Whistler Regional is coming up soon!

The tournament runs from Thursday Nov 3 to Wednesday Nov 9.

You will find detailed information by clicking on the following links:

For any questions, please contact Tournament Chair Marv Norden at marv.norden@gmail.com or 778-214-6278.

For partnership information, Ian Gibson at 2over1.ig@gmail.com or 778 514-5448

Successful Penticton tournament!

The 2022 Penticton Regional was quite successful with a total of 1657.5 tables.

The local online paper, PentictonNow.com has an interesting article, with many pictures, which you can read here.

And of course, McBruce’s Daily Bulletins have all the details, including table counts, masterpoint leaders and more!

Tournament chair Marv Norden informs us that five COVID cases were reported, four from Idaho attendees and one from a Victoria player. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please take appropriate action, such as self-testing and informing your partners and teammates.

D19 tournament survey report now published

All District 19 members in good standing were emailed an invitation to complete a short tournament survey on March 17.

By March 20 we had received 865 responses. We kept the survey open for another week and received a few more submission.

The survey is now completed.  The report can be read or downloaded here.

Thank you, all of you D19 members who participated!  The results will be very useful to tournament organizers in planning future sectionals or regionals.

 

Register your team for the GNT Finals!

The Grand National Teams (GNT) is a grass-roots event that begins at the club level, continues with the District Finals competition in the spring, and concludes at the Summer North American Bridge Championships. There are four flights: Open Championship Flight, Flight A, Flight B, and Flight C. The winning team in each flight at the District Finals is invited to participate in the national finals of the GNT at the Summer NABC. In 2022, the Summer NABCs will be in Providence, RI, and the GNTs Championships will be July 13-17.

Our District Finals will be held in April 2022.

Click here to register.
You’ll need a valid credit card (except for flight C, which is free).

For more information, including the April schedule, go to our GNT page.

Whistler Regional Cancelled

Although it might not come as a surprise, this will confirm that the Whistler Regional Bridge Tournament, scheduled for Nov 1-7, has been officially cancelled, as of today, October 4.

As District 19’s president, Chris Cookson, explained in an emailed letter to all members:

“We had hoped to be able to return to Regionals in the District in 2021, but sadly that is not to be. We would be remiss in not acknowledging our hotel partner, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler who have worked very closely with the District in trying to run a safe and fun event. We look forward to returning to Whistler in the future. The work done by original chair Bruce Busby and his team, current chair Marv Norden, and the District Tournament Committee are also deeply appreciated. Tournament Director Matt Koltnow has worked closely with the District and his counsel has helped guide us through these difficult times. “

 

Whistler Regional uncertain

As you know, the Whistler Regional is scheduled for November 1 to 7.

However, this is dependent on BC moving to step 4 of its Covid Recovery Plan, which would allow large indoors gatherings. Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, the province remains at step 3 for the foreseeable future.

BC Public Health officials hope that as more people get immunized to meet the BC vaccine card requirements, restrictions can be lifted.

Given the uncertainty, D19’s Board of Directors will make a final decision on whether to hold the tournament on October 1st. District players will be informed through email and a notice will be posted on our website.

Implications for hotel and accommodations reservations:

If you have booked a room at Chateau Whistler, hang tight. Your credit card will not be charged until mid October. It’s an awesome rate and you might want to consider keeping some or all of your days for a getaway. even if the event is cancelled.

If you have booked other accommodations (Airbnb, etc), check their cancellation policy.