May Regional – back at the Hilton

Our next regional:  May 23-28 at the Hilton Midtown (54th & 6th)

And here’s the flyer with details

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How close are you to your next rank?

Jay Whipple, the guy who brought us The Common Game, hosts a web page that analyzes your ACBL Rank and tells you what you need, and where to go get it.

No, no, not that, I’m talking about Silver, Red and Gold – the three legs of our frustrating Life Master tripod.

Curious? Enter your ACBL number in the form below. It’s like Googling yourself, but not as weird.

ACBL Number

Our forthcoming Regional (in May, at the midtown Hilton) will be one such source of advancement. The District 3 regional in Tarrytown is right around the corner as well ( Jan 22-28 ) and you don’t need to wait.

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GNT – qu’est-ce que c’est 

The Grand National Teams event is one of the two so-called “grassroot” events ( along w/sibling “Grand National Pairs”, now renamed to the “North American Pairs” doubtless by the same guys who gave us the RFK bridge )

You should play. The way it works:

1. Find 3 friends. Even I have three friends.

2. Play a team event at one of the NYC bridge clubs (schedule below) in any of four flights.

3. Win your flight. There will be subsidies for the winning teams in the three lower flights. The intent, back when wheels were square, was to make it economical to attend the next stage.

4. Travel to the Atlanta North American Bridge Championship ( renamed from “The Nationals” ) in July. The winning teams in Flight A,B and C will each receive $1K – per team –  to assist with expenses ( if they go. The Open flight receives nothing but a “well done”).

5. Compete against 25 other teams in your flight. One ACBL District, one team per flight.

6. Win again, and do us proud. This is a Nationally rated win, unless I’m mistaken, in which case it isn’t. But I think it is.

Schedule?

There are four Flights. Each winner must survive an all day affair at a bridge club. If there are an unexpectedly large number of teams, we might add a later Knockout phase.

  • Flight C for Non-Life Masters with fewer than 500 Masterpoints.
    • Sunday Feb 25 at Honors
  • Flight B for anyone with 0-2500 Masterpoints.
    • Sunday Feb 11 at Aces
  • Flight A for anyone with 0-6000 Masterpoints
    • Sunday Feb 25 at Honors
  • Open for anyone with more ego than Masterpoints
    • Sunday Feb 11 at Aces

Flight C players have an additional requirement. In order to be participate, they need to pre-qualify at either Aces or Honors or a couple of the Long Island bridge clubs.  I’m just the messenger here.

So why should you play? Most of us won’t win, obviously, but the opportunity to play a team event outside a regional is rarer than it ought to be. Team games blow the pants off pair games in terms of being relaxing (sometimes you’re just in 2D and no one cares about whether you make 90 or 110) and the whole thing is something different.

Odds are than even if you win, you’ll lose in Atlanta. No offense to our American Garozzos.  But the entertainment value of a National is not to be underestimated.  Like summer camp, except no one is weeping.

Full schedule, if you’re bored by MSNBC. And conditions of contest, if you’re bored by life itself.

The GNT coordinator is a decent enough guy – Phil Lentz – and if you have any questions, I’m sure you can find his email address on this ACBL page

I’m also on that page. Send me an email if you need anything related to bridge in NYC.

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Herman/Gwirtzman/Cole win Player of the year

2017 is out. The results of the GNYBA Player of the year races are in.

Ira Herman, Bob Gwirtzman and Margie Cole are the winners in our three categories.

Click for details

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Party during regional. Maybe you’re invited.

Our illustrious President ( no, not that one, ours says his name is David Moss ) said

The GNYBA will be hosting a party and Barometer Game on Saturday night  Dec 30 at 7pm at Aces.

Aces Bridge Club
244 West 54th Street, suite 705
NYC 10019
212-586-0417

When pressed for detail, he said  “We will have more details at the tournament itself.

Probably the GNYBA will supply snacks and soda. I’m planning to bring my own beer.

The Saturday game will be hosted by Rachael Moller & David Gurvich, and modeled after David’s usual (invitational) monthly games.

If you can’t show up to this one, try to cadge an invitation to the normal monthly game. David & Rachael have managed to recreate something long missing from NY bridge.

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