A long weekend of tournament bridge with silver points awaits us this month. The schedule has open games and 499er games nearly every day at 10 am and 3 pm. The exceptions are Sunday, with two session open and 49 9er team games starting at 10 am (lunch included) and Saturday at 10 am, which features a 199er game with newcomers (0-10 master points) free.
If you need help finding a partner, let Mary Lou Pease know (288-2340 or firstname.lastname@example.org). She can help.
We can always use help with hospitality. Sign up at the Bridge Center to bring something good to eat for one of the sessions. If you can’t make it to the Bridge Center to sign up, you can bring something anyway. We’ve seen great hospitality at sectionals in Visalia, Bakersfield, and Gilroy. We don’t want them to think they are better hosts than we are.
Each year District 21 gives a total of $5,000 to charities nominated by the units of District 21. This year we nominated CASA, court appointed special advocates for children. We are pleased that CASA will receive $1,000 from District 21.
Speaking of CASA, our members do a lot of other things besides play bridge. Mona Omar was recently honored as CASA’s Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations.
PLACES AND FACES
Jay Roll was third in the open pairs and tenth in another open pairs at the Irvine Regional. Bill Glass was fourth in one side game and fifth in another. Farid Assemi and Richard Meffley were second in the Gilroy sectional open pairs.
At the All Western Regional in Santa Clara, Bill and Jill Wood were fifth in the charity pairs and tenth in flight B in the daylight pairs. Pete Weber was first in flight C in the daylight pairs and third in flight C in another daylight pairs. Patrick Carroll and John McGregor were second in flight C in the daylight pairs (which was also good for 14th in flight A). Mun Takeda and Allyson Farrell were third in the bracketed 0-2000 pairs. Farid Assemi and Richard Meffley won the All Western pairs.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Martha Waller is now a Regional Master. Helen Smades is a Junior Master. Congratulations on your advances in rank.
Our condolences go the family of Renee Schwartz. She and her husband were long time members, but they have not played for several years.
If you qualified for the NAP in June, July, or August at a club game, you can play in the Unit NAP game on Sunday, November 8.
UNIT BOARD ELECTION
The election is in December for board members, If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else, there will be a nomination box at the Bridge Center. Or you can contact a current board member.
CLUB APPRECIATION MONTH
All clubs can have a club appreciation championship game this month. The games are named after Jane Johnson, former chairman of the ACBL club membership department. These are special championship rated games held every year in October. There is no extra fee – we’re giving extra master points because we appreciate our club players.
Clubs may also hold a club appreciation team game, which pays 5% gold points. If you need a fraction of a gold point, this could do it. One game is scheduled for Saturday, October 31.
Oakhurst winners for September were Claire Molnar, Ken Doig, Clem Bingham, Y. Srinivasan, Jim Luther, and Karen McCartin. Ray April was the top Fresno bridge player for August, far ahead of second and third place David Ash and Bob Durbrow. Ray still leads for 2015, followed by Mark Stern, Steve Sharp, David Ash, and Skip Miller. Larry and Gay were the top players in Madera for September, followed by Gary Nelson. Gary leads for 2015, followed by Richard Meffley, Carol Kaufman, and Larry and Gay Slates. Don and Marion Austin were the top 99ers for August, followed by Don and Doris Myers. Don Myers leads for 2015, followed by Marge Field, Doris Myers, and Don and Marion Austin. September results will be posted on the website the first weekend of October.
EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW
There are a few things that everyone who plays bridge should learn. If you don’t know them, learn one every month or two. Don’t try to take on a lot of new things at once.
1AB Mark Stern - Victor Greener
2AB Laura Da Costa - Ray April
3AB1C John Simpson - Pat Simpson
2C David Ash - Linda Ash
1A Della Schnell - John Schnell
2A Margaret Mahaffey - Steve Sharp
3A Skip Miller - Victor Greener
1B Pat Simpson - John Simpson
2B Ray April - David Ash
1ABC Irene Whelchel - Al Crane
2A William Glass - Robert Durbrow
3A2B Howard Arquette - Ray April
3B Martha Waller - Ruth Christensen
1AB Laura Da Costa - Ray April
2A Richard Meffley - Jay Roll
3A2B Don Austin - Marion Austin
3B John Simpson - Pat Simpson
1A Robert Durbrow - Monique Irion
2A1B Mary Lloyd - Joann E. Evans
3A2B Ray April - David Ash
3AB Barbara Thacker - Jim McKoane
1AB David Ash - Ray April
2A Margaret Mahaffey - Laura Da Costa
3A Jim McKoane - Barbara Thacker
2B1C George Dalition - Virginia Johnson
3B2C Deni Glenn Boeve - Jay Shapiro
3C Irene Whelchel - Judy Zimmerer
1AB Anthony Toto - Byron Steinert
2A Belva Quattrin - Robert Durbrow
3A Della Schnell - John Schnell
2B Sheila Smith - Kim Morris
3B1C Carol Miller - Judy Shuster
2C Virginia Johnson - Ruth Christensen
3C Laura Da Costa - Mary Lou Pease
1A Don Winton - Dick Powell
2/4 Carol Willoughby - Judy Geary
2/4 Mark Smith - Helen Smades
2/4 Deb Petersen - Cynthia Tingey
1A Carol Miller - Linda Coppersmith
2A1B Edward Grootendorst - Therese Grootendorst
3A Suzanne Graham - Paul Boyd
2B1C Sandra Beebe - Judy Pardun
3B2C Steve Johnson - Bill Ward
3C Jeff Nevins - Roger Moon
½ Mary Lou Pease
½ Don Austin
3 Margaret Seibert
4 Nancy Jones
5 Carol Kaufman
Ken Doig - Jim Luther
Clem Bingham - Paul Mertens
Glen Ford - Dave Maguire
Burke Zane - T. Srinivasan
Claire Molnar - Ken Doig ( 2x)
Karen Henning - Kirk Moulin
Joe Fox - Corey Cole
Skip Miller - Byron Steinert
Carol Miller - Laura Da Costa[B]
Monique Irion - Irene Whelchel
Ray April - David Ash[B]
Diane Zealear - Olivia Stockton[C]
Robert Durbrow - Margaret Mahaffey
Avis Morse - Dick Powell[B]
Mary Lou Pease - Judy Zimmerer[C]
Jay Roll - Tracey Bauer
Rhonda Hampton - Judy Nibler[B]
Victor Greener - Byron Steinert
Don Austin - Marion Austin[C]
Ray April - David Ash
Ruth Christensen - Diana Papazian[C]
Robert Durbrow - Monique Irion
Mary Lou Da Costa - Al Crane[B]
George Efthemon - George Dalition[C]
Charlotte Maschke - Sophia Iwatsubo
Steve Sharp - Pat Simpson
Pearl McGinnis - Barbara Brock
Mary Ann Clark - Larry Miller[B]
Judy Geary - Carol Willoughby[C]
Don Myers - Doris Myers
Martha Waller - Virginia Johnson
Lois High - Angelina Heisdorf[B]
John Hempel - Jerry Noga
Jane Willson - Linda Pickett
Bill Ward - M. Steve Johnson[B]
Gary Pigg - Pamela Pigg
Brenda Ward - Walt Kelso
Debbie Kemp - Bill Ward
Fred Schellack – Joyce Furnas
Jane A. McCoy - Ruby Buttereck