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

Click Here for Unit 112 Ace of Clubs winners!

Click Here for Unit 112 Mini-McKenney winners!

Congratulations to all!


January 2017 Masterpoint Awards!!

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 Unit 112


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


2016 ACBL Mini-McKinney and Ace of Clubs – Congratulations!!

Click HERE for the McKinney Results

Click HERE for the Ace of Clubs Results


Trophy Winners


CONGRATS to Roz and Saul Teukolsky for winning the three unit trophy races for Life Masters this year!