David Bruce LM–5000 Pairs
The David Bruce LM-5000 Pairs is a bridge contest held at the Summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The David Bruce LM-5000 is open to all players who have earned Life Master status up to 5,000 masterpoints.
(If you want to play in a pair event that is open for all Life Masters, you can play in the Von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs instead. If you have reached Life Master status up to 1,500 masterpoints, you can play in the Young LM-1500 Pairs event.)
The contest is named after David Bruce (David Burnstine), the first player to attain Life Master status in the ACBL.
Baze Senior Knockout Teams National Bridge Championship
The Baze Senior Knockout Teams National Bridge Championship is a senior knock-out team event held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest normally starts on the first Sunday of the NABC.
You must be 55 years or older to participate in this contest.
- The Baze Senior Knockout Teams National Bridge Championship premiered in 1994.
- The Baze Trophy is named in honor of Grant Baze.
Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams
The Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams is an open event held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). In 1965 – 2010, it was known as the Chicago Mixed Board-a-Match Teams.
The Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Teams will normally last two or three days. Each day, one round is played, consisting of two sessions of 26 boards.
The winner of the contest is awarded with the Richard Freeman Memorial Trophy. Richard Freeman (1933 – 2009) was world champion bridge player from the United States who was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2001. He was a World Grand Master, and had 17,880 masterpoints at the time of his death.
The Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match Team can trace its roots back to the Mixed Teams Championship of 1929. This was one of the earlies ACBL contests. During the time when only players with a minimum of 100 masterpoints could participate in the contest, the event was known as the Master Mixed Teams. Since 1996, the contest is an open contests without any masterpoint requirements.
The Chicago Trophy
The Chicago Trophy, for which the event was named in 1965 – 2010, was donated by the Auction Bridge Club of Chicago in 1929, but not to the winners of this contest. Instead, it was the winners of the American Bridge League’s National Contract Championships Open Contract Team-of-Four (board-a-match scoring) that were awarded with the Chicago Trophy from 1929 to 1964. (This contest eventually morphed into the American Contract Bridge League’s North American Open Teams Championship.) In 1965, the Chicago Trophy was replaced by the Reisinger Memorial Trophy. Instead of letting the Chicago Trophy go to waste or be left collect dust somewhere, it was decided that it would be passed on to the Mixed Board-a-Match Team event.
Edgar Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs
The Edgar Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, also known simply as the Blue Ribbin Pairs, is a national bridge championship held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). It will normally start on the first Tuesday of the fall NABC.
Together with the von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs (played at Summer NABC), the Edgar Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs is generally seen as one of the most difficult and also most prestigious of the pair events among those arranged by the ACBL. To participate, you must have won a blue ribbon qualification. There are no requirements regarding nationality, male/female or age. You don’t even need to be an ACBL member as long as you have won a blue ribbon qualification.
The Edgar Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs event consists of two qualifying sessions, two semi-final session and two final session. All in all, six sessions are played throughout the course of three days.
- The event premiered in 1963, as the Blue Ribbon Pairs.
- In 1999, the event war renamed Edgar Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs in honor of bridge player, writer and administrator Edgar Kaplan (1925 – 1997).
Fast Open Pairs National Bridge Championship
The Fast Open Pairs National Bridge Championship is an open four session matchpoint (MP) pairs event held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The starting day for this contest is normally the second Thursday of the NABC.
The contest consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions. The participants must finish each two-board round in a maximum of 11 minutes. This can be tricky for players that are used to having 15 minutes to their disposal.
Each set of two sessions is played on one day, making the event last for two days. There is normally only a short (45 minutes or less) pause between the two sessions of a day.
This event premiered in Anaheim, California in the year 2000.
Grand National Teams National Bridge Championship
The Grand National Teams (GNT) National Bridge Championship is a team knockout event held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).
To participate in this contest, you must qualify from your local ACBL district.
There are four flights:
- Championship A, for teams where no player have more than 6,000 masterpoints
- Championship B, for teams where no player have more than 2,500 masterpoints
- Championship C, for teams where no player have more than 500 masterpoints or is a Life Master
- Championship D is open
All flights start at the same day, usually the Wednesday before the main NABC events begin.
The roots of the Grand National Teams (GNT) National Bridge Championship lays within the Grand National Team-of-Four Championship arranged by the United States Bridge Association (USBA) from 1934 to 1937.
The contest was awoken again in the early 1970’s. In 1973, initial stages were contested in the 25 ACBL districts, and the semifinal stage was used to determine the champions of eight zones. These champions proceeded to the final stage.
Approximately 1,500 teams had participated in the 1973 GNT. By 1980, the number of participating teams had grown to over 6,000. In 1985, the zonal stage was removed, and since then every district champion qualifies for the final at the summer NABC. 1985 was also the year when the contest was separated into flights. Instead of just having an open flight for everyone, flight B and C were added, each with an upper limit for the number of career masterpoints a player was allowed to have. The original (open) flight became known as Flight A.
The members of the winning open team get their names engraved on the Morehead Trophy. This trophy was donated by The New York Times in honor of the magazine’s bridge editor Albert H. Morehead (1909 – 1966).