Dear Bridge Friends,
The Detroit NABC at the Marriott Hotel in the Renaissance Centre provided almost perfect playing facilities on three levels, all under one roof. The local organizers succeeded in providing outstanding late night entertainment and snacks. Congratulations to tournament Co-Chairs Bill & Sandy Arlinghaus, Ron Horwitz, and all the volunteers who worked so hard to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone who attended.
The ACBL recognized that Detroit in March would be a hard sell, and unfortunately a major snowstorm the first weekend had an adverse effect on attendance. The final count of 8,553.5 tables was about 1,000 tables below pre-tournament estimates.
The summer NABC will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton, July 17 - 27, 2008. The ACBL is expecting more than 20,000 tables, and reservations are already starting to come in. Las Vegas will be the place to be this summer. Be sure to make your reservations as early as possible in order to ensure the best choice of accommodations.
Three hundred and fifty-six District 2 players competed to win masterpoints in Detroit. Special congratulations to Morrie Kleinplatz, who won the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs, and Robert Lebi, who won the Silodor Open Pairs.
The Top 30 District 2 Masterpoint List from both the Detroit NABC and last week's Toronto Regional can be found at the end of this report. Here are the District 2 players who made the overalls in NABC events.
Robert Lebi, Toronto, WON the Silodor open Pairs, 17/32 Vanderbilt Knockouts.
Morrie Kleinplatz, Windsor, WON the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs.
Jiawei Luo & Kaiyu Qian, Markham, 2nd President's Cup NAP Flight C.
Marielle Brentnall & David Sired, Winnipeg, 3rd Golder NAP Flight B.
Irfan Ashraf, Ajax, and Bing Wong, Whitby, 6th Red Ribbon Pairs
George Knight & Leigh Ives, Barrie, 9th Rockwell Mixed Pairs
Nader Hanna, Willowdale, 9/16 Vanderbilt Knockouts, 23rd Silodor Open Pairs
John Gilbert, Kitchener, and Al Smith, Peterborough, 14th Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs.
Gary Robertson & Lee Easterbrook, Chatham, 16th Red Ribbon Pairs.
Daniel Korbel, Waterloo, and Jonathan Steinberg, Toronto, 17/32 Vanderbilt Knockouts, 36th Lebhar Imp Pairs.
David Colbert, Etobicoke, and Roy Hughes, Toronto, 17/32 Vanderbilt Knockouts.
Patti Lee, Toronto, 23rd Rockwell Mixed Pairs, 28th Red Ribbon Pairs.
Malcolm Ewashkiw, Belleville, and Bob Hollow, Madoc, 24th Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs.
Danny Ioannidis, Stony Creek, and Stephen Young, Mississauga, 25th Red Ribbon Pairs.
Paul Thurston, St. Catharines, 27th Lebhar Imp Pairs.
Christopher Cowan, Mississauga, 28th Red Ribbon Pairs.
David Grainger, Toronto, 33rd Jacoby Open Swiss Teams.
George Berton, Newmarket, and Hinda Silber, Toronto, 33rd Rockwell Mixed Pairs.
Ron Haney, West Hill, and William Graber, Markham, 35th Red Ribbon Pairs.
The following District 2 players WON Regional events:
Vera Petty & Roman Smolski, Bermuda, First Friday Open Pairs and Saturday Senior Pairs.
Daniel Korbel, Waterloo, and Jonathan Steinberg, Toronto, Educational Foundation Pairs.
Rob Avery, Barrie, and Martin Hunter, Mississauga, Tuesday Fast Open Pairs.
Richard Chan, Richmond Hill, and Barry Senensky, Thornhill, Tuesday Open Pairs.
Don Brock, Brampton, and Joo-Hee Janicki, Markham, Second Thursday Fast Open Pairs.
Anna & Richard Fokes, Robert Lawton & David Neff, London, Second Sunday B Swiss Teams.
There were many District 2 players who WON their brackets in various KO events. Congratulations to all of them:
Steve Mackay, Markham (bracket 2); David Grainger, Etobicoke (bracket 2); Dwight Bender & Gary Whiteman, London, Martin Hunter, Mississauga (Compact KO, bracket 2); Michael Biderman & Christopher Punter, London, Joe Sauro, North Bay (bracket 3); Jack Jessop & Michael Selby, Windsor (bracket 3); Arnold & Bev Drill, Tad Stawski, Pickering (bracket 5); Gail Deyell, Toronto, Ambrose Ng, Thornhill, Gordon & Ruth Mori, Markham (Compact KO, bracket 6, and KO, bracket 7); Andrzej Niewiadomski, Scarborough (bracket 6); Bud Barley, Hanover, Ian Walker, Port Elgin (Compact KO, bracket 8).
The ACBL is very concerned about ethical behaviour. In Detroit, the ACBL hired a firm to monitor and record players. The recording cameras were very visible in the ballroom used for NABC events. The ACBL Board of Directors will be receiving a report on the new system. My expectation is that monitoring will continue.
The ACBL has a Recorder system. If a suspicious or unusual incident occurs at the table, players are encouraged to notify the Tournament Director and fill out a player memo form. At NABCs, the form is forwarded to the ACBL Recorder, who will carefully review and file all player memos received and take investigative action when warranted. In some cases, players just need to be educated regarding proper procedures. In other cases, the report will remain on file to see if a pattern of conduct occurs. In order for the ACBL Recorder system to be effective, it is imperative that players fill out player memo forms when circumstances warrant. A record of any and all unusual actions must be maintained.
