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COVID-19: An update for District 19 membership from the Board of Directors

The District 19 Board of Directors is doing its best to navigate the challenges and uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Board members are monitoring developments in policies and guidance from national, regional and local government authorities in Canada and US, and the ACBL.  We review, discuss and evaluate implications and plans for D19-sponsored events going forward.  We will keep D19 membership apprised of developments as they take place.  Please see below an update on upcoming events:

D19 Burnaby Regional (April 6-12, 2020)Notice of cancellation of this tournament was provided to D19 membership via email on March 17, 2020.

D19 Grand National Teams (GNT) FinalsThe D19 GNT Finals scheduled for April 18 & 19 at the Vancouver Bridge Centre are cancelled.  The D19 Board is exploring recovery plans for this event.  The ACBL Board of Directors has re-scheduled the North American GNT Finals from NABC Montreal in July to NABC Tampa this fall.  (ACBL will be establishing the dates of the GNT Finals to be held at Tampa.)  Districts are now given until October 1, 2020 to hold their district GNT Finals.  The D19 Board is exploring the alternatives of running this event face-2-face, as it has been, or online.  More information on plans for D19 GNT Finals will be announced when it becomes available.

D19 Penticton Regional (June 15-21, 2020) – At present, this tournament is still “on.”  Financial and other considerations bearing on the decision whether to proceed with the tournament are under review.  The D19 Board will further discuss the situation during its telephonic board meeting the week of April 21.  We expect to make a final decision about Penticton no later than May 1.

ACBL’s North American NAP Finals – Last fall’s 2019 D19 NAP Finals qualified pairs for ACBL’s North American NAP Finals that were to have been held at the cancelled NABC Columbus.  To recover the North American NAP Finals, the ACBL Board of Directors has decided that the event will take place at NABC Montreal in July.  (ACBL will be establishing the dates of the NAP Finals to be held at Montreal.)  If NABC Montreal were to be cancelled, the event would then be down streamed to NABC Tampa and run on dates not to conflict with the GNT Finals to be held at Tampa.  The D19 NAP Coordinator will continue to coordinate plans with pairs who qualified last fall for the North American NAP Finals.

We regret the impacts this situation is having on clubs, units and players.  We will continue to look and plan ahead in pursuit of the best available plans under the circumstances.

Thank you for your understanding,

D19 Board of Directors

COVID-19: An update for District 19 membership from the Board of Directors

The District 19 Board of Directors is doing its best to navigate the challenges and uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Board members are monitoring developments in policies and guidance from national, regional and local government authorities in Canada and US, and the ACBL.  We review, discuss and evaluate implications and plans for D19-sponsored events going forward.  We will keep D19 membership apprised of developments as they take place.  Please see below an update on upcoming events:

D19 Burnaby Regional (April 6-12, 2020)Notice of cancellation of this tournament was provided to D19 membership via email on March 17, 2020.

D19 Grand National Teams (GNT) FinalsThe D19 GNT Finals scheduled for April 18 & 19 at the Vancouver Bridge Centre are cancelled.  The D19 Board is exploring recovery plans for this event.  The ACBL Board of Directors has re-scheduled the North American GNT Finals from NABC Montreal in July to NABC Tampa this fall.  (ACBL will be establishing the dates of the GNT Finals to be held at Tampa.)  Districts are now given until October 1, 2020 to hold their district GNT Finals.  The D19 Board is exploring the alternatives of running this event face-2-face, as it has been, or online.  More information on plans for D19 GNT Finals will be announced when it becomes available.

D19 Penticton Regional (June 15-21, 2020) – At present, this tournament is still “on.”  Financial and other considerations bearing on the decision whether to proceed with the tournament are under review.  The D19 Board will further discuss the situation during its telephonic board meeting the week of April 21.  We expect to make a final decision about Penticton no later than May 1.

ACBL’s North American NAP Finals – Last fall’s 2019 D19 NAP Finals qualified pairs for ACBL’s North American NAP Finals that were to have been held at the cancelled NABC Columbus.  To recover the North American NAP Finals, the ACBL Board of Directors has decided that the event will take place at NABC Montreal in July.  (ACBL will be establishing the dates of the NAP Finals to be held at Montreal.)  If NABC Montreal were to be cancelled, the event would then be down streamed to NABC Tampa and run on dates not to conflict with the GNT Finals to be held at Tampa.  The D19 NAP Coordinator will continue to coordinate plans with pairs who qualified last fall for the North American NAP Finals.

We regret the impacts this situation is having on clubs, units and players.  We will continue to look and plan ahead in pursuit of the best available plans under the circumstances.

Thank you for your understanding,

D19 Board of Directors

Living in interesting times

Here’s a message to all members from Chris Cookson, District 19’s president:

“The District 19 board will be meeting online on April 21 and we hope to be in a position to make a decision about the fate of the Penticton Regional. In the meantime, I urge the membership to plan on going, assume it’s on, but not make any non-refundable deposits on accommodation or transportation.

Next week, we will be reviewing the fate of the GNTs (scheduled for April 18-19 in Vancouver) and will be informing all members of our decision via email.”

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 http://bridgeonlineworldcup.com/team-usa-bbo/.

One of many news items: http://news.sys-con.com/node/3923262.

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 http://bridgeonlineworldcup.com/team-usa-bbo/

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 :

Website:  http://bridgeonlineworldcup.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bridgeonlineworldcup/
Facebook: https://twitter.com/BridgeWorldCup

(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.