Double deck: November 12, 2022

Niagara Regional Tournament continues today, Saturday, November 12, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont., and will run through Sunday, November 13. Matches will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Swiss teams start on Sunday at 10 a.m. For more info, click on this link.

New York West Unit 116 will hold its annual meeting and game on Saturday, December 3 at the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main Street, Amherst. The meeting begins at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon and a stratified pair game at 1 p.m. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required. The cost is $15. Pre-registration before November 25 suggested. To register, call Barbara Libby at 716-836-8303 or email [email protected]

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Buffalo Bridge Center at the Boulevard Mall in Amherst is hosting a pair of head-to-head matches at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday — one for novices with 99 masterpoints or less and another for players with less than 1,200 points. A free lesson with director Chris Urbanek is offered at 10 a.m.

On Thursdays, there are also two games at 10:30 a.m. – one for the 99ers and another for more experienced players with under 1,600 points. Free lesson at 10 a.m.

Additionally, the club is hosting two in-person open matches for all players – at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Friday. For more information, visit the Buffalo Bridge Center website or call 716-280-6114.

The Bridge Center continues to offer play on Bridge Base Online at 7 p.m. on Mondays for players with less than 750 points. It also hosts Delaware’s Wednesday game online at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The Lockport Doubles Club don’t play anymore. Head-to-head matches at the Dale Center had resumed earlier this year but saw little attendance.

Head-to-head play has resumed at the Tonawanda Senior Center on Wednesdays. Head-to-head at the Amherst Senior Center, the players voted to stop playing their Thursday afternoon game and play Monday and Friday afternoons instead.

The East Aurora Bridge Club has been hosting head-to-head matches for nearly two years. Play begins at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Attendance is usually three or four tables. For more information, email Director Dave Larcom at [email protected]

Niagara Bridge Center in St. Catharines, Ont., has moved more of its online gaming schedule to in-person gaming at its Tremont Square club across from the Pen Center mall on Glendale Avenue.

Head-to-head matches, both Open and 499er, will be played at 1 p.m. Monday. Wednesday has an open head-to-head game at 1 p.m. and a 299er game moving in-person at 7 p.m., pre-registration required. In-person play at 1 p.m. Thursday is expanded to include players with up to 750 masterpoints. The club’s other regular matches, including a match of the Swiss teams on Tuesday evening, continue on Bridge Base Online. For more information, click here.

The Rust Belt Bridge Group, which invites players from Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh to play on Bridge Base Online, offers novice games at 9:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with games open at 9:50 a.m. To visit the group’s home page, click on this link. For more information, call Dian Petrov at 716-688-1226 or email [email protected]

The Airport Bridge Club is linked on Bridge Base Online with the Alliance Bridge Club, the largest bridge club in the ACBL, which offers more than a dozen games every day. Anyone who has played at the Airport Club is automatically a member. For more information, visit or call Airport Club Manager Bill Finkelstein at 716-603-6943.

The Delaware Wednesday Club plays on Bridge Base Online under the auspices of the Buffalo Bridge Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call Ed Harman at 716-480-1666 or email [email protected]

Niagara Regional Tournament – Holiday Inn and Suites, 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, Ont. Today, Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13. For more information, click on this link.

District 5 Squad Tournament at Clubs (STaC) – Face to face at participating local clubs, no online status information. From Monday December 5th to Sunday December 11th.

Cleveland Regional Rock ‘n Roll – Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio. From Wednesday 4 January to Sunday 8 January. For more information, click on this link.

Toronto 0-750 NLM Winter Regional – Sheraton Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ont. From Friday 6 January to Sunday 8 January. For more information, click on this link.

Toronto January Sectional – Sheraton Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ont. From Friday 6 January to Sunday 8 January. For more information, click on this link.

Buffalo Winter Sectional – Sheraton Buffalo Bridge Center, Boulevard Mall, 1227 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. From Friday 20 January to Sunday 22 January.

St. Catharines Section Tournament – Holiday Inn and Suites, 327 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, Ont. From Friday February 10 to Sunday February 12.

