Starting Monday Oct 19th, D22 is partnering with our neighboring D21 and D23 districts to offer our 99ers a dedicated virtual game Mondays to Thursdays at 6:30PM. You will be able to play a 12-board ACBL game on BBO, with masterpoints® awarded, followed by a post game analysis of the hands on Zoom. Click HERE for more details.
A support Q&A will be held at 6:00PM nightly with the organizers to assist you with registration issues and any questions you may have with partnerships, rules, points etc. Join the Zoom meeting HERE.
Calling All 99ers! A Virtual Game Just For You.
Previous editions of the D22Connection and the Forum can be viewed here.
Featured in the New York Times this week.
Finn Kolesnik, left, and Jacob Freeman are some of the youngest players on the bridge circuit.
The article doesn’t cite the outcome of the NAOBC. In an amazing comeback, the F. KOLESNIK team (Finn Kolesnik, Jacob Freeman, Kit Woolsey, Bart Bramley, Bob Hamman, and Peter Weichsel) picked up 28 IMPs on the final 4 boards to tie the LEVINE team (Mike Levine, Eddie Wold, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Geir Helgemo, and Tor Helness) 113-113.
According to the Conditions of Contest, an 8-board playoff would break the tie. All twelve players declined to play overtime, even when the Director-in-Charge, McKenzie Myers, offered to let them play the next day. As a result, the event ended in a tie, and both teams were awarded masterpoints for second place.
Double your black points! Double the fun!
It’s almost time for Club Appreciation Week – your chance to win double black masterpoints® AND show how much you love your club. Monday to Sunday, October 26 to November 1.
Results are in!
Many of our district members participated in the 4-day newest online regional-rated tournament held October 15-18. 7,692 players earned a total of 22,976.87 masterpoints.
Congrats to the following D22 players who ranked in the top 100 masterpoint winners
Marjorie Michelin 45.10
Iftikhar Baqai 40.78
Ellis Feigenbaum 35.57
Mark Itabashi 24.04
Sherman Gao 23.05
District 22 President
State of the District
I am optimistic about our return to “normal” bridge next year. With reduced expenses resulting from our transition from the Forum to this newsletter, the district remains in good financial shape. Next year may pose some challenges, but we will deal with them. The board continues to hold regular meetings via Zoom.
Preparing for Face-to-Face
The district is preparing for the return to bridge as we knew it sometime next year. We’ve checked our tables, boards, dealing machines and other supplies–upgrading, replacing or refurbishing them as needed.
For those of you who have not been playing online, consider getting back in mental shape with your partners to ease your return to sitting across the table from players again. Our D22 Connection editor, Lamya Agelidis, has been working diligently to provide you with interesting player profiles, useful information and a variety of educational articles for all levels. If you haven’t read all the back issues, you will be entertained if you take the time to check them out. You might even learn something. For late breaking news and useful information, please visit the district website at www.d22acbl.com.
Next D22 Regional?
We were fortunate to avoid penalties or contract extensions for this year’s regionals, but the outlook for next year remains uncertain. The SoCal Winter Regional has been cancelled without penalty. The course of the pandemic, vaccine availability, the ACBL, and Governor Newsom’s orders will dictate when we are allowed to hold the next regional.
Personally, I have adapted to virtual bridge but would much prefer in person games. Ken Monzingo often repeated to tournament managers that “there will be a tournament.” The only question now is when.
The district has decided on the format for the GNT games next year. Some teams planning to qualify this year could not when the last qualifying games were cancelled. In fairness to everyone, including those who did qualify, all players will automatically qualify to play in the district GNT finals. Due to the uncertainty of club openings or regional tournaments, district GNT finals will be conducted online next spring. The format will be similar to past years with all teams playing the first day, reducing to four teams and KO eliminations the second day. The COCs are being written and will be published on our website when approved by the ACBL. The GNT finals are currently scheduled for the Providence, Rhode Island nationals next July.
I look forward to playing real bridge with many of you next year. Stay healthy and stay safe!
Virtual Clubs Visitor Policy
Effective July 24, 2020 the ACBL has relaxed the guidelines for members wishing to access club games other than their 'home' club. Please review the amended policy and contact club managers with any questions you may have. The district strongly urges members to support, when appropriate your local club.
2020 Online Schedule
Click here for more details.
Joe Jones Announcement Re: 2020 Tournaments
On June 18 you should have received an email from Joseph Jones that said, “… ACBL will not staff any sectionals or regionals with tournament directors for the remainder of 2020.” Click here to read the entire email.
ACBL Safety Considerations
The ACBL recently issued guidelines to the club managers regarding reopening of clubs, which you may find interesting. It can be can viewed on this page on the ACBL 's site.
We are in a virtual world - clubs are all closed, tournaments are cancelled. Furthermore, we are missing a lot of the social interaction and mental stimulation we were accustomed to enjoying in the bridge world. Sounds like a dire bridge reality.
Thanks to the folks at BBO, the Common Game and the ACBL, the bridge world made a hasty transition to online bridge. Despite the glitches and challenges along the way, the time and talent that have gone into this migration so far are unbelievable; and the dedication of our volunteers has been inspiring. ACBL’s Chip Dombrowski features the burgeoning of the virtual movement in his Bridge Feed article.
The ACBL now boasts approximately 530 virtual clubs, 17 of them are in our District. Refer to the Virtual Clubs tab under Units/Clubs to get a complete listing of the Virtual Clubs in your area and to view short tutorials on the various aspects of navigating BBO.
2020 GNT Update
ACBL has announced the next GNT finals will be held in July 2021 at the Providence, RI Summer NABC.
District 22 did not complete their club/unit qualifying. The GNT District 22 finals for 2020 scheduled in April 2020 were cancelled.
The board is awaiting amended national GNT Conditions of Contest from ACBL and will post them as soon as they are available.
Teams that qualified in 2019 will be eligible to compete in the same Flight. We urge members, to secure and retain if possible a copy of their qualifying results.
Watch for further updates on this site and in the D22Connection.
Convention Card 101
Convention cards disclose your partnership’s agreements to the opponents in accordance with the rules of bridge. The ACBL requires that you and your partner make a completed convention card available. Your full names - first and last - should appear at the top. When you sit down to play or register for a tournament with a partner, BBO will see if your partnership has a convention card on file by looking at your list of Personal Cards for your partnership’s username. If it is there, you will be notified and the appropriate card is loaded when play starts. If your opponents follow this procedure, you’ll be able to view their cards as well.
The team of ACBL Tournament Directors will be hosting regular drop-in sessions on completing and posting a convention card on BBO over the next few weeks. Below is the schedule – note that all times are Eastern.
Tuesdays – Sept. 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13
6-8 p.m., Jenni Carmichael Click to join
Wednesdays – Sept. 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14
11 p.m.-1 a.m., Lynn Yokel Click to join
Fridays – Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9
10 a.m.-noon, Nancy Strachan Click to join
Saturdays – Sept. 26; Oct. 3, 10
8-10 p.m., Jeff Jacob Click to join