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Wednesdays

     No Wednesday games for now.  If you would be interested in a Swiss Team Game or a Limited Pairs Game (499er, 299er, 199er, etc.) or a Limited Swiss Team Game, or any other type of game on Wednesday evenings, please speak to me (Doug) about it.  Or also please feel free to email me (dough0918@aol.com) or phone me (925:938-4493) about it (or about anything else, really).  If I can sense there is enough interest in a Wednesday game to make it work, we could certainly have one.

 
     RESULTS FROM TONIGHT'S GAME (NOVEMBER 19) POSTED HERE (ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THIS PAGE) @ 11:30 pmNOTES AND OBSERVATIONS (BLOG) FROM THIS GAME WILL BE POSTED LATER IN THE WEEK.  AS USUAL, FOR LACK OF ANYTHING BETTER TO DO W/ THE SPACE BELOW, WE WILL LEAVE THERE THE BLOG FROM THAT GAME (OF 2 WEEKS AGO) UNTIL WE GET TIME TO POST ONE FOR TONIGHT'S GAME.  THANKS ALL FOR YOUR PATIENCE W/ THIS. 

 
     IN THE 499er SECTION, ELAINE and ARNITA THOROUGHLY DOMINATED, ROLLING UP A SCORE OF 26.5 (AVERAGE WAS 20, SO THIS WAS A 66% GAME).  THEIR MarginOfVictory WAS 3 FULL BOARDS OVER 2nd PLACE PAIR MARILYN T. and JEFF WHO CONTINUED WHAT IS NOW A FINE 4 WEEK RUN OF, IN ORDER, THE FOLLOWING (CONSECUTIVE...IN A ROW) FINISHES: 1st, 1st, 2nd, and 2nd.  CONGRATS TO THEM.  ON THIS NIGHT THEIR FINAL SCORE WAS 20.5 (51%).  ALSO SCRATCHING WERE A PAIR (OF PAIRS), SPECIFICALLY KC (KATHLEEN) and BILL W. ALONG W/ NANCY and BERT WHO MANAGED TO EFFECT A TIE FOR 2nd/3rd PLACE IN STRAT B (AND ALSO C, BUT THE HIGHER AWARD COMES FROM THE FORMER).  THEY EACH SCORED 19.5 (49%). 

 
     KIND OF A SURPRISE THIS SECTION WAS SO SMALL THIS WEEK...GUESSING IT WAS A ONE-WEEK BLIP, LOTS OF FOLKS HAD OTHER PLANS ALL AT THE SAME TIME...OR A COUPLE OR FEW WERE SICK... 

 
     ON TO THE OPEN SECTION, CERTAINLY A NICE TURN-OUT, AND A HEALTHY WIN FOR SIDNEY and HANK A WEEK BEFORE THEY WILL MISS A WEEK, SIDNEY TAKING A TRAVEL VACA W/ HIS FIANCEE AMY.  THEY SCORED 59 (AVERAGE WAS 48, THUS 61%) AND HAD AN MOV OF SLIGHTLY MORE THAN A FULL BOARD OVER 2nd PLACERS GLENN and DAVID G. WHO SCORED 54.5 (57%).  3rd PLACE WENT TO JAMES SQUARED (JAMES and JIM S.) WHO SCORED 52.5 (55%).  RIGHT BEHIND THEM IN 4th WERE BLAIR and JIM K. W/ 51.5 (54%).  ALSO SCRATCHING, SOMEONE WE HADN'T SEEN IN QUITE A WHILE LAURA DAVIS IN TOWN BRIEFLY WHILE HER HUSBAND RECOVERS FROM AN ILLNESS BEFORE THEY RESUME TRAVELLING AND WHILE SHE IS HERE, SHE WILL BE EXERCISING HER BRIDGE ITCH (HUSBAND DOESN'T PLAY).  SHE WAS PLAYING W/ DAVEY C. (CARTWRIGHT) AND THEY SCORED 50.5 (53%), GOOD FOR 2nd PLACE IN STRAT B.  ALSO A TIE FOR 1st/2nd IN STRAT C FOR LILI and MARCIA WHO, ALONG W/ SARLA and AMY, EACH SCORED 42 (44%). 

 
     NO FIRST-TIMERS TONIGHT BUT MANY THANKS (AGAIN) TO CONNIE FOR FILLING IN FOR US TO ROUND OUT THE PARTNERSHIP DESK'S MATRIX OF PAIRING FOLKS, SOME OF WHOSE REGULAR PARTNERS WERE JUST NOT ABLE TO PLAY ON THIS NIGHT.  COUNTY COUNT TONIGHT INCLUDED 7 CONTRA COSTANS, 22% OF OUR 32 PLAYERS WHO MADE IT IN. 

 
     AGAIN, MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME IN TO PLAY AND CONGRATS TO THOSE WHO PLAYED WELL ENOUGH TO SCRATCH.  WRITING THE LAST OF THIS ON SUNDAY NIGHT (6 NIGHTS AFTER THE GAME WAS ACTUALLY HELD AND THE NIGHT BEFORE OUR NEXT GAME).  DO HOPE TO SEE Y'ALL THEN, SO TILL THEN...          


Fridays

 
 

     If you need to phone Doug at Vet's Bldg. (playing site), you can use 510:652-2587 (no voicemail, so it works only after about 7:10 pm--on game nights).  NO FRIDAY GAMES FOR NOW... 

