Morganton Bridge Sectional

Mom and I played three sessions at the ACBL bridge sectional tournament in Morganton this week-end. (Actually Mom played two additional sessions with a partner from the partnership desk.) Each session is about 24 hands of duplicate bridge in 3-4 hours and is much more tiring than one would think. At the Raleigh sectional my legs were getting cramped from sitting that long in such a tense state. Fortunately for my legs, we were playing East-West, which meant we had to move tables after every few hands.

2005 Bridge Sectional at Morganton, NC,
That’s Mom in the magenta at the front table.

Our results weren’t too bad. I think our percentage results were 45%, 51%, and 56%, with 50% being average (and the vast majority of scores are between 40% and 60%). We earned a total of about 1.5 masterpoints, which is the ACBL cumulative rating system. I have about 25 points toward the 300 needed to get the coveted “Life Master” ranking. I’m currently tied for first in my unit’s Mini-McKenney Junior Master of the Year count, mainly on the strength of one good day at the Wilmingtion regional earlier this year, which was our first time playing duplicate together.

The Morganton sectional is the most popular in the region, and I can see why. The organizers were friendly and on the ball, and there was plenty of food all the time. Ham biscuits and bagels for breakfast, hotdogs and salads for lunch, and home-made desserts for snacks. I was also pleased to see fruit juice in addition to the usual array of sodas.

I’m encouraged by our results because we lost a lot of points from correctable mistakes, mostly on my side. So we have room to improve without changing our systems.