“Bridge helps you think. It’s a game you can play your entire l ife and keep getting better and better.” Bill Gates
As much fun as it is to play at the clubs, one way to get bette r is to compete at bridge tournaments, and our second Regional of the year is c oming up the day after Christmas at the Hilton. Probably our most popular ev ent will be the Golden Opportunity Pairs, a chance for those players with under 750 points to win some precious gold. There will be four days of GOP (Thursday – Sunday) with Bracketed Round Robin Swiss Teams on Thursday, Saturday and Monday.
Our premiere events will be the Jim Becker Stratified A/X Pairs on Thursday and the two-day Truscott Open B-A-M on Sunday and Monday. Board-a-Match is the most difficult scoring in bridge but many consider it the most fun. You play with a team and win one point for a top, one-half for a tie, and nothing for a bottom.
Our February events begin on the 7th with the Pro-Am which matches up Life Masters or Pros with those players who have under 100 points. It will be held at Honors. Do sign up early by sending in the flyer on page 7, as it will be limited to 33 tables There will be two days of silver points for 199ers on Saturday and Sunday and the Betty Kaplan, a team event, on Saturday.
Four flights of the Grand National Teams begin in February: Cha mpionship (over 5,000) and Flight B on February 2nd; Flights A & C on February 9th.
We encourage you to take part in the Double Knock-outs, which a lso begin in February with three categories—the Harter Cup for non-Life Mast ers with less than 500 points, the Sol Seidman for those with less than 2,000, and the Von Zedtwitz for over 2,000. For some reason New Yorkers don’t seem to like team games, but they are where the points are, with IMP scoring.
It’s been an adventure being President of the GNYBA for the pas t five years and I thank my Board Members who have been a great help. But my mo st special thanks go to Ryan Connors, our Tournament Chair, who also rotat es off after seven years, and to my right hand and Administrative Assistant, Tse Mei Ling. In addition, no one has worked harder than our Treasurer, Kerry Kappell. And we should all be grateful to Sol Weinstein, who runs our tournamen ts as Head Director with such precision and to Al Levy, our District Director, who devotes countless hours promoting and improving the game of bridge.
My obsession for the game has not diminished, so I will continue to see you at the bridge table.
Barbara McLendon, President
Greater New York Bridge Association