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July Masterpoint Awards

New Junior Master

  • Tara Holter, Rochester

New Club Masters

  • Jim Cayer, Canandaigua
  • Camille Jasinski, New York Mills
  • Betty Kislinger, Canandaigua

New Life Masters

  • Millar Brace, Manlius

New Silver Life Masters

  • Pamela Gibson, Fayetteville

New Gold Life Masters

  • Jim Carroll, Lyons

The Longest Day – Unit 112 Clubs Slam Alzheimer’s

The Canandaigua Duplicate Bridge Club and Ithaca Bridge Club made a grand slam against Alzheimer’s and brain disease on June 21 when they raised a combined $6,000 for the local and national Alzheimer’s Assn. The organization has designated June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and “The Longest Day,” is its biggest annual fundraising event.

The ACBL has also supported “The Longest Day” by encouraging clubs to hold games in support of the organization. Over the past five years the ACBL has raised and contributed $2.4 million to the Alzheimer’s Assn., reports Stephanie Threlkeld, ACBL Education & Communications manager.

“This year our goal is $500,000 for the care, support and research of the Alzheimer’s Assn. and it looks like we will exceed that goal,” she says.

The ACBL contributes the sanction fees of $3 or $5 per table for June 21 directly to the national association. Clubs have the option of contributing their fees to a local association or to the national organization The ACBL also awards full master points for these games.

It was the third consecutive year Canandaigua club director Mary Miller has participated in “The Longest Day” campaign. For the past three years Mary has contributed the donations to the Rochester & Finger Lakes Alzheimer’s Association. In the two previous years, the club raised a total of $3,400, nearly doubling the total for 3 years to more than $6,000.

“Mary and the Canandaigua bridge players are a wonderful asset to our association,” says Joe Lynch, the Rochester Alzheimer’s Assn.’s director of development. “We greatly appreciate their financial support for our programs.”

Canandaigua club regulars and guests filled 10 tables in each of two sessions at the First Congregation Church on Main Street in Canandaigua on “The Longest Day.” Mary usually has only one evening game on Wednesday, but for this event she holds two games: one in the afternoon and another in the evening.

Mary suggested a donation of $10, but players could contribute more if they wanted. A number of non-bridge players also contributed. And the First Congregational Church also contributed by not charging a rental fee for the game room for that day.

The Ithaca Bridge Club contributed $3,300 to the national association, reports club director Edythe Krauss, that includes “some very generous contributions…one for $500!” The players donated half of the total, which was matched by the club treasury as it usually does for charity games. This was the third year the club had participated in “The Longest Day” event.

“We don’t charge a fee for charity games,” Edythe explains, “but we did suggest a donation of $10 or more.”

Both Mary and Edythe are members of the Unit 112 Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. “Mary and Edythe and the Canandaigua and Ithaca bridge clubs are to be congratulated for their continuing support of the ACBL’s “The Longest Day,” says DeWitt Henricks, Unit 112 president. “Many of our families and friends have been adversely affected by Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. They need our support.”

June Masterpoint Awards

New Junior Masters

  • Betsy Cherundolo, Syracuse
  • James Galvin, Rochester
  • Robert Moore, Oswego
  • Anne Moss, Fairport
  • Nicholas Nelson, Rochester
  • Marsha Raines, Rochester
  • Deanna Sammon, New Hartford
  • Barbara Thomas, Ithaca

New Club Masters

  • Marty Albright, Canandaigua
  • Janice Kaufman, Rochester
  • Elizabeth Patton, Pittsford
  • James Patton, Pittsford
  • Joyce Sambursky, Vestal

New Sectional Masters

  • Joan Conway, Webster
  • Richard Frey, Brockport
  • David Latart, Rochester

New Regional Masters

  • Mary Jo Hazelden, Fairport
  • John Nelson, Rochester
  • Susan Randall, Cohocton
  • William Tondat, Fairport

New NABC Masters

  • Priscilla Brown, Rochester
  • William Hennessey, Fairport
  • George Isgrigg, Pittsford
  • Kathleen Kingston, Fairport
  • Thomas Rusling, Pittsford
  • Thea Steinberger, Pittsford
  • Alasdair Turnbull, Potsdam

