By Bonnie Bagley, District Director

Darwin Afdahl, D17 Representative from Tucson, was elected District 17 President at the January meeting at the Albuquerque Regional. Darwin has been on the D17 board since 2010, and has brought a wealth of experience with him. Before moving to Arizona, he was president of Unit 146 (Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, Virginia), president of District 6 (Virginia, Washington, D.C., and most of Maryland), and president of the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference (D6 and D7). Darwin's experience is not only in bridge governance, but also includes being a joint owner of a bridge club and teaching bridge on land and sea. The D17 Board is looking forward to Darwin's leadership. Many thanks to Carolyn Newcomb for her ten years on the D17 board and her two years as president.

Grass Roots Task Force

Last year I was a member of the ACBL Grass Roots Task Force Committee which has worked diligently to bring more recognition and funding to the Grand National Teams (GNT) and the North American Pairs (NAP). I am thrilled to report that more than $78,000 was raised in the December Grass Roots Fund Games. Over $3,000 was raised in D17 which goes to D17 for the Grass Roots events. Many thanks to all the clubs which held these games. The D17 Board voted to use the extra revenue to give $200 to the third place finishers in each of the three NAP Flights, upon their participation at the National Finals (currently ACBL gives the first place winners $700, second place $300, and third place may participate but gets no stipend). D17 will also pay the entry fees for the GNT teams at the National Finals, as well as increasing the team subsidy from $1,600 to $1,850. To further encourage participation in these events, the D17 Board approved waiving the entry fee for NAP C Flight players and GNT Flight C teams at the district finals. Make your plans now to participate in the D17 GNT Finals at the June Las Vegas Regional, and the D17 NAP Finals at the October Tucson Regional.

BridgeResults

Another D17 Board accomplishment was approval (with funding provided by D17) of BridgeResults for D17 regionals. BridgeResults is a web interface, developed by Philippe Lamoise of Solana Beach, California, built on top of the ACBLmerge program from Matthew Kidd to allow clubs and tournaments to have a calendar of events, and to publish online results using simple administrative tools. BridgeResults offers a great results page with hand records, double dummy analysis, individual recaps, photos of players, and field strength information. If you register at BridgeResults and provide an email address you will be notified when results are published (ideally, this will be within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the game). You could therefore, leave the game, go to dinner, and see the results on your smartphone instead of waiting at the game site. This involves Internet access in the playing area and knowledge of the process by the directors. Bill Michael, a head director from Colorado, is very proficient with BridgeResults, which is now being used at all Denver and Las Vegas sectionals, and will be added to the Colorado Springs sectionals.

It is my hope that all tournaments in D17 will provide BridgeResults for their players. Contact your D17 Representative or Philippe at admin@bridgeresults.net for more information or about D17 group discount. Go to http://lajollabridge.com/Articles/BridgeResultsIntro.htm for an introduction to BridgeResults by Matthew Kidd, and go to http://www.bridgeresults.net to view the BridgeResults website.

Power Ratings

Speaking of advancing technology, Chris Champion, a D17 player from Colorado Springs, has developed Power Ratings. What is Power Ratings? It is a rating system based on a bridge player's ability today. To quote Chris, "When I bowled, no one ever asked me what the total number of pins I had knocked down was, but a lot of bowlers wanted to know what my average was. Masterpoints is the total numbers of pins. Power Rating is the bowling average." This is a fascinating concept, and Chris has spent many years developing and perfecting the system. Go to his Power Ratings website: http://coloradospringsbridge.com/PR_FILES/PR.HTML and take a look at the wealth of information there. The game files of all NABCs, most regionals, most sectionals and STAC games are used for the charts and reports found on the website. Chris's goal is to have all ACBL sanctioned games included, but many directors find the procedure difficult. ACBLScore+ could include a modification that would do the backup needed for Power Ratings from the club owners' monthly masterpoint reports. For more information about Power Ratings, contact Chris at ckchampion@netzero.net

Make your plans now to attend the St. Louis NABC March 14-24. Good luck to the D17 NAP players. See you there! Don't forget D17's next regional back at the Mesa Convention Center April 1-7.

Contact me

For more information you may visit my website at http://www.bonniebagleyd17.com - I appreciate hearing from you; please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 719 593-0205 or by email bonnie@bonniebagleyd17.com



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