North American Pairs (NAP)

2023-2024

This page contains details of the District 1 finals, as well as the Conditions of contest. In complement to the ACBL Conditions of Contest (CoC), the following describes how the representing pairs will be selected for participation for the ACBL NAP finals to be held at the Spring NABC in Louisville, KY in March 2024.

District Finals

Several qualifying sessions were held in participating clubs. Players who qualify at the club level advance directly to the District Finals. Players must have qualified at the club level in order to play at these finals.
See the flyer.

Flight A and Flight C will be held online via Bridge Base Online (BBO). 

Flight B will be face-to-face “split-site District finals”: one final takes place in the Eastern portion of the district (Units 194 & 230), and another in the Western portion of the district (Units 151, 152, 192 & 199).

Players are called to pre-register for the event(s) for which they wish to play. An email should be sent to acbl.district1@gmail.com

Flight A (Open) – Online BBO

District-wide final will be held Saturday November 4th, 2023
Two-session event, the first session will begin at 10:30 am ET / 11:30 am AT
$15USD per player event entry fee (collected by BBO)
See the flyer for locations and more details.

Flight B (under 2500)

• Sunday November 29th, 2023
Two-session event, the first session will begin at 10:00 am
• Face-to-face
    o St-Lambert Bridge Club, St-Lambert, QC
    o East: Codiac Bridge Club, Moncton, NB
$25CAN per player event entry fee
See the flyer for locations and more details.

Flight C (Non-Life Master under 500)

Saturday November 4th, 2023
Two-session event, the first session will begin at 10:00 am.
• Face-to-face
    o Arnprior Bridge Club, ON
    o East: Halifax Bridge World, Halifax, NS
$25CAN per player
See the flyer for locations and more details.

About the NAP

NAP is an ACBL-wide grassroots competition that is held each year to encourage all members – from non-Life Masters through to top players – to compete for significant masterpoints and the possibility of a North-American bridge title. This highly prestigious tournament begins with qualification sessions in bridge clubs (June through August), continues with the District Finals in the fall, and ends with the ACBL Finals at the Spring NABC.

There are three flights. In the District Finals and ACBL Finals, the flights are separate, with play against players at the same level. A (Open),  B (<2500 MP), C (NLM <500 MP).

District Representation at the NAP Finals

Qualification and Subsidies
  • Historically District 1 has run F2F qualifiers with East and West games in all flight.
  • Qualification and Subsidies are allocated to east and west players in accordance with notes below.
  • With advent of online games and intervention of pandemic restrictions some qualifiers have been run online as single district wide games.
  • When qualifiers are run as district wide games qualification and subsidies will no longer be allocated on east/west basis but will be awarded to top finishers in order.
Flight A (Open) – Single district wide online qualifier
  •  District 1 can send three (3) pairs to the ACBL NAP finals.
    • 1st place: $700 subsidy per player from ACBL
    • 2nd place: $300 per player from ACBL
    • 3rd place: earns the right to attend the finals with no ACBL subsidy
  • If, for some reason, a place is forfeited, the next ranking pair will be moved up until the three pairs have been determined.
Flight B (0-2500) & Flight C (Non-Life Master under 500) – Separate East and West F2F qualifiers
  • District 1 can send four (4) pairs to the ACBL NAP Finals.
    • 1st place: $700 subsidy per player from ACBL
    • 2nd place: $300 per player from ACBL
    • 3rd and 4th place: earn the right to attend the ACBL Finals with no ACBL subsidy
  • In the even numbered years for the ACBL Finals, the 1st place subsidy, and the 3rd place non-subsidized participation are awarded to the Western portion of District 1, the Eastern portion being awarded the 2nd place subsidy and 4th non-subsidized seat for the finals.
  • In the odd numbered years of the ACBL Finals, the 1st place subsidy, and the 3rd non-subsidized participation are awarded to the Eastern portion, the Western portion being awarded the 2nd place subsidy and the 4th place non-subsidized seat for the finals.
  • If, for some reason, 1st or 2nd place pair chooses not to attend the finals, their place will be offered to the next pair on the list of their portion of the district and that pair will receive the subsidy allotted to their district portion as described above. Each portion of the district goes down its own list to send two pairs.
  • If one portion of the district cannot fill its two seats for the ACBL NAP Finals, the available seat will be offered to the other portion of the district (and subsidy if applicable).

Tie-Break: If there is a tie between two or more pairs in a district final, the score of these pairs will be recalculated to determine the pair that finishes before the other. For comparable boards, the calculations will be as follows: +1 for a win, +½ for a tie, 0 for a loss.

Player subsidies

Grass Rootsfunds: It is the district board’s decision whether to allot some subsidy from the funds. Individual Units can also decide where or not to subsidize players who may be winners from their Unit.

WESTERN portion of District 1:
    • Montréal (151)
    • Eastern Ontario and Outaouais (192)
    • Québec (152)
    • Saguenay (199)
EASTERN portion of District 1:
  • New-Brunswick and Prince Edward-Island (230)
  • Nova Scotia and Newfoundland (194)
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