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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Huntsville Player Achieves Life Master

Buzz Heeschen and his partner Carl Buck won 1.41 Gold points in the Endless Summer Online Regional last week and this gave Buzz the Gold points he needed to fulfill the requirements for Life Master (he lacked just 0.2 Gold MP).  Several other members picked up Gold, Red, and Black Master Points

 
Congratulations to Buzz and all of the other players who won Master Points in the Endless Summer Regional.  Ralph Boles won the most points Master Points with Richard Gross and Geoff Hintze close behind.

Awesome Colorful Firework

Tournament Name:  Endless Summer

Dates: June 24 – June 27, 2021

 

Date

Session

Partnership

Masterpoints

6/24/2021

Butterfly Top-flight Pairs

Owen Lynch & Charles Durrin

1.16 Red

6/24/2021

Golden Sunset Gold Rush Pairs

Darrel Caldwell & Gail Seale 

1.19 Red

6/24/2021

Golden Sunset Gold Rush Pairs

Kent Kraus & Owen Hofer

0.6 Red

6/24/2021

Pink Lemonade 499er Pairs

Tempie Thompson & Connie Brink

0.48 Red

6/24/2021

Pink Lemonade 499er Pairs

Tempie Thompson & Connie Brink

0.49 Red

6/25/2021

Butterfly Top-flight Pairs

Owen Lynch & Charles Durrin

2.95 Gold

6/25/2021

Golden Sunshine Gold Rush Pairs

Kent Kraus & Jim Hinch

1.40 Gold/Red

6/25/2021

Butterfly Top-Flight Pairs

Richard Gross & Jill Marshall

7.36 Gold

6/25/2021

Butterfly Top-Flight Pairs

Ralph Boles & Gail Seale

3.73 Gold

6/25/2021

Golden Sunshine Gold Rush Pairs

Jim Ray & Wendy Murphy

1.11 Red

6/26/2021

Grape Popsicle 99er Pairs

Susan Goodman & Steve Lebel

0.8 Red

6/26/2021

Golden Sunshine Gold Rush Pairs

Jeanette Tokaz & Melissa Rowe

0.60 Red

6/27/2021

Butterfly Top-flight Pairs

Grant Zhang & William Boynton

2.54 Gold

6/27/2021

Pink Lemonade 499er Pairs

Darrel Caldwell & Gail Seale 

1.19 Red

6/27/2021

Pink Lemonade 499er Pairs

Tempie Thompson & Connie Brink

0.89 Red

6/27/2021

Golden Sunset Gold Rush Pairs

Buzz Heeschen & Carl Buck

1.41 Gold

6/27/2021

Tangerine Side Game

Donna Bolander & Lynda Locke

0.62 Red

6/27/2021

Butterfly Top-Flight Pairs

Ralph Boles & Geoff Hintze

7.22 Gold

Last updated : Jul 11, 2021 10:09 CDT
Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

We are trying to build a pictorial directory of our members and pictures will only be viewed in the Member Only area.  Pictures help us get to know the names of other members of the clug and make it a more enjoyable experience.

If we get everyone’s picture we will be able to show yours pair’s pictures and those of your opponents when you view results on the web.  We hope you will choose to participate.  If you do not want to have a picture published, please let the webmaster know and he will ad your name to the Do Not Publish list.

If you don't have a picture on file and you would like it to be or if you don't like the picture that is posted, you have several options to add one.  If you already have a digital picture, you may post it yourself in your account area when you log in or send it to our webmaster, Kent Kraus (link on Home Page).  If you don't have a digital picture and know someone with a digital camera or smartphone, you can have a picture made and email or text it to Kent.  The final option is you can send a hardcopy picture to Kent.  His address is in the phone directory, which may be viewed in the Membership part of the website. 

Last updated : Aug 13, 2021 15:06 CDT
North Alabama Players Take Gold and Red
North Alabama Players Take Gold and Red

