When a sectional (excluding STaCs) or higher rated event (regional or NABC) is being conducted within 25 miles of a club game’s playing site, the club is permitted to hold only its
regularly scheduled club masterpoint games. This regulation does not apply to Limited/Restricted Sectionals.

January 2018

Junior Fund Month*

Date: All January
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $5 per table
All sanctioned club sessions in January may be held as Junior Fund Games. Junior Fund Games cannot be held during the months of April, May and September. Players earn extra masterpoints while helping the junior program for youth up to age 26. Junior players have their own special events as well. Check them out at acbl.org/juniors.

ACBL-wide Junior Fund Game #1

These games raise funds to support Junior programs.
Date: January 23 (Tuesday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
81.8% sectional-rated black
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction: Special sanction required.
Sanction Fees: $5.00 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Games may be stratified with top strat open.
Games with 17 tables or more must have a non-playing director.
Sanction your ACBL-wide Junior Fund game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

February 2018

ACBL-wide International Fund Game #1

These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: February 3 (Saturday Afternoon)
Masterpoints:
50/50 red and black at 81.8 % sectional rating
Overall awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required.
Sanction Fees: $7.35 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Games may be stratified with top strat open.
Games with 17 tables or more must have a non-playing director.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your International Fund game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

ACBL-wide Charity Game

The spirit of giving is always in season. These games support the ACBL Charity Foundation and Canadian Bridge Federation Charitable Fund.
Date: February 21 (Wednesday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
81.8% sectional-rated black
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $7.35 per table

Special Instructions:
This game does not qualify a club to run a charity club championship for a local charity.
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Games with 17 or more tables or two sections must have a non-­playing director.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your Charity game now!
Contact charity@acbl.org

March-April 2018

ACBL-wide Senior Pairs

Restricted to players born prior to January 1, 1959. (One age-ineligible pair is allowed. The pair is not eligible for overall awards.)
Date: March 19 (Monday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
72% sectional-rated black
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $5.00 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
Any club OR unit may hold this game.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Game may be stratified with top strat open.
Game with 17 tables or more or two sections must have a non-playing director.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your Senior Pair game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

Charity Month*

Date: All April
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $5 per table
All sanctioned club sessions may be held as Charity Games during April. Charity Games cannot be held during the months of January, May and September. Games support the ACBL Charity Foundation and Canadian Bridge Federation Charitable Fund or may support local charities.

Helen Shields Canadian Rookie-Master Game

A special “pro-am” game pairing newcomers with fewer than 20 points with more experienced players
Date: April 17 (Tuesday)
Masterpoints: 56% sectional-rated black points
For information: Please contact canbridge@rogers.com.
Hand records and analyses provided

ACBL-wide Charity Game

The spirit of giving is always in season. These games support the ACBL Charity Foundation and Canadian Bridge Federation Charitable Fund.
Date: April 25 (Wednesday morning)
Masterpoints:
81.8% sectional-rated black points
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $7.35 per table
Special Instructions:
This game does not qualify a club to run a charity club championship for a local charity.
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Games with 17 or more tables or two sections must have a non-playing director.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your Charity game now!
Contact charity@acbl.org

May-June 2018

Grass Roots FUND Month*

Date: All May
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black points
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $5 per table
All sanctioned club sessions in May may be held as Grass Roots FUNd games. Grass Roots FUNd games cannot be held during the months of January, April and September. Funds raised will be returned annually to the individual district in which those funds were raised to help fund Grand National Teams and North American Pairs.
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

North American Pairs (NAP)

Date: June 1-August 31
Masterpoints:
Club qualifying games 50/50 red and black at 81.8% sectional rating
One-session unit qualifying games sectional rated red points
Two-session unit qualifying games include percentage of gold points for overalls.
District finals award gold points for section firsts and overalls. Flight C is 25% gold for overalls. Other masterpoints in all flights are red points.
Flights: A (Open), B (-2500), C (0-500 Non-Life Masters)
*District winners in each flight recognized on website
Final: Spring 2018 NABC
Sanction-Clubs: No special sanction required for clubs. Frequency-Clubs: Clubs may hold two NAP games per sanctioned session in each of the months of June, July and August.
Sanction Fees (Clubs): $5 per table
Sanction-Units and Districts: Sanction required. Click here for sanction form.
Sanction fees-Units: $8 per table
Sanction fees- Districts: $7 per table
A highly prestigious “grass roots” event, the North American Pairs starts at the club level in June, July and August. Club-level qualifications may be earned at any club in any unit in any district. A player may qualify as often as desired and with as many different partners as desired. Unit-level qualifiers are optional and held after Sept. 1 and before the district final, which may be held after the unit final until the third week in January. At the district final, both players must have qualified at the club level and must be members of the parent district. A fixed amount prize will be awarded in all flights as follows:

