New Schedule for North American Pairs

The North American Pairs will be held concurrently with other tournaments this year. Flight A will be a four session event held on Saturday and Sunday in Watertown in October. Flights B and C will be held on the weekend in the Mansfield regional, with Flight B four sessions and Flight C two sessions on Saturday. This is a different format than in past years, so please mark your calendar.

Cape Tournament Results

The first ever summer Cape tournament was a resounding success, with over 300 tables playing. EMBA Vice President Bob Bertoni deserves a big shout-out for spearheading the effort to organize the new tournament.

There were many winners over the four day period, and you can find them all in the listing here.

EMBA Slate for Officers and Board of Directors Announced

The slate for Officers and the Board of Directors of EMBA has been announced for 2017.


President Bob McCaw
Vice President Luke Gillespie
Secretary Carolyn Weiser
Treasurer Linda Robinson


Mark Aquino
David Aronson
Bob Bertoni
Maureen Bitler
Steve Diamond
Peter Lombardo
Brenda Montague
Jan Smola
Paul Tierney

Further nominations may be made by petition signed by 25 EMBA members in good standing received by September 1, 2016.

News Flash! New England Team Wins Grand National Teams

The New England team of Adam and Zach Grossack and their teammates Doug Doub and Frank Merblum won the Grand National Teams, prevailing over a field of teams that included a number of absolute top stars. This win is Adam and Zach's second national win, and surely more will follow. Doug and Frank, for people not familiar with them, are a very fine pair from Connecticut that has enjoyed considerable success at the national level over the years.

Later in the week, EMBA's own Sheila Gabay, together with her partner, Victor King of Hartford and Paul and Linda Lewis of Las Vegas won the Freeman Mixed B-A-M.  The victory was doubly sweet for Victor because he advanced to Grand Life Master with win.

Great work to all!

Cape Tournament Coming Up!

The Cape Cod tournament is being held in the summer this year!  August 4-7, Hyannis at the Barnstable Intermediate School, 865 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA.  Get the silver points you need to move up the ACBL ranks!

All games will start at 10 and 2:30.  Single session open and 299er pairs will be held Thursday and Friday.  There will be a two session open pair event on Saturday and two single session 299er games.  Sunday features an open Swiss Team.   See here for the tournament flyer for more information and directions..

Lunch will be available every day, and pizza is included in the price of the Sunday tournament. 

Lodging is available at Hyannis and West Yarmouth are the towns most convenient to the tournament.


Memorial Sectional Results

The results for the Memorial Sectional are in.  On Friday night, Mark Aquino and Selen Hotamisligil extended their recent record of success in Watertown by winning the Open Pairs easily.  Peter Zucker and Louis Russo won flight B, Qingyan Yu and Jian Song took Flight C, and Alan Aaron and Robert Bowen won the 299er event.

The Saturday schedule consisted of two single-session pair events.  Rena Liebermann and Shome Mukherjee won the morning game, narrowly beating Kathy Benjamin and Stuart Whittle.  Flight B was won by Maxim Siline and Xiaoqian Liu (more on them later), and Phyllis Benoit and Margaret Moore took flight C.  Nicole and David Gardner won the 299er game, and Barbara and Edward Langley won the 49er game.

In the afternoon, the Siline/Liu pair showed the rest of us what they were made of with a 70.55% game, far outpacing the rest of the field.  Marguerite and David Levin took flight C, and Ellen Thurmond and Ruth Parr won the afternoon 299er game.

The Sunday A/X team game saw Adam Grossack, Linda Robinson, Sheila Gabay and Laurence Lebowitz take flight A, and Albert Votolato,  Grace Charron, Eric Schwartz and Ru Hong Terajewicz take flight X.  In the B/C/D game, Greg Chang, Syed Kausar Amjad, Susan Smith and Michael Smith were the overall winners, and David and Marguerite Levin and David and Nicole Gardner were the winners in flights C and D.  Last but not least, Leonard Strang, Diana Chirita, Muggsie Rocco and Carol Fountain won the 299er game.

As always, more complete results are available by clicking the "Tournament Results" tab on the left of this page.

See you all on the Cape in August!

April Sectional Results

For the high finishers in the April Sectional, please click here.  Of note:

Congratulations to Mark Aquino and Selen Hotamisligil for winning two of the three flight A open pair events.  Mark the Shark has been a fixture in New England bridge for years, but Selen is new on the local bridge scene.  It is clear that she is becoming a force to be reckoned with.  Other multiple winners were David and Nicole Gardner, who won both the Saturday afternoon 299er pairs and, with Susan and Robert Goldberg, took the 299er Swiss on Sunday.

The Friday game had an interesting twist:  it was scored both as a pairs and a Board-a-Match event.  Each pair who participated in the pairs event was matched with a second pair, and the resulting "team" had their combined results scored BAM against the rest of the field.  As it turned out, the winners of the pairs and the winners of the BAM were not the same people.  The result was lots of masterpoints awarded, which is always popular!

February Sectional


Congratulations to the winners of the Flight A Swiss, Bob Bertoni, Peter Manzon, Wayne Burt and Jeffrey Lehman.  A fine performance against the usual tough field.  Not too far behind were the Flight X winners -- Nancy Keller, Cenk Tuncok, Xiaoqian Liu and Maxim Siline.

Taking the Flight B/C/D Swiss were the Flight C pair of Barry Herring, Joseph Foster, Maria Kawka and Marek Kawka. Flight D winners were Skip Page, Ronald Ouellet, David Lawrence and James Hickey. Constance Brown, Frederick Brown, Titian Bett and Martha Bett won the 299er event.

Earlier in the weekend, winners in the Friday night pairs were Sheila Gabay and Rick Binder. The Saturday morning pairs were taken by Amnon Gabay and Charlie Polay, and the afternoon pairs were won by Arkadiusz Sitek and Maya Alela, a flight B pair. The afternoon winners also won flight B in the morning and finished second overall, an impressive performance. Lew Gamerman and Shome Mukherjee also had a good day, finishing second in the afternoon and third in the morning.

In Flight B, Jori Grossack and Tom Seder won Friday night. Flight C was taken on Friday by Marianne Bechet and Richard Silverman. Paul Vena and R. Krieg won flight C on Saturday morning and Ajit Pai and Venky Venkataramani won in the afternoon.

In the 299er events, Joyce Leary and Rob Russell won Friday night. Cookie Melanson and Florence Pressman won Saturday morning and Michael Gorfinkle and Kenneth Coburn won the afternoon. The 49er event was won by Robert Steinbach and Rosemary Thomsen.

For a full list of winners in the old-fashioned "leaderboard" format, please click here. For more detail, including recaps and hand records, click here.