As COVID-19 rages on, the safety of our membership, staff and volunteers continues to be of prime importance. As a result, 2020 and January-February 2021 regionals and sectionals along with the Fall NABC, November 26 – December 6, Tampa, have been canceled. This includes the cancellation of remaining non-life master tournaments for 2020 or other tournaments this year where ACBL tournament directors are not technically required.
Tournaments are a great opportunity for sharpening your bridge skills while competing with players at your level. Meet other bridge enthusiasts, make new friends and visit the most interesting places in North America. The ACBL sanctions more than 1100 tournaments a year, so you will likely find one close to you, happening soon.
North American Bridge Championships (NABC) are 11-day events drawing thousands of bridge players. There are pair and team games at every level, which equals points of many colors, including platinum. You’ll also find opportunities to boost your bridge skills and hone you teaching practices. The NABCs are hosted by ACBL and held three times a year at varying locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Regional Tournaments are multi-day events hosted by a district. Open and stratified games offer many chances to win, and most regionals also have special educational opportunities for newer players. You can earn both gold and red points at a regional.
Sectional Tournaments are shorter tournaments, usually three days, hosted by units and clubs given special allowances. Silver points are awarded, and some sectionals are limited to players who have yet to reach Life Master.
Sectional Tournaments at Clubs (STaC) are tournaments with a sectional rating staged at participating clubs in a specific geographical area. A STaC can last up to seven days. There are winners and overall places for participants, and awarded points are silver.