September Bon’s Mots

By Bonnie Bagley
National Board Representative

While not well attended by D17 players, the 2013 Summer Atlanta North American Bridge Championships (NABC), had 12,363 tables in play. Most D17 players prefer a 9:00 a.m., 1:00 & 7:30 p.m. NABC schedule, and Atlanta had 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for the major events. D17 players are waiting to attend the 2013 Fall Phoenix NABC, November 28 through December 8, in our own district.

Although D17 participation was small in numbers, we were mighty in results:
• Randy Thompson, Albuquerque, won the Bruce Life Master 0-5000 Pairs, playing with Barry Spector of Springfield, Virginia.
• Carolyn Lynch of Scottsdale, Arizona, won the Roth Open Swiss Teams with partner Mike Passell, Las Vegas. Their teammates were Polish players Adam Zmudzinski and Cezary Balicki and Lew Stansby, Dublin, California and Bart Bramley, Dallas.
• Burke Snowden, 15, Fort Collins, Colorado, was on the winning team of  the World Youth Bridge Championship Swiss Teams event for the under age 20 group. His teammates were Andrew and Richard Jeng, and Oren Kriegel.
• Burke also won the Youth NABC Swiss Teams event playing with Murphy Green and the Jeng brothers.

Congratulations to the above winners.

The finals of the Spingold Teams was a nail-biter - tied at 112 at the end of the regulation play of 64 boards between the 9th seed Grue team (Joe Grue, Las Vegas, Brad Moss, Denver, Leslie Amoils, Toronto, Thomas Bessis, Paris, France, Peter Bertheau, Taby, Sweden and Jacob Morgan, Madison, Wisconsin), and 39th seed Bridge 24 (Poland’s Jacek Kalita, Michal Nowosadzki, Rafal Jagniewski, and Wojciech Gawel). An eight board playoff ensued with Bridge 24 victorious.

Many kudos to both teams for providing us an exciting finish.

In addition: Fred Hamilton, former D17 player from Las Vegas (now Palm Springs, California), was on the victorious Truscott Senior Swiss Teams.  Interestingly, this win broke a tie for Fred; previously he had 16 national wins and 16 second place finishes - now he has 17 national titles. Well done all!

ACBL President

ACBL President Don Mamula submitted a letter of resignation effective August 12, 2013. While there has been speculation about the reason, none was given. The board elected Bill Cook, Jr., District Director from D10 (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, parts of Tennessee & Central Arkansas), to complete the remainder of Don’s 2013 term - a nice gesture to a nice man, who was also elected to complete the remainder of Joan Gerard’s term as representative to the World Bridge Federation. Bill’s tenure on the ACBL Board ends this year, as he is not running for re-election.

Tucson NLM Regional

Good news for the Tucson Cactus Flower Non-Life Master Regional! The ACBL Board passed a motion to allow a NLM Regional to have an upper limit of 750 masterpoints, and shall award 10% gold for overall awards and section tops in the top bracket, flight or strat of two-session, or longer, events. All other masterpoint awards shall be red points. Since I submitted this motion, I was on the winning side.

Another motion submitted by me did not fare as well - the motion was: a District Director shall not serve more than four, 3-year terms (not to include partial terms), effective January 1, 2014. Sitting board members who will have reached that limit prior to January 15, 2014 to be allowed one additional term starting after January 15, 2014 or later.
This would have been an ACBL Bylaw amendment, thus requiring a two-thirds majority to pass. The motion failed, garnering only nine (of 25) affirmative votes.

0-10,000 National Events

Good news for under 10,000 masterpoint players - four new 10K events were approved for our NABCs: a 0-10,000 Pairs the first Saturday and Sunday of the Summer NABC, and a 0-10,000 Mixed Swiss Teams for the final two days of the Summer NABC (the inaugural for both of these events will be the 2014 Summer Las Vegas NABC ... let’s have D17 winners!). A 0-10,000 Knockout (Mini-Vandy) starting the first Monday of the Spring NABC – the same day as the Vanderbilt Knockouts begin – was approved (to start at the 2014 Dallas Spring NABC), along with a 0-10,000 Swiss Teams the second Saturday and Sunday of the Fall NABC, starting at the 2014 Fall Providence, Rhode Island NABC. All these 10K events will award 10% platinum points – subject to a 10 point maximum – for overall awards only, and each will be reviewed following a two-year trial period.

Other Affirmative Actions

Online NAP district finals were approved. The NAP Flight B and the GNT Flight B masterpoint limit was raised from 2,000 to 2,500. The GNT Flight A masterpoint limit was raised from 5,000 to 6,000.

• Bidding screens are approved to be used in the GNTs starting in the round of 8 in the Championship Flight and Flight A and in the round of 4 in Flights B and C and in the round of 16 for the Spingold and Vanderbilt and in the 0-5,000 Mini-Spingold starting with the round of 8 and in the 0-1,500 Mini-Spingold in the round of 4.
• An NABC+ Victory Point Scale will be adopted for NABC+ Swiss Teams events or NABC+ events with a Swiss component. This scale will help to eliminate ties because the scales are given to two decimal places and subject to a cap; each IMP margin translates to a specific victory point award.
• The Wagar Women’s Knockout, and the Machlin Women’s Swiss Teams wins will no longer be Grand Life Master qualifiers after 2013, due to declining attendance in both events. Also due to declining numbers, effective January 2014, the following will no longer be on the NABC schedule: the National 199er Pairs (Summer NABC), the National 99er Pairs and the Non-Life Master Pairs (both Fall NABC).

Please visit my website: for the complete minutes of the jam-packed 2013 Summer ACBL Board meeting motions; the above is only a small portion of what was covered.

Contact Me

I look forward to seeing you at the USBF/D17 Taos Regional, September 9-15. What a treat for us! Contact me at or by phone at 719 593-0205. I appreciate your input.