GRAND NATIONAL TEAM QUALIFYING GAME
You must qualify at the club level!
Monday, January 31
January 24, 2022
WHO: ALL PLAYERS IN OUR UNIT-FLIGHT C (0-500), FLIGHT B (500-2500), FLIGHT A (2500+)
Flight eligibility will be established by ACBL’s September 2021 masterpoint cycle. This information will be produced on August 6, 2021, in Horn Lake, MS. Masterpoints won after this cycle will not impact flight eligibility for these events.
WHERE: Georgia Taylor Recreation Center
1471 West Clemmonsville Road Winston-Salem
Director: Cindy Wright 336-407-9842
WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 31 12:30 P.M.
DISTRICT FINALS: If you qualified at the club level, you may proceed to the District Finals!
FLIGHT C - Flight C (NLM up to 500) finals will be held online using BBO, as done last year. The date is TBD. This was successful last year and will be repeated. This will be held as a single day Swiss event. Preregistration is required. We will be able to qualify the top 2 teams to play in the National GNT playoffs.
The registration information will be set up by the ACBL and the team information should be sent to the district coordinator Brian Hingerty firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, there will be a practice online Swiss event with mentors for the Flight C team players as was done last year.
The Flight C online event will be free to the team players and will be covered by the district Grass Roots Fund. The online practice Swiss will also be free.
FLIGHTS A & B - Championship, Flight A (0-6000) and Flight B (0–2500) finals will be held in West Columbia, SC, May 14-15, 2022. All teams must register by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Starting times are 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. Preregistration is now required. Pre-registration is being offered for the district finals: You may pre-register your team by sending a full roster—with ACBL #s—to the district coordinator Brian Hingerty email@example.com by May 13 (by 11 p.m.) for Championship, Flight A, and Flight B. Fees must be paid by game time.
Entry fees for the District Finals for Championship, Flight A, and Flight B: $48 per team/per session
Special Note: The District 7 board has voted to qualify a second team for the nationals in flights B and C if more than 8 teams show up for the district finals. They will also receive a stipend to attend the nationals and play in the GNT playoffs.
WINNINGS: District 7 will award a stipend of $900 per player for the winning teams in each flight to play in the Nationals. (Any player augmented to the team after the district finals will not receive funds. However if the team is willing they may prorate their award funds to the augmented players). If a player does not participate in the national event, the stipend is to be refunded to the district. The district treasurer is required send a 1099 taxable income form for the stipend received. District champions who do not have at least 3 original members who played in the district finals will be replaced by the next eligible team willing to participate.
The National Finals will be in Providence, RI, starting July 13, 2022. The playing site is The Rhode Island Convention Center. A stipend will be awarded to the winners of the district final, as well as some additional amounts for others that are awarded trips.
Cindy Wright - 336-407-9842
PIEDMONT TRIAD NLM REGIONAL and OPEN SECTIONAL TOURNAMENTS
Coming Soon to Greensboro!
February 24-27, 2022
December 12 , 2021
We encourage all non-life master players with less than 750 masterpoints to attend Unit 169's Piedmont Triad's Non-Life Master Regional. What could be more special than to earn gold at a local Regional just for you! Non-life masters may elect to and are welcome to play in the Piedmont Triad Sectional, which awards silver masterpoints.
These are two separate tournaments held on the same days, same times, in the same location: Gujarati Cultural Association of the Piedmont, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro NC 27409
Some of the highlights at the tournaments:
Education Fund Thursday earns more Silver MPS
Jerry Helms (Bridge Bulletin's "Ask Jerry" columnist) guest speaker and free lesson on Friday and Saturday
Free drinks and snacks every day@
Free hot dog lunch on Thursday
Lunch available for purchase on Friday and Saturday
Catered lunch for all Swiss teams on Sunday
PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID AT CHECK-IN. MASKS REQUIRED.
