2019 Fall NABC San Francisco
2019 Introduced the "Soloway Knockout" to open the NABC. When we added the Soloway it was hoped for 60-70 teams to enter the seven day event with a two day qualifier, we were pleasantly surprised with 96 teams in the inaugural event, the winners received 250 Platinum Points.
The playing area was well lit and easy to access with all games in the same area with an escalator dividing the areas.
Bridge Play by District 25 Players.
The Top 25 MP Winners were:
NE Players Placing in NABC+ Events (Top 10)
NAIL LIFE MASTER PAIRS:
Cenk Tuncok 3RD
Mark Aquino 5TH
Andrew Chesterton 5TH
Cenk Tuncok 2ND
WHITEHEAD WOMENS PAIRS:
Kamla Chawla 3RD
SOLOWAY KO TEAMS:
Laurence Lebowitz 5-8
Zach Grossack 5-8
Adam Grossack 5-8
Laurence Lebowitz 6th
Zach Grossack 6th
Adam Grossack 6th
NE Players Placing in NABC Event (Top 5)
For a List of ALL players placing in San FranciscoClick Here
Board Meeting Highlights
Of specific Interest to District 25:
The Senior Age was tweaked again to allow full grandfathering and to avoid you were "In this year and out next 5" The new standard is 65 years of age, however any player born before 1/1/60 is now eligible to play. Why was this important to us?
We are the only district that is allowed to run an extra regional for Seniors in the ACBL. As such if the age went immediately to 65 we would have lost 20% of our eligible players. While 65 makes sense to me an immediate change would have hurt us and I objected in Las Vegas I was able to get it to 62 however working with others I was able to get the correct result for us and the ACBL in San Francisco and we actually added a year as it was before 1/1/59 previously now anyone born during 1959 can enter and enjoy the Senior Regional (In Hyannis this year)
The Small Bracket KO's (KIKO)
We had a ball of fire about this event, there were 3 separate motions to stop it and another to curtail the the event. We had the opportunity in October for the D25 executive committee to speak directly to Russ Jones about the event. He was still pretty adamant that it should not take place but he did hear how we felt it was working for lower point players. The bridge committee that I was on voted against us 7-3, so I asked Russ to meet with me in between meeting sessions before it came to the full board, we were joined by David Metcalf and I was able to negotiate the best I could to keep the event viable. I went to the table holding a yarborough and left with at least an opening hand.
I got then to drop the motion to limit brackets of 5 to the top two brackets, by working on the masterpoint objections. The proposal was to limit Gold to first and second only anytime brackets of 5 played and to limit 5's to two brackets the rest being 7+, knowing this would not work well for us, I agreed to vote with them and not object if we could get Gold to third place also, we settled on ⅓ Gold to Third and we got it done in about an hour. It was impossible to get Gold points for 4th as it is possible to come in 4th and never win a match in a bracket of 5, I could not argue that. I was not a huge proponent of this event but the D25 Board asked me to fight for it so I did to the best of my ability. I was pleased to get a compromise worked out.
National Motions and News:
Georgia Heth was elected President of the ACBL for 2020, it was a close vote but she defeated Paul Cuneo in the election. Georgia has a lot of experience in the ACBL and the WBF and she will bring her expertise to the table this year.
ACBL Governance Reorganization Plan
This issue continues to take up large blocks of time in full board. There were 2 Motions up for vote both require bylaw changes which require a supermajority to pass (⅔ of 25 or 17 votes to pass)
The reconsideration of the Las Vegas Re-Org plan to allow an executive committee to run in Leiu of the full board at any time was again defeated by the same 16-9 vote.
The New Governance plan which reduced the board to 13 by combining districts for voting purposes (D25 was combined with D24 (New York and LI) interesting the plan removes any representation of the districts that vote so this new "Regional representative" would Represent the ACBL and vote on the board but not be representative to the districts that are voting. Basically it eliminated the representative form of government but elects the board in the same manner by the same people that currently vote.
I could not see the causal link between less board members and better decisions or better people for that matter, it just means less people will vote so less discussion (so certainly faster results). While D25 is the larger district and under this plan it is highly likely that someone from D25 will outvote anyone from D24 it just does not seem a plan that I can in good conscious vote for.
