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Jacoby Open Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship

The Jacoby Open Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship is an open four session Swiss Teams event held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). It will usually start on the second Saturday of the NABC.

The Jacoby Open Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship consists of two qualifying session and two final sessions.

History

The roots of this event is found in the North American Men’s Swiss Teams, a contest that premiered in 1982. In 1990, it was revamped as the Open Swiss, and this was also the year that the Jacoby Trophy was introduced.

The Jacoby Trophy is named in honor of Oswald Jacoby and his son Jim Jacoby. They were the first father-son pair to win a national bridge championship together in North America. They were also the first father-son pair to be elected to the ACBL Hall of Fame.

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Keohane North American Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship

The Keohane North American Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship is an open six session Swiss Teams event held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The event normally starts on the second Friday of the NABC.

There are two qualifying sessions, two semi-final sessions and two final session. The whole event takes three days.

History

  • The contest premiered in 1977.
  • The trophy was donated by Ethel Keohane in memory of her husband William H. Keohane (1896–1972). Until 1995, this trophy was awarded to the winner of the Open Individual Championship. In 1995, the ACBL Board of Directors re-designated the trophy for the North American Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship.

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Lebhar IMP Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Lebhar IMP Pairs National Bridge Championship is an open four-session International Match Points (IMP) pairs event held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest normally starts on the second Thursday of the NABC.

The even consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

The winners get their names inscribed on the Lebhar Trophy.

History

The Lebhar Trophy was donated in 1948 by Bertram Lebhar Jr. in memory of this wife and bridge team member Evelyn. Originally, the Lebhar Trophy was awarded to the winners of the Mixed Teams. Later, the ACBL Board of Directors re-designated it for the IMP Pairs.

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Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs national bridge championship is a four session matchpoint (MP) pairs event held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest normally starts on the first Sunday of the NABC.

The contest consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions. The winners have their names inscribed in the Leventritt Trophy.

To play in the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs, you must be 55 years of age or older, and must have pre-qualified by placing first or second in a regional or national-rated senior event in accordance with NABC rules.

History

The Leventritt Trophy is named in honor of Peter Leventritt (1915 – 1997). He was the ACBL assistant treasurer in 1945-1946 and ACBL president in 1954. He is also known for being the co-founder or the Card School of New York.

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Machlin Women’s Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship

The Machlin Women’s Swiss Teams national bridge championship is a four-session Swiss Teams event for female players. It is held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC), and the contest normally starts on the second Saturday of the NABC.

The event consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions. The whole even takes two days. Scoring is by International Match Points (IMP) converted to Victory Points (VP).

History

This contest has its roots in the North American Women’s Swiss Teams contest, which premiered in 1982.

The Machlin Trophy was donated by the Machlin family in memory of Sadie Machline. Machline was a longtime employee of the ACBL and was a part of a bridge-loving family; ACBL chief tournament director Al Sobel was her brother and national tournament director Jerry Machlin was her son.

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Manfield Non-Life Master Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Manfield Non-Life Master Pairs national bridge championship is an MP pairs event for players that have not attained the rank of Life Master. The contest is held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest will normally start on the first Friday of the NABC.

The Manfield Non-Life Master Pairs national bridge championship is a two session event or a four sessions event depending on the number of entrants. If there are a lot of entrants, a four session event will be held that consists of two qualifying sessions followed by two final sessions.

History

This contest premiered in 1981, under the name Miles Non-Life Master Pairs. It was named in honor of Rufus L. Miles Jr, commonly known as “Skinny”.

In 2010, the contest was renamed The Manfield Non-Life Master Pairs after Ed Manfield.

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Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs National Bridge Championship is a four-session matchpoint (MP) pair event held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest normally starts on the first Tuesday of the NABC.

Only players with fewer than 5,000 masterpoints who have earned a blue ribbon qualification are allowed to play in the Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs National Bridge Championship. You earn your blue ribbon by placing first or second in certain competitions, in accordance with the rules set by the ACBL.

The Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs National Bridge Championship consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

History

The very first The Mini-Blue Ribbon Pairs took place at the Fall NABC in Denver, 2005.

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Mini-Spingold National Bridge Championship

The Mini-Spingold National Bridge Championship comprises two simultaneous knockout team events, both held at the same time as the main Spingold knockout team championship at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

  • The Mini-Spingold I (0-5000) is for players with less than 5,000 masterpoints.This event is normally played over 5 or 6 days. Each day consists of one round comprised of two sessions of 28 boards.
  • The Mini-Spingold II (0-1500) is for players with less than 1,500 masterpoints.Since 2006, this event is limited to 5 days, with teams playing two matches on day 1.

