Bon’s Mots

By Bonnie Bagley
National Board Representative

This is a bittersweet column to write ... it is my last for the Western Conference Contract Bridge Forum ScoreCard. District 17 will be producing its own publication starting with the April issue, and going digital every other month. Please see the articles by John Grossmann and Steven & Kitty Cooper for more information. This is bitter because the D17 ScoreCard has been with the Contract Bridge Forum for decades, since before I joined the ACBL, and has been an excellent source of information for our players and advertising for our tournaments. But times change, and the high cost of producing a published monthly paper has become prohibitive for D17. The sweet part is that there will be a new and exciting digital publication with innovative features that are not possible in newsprint publishing.

Advancements & Kudos

Congratulations to the D17 members who became Life Master by the grandfathering of those whose membership lapsed and then rejoined with the new Life Master requirements in effect. It was a welcomed and pleasant surprise, and well justified.
Congratulations also to Billy Miller of Las Vegas, D17’s 2017 top masterpoint winner, with 2024 masterpoints, placing him 13th on the 2017 Barry Crane top 500 list. Well done!

ACBL Board Meeting

The next ACBL Board of Directors (BOD) meeting will start Tuesday, March 6, before the Spring Philadelphia NABC begins. Because a motion passed at the Fall BOD meeting in San Diego that BOD meetings end before the first National event begins. The 2018 ACBL President, Jay Whipple, has produced an agenda with the meetings ending Thursday, and going through Friday morning only if necessary.
The first National events begin Friday, March 9, at 1:00 p.m. - the Kay Platinum Pairs, the Lebhar IMP Pairs, and the 0-10,000 Swiss Teams.
Committees: The Spring BOD meeting is when committee appointments are ratified for the Hall of Fame Committee, Competitions & Conventions Committee, Ethical Oversight Committee, Disciplinary Committee, and ACBL Laws Commission. The members of these committees are players who volunteer their time to serve. The election of the ACBL Treasurer also occurs at this meeting; Claire Jones, the current ACBL Treasurer, is running for reelection.

Board Motions

Some motions the BOD will be considering in Philadelphia are:
• Reconsideration of a motion that failed in San Diego to allow only one completed convention card (instead of the required two) at the bridge table
• A motion deferred from San Diego to replace the current rules on allowable conventions (ACBL General Conventions Chart, ACBL Mid-Chart, ACBL Superchart, and ACBL Limited Conventions) with the ACBL Convention Charts, including the Basic Chart, Basic+ Chart, Open Chart, and Open+ Chart.
• Increase the NLM Regional two session events overall and section top awards from 25% gold/75% red to 33% gold/67% red
• At regional and sectional tournaments, two session events which are unrestricted in any way (completely open) shall be credited with all tables in play in totally concurrent events (pairs, teams, or individual to include tables in play at a concurrent Non-Life Master Regional, but not Knockouts or Continuous Pairs) for the purpose of computing overall awards, up to a maximum total of three times the number of tables in play in the unrestricted event
• Masterpoint awards at district NAP and GNT finals to be increased
• Increase the number of Regionals at Sea from four to eight per year
• Disallowing a district to give another district a regional sanction
• A motion from the Board of Governors (BOG) that BOD members receive lodging and per diem only through the day of the last meeting. Currently, lodging and per diem are received to the day of the BOG meeting if the BOD member attends the BOG meeting.
• Another motion is to change the default evening starting times at all NABCs from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
All motions may be found on the ACBL website at


I am not saying goodbye to the Forum: “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.” –J.M. Barrie
And not goodbye because Bon’s Mots will continue in the new digital format. As always, do not hesitate to contact me at 719 593-0205, or email me at