John Solodar - 1940-2017
We heard with sadness that John Solodar had recently died. John was a member of the USBF's Credentials Committee, and served on Credentials hearing committees almost until his death. He also played in USBCs over the years. All of us will miss him.
ACBL Seeks new CEO
The ACBL's CEO search committee has asked that we draw your attention to the search for a new CEO. Here is the flyer describing the position and how to apply
Open USBC Byes
After completion of the 2017 Vanderbilt, we know that for the 2017 USBC:
Diamond & Nickell will have a bye to the Round of 8; Nickell will be the 1 seed as a result of the Positioning Points earned by winning the Vanderbilt; Diamond will be the 2 seed.
Fleisher & Fireman will have byes to the Round of 16 and will be the 3 & 4 seeds in the 2017 USBC (3 & 4 will be randomly assigned).
ten Round Robin teams will qualify for the USA1 Round of 16, joining Fleisher & Fireman. The next 4 Round Robin teams will qualify for the USA2 Round of 64 and will play head to head matches to qualify 2 of them to join the 6 USA1 Round of 16 losers in the USA2 Round of 32.
All of this assumes that 15-20 teams (including the 4 teams with byes) will enter the 2017 Open USBC. A larger or smaller entry size would change the format.