Dear Bridge Friends,
This is the time of the year when I have the pleasure to announce my lifetime appointments to the ACBL Goodwill and Charity Committees. My 2006 appointments to the ACBL Goodwill Committee are:
My 2006 appointment to the ACBL Charity Committee are:
Mother Nature smiled on the bridge players, as the weather was as ideal as the playing site. All the bridge events were held on the concourse level of the Adam's Mark Hotel, which made it easy to find your friends. Just outside the hotel, the 16th Street Mall with its free trolley and multiple eating establishments provided the players with an abundance of dining options to choose from. A variety of nightly entertainment and food was offered for our enjoyment. The final table count of 10,145.75 tables was right on target. Congratulations to Co-Chairs Roy Weinstein and Bob Wingeard for an outstanding NABC.
Youth Trumps the Experts (from the ACBL website)
Twenty-somethings Jenny Ryman of Sweden and Gavin Wolpert of Canada won the prestigious Blue Ribbon Pairs at the Fall NABC in Denver. As the result was announced, the room exploded with cheers for the youngsters, who are engaged to be married. They are the youngest ever -- Ryman is 20 and Wolpert is 23 -- to win one of the game's most demanding events. The three-day Blue Ribbon began with a field of 280 pairs including dozens of national and world champions. Bob Hamman, the leading player in the world, was delighted. "This is dynamite. It shows that the face of bridge is changing," he said.
Led by Gavin Wolpert, with a remarkable 251.73 masterpoints, ninety-three players from District 2 won masterpoints in Denver. The Top 25 District 2 Masterpoint List can be found at the end of this report. Here are the District 2 players who made the overalls in NABC events:
Gavin Wolpert & Jenny Ryman, Thornhill, WON the Blue Ribbon Pairs. Jenny was also 5th in the Smith LM Women's Pairs while Gavin was 13th in the Mitchell Open B-A-M Teams.
Daniel Lavee, Thornhill, 4th Mitchell Open B-A-M Teams; 3rd Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs; 39th Bobby Nail LM Pairs.
Joan Eaton, North York, 16th Smith LM Women's Pairs.
John Rayner, Oakville, and Michael Roche, Don Mills, 20th North American Swiss Teams.
Antonia Okany, Etobicoke, and Judy Singer, Scarborough, 28th Smith LM Women's Pairs.
Morrie Kleinplatz, Windsor, 33rd Mitchell Open B-A-M Teams; Morrie also WON bracket 2 of the Colorado Springs KO.
Jonathan Steinberg, Toronto, 39th Blue Ribbon Pairs.
Leslie Amoils, Toronto, 45th Bobby Nail LM Pairs; 48th Blue Ribbon Pairs.
The following District 2 players WON Regional events:
Malcolm Ewashkiw, Belleville, & Bob Hollow, Madoc, WON Super Broncos KO, Bracket 2.
Wendy Dooley, Mississauga, Patti Lee, Toronto, Sally Caty & Debbie Feldman, Oakville WON Boulder Unit 359 KO, Bracket 2.
Betsy Aaron & Robert Head, London, WON Super Broncos KO, Bracket 4.
Brady Hinnegan, Richmond Hill, WON North Colorado Fri-Sat. KO, Bracket 4.
Birte Ayer, Toronto, & Jerry Vopicka, Sarnia, WON Grand Junction Compact KO, Bracket 7.
Tony & Joan Viidik, Waterloo, WON Super Broncos KO, Bracket 8.
Harold Dietrich, Toronto, WON Sunday B/C/D Swiss.
The Fall meeting is always difficult, as the following year's budget needs to be approved. ACBL membership is stable but stagnant (with 155,458 total members, including 150,000 paying members). As of October 2005, tournament attendance was down approximately 3% for Regionals, 4% for sectionals, and 1% for STACs. Meanwhile, salary and cost of living increases continue, while insurance and health premium costs soar. The Hawaii NABC (Fall, 2006) will add to governance costs.
I was not pleased with the break-even 2006 budget that was presented to us. It was approved 17-8. I voted no.
Here is a list of the planned increases for 2006:
|Associate National TD||134.00||144.00|
For the Vanderbilt & Spingold, there are some numbers that are very difficult (17,18,33,34,65,66,129,130). In these cases, an announcement will be made during the evening session prior to the start of the event asking if any teams wish to withdraw and receive a free entry to the event of their choice. With insufficient withdrawals, there will be three way matches with one survivor. Carried 22-2-1. I voted yes.
