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The USBF has been asked to send a Women's team to the second Hua Yuan Cup being held in Beijing, China Oct. 13-18th, 2013. All women USBF members should receive an email asking for an expression of interest in competing. If you did not receive the email, either because you are not registered on the USBF site, or because the email address you gave USBF is no longer correct, or because your email program thinks that email from the USBF website is junk, and are interested in competing in this  event, please This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and your partner's name before midnight on Saturday, July 20th (note that the Board will invite 3 pairs for the event).

Click here for a description of how the votes will be tabulated to select the top pairs.
Click here
for the full text of the email sent to women USBF members for whom we have email addresses.
Click here for the answers to some questions Board members have been asked.
Click here for the specifics of the event.
Click here for instructions about changing the email address USBF has for you.

2014 USBC Scheduled for Phoenix

The 2014 USBC, which will select USA1 for the 2015 Bermuda Bowl, will be held in Phoenix, starting on Friday, May 9 and most likely ending on Sunday, May 18. The tournament will be held at the Embassy Suites Scottsdale. Room rate is $139 a night and includes free internet, a hot breakfast, and Embassy Suites' afternoon "Managers' Reception." The Managers' Reception is during play; when Jan told the sales person at Embassy Suites that most of you would be busy at that time, he asked "but couldn't they come out and get a drink and take it in to the table while they're playing?" - made me laugh! The hotel is situated on a golf course that has special rates for hotel guests, for those who want to go a day or two early or get up early some mornings to enjoy golf. For those more interested in shopping, there's a large mall an easy walk from the hotel.

Phoenix is the largest Southwest hub in the country, so there are many flights to Phoenix from anyplace that Southwest flies, with the huge advantage that you can change the date of your return flight with no extra fee. We hope this will be a great place for the 2014 USBC.

Junior Online Training Program

In 2013, USBF initiated a training program for Juniors with international aspirations. Thanks to help from many USBF members who are serving as mentors, over 80 Juniors now have the opportunity to practice on BBO each week. The Juniors are mostly organized in groups of 4, and each group works with one or two regular mentors. The groups play against other groups, so all of the players are exposed to a mentor other than their regular one. After the playing sessions, the groups and the mentor who watched their table discuss the hands, both online in BBO chat rooms and Google Hangouts and by email.

To join the USBF Junior Training Program, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

This program couldn't have happened without the support of our mentors. Our mentors wouldn't have happened without the support of Debbie & Michael Rosenberg & Barry Goren, who not only recruit mentors, but also organize the players into groups and match them with regular mentors. USBF and our Juniors owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Barry, Debbie & Michael for their enthusiasm and efforts, as well as to all of the other mentors. In addition to regular mentors, Barry & Michael recruited some USBF expert members who play with and against the Juniors, both when they need an additional player for a regular session and at other times when they want to practice on BBO. We all appreciate the generosity of our expert members who are willing to devote some of their time to helping Juniors advance.

Regular Online Training Mentors are:

Steve BloomRoger Lee
Debbie Rosenberg
Dave Caprera
Mike Kopera
Michael Rosenberg
Jeff Roman
Karen McCallumBarnet Shenkin
Carolyn EckertKent MignocchiStan Subeck
Nik DemirevMichael GoldenHoward Weinstein
Barry GorenJim Munday
Adam Wildavsky
Brady RichterKaren Allison 

USBF Members who have volunteered to play with and against Juniors online, providing wonderful feedback to our developing players:

Jeff Aker
Robb Gordon Brad MossRon Smith
Bart Bramley
Yul InnBeth Palmer
Roy Welland
 Drew CasenDale Johannesen
Mike PassellKevin Wilson
Larry Cohen Lynn Johannesen
Sue PicusSheri Winestock
Gary CohlerRalph KatzBarry RigalKit Woolsey
Kevin FayMigry Zur CampanileKathy Rolfe Christal Henner
Steve GarnerJill LevinGabrielle Sherman Tom Carmichael

Alan Miller Fred Gitelman Jack Oest Dan Wolkowitz

Jennifer Richter  Joel Wooldridge


Many generous USBF members have also volunteered their time and talent to serve as partnership coaches for the players who will reperesent USBF in the 2014 World Junior Championship in Turkey this summer. They are:

Kevin Bathurst
Barry GorenJoAnna Stansby
Bart Bramley
Chip MartelHoward Weinstein
Dave Caprera
Kent MignocchiEddie Wold
Curtis Cheek
Brian PlatnickJoel Wooldridge
Lynn Deas
Michael Rosenberg Kit Woolsey

Thank you all for your time, effort & enthusiasm with this project! And of course, as always, a HUGE thank you to BBO for providing an environment where players from around the country can play together and help aspiring players improve. And also a major THANK YOU to USBF Junior Coordinator, Joe Stokes, without whose energy and enthusiasm this project would never have gotten off the ground.

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