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

Noteable Quotes and Articles


George Jacobs:

"It's the most fun you can have, with your clothes on!"

Bill Gates:

"I've never met anybody that spent time to learn the game that didn't consider it one of the great things in their life."

Warren Buffet:

"If I'm playing bridge and a naked woman walks by, I don't even see her."


Bridge Authors

There are a number of good authors out there that have their own websites, and have an abundance of good hands to showcase:

  • Bobby Wolff - Multiple National Champion.  Former "Dallas Aces" star.
  • Philip Alder - New York Times Bridge Columnist
  • Richard Pavlicek - A good teacher with plenty of resources.
  • Mike Lawrence - Mike has won three world championships and more than 20 major NABC Championships.
  • Eddie Kantar - He won two World Champion and thirteen North American Championship titles.

Conventional Understandings

All About Bridge has infromation on the origin of bridge itself.

Bridge Bum is another pretty good reference site.  As they put it "This site began in 1999 and has slowly grown into a large set of descriptions of Bidding conventions, as well as pages about famous bridge players like Warren Buffett and personal bridge Articles."

Bridge Playing Sites

The two most popular places to play bridge on the net, in this webmaster's opinion are:

Other places to play include:

Hand Generators

Dealmaster Pro is the program that pretty much all clubowners use for creating pre-dealt hands at their clubs.

PlayBridge is another source for dealing hands.   It also has a "Shuffle Project" that has been dealing hands for years -- literally.  It is used to show how accurate their dealer is compared to the true mathematical odds for dealing a particular hand or points.


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