I do agree that we are not running efficiently, the past boards have made and allowed to be made some horrible decisions that resulted in many financial and bridge errors, I think we need to make some changes to be efficient and effective but I also feel we deserve a better plan than this if we are going to toss our entire form of governance up in the air and hope it works.
This is a motion that I wrote to prohibit Districts and Units from offering financial incentives to players from a local club that runs at a concurrent time to the tournament. (Specifically a unit/district can not advertise players from "Bob's Club can play for a discount" (Unless Bob's Club approves the discount) but they can advertise "non life masters can play free" or any general discount just not club based targeting. Basically no predatory poaching of players from clubs. The minutes incorrectly stated that I voted against this.
Las Vegas Summer 2019 Report
What can I say about Las Vegas? The Cosmopolitan 5 Star Hotel was outstanding, The rooms were large and modern, and there were plenty of restaurants in the hotel and many less expensive options just outside in the Miracle Mile or Planet Hollywood. One evening in the hotel a soup option was discovered at $688 a serving! Passing on that temptation was not hard for most. The shows were close and great some popular options were Love (Beatles by Cirque de Soleil), Gwen Stefani, David Copperfield, Chris Angel Mindfreak, and the musical "Absinthe". Lady Gaga was on summer vacation from her residency show saving my wife and I at least $1700, the days of inexpensive shows and inexpensive buffets are long gone in Las Vegas. Another surprise to many players was the evening wear to the Cosmopolitan nightclubs, what the young ladies wore (or to be more accurate, didn't wear) to go out easily set them apart from the bridge players in the same halls of the hotel. They were all having FUN and thats what Las Vegas is all about, lots of fun , little judgement. Unfortunately I applied the "little judgement" at the bridge tables also.
Bridge Play: Attendance was great we served 13,622 tables, quite a few over estimated. The rooms were on 2 floors and a myriad of hallways that took a day or two to get for me to get used to the lay of the land. The tournament started with the GNT and District 25 fielded 5 teams in the 4 events. Next summer the GNT is in Montreal, QC be sure to get your passports ready!
This was the first NABC with the new entry fees set at $20 for regional and single session events. NABC+ events were set at $30 per session and additional for screen events.
Local News: Adam and Zach Grossack have become Grand Life Masters, Adam beat him by a month but Zach is the youngest Grand Life Master ever, Congratulations!
New England players in Las Vegas did well with 180 players earning Masterpoints!
The top 25 were:
Local Rank National Rank-Player, Hometown
1 54 152.00 Warren Spector, Chilmark MA
2 101 124.27 Lew Gamerman, Randolph MA
3 112 119.01 Adam Grossack, Newton MA
4 113 115.67 Allan Graves, Saint Johnsbury VT
5 144 105.01 Shome Mukherjee, Braintree MA
6 148 104.46 Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA
7 151 104.22 Franklin Merblum, Bloomfield CT
8 187 94.62 Mark Aquino, Jamaica Plain MA
9 216 90.29 Stephen Gladyszak, Chelsea MA
10 233 87.32 Victor King, Hartford CT
11 266 81.46 Dean Panagopoulos, Lynn MA
12 302 76.09 Zachary Grossack, Newton MA
13 325 73.77 Douglas Doub, West Hartford CT
14 327 73.55 John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT
15 330 73.43 Laurence Lebowitz, Boston MA
16 340 71.94 Harrison Luba, Lynnfield MA
17 344 71.52 Richard DeMartino, Riverside CT
18 345 71.52 Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
19 356 70.97 Ingi Agnarsson, S Burlington VT
20 405 66.08 Sheila Gabay, Newton MA
21 448 62.17 Nathan Glasser, Somerville MA
22 484 59.83 Paul Hattis, Newton MA
23 522 56.41 Cenk Tuncok, Amesbury MA
24 585 51.56 Walter Lee, Sudbury MA
25 687 45.43 Kimberly Gilman, Carlisle MA
NABC Honor Roll
FLT OPEN GNT Morehead 3rd /4th
Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA; Mark Aquino, Jamaica Plain MA; Dean Panagopoulos, Lynn MA; Stephen Gladyszak, Chelsea MA; Adam Grossack, Newton MA; Franklin Merblum, Bloomfield CT
