To earn honor titles, such as NABC Master and Life Master, members must earn a specified number of masterpoints in various levels of competition.

I. MASTERPOINT PLAN

ACBL’s masterpoint plan appeals to members because it permits members to know their approximate overall ranking relative to that of every other member. Although a complete listing of the large number of ACBL members is impractical, the honor titles that members earn as they achieve various plateaus of masterpoint holdings serve as close approximations of their overall standing. Lists of the top players in some categories and masterpoint races are published in the Bridge Bulletin each year.

II. WALLET CARDS

When members graduate from the rank of Rookie and are entitled to the honor title of Junior Master, they receive appropriate wallet cards from ACBL. The cards identify players as ACBL members with sufficient skill and experience to be titled Junior Master. Junior Master players may use this title as long as they are members in good standing or until they earn the right to a higher ranking title.  When members who have earned the rank of Junior Master advance to the next plateau, they again receive wallet cards designating their new status. Members can print their own rank achievement certificates from the ACBL website under My ACBL (for ranks below Life Master). This step-by-step recognition continues until the members receive the title of Life Master. Then ACBL awards them Gold Cards (gold colored), which announce that they are Life Masters of the American Contract Bridge League. ACBL also sends these members Life Master Certificates.

III. HONOR TITLES

The honor titles and the masterpoints players must acquire to gain them for players who joined ACBL before January 1, 2010 and maintained continuous membership after that date:

  • ROOKIE – an ACBL member who has fewer than 5 full masterpoints recorded by the ACBL.
  • JUNIOR MASTER – a member who has at least 5 but fewer than 20 masterpoints recorded by ACBL. A Junior Master is eligible for most newcomer events.
  • CLUB MASTER – a member who has at least 20 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 5 must be black.
  • SECTIONAL MASTER – a member who has at least 50 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 10 must be black and 5 must be silver.
  • REGIONAL MASTER – a member who has at least 100 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 15 must be black, 15 must be silver and 5 must be red or gold.
  • NABC MASTER – a member who has at least 200 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 20 must be black, 20 must be silver, 20 must be red or gold with at least 5 gold.
  • LIFE MASTER – a member who has 300 or more masterpoints recorded by the ACBL, of which 150 must be pigmented, with 25 gold or platinum, 25 red, gold or platinum, 50 silver and 50 black.

The honor titles and the masterpoints players must acquire to gain them for players who joined ACBL after January 1, 2010 or reinstated membership after that date:

  • ROOKIE – an ACBL member who has fewer than 5 full masterpoints recorded by the ACBL.
  • JUNIOR MASTER – a member who has at least 5 but fewer than 20 masterpoints recorded by ACBL. A Junior Master is eligible for most newcomer events.
  • CLUB MASTER – a member who has at least 20 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 5 must be black.
  • SECTIONAL MASTER – a member who has at least 50 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 10 must be black and 5 must be silver.
  • REGIONAL MASTER – a member who has at least 100 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 15 must be black, 15 must be silver and 5 must be red or gold.
  • NABC MASTER – a member who has at least 200 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 20 must be black, 20 must be silver, 20 must be red or gold with at least 5 gold.
  • ADVANCED NABC MASTER – a member who has at least 300 masterpoints recorded by ACBL, of which 50 must be black, 50 silver, 25 red or gold/platinum, 25 gold/platinum, no more than 100 from online play.
  • LIFE MASTER – a member who has 500 or more masterpoints recorded by the ACBL, of which 75 must be black, 75 silver, 50 red or gold/platinum, 50 gold/platinum, no more than 165 from online play.

Note: The black point requirement does not apply for members who joined prior to January 1, 1999 and maintained active status from that date forward.

  • GOLDEN AGE MASTER – a member who is age 70 or older and has at least 300 masterpoints of any color recorded by ACBL, or a member who is at least 80 years old and has at least 100 masterpoints of any color recorded by ACBL. On application to ACBL, an eligible member will be designated Golden Age Master and sent an appropriate certificate.
  • BRONZE LIFE MASTER – A Life Master with 500 masterpoints (members who joined prior to January 1, 2010). A Life Master with 750 masterpoints (members who joined after January 1, 2010)
  • SILVER LIFE MASTER* – A Life Master with (a) over 1000 masterpoints, including (b) no fewer than a combination of 200 silver, red, gold, or platinum points.
  • RUBY LIFE MASTER – A Life Master with 1500 masterpoints (at least 300 silver, red, gold or platinum).
  • GOLD LIFE MASTER* – A Life Master with (a) over 2500 masterpoints including (b) no fewer than a combination of 500 silver, red, gold, or platinum points.
  • SAPPHIRE LIFE MASTER – A Life Master with 3500 masterpoints (at least 700 silver, red, gold or platinum of which at least 350 must be gold or platinum).
  • DIAMOND LIFE MASTER* – A Life Master with (a) over 5000 masterpoints, including (b) no fewer than a combination of 500 gold or platinum points and (c) no fewer than a combination of 1000 silver, red, gold or platinum points.
  • EMERALD LIFE MASTER* – A Life Master with (a) over 7500 masterpoints, including (b) no fewer than a combination of 750 gold or platinum points and (c) no fewer than a combination of 1500 silver, red, gold or platinum points.
  • PLATINUM LIFE MASTER* – A Life Master with (a) over 10 000 masterpoints, including  (b) no fewer than 100 platinum points, (c) no fewer than a combination of 1000 gold or platinum points, and (d) no fewer than a combination of 2000 silver, red, gold or platinum points.
  • GRAND LIFE MASTER* – Win a North American Bridge Championship with no upper masterpoint restriction (excluding the Super Senior Pairs, the Wagar Women’s KO won after 2013 and the Machlin Women’s Swiss Teams won after 2013) or a United States Open or Women’s Bridge Championship or a Canadian Open or Women’s National Championship or any of the following WBF events: Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup, Rosenblum Cup, McConnell Cup, Open Pairs, Women’s Pairs, Olympiad, Women’s Team Olympiad, WBF Mixed Pairs, WBF Senior Pairs, WBF World Swiss Teams, WBF World Mixed Teams or WBF Senior Teams.

*     These colored point requirements apply to all players who attained the rank of Life Master after 1989.

 NOTE: A member who had red points prior to January 1, 1969 is required to win red or gold/platinum points in any combination.

ACBL gives official recognition to the winner(s) of the most masterpoints in a calendar year by members in the various masterpoint categories. These masterpoint races include the Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs, where recognition is given to players through the masterpoint category of 10,000+ who earn the most masterpoints in club games, and the Mini-McKenney, where players in each masterpoint category who win the most masterpoints are recognized. ACBL also keeps a record of the Mini-McKenney winners for each unit.