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The Reisinger National Bridge Championship

The Reisinger National Bridge Championship is a six-session open team-of-four board-a-match event held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

The contest is comprised of two qualifying sessions, two semifinal sessions and two final sessions.

History

  • This event has its roots in the 1929 North American Open Team Championship.
  • Until 1966, the event was a four-session contest.
  • The Chicago Trophy was the trophy for the Reisinger National Bridge Championship until 1965. This trophy had been donated by the Auction Bridge Club of Chicago. Today, the trophy for the Reisinger event is the Reisinger Trophy. This trophy was donated by the Greater New York Bridge Association and named in honor of Curt H. Reisinger (1891–1964).

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Rockwell Mixed Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Rockwell Mixed 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 is comprised of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

Each pair must consist of one man and one female player.

History

  • The Rockwell Mixed Pairs National Bridge Championship was preceded by the Hilliard Mixed Pairs (which premiered in 1931).
  • The trophy for the The Rockwell Mixed Pairs National Bridge Championship is the Rockwell Trophy, donated by Helen Rockwell in 1946.
  • Until 1986, the Rockwell Mixed Pairs National Bridge Championship was a part of the fall NABC, not the spring NABC.

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Roth Open Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship

The Roth Open Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship is a national bridge championship four-session open Swiss Teams event held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest will normally start on the second Saturday of the NABC.

The contest consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions. Scoring is by International Match Points (IMP) that are converted to Victory Points (VP).

History

The Roth Open Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship has its roots in the 2005 Open Swiss Teams event. The name Roth Open Swiss Teams was first used in 2012 and is in honor of Al Roth, the 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences recipient.

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Silodor Open Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Silodor Open Pairs National Bridge Championship is a four-session matchpoint (MP) open pairs event held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest normally starts on the first Friday of the NABC.

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

History

The winners of the Silodor Open Pairs National Bridge Championship get their names engraved on the Silodor Trophy. The trophy is named in honor of Sidney Silodor, a bridge player that won the very first Bermuda Bowl.

The trophy was presented in 1963, even though the event itself premiered in 1958. The early winners were retroactively added to the trophy.

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Smith Life Master Women’s Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Smith Life Master Women’s Pairs National Bridge Championship is a women’s four-session matchpoint (MP) event held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest normally starts on the first Friday of the NABC.

The contest is comprised of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

To participate, you must be a female player that has achieved a Life Master rating.

History

This contest premiered in 1961.

The contest is named in honor of Helen Sobel Smith (1910 – 1969), who won 35 North American bridge trophies during her bridge career. She is generally recognized as the best female bridge player of all time, and also one of the best of either sex. Smith was the first woman to win the Bermuda Bowl.

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Spingold Knockout Teams

The Spingold Knock-out Teams is an open and seeded event held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

The contest normally lasts for seven days. Each day is a round, comprised of four sessions of 16 boards.

The Spingold Knock-out Teams is one of the most prestigious world bridge events, and many skilled players regard it as more difficult to win than the World Championship for teams.

History

  • The roots of this event lays within the Challenge Knockout Teams contest, which was contested for the Asbury Park Trophy. Eventually, the name was changed to The Spingold Master Knockout Teams.
  • In 1934, 1936 and 1937 the Asbury Park Trophy event and the Masters Teams-of-Four event were two separate events.
  • The Spingold Trophy was donated by Nathan B. Spingold in 1934.
  • In 1938, the Spingold Master Knockout Teams became a part of the summer NABC.
  • Once upon a time, the Spingold contest was a double elimination event scored by International Match Points (IMP). During this era, the contest would normally last for nine or ten sessions. Also, the event was only available for players with at least 100 masterpoints.

    In 1965, the double elimination was replaced by three qualifying sessions, followed by single elimination knockout matches.

  • In 1970, the preliminary qualifying sessions were abolished.

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Sternberg Women’s Board-a-Match Teams Championship

The Sternberg Women’s Board-a-Match Teams Championship is a four-sessions event held at the fall American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). It will normally start on the first Sunday of the NABC.

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

The contest is for female players only.

History

This contest premiered in 1933. Back in the days, it was a part of the winter NABC. This was during a period of time when there was only two NABC’s per year: one in the winter and one in the summer. The contest became a part of the spring NABC in 1963, but is nowadays a part of the fall NABC.

The original trophy for the contest was donated by George Coffin (1903 – 1994), who wrote more than 200 books on bridge, poker, cribbage, and other games.

A knock-out format was introduced until 1976, replacing the board-a-match format. In 1986, the board-a-match format made a return.

The current trophy was donated by Dr. Jim Sternberg in 2001, in honor of his wife Marsha May Sternberg who died that year.

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Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss Teams National Bridge Championship

The Truscott/USPC Senior Swiss Teams national bridge championship is a four-sessions Swiss teams held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest normally starts on the first Monday of the NABC.

The contest is only available for players that are 55 years or older. Each team can consists of four to six players.

