Dear Bridge Friends,
Nashville is a safe and enjoyable city to visit. Within walking distance, there were many restaurants to fit every budget. The downtown core is replete with country and western bars to satisfy those of us who still venture out after dusk!
The carpeted and well-lit playing areas in the convention centre were excellent. The NABC and Regional events were near each other, making it easy to meet with friends. The one drawback was that the host hotel, The Renaissance, did not have enough rooms, so many players had to find accommodations a few blocks further from the convention centre than they would have preferred. The weather co-operated, however, as it was drier and less hot than it might have been for this time of the year.
Thanks to Tournament Chair David Birnbaum and all his volunteers, who provided us with the evening hospitality and ensured that everything ran smoothly. The final attendance of 12,879 tables was slightly above pre-tournament budget estimates, and not too far below the 13,372 tables in Chicago last summer.
One hundred and thirty-one District 2 players competed to win masterpoints in Nashville. Three players surpassed the century mark: Daniel Korbel with 161.18 points, Jonathan Steinberg with 148.58, and David Lindop with 106.51.
The Top 30 District 2 Masterpoint List from the Nashville NABC can be found at the end of this report. Here are the District 2 players who made the overalls in NABC events.
Daniel Korbel, Waterloo, and Jonathan Steinberg, Toronto, 2nd Wernher Open Pairs, 7th Fast Open Pairs.
Jenny Wolpert, Thornhill, 3rd Chicago Mixed Board-A-Match Teams.
David Lindop, Toronto, 8th von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs, 17/32nd Spingold KO Teams.
Gavin Wolpert, Thornhill, 8th Fast Open Pairs, 17/32nd Spingold KO Teams.
John Laufer, Toronto, 9th Fast Open Pairs.
Steve Aarons, Toronto, Andy Altay, Willowdale, Steve Mackay, Markham, & Jim Priebe, Mississauga, 9th Truscott/USPC/Senior Swiss.
David Grainger, Toronto, 10th Fast Open Pairs, 9/16th Mini-Spingold (0-5000).
Nader Hanna, Toronto, 17/32nd Spingold KO Teams, 19th Chicago Mixed Board-A-Match Teams.
Robert Lebi, Toronto, 17/32nd Spingold KO Teams, 38th Fast Open Pairs.
Arno Hobart & George Mittelman, Toronto, 17/32nd Spingold KO Teams.
Andrew Tylman, Toronto, 38th NABC Open Swiss Teams.
Colin Harrington, Cambridge, Roman Klein, Oakville, John Moser, St. Agatha, & Gary Westfall, Brampton, 3/4th Mini-Spingold (0-5000).
David Cohen & Susan Cooper, Thornhill, Bing Le & Jiawei Luo, Toronto, William Liu, North York, 5/8th GNT B.
Richard Chan, Richmond Hill, 11th Bruce Life Master Pairs (0-5000), 43rd Fast Open Pairs.
Barry Senensky, Thornhill, 11th Bruce Life Master Pairs (0-5000).
Ringo Chung, Mississauga, 13th Bruce Life Master Pairs (0-5000), 35th Wernher Open Pairs, 43rd Fast Open Pairs.
Naveed Ather, Oakville, 13th Bruce Life Master Pairs (0-5000), 35th Wernher Open Pairs.
Paul Janicki & Ian Findlay, Markham, 17th Bruce Life Master Pairs (0-5000), 38th NABC Open Swiss Teams.
Det Ladewig, Toronto, 26th Truscott/USPC/Senior Swiss.
Christopher Cowan & Debbie Feldman, Oakville, 8th Young Life Master Pairs (0-1500).
The following District 2 players WON Regional events:
Fay Teal, Kitchener, Monday-Tuesday AM Compact KO, bracket two.
Daniel Lavee, Thornhill, Goodbye Nashville KO, bracket three.
The comprehensive report from the Masterpoint Review Committee was approved 24-1. A second reading will be held in San Francisco and all the changes (except as noted below) will take effect on January 1, 2008.
Pair/Team (non-KO) Events:
The following changes will not go into effect until January 1, 2009:
The goals of the ACBL marketing plan are to:
ACBL CEO Jay Baum informed us that a priority is to hire a new Marketing Director. The position has been vacant since January 23, 2007.
The issue of Fund Games held at clubs was discussed in Marketing. In St. Louis, by a narrow margin, the ACBL Board of Governors voted to request that the issue be re-opened at the Nashville Board meeting. In addition, I proposed a motion that would have limited the number of Fund Games an ACBL club may hold to no more than 25% of its sanctioned games, held in any one month, as Charity, Junior, or International Fund games. Exceptions would be made in the three designated months, Junior Fund month (February), Charity Fund month (April), and International Fund month (September). During these designated months, clubs may hold as many fund games as they have sanctioned games. My motion was defeated 8-17. I voted in favour.
