Stardust Week Nov 23-29

Stardust Week Returns to Virtual Clubs

Join us for another Stardust Week and win gold points online!

Stardust Week will take over the Virtual Clubs on Bridge Base Online (BBO) during the week of November 23-29, Monday-Sunday. No registration is required. Simply play in your usual Virtual Club game on BBO.

What’s special about Stardust Week? You’ll earn double regular masterpoints® in the Virtual Clubs, and points will be 1/4 gold, 3/4 black!

If you’re not familiar with a Virtual Club yet, it’s an online space on BBO just for your regular club – usual games with your friends to support your local club.

Here’s how Stardust Week works:

  •  Any Virtual Club game that starts between 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 23, and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, will automatically be included in the event.
  • All games will pay DOUBLE regular club masterpoints, and the points awarded will be 1/4 gold, 3/4 black!
  • You do not need to do anything special to participate these games; Virtual Club play is automatically included.
  • There will be no overalls or combining of scores. It’s your regular club game with new, temporary conditions.

New Game on Thursday Nights

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. The game is called Richmond Friendly Bridge M&M Invitational.

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. This arrangement will last for 4 months, and we hope to do this again beginning in January.

New Game on Wednesday Night

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 0-300, 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.

Important ACBL Announcement

Dear Member,

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.

Sincerely,
Joseph Jones
ACBL Executive Director
June 18, 2020