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 July, 2008 Torrance South Bay Column in the Southern California Bridge News

 

                                   By Steve Mager

 

Unit Website: http://home.netcom.com/~asmager1/sbbchp.htm

SBBC Results: http://www.bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=sbbc

 

Upcoming Events at the South Bay Bridge Club

 Upgraded Club Championship: Monday, July 7, 11:30 PM

North American Pairs Qualifier: Friday, July 11, 11:30 AM

Handicapped Swiss Teams: Sunday, July 13, 1:00 PM

NLM Club Championship: Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 PM

Club Championship: Monday, July 21, 7:00 PM

Club Championship: Friday, July 25, 11:30 AM

 

There will be a Friday night games on July 4 and July 18. The July 4 game will be preceded by a Hamburger cookout.

 

There are Handicapped Swiss Teams every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.

 

Club Championships

 

The Non Life Master Club Championship on May 14 saw Karen O'Neil/Jeanine Shamely winning both Flights A and B. On May 19 the Club Championship was won by Henry Crowder/Bob Bacharach in Flights A and B with Harold Koletsky/Hank Sheehan taking Flight C. The Club Championship on June 13 was led by Dean Kaloudis/John J. McDermott in Flight A and Dolores Nawa/Barbara Johnson in Flight B.

 

Swiss Team Winners

 

On May 20 Bronek Felczer, Jim Dutton, Luis Gamio and Jon Szeps emerged victorious in the Handicapped Swiss team event. The leaders on May 27 were Fred Spradlin, Henry Crowder, Winnie Ninneman and Bruce Merchant. On June 3 the quartet of Mary Belle Hoenig, Ron Carlson, Gerri Carlson and Mark Sinagra were the winners. Once again the team of Fred Spradlin, Henry Crowder, Winnie Ninneman and Bruce Merchant were winners on June 10.

 

Unit Winners at TSB Sectional

 The following unit members were overall winners at the recent Torrance South Bay Unit Sectional.

 Friday Afternoon Open Pairs

1C Gerri Carlson/George Stinson

 

Friday Afternoon 49 er Pairs

1D 1E 1F Greg Black/Ron Srenco

 

Saturday Morning Open Pairs

1C Harold & Jill Goodman

 

Saturday Morning 49er Pairs

1D 1E Greg Black/Ed Srenco

 

Saturday Afternoon Open Pairs

1B Mark Raggio/Sheryl Kohlhoff

1C Mary Overbey/Barbara Coe

 

Knockout Teams Bracket 2

Kim Wang, Chein San Han, Harry Wang, Gan Tai Tseng

 

Sunday Afternoon Open Pairs

1C Carnell Wingfield/Carlos Jones

 

Sunday Evening Open Pairs

1B 1C Mark Sinagra/Mary Belle Hoenig

 

Monday A/X Swiss Teams

1X Jeff Strutzel, John Farr, Richard Cheng, Atsuko Kurishima, Ahmed Sorathia

 

Monday BCD Swiss Teams

1D Greg Black, Ron Srenco, Harold & Jean Brunner

 

GUV Award

 Everyone was on their best behavior this past month so GUV Award candidates were scarce. However I would like to award an honorary GUV to that dynamic duo of octogenarians Boris Kazimoroff and Bob Roberts. There is never a dull moment when you play at their table. Getting through a round against them without at least one big number is a longshot. Boris never fails to greet me by saying "Na Zdrowie". Bob, a WW2 veteran is also a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. With the Cubs leading their division so far this year he is predicting they will win their first World Series since 1908. I heard Bob celebrated a little too much after that one. I keep reminding Bob that June 30 is fast approaching and that is pretty much the start date of the Cubs annual collapse .….but hope springs eternal.

 

Na Zdrowie

 

 August, 2008 Torrance South Bay Column in Southern California Bridge News

 

Unit Website: http://home.netcom.com/~asmager1/sbbchp.htm

SBBC Results: http://www.bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=sbbc

 

Upcoming Events at the South Bay Bridge Club

 Unit Barometer Game: Saturday, August 2, Lunch 12:30 PM, Game 1:00 PM Reservations Required

Western Conference STAC: Monday, August 4 thru Sunday, August 10

STAC Handicapped Swiss Teams: Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 PM

STAC Handicapped Swiss Teams: Sunday August 10, 1:00 PM

Club Championship: Friday, August 15, 7:00 PM

Club Championship: Monday, August 18, 11:30 AM

Club Championship, Wednesday, August 27, 11:30 AM

North American Pairs Qualifier: Thursday, August 28, 7:00 PM

 There will be Friday night games on August 1 and August 15.

There are Handicapped Swiss Teams every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.