  1. Districts are entitled to three pairs in Flight A (Open) and four pairs in Flights B (0-2500) and C (under 500 Non-Life Master)
  2. First place qualifiers will receive $700 per person; second place qualifiers will receive $300 per person; third and fourth place qualifiers will be invited to participate in the national level finals, but will not receive a prize
  3. In the event of a tie at the district finals, the qualifiers will receive the total of the awards for the tied places, divided by the number of players involved with the tie.
  4. Invited defenders will receive $700 per person.
  5. No individual may collect two concurrent prizes.

The monetary award will be available on site. Qualifiers must play in the national level event until eliminated to receive the award.
There will be no entry fee for the national level of the event. Check with your district to learn whether or not they provide additional funding. Conditions of Contest will be available Summer of 2018.
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

Worldwide Bridge Contest

Date: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2
Masterpoints: 50/50 red and black at 81.8% sectional rating
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $13.00 per table
Special Instructions:
Clubs must use ACBLscore and submit results electronically.
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.

Clubs may choose to hold the event in the morning, afternoon or evening session, but may not hold the event more than once each day.
If you choose to hold the game during an unsanctioned session, you may run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Game may be stratified with top strat open.
Games with 17 or more tables or two sections must have a non-playing director.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
The top ACBL winners will be recognized on web site and the Bridge Bulletin. It’s the event played around the world! Join us for the Worldwide Bridge Contest sponsored by the World Bridge Federation. This international competition is scored across the world using the Internet to give an overall winner. The Friday and Saturday games are separate events. Each participant receives a electronic booklet. The WBF will award prizes based on world matchpointing. The two top district winners by percentage receive bonus awards. Additional recognition comes from the WBF.
To learn more at the Worldwide Bridge Contest website click here.
Sanction your Worldwide Bridge Contest game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

Canada Olympiad Fund Game

A special game to support Canadian teams in international events.
Date: June 13 (Wednesday afternoon)
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black points
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $8.35 per table plus $1.00 per table in U.S. funds.
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least three full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Games with 17 or more tables or two sections must have a non-playing director.
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your Canada Olympiad Fund game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

July-August 2018

North American Pairs (NAP)

See listing for June

ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game Digital Edition

Date: July 9 (Monday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
One gold point to section tops in each direction in each club, remaining points red/black at 81.8%sectional rating.
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $8.00 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
Games of 17 or more tables or more than one section must have a non-playing director.
Games must have five tables and a minimum of 18 boards.
High scores must be reported to the ACBL by the date specified.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your Instant Matchpoint game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

ACBL-wide Junior Fund Game #2

These games raise funds to support Junior programs.
Date: August 7 (Tuesday evening)
Masterpoints:
81.8% sectional-rated black
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction: Special sanction required.
Sanction Fees: $5.00 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Games may be stratified with top strat open.
Games with 17 tables or more must have a non-playing director.
Sanction your Junior Fund game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

September-October 2018

International Fund Month*

Date: All September
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $5 per table
All sanctioned club sessions in September may be held as International Fund Club Games to support North American participation in international events. International Fund Games cannot be held during the months of January, April and May. Contact: specialevents@acbl.org

Grand National Teams (GNT)

Date: Begins Sept. 1 (qualifying dates set by district)
Masterpoints:
Club qualifying games 50/50 red and black at 81.8% sectional rating
One-session unit qualifying games sectional rated red
Two-session unit qualifying games include percentage of gold for overalls.
District finals award gold for section firsts and overalls. Flight C is 25% gold for overalls. Other masterpoints in all flights are red.
Flights: Championship (Open), A (0-6000), B (0-2500), C (0-500 Non-Life Masters)
Sanction: No special sanction required for clubs
Sanction: Units and Districts. Sanction required. Click here for sanction form.
Sanction Fees: $2.25 per table per session
Final: Summer 2019 NABC
This event begins at the club level and continues through district qualifying events held as late as June prior to the finals.
**The ACBL does not reimburse teams to attend the finals, but check with your district for available district support. The 2018-2019 Conditions of Contest will be available Summer 2018.

