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D22 Announces New COVID Policy

  • D22 regional tournaments will no longer require proof of Covid vaccination. 

  • Masking is still recommended if an attendee is at high risk for severe illness. 

  • If a masked partnership requests their opponents wear masks, those opponents are expected to comply. 

  • Masks will be available at Directors’ stations. 

  • If you don’t feel well, please forgo playing.

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David's National Dialogue

David Lodge

Regional Director

National Board Rep

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Lamya Agelidis

District 22 President



Finals Results

D22’s GNT Finals were held on April 23, with two teams in Open, three teams in A, five teams in B, and no teams in C. Despite the lackluster attendance, the competition was fierce in all brackets. Congratulations to the winners who will be representing District 22 at the Summer NABC in Chicago.

Team Abelow won the Open division: David Abelow, Dorn Bishop, Debbie Gailfus and Alan Gailfus.

Capturing the victory in Flight A was Team Jaffe: Harvey Jaffe, Marc Frankin, Norman Schwartz and Audrey Rennels.

First in B was the Oom squad: Rich Oom, Sharon Oom, Wayne Gorski and Bob Cuccias.



Congratulations to Hongsa Situ and Bill Shane for continuing their recent string of successes with the outstanding achievement of winning Flight C at the NAP in New Orleans.

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D22 Announces Two Deserving Appointments


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D22 names its Goodwill Inductees for 2022

Read all about these deserving recipients here.

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The All-Western

Starting Jan 1 2023, the All Western NiteClub is transitioning to a new VACB number, VACB904227.
Just an administrative change; no impact on your game line-up or the great postmortems we offer our 0-200 players.


The All-Western NiteClub, a cooperative effort sponsored by five neighboring districts (D17/D19/D21/D22/D23) is a virtual club for, as the name implies, players with less than 100 points. Averaging 20+ tables/evening, it continues to be very popular among our players. We also run a 0-20 game as a stepping stone for beginners into the realm of virtual clubs, and a 199er game for our graduates to continue playing.  Refer to the updated flyer for more information.


A highly qualified team of directors/instructors run these games and the ensuing postmortems, and we are very appreciative of their dedication to the program. 


Mondays: Lynn Yokel, directing and teaching

Tuesdays: Arleen Harvey directing and Wirt Gilliam teaching

Wednesdays: Ellis Feigenbaum directing and Paul Darin teaching

Thursdays: Will Watson, directing and teaching

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Update to Vaccination Policy for Sectionals and Regionals


Effective May 15, 2023, tournament sponsors will be responsible for deciding whether Covid-19 vaccination is required for their tournaments.

This change in policy from the ACBL Board of Directors will affect regional and sectional tournaments. The ACBL will continue to require Covid-19 vaccinations at the NABCs.

Tournament sponsors (units and districts) must clearly state their policy on the tournament fliers, which will be posted to the calendar on the ACBL website.

If the flier does not show the vaccination policy, please contact the tournament chair. 

Please note that a new member survey will be offered in April.

Covid Protocols for National, Regional and Sectional Tournaments EFFECTIVE December 30, 2022

Based upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following will be in effect: 

1. VACCINATION: All staff, players and volunteers must have been vaccinated no less than 14 days prior to the event in which the player wishes to purchase an entry. (While the ACBL does not require booster shots, the CDC highly recommends the latest booster shots.) Unless prohibited by law, each player must provide proof of vaccination to the Event Safety Coordinator or a member of their staff. In areas or locations where requiring proof of vaccination is prohibited by law, the event sponsor must put in place other precautions, such as mandatory rapid COVID testing and mask requirements. Please check with the Tournament Chair for any changes or updates to this policy.

2. MASKING: Masks are optional. Players, staff and volunteers are advised to check the COVID-19 Community Level rate as determined by the CDC or a similar metric from a local health agency in making their decision on masking. Masking is recommended if an attendee is at high risk for severe illness or otherwise is a member of a vulnerable population.

If a masked partnership requests that each of their opponents wear masks, those opponents are expected to comply. This ACBL policy does not countermand any ordinance or law in effect at the site of the tournament.

3. HAND SANITIZER: Hand sanitizer must be readily available inside the playing area.

4. EVENT SAFETY COORDINATOR: Each tournament sponsor must provide a designated Event Safety Coordinator, who will be available to review proof of vaccinations, provide masks, etc.


Current ACBL members in D22 who have not played bridge since before Covid will be receiving a free play in the mail.  This coupon may be redeemed for a free entry at any club game in district 22.  You can find games in your area here.


1000 free plays were sent in an effort to encourage a return to face-to-face bridge. We hope that this program will encourage dormant players to return to the club and respark the mental and social stimulation associated with this amazing game.