 

Club Championships

 

The June 18 Club Championship was headed by Al Corwin/Booth Tarkington in Flights A and B with Arthur Rue/Edith Watanabe leading Flight C. The North American Pairs Qualifier on June 23 saw Grace Conde/Claire Hulett winning both Flights A and B and Murat Veysoglu/Lisa Kuo taking Flight C honors. The Club Championship on June 26 was won by Bea and John Brailliar in Flight A with Ernie Frank/Stanley Greengard on top in Flight B and Lorna Wallace/Steve Ramos leading Flight C. The Upgraded club Championship on July 7 saw Dolores Nawa/Kikoyo Ohtomo winning Flights A and B with Mary Belle Hoenig/Vern Vanderpol ahead in Flight C. On July 11 the North American Pairs Qualifier was led by Lucy Tredennick/Dean Kaloudis in Flight A with Joyce Nakasaki/Joe Thomas leading Flight B

 

Swiss Team Winners

 The Handicapped Swiss Teams on June 15 was won by the quartet of Mike Sulman, Ron Smith, Johnny Arceri and Yvonne Godfrey. The June 17 Swiss was won by Mark Raggio, Ed Barad, Charles LaFranchi and Carol McCully. On July 1 the quartet of Chiye Horiguchi, Dann Habberfield, Jeff Strutzel and Andy Anderson were the leading team. The July 8 game was won by Jim Dutton, Bronek Felczer, Luis Gamio and Elli Szeps. On July 13 the Swiss winners were Ernie Frank, Audrey Ellis, Betsey Amador and Adelia Horton.

 

 Unit Winners at District 23 Regional

 

The following unit members were overall winners at the recent Torrance South Bay Unit Sectional.

 

Tuesday July 1 Firecracker Open Pairs

1B Masae Kato

1C Lilyan Frank/Elizabeth Weinstein

 

Tuesday July 1 299 er Pairs

1A Greg Black/Ron Srenco

 

Tuesday July 1 Swiss Teams

1A Bruce Horiguchi

 

Tuesday/Wednesday Evening Swiss

1B Bruce Horiguchi

 

Friday Afternoon Swiss Teams

1C Harold & Jill Goodman

 

Morning Side Series

1A 1B Greg Black/Ron Srenco

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 Afternoon Side Series

1C Greg Black/Ron Srenco

 

Evening Side Series

1A Bruce Horiguchi

 

Sunday, July 6 A/X Swiss

1X Valerie Gamio

 

TSB Unit 2008 Mini McKenney and Ace of Clubs Leaders

 

Category         Mini McKenney                Ace of Clubs 

 

0-5 MP           Carlos Jones 15              William Lama 11
                 Carnell Wingfield 15
5-20       MP    Peggi Spring 17              Peggi Spring 14
20-50      MP    Johnny Arceri 19             Lorna Wallace 12
50-100     MP    Sara Doktor 18               George Stinson 12
100-200    MP    Jill Goodman 50              Fred Swinth 20
200-300    MP    Harold Goodman 53            Nancy Conger 31
300-500    MP    Gerri Carlson 94             Hank Sheehan 37
500-1000   MP    Kim Wang 83                  Kim Wang 48
1000-2500  MP    Alfred Lee 279               Jerry Schreider 80
2500-5000  MP    Bruce Horiguchi 378          Ray Mack 89
5000-7500  MP    John Jones 239               Barbara White 43
Over 10000 MP    Steve Mager 261              Steve Mager 90

 

GUV Award

 he person whom this Award was named after, Norm "Guvvy" Hogarth visited town to compete at the Bridge Week Regional. Much to my later regret I paired him up with Gerri Carlson for one of the 2-session pair events.

 When I sat down against them Guvvy held S - K, H - JT9xxx, D- J, C - Kxxxx in first seat. His convoluted bidding reasoning deemed this to be an opening bid and he tried one Heart. Some might consider this a psyche. He caught me with an opener but with the wrong holding to do anything but pass. Gerri pretty much continued the psyche by raising to 2 Hearts on 4 HCP and a few Hearts. My partner Lucy Tredennick found a Double and from there I propelled us into 4 Spades. Not good enough since we were on a finesse for a grand slam. The finesse was on but it didn't really matter since just about everybody was in a small slam easily making. This effort got us 3 out of 25 matchpoints.

 I'll always wonder if Guvvy planned this to get even for all the abuse I have heaped on him over the years.

 

 Na Zdrowie

 August, 2008 Torrance South Bay Column in Southern California Bridge News

By Steve Mager

Unit Website: http://home.netcom.com/~asmager1/sbbchp.htm

SBBC Results: http://www.bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=sbbc

 

 Schedule Changes at SBBC

There are several schedule changes at the South Bay Bridge Club effective September 1. All of the schedule changes take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The changes are as follows.

 Tuesday:

11:30 AM - Stratified Open Pair Game Director: Mike Savage

11:30 AM - 199'er Game Director: Mike Savage

7:00 PM - Swiss Teams Director: Mike Savage

 Wednesday:

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM 2 over 1 classes Instructor: Lucy Tredennick

assisted by Gabby Jackson

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Supervised Play Instructor: Mark Sinagra

assisted by Mary Belle Hoenig

6:30 PM Non Life Master Game Director: Del Horton

( Note: There is no longer an Open Stratified game at 11:30 AM on Wed.)