ACBL-wide International Fund Game #2

These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: September 13 (Thursday Afternoon)
Masterpoints:
50/50 red and black at 81.8 % sectional rating
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $7.35 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Game may be stratified with top strat open.
Games with 17 or more tables or two sections must have a non-playing director.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your International Fund game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month

Clubs may hold one Club Appreciation Pair and one Club Appreciation Swiss Team game per sanctioned session.
Date: October only
Masterpoints:
Awards for Club Appreciation Pair games are 81.8% sectional-rated black
Awards for Club Appreciation Team games are 5% gold to a maximum of 0.25 per player
The remaining points are sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $1.00 per table
Special Instructions:
These events must be held during your regular club sanctioned sessions.
You may hold one pair game and one team game per-sanctioned session.
This event may not conflict with a higher rated one.
A minimum of three tables is required (pair games)
A minimum of three teams is required (team games)
Field must be seeded.
Both games may be stratified.
This event may not be held within 25 miles of a sectional.
This event may not be held during a district regional.

  • Click here for Conditions of Contest for the pair game and here for the team game.
  • Click here for the updated Swiss Teams guide, which provides detailed information.

ACBL-wide Senior Pairs #2

Restricted to players born prior to January 1, 1959. (One age-ineligible pair is allowed. The pair is not eligible for overall awards.)
Date: October 5 (Friday morning)
Masterpoints:
72% sectional-rated black
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $5.00 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
Any club OR unit may hold this game.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Game may be stratified with top strat open.
Game with 17 tables or more or two sections must have a non-playing director.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your Senior Pair game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

Canada Olympiad Fund Game

A special game to support Canadian teams in international events
Date: October 11 (Thursday Afternoon)
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $8.35 per table plus $1.00 per table in U.S. funds.
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time.
If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least three full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Games of 17 or more tables or more than one section must have a non-playing director.
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your Canada Olympiad Fund game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

Erin Berry Canadian Rookie-Master Game

A special “pro-am” game pairing newcomers with fewer than 50 points with more experienced players.
Date: October 25 (Thursday)
Masterpoints: 56% sectional-rated black
*Hand records and analyses provided
For information: Please contact canbridge@rogers.com.

ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game

Date: October 31 (Wednesday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
One gold point to section tops in each direction in each club, remaining points red/black at 81.8%sectional rating.
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $12.00 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies shipped four weeks prior to game date
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
Games of 17 or more tables or more than one section must have a non-playing director.
Games must have five tables and a minimum of 18 boards.
High scores must be reported to the ACBL by the date specified.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided
See your score instantly after each deal is played! Features for players include a booklet with complete analyses of the deals by national champion Larry Cohen.
Conditions of Contest will be available Summer of 2018.
Sanction your Instant Matchpoint game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org
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November-December 2018

ACBL-wide International Fund Game #3

These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: December 17 (Monday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
50/50 red and black at 81.8 % sectional rating
Overall awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Sanction: Special sanction required.
Sanction Fees: $7.35 per table
Special Instructions:
Game supplies are emailed four weeks before game date.
This event must be run at the appointed date and time. If you do not have a session, you may still run this event with the permission of your unit.
The game must have at least five full tables and include at least 21 boards.
Games may be stratified with top strat open.
Games with 17 tables or more must have a non-playing director.
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Sanction your International Fund game now!
Contact specialevents@acbl.org

Other Games

Championships:

Club Championships

Date: Quarterly as scheduled by club
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction fees: Regular club game and table fees.
Contact: club@acbl.org
Special Instructions
If a club holds these events it must hold each of the four club championship sessions for one weekly game during a different calendar quarter of the year, except for an event it conducts in two sessions. A club may not carry over a club championship from one year to the next for the purpose of conducting a two-session event.
A club may change the playing site of a club championship with written approval from the unit with jurisdiction over the new site. Once a year, a club may hold a one- or two-session club championship at a time other than that of the game it represents.
The club must obtain written permission from all other clubs holding sanctioned games within a 25-mile radius on that day of the week.

Upgraded Club Championships

Date: As scheduled by club
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction Fees: Regular club game and table fees.
Contact: clubs@acbl.org
Clubs earn one of these games for each 10 new ACBL members recruited.
Clubs will be notified when eligible to hold a game.