Truscott Senior Swiss 6th Richard DeMartino, Riverside CT; Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA; John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT; Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
Freeman Mixed BAM 10th Sheila Gabay, Newton MA; Victor King, Hartford CT
FLT A GNT 5th/8th Michael Smith - Susan Smith, Newington CT; Allan Wolf, North Haven CT; Russell Friedman, Wilton CT; Brett Adler - Jeffrey Goldman, Norwalk CT
RED RIBBON Pairs 2nd Paul Hattis, Newton MA
0-2500 Mini Spingold 3rd Richard Franklin, New Canaan CT
0-10K Mixed 2nd Cenk Tuncok, Amesbury MA
0-6000 Mini Spingold 2nd Ingi Agnarsson S Burlington, VT
0-6000 Mini Spingold 5th Arthur Crystal - Debbie Benner, Fairfield CT;
Collegiate Pairs 1st Senmiao Sun, Brookline MA; Chang Liu, Cambridge MA
National Youth Swiss 2nd Harrison Luba, Lynnfield MA
College Pairs Champ 2nd Oosman Bashir, Cambridge MA
Board Meeting Highlights:
The board voted to vacate the titles of part NABC+ winners that have been convicted of cheating.
The original 2 motions were to either vacate the titles and move up just the pair winners, and the other once was to vacate titles and move up all second place to be NABC+ Champions. The committees and full board toiled with this at length and came to a compromise that we could pass as neither motion was gaining any traction as is. Many felt as I did that its hard to say the second place team is deserving of the title, the cheaters skewed the previous results for example, if I play 2 flat board against a convicted pair and we get 50% and end second and you play 2 swing boards against them that they are able to capitalize on and get near 0 MP in those two boards, then you may well have been second and deserve the win, same in teams the pairings would all be different also. It just becomes a mess when trying to restore equity fairly. We all have great empathy for the second place teams and pairs also and when it seemed we were unable to reach agreement and no titles would be taken at all we altered to what we could all agree on and passed the motion as amended! I feel this was the full board at its best.
192-18: Club Incentive
Moved that: Section D of the Masterpoint Book dealing with Club Awards under the heading
SPECIAL AWARDS IN CLUB EVENTS be modified as follows:
Club Appreciation Team Games – Awards 25% Gold masterpoints for overall positions and match
awards, up to a maximum of 1 masterpoint; remaining awards are black.
Upgraded Club Championships - Awards 25% Gold for overall positions, not session awards or
match awards, up to a maximum of 1 masterpoint; remaining awards are black.
Effective January 1, 2020 or as soon as can be implemented by management
192-25A NABC events designated as “Super Senior” be changed from a minimum of 70 years of age to 75
years of age.
Effective January 1, 2020
192-25B Was important to District 25. The motion to slowly change the age to 65 from 60 (Which I have to agree is correct) was being modified to change it all at once to 65 as it was for the super seniors. If this passed it would have dire consequences for our senior regional which is already our weakest regional on the schedule. I was able to bring this issue and and convince them back to a slow change that basically allows anyone that has been playing to continue as the age will go to 62 in 2020 and increase 1 year every year until it is at 65.
Full Motion: The definition of a “Senior” for the purposes of participation in all ACBL events ‘Senior’ be changed from a minimum of 60 years of age to 65 years of age. The requirements earning a “Silver Ribbon” qualification will follow the new Senior Age changes. The following is transition for the senior age change:
Beginning January 1, 2020 Senior Age will be 62
Beginning January 1, 2021 Senior Age will be 63
Beginning January 1, 2022 Senior Age will be 64
Beginning January 1, 2023 Senior Age will be 65
Effective January 1, 2020
192-37 Temporary Memberships have been changed to "Guest Memberships" and are Free. This motion apssed without my vote and while it is a good idea, the complete process is not well defined and was presented as a "work in motion". I am not in favor of not defined changes things that are important like the recruiter bonuses (who gets the money?) was left out and it undefined, this has the potential to upset some of our best recruiters and I feel we have the responsibility to advance a complete plan before voting it in.
