Bridge players of all ilks suffer frustrations at the table (and away from it as well). Over the years, I have heard a multitude of famous quotes (some funny and some categorized in a feistier milieu). With apologies to the celebrated “Bartlett’s Quotations,” I’d like to share those that came to me immediately Read the rest of this entry »
Regarding the verdict of the now much-talked-about late Friday night 2016 USBC Appeal, many knowledgeable bridge experts have questioned not only how the Committee was selected but also by whom and in search of a better solution for handling the process. I am by no means challenging or criticizing those organizers or appeals people involved recently in Denver .. just looking ahead to make the proceedings better (which should be our common goal) and not last minute scrounging at night to gather a worthy committee as the emerging situation dictated.
However, the selection process for such a serious event (unlike an NABC where a plethora of experts are still in attendance late in the tournament) has many flaws. Perhaps arrangements should be made beforehand — having on hand honorable and willing impartial experts who have been knocked out to remain on the site to be available if needed. I understand this all costs additional money, but with unimaginable thousands constantly being shelled out by sponsors and the unfathomable money ACBL has been gouging from its members recently, someone or some thing should be able to come up with money to solve this perplexing Appeals problem. Consider the huge ACBL intake from such new practices of charging an extra two bucks per person for a ridiculous local club Stac game (simply a club duplicate) focusing on meaningless master points? Add it up .. it’s a bundle. And what about raising the NABC fees for a six man team even though only four can play at a time? Perhaps some of the extra lucre floating around can be put to good use by helping to provide for a few impartial experts to stand by if needed? What could possibly be more momentous than improving our appeals process — especially involving worldwide representation???
It appears that the venue for this far-reaching legendary decision, per force, was relegated to a telephone conference call (less than an ideal method of debating the issue) as opposed to a ‘live’ meeting and playing a major role, in this case, to determine who battles it out in the FINALS to earn the privilege of representing Zone 2 in the upcoming world championship in Poland.
‘Transparency’ seems to be the recent bridge topic of the day! Thus, impeccable knowledge of the game (coupled with total impartiality) should be the major determining focus involving WHO makes the appointment and WHOM is selected. I think the bridge public who is presently on top of the current issue as we speak, is entitled to some answers.
Those of you old timers like myself may remember the above greeting attributed to the celebrated World War II radio commentator, Gabriel Heatter, who always tried to open his programs with the uplifting words captioned above.
Such is the email sent by District 17 President Jerry Ranney:
From: "JERRY T RANNEY"
Date: May 5, 2016 6:09 PM
Subject: Las Vegas Regional Schedule Change
Las Vegas Unit Board Members,
As a result of the concerns the Las Vegas unit has raised about not having a Thursday/Friday Knock Out, District 17’s Executive Committee has approved the addition of a Thursday/Friday KO to the approved, previously-published 2016 Las Vegas regional schedule. The change to the schedule has also been cleared with Matt Koltnow, the tournament DIC, and with Robert Hartman, ACBL CEO. We sincerely hope that this will have the positive effect on tournament attendance that the Las Vegas unit predicts.
We hope that this year’s Las Vegas regional is a huge success, and look forward to working with the Las Vegas unit board following this year’s event to develop and approve a schedule for next year’s regional tournament. We want to work together to hopefully build attendance back to levels that were common in the early years of this decade.
District 17 President
On behalf of the members of Unit 373 and our surrounding community, we are grateful to Mr. Ranney who has attempted to restore peace and tranquillity to both the Unit and District. Many issues still must be resolved… but at least this is a beginning. Unit 373 will do everything within its power to pass around the news of the concession regarding the hard-fought addition of one more KO at the Regional on Thursday/Friday, June 9th and 10th.
Word has reached my ears that The Las Vegas Bridge Unit has been rattled by countless complaints received regarding the Schedule of the June Regional Tournament being held June 6-12 at Bally’s. Read the rest of this entry »
The 299er Silver Point Sectional was held on April 6 and 7th, 2016
|9:30 Pairs||13 Tables||Jane Rubin spoke on Etiquette, Ethics & Rules|
|2:00 Pairs||11 Tables||Bruce Rubin gave lesson on Opening Leads|
|10:00 Swiss||12 Teams||Angie Clark spoke on Swiss Teams|
|Eric Bell spoke on At the Table with the Director|
- Flyers on Unit and ACBL websites as well as District 17 Scorecard
- Flyers handed out to each I/N at the February Sectional
- Emails sent to all I/Ns with flyer
- Presentations made at several clubs and flyers distributed
- Personal calls to over 160 I/Ns telling them about:
The I/N tournament
The Unit website
The Regional at Bally’s in June
- Marketing for Clubs:
Flyers out for Henderson games and Supervised LV Bridge World game.
