The 2019 Victoria Regional Start Page

Gateway to masterpoints, results, photos

Basic Tournament Information

Location: Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province, and the largest city on Vancouver Island.  The tournament site is the Victoria Conference Centre in downtown Victoria, near the Empress Hotel and a short distance from the Parliament Buildings.  Downtown shopping, as well as dozens of hotels, motels and restaurants of all types, are within a few city blocks.  Victoria's climate in early April is usually nice, with little rain and cool to warm temperatures.

Driving: Victoria's downtown area features two north-south roads about a block or two apart: Douglas St., and Blanshard St.  If you arrive from the BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay, from Victoria Airport, or from the Anacortes Ferry in Sidney, all about a 40 minute drive north of Victoria, the highway will put you onto Blanshard St., and you'll need to make a right turn somewhere to get onto Douglas St.  Arriving from other Vancouver Island cities will take you through Langford and View Royal, west of Victoria, before putting you onto Douglas St.  The Port Angeles - Victoria ferry docks just a few blocks from the site.

Transit: Victoria Transit has many routes that go through the downtown area, connecting places as far as the ferry terminal, airport, and communities to the north and west of the city.

Bus: BC Ferries Connector connects Vancouver's Pacific Station and Vancouver Airport with downtown Victoria, leaving Vancouver four times daily.

Restaurants and Shops: The Convention Centre is near many local restaurants and shops of all types, mostly north of the site.  The Bay Centre is a shopping mall built from historic buidings in 1989, about five blocks north of the playing site.  The downtown area has a few small grocery stores but for a large grocery store you will need to travel a fair distance.

Tournament Site: Parking wherever you see an open spot in the downtown area is not recommended, and has led to difficulties for players in the past.  Parking in the Convention Centre lot has a special bridge rate, which you must specifically mention when you leave, of $10/day, with in/out privileges.  The parking entrance is off Douglas road on the south end of the site.  A week-long parking pass is available for $70.

For New Players: On Monday, before the tournament begins, there is a Defence Basics Workshop, which appears to have sold out faster than a rock concert, with 16 tables of excited defenders ready to go and a few extras waiting to fill in if needed!  New this time: 199er games every session, even in the morning!  Five Victoria players will be presenting noon-hour lectures in the Colwood Room which are free for all:

TuesdayDebbie Wastle"Who are You Calling a Dummy?"
Dummy's rights and responsibilities
WednesdayEwa Zwicky"Play With Finesse"
How and When to Finesse
ThursdayKaren BillettDouble Power
FridayRhonda FosterWhat's Forcing?
SaturdayKirk HomisTo Be Announced

Dates, Times, Events, Fees: 8:45 am, 1:00 pm, and 7:00 pm are the start times from Tuesday thru Saturday.  The tournament begins on Monday April 8 at 7pm, with a Monday-Tuesday Knockout Teams, an Open Pairs which is the first Evening Side Game, and a 199er Charity Pairs.  On Sunday April 14, play begins at 10:00 am with stratiflighted two-session Swiss Teams and a Fast Open Pairs, as well as a pair of single session 199er Swiss Team events.  Sessions should end 3¼ - 3½ hours after they begin, on Sunday things should end by about 6pm, and possibly earlier.  Morning Sessions from Tuesday to Saturday have two pair events: the Morning Side Game Series (open pairs), and a 199er Pairs game, but there are two-day Morning Swiss Teams on Wednesday-Thursday and Friday-Saturday.  The main sessions are afternoon and evening, with new afternoon-evening knockout teams starting on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with a Compact Knockout on Saturday and the familiar single session Swiss Teams in the evening for teams that are unlucky in the main knockouts.  Each day from Tuesday thru Saturday has a two-session Open and Gold Rush Pairs, and Side Game Series for Morning, Afternoon and Evening Games.  There are three single session 199er games every day from Tuesday thru Saturday, as well as the Monday night opener, and the two single-session 199er Swiss Teams on Sunday.  There are two free games for players with less than 20 masterpoints, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  Players in all games will need to have an ACBL number (even from a membership that has lapsed); those without an ACBL number will need to purchase a temporary membership for $9.95.  The per-session entry fee of $15 will have a $4 surcharge per session for players whose memberships have lapsed.

