Norman Kay Platinum Pairs
The Norman Kay Platinum Pairs is a six-session open-pairs event with two qualifying, two semi-final, and two final sessions. It is restricted to those players who have earned 50 platinum masterpoints over the three calendar years prior, earned at least 200 platinum points lifetime, or earned the rank of Platinum Life Master or Grand Life Master.
Its introduction in 2010 gives the three annual NABC meets each one three-day pairs tournament open to all players without regard to age, sex, nationality, or membership. The Platinum Pairs shares the Spring NABC with the North American Pairs, restricted to ACBL members who qualify in one of its 25 Districts, many of which require qualification in local Units. It also requires past achievement greater than that required by the summer Von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs or the fall Edgar Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs (but all are within reach for leading players from overseas who attend a few American meets).
|2010||Franco Baseggio, Andy Stark||Peter Fredin, Gary Gottlieb|
|2011||John Hurd, Joel Wooldridge||Ken Kranyak, Laurie Kranyak|
|2012||Bob Hamman, Justin Lall||Ishmael Delmonte, Thomas Bessis|
|2013||Marty Fleisher, Michael Kamil||Jeff Meckstroth, Jo Anna Stansby|
|2014||Bobby Levin, Richard Coren||Cedric Lorenzini, Thomas Bessis|
- Edgar Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, or simply Blue Ribbons Pairs
- Von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs, or simply Life Masters Pairs
- Other sources
- "Search Results: Platinum Pairs". ACBL. Visit "NABC Winners"; select a Spring NABC. Retrieved 2014-06-05.[dead link]