Invitational Pairs News!

Chicago's Premier Event - CCBA Invitational Pairs will be begin on Jan 26 at Winterfest (Friday Evening) and conclude on Saturday Afternoon.  Immediately following the event, the CCBA will be sponsoring an all-you-can-eat buffet for $15 -- Tickets for dinner are required, and reservations are strongly suggested!

For 2018 the Invitational Pairs will be rated as a Charity Pair event and will award a greater number of masterpoints than in the past.

If you have 1300 or more masterpoints, you have pre-qualified. 

You may also qualify by scoring highly in a CCBA event the previous calendar year:

  • 1st in an unlimited, one-session event at a CCBA sectional
  • 1st-2nd in a two-session, unlimited event at a CCBA sectional
  • 1st in Flight B or Strata B of a CCBA Sectional event if the top Masterpoint restriction is 1000 or higher
  • 1st-2nd in the top bracket of a CCBA sectional knockout
  • 1st in the second KO bracket at a CCBA sectional
  • 1st-3rd of the District Grand National Teams, Flight A
  • 1st-2nd of the District Grand National Teams, Flight B
  • 1st-3rd of the NAOP, Flight A
  • 1st-2nd of the District NAP, Flight B
  • 1st in the Unit NAP, Flight B
  • 1st-3rd in unlimited events at CCBA Regionals
  • 1st-2nd in Flight B or Strata B of a CCBA regional event (with top Masterpoint restriction at 1000 or higher)
  • 1st-2nd in a Regionally rated Gold Rush Pairs 
  • 1st-2nd in the top bracket of a CCBA regional knockout
  • 1st-2nd in the second KO bracket at a CCBA regional (1st only if it is the bottom bracket)
  • 1st in the third KO bracket at a CCBA regional if it is not the bottom bracket

Please enjoy playing in the Crystal Lake Regionals and Sectionals, but remember that they are not CCBA sponsored tournaments, and placing in these events do not provide a means of qualifying for the CCBA Invitational Pairs.

You may search for names in the current qualification list.

Registration is now available and will remain open until Jan 22, 2018

Grand National Teams News!

This year's Grand National Team competition will take place on the weekend of February 24 at the Northbrook Hilton, 2855 North Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, IL.  Game time for the Saturday start is 11:00 am.

Flights for this years events are:

  • Championship (Unlimited)
  • Flight A (0-6000)
  • Flight B (0-2500)
  • Flight C (0-500 and Non Life-Master)

Masterpoints holding recorded as of September 2017 masterpoint cycle (report produced Sept 6, 2017).

Championship and Flight A will take place over 4 sessions and will be concluded in a single weekend. Flight B will take place over 4 sessions on February 24-25, but will conclude in a final match between the last two qualifiers at a time and place to be determined by the players with approval of the District Coordinators.

The conditions of contest for this years event is available here on District 13's website.  The District has a flyer on this event as well.

Registration is now available and will remain open until Feb 18, 2018

Win Silver at Winterfest 2018 - Thursday Start!

The 2018 Winterfest Sectional will be held from THURSDAY Jan 25 to Jan 28 at the Chevy Chase Country Club.  Located on Milwaukee Road, JUST north of Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, IL.  Back at it's old location in 2016!!


From West Suburbs:  Straight up the TriState and exit west on Lake-Cook Rd.  Go two miles to Milwaukee Ave. and go north, and its up 1/10 mile on the left side of Milwaukee.

From North Suburbs or Downtown: Up the Edens and out the spur, and exit on Deerfield West.  Continue to Milwaukee and turn left/south.  Then its only 1/4 mile south on Milwaukee on the right side of the street.


The lighting has improved at the playing site as they have remodeled both the playing area and the dining area since we were last at this site.  We will do our best to accommodate the needs of our limited sight players.

Here's the flyer finally!!


If you're looking for a partner for an event (other than the Invitational Pairs) then Joe Connelly is your man!  Contact him at (847) 271-1666, or by email at madbridge16 at gmail dot com.

All events, other than the Chicago Invitational Pairs, are open to every one, and no registration is needed!! Just show up, and purchase an entry from our friendly directors!


The premier event, the Chicago Invitational Pairs will begin on Friday night, and pre-registration and pre-qualification is needed.  Online registration will be available around the end of December.  


Please join your fellow bridge players Saturday Night for an  all-you-can-eat buffet for $15, and the CCBA's Annual Membership Dinner at the game site.  Tickets are required and will be available until supplies last.  For 2018, seating will be limited. Reservations are REQUIRED and can be made by calling Judy Riehs - (847) 215-7695.  Send checks to Judy (payable to the CCBA) at 731 Hapsfield Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.  Tickets can be picked up starting on Friday afternoon at the tournament site.


Sandwiches, chips and drink will be available during the Sunday Swiss event at cost to players. (Roughly $5)


** NOTE ** Because the tournament chair, Tom, works for a living, sometimes he can't get back to you as quickly as you might expect.  Best to contact him by email, tom at dressing dot org, or if you need a more quick response, please contact the CCBA's office number at (630) 235-4718.

Tournament Chair Tom Dressing will answer questions by contacting him at (847) 323-4602 . 

I/N Newsletters

Did you know that the District publishes a Intermediate/Novice newsletter for your learning pleasure?

Written by Suzi Subeck this newsletter provides tips for our newer players.

Visit this link on the District 13 website for the complete archives.  In bridge, even old ideas can be new!

GNT Finals in February

For those people that plan ahead -- the GNT Finals for 2018 will be held on February 24-25 in Glenview.   The flyer with complete information is available now!

The conditions of contest are found on the District 13 website.

Help our players!

Many people have serious, and even life threatening, allergic reactions to scented lotions, perfumes, colognes and other scents. The CCBA and club owners seek your cooperation to avoid these situations by coming to all bridge events "scent-free."

Please help us by abiding to our new policy. Thank you for your consideration.


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