Buffalo Spring Sectional – Sheraton Main-Transit Fire Station, 6777 Main Street, Amherst. From Friday March 31 to Sunday April 2.

Toronto Easter Regional – Sheraton Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ont. From Tuesday 4 April to Sunday 9 April.

Cleveland All American Regional – Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio. From Tuesday May 23 to Monday May 29.

Buffalo Bridge Center.

New York West Unit 116.

The Airport Bridge Club does not have a website. For more information, call 716-603-6943.

Bridge Base Online Duplicate Scores

Week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Buffalo Bridge Center Monday evening – 0-750 Thu. Margaret Zhou and Joyce Frayer, 62.04%; (tie) Bonnie Clement and David Schott, Fran Schmidt and Richard McGowan, 57.41%; Ruth Nawotniak and Michel Dupuis, 54.63%.

Buffalo Bridge Center Tuesday morning – 0-1,200 games. North-South, (Tie) Jo Nasoff-Finton and Betty Metz, Jane Roberts and Laura Houghtaling, 55.63%; Rivona Ehrenreich and Judith Babat, 52.50%; east-west, Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 66.25%; Henry Chudy and David Schott, 50%.

Buffalo Bridge Center Wednesday morning – Open game. Judy Padgug and Bud Seidenberg, 60.12%; Sandi England and David Turner, 59.52%; John Ziemer and Mike Ryan, 52.98%; Martha Welte and Wilson McClaren, 50.60%.

Buffalo Bridge Center Thursday morning – 0-1,600 games. Sue Neubecker and Janet Frisch, 61.25%; Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 57.50%; Joyce Greenspan and Sharon Wilcox, 52.50%.

Bridge Club of East Aurora Wednesday morning – Open game. Joanne LaFay and Joe Miranda, 60%; Barbara Booi and John Fiegl, 55%; Joe Rooney and Dave Larcom, 50%.

Delaware Wednesday night – 0-2000 games. Amita Arora and Jim Lanzo, 62.78%; Mary Ball and Joyce Frayer, 57.22%; Beena Deshmukh and Bill Rich, 56.67%; Madhav Deshmukh and Sushil Amlani, 53.89%; Marilyn Wortzman and Jim Easton, 51.67%; Violette and Jasbeer Makhija, 50.56%.

Amherst Senior Center Monday afternoon – North-South, Cindy Darone and Rich Kayton, 57%; Jill and Bruce Brown, 52%; east-west, Pat Radtke and Bob Leuthe, 59%; Judie Bailey and Joan Stankiewicz, 54%.

Amherst Senior Center Friday afternoon – North-South, Shirley Cassety and George Mayers, 63%; Edna and Ron Fill, 61%; east-west, Ruth Nawotniak and Bill Rogers, 59%; Pat Radtke and Bob Leuthe, 58%.

Tonawanda Senior Center Wednesday – Ed and Mike Rupp, 70.6%; Joanne Zavarella and Fritz Schweiger, 55.6%.

Unit 116 Master Point Leaders for Club Play

From January 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022

0-5 dots – DavidTaylor, 1.36; Chris-Elaine Santilli, 1.18.

5-20points – Michel Dupuis, 5.48; William Donaldson, 4.96; Margot Banta, 4.87; Daren Liu, 4.34; Molly Morris, 3.63; Karen Dearing, 3.52; Devon Marlette, 3.35; Marie Luce, 3.15.

20-50points – Howard Epstein, 5:47 p.m.; Maria Schory, 14.59; John Houghtaling, 13.13; Jo Ann Smith, 12:40 p.m.; Anne Slater, 10:29 a.m.; Gary Keenan, 10:15 a.m.; Peggy Mead, 9:40 a.m.; Mary Ellen Cotter, 9:33 a.m.

50-100points – Jim Hasset, 32.65; Jennifer Epstein, 20.82; Cynthia Tashjian, 13.49; Jim Greno, even 13; Betsy Greno, 12:20 p.m.; Candice Graser, 11.63; Fran Schmidt, 10.81; Carol Licata, 9.55; Amy Habib, 9:45 a.m.

