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ACBL Tech File
Masterpoint Rank Requirements

 

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                                        MPS.032 (PAGE 1)
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                 REQUIREMENTS FOR LIFE MASTER AND OTHER RANKS

Title Total Masterpoint Requirements

Pigmented Point Requirements
 

Life Master 300

100 pigmented points, of which 50 must be black, 25 must be gold, 100 pigmented points, of which 50 must be black, 25 must be gold,25 must be red or gold, and 50 must be silver
 

Golden Age Master 300

Any color - Must be 70 years of age or greater
 

  100

Any color - Must be 80 years of age or greater
 

NABC Master 200

50 pigmented points, of which 5 must be gold, 15 must be red or gold, and 25 must be silver
 

Regional Master 100

15 silver plus 5 red or gold
 

Sectional Master 50

5 silver
 

Club Master 20 None
 
Junior Master 5 None
 
Rookie 0-4.99 None
 
     
ADDITIONAL LIFE MASTER DESIGNATIONS
(Available only to players who have achieved the rank of Life Master)
     
Bronze Life Master 500 Life Master
 
Silver Life Master 1,000 Life Master
 
Gold Life Master 2,500 Life Master
 
Diamond Life Master 5,000 Life Master
 
Grand Life Master 10,000 and 1 unlimited NABC Championship win Life Master

Masterpoint Ranks (ACBL website update)

Title Masterpoints Earned
Rookie Fewer than 5
Junior Master 5
Club Master 20
Sectional Master 50 (5 must be silver)
Regional Master 100 (15 silver, 5 red or gold)
NABC Master 200 (50 pigmented, with at least 5 gold, 15 red or gold and 25 silver)
Life Master 300 (50 silver, 25 gold and 25 red or gold)*
Bronze Life Master 500
Silver Life Master 1000
Gold Life Master 2500
Diamond Life Master 5000
Emerald Life Master 7500
Platinum Life Master 10,000
Grand Life Master 10,000 and see below**

*A member who held no red masterpoints or fraction thereof prior to Jan. 1, 1969, is required to possess at least 50 red and gold masterpoints, of which at least 25 must be gold. Any new member or player in an inactive status for six months or more after Jan. 1, 1999, will be required to earn 50 black points to become a Life Master.

**This is the highest rank in the ACBL. It requires 10,000 masterpoints and one victory in one of the following: NABC+ event with no upper masterpoint limit, Open or Women's Team Trials or its equivalent, or any of the following WBF events: Bermuda Bowl, Venice Cup Rosenblum Cup, McConnell Cup, Open Pairs, Women's Pairs, Team Olympiad or Women's Team Olympiad.


     FORMER MEMBERS REJOINING

     Former ACBL members who reapply for membership shall have their

     previous master point holdings reestablished without charge if their

     period of non-membership is seven years or less. If the period exceeds

     seven years, reinstated members must produce evidence of their

     previously recorded master points.

 

     Former ACBL members who reinstate their membership shall be given full

     credit for any "grandfather" flags or Bonus Gold Points previously

     earned.  (Board of Directors - July, 1986)


 

 

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     GOLD POINTS FOR FILL-IN PAIRS

     Pairs filling in for one session of a two session event receive any

     gold points earned.

 

     ABA MEMBERS

     Effective March 30, 1995 an ABA member who joins ACBL for the first

     time will receive 10% of his total ABA points as a credit in ACBL

     black points to a maximum of 200 points.

                                     (Board of Directors - November, 1994) 

 

     For purposes of seeding, handicapping, eligibility to masterpoint

     limited events, etc., American Bridge Association (ABA) points will be

     converted to ACBL points at the ratio of two (2) ABA points to one (1)

     ACBL masterpoint and added to the player's ACBL masterpoints.

 

     An ABA Life Master will be treated as an ACBL Life Master when it

     involves any of the items in #1 above.

                                        (Board of Directors - July, 1991)

     NOTE: All current members of the ABA that are not now, or, have not

     been a member of ACBL for at least five years and who meet other

     eligibility requirements, may purchase a one (1) year membership to

     ACBL for $10 or its Canadian equivalent including CBF fees.

                                          (Board of Directors - July 1998) 

 

     NON-MEMBERS OF ACBL PLAYING IN EVENTS LIMITED BY MASTERPOINTS

     The right of a non-member of ACBL to play in an event restricted by

     masterpoints is subject to approval by the DIC of that tournament.

 

     NOTE: The spirit of this policy is to insure that players do not enter

     events for which they are over (or under) qualified.

                                                      (Office Policy 3/91) 

 

     MASTERPOINT ELIGIBILITY FOR FLIGHTS AND STRATS

     The DIC of an ACBL sanctioned tournament may require an ACBL member to

     enter a Flight, Strat, or Bracket above that dictated by his ACBL

     masterpoint holding if the member is deemed to have equivalent bridge

     experience.  The DIC may require a non-member to enter a Flight, Strat

     or Bracket equivalent to that non-members past bridge experience.  The

     DIC may require any entrant who is a member of another NCBO to play in

     Flight A if a lower status is not confirmed by the other NCBO.

 

     Units and Districts have the same authority regarding NAOP and GNT

     participation at any level under their jurisdiction.

                                     (Board of Directors - November, 1998) 

 

     FLIGHT ELIGIBILITY OF PAIRS THAT HAVE REPRESENTED THEIR COUNTRY IN WBF

     EVENTS

     Non-ACBL members who have represented their country in WBF World

     Championship events organized by the WBF, when playing in ACBL

     stratified or flighted events, they are required to play in Flight A.

     Players may request exemption from this rule for valid cause.

                                         (Board of Directors - March 1991) 


 

 

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     EVENT RESTRICTION ON PLAYERS WHO EARN MP STATUS

     No member, having once achieved an ACBL masterpoint ranking, may

     thereafter participate in any event, or receive any award, intended

     for players of a lower ranking, except as specifically authorized in

     other ACBL regulations.

 

     (This regulation allows a director to disqualify a former member from

     a limited event who is returning to play after a long hiatus.)

                                          (Board of Directors - July 1984) 

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