MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

 

The ACBL Headquarters will move during April 2010 to a new location :

 

6575 Windchase Drive, Horn Lake, MS, USA   38637-1523

 

The phone number for the time being remains the same : 901-332-5586

 

Astute readers will recall that the ACBL sold its previous Head Quarters (located at a less desirable location) for $1,000,000 and obtained the new building designed for our specific requirement for about $4,000,000.

 

Our membership has increased by 5,000 members last year and now reached 165,000.

 

The Board of Directors (BOD) held its Spring 2010 meeting in Reno, NV.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEETING ARE AS FOLLOWS :

 

I -   FINANCIAL

 

1.   2009 financial results

Three months ago management predicted a loss of $81,000. At the time, I have pointed out some glaring overstatement of projected expenses. Upon revision now we were informed that the projected income was overstated by $185,000 and expenses were overstated by $510,000 resulting in net excess revenue of $244,000. At the time of writing this report, the audited financial statements are still not available. Over my long period of service I do not recall such a poor forecasting that points toward the inaccurate work done by our top Management.

 

2.   2010 Budget

Due to drastic changes made to the 2009 figures and new expense increase requested by Management, the budget deficit had been increased from $65,000 to $375,000 despite the fact that Tournament Directors session fees had been increased by 8% effective April 1, 2010. Although the T/D fee increase was way overdue, Management should do a better job controlling expenses.

 

II -  TOURNAMENTS AND CLUBS

 

1.   a)   Effective July 1, 2010, Special games at clubs will award masterpoints of 70% of Sectional rating (instead of 100% previously) maintaining the current cap of 6 masterpoints.

 

      b)   Maintained the month of :
February for Junior Fund Games;

            April for Charity Games

            September for International Fund Games

      c)   In the remaining nine months of the year, one game per month per sanctioned session may be a special game for either the Junior Fund, International Fund, Educational Foundation, or Charity.

 

2.   There was a desire to hold clubs accountable for the money raised for local charities. My amended motion required clubs holding special local charity games, that are sanctioned for extra masterpoints, to make available for public inspection an accounting of all funds raised no later than February 28 of the following calendar year. However in the last moment, the Board deleted a sentence that would have prohibited non-complying clubs of holding these special games for a year. I doubt the validity of reasoning to pass legislation that we do not actually enforce.

 

3.   Approved holding a Super Senior Pairs event (age 70 and higher) at the Fall NABC (on the last two days) starting 2010. The event will consist of 2 qualifying and 2 final sessions. Masterpoints will not count towards senior masterpoint races and winning the event will not qualify for Grand Life Master eligibility. Start times will be 10 AM and 3PM.

 

4.   In the event of a tie for NAP monetary award, the qualifiers will split the award equally among the players involved with the tie.

 

5.   Management is requested to apply the <M>Factor for the special games at clubs the same way as it applies to all tournament games.

 

6.   Approved to hold the Fall 2017 NABC in San Diego, CA.

 

Several future sites are proposed for approval at the Summer meeting. Sadly Montreal is not among them. The various excuses offered by Management for refusing to come to Montreal apparently present no obstacles to other sights.

 

a)    No hotel and playing sight available under one roof in Montreal (Providence, RT accommodation will be offered at four hotels close to the playing site).

 

      b)   Montreal hotels are too expensive (Chicago is proposed at US $170, Philadelphia at US $155 and Washington Marriott at US $179, Phoenix US $159).

 

It becomes very obvious that some Canadian sights (Vancouver and Montreal) are measured with a different yardstick, despite of all the reassuring lip service being offered by Management.

 

7.   Members joining the ACBL after January 1, 2010 need to accumulate 500 masterpoints to become life master. The minimum number of pigmented gold (G), silver (S), black (B) and transparent (T) points required to achieve various master status are included in the tabulation below in the proposed column that now have been accepted.

 

 

Rank

Min.

Points

Min.

RGP

Min.

S

Min. B

Proposed

Max B

Proposed

Max T

Proposed

Junior Master

5

0

0

0

5

5

Club Master

20

0

0

5

20

15

Sectional Master

50

0

5

10

45

25

Regional Master

100

5

15

15

60

40

NABC Master

200

15

25

20

155

70

Advanced NABC Master

300

25

50

50

200

100

Life Master

500

50

75

75

325

165


 

 

III - POT-POURRI

 

1.   The ACBL Insurance committee under my Chairmanship had concluded its work. Due to our recommendations, we now have considerably better coverage. However it is important to remember that Units offering hospitality services (eg. food and drinks during and after tournament) are not being insured for third party liability. Years ago a policy was offered at the premium of US $500. We urged Management to obtain this coverage. You may contact me for further information.

 

2.   The highly knowledgeable Craig Robinson has been re-elected as ACBL Treasurer for the coming year.

 

3.   Objection to Unit Voting Power now must be filed by July 15. (This year our District will vote for the position of first and second alternate District Director for a three year term. Deadline to submit candidacy is May 31).

 

4.   Tournament results from Reno :

 

Probably the most challenging North-American Pair event is the Platinum Pairs – Players from our District distinguished themselves :

 

      Nick L’Écuyer finished fifth and also won the Silodor Open Pairs

      Zyg Marcinski finished seventh

      Jeff and Isabel Smith finished sixth in the National Mixed Pairs

 

In the NAP — Flight A, André Chartrand and Charles Martineau placed fifteenth.

In the NAP — Flight B, Ying Hu and Xiangxiu Yang placed eleventh and Jim Mathers-Rosemary Simpson fifteenth.

 

5.    Reminder that ACBL pays 50% of adverting expenses for clubs and teachers. ACBL developed two 30 second radio spot advertising that are also available for the cooperative expense reimbursement.

 

6.    The highly respected ACBL C&C Committee (Competition & Convention) reached a decision (still did not see it in writing) considering a developing bidding practice. In the not so distant past when responder bid 2NT over partner’s weak 2 opening bid, it was assume that he had values, probably game going hand or better.

 

Lately some smart operators are bidding the 2NT response without any values. The C & C committee condones this practice. But as long as this is allowed be warned and always ask your opponent what values are promised by Partnership agreement for the 2NT bid. I will ask Management to publish an article in the Bulletin disclosing this allowed procedure. Once this will be publicly known, the practitioners of this practice will loose most of their advantage.