News from our team at the GNT Championships

Jordan Tessarolo, Ryley Breiddal, Jan Soutar and Marc Furnemont are down in Atlanta as the team representing District 19 (British Columbia / Washington State) at the Grand National Teams Championships, and they are doing well.

Here is the account of their adventure so far (Friday morning, July 27), as related by Marc.

We played 8 matches on Wednesday against representatives of the other Districts, to try and qualify as one of the 16 Teams for the knockout stage.
We finished the 4 afternoon matches (against Alabama, California, NY and New Jersey) 2-1-1 and we were nicely above the cut, thanx to a blitz in the 4th set.

As expected, things got tighter in the evening (two small losses and a good win against Minnesota, Colorado, and Michigan). Even though we suffered the worst loss of the day in our 4th set against the team from Ohio (losing by 22 in just 7 boards to a very nice and friendly couple), we qualified in 9th place, and awaited the draw to see who we would play in the round of 16.

Our opponents, drawn by lots, were the 5th ranked team from Ohio we had just finished losing badly to in the last round. However, we felt confident, as we thought the two hands we lost 21 points on were more aberrations then being outclassed, and we thought we had a good chance.

We played 2 rounds of 13 boards in the afternoon, winning the first one by 7 and the second one by 16.In the evening, things got interesting when we lost most of our lead in the 3rd session, losing by 16 on a definitely “pushy” slam going down 1 and allowing our opponents to make 4 Spades doubled.
The final set was a see-saw battle, where I didn’t bid an easily makeable slam, and where Ryley and I allowed them to make 3 Clubs doubled vulnerable, but we also had our share of nice results and Jordan and Jan played a steady round, and we won the last set 39-32 to move on to the round of 8.

After a brief tour of the room where we will play today, in order to learn about playing with screens,
we headed for a few celebratory drinks and tried to sleep.

Today, we play against a Team from Florida.

The four of us would like to sincerely thank the amazing bridge community … and our respective spouses. Your moral and financial support, your words of encouragement and advice, and your teachings over the years, are a great part of our success so far.

Cheers.

Marc

July Results for It’s Your Call Victoria

Congratulations to Bryan Grover who came in first place with 460 points!

Bryan will receive a free game, valid at local clubs, courtesy of Unit 431.

We had 39 submissions this month.  Find the complete list of participants and scores under It’s Your Call-Results in the MEMBERS section at the top of the page. For quicker access, follow this link.

Once there you can also read some very interesting comments by players explaining their choices of bids. If you feel like responding or adding your own comment, just email the webmaster.

And you might like to check out “Bridge etiquette: avoiding slow play” in the right sidebar. 

To play the August 2018 quiz, either click here, or hover your mouse over MEMBERS (at top of page) to see a pull-down menu of choices, one of which is It’s Your Call, Victoria!

Ace of Diamonds Tournament successfully completed!

The Ace of Diamonds Sectional Tournament for players with fewer than 100 MPs was held at St Aidan’s Church on Saturday June 23.

Shelley Burnham was kept busy, being chair as well as partnerships coordinator and photographer. Roy Sadd acted as director of the event.

Eighteen pairs competed in the Morning Pairs while seven teams battled it out in the Afternoon Swiss Teams.

Winners and some photos are posted on our Tournament Results page.

 

June Results for It’s Your Call Victoria

Congratulations to Ann Brydon who came in first place with 450 points!

Ann receives a free game, valid at local clubs, courtesy of Unit 431.

We had 41 submissions a bit less than last month. Was everybody at Penticton?  Find the complete list of participants and scores under It’s Your Call-Results in the MEMBERS section at the top of the page. For quicker access, follow this link.

Once there you can also read some very interesting comments by players explaining their choices of bids. If you feel like responding or adding your own comment, just email the webmaster.

And you can also check out our “Table manners at duplicate bridge” feature in the right sidebar. It’s updated with a new tip each week.

To play the July 2018 quiz, either click here, or hover your mouse over MEMBERS (at top of page) to see a pull-down menu of choices, one of which is It’s Your Call, Victoria!

 

Penticton Regional highlights

Every summer, a number of Victoria players make the annual trek to Penticton in quest of some red or gold.

This year’s tournament was one of the biggest ever with a final tally of 3542½ tables! For more detailed information, go to the Penticton web page on District 19’s website. Look for the Daily Online Bulletin halfway down the page.

Many local players won points. Click here to see the complete list of point winners as compiled by ACBL.

How to live to 100

Check out this video from the Pompano Bridge Club.

And you can also click here for a very interesting story by Paul Hunter which aired on the National last year during the Toronto NABC.

Send both to your non bridge-playing friends. They will be impressed.

Navigating the website on mobile devices

I have made some changes to make the website easier to navigate on mobile devices (smartphones and tablets).

The website uses drop-down menus, which work well on large screens such as home computers. By hovering your mouse on a top menu item, a list of further options drops down allowing you to rapidly arrive at your chosen destination.

With our past theme, this did not work quite as well on smartphones. The new theme I’m currently trying out should make it much easier to navigate the site using a mobile device. When you click on the “Menu” button (using a mobile device) options are clearly marked out.

If you encounter any problems, let me know. Feel free also to send me your comments (both positive and negative) and suggestions at bridgevictoria.unit431@gmail.com

Thanks,

JP Weber,
Webmaster, Unit 431

May Results for It’s Your Call Victoria

Congratulations to David Todd and James Macdonnell who tied for first place with 440 points.

They both receive a free game, valid at local clubs, courtesy of Unit 431.

We had a almost as many participants as last month with 47 submissions.  The complete list of participants and scores can be found under It’s Your Call-Results in the MEMBERS section at the top of the page. For quicker access, follow this link.

Once there you can also read some very interesting comments by players explaining their choices of bids. If you feel like responding or adding your own comment, just email the webmaster.

And you can also check out our “Table manners at duplicate bridge” feature in the right sidebar. It’s updated with a new tip each week.

To play the June 2018 quiz, either click here, or hover your mouse over MEMBERS (at top of page) to see a pull-down menu of choices, one of which is It’s Your Call, Victoria!

 

Record crop of masterpoint achievements in April

Twenty-one Unit 431 members ascended the masterpoint rankings in April.

Complete details can be found (where else?) on our Masterpoint Milestones page under the Members section.

A few highlights:

Ernie Tradewell became a DIamond Life Master (5000 MPs) and is ranked among the top 10 players in our Unit.

Terry Foster simultaneously attained Life Master and Bronze Life Master status. How is this possible? Well, he had accumulated enough points for the latter but was missing a couple of silver points to qualify for Life Master. It’s now a done deal.

In the non-lifemaster categories, there were two new Junior Masters (5 MPs), three Club Masters (20), one Sectional Master (50), eight Regional Masters (100) and two NABC Masters (200). This is very good news for duplicate bridge in the Victoria area as it shows that we have a strong field of newer players who playing regularly and competitively.