Announced Spring Mountain Swiss Team night and I/N lessons and games
Thank You to:
- The Unit 373 Board for approving this tournament.
- Bob LaFleur for securing the sanction and giving opening remarks.
- Ed Matulis for finding free site, hauling the tables and supplies, and doing partnerships
- The YMCA for giving us the space for free
- Bert & Judy Kulic for proofing and posting the flyer and providing a list of all 299ers
- Kitty Cooper for running a free ad in the District 17 Scorecard
- Jane Rubin and Bob Woodward for directing for free
- Eric Bell for providing the computer, printer and giving a lesson, and totally supporting
- Bruce Rubin for giving a lesson
- Liz Hamilton for promoting it at Atria Seville and donating books as prizes
- Peg Cundiff for supporting it and sending many players from her Sun City games
- Bridge World for distributing flyers at their club and Karen Kimes for promoting on Sun.
- Gordon Fast and Judi Weissinger for their ideas and support
- Faith Frank for being our guaranteed partner
- All players who talked with and encouraged the 299ers to participate in this event.
- And All the 299ers who played and supported the tournament.
We had 5 players join the ACBL! Fun was had by all.
…and a huge show of appreciation to our Tournament Chairman, Angie Clark, for making it all possible!!!!!
And… here are the total results:
|9:30 Pairs $520.00 – 1 free play||$510.00|
|2:00 Pairs $440.00 – 2 free plays||$420.00|
|TOTAL RECEIPTS||+ $930.00|
|ACBL Sanction Fees (36 tables @
$2.01 per player
|Board Duplication (2 sets)||$30.00|
|2 breakfasts/2 lunches (60 people each day)||$488.91|
|Miscellaneous Expenses (white board, plates, cups, coffee, name tags, etc)||$98.79|
|TOTAL COSTS||– $690.06|
|NET PROFIT||+ $239.94|
I was saddened and shocked to read the following on my BW site. More to follow! Read the rest of this entry »
March is National Kidney Month and the popular Las Vegas Bridge World (Flamingo and Lindell) is honoring the occasion on Thursday, March 24th with lunch provided at 11:45 with the game to follow. It is called “Gift of Life Celebration” and we have two very special honorees: BRUCE RUBIN celebrates the 20th anniversary of his kidney and pancreas transplant and HAROLD LILIE celebrates the three month anniversary of his kidney transplant. Bobby and I hope many of our localites will be joining us!
The Spring Nationals in Reno are winding down today and although Bobby and I have attended very few nationals in recent years, the Vanderbilt Cup always held a special place in my heart because of both Norman’s and Bobby’s beautiful mementos that adorn our trophy case. And, despite our recent absence from these prestigious events, we have both derived enormous pleasure watching Fred Gitelman’s unequalled impact on the world of bridge .. the innovation referred to endearingly as BBO — Bridge Base on Line. Because of his creative genius, we are able to view the live action of the contestants and in a few moments the last half of this fairly close match between two teams in the Vanderbilt will begin: LaVazza v. Cayne. Incidentally, I noticed on my computer screen at one time today over 20,000 bridge lovers from all over the world were watching BBO .. mostly in the comfort of their homes .. and lest we forget the thousands and thousands of players who play and practice on BBO on a daily basis.
Thank you, Fred. I, for one, am so appreciative of your ingenious contribution to our wonderful game.
Regardless how much you think you have it ‘all together,’ we all tend to take note of certain habits or idiosyncrasies of others that annoy us. It happens in your every day life as well as at the bridge table. Read the rest of this entry »
Over six months have passed since young, respected world class Norwegian expert Boye Brogeland introduced the ugly subject of international cheating at the highest levels; and it seems we are no closer to extinguishing the fire (other than the self-proclaimed confession of the German pair). They got a mild sentence from their own organization — four years barred (with two years of probation) — but never to play together again. They are the least known of the pairs.
However, three other extremely high profile celebrated world renown ‘winning pairs’ were allegedly accused of cheating and the ‘powers that be’ (whomever claims that responsibility) have been very lethargic in resolving the problems .. with postponements of meetings at both the Denver and Reno Nationals. I suppose we may have to wait until the Washington Summer Nationals (four months off). Though the entire bridge world is anxious to have the attacks resolved one way or another .. drawing attention away from the alleged despicable actions was not to be. In the minds of many, it will cause universal humiliation and embarrassment to not only the individuals .. but their native countries as well. It is obvious they are postponing the inevitable as long as they can.
My own gut feeling (and that of many knowledgeable bridge personalities) is the reasons behind the obvious stalling tactics are: Nationalism, Cronyism and Political Alliances. Nobody wants their nation to be the deserved targets of universal shame. However, the longer it drags on, the worse it is for the game!!