In anticipation of the summer NABC, I’ve taken a highlighter to the schedule and I’ve been thinking about teammates and partnerships for months now. It’s kind of a logistical nightmare to make plans ahead of time since most of the events I’m interested in have multiple rounds and who knows just how long one is going to last. I started saying “no” weeks ago, but I fear I’d already said “yes” too often.
Of course, bridge players are notoriously flaky so it isn’t as if this won’t all change ten times between now and July anyway, probably a day (or an hour) before the event. My experience has been that putting together a team in advance of a tournament is like trying to herd cats.
And I still need to find a pair for a knock-out team in Wilmington in a few weeks. It’ll be my partner’s first foray into a regional tournament. I’m hoping to keep us in a nice low bracket which will mean I’ll be a big fish in a small pond instead of what I’m more accustomed to which is being the tiny fish bringing bigger fish into a slightly smaller pond (could I have picked a worse metaphor for this?!). Fishy fish aside, I need to find a pair with very few masterpoints. Of course, with it being the first night of the tournament maybe I shouldn’t worry about the numbers too much because if relatively few teams enter there just won’t be that many brackets. I would just love it if I could just show up and play bridge. This networking stuff is such a pain.
One thing I’m quite disappointed about concerning the NABC is that way back in the fall of 2010 when there was a World Bridge Federation Championship and the attendant regional held in Philadelphia, my bridge teacher had asked if I would play on a team and I jumped at the chance, of course, but we couldn’t put it together. At the time we said we’d definitely play on a team at the NABC this summer, but in the intervening time he’s stopped playing for the most part and it just isn’t going to happen. It’s a sad situation all around.