Richmond Recaptures Challenge Match Trophy

Captained by Ed Kinlaw, the RBA brought back the Challenge Match Trophy Saturday, March 25, scoring 465 points to easily outdistance Tidewater (384 points) and host Peninsula (352) in the annual competition among the three ACBL units. Each unit fielded two teams in five brackets, competing in 12-board swiss events against the other four teams in the bracket.

Leading the way was the bracket 3 team of Randall Holden, Paul Anderson, Ruth Miles and Bob Quisenberry who scored 69 points our of a possible 80 (86.25%), winning the prize for highest scoring team. The second highest scoring team came from Richmond as well with the foursome of Ed Kinlaw, Jim Creech, Ransone Price and Dave Trent, scoring 63 points (78.75%).

Competing for Richmond were Harry Gellis, Bob and Mimi Pustilnik, John Kloke, Paul McGowan, Mike Spooner, George Lewis and Steve Perry in bracket 1; Ed Kinlaw, Jim Creech, Ransone Price, Dave Trent, Neil and Helen Moran, Sarah Browning and Margaret Anderson in bracket 2; Barry and Winnie Fratkin , Anne Atwood, Anne West, Paul Anderson, Bob Quisenberry, Randall Holden and Ruth Miles in bracket 3; Govind Narayan, Chris D’Ambra, David and Alice Prior, Tom Kasvin, Mary Baril, Jack Spooner and Donnie Walsh in bracket 4; and Landon Woody, Joan Wingfield, Karen Hamlett, Jane Riddle, Elizabeth and Bill Childrey, Betty Richardson and Heather Harper in bracket 5.

The match was hosted by Unit 110 (Peninsula) at the Ford’s Colony Club House. Mike Jenks and his committee put on a well organized and smooth running event. Congratulations to the Richmond team for bringing back the trophy.

The scores are now posted on the Unit 110 website. Go to and look to the right side under “Results” and click on March 25.  

Team Holden, Anderson, Miles, Quisenberry–86.25%

Friendly Bridge Class Begins Mar 26

Friendly BridgeThe new Friendly Bridge class for newcomers begins again on Sunday, March 26, 2017. No registration required. Just show up at the Bridge Center (1911 Bishop Road, behind Krispy Kreme just west of Staples Mill and Broad) on Sunday between 5:30 and 5:45. The lessons are from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. You will receive a FREE BOOK, and the first 4 lessons are FREE! At week 5, you will pay $4.00 per week. Please come and try bridge out. You will learn a new skill while meeting some very nice folks. It might be the best decision you ever made!


Mike Fine, 1928-2017

Myron Alan “Mike” Fine
October 17, 1928 – January 21, 2017

Mike Fine, one of the best bridge players in the area and a shining light for the RBA, passed away, January 21 at the age of 88. Mike started the EasyBridge! program in Richmond in 2001. These classes became Friendly Bridge, a terrifically successful program for beginning bridge players. He served as President of the RBA for many years and successfully guided the unit through difficult times.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mike and his brother Gerry moved to Richmond in the 50’s, and ran Fine Brothers Supermarket. In the early 70’s he started a new venture, Fine Windshield Repair which he owned for 42 years before retiring last year.

Over the years he found time to play in regional and local bridge tournaments, earning the distinction of Diamond Life Master with over 7,100 points. Only five active players have accumulated more points in the Richmond area.

Mike was always eager to help up-and-coming players with tips and suggestions on bridge. He and his long-time partner, Dickie Hamilton were recognized at the October RBA Sectional on Dickie’s 95th birthday. They promptly recorded a 62% game. Not only will Mike be missed at The Bridge Center, but the RBA and the entire bridge community has suffered a tremendous loss.

The ACBL Bridge Bulletin will publish an obituary for Mike in April.

Rank Changes for January 2017

It was announced in the December Bridge Bulletin that Dewayne Jones had achieved Platinum Life Master! And yet, that information has never been published on the ACBL Web Site. Sorry this was overlooked here, so a big congratulations to Dewayne on the amazing accomplishment of 10,000 masterpoints!

Congratulations to all other Unit 109 players who have received a new rank as of January 2017, especially those who achieved Life Master or above:

Silver Life Master: Susan MacLaughlin
Bronze Life Master: Terry Grady
Bronze Life Master: Robert Kutz
Life Master: Christine D’Ambra
Life Master: Hannah Gallier
Life Master: Tom Kasvin

For a complete listing of all December rank changes, go to