February 2020

Date: All February
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black

All sanctioned club sessions in February may be held as Education Foundation Club Games to support the continuing education and promotion of bridge. Education Foundation games cannot be held during the months of January, April, May and September.

No Local Charity Games can held during this Month.

Participating Clubs
These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: February 1 (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

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March/April 2020

Participating Clubs
Players Must be born before Jan. 1, 1960. (One age-ineligible pair is allowed. The pair is not eligible for masterpoint awards.)
Date: March 2 (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
Participating Clubs
The spirit of giving is always in season. These games support the ACBL Charity Foundation and Canadian Bridge Federation Charitable Fund.
Date: March 31 (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
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, February, May and September. Games support the ACBL Charity Foundation and Canadian Bridge Federation Charitable Fund or may support local charities.
A special “pro-am” game pairing newcomers with fewer than 20 points with more experienced players
Date: April 16 (Thursday)
Masterpoints: 56% sectional-rated black points
For information: Please contact canbridge@rogers.com.
Hand records and analyses provided
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 29 (Wednesday Afternoon)
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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically

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May/June 2020

Date: All May
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black points
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, 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.
No Local Charity Games can held during this Month

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:<./b> Spring 2021 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 two 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.

Participating Clubs
Date: Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6
Masterpoints: 50/50 red and black at 81.8% sectional rating
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 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.
To learn more at the Worldwide Bridge Contest website Click here.

A special game to support Canadian teams in international events.
Date: June 9 (Tuesday Afternoon)
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black points
Games with 17 or more tables or two sections must have a non-playing director.
Hand records and analyses provided electronically

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July-August

See listinf for June
Date: July 13 (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
Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
See your score instantly after each deal!
Participating Clubs
These games raise funds to support Junior programs.
Date: August 24 (Monday 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

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, February, April and May.
No Local Charity Games can held during this Month

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)
Final: Summer 2021 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. Check with your district for available district support.
Participating Clubs
These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: September 23 (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 electronically
Sanction your International Fund game now!
Questions? Contact specialevents@acbl.org
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
A special game to support Canadian teams in international events.
Date: October 2 (Friday Afternoon)
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black points
Hand records and analyses provided electronically
Participating Clubs
Restricted to players who are 62 years old as of January 1, 2020 (One age-ineligible pair is allowed. The pair is not eligible for masterpoint awards.)
Date: October 16 (Friday 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
A special “pro-am” game pairing newcomers with fewer than 50 points with more experienced players.
Date: October 20 (Tuesday)
Masterpoints: 56% sectional-rated black
Hand records and analyses provided
For information: Please contact canbridge@rogers.com.
Participating Clubs
Date: October 28 (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 is played! Features for players include a booklet with complete analyses of the deals by national champion Larry Cohen.

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November-December

Participating Clubs
These games raise funds to defray the expense of North American participation in international competition.
Date: December 17 (Thursday Morning)
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

Date: Quarterly as scheduled by club
Masterpoints: 63.6% sectional-rated black
Date: As scheduled by club
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black 25% Gold up to a maximum for overall positions, not session awards or match awards, up to a maximum of one masterpoint; remaining awards are black.
Date: As scheduled by club.
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Sanction: No special sanction required
Sanction Fees: Regular club game
Questions? Contact specialevents@acbl.org
Special Instructions
Only Life Members and paid ACBL members are eligible to win masterpoints in these 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 Results posted within 48 hours

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.

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

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.
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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Additional Charity Games

Date: As scheduled by unit
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Date: As scheduled by district

Charity Championship
Junior Fund
International Fund
Educational Fund
Grass Roots Fund
A combination of all of the above not to exceed 4 sessions per year

Date: As scheduled by unit
Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black
Date: As scheduled by district

Charity Championship
Junior Fund
International Fund
Educational Fund
Grass Roots Fund
A combination of all of the above not to exceed 4 sessions per year

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 seven months of the year (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 12th game.