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THE NJBL DOUBLE KNOCKOUT by Brett Kunin

This year's double KO has been a success, with many close matches. Each team consists of 4-6 members, with matches being scheduled approximately once every 3-4 weeks, until the event is completed. Captains set up matches at times convenient to both teams, with the site at either a local club or someone's home. Although most matches are played at night during the week, there are no prohibitions preventing the captains from scheduling at an alternate day and time. For all those seek- ing more than just "glory", the points awarded for the event (along with the results from NJBL sectionals, Annual and Award dinners, and Oktoberfest) are included in the unit's Player of the Year awards.

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The format is similar to that of the College (baseball) World Series, so that no team is eliminated after one loss. It differs in that if a "lower seed- ed" team defeats a higher seed (just like in a major tennis championship), that winner then "picks up" the higher seeded team's ranking. Unlike many units, the NJBL welcomes participation of players from other units, who can be "regulars" on the team rosters.

This year, ten teams participated. In past years, when participation was greater, the NJBL had both an "Open" and a "Bracketed" double KO. This is a chance to play imps in a more relaxed and informal setting than at a sectional or regional, with a chance to play against many fine players in our Unit; don't miss your chance to participate.

Congratulations to the BRENNER team (Eileen Brenner, Mickey Pickert, William and Roz Pollack, Alex Allen and Abe Pineles), who had to defeat the defending champion FULTON team (Susan Fulton, Peter Stein, Julie Rowe and Mike Tallman) twice in the final to win the event. Anyone who wants to see how the event has proceeded is welcome to look at the NJBL Website (www.njbl.net), on which our talented webmaster, Susan Slusky, has done an excellent job in posting the results of EVERY match in the event.

Although I am somewhat prejudiced, I believe this is the NJBL's pre- miere event, and a great "bargain" for the $15.00/team participation fee. Whether you have played in the past, or are new to the event, I urge you all to consider forming teams for the 2010 Double KO, the entry form is on page 6. If you have any questions, please call me (973-243-2366) or e- mail me (foreclosuremave@aol.com) for further information.

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THE DECLARER Editor......................Kathleen Nodzak

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2009 North American Pairs

District 3 Representative to play at the Spring 2010 NABC—March 11-21 in Reno, NV Flight A (14 Tables / Based on 17 Tables)

1 2 3

Mark Cohen - Stasha Cohen Jonathan Green - Norman Rubin Nan Wang - William Esberg *

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Flight B (31 Tables) H Jay Sloofman - Tim Baird Henry Gibson - John Anderson * Joseph Phillips - Lois Lyon

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Flight C (15 Tables) Stanley Weiss - Vladimir Oudalov * Zhu Liu - Vincent Weng * Gene Vennesland -Charles Mantia

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    Unit 140 representatives - Congratulations to all!!

THANK YOU

I want to thank everyone in Unit 140 who contacted me or who followed up with Bill Miller as to my condi- tion. I was truly overwhelmed by the level of concern and good wishes and am very grateful to know so many wonderful people.

Ron Kraft

Contributors........................... Mark Brighouse, Barbara Clark, Carol Davis, Dave DuBois, Joan Gerard, Arnie Kohn, Jay Korobow, Brett Kunin, Bob Levinson, Bernard Mechlowitz, Betty Ann Smith, Peter Stein, Debbie Wasik and Ruth Zowader.

Technical Advisor........................Jay Korobow

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NJBL WebSite................http://www.njbl.net

Remembrances

The Board of Directors of the NJBL Unit 140 would like to offer our condolences to the families of Beth Brief, Edna Evans, Pat Havard, Jackie Kimball, Marcia Manns, William McCullough, Joe Pollock, Eleanore Rudy and Hazel Werner. Please notify Ernestine Cutler - 908-725-4340 or bcutler64m@aol.com of any deaths or illnesses within our mem- bership. Help us remember those who support this great game.

WINTER, 2010

THE DECLARER

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