Frequently Asked Questions

How often are masterpoints credited to my record?
Results are posted as they are received here at ACBL headquarters. This means that tournaments are normally posted on the Monday or Tuesday following the tournament and will show up on your record the day after they are posted. Clubs report on a monthly basis — reports are due in Memphis by the 10th of the following month.

When do rank changes occur? I know I have made the grade but my record doesn't show the change.
Once each month we run the "computer cycle." This normally occurs the night of the 6th of the month. It is at this time that rank changes and masterpoint races are updated. Click here to view masterpoint rank requirements.

I am a new member. Can I receive credit for the points I won before joining the ACBL?
Masterpoints (up to a maximum of 20) earned during the 12 months prior to joining the ACBL can be credited to your record. Mail your masterpoint receipts or a copy of the attendance record from the club(s) where you play to: ACBL, 6575 Windchase Blvd., Horn Lake MS 38637-1523. The attendance record is available from clubs using ACBLscore.

What are the "ribbon events?"
These are three ACBL events held at the North American Bridge Championships. These events require pre-qualification, usually referred to as a “ribbon qualification.”

Red Ribbon Pairs
The Red Ribbon Pairs is an ACBL event with national rating held at the Spring NABC. It is limited to players with no more than 2000 points who have qualified by placing first or second in regional rated, two-session championship events where the upper masterpoint limit is no more than 1500 masterpoints.

Silver Ribbon Pairs
The Silver Ribbon Pairs is an ACBL event with national rating for players 55 years of age or older held at the Spring NABC. Players earn qualification by placing first or second in a regional rated, two-session championship Senior event. (Blue and Red Ribbon qualifications also may be used to enter this event.)

Blue Ribbon Pairs
One of the most prestigious of the annual NABC events, the Blue Ribbon Pairs is contested at the Fall NABC. The most common methods of achieving qualification are:

  • Finish high in North American Championship events or first or second in regional rated championship events that consist of at least two sessions.

  • Be one of the top 100 masterpoints holders.

  • Be a member of current official teams representing ACBL member countries in international competition.

  • Be a winner of one of the district Grand National Teams championships.

Click here for more information about ACBL masterpoints.

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