Judy Kay-Wolff

Signs of the Times!

I have been enjoying the Spingold on BBO (still, to me, the most amazing contribution to our game).  Thank you Fred Gitelman and Co.  (Incidentally, I must depart from the topic a moment – to comment on the continuing fabulous updates on the site as it seems to gets better every time I watch it).

This blog was inspired by the fact I was startled to note the change of pace, names and countries represented which certainly speaks well for the allure of the event (despite the absence of monetary prizes).   Of the four teams remaining .. some interesting observations:

1.  Of the four teams, three are six-handed and the remaining one boasts of a foursome.  Thus, a total of twenty-two players.

2.  It is unbelievable that we are hosting seventeen foreign performers in the semi finals.

3.  Thus, only five are American which is a far cry from the early beginnings when just about everyone was from the U. S.  That is, in no way, a put down – but rather an incredible observation of the departure from the pattern when I came on the scene .. in the late fifties. 

4.  The American quintet includes Allan Graves (formerly a Canadian), Joe Grue, Jacob Morgan, Brad Moss and Richie Schwartz,

5.  Two of the five are sponsors and reaching the semi-finals speaks so well for them.

Back to BBO to which I find my eyes glued switching back and forth to the two matches!


Bill CubleyAugust 10th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

A lot of great players and teams have lost already who are all capable of winning the Spingold Trophy.

Guess if I ever enter the event, I might set a record for the biggest loss or withdrawing at the end of the FIRST quarter.

Judy Kay-WolffAugust 10th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Hi Bill:

You have always maintained your great sense of humor which Bobby and I appreciate. You tell it like it is — but never nastily with intent to make others feel bad. We need more people like you in the bridge world. You are a credit to the game and more should, pardon the expression, follow suit.