A new game will be introduced on Thursday, September 3. This is an invitational game for Mentors and Mentees. We have 30+ pairs registered to play in this game. The mentees will invite and pay for the mentors and will be reimbursed by the RBA for 2 Thursdays a month. Mentors will arrange a time to talk with mentees after the game to discuss bidding and play of hands. Mentors and mentees may play every Thursday if their mentors are available or in other club, ACBL, or casual games. This arrangement will last for 3 months, and we hope to do this again beginning in December.
The Wednesday evening game will be 0-300 starting Wednesday, August 1. The game is co-sponsored by the Bridge Center and Friendly Bridge. Come join us for this game any Wednesday evening to support both Richmond clubs. The game will be called Richmond Wed eve, so it should be easy to find. You can register up to 2 hours before game time, which is 6:35. It is directed by Bob and Linda MacCleave.
Due to the ongoing risk posed by the coronavirus, the ACBL is canceling the 2020 Fall North American Bridge Championships, scheduled for November 26-December 6, 2020, in Tampa FL.
With this same concern, ACBL will not staff any sectionals or regionals with tournament directors for the remainder of 2020. This removes any possibility for face-to-face tournaments awarding ACBL masterpoints® during the balance of the year.
It is the right thing to do. The safety of our members – the community most at risk for COVID-19 – and our employees is of paramount importance to us. At this time, we cannot ask players or staff to travel and risk exposure.
ACBL management and the Board of Directors found this a difficult decision to make. However, the facts are clear, and we must act based on the well-being of our membership and our staff.
We will continue to offer chances to play and win black, silver, red and gold masterpoints on Bridge Base Online. Details of ongoing and special events along with Virtual Clubs can be found at acbl.org/virtual.
ACBL Executive Director
June 18, 2020
Recently Dickie Hamilton took the time to talk to Bobby Pustilnik and Govind Narayan about the Story of Bridge in Richmond, starting at a time before there was a Bridge Center and including his thoughts on the future of the game. The discussion was videotaped.