The 2023 Leavenworth Regional Start Page

Gateway to masterpoints, results, photos

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From the Tournament Chair, 2023:

Welcome to Leavenworth. The work involved with this event is a labor of love and even though I may be running around waving my arms like I’m possessed; I’m thrilled to do it.

I have received emails with questions from two pairs who are new to tournaments. They will be in Leavenworth, and they will be, as all I/N players are, unsure of what is happening at times. So . . . to all of you who have been around this block many times, PLAY NICE and BE KIND. Not only is it the appropriate way to behave, Intermediate/Newcomers are the future of our tournaments and must be comfortable with the experience and excited to do it again.

When a Bridge Milestone has been achieved at the tournament — Life Master, Silver LM, etc., I want to know so we can all celebrate. Please be sure to tell me about these.

Now, changing hats and putting on the one that says: District 19 President. A note about future tournaments. Post-covid the District is very challenged working with reduced attendance and skyrocketing venue costs. Coffee has become prohibitively expensive at some events; in Lynnwood we would have had to pay over $3 for a very small cup and in Victoria one cup would have been about $11! ←that is not a typo

Can you help? If you know of a venue, or have a suggestion for an alternate city, please tell us — we may not have heard of it before. The District board can be contacted through the website (under the Governance tab).

Finally, let me introduce Marilyn Olson who is a recent addition to the District Board and is the co-chair of this event and of the Ocean Shores Regional coming in November next year.

Please say, “Hi” when you see either one of us.


Basic Tournament Information

Location: Leavenworth is a unique city in central Washington state, about fifteen miles northwest of Wenatchee on Highway 2. The city has a Bavarian theme throughout, a deliberate strategy to re-invent itself which took place in the late 1960s and 1970s. The early history of Leavenworth was based around the second largest sawmill in Washington State, built before World War I. The tournament site is the Festhalle, at 1001 Front Street. Near the Festhalle are dozens of restaurants of all types, many with a south German theme. The climate in autumn can be cool with some precipitation days, so bring warm clothing and rain gear just in case, although many days will be bright and sunny (but cool when you return after the evening session).

Driving: From I-90 exit Northbound onto Hwy. 97 in Ellensburg at the W. University Way exit, then left on Hwy 2, northwest through Peshastin into Leavenworth. Highway 2 east from Everett, north of Seattle, is a much more scenic route which will take about two hours. Highway 2 west from Wenatchee is about 20-30 minutes drive.

Parking: Reduced price parking passes will again be sold inside the Festhalle at or by the Partnership desk. A pass can be purchased each day or for multiple days at one time. The passes are valid at the three lots immediately around the Festhalle – they are NOT valid at the street meters. The City has installed parking meters on every street in the commercial district and there is NO free parking in Leavenworth anymore, except for hotel guests and on residential streets a couple blocks away from downtown.

Transit: Link Transit's 22 route goes very close to the playing site, starting in Wenatchee at Columbia station, but the last bus back towards Wenatchee is well before the end of the evening session. (Alert: If you go to the Link Transit site and check out the route schedule and map, you may be easily confused since the top map, the one showing stops in Leavenworth, is upside down, with North at the bottom and South at the top. The map below, showing the entire route from Leavenworth through to Wenatchee, is oriented in the normal way. The Link Transit people must have a sense of humour...)

Link Transit also now has a DART service that you can contact in advance to schedule a ride to anywhere in the area; check the website for details.

Bus/Train: Northwestern Stagelines connects Tacoma, Seattle, and Everett Station with Leavenworth on the very scenic Highway 2 route, and continues west as far as Spokane, leaving Everett daily at 10:10am and leaving Leavenworth for the coast at 1:00pm daily. There is also an Amtrak train from Seattle and Everett which leaves late afternoon daily and arrives at about 8pm; the return trip leaves at about 7:20am and arrives on the coast later that morning. The train trip is perhaps a bit more comfortable than the bus, but is a bit longer and much of the trip is through mountain tunnels, limiting the scenery. Important: If you come by Amtrak you need to arrange to be picked up or taken to Icicle Station, which is a considerable distance from the city centre, way too far to drag your bags and you may encounter bad weather or get eaten by a bear if you don't! Call Leavenworth Shuttle and Taxi at 509/548-7433 to arrange a pickup from the station, or a shuttle to the station. The bus route's Leavenworth stop is at Icicle Road, which is about a mile southwest of the tournament site: close to some of the hotels but farther from others: you might need to get a cab or a Link Transit DART from there.

Restaurants and Shops: The Festhalle is very near many local restaurants and shops of all types. The beauty of the town will entice you to walk the nearby blocks between sessions, and you will make many interesting discoveries, both on Front Street and along the many cul-de-sacs that lead from it. Basic groceries are available at Dan's Food Market, about ten minutes walk east of the Festhalle just past McDonald's, and at Safeway, a short drive further east.

Tournament Site: The Festhalle has plenty of nearby parking and will feature all the usual tournament amenities: Hospitality, Partnerships, flyer desks, just inside the main entrance. We'll let you know about special and speakers, as we find out the information.