100-200points – David Schott, 53.30; Joanne Nover, 44.14; Maria Amlani, 34.73 years old; Judith McDermid, 28.90; Kusum Phadke, 28.02; Janet Desmon, 20.70; Joan Ciszak, 16.53; Barbara Scott, 11.88.

200-300points – Pat Haynes, 37.33; Audrey Ray, 31.06; Carol Roth, 25.01; Bob Ciszak, 11:45 p.m.; Margaret Zhou, 5:45 p.m.; Laura Houghtaling, 15.10; Laurie Foster, 11.08; Judy Zeckhauser, 8.44.

300-500points –Terry Hamovitch, 86.56; Bram Hamovitch, 85.18; Purple Makhija, 63.10; Jasbeer Makhija, 57.88; Larry Himelein, 56.33; Martha Townson, 52.44; Bonnie Clement, 47.29; Linda Milch, 20.26; Jim McClure, 19.16; Acted Maisel, 2:30 p.m.

500-1,000 stitches – Amita Arora, 162.39; Vic Bergsten, 110.92; Jim Lanzo, 91.17; Marilyn Wortzman, 82.52; Joyce Frayer, 55.85; Sushil Amlani, 45.33 years old; Mary Ball, 40.14; Bill Rich, 35.18; Richard McGowan, 34.40; Paul Zittel, 31.74.

1,000 to 1,500 points – Jim Easton, 82.52; Sandi England, 79.10; Jean Bava, 56.73 years old; Kamil Bishara, 37.22 years old; Howard Foster, 24:31; Paula Kotowski, 23.17; Sue Neubecker, 22.18; John Marvin, 18.24; Rajat Basu, 17.89; Joanne LaFay, 14.72.

1,500 to 2,500 points – Gay Simpson, 101.60; Gene Finton, 62.69; Pinky Regan, 48.74; (tie) Shakeel Ahmad, Manju Ceylany, 25.94; Nancy Wolstoncroft, 15.96; Elaine Kurasiewicz, 10.58; Walt Olszewski, 10.52.

2,500 to 3,500 points – Marthe Welte, 471.55; John Welte, 468.07; Ken Meier, 145.26; Allen Beroza, 97.04; Davis Heussler, 54 even; Fred Yellen, 45.10, Pat Rasmus, 24.82; Dale Anderson, 20.66.

3,500 to 5,000 Points – Mike Ryan, 98.73; Judy Graf, 73.29; John Ziemer, 71.50; Judy Padgug, 48.56; Barbara Libby, 43.59; Donna Steffan, 29.89; Stan Kozlowski, 11.24; Kathy Pollock, 10:60 a.m.

More than 5,000 points – Jay Costello, 59.77; Saleh Fetouh, 58.44 years old; Chris Urbanek, 57.11; Bud Seidenberg, 45.91; Jay Levy, 34.40; Sharon Benz, 29.43; Elbert Hargesheimer, 16.22; John Sinclair, 15.18; Christy Kellogg, 13.89.

The Duplicate Bridge column is compiled weekly by news team reporter Dale Anderson. The print version ceased to appear on Saturdays in The Buffalo News in March 2020 when the pandemic forced local bridge clubs to halt head-to-head play.

These days, you can find it in two places online. Google “Duplicate Bridge” plus the current Saturday date and it should bring up a link to it on, the Buffalo News website. Another place to find it is on Dale Anderson’s bridge blog at

The deadline for submission of scores and reviews is Tuesday evening. Email [email protected] or [email protected] The office phone is 716-849-4420.

A master of golden life, Dale Anderson has a career total of over 2,900 masterpoints. Still playing mostly online these days, he hasn’t encountered as much drama for his bridge blog as there was in face-to-face competition, but he does write occasionally about his quest for the next measure of achievement, Sapphire Life Master (3,500 points), and other bridge adventures here.

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