Codification Chapter I – Membership, A. Membership Section, 2 – Definitions and Rights of ACBL
Membership be amended to add guest member definition:
2.2 Classes of Membership
2.2.8 Guest member:
188.8.131.52 May join ACBL at no cost;
184.108.40.206 Former members may renew as a guest member, granted that they never
achieved the ACBL masterpoint rank of Junior Master;
220.127.116.11 Membership renewal is required every 12 months;
18.104.22.168 The guest membership benefits shall be defined by management policy.
Benefits may be adjusted according to recruitment and upgrading rates;
22.214.171.124 The following benefits shall not be available to guest members:
a. A subscription to the printed version of the Bridge Bulletin
b. Promotion to the rank of Junior Master or higher
c. Credit of masterpoints other than black or unpigmented
After months of planning and trying to come up with a solution to stream line the board to 9 (or any number), governance came to the meeting and said they have a new great idea that will require a by law change to allow an executive committee to function at any time (rather than just during the period that the board does not meet) so in reality they would replace the 25 voters with 9 of the directors chosen to the EC. There was no plan on how they would be selected, there was no number of directors that would be on the EC, just the proposal said "Lets change the By Laws to accommodate any change that we want to make."
While I have not been convinced that 9 are more likely to make better decisions than 25, I am certain that 9 can make decisions faster than 25. What I feel the ACBL needs is better thought out decisions and better planning and I have a hard time seeing that come to fruition with this plan that was presented half formed. Most quick decisions can have impact that we did not expect, and a By Law change to the way the governing body works deserves more than "This is what we thought of literally last night" quotes as this is exactly what we were told.
I voted against this change and the motion failed by 1 vote. While the Status Quo is far from perfect it is well thought out and a representative form of governance that I respect. A no holds barred wholesale change without guidelines is less than the ACBL deserves in my opinion. Quick decisions that result in fires being put out later is one of the reasons people are considering the current structure ineffective.
Article VII Committees – Section 7.2 Executive Committee of the ACBL Bylaws are hereby deleted in their entirety and replaced with the following:
7.2 Executive Committee
7.2.1 An Executive Committee of the Board is established, which shall be a committee of the Board. The function of the Executive Committee is to act on behalf of the Board of Directors
as meetings provided by Board resolution to the extent allowable permitted by law.
The Executive Committee shall be composed of: The number of and method of selecting members of the Executive Committee shall be determined by the full Board.
126.96.36.199 The President of the ACBL, who shall chair the Committee. 14
188.8.131.52 The Chair of the Board of Directors.
184.108.40.206 Three at-large members of the Board, whose appointment shall be made by a majority of the entire board.
Motion Failed (two-thirds vote required): Aye: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22
See Complete Meeting Notes
Next Up for NABC is the ever popular San Francisco, CA starting November 28- December 8 2019.
Hope to see you there!
Memphis Spring 2019
D25 at the Tables Memphis
Vanderbilt 9-16 Doug Doub and Frank Merblum
PLATINUM PAIRS 10th Bernard Yomtov
FAST PAIRS 4th Doug Doub and Yigi Starr
FAST PAIRS 10th Lew Gammerman and Harrison Luba
SILODOR PAIRS 2nd Adam Grossack
LEBHAR IMP PAIRS 2nd Ron Mak
FLIGHT B NAP WINNERS Yin Yichen and Chang Liu 60 MP Congrats!