Date

Session

Partnership

Masterpoints

4/22

Writing Desk Side Game 

Ralph Boles & Geoff Hintze

3.93 Red

4/22

Gold Stripe Pajamas Gold Rush Pairs

Connie Brink & Tempie Thompson

1.20 Red

4/23

Yoga Pants Mid-Flight Pairs

Grant Zhang & Dongsheng Wu

19.28 Gold, 1st Place

4/23

Bunny Slippers Top-Flight Pairs

Ralph Boles and Gail Seale

2.89 Red/Gold

4/23

Sweatpants Mid-Flight Pairs

Karen Richards & Bobbie O’Farrell

0.80 Red

4/24 

Sweatpants Mid-Flight Pairs

Grant Zhang & Dongsheng Wu 

4.63 Gold

4/24

Sweatpants Mid-Flight Pairs

Drew Cavalier & Phillip Mingola

2.33 Gold/Red

4/24

Sweatpants Mid-Flight Pairs

Katie & Tom Fagan

1.36 Gold

4/24

Bunny Slippers Top-Flight Pairs

Ralph Boles & Gail Seale

0.98 Red

4/24

Gold Stripe Pajamas Gold Rush Pairs

Jenny Hornby & Barbara Hitt

1.59 Gold

4/24

Gold Stripe Pajamas Gold Rush Pairs

Wendy Murphy & Jim Ray

1.70 Gold

4/24 

Golden Hoodie Gold Rush Pairs

Jim Hinch & Kent Kraus

1.08 Red

4/24

Golden Blanket Gold Rush Pairs

Carla Makowski & Keith Noren

0.28 Red

4/24

Sweatpants Mid-Flight Pairs

Karen Richards & Bobbie O’Farrell

2.01 Gold

4/25

Sweatpants Mid-Flight Pairs

Grant Zhang & Dongsheng Wu

7.77 Gold

4/25

Sweatpants Mid-Flight Pairs

Katie & Tom Fagan

0.35 Gold

4/25

Easy Chair Side Game

Disa Eythorsdottir & Maureen McLaughlin

1.17 Red

4/25

Kitchen Table Side Game

Disa Eythorsdottir & Maureen McLaughlin

1.08 Red

4/25

Throw Pillow Open Pairs

Grant Zhang & William Boynton

0.63 Red

4/25

Comfy 99ers Pairs

Jenny Hornby & Michael Voytek

0.79 Red

4/25 

Cozy 499ers Pairs

Jenny Hornby & Barbara Hitt

1.82 Red

4/25

Bunny Slippers Top-Flight Pairs

Charles Durrin & Owen Lynch

1.54 Red

Last updated : May 20, 2021 18:44 CDT
North American Pairs Event (NAP)

NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS

 

The ACBL conducts the North American Pairs (NAP) event every year.  It starts with qualifying events at the club.  If you qualify at the club level, you get to go forward to the District level.  If you finish high enough at the District level, you get to play in the North American finals.  Playing in NAPs is great fun.  You get to travel with your bridge partner.  You get to meet other players of similar skill levels from nearby states or across the nation.  You enjoy the thrill of competition (and, sometimes, the agony of defeat). 

The NAPs have three stratifications:

  • Strat C:  limited to people who are not Life Masters and who have fewer than 500 Masterpoints
  • Strat B: limited to people with fewer than 2500 masterpoints
  • Strat A: unlimited Masterpoints

The club qualifying games are required to have those same three strata.

If you finish in the top HALF of your strat or finish with a score that is 50% or greater in any club qualifying game, you qualify to play in the District Finals.  At the District Finals, you only play against other players in the same stratification as you. 

We are in District 10.  Our finals are normally played in either Birmingham or Jackson MS in January or February.  The locations and dates for 2022 District Finals have not been announced on the district 10 website, which is:

https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwoo/bw.cgi?club=acbl10&pid=display_page9

The NAP Finals will be in Reno, Nevada, in March 2022, in conjunction with the Spring North American Championships.

The additional benefit to playing in the club qualifying games is that the masterpoint awards are 50% red and 50% black (red is normally only awarded at sectionals) and are paid at 81.8% of the sectional award levels (much higher than regular club games). 

Also, District finals award gold points for section firsts and overalls. Flight C is 25% gold for overalls. Other masterpoints in all flights are red points.

To proceed to the North American Finals, Districts are entitled to three pairs in Flight A (Open) and two pairs in Flights B (0-2500) and C (under 500 Non-Life Master).  To help offset costs of participating in the NA Finals, first place qualifiers will receive $700 per person; second place qualifiers will receive $300 per person; third and fourth place qualifiers will be invited to participate in the national level finals, but will not receive a prize.  To receive the monetary award, qualifiers must play in the national level event until eliminated to receive the award.

You can play in every qualifying game if you want to, which gives you multiple chances to qualify.  Even if you do not want to proceed to the district level, multiple club qualifying games gives you multiple chances to win masterpoints at a rate higher than available in a usual club game.  The games will be stratified using the ACBL-directed Strats (0-500 NLM, 0-2500, and unlimited).

Finally, you can play and qualify with multiple different partners.  You do not have to go to District with a partner with whom you played in a qualifying game.  The only requirement is that both you and your partner qualified in a club qualifying game within the district and that you reside in the District.  If you proceed to the NA Finals, you must play with the same partner you played with at the District level.

The HBA will have NAP Qualifying Weeks (Monday - Sunday):

  • July 5
  • July 19
  • August 9

 During these weeks, all games except the Monday afternoon 199er game will be NAP qualifying games and will cost $7.  The added cost is due to the added charge levied on the HBA by the ACBL.  Entry fees revert to $6 outside of these weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact Bud Hullings (our NAP/GNT coordinator) or Charles.

Last updated : Jul 23, 2021 11:23 CDT
North American Pairs Event (NAP)

NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS

 

The ACBL conducts the North American Pairs (NAP) event every year.  It starts with qualifying events at the club.  If you qualify at the club level, you get to go forward to the District level.  If you finish high enough at the District level, you get to play in the North American finals.  Playing in NAPs is great fun.  You get to travel with your bridge partner.  You get to meet other players of similar skill levels from nearby states or across the nation.  You enjoy the thrill of competition (and, sometimes, the agony of defeat). 

