Winter Sectional Results

The results are in for the Winter Sectional. Results can be found here.

May "Learn Bridge in a Day" Scheduled
 
"Learn Bridge in a Day" is scheduled for May 7 at Temple Reyim in Newton.  The flyer describing the event is here.

Thanks, once again, to Lisa Procter for organizing the event and Adam Parrish for teaching.  This the fourth installment of program.  If you have some time that day, they can use volunteers.  Please see the flyer.
 

Quick Trick Newsletter for First Quarter, 2017

The Quick Trick Newsletter - a summary of what's going on in EMBA in the next few months - is available here.

EMBA Election Results

The results of the EMBA Elections were announced at the Holiday Sectional. The President for the coming year is Bob McCaw and the Vice President and head of the Tournament Committee is Luke Gillespie. For a complete list of officers and board members, please check the "Who's Who" tab on the left or click here.

If you haven't served on the Board, please consider doing so in the future. It's a great opportunity to give back to the game we all love.
 
Giant STaC Benefits Gatlinburg

From December 12 to December 18, a nation-wide STaC game was held to benefit the victims of the wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN and surrounding areas. Over 42% of the country participated, including District 25 here in New England.

Preliminary results of this event are here.  A lot of players from EMBA did well!

Holiday Tournament Results

Attendance was great at the EMBA Holiday Tournament. Thanks to all who participated.

The big winners of the weekend were Maxim Siline and Carrie Xiaoqian Liu, who won the two-session Bill Hunter Cup pairs on Saturday, and then, with teammates Carole Weinstein and Luke Gillespie, won the Flight A/X Swiss on Sunday.  Thanks to Tim Hill for this photo of Sunday's winners.


 

For complete results of the tournament in "leaderboard" format, please click here. Complete details, including recaps and hand records, are here.

Fall Sectional and NAP Results

Watertown hosted an unusual dual tournament on October 7 to 9. In additional to the Fall Sectional, the Flight A North American Pairs took place on Saturday and Sunday in the same venue. The Flight A NAP is probably the toughest pair event held in New England. It drew quite well this past weekend, with 22 tables in play. The pool was full of sharks!

First place in the event was taken by EMBA's Lloyd Arvedon and Jay Stiefel of Connecticut, followed closely by the Connecticut pair of Doug Doub and Frank Merblum. Third place went to the Cape's Margie Sullivan and Steve Rzewski. These three pairs will be sent to the Nationals in Kansas City next Spring to compete at the National level.

Remember that the Flight B and C NAP's will be held at the Mansfield Regional.

Complete results from the Fall Sectional are here. Of special note: Larry Hanerfeld and Anita Taylor nearly won both ends of the Saturday pairs. Congratulations to the Flight C pair that beat them in the afternoon, Robert Farmer and Catarina Kiefe, with better than a 67% game.



New Kid in Town

Don Caplin is well known for encouraging young people to take up bridge. He can often be spotted playing duplicate with one of his young proteges, many of which have become very successful players.

One of his latest is Harrison Luba, a 12 year old who just moved here from Hilton Head, SC. Thanks to Don for this article introducing Luba.


Quick Trick

For many years, the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association published a quarterly newsletter with news of tournament results, listings of upcoming tournaments, and so forth. Recently, it has seemed that with advent of the Internet, the Quick Trick did not really justify the time and expense required to produce it. Producing a glossy newsletter was very time consuming and rather costly, and the costs of mailing were prohibitive (actually, a substantial portion of EMBA's annual budget). So, a couple of years ago, the Board of Directors decided to discontinue its publication.

We are pleased to announce an "electronic Quick Trick" -- a stripped down and abbreviated version of the old newsletter that hopefully contains most of the former newsletter's information, and which can be produced at a fraction of the cost. Thanks to Carolyn Weiser for producing the new version. It may be viewed here.