When you read this report we will be days away from
the NABC and I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia.
For the first time ever at a North American Championship,
we will have a Rubber Bridge Room that will have continuous games on
Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm. Entry is free. The only requirement
is that you be an ACBL member and we are making the ACBL's new $8 temporary
memberships available at the door if you are not yet one of us.
From 10 to 12 each day, some of the best players in
the world will sit in and play a few hands - Gary Cohler, Eric Rodwell,
Bob Hamman, Zia, Jeff Meckstroth, Sylvia Shi, Jerry Helms - will sit-in,
just to name a few. Here's your chance to play a hand or two with a
Players can cut in at any time. Click
here for the house rules. Tom Smith will be hosting the event which
will be held in Room 401-403 on the fourth floor of the Marriott.
Please spread the word and encourage social players
to come to the Marriott and share the excitement of playing in an NABC.
District 4 has another first this year. Meyer Kotkin,
Mike Giesler and John Dickenson have collaborated on a new format for
knockout events at our regionals that will make the events more equitable
and more fun for everyone. Additionally, the new, albeit experimental
format will guarantee that all teams that enter the event will play
both sessions on the first day. No more one session and done if you
lose. The first of these experimental knockout events will be held at
the Delaware Regional, April
30 - May 6 2018.
Teams will be grouped in brackets with a similar number of masterpoints,
so that no team will be forced into a bracket that won't be a comfortable
level of competition. The size of the brackets will not be determined
by splitting the field equally, but by grouping teams together based
on the total number of masterpoints. So, the top bracket (which is open
to all teams that voluntarily want to play in the top bracket) might
have 6 teams or it might have 8, but it will have players with the largest
number of masterpoints. Similar equitable bracketing will continue down
to the last bracket.
On the first day of the new two-day knockout event, players will play
a Round Robin or Swiss team qualifier, and the highest scoring four
teams will go into a knockout phase on day two. All players get to play
all day on the first day.
On the second day when only four teams in each bracket remain, the
teams that lose in the semi-final will play off against each other to
get an overall third place and fourth place award. That ensures that
all teams that reach the KO phase of the event will play all four sessions.
here for the conditions of contest prepared by Meyer.
See you all in Philadelphia!