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Sad State of Affairs

I hope to continue the 1959 Bermuda Bowl after I recover my files from my crashed computer. (A special shout out to Third World Gas & Electric Company. The contents of which would violate this site's guidelines.)

In the meantime, I have a post that probably no one could possible like, but facts are facts.

My ACBL District is #3. It covers eastern New York State starting directly above New York City and runs to the North border. It also includes the entire upper half of the state of New Jersey. Our District GNT event was just completed. The winners and brackets are here: http://live.acbl.org/events/1901603

If you check the listing you might notice that there is no GNT-C bracket.

This is because there were NO entries. There was just one team that showed up to play in C. All they had to do to obtain an $800(*) subsidy for a trip to the NABCs in Las Vegas and the ability to play in the finals of what is supposed to be a premier event was pay an entry fee. But they had no interest in going to the NABCs. So they opted to go play elsewhere.

(*) this might not be enough to cover the ACBL "Screen Tax", but the noobs don't know about that.

I may have understood, perhaps, if the NABCs were in Bayonne, Bridgeport or Birmingham. But none of our new players want to go to even Las Vegas?

The future of bridge in America has arrived. Pretty much about the time I predicted it would some forty years ago. I would like to tell the brain-dead people who did not listen “I told you so”, but most of them are now completely dead. Meanwhile, the last BoD minutes show they may finally have perfected the masterpoint awards. Frequently referred to as “attendance points”, we may need to find another description, considering that our District held an important contest and could not even give away “participant” trophies.

There were only four teams in the “Championship” bracket. Four in A and seven in B. The total of 15 teams for the entire District is fewer than the number of teams that competed at my local club, during the club level round, in the first year that I competed.

This decline might have been inevitable. It might have been unavoidable.  However, spending years and years marketing bridge only as a pastime for retired people, or as an alternative to recess in schools did nothing to mitigate this outcome.

In the meantime, Europe, Asia and other countries are helping us to maintain dwindling table counts at the NABC. I hope they don't figure out it would be cheaper and easier for the Europeans to move the main events to their neck of the woods. You may think that is ridiculous. As ridiculous, perhaps, as one of the premier events in bridge - named after one of the most famous American bridge clubs – moving across the pond.

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