In Major League baseball they call it the Triple Crown: Highest batting average; most home runs, most runs batted in. The achiever of that lofty goal in either major league is sure to win the Most Valuable Player award.
Well Unit 112 has its own Triple Crown Winners and Most Valuable Players…Saul and Roselyn Teukolsky of Ithaca and Pasadena. They won the pairs, team and overall competitions for 2016.
The couple, who are originally from South Africa, have been playing together for 40 years. They spend 6 months in the Ithaca area where Saul is an astrophysics professor at Cornell University and 6 months in Pasadena where he has a similar role at Caltech University.
The pair has achieved Diamond Life Master (nearly 6000 MPs). In addition to their success in Unit 112 playing at the Bridge Club of Ithaca they also play at the San Marino Bridge Club in Pasadena. Their most recent success was winning the Open Pairs at the Los Angeles Regional last month and in 2016.
While the couple usually play as a pair, Roselyn does have 3 other partners for occasional daytime and evening games, while Saul indulges his other passion: golf.
Saul and Roselyn met at the University of Witwatersrandin Johannesburg in 1966 where they were in the same math, chemistry, physics and applied math classes.
“We were chess opponents first,” says Roselyn, “and then later, bridge partners. I finally married the guy after chasing him to the USA in 1971 (where he had a scholarship for grad school at Caltech).“
Roselyn has had a separate career as a high school math and computer science teacher and is now trying her hand at mystery writing. Perhaps there is an intriguing story in the works revolving around the game of bridge.
Speaking of mystery…do they have any bridge tricks up their sleeves?
“Yes, we have a 2D opening bid which shows a strong 8 or 9 trick hand in an unspecified suit,” says Roselyn. “This is a terrific convention—helps to reach slams which are otherwise hard to bid.”
What advice would they give to someone who is considering learning to play bridge?
“Do it! It’s the most fabulous, frustrating, challenging, annoying, wonderful thing one can do. …when you get hooked on the game…play against players who are better than you. That’s how you improve your game—in self-defense.
“I would also say, be nice to your partners. In the final analysis, it’s not how good you are as a bridge player, but how nice you are as a person.”
New Junior Masters
- Michelle Moran, Syracuse
- Nancy Pille, Binghamton
- Beverly Short, Manlius
New Club Masters
- Susan Baechle, Rochester
- Mary Bailey, Avon
- Margaret Hayes, Rochester
New Sectional Masters
- Susan Fettes, Sterling
- Padmanabh Kamath, Rochester
- Jo Wilson, Rochester
New Regional Masters
- Linda Kandel, Jamesville
- Alasdair Turnbull, Potsdam
New NABC Masters
- Ornit Grossman, Ithaca
- David Klem, Tully
- Debra Statton, Ithaca
New Silver Life Masters
- Janet Flanagan, Webster
New Junior Masters
- Linda Feltman, Canandaigua
- William Kingston, Fairport
- Betty Kislinger, Canandaigua
- Susan Lang, Ithaca
- Noreen McLaughlin, Syracuse
- Marina Nudo, Victor
- Robert Wason, Rochester
New Silvler Life Master
- Margaret Clark, Fairport
Welcome to the ACBL Unit 112 website, “Table Topics.“ This is the heartbeat of our unit. Here you will find the most up-to-date information about playing bridge, clubs, players, trophy races, and our sectional and regional tournaments. We have nearly 1,200 American Contract Bridge League members in Unit 112 who enjoy playing bridge in beautiful central upstate New York five days a week (and sometimes weekends!) at 26 clubs. For members and visitors, the locations, game times and welcoming club contacts are posted on this site.
If you are looking for precious metals, they can be mined at our May 1-6 Regional Tournament at the Rochester Institute of Technology Conference Center. Several world-class players will be competing for top prizes in pairs and team events. But there are opportunities for bridge players at every level…from beginners to life masters to take home the gold in pairs and team events. More information about the Regional can be found on this site. And the Rochester Area in the spring time is a beautiful place to be!
If you can’t make the Regional Tournament there are 8 Unit 112 Sectional Tournaments and a STaC tournament you can compete in at friendly sites throughout the region during the year. Most provide refreshments and an educational session to nourish both your body and your mind.
“Table Topics” is updated frequently so I urge you to continue to visit this site for the latest news and information about bridge in ACBL Unit 112.
And remember: Bridge can be habit-forming!
DeWitt Henricks, President
A Unit tournament is being held on April 21-22 in Rochester for players with fewer than 200 masterpoints – earn silver points! Play either or both days.
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CONGRATS to Roz and Saul Teukolsky for winning the three unit trophy races for Life Masters this year!
The Board of Directors elected Executive Committee officers for 2017 at the Nov. 12 Board meeting in Waterloo.
President: DeWitt Henricks, Area 4
Vice President: Patricia Stadelmaier, Area 8
Secretary: Sandy Stockton, Area 1
Treasurer: Edythe Krauss, Area 7
Member-at-large: Mary Miller, Area 6
The officers will take office Jan. 1, 2017 and serve for one year.