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

Meeting Schedule

The CCBA Board meets approximately 6 times per year. Generally, the meeting starts at 7:00pm various places around the city and suburbs, generally at the homes of board members (or their common rooms).

The months with meetings are: January (short meeting at WinterFest to elect CCBA Executive Members), February, April, June, August, October and December.

If you would like to attend any of our meetings please contact our Unit Administrator at (630) 235-4718.  (Contact by e-mail by looking at the bottom of this page for e-mail contact information.)

Various committees including: Nominating Committee, Scheduling Committee, Novice Committee and Hospitality Committee (to name a few) meet sporadically as needed on no particular schedule.

2017 - CCBA Board Members

Executive Board of the CCBA:

  • President - Jan Churchwell
  • Vice President - Loring Knoblauch
  • Recording Secretary - Tom Dressing
  • Treasurer - Craig Gardner

Board Members at Large:

  • Frank Pancoe
  • Les Kent
  • Guy Franklin
  • Steve Brown
  • Todd Fisher
  • Adrienne Cohen
  • Suzi Subeck
  • Sharon Pobloske
  • Bob Young
  • John Vincent
  • Joe Stokes
Leaving the board on Jan 2018:
  • Frank Pancoe
  • John Vincent
Joining the board on Feb 2018: (Pending Membership Approval)
  • Phillip McPeek
  • Mark Friedlander

Advisors to the Board

Our Kibitzer Editor is Demaris Johnson.  She is responsible for our Unit's publication that comes out every two months.

Her fine work can be found under The Kibitzer menu at the top of this page.

Archived Board Minutes


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