Despite a blizzard, snow dumps and complaints about a “real winter,” the Island’s duplicate bridge players keep coming back for new challenges.
On Thursday evening, Feb. 21, 18 players were at the tables for the Island Bridge Club (IBC) game. The Cabots, Dan and Nancy, took first place with a 60.42 percent average game. Barbara Besse and Foster Green were in second place (56.94 percent average game), and Barbara Silk and Richard Williams took third with a 55.56 game.
On Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, there were also 18 players at the MV Bridge Club (MVBC) duplicate game. David Donald and Michel Riel took first with a 69.44 percent average game. Bill Blakesley and Cecily Greenaway took second (64.58 percent game) and in third place was the team of Gerry Averill and Carol Whitmarsh (61.11 percent game).
The Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, Edgartown Bridge Club (EBC) gathering also had five full tables of competitors. Joan Perrine and Diana (Dinny) Dozier took first place with a 64.58 percent average game. In second the team of Scottie Vail and Claudia Bowser had a 55.56 percent game and the third place finishers — Carol Whitmarsh and Barbara Silk — had a 54.17 percent average game.
The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) sanctions three duplicate bridge clubs on Martha’s Vineyard although it is not necessary to belong to the ACBL in order to join these duplicate competitions.
The MVBC game is held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven. Admission is $4. Contact Sue at 508-693-9396 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in finding an available partner.
The IBC game is held Thursday evenings at 7 pm at Howes House in West Tisbury. Players needing a partner are urged to contact Gerry at 508-693-2889 or email@example.com by noon on Wednesday for assistance. Admission is $5.
The Edgartown Bridge Club (EBC) meets on Monday afternoons at 12:30 pm at the Edgartown Yacht Club. Players need to come with a partner, admission is $6. Novice players wishing to be matched up with an experienced player need to contact Gail Farrish at 508-627-5476.
Editor’s note: Bridge columnist Susan Silk plans to take a break from her reporting duties. This will be the last weekly bridge column for the foreseeable future.