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We learned from her husband, Ron Gerard, that former USBF President Joan Gerard passed away early on the morning of April 5th. Joan was a member of the USBF Board from 2007 through 2012, and President from 2011-2012. She was also the USBF Meeting Planner for her entire term on the Board and continued in that role this year. We will miss her cheerful, efficient support, and extend our sympathy to her husband Ron.

2013 Trials Information

It's time to make plans for the 2013 Team Trials. The USBC (Open Trials) starts on May 31, 2013. The USSBC (Senior Trials) and USWBC (Women's Trials) start on July 12. All three Trials will be held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando Florida. To guarantee entry in the Open, you must enter by midnight on Monday, April 15th. Entries will remain open between April 15 and April April 29th only if additional entries will not change the starting date of the USBC for any team.

To guarantee entry in the Seniors, you must enter by midnight on Friday, June 14th. Entries will remain open between June 14th and June 21st so long as additional entries improve the format of the event.

To guarantee entry in the Women's, you must enter by midnight on Monday, June 3rd. Entries will remain open until June 24th, but only so long as additional entries do not change the format of the event.

To enter any of the events, you must  log on to this site; after you do so, a "User Menu" appears in the left margin of the page. Click on the "Enter  xx Trials" for the event you wish to enter and follow instructions. If you have any problems, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will try to help you.

Open and Women's Byes

Now that the Spring NABC had concluded, we have complete bye information for both the Open and Women's Trials.


In the Open Trials, the Fleisher and Nickell teams have earned byes to the Quarterfinal. The Blanchard team has earned a bye to the Round of 32, if there is one. No other teams have earned byes. With two byes to the Quarterfinal, there will be 12 teams in the Round of 16, and the USA2 bracket will start opposite the Round of 16, to choose two teams to join the 6 Round of 16 losers in the USA2 Round of 64. After entries close, the ITTC Technical & Advisory Committee will decide what teams play in the USA2 Round of 128, but the Conditions of Contest recommend that if possible 4 teams should play in that round and it should be a straight KO to choose the two teams to advance. For more details, see the Conditions of Contest


In the Women's Trials, no team has earned a bye to the Semi-Finals. The Westheimer and Sonsini teams have earned byes to Round Robin 2 if there are more than 10 teams entered.

Board Member Cheri Bjerkan Honored






USBF Board member Cheri Bjerkan was honored recently with Chicago’s (Unit 123) Harmon Wilkes Award.  The Award recognizes a unit member who displays outstanding sportsmanship and who contributes to  the preservation and development of duplicate bridge and the maintenance of its good reputation.  Congratulations, Cheri!

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