If the number of byes in any of the Vanderbilt, Spingold, Women's KO or Senior KO is six or greater, a separate two session swiss event will be held for those teams which receive byes. The current masterpoint formula and restrictions shall apply. Carried 21-3-1. I voted yes.
Entry forms will have a clause stating that the players are eligible to play in this District and will be subject to disciplinary action if they are not. A Credentials Committee will be established to resolve disputes and may refer the matter to the ACBL President to make charges to the ACBL Disciplinary Committee. If a player requests an exception to the physical residency requirements, he must seek permission in writing (no less than 60 days prior to the start of club level games) from both the District Directors of the District in which he lives and the District in which he wishes to play. Both District Directors must agree to the request.
Effective July 1, 2006, except for charity events or events limited to players with fewer than twenty masterpoints,
Carried 20-5. I voted yes.
At the Dallas Board meeting (Spring 2006), the ACBL Board will vote on the unanimous suggestion (from the Board Operations Committee) that the ACBL Board must ratify all non-ACBL Board committees appointed by the ACBL President. In addition, all non-ACBL Board committees should elect their own Chair (not have the Chair appointed by the ACBL President).
Phase one of the ACBL's ambitious marketing program geared towards younger players has been completed, and phase two is now underway. Be sure to check out the ACBL junior web site Bridge Is Cool which has just been updated and improved. It is a work in progress.
The ACBL is working hard to form alliances with youth groups around the country, and continues to co-sponsor the School Bridge Lesson programs with the ACBL Educational Foundation.
The issue of holding another ACBL World Junior Bridge Camp was discussed at length and deferred to the Dallas Spring 2006 meeting. However, by a 19-6 straw vote (I voted yes) the board expressed its desire to sponsor a 2007 ACBL Bridge Camp following the Summer 2007 Nashville NABC. I expect management to act upon the straw vote and report to the board in Dallas with a complete proposal to make the 2007 bridge camp a reality.
I believe that ACBL management should work with their WBF counterparts to ensure that the 2007 ACBL World Junior Bridge Camp (in conjunction with a World Individual event at the 2007 Nashville NABC) will be a success.
Incidentally, special games at clubs to benefit the International Fund, Junior Fund, and Charity games have been tremendously successful in 2005 with revenue up for all three games. To date, Junior Fund revenue has increased 28% and brings in about $125,000 annually.
It has been a rewarding experience representing District 2 on the ACBL Board of Directors. Thank you for re-electing me as your representative for another three-year term. I will continue to do my best to justify your ongoing support.
I have often mentioned that attending an NABC is the best experience the ACBL has to offer. 2006 should be a banner year – please consider planning a vacation around one or more of Dallas, Chicago, and/or Hawaii.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the City of Toronto sectional at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, January 6-8, 2006.
The Holiday Season is upon us. I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year.
Top 25 Masterpoint Winners From District 2 at the Denver NABC
|1||251.73||Gavin Wolpert||Thornhill ON|
|2||122.37||Daniel Lavee||Thornhill ON|
|=3||99.69||Malcolm Ewashkiw||Belleville ON|
|=3||99.69||Robert Hollow||Madoc ON|
|5||48.67||Leslie Amoils||Toronto ON|
|=6||45.66||Betsy Aaron||London ON|
|=6||45.66||Robert Head||London ON|
|8||45.33||Bray Hinnegan||Richmond Hill ON|
|9||41.13||Morrie Kleinplatz||Windsor ON|
|=10||38.12||Joan Viidik||Waterloo ON|
|=10||38.12||Tony Viidick||Waterloo ON|
|12||36.86||Jonathan Steinberg||Toronto ON|
|13||35.71||Debbie Feldman||Oakville MB|
|=14||35.69||Birte Ayer||Sarnia ON|
|=14||35.69||Jerry Vopicka||Toronto ON|
|16||35.21||Wendy Dooley||Mississauga ON|
|=17||35.07||John Rayner||Oakville ON|
|=17||35.07||Michael Roche||Don Mills ON|
|19||34.75||Doug Baxter||Toronto ON|
|=20||34.59||Sallie Caty||Oakville ON|
|=20||34.59||Patti Lee||Toronto ON|
|=22||33.58||Janine Bibb||Toronto ON|
|=22||33.58||Peter Petruzzellis||Toronto ON|
|24||29.62||Harold Dietrich||Toronto ON|
|=25||28.58||John Moser||St. Agatha ON|
|=25||28.58||Colin Harrington||Cambridge ON|