The 2019 Whistler Regional Start Page

Gateway to masterpoints, results, photos

Basic Tournament Information

Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler BC

Driving: there are two ways to drive to Whistler: by far the easiest way is north from Vancouver on Highway 99.  Highway 1 crosses through East Vancouver before going over Burrard Inlet into North Vancouver, where the road continues past the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay, and on northward through Squamish and on to Whistler.  Be sure to watch the signs as you go along the Upper Levels Highway over West Vancouver and stay on Highway 99, avoiding getting into the ferry lineup at Horseshoe Bay, which is the continuation of Highway 1 to Vancouver Island.

The difficult way to drive to Whistler is the Lillooet - Pemberton - Whistler route, which can be a major adventure in late October and November.  I've survived this ride a handful of times in my travels at former jobs but I wouldn't be in much of a state to play bridge afterwards...

When you get to Whistler, turn right at Lorimer Road (left if you came from the difficult route) and continue on through the first Blackcomb Way to the second Blackcomb Way (a winding road) and turn right, then left onto Chateau Blvd and into the main entrance of the Fairmont.

If you miss the Lorimer Road turnoff, the next one northbound (Nancy Greene way) will work: a quick right onto Blackcomb Way will get you back to Lorimer Road.  If you miss Lorimer Road going south, the next exit is left onto Village Gate Blvd, left again onto Blackcomb Way and right onto Lorimer Road.

Transit: Whistler Transit's 5 route goes fairly close to the playing site, a stop beyond the Gondola Transit Exchange.  Several companies offer downtown Vancouver or Airport bus connections to and from Whistler several times a day, and a search engine will find these for you easily.

Restaurants and Shops: The Fairmont has several restaurants and there are several more within walking distance (bring a sweater or winter jacket, Whistler can be chilly in the fall!), and there are several dozen more a short drive away in various parts of Whistler and Blackcomb.

Tournament Site: The playing area is on the north end of the Fairmont (left as you drive into the main entrance) on the main floor.  As always, entry selling spots, hospitality and partnership desks, and bridge supplies and books will take up space just outside the playing area.

Dates, Times, Events: 10:00am, 3:00pm, and 7:30pm are the start times from Tuesday thru Saturday.  The tournament begins on Monday October 28 and 7:30pm with three events:

On Sunday Novmeber 3, play begins at 10:00am (second session TBA, should end by 5:45 or so) with three two-session team games:

From Tuesday thru Saturday, the main sessions and morning and afternoon, with only two evening multi-session events: the Monday-Wednesday Knockout Teams, and the Thursday-Friday Evening Swiss Teams.  An Evening Side Game every night from Tuesday-Saturday and a Saturday evening Board-A-Match Teams are the only other events on in the evening.

Morning and Afternoons on Tuesday-Saturday feature the following events:

Sessions should end 3¼ - 3½ hours after they begin, on Sunday things end by about 5:45pm.

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 Whistler 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 Doug Rankin will give me the day's 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 to the Web Site unless I hear about late scoring corrections.  If I do, I will change the original page and let you know on the current day's page that there has been a change.  Some browsers save a copy of a page and do not check to see if the content has changed; if you're not getting anything new, in most browsers you should be able to hit F5 (or a round arrow icon on touch devices) 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.  If you are one of the many who ask me whether attendance is up or down every day, this is the page you should bookmark!  This is a pdf of a large spreadsheet and might not fit in small screens, but is a sort of graphic schedule showing which events are in which sessions and on which days, and what their attendance was this year compared to 2017.  This is the third Whistler tournament and the second was 150 tables more than the first at 1255  tables, perhaps we can continue to improve this year!

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 event reports on the daily pages and will be faster.

Thanks for visiting!  Work slowly continues on finding a good balance between automating the result processing and looking for interesting features in the data to comment on.  Feel free to contact me (see above) with reports of errors or if something isn't working for you.