For a Regional flyer, Click HERE
For a Sectional flyer, Click HERE
Click HERE to read how masterpoints are awarded by the ACBL
Click HERE for requirements by rank for those who joined before January 1, 2010
Click HERE for requirements by rank for those who joined or reinstated after January 1, 2010
Click HERE for specific information on "HOW TO EARN GOLD AT THE PIEDMONT TRIAD NLM REGIONAL,"
DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS
Piedmont Triad NLM Regional & Piedmont Triad Sectional
January 17, 2022
WHO: Unit 169 has always been known for its hospitality. In the past, we have sought our membership's additional support of our tournaments by bringing edibles and other refreshments. This year will be different.
WHAT: Instead, we are asking for monetary donations.
WHY: Due to COVID-19, we are taking extreme caution for your health and safety by providing packaged snacks and treats rather than asking you to donate homemade baked goods and treats.
WHEN: Now! We are accepting donations in the form of a check payable to "Central Carolina Bridge Association"
WHERE: Please mail your contribution to the tournament chairman, Cindy Wright, 189 Golden Bear Lane, Clemmons NC 27012 ... or ... you may give your donation to Cindy at any of the face-to-face games in Winston-Salem. The Unit sincerely thanks you for your generosity.
See you at the bridge table!
Volunteers are needed in other areas throughout the tournament. If you are willing to help, contact Cindy at 336-407-9842 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DISTRICT 7 ON-LINE NEWS
TOURNAMENT VACCINATION POLICY
District 7 is following the ACBL policy of requiring all tournament attendees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. “Fully vaccinated” means that it has been at least two weeks since you received the second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or since you received a single-dose vaccine. Please do not plan to attend any District 7 regional or sectional unless you can provide proof of vaccination. No exceptions will be allowed. In addition, District 7 encourages, but does not require, each eligible individual to get the booster shot when it becomes available to you.
Any tournament staffed by the ACBL requires masking of players, staff, and volunteers unless community transmission rate is below “substantial” (as determined by the CDC or a similar metric from a health agency) a week before the start date of the tournament. Whether or not masks are required, masking is always recommended. This ACBL policy does not countermand any ordinance or law in effect at the site of the tournament.
THE "TIM STECKER PLAYER OF THE YEAR" AWARD
January 6, 2022
The Unit's Player of the Year Award was renamed the "Tim Stecker Player of the Year Award" in honor of our board member and statistician for the award, Tim, who passed away in June, 2020. The award was suspended due to COVID preventing in-person bridge, but has now been reinstated now that we are back at the tables!.
The award is based on the number of master points earned at our Saturday Unit Games and at our tournaments (Piedmont Triad NLM Regional and Open Sectional, Greensboro Sectional and Winston Salem Sectional). In order to win you have to be a member of Unit 169 and play in at least eight Unit Games. The person with the most master points at the end of the year wins our Unit’s most prestigious "Tim Stecker Player of the Year Award."
2022 ACBL WEBSITE
"Bridge Bulletin," Upcoming Events, Online Event Calendar, and more!
JUNIOR FUND GAMES IN JANUARY
SILVER LININGS WEEK JANUARY 17-23
December 31, 2021
January is Junior Fund Month for in-person clubs. All sessions this month can be run as a Junior Fund game, which will award double regular club black points. Check with your local club for details.
It’s time for another round of chances to win silver points with Silver Linings Week!
Play in any Virtual Club games during the week of January 17-23, 2022 (Monday-Sunday). You’ll earn DOUBLE regular Virtual Club points, and they will be SILVER instead of black. All Virtual Club games will be automatically included in the event. This is not a STaC (Sectional Tournament at the Club). There will be no overalls or combining of scores. It’s your regular club game with new, temporary conditions.
Click HERE for ACBL website
Click HERE for the current online issue of the "Bridge Bulletin"
Click HERE for all ACBL Upcoming Events
Click HERE for ACBL Online Event Calendar January thru June, 2022
Click HERE to read ACBL Visitor Policy for Virtual Games (Updated 11/05/21)
All events tentative based upon BBO/ACBL IT capabilities and COVID-19 protocol changes.