DISTRICT 4

NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS

2018 NAP
NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS

INTRODUCTION
The 2018 NAP, a major national pairs event sponsored by the ACBL, is a grass-roots event that is played in three stages and culminates at the spring 2019 NABC, where representatives from all 25 ACBL districts compete.

The event is played in three flights and all players must be members of District 4:

Flight A Any masterpoint level
Flight B Less than 2,500 masterpoints
Flight C Non-life master with fewer than 500 masterpoints

Players attempt to earn qualifications at local clubs throughout the summer. Eligible players then compete at the district level in the fall. Winners at the district level earn a place at the national finals.

The NAP final for all flights will be held at the NABC in Memphis, TN in March of 2019.

CLUB QUALIFICATION
A player must qualify at a local club to be eligible to play in the District finals. Club qualification games are played at local clubs during June, July, and August in 2018. Each club decides when to run its NAP qualifying games, so check with your clubs for the schedule. You can qualify in more than one flight and play in any flight for which qualify, as long as there are no playing time conflicts at the district level. Qualifying at the club level is on an individual basis – that is, if you qualify with one partner at a local club, you may play with anyone else at the District finals as long as both players are from District 4 and have qualified at a local club qualifying game. The club level qualification games award both black and red points.

DISTRICT FINALS
The District finals determine which pairs will advance from each flight to the NAP finals. The District finals award gold points in all three flights.

Flight A

The Flight A District finals will be a two-day, four-session, qualifying event held on October 13-14, 2018 at the Valley Forge Bridge Club, 215 West Church Road, Suite 100, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

The first two sessions in Flight A will be played on Saturday October 13, 2018 to qualify 30 to 50% of the field for the final two sessions played on October 14, 2018. Carryover is determined in accordance with the standard ACBL formula. The goal is to have the best movement for a two-session event that will also allow the greatest number of pairs to qualify for Sunday’s two-session event. ACBL mid-chart conventions will be allowed.

Flight B

Flight B District finals will be a one-day, two-session event held at two split sites on October 27, 2018 at North Penn Duplicate Bridge Club, 298 Wissahickon Avenue, North Wales, PA 19454 and at Kendal at Ithaca, 2230 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, New York 14850. ACBL general chart conventions are allowed. ACBL mid-chart conventions are not allowed.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

The Flight B final at each location will be a two session event. Both locations will use the same hands, with pre-duplicated boards. For a location to be considered a valid NAP event, there must be a minimum of five tables of Flight B qualified players at that location.

Flight C

The 2018 District 4 Flight C Final will be held at a number of sites throughout District 4 on October 13, 2018 and will be conducted along the lines of a District STaC. Any entity, club or unit in District 4 may participate but must notify the District 4 NAP Coordinator no later than September 15, 2018 of their intention. ACBL general chart conventions are allowed. ACBL mid-chart conventions are not allowed. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

The Flight C Final is a two-session event using pre-duplicated boards. Each site is scored separately and the score of each pair is converted to percentages for ranking purposes. The order of finish for purposes of advancing to the National Final is determined by the percentage score of each pair, regardless of site. There will not be across-the-field scoring.

Flight A

The top three finishers in Flight A are eligible to play in the national event. In the event that any of the top three pairs cannot attend the national event, they are replaced with 4th and lower placed finishers down the line. The three pairs in Flight A that represent District 4 at the national event receive the following monetary subsidies to help pay for the trip:

1st Place $700 per player
2nd Place $300 per player
3rd Place $200 per player

Flights B and C

The top four finishers in Flight B and C are eligible to play in the national event. In the event that any of the top four pairs cannot attend the national event, they are replaced with 5th and lower placed finishers down the line. The four pairs in each flight that represent District 4 at the national event receive the following monetary subsidies to help pay for the trip:

1st Place $700 per player
2nd Place $300 per player
3rd Place $200 per player
4th Place $100 per player

The first place and second place monetary subsides are paid by the ACBL. The third and fourth place monetary subsides are paid by District 4. Each player must play in the national event to receive the monetary subsides.

2017 FLIGHT A Qualifiers

1. Martin de Bruin and David Hoffner
2. Donna Morgen and Howard Kahlenberg
3. Thomas Weik and Daniel Boye

2017 FLIGHT B Qualifiers

1. Lynn Ackerman - Mary Miller
2. Ellen Ryan - Edythe Krauss
3. Janis Kritzer - Barbara Ann McLaren
4. Tom Aridgides - Dick Tuttle

2017 FLIGHT C Qualifiers

1. Joe Distini and Victoria Tarleton
2. John Ferranti and Kathy Myers
3. Jane Bovard and Beverly Bright
4. Stephen and Holli Mast

NATIONAL NAP FINALS
The NAP finals take place in March of 2019 at the spring NABC (Nationals) in Memphis, TN. District winners compete against each other for the national title. All 25 districts are represented and, over the years, winners have come from each of those districts.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your local club director or contact the NAP coordinator for District 4.

Here are the links to the national and district supplemental Conditions of Contest

Link to ACBL Conditions of Contest (2017-2018)

Link to District 4 Conditions of Contest (2018-2019)

District 4 NAP Coordinator
John Dickenson

dickenjb@gmail.com
215-219-6679