New this time: Gold Rush two-session 0-750 Pairs Tuesday thru Saturday; new 199er games every day at 8:45am Tuesday thru Saturday.  Two double session Morning Swiss Teams on Wednesday-Thursday and Friday-Saturday.

Special Schedule notice: It's not on the official schedule for the tournament, but the District Final in two of the four flights of the Grand National Teams will be held on Saturday and Sunday here at the tournament site.  The Flight C (non-Life Master) and Flight A (0-6000 MP) events were held March 16-17 in Everett, and the winners were:

Flight A winners: Alex Hong, West Vancouver BC; Sidney Yang, Richmond BC; Lu Gan - Kai Zhou, Burnaby BC.

Flight C winners: Jennifer Hong, Burnaby BC; Henry Yao, Vancouver BC; Lisa Li, Surrey BC; Flora Yan, Langley BC.

(Your Daily Bulletin editor was directing a game in Vancouver when he remembered that the GNT A and C finals had taken place the previous weekend, so he looked up the results to find that two Vancouver teams had won and would be flying to Las Vegas to represent District 19 in the National Final of the GNT.  He announced the good news to the room, adding that "this proves the old adage that two Hongs make a flight"!)

The other two flights, the B Flight (0-2500) and the unlimited Championship Flight, will be contested this weekend as part of the Regional.  To play your team must have earned a club qualification at club games held during the qualifying period from September thru February (and in some cases into March), or pay a fee for all unqualified players.  Both events will be full two-day events with the actual format depending on the turnout.  In the championship flight especially, there are regulations about pre-disclosure of unusual methods and it is recommended that you sign up early (by 12:30) so that everything required can be taken care of before the game.

More detailed information is here and on the GNT flyer (pdf) here.

This Web Site: We have a group of pages linked together by links bars like this one:

Daily Pages: Before the day's events are processed, these will contain a schedule of events in this order:

There will be details on each event, what type of game it is, what the strat limits are, the winners at the previous Victoria Regional in 2017, and a direct link to the ACBL Live results, which will be active following each session.

At the end of the day Director-In-Charge Matt Smith will give me the days results and I will process them into the website in the early hours of the morning.  The day completed version will feature the following:

Once a day is complete, no changes will be made unless there are late scoring corrections.  Some browsers save a copy of a page and do not check to see if the content has changed; in most browsers you should be able to hit F5 to reload the page and stop using the one your computer has saved.

Other Pages: You're looking at the Welcome page right now.  The Masterpoints! Page, which we call DUMPS (Daily Updated Master Point Summary) will be updated every night first, before the daily pages of results take shape, and will contain the latest masterpoint totals and tournament leaders, both overall and limited to non-Life Masters.  Also, they will have everyone's current total broken down into red and gold points, but will not include masterpoints already won in events that have yet to be completed.  The Photos Page will depend on people sending me photos taken.  Now that everyone's cellphone has a camera, anyone can do this!  Here is a good guideline on how to get best results:

The Table Counts page simply has a spreadsheet with table counts and event types which can be used as a nice visual schedule to the different types of events, as well as to track the attendance of the tournament.   This is a pdf of a large spreadsheet and will depend on your pdf displaying software.  Finally, the ACBL Live Results link goes to the list of tournament events, from which you will need another click or three to find the specific event you want.  Direct links are available from the daily pages and may be faster.

Thanks for visiting!  This is still a work in progress and the progress in getting it where I want it to be is quite slow, but there's quite a nice new look from what I was producing in Penticton last year (for which I must thank Google Fonts, Python, and several good sources of HTML5 and CSS material).  Feel free to contact me (see above) with reports of errors or if something isn't working for you.