Dates, Times, Events: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 7:00 pm are the start times from Tuesday thru Friday; and then everything changes for the weekend. The tournament begins on Monday October 23 at 7pm with a three-session Knockout Teams (which continues Tuesday afternoon and evening for surviving teams), and the first Evening Side Game session also takes place on Monday evening. ALERT! Starting on Saturday we switch to 10:30am and 3:30pm (no evening session). On Sunday October 29, play begins at 10:00am with one event: a bracketed Swiss Teams. Sessions should end 3¼ - 3½ hours after they begin, on Sunday things end by about 6pm and perhaps earlier. Morning Sessions from Tuesday to Friday have only one event: the Morning Side Game Series (open pairs). The main sessions are afternoon and evening, with A/B/C Open and Gold Rush 0-750 two-session Pairs, Side Games for those wanting to play only one session, two Knockout Team events (Monday-Tuesday: three sessions only, Wednesday-Thursday: Soloway-style with a qualifying round-robin on Wednesday), plus two-session bracketed round robin team events on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

The schedule is designed to fit the expected attendance as players return to tournament play at their preferred pace, rather than splitting a likely smaller attendance over too many events each session. Newer players may be best placed in the single-session Side Games, or the next step up for developing pairs players would be the daily two-session 0-750 Gold Rush events (both players under 750), afternoon-evening on Tuesday to Friday and morning-afternoon on Saturday. The Gold Rush events offer masterpoints for leaders in each of the two sessions and even greater awards for the leaders over the whole day's play, with gold points quite possible in the top strat, which everyone is eligible for, while pairs averaging 500 or less will also be eligible for red points in the lower strats.

The Table Counts page has a list of events by type with a column for each session of the tournament: even before I begin adding the table counts for each event it is a useful chart to plan which events to play. The official tournament flyer with the complete schedule is here.

COVID: ACBL and District policy recommends, but no longer requires, that all players be fully vaccinated. District and ACBL Policy is all players are to have a mask in their possession and be prepared to wear it if requested to do so by fully masked opponents. 

Let's use common sense and remember that while we are all happy to see the end of the mandatory restrictions, COVID is still out there and everyone is still returning to normal at their own pace. Players should stay away from the crowded playing areas when symptoms suddenly develop that might be COVID. Most pharmacies have COVID testing kits available for free if you'd like to be sure before you play. At the same time, let's not ostracize anyone who sneezes or coughs a time or two and trust that they are being as vigilant as we all should.

Please do NOT wear any fragance! Just as we courteously try to accomodate those who prefer masks in close conditions, we should be equally courteous to players for whom even the slightest of scents can cause considerable discomfort at the table.

Slience Those Ringtones Please! While we discuss courtesy (which I have always found in abundance with District 19 players in many pleasant visits), let's be sure to silence our gadgets. For today's cellphones this means more than simply setting the volume to zero: some phones play alarms and ringtones even if the sound is turned down. ACBL has recently relaxed the rules on penalties when a ringer goes off, but this shouldn't be happening. The onus is on each of us to discover how to prevent our gadgets from causing unnecessary distractions to everyone around us — not just cellphones: tablets you carry with you, watches that beep every hour, music players that sound a few tones every time they pair with headphones, gadgets you've left inside a coat somewhere, all can be major distractions to someone trying to interpret the hidden meaning of the auction or the cardplay or the conventions partner has forced on them. Take a moment and find out how to silence your gadgets, and get into the habit of doing it before each session, and undoing it afterwards. If you must be 'available,' or you need to be reminded of the time for some other reason, vibrate mode is more considerate of others nearby and can be entertaining to all (as long as it is set to a level that avoids the production of penalty cards...)!

This Web Site: My plan for the Daily Bulletin site is to provide you with a quick daily digest of the events and results of the tournament, with direct links to ACBL Live for each event, if you want the complete details and deals. I write (or create software that writes) simple HTML that should render well on computers, tablets, or phone screens of most sizes. The site consists of 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, last year's winners, and a direct link to the ACBL Live results, which will be active following each session. Near the bottom of the page will be similar details on the following day's events.

At the end of the day Director-In-Charge Jenni Carmicheal will send me the days results and I will process them into the website in the early hours of the morning. The "day completed" version will remove the "today's schedule" section and add in the day's results, in this order:

New for 2023: most events will include, just after the overall leaders, a colourful round-by-round account of the top pairs in each strat: where you were after each round, what you did, how far you were from the lead. There is much more on this new feature here.

Once a day's results are posted, I may revise it later if 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. On tablets there is usually a circular arrow that does the same thing.

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 has been rewritten from a pdf of a spreadsheet to a Python program that puts the attendance data into a colourful HTML table. You can check it out to see a graphical-display of the events of each session, by type, and compare our attendance in 2023 to that of 2022. A realistic goal is about 60% of the 2018 attendance, which happens to be a target of 549 tables. Maybe we can do even better — one factor not in play this year is that cross border travel does not require a lot of paperwork and potential quarantines.

Finally, the ACBL Live link goes to the list of tournament events, from which you will need another click or three to find the one you want. Direct links are available from the event results on the daily pages and should be faster.

Thanks for visiting! This is still a work in progress and the progress in getting it where I want it to be continues slowly, but that's web development for you! We have a lot more color in the pages post-pandemic, with each page having its own palette. Two years off and a look at what I did in 2019 produced the impression that we needed a splash of non-white for the pages, and a bit of CSS work made this happen quickly. (I've already heard the line that it now looks like a Canadian billfold and I approve!) Feel free to contact me (see above) with reports of errors or if something isn't working for you.