Please email Christine with questions:

Mark Itabashi wins Barry Crane Top 500 for the third time!

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Mark Itabashi strikes again!

He has previously won the Barry Crane Top 500 in 2019 and then again in 2021; this makes it three out of the last four years! 

Way to go, Mark!

Read more here.

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With 750 players and over 1100 tables, the San Diego Regional was up 20% from last year!

 Read a recap of the event with lots of pictures here.

Full results are available here.

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The May
is here!

The D22Connection is here.

Click on the image or on the button in the header to get there.

Click here to be added to the D22Connection mailing list.

Previous editions of the D22Connection and the Forum can be viewed here.


  D22 Launches an

  Education Grant


Consistent with its mission of promoting duplicate bridge and specifically programs of education for its membership, District 22 has launched an education grant program, encouraging grant proposals from member units and clubs that focus on bridge education and membership building.


A selection process is then applied, and if accepted, a monetary stipend is issued to the submitting entity. Upon competition of the “project”, we will encourage sharing of their accomplishments to promote best practices within the district.

Click here for more details.

What’s the latest in Club News?

We’re excited to see an increase in face-to-face games at the clubs. Virtual games will continue to be offered for players who aren’t ready for in-person activities. However, if you’re comfortable playing in person, be sure to visit your local club. It helps your club so much more when you’re “live”, and there’s nothing nicer than seeing your smiles when you get that top board! The ACBL has approved more special games for 2023….. check it out!

Face-to-Face Clubs News:

Many ACBL-wide special events are scheduled and events like these award many more masterpoints. Refer to the annual attached schedule and ask your club manager whether they will reregistering for these special games. A tentative ACBL list can be viewed here

Another round of 8 free weeks of Club Championships and 2 free weeks of Upgraded Club Championships have been approved. Clubs may also “roll over” any unused games from 2022 from either of those 2 categories. 

Virtual Club News:

There’re lots of special games in the online world as well. Check out the Online Event Calendar here.

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ACBL has introduced Local Sectionals. These tournaments replace the previous “Downgraded” Sectionals. Local Sectionals award masterpoints at full Sectional rating; the points are 80% Silver and 20% Black. Local Sectionals may be run by a certified (see below) Club Director or Tournament Assistant. Each Local Sectional will have an ACBL Tournament Director assigned to it; this TD will not be at the playing site but will work with the local staff to answer questions and handle file processing.


To qualify as a Local Sectional, a tournament must meet the following criteria:

  • Anticipated attendance of no more than 25 tables per session

  • No more than two sessions per day and six sessions in total

  • No more than two different events per session

  • Pair games must be single-session (two-session team games are permitted)

Application Process

Applications for Local Sectionals should be created and submitted through TourneyTRAX as with any other tournament; select tournament type “Downgraded”. Once the application is approved, ACBL may contact you with questions about your event schedule, anticipated attendance, etc. Please have these things worked out before submitting the application.

Note that any previously sanctioned Downgraded Sectionals will now be Local Sectionals. ACBL will contact you if changes to your staffing or schedule are required; in most cases you should be able to run as planned.


ACBL is developing a process to certify Club Directors as qualified to run a Local Sectional. There will also be training and resource materials available at no cost. Until that process is in place (anticipated Spring 2023), only those who have passed the Tournament Assistant exam may run a Local Sectional. Information about the new process will be communicated when it becomes available. 

Questions about Local Sectionals can be sent to

Big News for



Have you joined us at an in-person regional or sectional tournament lately? If not, now is the best time to start! 
The ACBL has just introduced two new programs that will make attending face-to-face tournaments more exciting than ever.

Jump Ahead with a 20% Overall Award Increase

That’s right! Earn a 20% upgrade on overall awards when you play at face-to-face regional and sectional tournaments. 

This special award increase is exclusive to in-person regionals and sectionals. We’re celebrating the growing comeback of face-to-face tourneys, and we hope you’ll join.  

The 20% overall award boost will apply to all face-to-face tournament events from May 30, 2022 to May 28, 2023. That’s almost an entire year of chances to rake in the rewards! Yes, all D22 Sectionals starting now will benefit from this boost as well as the Ventura and Palm Springs regional this year! 

Skip the Line with Entry Express

Have you heard about Entry Express? It’s the new ACBL online portal that allows you to RSVP to face-to-face tournaments and even buy your event entries ahead of time!
Entry Express was available at the Spring NABC, and attendees were thrilled to no longer wait in line. Now, the ACBL rolling it out to all U.S. open regional tournaments beginning in June - You’ll be seeing it at our own Ventura and Palm Springs regionals later in the year!

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