“A knowledge of the mechanics will suffice to put a player in a commanding position in the post mortem. To become a member of the upper crust calls for more, much more. Resilience, imagination, occasional flashes of inspiration – these are the hallmarks of quality. And this transcends the realm of science.” – Victor Mollo
We are delighted to have found the Park Central Hotel on 56th Street and Seventh Avenue for our Eastern States Regional coming up shortly–May 23 through 28. The only drawback is that space is very limited, so all 199er events will be held at the Manhattan Bridge Club, just a few blocks away at 250 West 57th Street, 14th floor. There will even be sessions for true beginners, those with 0 – 5 masterpoints.
The Golden Opportunity Pairs were so popular in December that we are holding two during this Regional–on Wednesday and Thursday. This gives those with under 750 masterpoints an extra chance to get some precious gold.
The Reisinger and the Goldman Pairs are both part of this tournament. Both events date back to the thirties, and on pages 6 – 8 we have listed the winners which include dozens of famous bridge players from the past and present. The beautiful trophies were stolen years ago and have never been replaced.
Every year we hold qualifying games for the North American Pairs in June, July and August. Qualifying entitles you to play in the District Final for a chance to represent District 24 at the Nationals in the Fall. Winners receive a $700 subsidy.
The Grand National Team Trials have already been held. The numbers participating were disappointingly low in Flights B and C. If you are looking for masterpoints, this is an event you shouldn’t miss. It’s a great way to get lots of gold.
Another team event, the Double Knock Outs, was only held at the Flight A level (Von Zedtwitz) this year. Not enough B and C players signed up to hold the Harter Cup and the Seidman. If you’re not participating, you’re missing out on lots of fun and an opportunity to compete against others at your level.
Our Greater New York Bridge Association Board works very hard to plan tournaments and events, and we thank all the members for their participation, especially Ryan Connors, our Tournament Chairman. We thank our 3,200 members of Unit 155 who earned almost 90,000 masterpoints this past year.
Hope to see you often at the bridge table.
Barbara McLendon, President
Greater New York Bridge Association