – a down-three sacrifice by me that goes down four instead and a 3 No Trump contract by the opponents which we can't figure out how to crack.
Tuesday: Not much luck with Usha Khurana. 47.10%. Mistakes by both of us. At least we're not last.
Wednesday: June Feuerstein and I have our usual loopy good time and manage to finish second East-West in a low-percentage six-table game. Our 53.75% is worth 1.27 points.
Thursday: No partner so club manager Bill Finkelstein offers me on Wednesday to the first available player who speaks up. That would be Eva Schmidt, a nonagenarian marvel and Holocaust survivor. We come in fourth North-South with 51.94% and earn 0.69 of a point.
Friday: Canadian partner unavailable, so no trip to St. Catharines. Myra Razik accepts Bill Finkelstein's general offer this time and we have a 50.84% game, third in B East-West, 0.75 of a point.
Saturday: Will my end-of-the-week date with the current August master point leader, Denise Slattery, depress her or lift me up? The latter. One of my best games of the year, in fact. 
When the results are posted, we're tied with Alan Greer and Nancy Wolstoncroft at the top with 65%. Then Shirley Cassety finds an incorrect score. Not the first time she gets a correction that bumps me back. 
Alan and Nancy stay at 65%, Denise and I drop to 64.17%, second overall, but still first in the B strat for 2.25 points. For the week: 5.65 points. For the month so far: 6.98. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bridge Blog 967: Goodbye to July

         Club points for the year, through July 31: 85.32, up 19.70 since June. I've passed David Millward, who was out of action all month, and moved ahead to second place in the Ace of Clubs race (club play only) among Ruby Life Masters (1,500 to 2,500 points) in Unit 116 (Buffalo only).                    Here's the Top 10: Mike Silverman, 120.13 (also first among all players in the unit); me, 85.32 (sixth overall); David Millward, 81.37 (tenth); Ken Meier, 80.72 (12th); Fred Yellen, 63.23 (22nd); Allen Beroza, 61.15 (25th); Gene Finton, 52.63 (29th); Dorothy May, 45.15 (38th); Chuck Schorr, 27.94 (77th); and Art Morth, 27.20 (82nd).
         Among all Unit 116 players in the Ace of Clubs race, the Top 10 looks like this: Mike Silverman still on top, 120.13; Jerry Geiger moving up from fifth to second, 99.71; Liz Clark, 98.16; Mike Ryan (ninth to fourth), 87.74; Meg Klamp, 87.30; me, 85.32; Judi Marshall, 81.64; John Ziemer, 81.59; Denise Slattery, 81.42; David Millward, 81.37. And let's add these folks nipping at our heels – Martin Pieterse, 81.08; Ken Meier, 80.72; Ron Henrikson, 80.28; and Sharon Benz, 78.91.
         Overall points for the year, as of July 31: 103.39. I've broken through the century mark and almost reached my 15-point-per-month goal. Here again I move up a notch in the Mini-McKenney race (all points earned everywhere) to third place among Ruby Life Masters in Unit 116, past inactive David Millward. 
         Here's how the leaders look: Ken Meier, 171.07 (sixth among all Unit 116 players, down from fourth); Mike Silverman, 125.58 (12th overall, up from 16th), me, 103.39 (22nd, up from 25th); David Millward, 95.63 (27th); Fred Yellen, 90.99 (28th); Allen Beroza, 86 even (33rd); then a big step down to Gene Finton, 59.65 (50th); Dorothy May, 50.69 (61st); Art Morth, 38.70 (78th) and Bill Rushmore, 30.36 (101st).
        Two of the Unit 116 Mini-McKenney leaders have broken through the 200 point mark. Here they are: Davis Heussler, 215.15; Mike Ryan, 200.12; John and Martha Welte, both with 196.91; Jay Levy, 174.02; Ken Meier, 171.07; John Ziemer, 148.58; Linda Burroughsford, 147.19; Christy Kellogg, 138.25; Bert Hargeshimer, 134.87; Liz Clark, 131.13; Mike Silverman, 125.58.
        