At the Board of Governors meeting in Nashville, by a 2 to 1 margin, the ACBL Board was once again asked to reconsider its vote. As a result, my motion will be back on the table for the San Francisco meeting. The reality is that less than 5% of ACBL clubs are holding more than 25% of their games as special fund games. Problems have arisen. Club wars have erupted because some clubs conduct every game as a Fund game with huge masterpoint awards. While some have argued to let the marketplace decide, I believe that club wars are bad for the ACBL. I also believe that if clubs held every game as a Fund game, sectional tournaments would be hurt.
The concept of charging an extra dollar per player to raise funds for worthy causes, while issuing extra masterpoints, is a valid one but it should be limited.
While I recognize the good intentions, in speaking with bridge players, I have heard loud opposition. We live in a society where cell phones have become an omnipresent means of communication. I do not know the solution to this problem. I await management's suggestion that will be presented to us prior to San Francisco.
The ACBL recently hired a new budget manager, Patricia Glover. At the summer meetings, I usually have some idea what the financial projections for the upcoming year will be. Unfortunately, due to the timing of the new hiring, detailed financial information is not yet available.
As of April 30, 2007, the ACBL is in a very sound financial position, with net assets of 7.15 Million (6.86 Million in 2006). The ACBL is meeting all its financial guidelines and liquidity ratios. Nonetheless, 2008 will bring increased paper costs for the ACBL Bulletin, along with the usual increases in salaries and health benefits. I am hopeful that any price increases (sanction fees, membership dues, etc.) in 2008 will be minimal, but at this time, I do not have adequate information.
District 7 ACBL Board member Bruce Reeve proposed a motion that “ACBL will sever its relationship with the WBF”. Districts 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, and 21 voted in favour. Districts 4, 5, 11, 22, and 23 abstained. A majority, including all three Canadian representatives, voted against, so the motion failed 6-14-5.
The World Bridge Federation may not be perfect, but it is the body that conducts World Bridge tournaments, and supports/sponsors educational and junior activities. The ACBL has a significant representation on the WBF governing body (five out of 16 positions). It is sad that relations have deteriorated to the point where almost 25% of the ACBL Board voted in favour of the motion above. I can only hope that the ACBL's representatives work harder, not only with the WBF, but also with the ACBL to improve communication, resolve issues, and move forward towards the WBF goal of “Bridge for Peace”.
I hope that everyone is enjoying the summer weather and the vacation period. I will be at the North Bay Regional, August 14-19, 2007 and hope to see many of you there.
You are all invited to view my on line photo albums; the most recent photos were taken during the just-completed Nashville NABC.
Best wishes to all. See you at the bridge table.
Top 30 Masterpoint Winners From District 2 at the Nashville NABC
|1||161.18||Daniel Korbel||Waterloo ON|
|2||148.58||Jonathan Steinberg||Toronto ON|
|3||106.51||David Lindop||Toronto ON|
|4||91.95||Gavin Wolpert||Thornhill ON|
|5||87.66||Daniel Lavee||Thornhill ON|
|6||71.64||David Grainger||Etobicoke ON|
|7||71.17||Robert Lebi||Toronto ON|
|8||69.08||Roman Smolski||Warwick, Bermuda|
|9||68.76||Jenny Wolpert||Thornhill ON|
|10||68.72||Naveed Ather||Oakville ON|
|11||67.84||Ian Findlay||Markham ON|
|12||66.96||Paul Janicki||Markham ON|
|13||66.95||Vera Petty||Warwick, Bermuda|
|14||52.95||Ringo Chung||Mississauga ON|
|15||50.46||Gary Westfall||Brampton ON|
|16||50.10||Richard Chan||Richmond Hill ON|
|17||47.40||Nader Hanna||Willowdale ON|
|18||45.31||Roman Klein||Oakville ON|
|19||36.95||Andrew Tylman||Toronto ON|
|20||36.60||Susan Cooper||Thornhill ON|
|21||35.76||Stephen Mackay||Markham ON|
|22||34.19||James Priebe||Mississauga ON|
|23||33.49||Wendy Dooley||Mississauga ON|
|24||33.26||Stephen Aarons||Toronto ON|
|25||32.86||Andy Altay||Willowdale ON|
|26||32.57||Fay Teal||Kitchener ON|
|27||30.77||Joan Priebe||Mississauga ON|
|28||30.56||Barbara Clinton||Aurora ON|
|29||29.80||Joan Eaton||North York ON|
|=30||28.91||Charles Dalmas||Sarnia ON|
|=30||28.91||Ernest Gelinas||Sarnia ON|
|=30||28.91||Stephen Massicotte||Sarnia ON|
|=30||28.91||J Randy Piirainen||Sarnia ON|