The ACBL Board of Directors held its spring meetings face-to-face from March 8 to 11 in Reno, NV. Find the report on our ACBL Board of Directors page, under Governance.
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.
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.
As he undertakes his new mandate, Region 13 Director Tim White has sent out a letter to all Region 13 members (or at least those who have a valid email address registered with ACBL) explaining how he sees his role and priorities over the next three years.
If you haven’t received it, you can read it here.
On January 1, 2022, Tim White officially became Regional Director for ACBL Region 13, which comprises Districts 18 and 19.
He sends us a very comprehensive report from the National Board Meeting in Austin which you can download as a pdf here
Two items may be of particular interest to clubs and players:
1) Improvements in information technology, including:
- Completing the tournament event pre-registration system.
- Moving Trax application to cloud-based application.
- Moving ACBLScore to a web-based application.
2) A revamped convention card, debuting mid 2022 and featuring these changes:
- Seldom-used conventions have been removed and commonly-used conventions added.
- Recent changes in alerts and announcements are reflected.
- The One Club and One Diamond open bid sections have been expanded, providing more room to address different minor suit openings.
- The right side of the card has been reorganized, with bids shown in ascending order of strain
The new card can be downloaded here.
You might enjoy this lighthearted article, published recently in The Age, an Australian newspaper:
Who knew bridge was so competitive, so fraught – so intoxicatingly fun?
The hordes who are flocking to play during lockdown, that’s who.
OCTOBER 8, 2021
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. “
The 2021 District 19 NAP Finals will be a one-day, two-session event, played on BBO.
Go to our NAP page for more information.