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Special Events Information

Check with your local clubs to learn which special events are scheduled in your area or go to Participating Clubs. Many games require additional fees to support a variety of funds and defray the costs of hand records and analyses.

2013 Events by Date:
November-December |

2014 Events by Date:
January-February | March-April | May-June | July-August | September-October | November-December |

November-December 2013

ACBL-wide Charity Game

Participating Clubs
Date: November 25 (Monday evening)
Masterpoints: 100% sectional rated black
Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Hand records and analyses
Winners recognized on web site and in the Bridge Bulletin.
The spirit of giving is always in season. These games support the ACBL Charity Foundation and Canadian Bridge Federation Charitable Fund.
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2014 Games

January-February 2014

Grass Roots FUNd Month*

Date: All January
Masterpoints: 70% sectional rated black
All sanctioned club sessions in January may be held as Grass Roots FUNd Games. Grass Roots FUNd Games cannot be held during the months of February, 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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Junior Fund Month*

Date: All February
Masterpoints: 70% sectional rated black
All sanctioned club sessions in February may be held as Junior Fund Games. Junior Fund Games can not be held during the months of April 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 Youth4Bridge.org.
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March 2014

ACBL-wide Senior Pairs

Participating Clubs
Open to any player 55 years of age as of December 31, 2013.
Date: March 3 (Monday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
• 80% sectional rated black
• Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
• District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on web site and in the Bridge Bulletin
*Hand records and analyses provided
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ACBL-wide International Fund Game #1

 

Partcipating Clubs

These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: March 13 (Thursday Afternoon)
Masterpoints:
• 50/50 red and black at 100 % sectional rating
• Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
• District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on web site and in the Bridge Bulletin
*Hand records and analyses provided
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April 2014

Charity Month*

Date: All April
Masterpoints: 70% sectional rated black
All sanctioned club sessions may be held as Charity Games during April. Charity Games can not be held during the months of February 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

Partcipating Clubs

The spirit of giving is always in season. These games support the ACBL Charity Foundation and Canadian Bridge Federation Charitable Fund.
Date: April 8 (Tuesday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
• 100% sectional rated black
• Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
• District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on web site and in the Bridge Bulletin
*Hand records and analyses provided
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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 28 (Monday afternoon)
Masterpoints: 68% sectional rated black
For information: Please contact can.bridge.fed@sasktel.net
*Hand records and analyses provided
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May-June 2014

ACBL-wide International Fund Game

Partcipating Clubs
These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: May 14 (Wednesday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
• 50/50 red and black at 100 % sectional rating
• Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
• District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on web site and in the Bridge Bulletin
*Hand records and analyses provided
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North American Pairs (NAP)

Date: June 1-August 31

Masterpoints:

  • Club qualifying games 50/50 red and black at 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 2015 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. In districts with three qualifiers, the 1st place qualifiers will receive $700 per person and the 2nd place qualifiers will receive $300 per person. The 3rd place qualifiers will be invited to participate in the national level finals, but will not receive any prize.
  2. In districts with four qualifiers, the 1st and 2nd place qualifiers will receive $700 per person and the 3rd place qualifiers will receive $300 per person. The 4th place qualifiers will be invited to participate in the national level finals, but will not receive any 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.

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Worldwide Bridge Contest

Partcipating Clubs (Friday)
Partcipating Clubs (Saturday)
Date: Friday, June 6 (evening) and
Saturday, June 7 (afternoon)
Masterpoints: 50/50 red and black at sectional rating
*Hand records and analyses provided
Top ACBL winners 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 souvenir booklet containing Eric Kokish’s excellent commentary. 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 web site.
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Canada Olympiad Fund Game

A special game to support Canadian teams in international events.
Date: June 18 (Wednesday evening)
Masterpoints: 100% sectional rated black
*Hand records and analyses provided
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July-August 2014

North American Pairs (NAP)

See listing for June
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ACBL-wide International Fund Game

Partcipating Clubs
These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: July 11 (Friday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
• 50/50 red and black at 100 % sectional rating
• Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
• District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on web site and in the Bridge Bulletin
*Hand records and analyses provided
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September-October 2014

International Fund Month*

Date: All September
Masterpoints: 70% 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 can not be held during the months of February and April
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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 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 2015 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. Click here for the 2014-2015 GNT Conditions of Contest.
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Jane Johnson Club Appreciation Month

Pair and Team Games
Date: All October
Masterpoints:
100% sectional rated black (pairs)
5% gold to maximum .25 for winners, remaining100% sectional rated black (teams).
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ACBL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game

Participating Clubs
Date: October 16 (Thursday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
• 1 gold point to section tops in each direction in each club, remaining points red/black at sectional rating.
• Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
• District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on web site 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 Spring 2014
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Canada Olympiad Fund Game

A special game to support Canadian teams in international events
Date: October 20 (Monday evening)
Masterpoints: 100% sectional rated black
*Hand records and analyses provided
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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 28 (Tuesday evening)
Masterpoints: 68% sectional rated black
*Hand records and analyses provided
For information: Please contact can.bridge.fed@sasktel.net
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November-December 2014

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: November 5 (Wednesday afternoon)
Masterpoints:
• 100% sectional rated black
• Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places
• District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places
Winners recognized on web site and in the Bridge Bulletin
*Hand records and analyses provided
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Other Games

Championships

Club Championships

Date: Quarterly as scheduled by club
Masterpoints: 65% sectional rated black
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Upgraded Club Championships

Date: As scheduled by club
Masterpoints: 100% 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: 100% 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: 85% 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 February, April and September
Masterpoints: 70% sectional rated black
Educational Foundation Games can not be held during the months of February, April and September. Games support the continuing education and promotion of bridge.
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GNT Fund Raiser

Date: As scheduled by club
Masterpoints: 100% 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: 100% 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-wide Special Foundation Games

Date: As scheduled by district
Masterpoints: 100% sectional rated black
Charity Championship
Junior Fund
International Fund
Educational Fund
A combination of all of the above not to exceed 4 sessions per year
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Unit Special Foundation Games

Date: As scheduled by unit
Masterpoints: 100% sectional rated black
Charity Championship
Junior Fund
International Fund
Educational Fund
A combination of all of the above not to exceed 4 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 21, 2011- May 28, 2011
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 web site.
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* In the remaining eight months of the year (March, May, 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

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