2015 Hua Yuan Cup Team Selected
After pairs self-nominated for the 2015 Hua Yuan Cup team and all women players who had made the finals of one of the last five Women's USBCs ranked the nominees, and tabulators Robb Gordon and Jonathan Weinstein conducted an "instant runoff" election, the USBF Board approved the team selected by this procedure. The USBF team for the 2015 Hua Yuan Cup, to be held Nov. 8-14 in Beijing, China, will be:
| Cheri Bjerkan &
| Lynn Deas &
| Irina Levitina &
Congratulations and good luck to all of you!
2015 JUNIOR USBC SCHEDULED
Entries are open for the 2015 Junior United States Bridge Championships (JUSBC), to be held in Atlanta December 27, 2105, through January 1, 2016. To see the Conditions of Contest or to enter a team, go to the main tournament page on this website. You must be logged in to enter a team. Teams that enter the JUSBC, which selects teams to represent the United States in international competitions, should be able to compete with the best Junior teams in the USA. Less experienced players and teams are invited to compete in the ACBL’s Youth NABC, which is open to players under 20, August 6-8, 2015, in Chicago and/or to join the USBF’s online training program.
Jeff Johnston - 1955-2014
We have just learned of Jeff Johnston's untimely death on Dec. 29th of an apparent heart attack. As you all know, Jeff has been ACBL Director of Bridge Operations for many years. In that position, he has been the heart and soul of NABCs - searching for sites, as well as managing just about everything at NABCs. He also supervised much of the operation of ACBL headquarters and was always there to answer questions or refer them to the right person. It's hard to imagine ACBL without Jeff.
Jeff also helped USBF over the years in innumerable ways. When the USBCs were held in Memphis, he was our "behind the scenes" support, and when we first moved away from Memphis, he continued in that role, coming to the first several travelling USBCs as our logistics manager and then training first Ken Horwedel and then McKenzie Meyers to take over that role. Whenever we needed help with anything, from directors to screens, Jeff was there. We will miss him enormously in the coming years.
Memorial services for Jeff will be held Monday, Jan. 5 at:
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5668 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
Visitation will be from 10–11:30 a.m.; the memorial service begins at 11:30 a.m.