     SCORES FROM TONIGHT'S (NOVEMBER 12) GAME ARE POSTED IN THE FAR LEFT COLUMN, AS USUAL, AND THEY WERE PUT UP @ 11/30 pm.  NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS (BLOG) FOLLOW, BEING POSTED AS WE SPEAK (FIGURATIVELY) ON SUNDAY EVENING, A DAY PRIOR TO OUR NEXT GAME TOMORROW NIGHT (NOVEMBER 19). 

 
     IN THE 499er SECTION, N/S WINNERS IN THEIR FIRST GAME TOGETHER IN SOME TIME WERE ARNE and RON WHO PUT UP A BIG SCORE OF 55 (AVERAGE WAS 40, SO THIS TRANSLATES TO 69%).  MarginOfVictgory WAS A BIT MORE THAN 2 FULL BOARDS.  NEXT BEST, GRABBING 2nd PLACE WERE NANCY and JEFF (REGULAR PARTNERS JANIS and MARILYN T. UNAVAILABLE), THUS CONTINUING JEFF's STREAK, NOW 5 CONSECUTIVE 1st OR 2nd PLACE FINISHES.  THEY SCORED 47 (59%).  ALSO SCRATCHING WERE CONNIE and BERT WHO TALLIED 37 (46%) TO TAKE 2nd PLACE IN STRAT B AND ALSO KAREN and JERRY WHOSE SCORE OF 36 (45%) EARNED THEM 1st PLACE IN STRAT C. 

 
     E/W TOM and ARTHUR ALSO HAD A BIG GAME, SCORING 53 (66%), MOV JUST UNDER 2 1/2 FULL BOARDS.  TAKING 2nd PLACE WERE HELENE and JOHN V. W/ A SCORE OF 43 (53%).  ALSO SCRATCHING WERE ED L. and ROGO (ROD) WHOSE 42 (52%) WAS ENOUGH FOR 2nd IN STRAT C. 

 
     IN THE OPEN SECTION AN EXCITING WIN FOR A NEW PARTNERSHIP FEATURING A NEW (TO US) PLAYER AS LO-IE (LOIS) and JON ATKINSON SCORED 42.86 (36 WAS AVERAGE, TRANSLATING TO 59.53%).  THEIR MOV WAS A BIT MORE THAN A FULL BOARD OVER 2 PAIRS WHO TIED FOR 2nd/3rd.  ONE WAS STRAT C PAIR LISA and FOSTER (MANY PROPS TO THEM, AGAIN, FOR PLAYING W/ THE "BIG FOLKS" AND BEATING MOST OF THEM, DESPITE BEING OUT EXPERIENCED BY TONS IN MOST CASES).  THE OTHER WAS STRAT A PAIR DAVID G. and GLENN.  EACH OF THESE PAIRS SCORED 39.43 (54.76%).  JAMES SQUARED (JIM S. and JAMES) PLACED 4th SCORING 37.71 (52.38%). 

 
     SO WE MENTIONED THIS NIGHT'S FIRST-TIMER ABOVE, JON ATKINSON, WHO IS HERE WORKING FOR SOME UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF TIME, HOPEFULLY QUITE A WHILE, AS HE CAME ACROSS TO ME IN A COUPLE OF PRETTY FUN (FOR ME) PHONE CALLS AS A VERY SOFT-SPOKEN AND KIND PERSON WHO ALSO CLEARLY KNOWS HOW TO PLAY.  AS EVIDENCED BY THEIR WIN, HE ALSO SEEMS TO HAVE BONDED QUICKLY AND WELL W/ LO-IE (LOIS) WHO WAS KIND ENOUGH TO COME IN AFTER GAME TIME WHEN CALLED, AS THE ORIGINAL PARTNER W/ WHOM I HAD PLANNED TO PAIR JON BECAME UNAVAILABLE TO PLAY AT THE LAST MINUTE WHEN HER HUSBAND, WHO HAS AND HAD BEEN SICK, SUDDENLY TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE.  OF COURSE JON MAY NOT BE AS HAPPY TO BE HERE AS WE ARE TO HAVE HIM, HIS WIFE AND GROWN CHILDREN BEING MOST OF THE WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN OHIO.  BUT HE IS THERE NOW VISITING THEM OVER T'GIVING WEEK, RETURNING TO US IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. 

 
     MY COUNTY COUNT REVEALS 6 CONTRA COSTANS PLUS JON (RENTING AN APARTMENT NEAR CENTRAL OAKLAND FOR AS LONG AS HE'LL BE HERE, BUT I THINK WE MUST COUNT HIM AS AN ACTUAL OHIOAN) OR 7 OF OUR 42 PLAYERS, NOT QUITE 17%, ON THIS NIGHT AS HAVING MADE SOME SORT OF OUT-OF-ALAMEDA-COUNTY JOURNEY TO PLAY W/ US.  THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. 

 
     ALSO OUR THANKS TO CONNIE AND LO-IE, BOTH OF WHOM RESPONDED TO OUR CALLS TO COME AND FILL-IN FOR US TO MAKE IT A BETTER GAME WHEN WE NEEDED THEM. 

 
     AND FINALLY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU, AS IS TRUE EACH AND EVERY WEEK, WHO CAME TO PLAY W/ US ON THIS NIGHT AND PROPS AND CONGRATS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ALSO SCRATCHED AND EARNED MASTER POINTS.  DO HOPE TO SEE Y'ALL (AND MORE) JUST SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 24 HOURS FROM NOW ON MONDAY NIGHT FOR OUR NEXT GAME.  TILL THEN...