November-December

ACBL-wide International Fund Game

Participating Clubs

These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.

Date: December 20 (Wednesday evening)

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

Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin *Hand records and analyses provided

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2018 Games

January 2018

Junior Fund Month*

Date: All January
Masterpoints:
63.6% sectional-rated black
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 www.acbl.org/juniors.

ACBL-wide Junior Fund Game #1

Participating Clubs
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
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February 2018

ACBL-wide International Fund Game #1

Participating Clubs
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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin.
Hand records and analyses provided electronically

ACBL-wide Charity Game

Participating Clubs
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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically

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March 2018

ACBL-wide Senior Pairs

Participating Clubs
This event is restricted to players that were born before 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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically.
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April 2018

Charity Month*

Date: All April
Masterpoints:
63.6% sectional-rated black
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.
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ACBL-wide Charity Game

Participating Clubs
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
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.
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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
For information: Please contact canbridge@rogers.com.
*Hand records and analyses provided
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May-June 2018

Grass Roots FUNd Month*

Date: All May
Masterpoints:
63.6% sectional-rated black
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.
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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
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: A (Open), B (-2500), C (0-500 Non-Life Masters)
District winners in each flight recognized on web site
Final: Spring 2019 NABC
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.
Some districts do provide additional funding. Check with your district to learn whether or not they provide additional funding. Conditions of Contest will be available Summer of 2018
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Worldwide Bridge Contest

Participating Clubs
Participating Clubs
Date: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2

Masterpoints:
50/50 red and black at 81.8% sectional rating
Hand records and analyses provided electronically.
Top ACBL winners recognized on website 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 an 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.
Click here to learn more at the Worldwide Bridge Contest website.
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Canada Olympiad Fund Game

A special game to support Canadian teams in international events.
Participating Clubs
Date: June 13 (Wednesday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
81.8% sectional-rated black
Hand records and analyses provided electronically.
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July-August 2018

North American Pairs (NAP)

See listing for June
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ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game Digital Edition

Participating Clubs
Date: July 9 (Monday afternoon)
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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided digitally
See your score instantly after each deal played!
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ACBL-wide Junior Fund Game #2

Participating Clubs
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.
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September-October 2018

International Fund Month*

Date: All September
Masterpoints:
63.6% sectional-rated black
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.
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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)
District winners in each flight recognized on web site.
Final: Summer 2019 NABC
The second of the ACBL’s “grass roots” events begins again 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 GNT Conditions of Contest will be available Summer 2018.

ACBL-wide International Fund Game #2

Participating Clubs
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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin.
* Hand records and analyses provided electronically.

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Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month

Pair and Team Games
Date: October only
Masterpoints:
81.8% sectional-rated black (pairs)
5% gold to maximum .25 for winners remaining; 81.8% sectional rated black (teams)
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ACBL-wide Senior Pairs

Participating Clubs
This event is restricted to players that were born before 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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically.
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Canada Olympiad Fund Game

A special game to support Canadian teams in international events
Participating Clubs
Date: October 11 (Thursday Afternoon)
Masterpoints:
81.8% sectional rated black
*Hand records and analyses provided electronically.
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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 afternoon)
Masterpoints:
56% sectional-rated black
Hand records and analyses provided
For information: Please contact canbridge@rogers.com.
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ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game

Participating Clubs
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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided
See your score instantly after each deal played! Features for players include a booklet with complete analyses of the deals by national champion Larry Cohen.
Instant Matchpoint Game Conditions of Contest will be available Summer 2018.
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November-December 2018

ACBL-wide International Fund Game

Participating Clubs
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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
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Other Games

Championships

Club Championships

Date: Quarterly as scheduled by club

Masterpoints:

  • 63.6% sectional rated black

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Upgraded Club Championships

Date: As scheduled by club

Masterpoints:

  • 81.8% sectional rated black

Clubs earn one of these games for each 10 new ACBL members recruited.

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Club Membership Games

Date: As scheduled by club.

Masterpoints:

  • 81.8% sectional rated black

Only Life Members and paid ACBL members are eligible to win masterpoints in these games.

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Inter-Club Championship Games

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 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.

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Unit Championship Games

Date: As scheduled by unit

Masterpoints:

  • 63.6% sectional rated black

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.

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Fund Raisers

Educational Foundation Games*

Date: All months except January, April, May and September

Masterpoints:

  • 63.6% sectional-rated black

Educational Foundation Games cannot be held during the months of January, April, May and September. Games support the continuing education and promotion of bridge.

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GNT Fund Raiser

Date: As scheduled by club

Masterpoints:

  • 81.8% sectional-rated black

These games help raise funds to send district Grand National Teams winners to the finals.

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NABC Promotional Games

Date: As scheduled by host district

Masterpoints:

  • 81.8% sectional-rated black

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.

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Other Charity Games

District Special Foundation Games

Date: As scheduled by district

Masterpoints:

  • 81.8% sectional rated black

Charity Championship Junior Fund International Fund Educational Fund Grass Roots Fund A combination of all of the above not to exceed four sessions per year.

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Unit Special Foundation Games

Date: As scheduled by unit

Masterpoints:

  • 81.8% sectional rated black

Charity Championship Junior Fund International Fund Educational Fund Grass Roots FUNd A combination of all of the above not to exceed four sessions per year.

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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)

Finals: May 23, 2016- May 30, 2016

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.

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* 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

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A regularly scheduled club game held at a frequency other than weekly, may hold one special “fund” game every fourth game.