 

Upcoming Events at the South Bay Bridge Club

 

 Club Championship: Monday, September 8, 7:00 PM

NLM Club Championship: Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 PM

Club Championship, Tuesday, September 16, 11:30 AM

Club Championship, Friday, September 19, 11:30 AM

Swiss Teams: Sunday, September 21, 1:00 PM

District 23 STAC: Monday September 22 thru Saturday, September 27

STAC Swiss Teams: Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 PM

There will be Friday night games on September 5 and September 19.

There are Handicapped Swiss Teams every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.

 

Club Championships

 

The Non Life Master Club Championship on July 16 was won by Nancy Collinge/Sara Doktor in Flights A and B with a tie for Flight C honors between Ed Srenco/Greg Black and Guy Brackett/Robert Daniel. On July 21 MaryBelle Hoenig/Mark Sinagra won first overall honors in the Club Championship. The Club Championship on July 25 was won by John Brailliar/Robert Rothman in Flight A with Allen Hamburger/Ron Murray taking Flight B. The A/X Barometer Unit game on August 2 was headed by John and Bea Brailliar in Flight A with Sheryl Kohlhoff/Patricia Taylor leading the X Flight. The Flight BC Barometer Unit game on August 2 saw Robert Stillwell/Mahin Khadivi on top in Flight B and Zulmira Faris/Juanita Smith leading Flight C. On August 15 the Club Championship was captured by Bruce Horiguchi/Mark Tang in Flight A with Beth Weinstein/Marilyn Smith on top in Flight B.

 

Swiss Team Winners

 

The July 15 Swiss resulted in a tie between the teams of Lucy Tredennick. Dean Kaloudis, Valerie Gamio, Diana Budkin and Jeff Strutzel, Andy Anderson, Bruce and Chiye Horiguchi. The July 22 Handicapped Swiss game was won by the quartet of Freddie Spradlin, Henry Crowder, Winnie Ninneman and Bruce Merchant. On July 29 the leading quartet was Jim Dutton, Bronek Felczer, Luis Gamio and Elli Szeps. The August 5 Swiss was won by Freddie Spradlin, Henry Crowder, Winnie Ninneman and Bruce Merchant. On August 12 the leaders were John J. McDermott, Bo Bogema, Mary Ann Coyle and John Farr in Flight A with Jeff Strutzel, Chiye Horiguchi, Andy Anderson and Al Blinder leading Flight B and Bronek Felczer, Jim Dutton, Elli Szeps and Luis Gamio on top in Flight C.

 

Western Conference STAC Overall Placers in SBBC Games

 

The following pairs placed in the overalls during the recent Western Conference STAC.

 

Monday Morning, August 4

3A Jackie Hess/John Brailliar

4A Ted Gibbs/Gary King

9A Barbara White/Carol Mason

 

Monday Evening, August 4, AUX Pairs

6A 5B Wilma Brickley/Annette Morgan

 

Wednesday Morning, August 6 49 er Pairs

4A Lucy Tredennick/Bruce Horiguchi

9B 5C Mary Overby/Bee-De Lim

 

Wednesday Evening, August 6, NLM Pairs

5A 3B 3C Greg Black/Ed Srenco

 

Thursday Evening, August 7

5A 1B Mark Raggio/Steve Ramos

8A Mary Ann Coyle/Jerome Drayton

 

Friday Morning, August 8

8B Kim Wang/John Williams

 

Congratulations

 

Alan Flower recently left his directing duties at the SBBC. Perhaps he decided to turn Pro. Alan and his teammates representing District 23 finished in the runner up position in the Flight C Grand National Teams during the Las Vegas NABC. Congrats Alan.

 

Thanks to All

 As many of you know the Las Vegas NABC got off to kind of a bad start for me. I woke up on the first day of the tourney with a medical problem. This resulted in a 2+ day stay in a Las Vegas hospital that I wouldn't rate as having the best dining in Vegas. I was such a bad patient they kicked me out with relief after a couple days. It probably wasn't recommended by the doctors but I then played 2 sessions a day for 7 straight days. It would have made a great story to report that I won a national championship. Alas, that didn't happen. I don't think my medical problem had any effect on the Bridge thinking part of my brain but from the results I attained you might think otherwise.

 All that aside, I would like to give a blanket thanks to all of the many well-wishers who offered me encouragement when I finally showed up at the tournament.

 

GUV Award

 

I am sharing the GUV Award this month with Gerri Carlson. This award is being given for a couple of our performances at the Las Vegas NABC.

 Gerri made a questionable take out double playing with Ron Carlson. When the smoke had cleared Ron wound up playing 3 Clubs doubled down 8 for a minus 2300, perhaps the biggest number of the tourney. At least she arranged for her partner to have the pleasure of playing it. Her rationale seemed to be that the opponents had a slam. True, but it was pointed out to Gerri that minus 2300 was a bigger negative than any Grand Slam the opponents might have had.

 After the game we both sat in front of a couple Video Poker machines. After a prolonged series of losers I finally drew a pat full house. At last, big money. Gerri told me to hit the hold button on all the dealt cards. I replied "What do you think I am…dumb?" and then proceeded to prove it. I hit the button to replace all the cards I didn't want. Unfortunately I had forgotten to take Gerri's advice and put all my hand on hold. I wiped out the full house and wound up a loser one more time.

 

Na Zdrowie

 

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