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ACBL President Craig Robinson Kicks Off his ‘100 Clubs in 100 Days’ Tour

Beginning April 17 in Lansdale, Penn., Robinson embarked on his journey to visit 100 bridge clubs across the nation in 100 days.

In its 74 year lifetime, no ACBL President has taken on the challenge of personally visiting such a large number of clubs. After receiving requests from hundreds of the ACBL’s 3,200 affiliated bridge clubs, Robinson narrowed down his tour to 100 clubs. The tour will be split in half, with the first leg of the tour ending just as the Summer North American Bridge Championships (NABC) commence July 21 in Toronto, ON. The western tour begins August 10 in Fargo, N.D. after the NABC, and culminates in Vancouver in late September.

“The clubs are the lifeline of the American Contract Bridge League, and where the majority of new members come from,” Robinson said. “This special trip serves as a ‘thank you’ to all the clubs for helping make the ACBL the success we are today.”

Journal of Craig Robinson

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Today I visited my home club, North Penn DBC in Lansdale, PA, which is only about a three mile drive from my house. I play here about 20-30 times a year. It is a member owned club with games all five weekday, but strangely, the biggest game is on Tuesday night with 10-13 tables. My first club game of 100 was played with Elaine Clair, one of my favorite partners here. Sometime near the end of the game I noticed I hadn’t played a hand! Finally on the last round I got to play 3H down 2 for ½ matchpoint. We won comfortably.

Craig Robinson and partner, Elaine Clair

I’m looking forward to this tour and very hopeful it will be a success. Only 99 more clubs to go!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Today was Patriots Day in Massachusetts and the day of the Boston Marathon. Housed in the same facility for 50 years, I visited the Westwood DBC for stop number two on my tour. They held a marathon too, playing three sessions: 24, 20, and 7 tables. That’s 51 tables of bridge! Former ACBL CEO, Roy Green, and I were partners, but it was Joyce Pearson who won the marathon bridge match, which allowed players to take their best two out of three scores.

Westwood has duplicated boards, electronic scoring, and a Bridge Webs presentation of their results on their website. Very impressive! It was an enjoyable evening spent at a great club, playing with a very interesting man.


Check back often for travel entries by Craig as he continues his bridge odyssey.