Electronic devices can be used for nefarious purposes. There are serious concerns regarding the use of text messaging. The ACBL believes that for the game to survive, conduct and ethical standards must be of the highest order. Effective July 1, 2008 (prior to the Las Vegas Summer NABC), the following policy will apply to all nationally rated events at NABCs:
“Electronic devices, excluding health related equipment, capable of sending or receiving communication, including but not limited to headphones, earphones, cellular phones and minicomputers: 1) shall not be allowed in the playing areas, adjacent hallways, restrooms, or accessible break areas; and 2) shall not be used during a session.
These restrictions shall apply to all pairs, team members, captains, coaches, recorders and kibitzers and shall apply throughout any actual playing session or segment.
A violation of this policy shall result in a disciplinary penalty of one full board (or 12 imps at that form of scoring) for the first offence. A second offence shall result in disqualification from the event for the pair/team.
Kibitzers violating this policy shall be removed from the playing area for the remainder of the session.”
These devices are not permitted near the playing area, even if they are turned off. If implementation of the new policy goes well, I expect that it will be extended to regionally-rated events in 2009.
Bottom line: Please leave your cell phone at home, in your car, or in your hotel room. Do not take it to the playing areas.
The ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations (CDR) was amended. Interested parties should ensure that they have the latest version of the CDR. It can be downloaded from the ACBL website.
There are two significant changes. One is the standard required in order for a committee to find a player guilty. The burden of proof used to be “Clear and Convincing Proof”. It has been changed to “Preponderance of the Evidence”, which is defined as: “evidence that is more convincing than the evidence opposed to it”. The preponderance of evidence standard is widely used in civil matters and is easy to understand. In addition, if the ACBL is ever challenged in a court of law, it is in the ACBL's best interests to be using the preponderance of the evidence standard. Carried unanimously.
The other significant change is that attorneys will no longer be permitted to attend any disciplinary hearing. However, an attorney outside of the hearing room may represent the person charged. An attorney is defined as a person who is licensed or has been licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction.
Carried 19-5-1. I voted against. While I recognize that the above policy is in force in many similar organizations, that an attorney in a hearing may dominate the proceedings, and may also put one side at an unfair advantage, my belief is that if you are charged under the ACBL CDR, you should have the right to be represented by the person of your choice.
My responsibilities on the ACBL Board in 2008 are: Chair, ACBL Honorary Member of the Year Committee; Vice-Chair, Appeals & Charges Committee; member of the Board Operations, Juniors, and Tournament Committees.
I will be retiring from the ACBL Board of Directors as of December 31, 2008. There will be an election for District 2's new representative to the ACBL Board of Directors this summer. Nominations close on May 31, 2008. All unit board members will vote between July 15 and September 30. The results will be announced early in October with the winner assuming his or her position on January 1, 2009. As of today, there are two declared candidates: Paul Janicki (unit 246) and Joe Sauro (unit 238).
You are all invited to view my on line photo albums; the most recent pictures were taken during the Detroit NABC.
The District 2 GNT finals will be held at Hazel's Bridge Club in Toronto, starting at 7 PM this Friday, March 28. The winners will represent District 2 in Las Vegas this summer. Good luck to all participants!
Top 30 Masterpoint Winners From District 2 at the Detroit NABC
|1||159.15||Robert Lebi||Toronto ON|
|2||107.81||Morrie Kleinplatz||Windsor ON|
|3||89.68||David Grainger||Etobicoke ON|
|=4||73.62||Daniel Korbel||Waterloo ON|
|=4||73.62||Jonathan Steinberg||Toronto ON|
|6||71.22||Nader Hanna||Willowdale ON|
|=7||65.08||Vera Petty||Warwick Bermuda|
|=7||85.08||Roman Smolski||Warwick Bermuda|
|9||64.55||Marielle Brentnall||Winnipeg MB|
|10||62.66||Stephen Mackay||Markham ON|
|11||51.84||Dwight Bender||London ON|
|12||49.57||Jack Jessop||Windsor ON|
|13||48.42||Michael Selby||Windsor ON|
|14||46.76||David Sired||Winnipeg MB|
|15||42.71||Marlene Pontifex||Winnipeg MB|
|16||42.50||Martin Hunter||Mississauga ON|
|17||42.34||Richard Chan||Richmond Hill ON|
|=18||41.59||Irfan Ashraf||Ajax ON|
|=18||41.59||Bing Wong||Whitby ON|
|20||41.44||Joe Sauro||North Bay ON|
|21||37.32||Gary Whiteman||London ON|
|22||35.70||George Knight||Barrie ON|
|23||34.96||Paul Thurston||St. Catharines ON|
|24||31.08||Don Brock||Brampton ON|
|25||30.72||Leigh Ives||Barrie ON|
|26||29.61||Joan Eaton||North York ON|
|27||28.25||Allan Smith||Peterborough ON|
|28||26.94||Andrzej Niewiadomski||Scarborough ON|
|=29||25.00||David Colbert||Etobicoke ON|
|=29||25.00||Roy Hughes||Toronto ON|