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Platinum, Emerald and Gold

Patrick Carter, now Emerald.

Grand-Master is a significant achievement for bridge players. A select few play more, win more master-points and achieve the ranks of Silver and Gold Grand-Master. A very very few go even higher and become Emerald and Platinum Grand Masters.

These last two ranks are extremely rare. For Emerald you need 8,000 A and B points of which at least 6,000 must be A Points. For Platinum, it is 10,000 A and B of which at least 7,500 must be A. Gold is a mere 4,000 A and B points of which 2500 must be A. 

So, you have a little way to go? Don’t worry, we have only one Platinum Grand Master, Michael Ware, and until very recently, only two Emerald Grand Masters, Ashley Bach and Grant Jarvis. Their rank has just recently been bolstered by a third player, the Auckland Bridge Club’s Patrick Carter.

It is fantastic for any player to reach that level, maybe even more so for Patrick, his home club’s director and scorer for many many years. Consider that Patrick cannot play in all of his own club’s and some regional tournaments. Yet, every year, he accumulates lots and lots of A Points. Congratulations, Patrick.

We want here to salute those who have become Gold or Emerald Grand Masters so far in 2022.

Emerald

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Auckland Bridge Club's  Patrick Carter presented with his plaque by the club President, Wayne Gyde. 

GOLD

Jenna Gibbons Gold GM.jpgMichael Johnstone Gold GM 2022.jpgMurat Genc Gold GM.jpg     Andrew Tarbutt  .jpg
Jenna Gibbons                  Michael Johnstone                    Murat Genc ( with the plaque presented    Andrew Tarbutt 
                                                                                           to him by NZ Bridge Board member 
                                                                                           Sam Coutts)

Jenna, whose home club is the Waikato Bridge Club in Hamilton, but who is also a member of Hamilton, Te Puke and 
Tauranga clubs, actually won Gold at the end of 2021 but was presented with her plaque this year. Michael is a member of 
 Timaru Bridge Club while Murat is a member of the Otago Bridge Club. Andrew, a member at Orewa, is yet to be presented 
his award. 

Congratulations to all the above and may all readers enjoy their next and future games even if they are a little way off the achievements of the above.

Richard Solomon

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