Calendar for all tournaments for Unit 141 and all other District 4 events can be found on the District 4 website at www.district4.info.
The Philadelphia Contract Bridge Association (PCBA) is Unit 141 within District 4 of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).
Fabulous I/N 499er Team Sectional
November 19, 2018
Bala Golf Club
Get your team together or call the tournament coordinators for help with a team for the TEAM Sectional just for players with less than 500 masterpoints at Bala Golf Club.
Pre-registration is required:
Click Here for Tournament Flyer and Registration Form.
Click Here for letter from the I/N Chairs, Joan and Bill Goldstein, with more details.
Do not hesitate to contact Joan or Bill if you have any questions:
Plan Now for January Sectional
at Bala Golf Club
January 11-13, 2019
Click Here for Tournament Flyer
The District 4 NAP finals are being held in the month of October.
Click here for details, dates, locations on the District 4 website.
Fall Sectional Tournament
September 21-23, 2018
New Location: Germantown Cricket Club
Why you want to play bridge . . .
Four bridge players from USA win $180,000 playing bridge
There are a lot of bridge tournaments in the USA and in the World for that matter. One just completed was the Yeh Bros Cup in Beijing, China. Eighteen of the world's top twenty ranked players were in attendance. The field included 28 teams from around the world and three teams represented the USA. Note that the teams can be multi-national, that is have members from other countries.
This year the winning team was USA (Kranyak) splitting the top prize of $180,000. The winning team members (pictured above) were: John Hurd, John Kranyak, Vince Demuy, and Justin Lall. All four are top players from the USA.
Click here for more USA Team pictures.
Click here for Yeh Bros Cup home page.
Need a Club Director for your Club or Special Event?
The PCBA maintains a list of all certified club directors in Unit 141. If you are in need of a director on a regular basis or to fill in one time, you can request a copy of the Unit 141 list by sending an email to email@example.com. We will send you the current list. If you are a director and want to make sure you are on the list (or have your name removed), you can send an email to the same address.
NAP Club Qualifying in Full Swing
North America Pairs (NAP) is a grass roots event that starts in your local club. You quailify for the District 4 Finals by playing in a local club qualifying game and placing well or scoring at least a 50% game. The District 4 finals will be held this October (2018) in the Philadelphia area. Check the District 4 website for dates and details (www.district4.info). Club qualifying games run all of June, July, and August.
The event is played in three flights: Flight A (open to all), Flight B (less than 2,500 masterpoints), Flight C (non-life master and fewer than 500 masterpoints).
Winners of the District 4 Finals will win money and be eligible to play in the National Finals in March of 2019 at the NABC in Memphis, TN. The subsidies to help pay for the trip (for each flight) are:
1st Place $700 per player
2nd Place $300 per player
3rd Place $200 per player
4th Place $100 per player
John Dickenson is the District NAP Coordinator. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Check the District 4 website for more details, the conditions of contest, and a link to the national conditions of contest.
Remember you have to qualify at a local club first (can be any club in the country running a qualifying game). Here is a list of all of the scheduled club qualifying games in Unit 141 that we have received so far. Check back frequently for updates.
Click Here for current list of NAP Club Qualifying Games in Unit 141.
District 4 Fragrance Free Policy
District 4 has a clear policy on keeping our tournaments free of strong scents. Strong scents include perfumes, any fragranced products, the smell of smoke, and poor personal hygiene. If you attend a tournament, please leave these scents behind.
Here is a link to the D4 policy on the District website.
Here is the complete text of the Fragrance Free Policy:
All Regional tournaments in District 4 are fragrance free. Players must refrain from wearing any of the following: cologne, after shave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion, fragranced hair products, and/or similar products when participating in our tournaments. These fragrances can cause serious health issues for migraine sufferers and players with breathing-related problems. Strong scents, including fragrances, the smell of smoke, and poor personal hygiene violate the Zero Tolerance Policy.
All week at local clubs!
Click here for STaC information and results.
Silver Points and lots of Bonus Points!
Play at your local club.
Check with your favorite club for details.
Why put the NAPs on THE BLACKLIST? Even Raymond Reddington has played in them!
To hear Red talk about his experience, Click Here.
(By the way, who is Steve Lyditt?)
R2D2 and C3P0 New Members of Bridge Club of Center City
Half Tables Eliminated Forever
The joint efforts of Mike Giesler, David Rose, and Jay Whipple of The Common Game have made half tables at club games a thing of the past. You can just use two robots from the online website BBO to fill in anytime you have a half table.
The setup and procedure is simple. Upload the day's hand record file to BBO, start a playing table on BBO using those hands, and place two tablets or laptops on one of your regular tables to become your sitout table. When the sitout pair arrives at the table, they play the appropiate hands against two BBO robots. Scoring the hand results is the same as at all other tables - entered into Bridgemates or your standard reporting method.
The experiment has been a big success and the players love it. Interested? Click Here for article that gives all the details.
Eight is Enough is a format for team games that is used in some team events.
Click Here for a description of how it works.
There are many exciting events within easy driving distance of the Philly area. See the District 4 website for a complete listing of events in our area and plan to attend.
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