District 25 Top 25 MP Winners
1 188.24 Adam Grossack, Newton MA
2 136.24 Douglas Doub, West Hartford CT
3 122.21 Victor King, Hartford CT
4 109.91 Ronald Mak, Manchester NH
5 98.51 Lew Gamerman, Randolph MA
6 95.68 Franklin Merblum, Bloomfield CT
7 74.78 Zachary Grossack, Newton MA
8 68.35 Laurence Lebowitz, Boston MA
9 66.77 Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
10 65.24 Bernard Yomtov, Cambridge MA
11 62.24 Walter Lee, Sudbury MA
12 61.75 Allan Graves, Saint Johnsbury VT
13 61.12 Lloyd Arvedon, Hudson NH
14 60.00 Yin Yichen, Boston MA
15 60.00 Chang Liu, Cambridge MA
16 54.71 Harold Nordstrom, Reading MA
17 49.51 Robert Lavin, East Longmeadow MA
18 49.18 Phyllis Fireman, Chestnut Hill MA
19 47.30 Ann Hudson, Suffield CT
20 46.31 Stephen Gladyszak, Chelsea MA
21 44.44 Yiji Starr, Wayland MA
22 44.04 Bart Bussink, Cambridge MA
23 43.66 Susan Lincoln, Boxford MA
24 43.46 Mark Aquino, Jamaica Plain MA
25 42.64 Alan Godes, Needham MA
Hawaii Fall 2018
Hawaii was a wonderful spot, beautiful weather, and a true vacation paradise. The attendance was very poor (6032 Tables) and those that missed this tournament missed a truly perfect vacation / bridge event. So much to do and eat! Poke' (POH-KAY) was on many menus and is spicy raw fish (Usually AHI) that is prepared in a multitude of ways. I tried it and it was better than I thought. Every fish dish I had was delicious, and the pineapple was as good as you think it was.
I was not the District Director yet in Hawaii but I served in the Board of Governors as First Alternate. So basically just one meeting and the rest of the mornings I got to visit Hawaii. I have to admit the tournament made me long for the 1 and 7:30 schedule, all morning to visit the area local to the tournament, Play a session of bridge and a nice 3 hour or more break to have dinner with friends, nap or walk, and back for the second session well rested and ready to go. With our 10 and 2:15 schedule it is socially a different experience.
I will have more complete reports when I start attending meetings.
NABC+ EVENTS (Top 10)
Arthur Crystal, Fairfield CT Baze Senior KO 3rd
Adam Grossack, Newton MA NABC+ Mixed Swiss 7th
NABC EVENTS (Top 3)
Barry Margolin, Arlington MA 0-6K Pairs 2nd
REGIONAL EVENTS (Top 2)
Gloria McDevitt, Medford MA; Lon Sunshine - Ivanie Yeo, Merrimack NH; Elizabeth Gompels, Cambridge MA, Bracketed Swiss
R Michelle Green, Somerville MA; Julian Jefferson, Manchester NH, Monday Gold Rush Pairs
Linda Robinson - Eric Schwartz, Arlington MA Flight X Regional Pairs
Karen McCallum, Exeter NH; Victor King, Hartford CT, Monday CKO-B1
Barton Buffington, North Kingstown RI; Paul Burnham, Wilton CT; Sonja Smith, North Granby CT Monday CKO-B2
Friday Open Pairs Flight B Gary Miyashiro, West Redding CT; Michael Hess, Wilton CT
SINGLE SESSION EVENTS (Winners)
Peter Manzon, Waltham MA; Rick Holcomb, Malden MA Side Game
Sabrina Miles, Mansfield MA; Mark Aquino, Jamaica Plain MA Side Game
Nathan Glasser, Somerville MA Side Game
HAWAII Top 25 MP Winners
94.40 Lloyd Arvedon Hudson NH
86.25 Adam Grossack Newton MA
81.16 Douglas Doub West Hartford CT
73.50 Arthur Crystal Fairfield CT
66.80 Barry Margolin Arlington MA
64.58 Nathan Glasser Somerville MA
56.29 Victor King Hartford CT
53.93 Eric Schwartz Arlington MA
53.83 Mark Aquino Jamaica Plain MA
51.68 Ken Bloom Acton MA
49.88 Wayne Burt Pembroke NH
47.32 Debbie Benner Fairfield CT
40.96 Barton Buffington North Kingstown RI
40.83 Allan Graves Saint Johnsbury VT
40.67 Randolph Johnson Suffield CT
35.52 Karen McCallum Exeter NH
34.05 Michael Hess Wilton CT
34.05 Gary Miyashiro West Redding CT
32.44 Stephen Gladyszak Chelsea MA
31.81 Rick Holcomb Malden MA
31.81 Peter Manzon Waltham MA
31.70 Sabrina Miles Mansfield MA
31.20 Paul Burnham Wilton CT
31.20 Sonja Smith North Granby CT
28.78 Robert Bertoni Haverhill MA
To See a chart of attendance of all NABC tournaments please click this link