NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS
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
The event is played
in three flights and all players must be members of District 4:
master with fewer than 500 masterpoints
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.
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.
The District finals determine which pairs will advance from each flight
to the NAP finals. The District finals award gold points in all three
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 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.
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
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
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:
||$300 per player
||$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:
||$200 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
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.
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
to ACBL Conditions of Contest (2017-2018)
to District 4 Conditions of Contest (2018-2019)
4 NAP Coordinator