American Contract Bridge League

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The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) is the governing body for contract bridge in the United States, Mexico, Bermuda and Canada and is a member of the World Bridge Federation, the international bridge governing body.[1] It is the largest such organization in North America.[2] having the stated mission "to promote, grow and sustain the game of bridge and serve the bridge-related interests of our Members." Besides representing the interests of its members with the World Bridge Federation, its major activities are:

  • sanctioning games at local bridge clubs and regional events
  • certifying bridge teachers and club directors
  • conducting the North American Bridge Championships (NABC)
  • providing education materials and services
  • administering the ACBL masterpoints® system for tracking player performance
  • providing oversight for ethical behaviour and play

As of 2016, it had more than 168,000 members.[3]


A not-for-profit organization, the ACBL was founded in 1937[2] in New York City and later moved its company headquarters to Greenwich, Connecticut, then to Memphis, Tennessee in 1971[4] and to Horn Lake, Mississippi in 2010.[5] It has a full-time staff of 75 employees in Horn Lake, plus about 170 tournament directors throughout the country.[2] The headquarters also houses the League's Hall of Fame, library and museum.[2][4]

North American Bridge Championships (NABC)[edit]

Three times a year, in the spring, summer, and fall, the ACBL holds the North American Bridge Championships (NABC) using the duplicate bridge method of scoring, which greatly reduces the element of luck in competition. The NABC typically extends over eleven days and includes many different events. The location of the NABC is rotated among major cities, attended by thousands of players. The 2009 Summer Nationals in Washington, DC had 14,115 total tables played over the 11 days.[6]


For many, the most significant role of the ACBL is its sanctioning of club games and tournaments to award masterpoints. If an event has the ACBL sanction, then the highest-finishing players are awarded specified numbers of masterpoints, which can be recorded with the ACBL. Most players value the increase in their masterpoint total as a measure of their success at the game. Unlike the Elo rating system developed for chess, the masterpoint system is strictly one of accumulation. A player's masterpoint total can never decline except as part of a penalty imposed for ethics violations.

Education and support[edit]

Members receive the monthly Bridge Bulletin magazine.

In addition to the Laws of Duplicate Bridge (named Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge until 2008), the ACBL offers many other training and information resources at its official website including software supporting education and play of the game,

The ACBL has also published the ACBL Bridge Series, a series of books written by Audrey Grant and designed to teach the game to beginners, as well as to help more experienced players review and expand upon their knowledge of the game.

Total Club Table Count[edit]

Year Total Online Club
2013 3,129,056 942,040 2,157,016
2014 3,154,565 1,007,856 2,146,709
2015 3,190,839 1,058,149 2,132,690
2016 3,164,156 1,041,604 2,122,552
2017 3,154,684 1,081,206 2,073,478


The ACBL consists of 25 Districts. Each District elects a District Director (DD) who serves a three-year term on the ACBL Board of Directors. Clicking on the district number brings up the web site for that District. Clicking on the Report brings up the District Director report.

District Area Director DD Report
1 Eastern Canada Leo Weniger Reports
2 Ontario, Manitoba, Bermuda Paul Janicki Reports
3 Eastern New York (not New York City), Northern New Jersey Carlos Munoz Reports
4 Central New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Southern New Jersey Joann Glasson Report
5 Western PA, Eastern OH, Western NY, Western MD, Northern West VA Sharon Fairchild
6 Washington, DC, Virginia & Maryland Margot Hennings Report
7 North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia & Eastern Tennessee Bob Heller Report
8 St. Louis, Northern Indiana, Central and Southern Illinois & Paducah Georgia Heth Reports
9 Florida and Puerto Rico Jay Whipple III Reports
10 Mid-South Bridge Conference Russ Jones Report
11 Kentucky, Western Ohio, Central Indiana & West Virginia AJ Stephani Report
12 Most of Michigan, Northwestern Ohio Dennis Carman Reports
13 Chicago, Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Suzi Subeck
14 Iowa, Minnesota, North & South Dakota and Nebraska Sharon Anderson
15 Southwest Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Western Arkansas & Northern Texas Phyllis Harlan
16 Most of Texas, All of Mexico Paul Cuneo
17 Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Southern NV, Eastern Utah, West Texas, Wyoming Bonnie Bagley Report
18 Western Canada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah Claire Jones Reports
19 Alaska, Washington State, British Columbia Marv Norden
20 Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Nevada & Hawaii Merlin Vilhauer
21 Northern California and part of Northern Nevada Jacqueline Zayac Reports
22 Southern California David Lodge Reports
23 California: Los Angeles County Kevin Lane
24 New York City and Long Island Alvin Levy
25 New England Mark Aquino Reports

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