ACBL District 21 From the Golden Gate
to the Silver City
Grand National Teams

Correction to January Forum. GNT Flight A will be played at the El Cerrito Sectional on March 5 and 6. Other flights will be held at the East Bay Community Bridge Center. See full schedule below.

2016 Schedule

Open

Register team by February 1, 2016 with District 21 GNT Coordinator
Session Date Time Location
First Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 noon and TBA East Bay Community Bridge Center
9520 Mountain Blvd
Oakland CA
Second Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 noon and TBA
Semi-final Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 noon and TBA East Bay Community Bridge Center
9520 Mountain Blvd
Oakland CA
Final Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 noon and TBA

Flight A (0–6,000)

Register team by March 1, 2016 with District 21 GNT Coordinator
Session Date Time Location
First Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 11:00 AM and TBA El Cerrito Community Center
El Cerrito CA
(at BER (Almost) Spring Sectional)
Second Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 11:00 AM and TBA
Semi-final Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 noon and TBA East Bay Community Bridge Center
9520 Mountain Blvd
Oakland CA
Final Sunday, Apr 3, 2016 noon and TBA

Flight B (0–2,500)

Register team by February 15, 2016 with District 21 GNT Coordinator
Session Date Time Location
First and second Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 noon and TBA East Bay Community Bridge Center
9520 Mountain Blvd
Oakland CA
Third and fourth Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 noon and TBA
Fifth (if needed) Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 noon

Flight C (0–500 NLM)

Register team by February 1, 2016 with District 21 GNT Coordinator
Session Date Time Location
First and second Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 noon and TBA East Bay Community Bridge Center
9520 Mountain Blvd
Oakland CA
Semi-final and final Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 noon and TBA



2016 District Results

Conditions of Contest

The ACBL District 21 2016 Grand National Teams will be played according to the Grand National Teams 2015–2016 ACBL Special Conditions of Contest, with District 21 electing the following options as allowed in those Conditions. Any changes to the ACBL Conditions of Contest and their allowed options take precedent over the items listed here.

In accordance with ACBL regulations, each participant in the GNT must be an ACBL member in good standing and must follow ACBL residency requirements.

The GNT is divided into four flights as defined below. Players will be allowed to participate in as many flights as they desire, provided that they are eligible to play based upon their masterpoint holdings as of the August, 2015 cycle.

  1. FLIGHTS
    Open Flight Unlimited
    Flight A Under 6,000 masterpoints
    Flight B Under 2,500 masterpoints
    Flight C Non-Life Master under 500 masterpoints
  2. ENTRY FEES
    Entry fees will be $40.00 per team per session. District 21 shall give each flight $2,000.00 to represent District 21 at the Summer NABC in Washington DC to be held July 21–31, 2016. Flight C also receives entry fees.
  3. REGISTRATION
    All teams must register with the District 21 GNT Coordinator no later than:
    Open Flight Feb 1, 2016
    Flight A Mar 1, 2016
    Flight B Feb 15, 2016
    Flight C Feb 1, 2016

    Late registration will be accepted only at the discretion of the District 21 GNT coordinator.
  4. CAPTAINCY
    Each team must designate the team captain from amongst its own playing members on its registration entry, and said captain will be responsible for all represention of the team.
  5. TEAM COMPOSITION AND PLAY REQUIREMENTS
    Teams may consist of four, five or six players. Players may be added at any time before actual competion begins. Each player must play at 50% of the boards or one full session during the first stage, and at least 50% of the semi-final and final knockout matches thereafter. Exception to this rule may be made by request to the District 21 GNT coordinator but will be entertained only with good cause. No exceptions will be made for the final match.
  6. ITEMS NOT COVERED
    Any items not covered by these Conditions of Contest will be resolved by the District 21 GNT coordinator in consultation with the Director-In-Charge.
  7. CONVENTIONS
    All conventions in the General Chart are permitted in all flights. Only General Chart conventions will be allowed in Flight B and Flight C. Mid Chart conventions will be allowed in the other flights provided that two legible written viable defenses with auction extensions and continuations are provided for the opponents.
  8. SUBSTITUTIONS, REPLACEMENT AND AUGMENTATIONS
    A permanent replacement for a player who, for cause, cannot continue in the event is permitted only with the permission the of the District 21 GNT coordinator. Prior to the completion of the District final, the replacement need not have played in the event but must: (1) be a member of the ACBL and maintain their membership in District 21, and (2) not appreciably strenghten the team.

    A replaced player permanently leaves the event with all masterpoints already earned and the replacement continues in the event earning masterpoints thereafter. Play percentage requirements apply to the replacement only for the portion of the event yet to be played. A third, fourth, fifth, and/or sixth player may be added to a team after completion of the District 21 finals. Any such player must by approved by the District 21 GNT Coordinator and National Representative.

  9. KNOCKOUT MATCH DURATION
    Each KO match in Open Flight and Flight A will consist of 60 boards divided into two 30-board halves. Flight B and Flight C will play 28 board matches. In each 28 board head-to-head match, the higher ranked team will decide whether to be seeded for the first or second half. In 60-board matches, the higher ranked team will decide to exercise their seeding rights in the first and fourth quarters or the second and third quarters. There will be no playbacks until the final match.
  10. SEEDING
    Final seeding for all flights will be chosen by the director-in-charge and the District 21 GNT coordinator.

GNT Coordinator: Jackie Ortiz, jackieo@sonic.net