The contest is comprised of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions. Scoring is by International Match Points (IMP) converted to Victory Points (VP).

History

The trophy is named in honor of Alan Truscott (1925 – 2005). It was donated by the United States Playing Card Company in 2006.

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Vanderbilt Knockout Teams National Bridge Championship

The Vanderbilt Knockout Teams National Bridge Championship is held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

This is an open and seeded knock-out team event that normally lasts for seven days. Each day si a round comprised of two sessions of 32 boards.

History

The Vanderbilt Championship was contested once a year in New York, until it became a part of the spring NABC in 1958.

In 1928, Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884 – 1970) donated the Vanderbilt Trophy. He won the contest himself twice; once in 1932 and then again in 1940. Right from the start, Vanderbilt instituted the practice of giving the winners replicas of the original trophy. In his will, he set up a $100,000 trust fund that the ACBL administers and withdraws money from to pay for the replicas. The replicas won by Caroline Taylor in 1928 and Helen Sobel Smith in 1944 and 1945 are on display at the ACBL Headquarters in Horn Lake, Mississippi, USA.

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Von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs national bridge championship is a six-session pairs tournament held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

This event, which is if often referred to simply as “LM Pairs”, consists of two qualifying sessions, two semi-final sessions and two final sessions.

You must be a Life Master to play in this event. There are no restrictions regarding age, sex/gender, nationality or membership.

History

The trophy for this event is the Von Zedtwitz Gold Cup. The original gold cup was donated by Waldemar von Zedtwitz in 1930, who said that any player that would win the cup three times would become the cup’s rightful owner. Howard Schenken won the event in 1931, 1933 and 1934. The donor did however arrange for the cup to be put back into competition.

Originally, this event was a four-session event and only master players who had qualified through national championships participated. The field was limited to 64 players.

In 1954, the Von Zedtwitz Gold Cup was stolen. Prior to the theft, the current LM Pair champion John Hubbell had appeared on TV with the cup and also mentioned the address to his bridge club were the cup was on display. The cup was never recovered, so the cup used today is a replica of the original.

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Wagar Women’s Knockout Teams National Bridge Championship

The Wagar Women’s Knockout Teams National Bridge Championship is a knockout team event held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

The contest is for female players only. The teams must consist of four to six players.

The Wagar Women’s Knockout Teams National Bridge Championship is scored by International Match Points (IMP). Swiss qualifying.

History

The winners get their name inscribed on the Wagar Trophy. This trophy was named in honor of Margaret Wagar (1902 – 1990), the 5th women to earn the rank Life Master. She was inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Wernher Open Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Wernher Open Pairs National Bridge Championship is an open four-sression matchpoints (MP) pairs event held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The contest normally starts on the first Tuesday of the NABC, which means that there is a bit of a scheduling conflict between this event and the Spingold event.

The Wernher Open Pairs National Bridge Championship consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

History

Until the early 1960’s, this event was held at the Summer NABC. It was moved to the Spring NABC in 1963. In 2004, it was returned to the Simmer NABC.

The winners of the Wernher Open Pairs National Bridge Championship get their names inscribed on the Wernher Trophy. The Wernher Trophy is named in honor of Sir Derrick J. Wernher, who was the 1933 president of the American Bridge League.

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Whitehead Women’s Pairs Bridge Championship

Whitehead Women’s Pairs Bridge Championship is a four-session matchpoint (MP) female 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 contest consists of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

History

Today, the Whitehead Women’s Pairs Bridge Championship is contested at the spring NABC, but until the early 1960’s it was instead a part of the summer NABC.

The trophy for the Whitehead Women’s Pairs Bridge Championship is the Whitehead Trophy, donated by Wilbur C. Whitehead back in 1930.

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Young LM–1500 Pairs

The Sally Young LM-1500 Pairs is a bridge event held at the summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship.

To participate in the contest, you must have earned Life Master status up to 1,500 masterpoints.

The Sally Young LM-1500 Pairs is held simultaneously as the Bruce LM-5000 Pairs and the Von Zedwitz Life Master Pairs.

History

The trophy for this event is the Sally Young trophy, named after the first woman who achieved Life Master status in the ACBL. She lived 1906 – 1970.

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Red Ribbon Pairs National Bridge Championship

The Red Ribbon Pairs National Bridge Championship is a four-session matchpoint (MP) held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). The event normally starts on the second Thursday of the NABC.

To participate in this event, you must have earned a red ribbon qualification and have fewer than 2,500 masterpoints at the time of qualification. You qualify by placing first or second in regionally rated events of at least Flight B status in accordance with ACBL rules.

The Red Ribbon Pairs National Bridge Championship is comprised of two qualifying sessions and two final sessions.

History

This event premiered in 1986.

The winners get their names inscribed on the Percy X. Bean Trophy. This trophy is named in honor of Percy X. Bean (1916 – 1992), who was on the ACBL Board in 1964 – 1988. In 1992, he and his wife Anne were elected ACBL Honorary Members.