Mining gold in coal country

WILKES-BARRE, PA - In between work assignments at the end of one week in northern Pennsylvania and in Washington, DC, at the beginning of the next, I decided to drop in for the final days of the Wilkes-Barre, PA, Winter Regional duplicate bridge tournament (March 8-10, 2013) that annually attracts … [Read more...]

Lost in San Diego, but stolen bid saved the day

SAN DIEGO - Local bridge clubs want to keep the rent low to keep card fees low and they’re often located in out-of-the-way places, making them hard to find for strangers. So my partner Christine Matus and I got horribly lost this weekend (3/1/2013 to 3/3/2013) trying to find San Diego’s Adventures … [Read more...]

Could have made slam, but didn’t even make 3 diamonds

WEST CHESTER, PA - Although we had a decent 54% game, my partner Christine Matus and I had our string of victories (or ties for tops) broken this week at the Monday night (2-15-2013) game at Hershey’s Mill, a nice game with a lot of nice people that we want to continue to support – it’s a $5 game … [Read more...]

Stealing a win at the Blue Hen Sectional

WILMINGTON, DE - My partner Christine Matus and I seem to do best in bridge tournaments when we go some place where nobody knows us and we can fly under the radar. That wasn’t possible this past Saturday (2-23) at the Bridge Studio of Delaware’s Blue Hen Sectional when we both got mini-McKinney … [Read more...]

Fun bridge, but tough sledding in Ohio

CANTON, Ohio - To go all the way into snowy Ohio in the middle of the winter for three bridge games in two days may seem like a long way to go for a small harvest of just .41 MasterPoints, but that’s exactly what my partner Christine Matus and I did this past weekend. Well, it wasn’t quite that … [Read more...]

Psych bid: Down 2, but still a winner

Snow kept down attendance at the Wednesday night (2-13) game at the Delaware Bridge Studio and with 2.5 tables, every board was played only twice, so you got a win, a loss or a tie on the board – there were no in-between scores. With that kind of scoring, anything can happen and in this case the … [Read more...]

A rowdy weekend of director’s calls

BALA CYNWYD, PA - My partner Christine Matus and I had an up-and-down weekend at this year’s second winter Sectional at the Bala Golf Club (Feb. 8-10, 2013), but we ended on an up note on Sunday winning six head-to-head matches in the four-person Swiss tournament finale with our friends and … [Read more...]

Tennis trip with a healthy side game of bridge

JACKSONVILLE, FL - While in Jacksonville, FL, to watch the American tennis players demolish Brazil in the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup over the weekend, my partner Christine Matus and I managed to get in a side game of bridge Friday morning at the Lakeside Bridge Club. We couldn’t dance the … [Read more...]

Psyching ’em out in Mechanicsburg

MECHANICSBURG, PA - We had great confidence that the road crews would clear the Pennsylvania Turnpike overnight after last Friday’s snow event, and our confidence turned out to be entirely justified as my partner Christine Matus and I made it to this past weekend’s Sectional duplicate bridge … [Read more...]

Stealing a bid while playing hooky

PHILADELPHIA - My partner Christine Matus and I went on a mentoring mission to an inner-city school last Friday, and after so much do-gooder activity, we felt the need to balance the ledger and do something absolutely criminal. So like good partners in crime, before going back to work we played … [Read more...]