What’s New

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

D19 Regionals cancelled until fall 2021

The following District 19 Regional Tournaments have been cancelled for 2021: Victoria (originally scheduled for April), Penticton (June) and Lynwood (August).

Whistler  is still in the cards, so to speak, and could be held at the end of October or the beginning of November. A final decision will be made by D19’s Board  no later than the end of May. 

ACBL extends face-to-face tournament cancellations through April 30, 2021

Here’s ACBL Executive Director Joseph Jones’s full text:

Due to the ongoing risk posed by the surging coronavirus and the slow rollout of the vaccine, the ACBL will not staff face-to-face bridge tournaments through April 30, 2021.

This means all Sectionals and Regionals scheduled during this period have been canceled. Consistent with this decision, the ACBL is also canceling the sanctions for any remaining Non-Life Master Tournaments or other bridge tournaments through the end of April where ACBL Tournament Directors are not technically required.

We will contact you by March 1 if the moratorium will be extended past April 30.

Online events, including Regional-rated tournaments, will continue to be offered along with chances to win gold, silver, red and black masterpoints®. Click here for the 2021 schedule of online events. More details can be found at www.acbl.org/virtual.

Joseph Jones
ACBL Executive Director
January 12, 2021