         District 5 (Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh) Ace of Clubs. Ruby Life Masters. I’m third in my division, up from fifth, and 17th overall, up from 28th. We Buffalo players have four of the top five spots, starting with Mike Silverman at 120.13. He's fourth among all District 5 Mini-McKenney players.
         Second is Allen Selling of Erie, Pa.; 87.50 (14th overall); me, 85.32 (17th); David Millward, 81.37 (23rd); Ken Meier, 80.72 (25th); Susan Konig of Bridgeville,Pa., 78.33 (31st); Chantal Whitney of Bratenahl, Ohio, 78.16 (32nd); Patrick Slaven of Mogadore, Ohio, 69.01 (49th); Doris Kirsch of East Springfield, Pa., 66.98 (57th); Fred Yellen, 63.23 (64th); and Allen Beroza, 61.15 (70th).
         District 5 Ace of Clubs overall. Here the leader continues to be Robert Alexander of Mentor, Ohio, with 136.44; followed by Arlene Port of Pittsburgh, 122.97; Stephanie Alexander of Mentor, 120.60; Mike Silverman, 120.13; Patricia Katz of Pittsburgh, 104.66; Richard Katz of North Versailles, Pa., 103.09; Asim Ulke of Monroeville, Pa., 101.99; Jerry Geiger, 99.71; Barbara Belardi of Pittsburgh, 98.28; and Liz Clark, 98.16.
         District 5 Mini-McKenney. Ruby Life Masters.  Sue Lan Ma of Kirtland Hills, Ohio, continues on top by a wide margin. She’s got 507.18. First in the division and first in the district overall. The rest of the Top 10: Craig Biddle of Pittsburgh, 335.34 (seventh overall); William Lindgren of Slippery Rock, Pa., 191.10 (23rd); Ken Meier, 171.07 (33rd); Russell Sheldon of Pittsburgh, 132.81 (51st); Mike Silverman, 125.58 (59th); Charles Ladiha of Vermillion, Ohio, 125.25 (60th); Jean Picone of Pittsburgh, 111.38 (78th); Jayne Stahr of Stow, Ohio, 107.30 (86th); and me! 103.39 (up from 15th, also 94th overall, up from 109th).  
         District 5 Mini-McKenney overall. Sue Lan Ma, 507.18; Reanette Frobouck still second, but only advancing about 15 points to  438.32; Kathleen and Don Sulgrove of Twinsburg, Ohio, 376.62 and 372.06, respectively; with Craig Biddle of Pittsburgh coming between them with 284.66. Then Bernie Greenspan of Beachwood, Ohio, moves up to fifth with 362.90; followed by Philip Goulding of Wexford, Pa., 347.76; Craig Biddle of Pittsburgh, 335.34; Robert and Stephanie Alexander of Mentor, Ohio, 315.27 and 299.43; and Brian Ellis of Beachwood, 263.61.

Nationwide. Ace of Clubs. Ruby Life Masters. Thomas Roberg, Raleigh, N.C., 202.79; Dennis Harris, Corvallis, Ore., 193.43; Gary Waldron, Laguna Beach, Calif., 192.53; Ben Franz, Edgewood, N.M., 191.02; Mohan Bali, Columbia, S.C., 188.84. Mike Silverman is 76th. I just missed the list last month, now I'm 320th. David Millward is tied for 386th. Ken Meier is 394th. The list cuts off at 75.82.
Nationwide. Ace of Clubs overall. Top three are repeaters. Bella Ionis-Sorren, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 378.82; Bill Kulbersh, Atlanta, 377.21; Kay Schulle, Purchase, N.Y., 332.12; Sheila Gabay of Newton, Mass., 306.15; Irva Neyhart of Corvallis, Ore, 303.71. No Unit 116 players here and only Robert Alexander from District 5. He's 356th. The list cuts off at 126.20.  
Nationwide. Mini-McKenney. Ruby Life Masters. Here it's Gillian Miniter of New York City, 681.05; Sudhakar Divakaruni of Scottsdale, Ariz., 570.12; District 5's Sue Lan Ma, 507.18; Jeff Edelstein of Riverview, Fla., 427.03; and Layne Noble of Ottawa, Ont., 410.41. Unit 116's Ken Meier is 181st. Mike Silverman is 473rd. The list stops at 123.96.
Nationwide. Mini-McKenney overall. Now there are 27 players with 1,000 points or more. Leader is still Chris Compton of Dallas, 1,812.91; then it's Kevin Dwyer of Melbourne, Fla., 1,563.46; Mike Passell of Plano, Texas, 1,557.61; Jeff Meckstroth of Clearwater Beach, Fla., 1,472.94; and Greg Hinze of San Antonio, Texas, 1,436.35. Former Buffalonian Joel Wooldridge is 20th with 1,106.32. Sue Lan Ma is 133rd. Reanette Frobouck is 193rd. Eight District 5 players make the list before the it ends at 301.84.