History

The Mini-Spingold National Bridge Championship premiered in 2001.

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Mitchell Board-a-Match Teams National Bridge Championship

The (Victor) Mitchell Board-a-Match Teams National Bridge Championship is an open four-session board-a-match 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 fall NABC.

The event consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

History

This contest premiered in 1946, as a men’s event. It was changed into an open event in 1990.

The Victor Mitchell Trophy is named after Victor “Vic” Mitchell. He was a part of the winning team in both 1962 and 1963.

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Nail Life Master Open Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Nail Life Master Open Pairs National Bridge Championship is a four-session matchpoints (MP) event held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest will normally start on the first Friday of the fall NABC.

Only players with a Life Master rating may play in this event.

The Nail Life Master Open Pairs National Bridge Championship is comprised of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

History

The Nail Life Master Open Pairs National Bridge Championship has its roots in a 1961 championship event for male players with a rank of National Master or higher. In 1963, the National Master requirement was increased to a Life Master requirement.

In 1990, the contest was changed from a men’s event to an open event.

Traditionally, the Nail Life Master Open Pairs National Bridge Championship has been structured and scheduled in parallel with the Smith Life Master Women’s Pairs National Bridge Championship.

The Nail Life Master Open Pairs National Bridge Championship is named in honor of Robert “Bobby” Nail (1925 – 1995), who won it in 1974. Bobby Nail won a total of four American Contract Bridge League national championships during his bridge career, and represented USA twice in the Bermuda Bowl. He’s been a part of the ACBL Hall of Fame since 2001.

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Norman Kay Platinum Pairs National Bridge Championship

Norman Kay Platinum Pairs National Bridge Championship is a six-session open-pairs event held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

The contest is for players that have earned 50 platinum masterpoints over the three calendar years prior, earned at least 200 platinum points lifetime, or earned the rank of Platinum Life Master or Grand Life Master. There are no requirements regarding age, sex, nationality or membership. (Unlike the spring NABC North American Pairs, where players must qualify from an ACBL district.)

Norman Kay Platinum Pairs National Bridge Championship consists of two qualifying sessions, two semi-final sessions and two final sessions.

History

The Platinum Pairs premiered in 2010. In the following year, the contest was renamed Norman Kay Platinum Pairs in honor of Norman Kay (1927 – 2002), who has been a part of the ACBL Hall of Fame since 1996.

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North American Pairs National Bridge Championships

The North American Pairs (NAP) is a set of annual USA national championships for contract bridge pairs. The pairs qualify through local and regional stages in their respective American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) districts.

The final stage of the NAP is comprised of three flights, all played at the spring ACBL North American Bridge Championships (NABC).

The three flights:

  • Flight A (Baldwin North American Pairs)This flight is an open flight.
  • Flight B (Golder North American Pairs)This flight is for players with 0 – 2500 masterpoints
  • Flight C (President’s Cup North American Pairs)This flight is for players with 0-499 masterpoints.

The three flights have the same schedule and are played parallel to each other over two days. Each flight is a four-session matchpoint (MP) pairs tournament with two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

Baldwin North American Pairs

Qualifications for the Baldwin North American Pairs final starts at local ACBL club level in the summer. During the very first Baldwin North American Pairs, 61,000 pairs played at the local stage (1978-1979).

Players advance from club level to unit competition, and then on to district finals. Each district may send at least three pairs to the final.

Winners of the Baldwin North American Pairs get their names inscribed on the Baldwin Memorial Trophy. This trophy is named in honor of Col. Russell J. Baldwin (1889–1969).

Golder North American Pairs

Qualifications for the Golder North American Pairs final starts at local ACBL club level. Players advance from club level to unit competition, and then on to district finals. Each district may send at least three pairs to the final.

Winners of the Golder North American Pairs get their names inscribed on the Golder Cup. This trophy is named in honor of Benjamin M. Golder (1894–1946).

President’s Cup North American Pairs

Qualifications for the President’s Cup North American Pairs final starts at local ACBL club level. Players advance from club level to unit competition, and then on to district finals. Each district may send at least three pairs to the final.

The President’s Cup trophy was presented in 1942 by Morgan Howard. For a many years, the President’s Pairs was a standalone event during the summer NABC.