Dear District 2 District and Unit Board Members:
Even the threat of Hurricane Erin (it missed us!) could not put a damper on the great time that all of us who were fortunate enough to be in New Orleans had!
Six cities - Toronto, Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Diego and Anaheim were considered very desirable as places to hold NABC's every 9 years.
A third group of 26 cities was listed as desirable locations, assuming an appropriate package could be negotiated.
|Tournament||Date To Start|
|Spring||2nd weekend of March|
|Summer||3rd weekend of July|
|Fall||3rd or 4th weekend of November|
By next summer, we hope to have a new Handbook for Conduct & Ethics Committees approved and ready for distribution. In addition, after every NABC the ACBL publishes a booklet that reviews all cases that came up for appeal. This is MUST reading for appeals committee members.
The ACBL now has many NABC events - they run opposite one another and some are restricted by age or sex. To say that they should all be treated equally with huge set awards is ridiculous. I'm sure this issue will be revisited in the future.
Bob Hamman, the #1 ranked player in the world presented a controversial proposal to the Board of Directors. He contends that many modern conventions are designed to work primarily because the defenders are unfamiliar with the convention and are unable to adequately prepare a defense. He refers to many conventions as being "disruptive" and creating a controlled psyche type of environment. He feels that these tactics are detrimental to the future of bridge and destroy the games popularity.
Bob suggests a return to a simpler world where such tools as "multi 2D" and initial pre-empts without a known suit are barred from use. His proposals will be discussed further at the Atlanta Fall NABC.
What do you think? Please let me and the ACBL know your views!
Our CEO, Roy G. Green, made it very clear. The demographics of the ACBL are of primary concern. "The continued increase in average age... decrease in number of paying members... effectiveness of current programs... long-term viability of clubs...(must) initiate corrective action. Efforts to recapture the lost generation of bridge players...(present) a challenge we must meet head on as if our life depended on it -... as far as bridge is concerned, it does!
Your ideas for saving this game are solicited and welcome. Please contact Roy Green, ACBL President Cecil Cook, or me at any time.
Meanwhile, the ACBL is moving forward...