New Advanced NABC Masters

  • Ornit Grossman, Ithaca
  • Bill Hettrick, Conesus

New Life Masters

  • Ann Baxter, Pittsford
  • Patricia Connell, Livonia
  • Jan Egger, Rochester

New Bronze Life Masters

  • Patricia Connell, Livonia

New Gold Life Masters

  • Gayle Phillips, Rochester

May Masterpoint Awards

New Junior Masters

  • James Burns, Rochester
  • Cheryl Labarge, Fayetteville
  • Joseph Nicholson, Endwell
  • James Perry, Cazenovia
  • Frank Reed, Rochester

New Club Masters

  • Betsy Dresser, Canandaigua

New Sectional Masters

  • Kim Aquila, Pittsford
  • Stephen Younger, Ithaca

New NABC Masters

  • Galen Powers, Fishers

New Bronze Life Masters

  • Paul Cuerdon, Skaneateles
  • Stephen Pope, Ithaca

New Ruby Life Masters

  • Mateele Kall, Manlius

New Gold Life Masters

  • Evelyn Stateler, Rochester

Moses has returned to the promised land

Er, Tom Moses, that is.

Tom, a Corning, NY resident,  has rejoined the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) after a nearly half-century hiatus.

A retired Corning Glass millwright machinist, Tom first joined ACBL as a teenager and often played duplicate bridge as well in college.   But then the demands of his job and marriage to wife Linda and three children kept Tom away from the bridge table for many years.

His ACBL membership lapsed.

Twelve years ago Tom, 67, retired and 2 years ago returned to the bridge table. He brushed up on his bridge by taking classes from an experienced player.  He now plays 4 times a week: Monday and Thursday at Corning and Wednesday and Friday at Elmira.  Tom enjoys playing with regular partners Gene Hauber, who joined ACBL last year, at Corning, and Joanne Sarli at Elmira. “I’ve learned a lot from them,” Tom says.

But until February of this year Tom had not rejoined ACBL.  “Gene and I were doing much better but he was getting points for it and I wasn’t,” he says of his decision to rejoin ACBL.

Was it possible that Tom might have earned some Master Points nearly a half century ago?

“I don’t remember if I did,” Tom says, almost certain that he had not.

A call to ACBL and a friendly staffer revealed that the records back then were on paper and are now stored in archives and seldom opened.

While rejoining ACBL is a milestone, he has never played in a sectional or regional tournament. But that could change this year. He is considering playing in the Binghamton sectional in October.

If that comes to pass, the Tom will have reached another milestone in his return to ACBL .

And that’s a promise.

April Masterpoint Awards

New Junior Masters

  • Anita Bellucci Weiss, Ithaca
  • Darlene Cacciola, Manlius
  • Richard Fears, Horseheads
  • Samuel Hubbard Jr., Rochester
  • Esther Krakower, Rochester
  • Thomas Moses, Corning
  • Jeffrey Weiss, Ithaca

New Club Masters

  • Mahlon Hauber, Elmira
  • Allen Presby, Unadilla

New Advanced NABC Masters

  • Guy Arie, Rochester

New Life Masters

  • Sharon Steinberg, Vestal

New Bronze Life Masters

  • Medardo Gutierrez, Morris
  • Sharon Steinberg, Vestal

New Silver Life Masters

  • June Meyer, Newfield

New Ruby Life Masters

  • Jonathan Forde, Geneva
  • Marcia Hume, Rochester

New Gold Life Masters

  • Betty Youmans, Whitesboro

March 2017 Masterpoint Awards

New Junior Masters

  • Cathie Gunselman, Big Flat
  • Sharon Hamer, Rochester
  • Debra Maier, Pittsford

New Club Masters

  • Susan Barry, Manlius
  • Richard Gassner, Utica
  • Suzanne Sellar, Pittsford
  • Barbara Wall, Oswego
  • Gloria Young, Syracuse

New Sectional Masters

  • Allen Bergerson, Rochester
  • Richard Hartz Jr., Deerfield
  • Xiang Long, Ithaca
  • Mark Tevelow, Vestal

New Regional Masters

  • Lowell Benjamin, Pawleys Island, SC
  • Ann Schissel, Ithaca
  • Thelma Schneider, Adams

New Gold Life Master

  • Jack Stateler, Rochester

Saul and Roselyn Teukolsky: Triple Crown Winners!

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.”

February 2017 Masterpoint Awards!!

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


2016 ACBL Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney Awards

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Congratulations to all!