San Diego ACBL Board Meetings
San Diego was a wonderful place to play bridge. The
hotel was lovely and only 10 minutes from the airport. The playing spaces
were huge and well lit. And the weather was just perfect! There were
plenty of restaurant choices and beautiful views! A hard to beat location
- we should return there more often.
The ACBL board met for five full days (including Thanksgiving)
and ran over into the first day of bridge play. There were multiple
management motions for consideration and the first glimpse of a 2018
budget to be reviewed.
The ACBL has been abuzz with activity since our last
meetings. Our CEO, Bahar Gidwani, gave a report on his first few months
on the job. I have attached a copy here for your review - CEO
Whipple was elected ACBL President for 2018. Jay's innumberable contributions
to the game of bridge include creating the Common Game, Fast Results,
the Daily Online Bulletins that you receive when you play in District
4 Regional tournaments and the District 4 Partnership Desk. Jay's most
recent innovation is the new REACH games that will enable players to
get gold points playing in their local clubs.
Jay is the District Director from District 9 (Florida)
and I am proud to be serving as Finance Chair on the ACBL board during
REACH - Regional Tournaments at the Clubs
The pilot program was held in conjunction with the
Chesapeake Regional and was led by Jay Whipple's technical expertise
and District 6's Margot Hennings' organizational skills. Players came
out in droves to play in their local common game clubs. For a separate
fee of $25, players could play up to five times in their local clubs
and their best two games would be used to compete in overall awards
in red and gold points. The ACBL has asked Jay to run more of these
events until they get the technical issues lined up to take them over.
The next pilot will likely be a night game for people who work, making
the timing better for players on the West Coast.
Experimental KO Games
Different formats to make KO brackets fairer are being
implemented across the country. The most popular seems to be a bracketed
swiss coming down to a KO on the second day with the number of teams
in the bracket divided so that no players are forced to play in a bracket
they don't find comfortable. We will see more of these trials run at
regional tournaments over the next few months.
Online Individual Tournament
The first online individual event was held in conjunction
with the Toronto NABC and the response was amazing. 2,510 players completed
the event (the preliminary management expectations were 500-1,000).
The Board has approved a contract with Bridge Base Online to hold this
event in conjunction with each of the NABCs in the future.
The Meyer Kotkin Rule
At the request of Meyer, I submitted a motion that
will allow three strats in Gold Rush Events when A/X and Mid-Flight
events are being run simultaneously. The motion passed unanimously so
you will see the changes in District 4 Regional schedules.
Reinstatement of Pre-2010 LM Requirements for
If you joined the ACBL prior to 2010 and subsequently
let your membership lapse, you can have your membership reinstated prior
to July 1, 2018 and will have the Life Master rank requirements existing
prior to 2010 applied to you.
If you rejoin after July 1, 2018, you can have the
Life Master rank requirements existing prior to 2010 applied to you,
but you will have to pay a $50 fee.
If you know anyone that this applies to, encourage
them to rejoin the ACBL before the July 1, 2018 deadline.
Uniform Electronic Device Policy
The Board approved a motion that states that any electronic
devices (except for health exceptions) must be inoperable, turned off
and out of sight at Regional Tournaments throughout the ACBL. This includes
Apple watches, phones, etc. Directors will be directed to issue penalties
for any violations.
The Board did not approve that this policy be extended
to Sectional Tournaments. Sectionals will be handled by the rules of
the Tournament Chair.
Mixed Team Composition
NABC Mixed Teams are now open to four, five or six
players. The teams will play as two mixed pairs: one male and one female.
This will allow teams of 4 men and 2 women or 4 women and 2 men to enter
instead of the previous requirement that the team must be half women
and half men.
Mini Blue Ribbons
The upper masterpoint level for the Mini Blue Ribbon
event has been increased to 6,000 masterpoints from the previous 5,000
For the first time in many years of trying, the Board
of Directors approved term limits for themselves. Although the motion
grandfathers in existing board members, it is a step in the right direction
that will enable new blood to flow on the board. New board members bring
new energy and ideas that will help revitalize the organization.
In another step forward, the Board of Directors approved
a motion to convert to all electronic paperless meetings. This will
produce a savings of about $4 to $6K a year in printing and mailing
San Diego brought a look at the preliminary budget
for 2018. The bottom line is a loss of $170K. One major contributor to
the loss is the $100K financial commitment to the WBF to support the
Orlando World Championship. This was a promise made by ACBL board members
many years ago. In addition, there is the great expense of staging the
Fall 2018 NABC in Honolulu, something that was also approved eight years
The 2018 budget is based on a large increase in revenue
driven by a new $8 temporary ACBL membership that will become available
next year. Membership in the ACBL will be required to play in an ACBL
event or program. Members will be able to try the ACBL for a month for
$8, receive a copy or two of The Bulletin, and hopefully will convert
to full membership.
Other major expenditures scheduled for 2018 are increased spending on
training tournament directors, technology support and marketing efforts
to promote ACBL membership.
The final budget will be voted on at the Spring NABC
Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions
on this report.
DISTRICT 4 PLAYERS WHO
MADE THE OVERALLS IN NATIONAL EVENTS
Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs: 35 -Marty Seligman
Mitchell Open B-A-M Teams: 26 - Connie
Goldberg; 48 - Dan Boye, Tom Weik
Senior Mixed Pairs: 27 - Bob and Joann
Whitehead Women’s Pairs: 20
- Patricia Civale, Daisy Goecker
Mixed Swiss Teams: 33 - May Sakr; 38 -
Bob and Joann Glasson
North American Swiss Teams: 7/8 - May Sakr;
10 - Marty Seligman; 27 - Tom Weik
DISTRICT 4 PLAYERS WHO
SCORED IN THE TOP 10 IN REGIONAL EVENTS
Daylight A/X Open Pairs: 2 - David Hoffner; 3 - Barry
Gorski, Andie Sheaffer
A/X Open Pairs: 5 - Bob and Joann Glasson
Mon-Tues Side Game: 1 - Judith Argento
49er I/N Pairs: 1 - Kathy Ebeling
A/X Swiss Teams: 1 - Connie Goldberg
Mon-Tues Knockout Teams Bracket 1: 2 - Benito Garozzo
Wed-Thurs Knockout Teams Bracket 1: 3/4 - Benito Garozzo
Fri-Sat Knockout Teams Bracket 2: 1 - Kathy Fisher, Mordecai Schwartz
B/C/D Evening Swiss: 1 - Gary Hillenbrand, Arnold Kritz
Fri-Sun Side Game: 2 - Judith Argento
Friday-Sunday Side Series: 3/4 - Judith Argento
Sat-Sun Knockout Teams Bracket 2: 1 - Jill Fisch, John Gassenheimer
Sat-Sun Knockout Teams: Bracket 1: 3/4 - Michael Shuster
Sunday Gold Rush Swiss Teams: 1 - Jack Rudy, Alexis Peffer
Sunday Fast Pairs, Flight C: 3 - Frank Morgan
Sunday Afternoon Side Pairs: 2 - Michael Shuster