The NAPs have three stratifications:

  • Strat C:  limited to people who are not Life Masters and who have fewer than 500 Masterpoints
  • Strat B: limited to people with fewer than 2500 masterpoints
  • Strat A: unlimited Masterpoints

The club qualifying games are required to have those same three strata.

If you finish in the top HALF of your strat or finish with a score that is 50% or greater in any club qualifying game, you qualify to play in the District Finals.  At the District Finals, you only play against other players in the same stratification as you. 

We are in District 10.  Our finals are normally played in either Birmingham or Jackson MS in January or February.  The locations and dates for 2022 District Finals have not been announced on the district 10 website, which is:

https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwoo/bw.cgi?club=acbl10&pid=display_page9

The NAP Finals will be in Reno, Nevada, in March 2022, in conjunction with the Spring North American Championships.

The additional benefit to playing in the club qualifying games is that the masterpoint awards are 50% red and 50% black (red is normally only awarded at sectionals) and are paid at 81.8% of the sectional award levels (much higher than regular club games). 

Also, District finals award gold points for section firsts and overalls. Flight C is 25% gold for overalls. Other masterpoints in all flights are red points.

To proceed to the North American Finals, Districts are entitled to three pairs in Flight A (Open) and two pairs in Flights B (0-2500) and C (under 500 Non-Life Master).  To help offset costs of participating in the NA Finals, first place qualifiers will receive $700 per person; second place qualifiers will receive $300 per person; third and fourth place qualifiers will be invited to participate in the national level finals, but will not receive a prize.  To receive the monetary award, qualifiers must play in the national level event until eliminated to receive the award.

You can play in every qualifying game if you want to, which gives you multiple chances to qualify.  Even if you do not want to proceed to the district level, multiple club qualifying games gives you multiple chances to win masterpoints at a rate higher than available in a usual club game.  The games will be stratified using the ACBL-directed Strats (0-500 NLM, 0-2500, and unlimited).

Finally, you can play and qualify with multiple different partners.  You do not have to go to District with a partner with whom you played in a qualifying game.  The only requirement is that both you and your partner qualified in a club qualifying game within the district and that you reside in the District.  If you proceed to the NA Finals, you must play with the same partner you played with at the District level.

The HBA will have NAP Qualifying Weeks (Monday - Sunday):

  • July 5
  • July 19
  • August 9

 During these weeks, all games except the Monday afternoon 199er game will be NAP qualifying games and will cost $7.  The added cost is due to the added charge levied on the HBA by the ACBL.  Entry fees revert to $6 outside of these weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact Bud Hullings (our NAP/GNT coordinator) or Charles.  For additional information on the location, see the news tab.

 
Last updated : Jul 3, 2021 20:29 CDT
Club Flight C Team Triumphant in 2021 District 10 Grand Nation Qualifier
Club Flight C Team Triumphant in 2021 District 10 Grand Nation Qualifier
The qualifying rounds for the 2021 District 10 Grand National Teams were held April 17 on BBO for Flights A and C.  The team of Jim Ray, Keith Noren, Phil Bridges, and Macy Brown placed first in the Flight C Qualifier.    Please congratulate them on the victory.  The top four teams will play on May 1 D10 GNT Qualifier with the top two teams going to the nationals.
Last updated : Apr 26, 2021 10:11 CDT
North American Bridge Championships Held Online

A number of local players won masterpoints in the July 15-25 North American Online Bridge Championships (NAOBC).  Leading the pack was Disa Eythorsdottir who won 40.45 MPs.  Many of you have not had the opportunity to meet Disa yet, as she only recently returned to Huntsville after living in New York City for several years.  While in NYC she met and married fantastic person and excellent bridge player Magnus OlafssonMagnus has played in Open games at the club several times recently.  We look forward to seeing Disa at the club. Disa is a multi-time North American Championship and World Championship winner, including both Women’s and Open events.

The list of local area winners in the NAOBC is: 

 Disa Eythorsdottir     40.45 MP

  • Grant Zhang               27.47
  • Ralph Boles                23.46
  • Geoff Hintze               23.46
  • Larry Sealy                 21.60 (competing in the Grand National Teams [GNT]

Championship Flight)

  • Owen Lynch               21.20
  • Paul Munafo              18.32
  • Dongsheng Wu          17.86
  • Daryl Gahm                9.61
  • Rob Ring                     2.88
  • Keith Noren               0.54 (competing in the GNT Flight C)
  • Jim Ray                       0.54 (competing in the GNT Flight C)
  • Phil Bridges                0.54 (competing in the GNT Flight C)
  • Gordon “Macy” Brown 0.54 (competing in the GNT Flight C)

Finally, some of you know former HSV resident Christian Jolly, who now lives in Atlanta.  Christian won 31.25 MPs in the NAOBC, competing in the GNT Flight B.

Well done to our local players for winning MPs in the NAOBC!

 

 

 
Last updated : Aug 11, 2021 10:43 CDT