Club Membership Games

Date: As scheduled by club.
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction Fees: Regular club game
Contact: clubs@acbl.org
Special Instructions
Only Life Members and paid ACBL members are eligible to win masterpoints in these games.
Games must be held during regularly sanctioned sessions.
A club may hold as many membership games per year as it has sanctioned sessions. A club entitled to hold more than one membership game must schedule each one for a different session (for example, not two Friday nights).
A club may change the playing site of a membership game with written approval from the unit with jurisdiction over the new site.
A membership game may not be run at the same time as an ACBL-wide event, sectional or regional if located within 25 miles of the playing site of the higher rated event. Back to top

Inter-Club Championship Games

Your players face-to-face play with the perk of across-the-field scoring through the Internet to determine overall rankings at all clubs that participate on the same date.
Date: 24 available dates scheduled by the ACBL
Masterpoints: Club black with club championship rating for overall across the field. Hand records available online day after game Results posted within 48 hours
Sanction: Registration required
Sanction Fees: $5 per table
Register for an Inter-Club Championship now!
Special Instructions
Clubs must register at least seven days in advance of a game.
Clubs will receive material via e-mail 48 hours prior to the game. Arrangements must be made to print the hands for duplication or have the director duplicate the hands for his or her game. If you receive hand records from the ACBL and decide not to participate in the event, please notify the ACBL so that we are not expecting results from your club.
You must score your game using ACBLscore to participate.
Set up your game as follows:
Select “2 – Club Championship (ALL).”
Select “5 – Inter-Club Championship” from the next pick box.
To be included in the overalls, morning and afternoon games must be reported by noon (Central Standard Time) the following day and evening games by 3:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) the following day. Results not received by that time will not be included in the overall results. Two (2) hours before these deadlines, if you haven’t received notification that your file has been received, please contact iccg@acbl.org.
Enjoy face-to-face play with the perk of across-the-field scoring through the Internet to determine overall rankings at all clubs that participate on the same date. Hand records include analyses by Deep Finesse on the maximum number of tricks per contract. Results, recap sheets and frequency charts also are posted. Click here for dates and other information. Back to top

Unit Championship Games

Date: As scheduled by unit
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black
Fees: $2.25 per table
Contact: unit.sanctions@acbl.org
Sanction your Unit Game here
Units often schedule monthly unit games and may schedule up to 24 per year. These games also can be used for games at special venues.

Fund Raisers

Educational Foundation Games*

Date: All months except January, April, May and September
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction fees: $5 per table
Contact: charity@acbl.org
Educational Foundation Games cannot be held during the months of January, April, May and September. Games support the continuing education and promotion of bridge.

GNT Fund Raiser

Date: A district may permit clubs within its area to hold one event per sanctioned session per year.
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Contact: club@acbl.org
These games help raise funds to send district Grand National Teams winners to the finals.

NABC Promotional Games

Date: As scheduled by host district
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Sanction Fees: Regular club fees plus an amount set by the district.
Contact: club@acbl.org
A game held at clubs in districts where an NABC is scheduled for the next three years. The district schedules a week for the games and the ACBL sends this information to clubs advising them that the game may be held.

Other Charity Games

Unit Charity Games

Date: As scheduled by unit
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Sanction: Special sanction required
Sanction Fees: $5 per table
Contact: charity@acbl.org
Sanction your Unit Charity here

Canadian Bridge Week—CBF National Championships

Canadian Bridge Week—CBF National Championships Canadian Women’s Team Championship (CWTC) Canadian Open Pairs Championship (COPC) Canadian IMP Pairs Championship (CIPC) Canadian National Team Championship (CNTC) Flights: A (open), B (0-1000) Canadian Senior Team Championship (CSTC) National championships in Canada begin at the club level and culminate with the finals during Canadian Bridge Week. The winning women’s, national and senior teams go on to represent Canada in international competition. Qualifying dates vary. Click here for more detailed information on the Canadian Bridge Federation website.
* In the remaining eight months of the year (February, March, June, July, Aug., Oct., Nov. and Dec.) one game per month per sanctioned session may be a special game for one of the following funds:
Junior Fund
Charity Foundation
to benefit the ACBL Charity Foundation (Canadian Charity Foundation for clubs in Canada) or alternate to benefit a local charity organization
International Fund
Educational Foundation
Grass Roots FUNd
A regularly scheduled club game held at a frequency other than weekly, may hold one special “fund” game every fourth game.