Whistler Regional is on for 2021!

The Whistler Regional will be held this year, from November 1 to 7. 


Currently, details are scarce, but check this space often as we will be posting them as soon as they are available.


Here is what we know at this point:
    • The flyer is currently in preparation.
    • The tournament will be held at the Chateau Whistler.
    • Rooms are available from $148 Cdn+ tax
    • Free parking to bookings by Oct 15
    • Hotel cancellation-no penalty 14 nights prior-1 night for anything after check in. After check in penalty waived for family emergencies etc.
    • Free bottled water for all
    • If the US/Canada border is closed or there are virus issues, there will be no penalties for cancellation.

Successful in Seattle

This one’s not for sleepyheads. And you won’t find Tom Hanks or Meg Ryan anywhere.

But do check out the article by Al Bender and Ann Romeo in the May issue of the ACBL Bridge Bulletin. It’s on page 30.

You will learn about a fascinating initiative to get young people interested in bridge. Bridge for Youth offers online classes for young people including online summer camps.

See the next post (below) for details on how to register your kids or grandkids in a B4Y online summer bridge camp.


Face-to-face bridge: an update from ACBL D19 director Tim White

Tim White, ACBL D19 Director, has sent us a letter detailing ACBL’s plans for a reopening of face-to-face bridge. This is a must-read document for tournament organizers, Unit boards, club owners and players who want an update on the current situation.

Click here to access Tim’s letter.

For more information, you can reach Tim at trkwhite@gmail.com

CNIB Bridging Barriers Charity Bridge Game

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind is putting on a fundraising bridge game, Bridging Barriers Charity Game. Here’s a chance to contribute to a worthy cause while enjoying your favourite game.  And note that you don’t need to live in Canada* to play!

Game information

The Grand Prize!
  1. Where: on BBO
  2. When:  Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 10:00AM -12:30PM (PST)
  3. Format: 18 boards, stratified A/B/C (point ranges to be announced).
  4. ACBL Club Championship rating points (2X the normal club black points).
  5. The game will be run through Island Bridge Club, with Roy Stefaniec directing.
  6. Prizes will be awarded to top E/W – N/S scores for all three strats.
  7. Grand Prize – a 38” strand of pearls donated by Stones Jewellry, valued at $1195.
  8. The winner will be announced on game day, Sunday, March 7 at 9:55 am.

The cost is $50, eligible for an income tax receipt for the whole amount.

Specific instructions:

  1. Choose your partner (you must have a partner to play with, but register individually, to receive your tax receipt)
  2. Have your BBO username (handle) ready before you pre-register (required field).
  3. Pre-register through this link: https://www.classy.org/event/cnib-bridging-barriers/e317773
  4. Game day: log onto BBO between 9:00-9:30 am on Sunday, March 7.
  5. Select Challenge then All Tournaments. Type CNIB into the SEARCH field in the top right-hand corner.
  6. Click on CNIB and you will be placed at a table, one partner invites the other and you are ready to play!
  7. Draw for the Grand Prize takes place at 9:55 am, just before the game starts. Only players are eligible to win.
  8. If you have trouble logging on at game day, contact Roy Stefaniec at 250 812-1615.

* Note: Everyone is eligible for prizes but tax receipts are of use to Canadian taxpayers only.

District 19 Newsletter coming in spring

This spring we will roll out a new semi-annual newsletter. Our target date for the inaugural issue is late April 2021. It will be web-based and hosted on our website (d19.org). We will send out an email to all D19 members (at least the ones with email addresses) advising when each new issue is posted. In addition to highlighting player achievements and updates from the District, we look forward to having challenging hands to review, news from the local Units and more. Anyone have any good bridge jokes they want to share?  We welcome your submissions, suggestions and ideas of all types. Please email them to: D19news@mail.com