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Farewell Peter Herold

Peter Herold, 1946-2019

Canadian bridge has lost a significant member and friend with the passing of Peter Herold. Peter died peacefully in his sleep after a long, optimistic and courageous battle with cancer.

Peter was a part of the lives of many Canadian bridge players. He was taught to play bridge at a young age by his grandmother, and always loved the game. He became a passionate, skilled, and highly regarded duplicate player.

His significant accomplishments included victories in the Canadian National Team Championships, the Canadian Open Pairs Championships, and the Australian National Open Pairs.

His sense of humour and love of life will be greatly missed by his wife, Alana, and his many friends. A big party will be planned at a future date in Victoria, to commemorate his passing.

2019 NAP National Finals

The Flight C pairs highlighted D19’s representation at the North American Pairs (NAP) National Finals played at NABC Memphis on March 30 and 31.

Of the 88 Flight C pairs who entered the two-day event from across the ACBL, all four D19 pairs qualified on Saturday for the two-session final on Sunday.

Three of the four D19 pairs finished in the top 16 overall in the event, an amazing show of strength of Flight C pairs in D19.

Finishing 16th overall in the NAP Flight C National Finals — and becoming Life Masters in the process —Mark McWiggins and Craig Von Land, from Issaquah and Seattle, WA respectively


Finishing 12th overall in the NAP Flight C National Finals, Morris Chen and Qiang Hua, both of Surrey, BC


Finishing 13th overall in the NAP Flight C National Finals, the Souza brothers Felipe and Guilherme, both of Bellevue, WA

2018 D19 GNT winners

The 2018 D19 Grand National Teams (GNT) Open and Flight B Finals took place March 24-25 in Everett, WA.

The winners are:

2018 D19 GNT Finals Open

Stan Christie, Henry Lortz, Mike Christensen, Ray Miller


2018 D19 GNT Finals Flight B 

Chris Pesce, Chris Jarvis, Rex Tu, Jack Yuan

The Flight A and Flight C Finals will take place the weekend of April 14-15 in Vancouver, BC.

More information can be found on our GNT page.

Bill Gates takes on the world’s top players in the greatest computer aided bridge contest of all time

The Yeh Online Bridge World Cup

There will be an online world bridge event featuring 4 mixed teams from 3 continents. The teams are each composed of one celebrity and 5 top players. The event will be publicized and viewed online as well as have spectators at each site. Players on a team will all be playing from the same location.

The USA site is Seattle at the Silver Cloud Broadway Hotel, where the BBO team will be playing. the BBO team is: Bill Gates – Sharon Osberg, Bob Hammon – Jill Myers, Fred Gitelman – Sheri Winestock. See the schedule at

One of many news items:

You are welcome to visit the event at the playing site. You can see the players and watch the play form vugraph or computers. Refreshments will be served. Of course you can watch from home but it’s more exciting to attend a session.

This is a unique chance for you to be a spectator at a unique event – to watch the famous entrepreneur Bill Gates, who will start the event by playing the first match on Monday, October 31st, competing against some of the greatest bridge players in the world. He and the other top international players on the BBO team located in Seattle will take on teams from three continents in an online contest – a contest that you will have the opportunity to view in real time at the Silver Cloud Hotel, Seattle Broadway.

This exciting three day event will start on Monday, October 31st and end November 1 midnight Seattle (and November 2 in Europe and China).  Details of the matches and times of play in Seattle can be found at

There will be plenty of room for spectators and refreshments will be provided. You will be able to watch the action on a big screen and listen to expert commentary by Barry Rigal and Zia Mahmood as well as from other commentators located in the other venues.

This is the first time such an exciting and innovative tournament has been staged, using the latest technology that allows the players to participate using BBO and OurGame software.

More information from :


(Source: Al Levy, ACBL board of Directors, WBF Executive VP)

New look for website

You might have noticed that the website looks somewhat different. Rest assured, all the content and menus are still there.

Our previous theme (which determines how the site looks like) was no longer supported, thus requiring a change. The new theme allows for a cleaner, crisper appearance and is also responsive, meaning that it works well with mobile devices.

For those of a more technical bent, the theme is based on WordPress Twentyfourteen. I have made substantive modifications to the color scheme and font sizing. In the olden days (circa 1990s) each page had to be hand coded in html. Then came cascading style sheets, javascript and other tools. WordPress themes integrate these tools and allow the website’s look to be easily changed.

Comments and suggestions can be sent to the webmaster.

D19 website now hosted on new server

On June 1 we migrated the D19 website to a new server, which will result in better performance and easier maintenance. During the migration process (June 1-2)  website access was unreliable.

The site is now fully operational, however should you experience any difficulties, please send an email to with a description of the problem encountered.

The Longest Day – Trump Alzheimer’s on June 20th



This year marks the 4th annual The Longest Day fundraising event supporting Alzheimer’s disease care and research. Held on Monday, June 20, 2016, the longest day of the year, this event symbolizes the difficult journey of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

D19 bridge clubs who wish to participate should follow the instructions below:

For clubs in Alaska and Washington, visit and follow the prompts to officially register with the Alzheimer’s Association. Use code “ACBL” for free registration. Next, you schedule as many games as desired on Monday, June 20. All games are eligible for upgraded masterpoints. See the ACBLscore instructions for more information.

For clubs in British Columbia, register free with the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Complete information and instructions are posted on ACBL’s Longest Day/Trump Alzheimer’s FAQ page.

List of Tournaments Updated

The list of D19 tournaments for 2016 has been updated with all Sectional and Regional tournaments from April to December 2016. Whenever available, links to tournament flyers are included. Please access the list from the top menu or by clicking here.

Please address any questions, queries or comments regarding the list to the Webmaster.

JP Weber
D19 Webmaster