MASTERPOINTSThe Bridge Bulletin, October 1998
Masterpoints are a reward for winning or placing at duplicate bridge. Masterpoints, also referred to as points or MPs, come in many sizes and colours.
Black Points are awarded at club and unit games. Also referred to as club masterpoints, 100 club masterpoints are the equivalent of one (1.00) masterpoint.
Silver Points are awarded at sectional tournaments, progressive sectionals and STaCs (sectional tournament at clubs).
Red Points are awarded at regional tournaments and the three annual NABCs (North American Bridge Championships).
Gold Points are awarded at regionals and NABCs for topping a section or placing overall in an event of two or more sessions with an upper masterpoint limit of 750 mps or more.
MASTERPOINT CONTESTSACBL conducts the annual MINI-MCKENNEY and ACE OF CLUBS contests for players in each rank.
The Bridge Bulletin recognizes leaders ACBL-wide. At the unit level, winners in each cetegory receive recognition and special medallions.
The Mini-McKenney tallies all points won within a calendar year while the Ace of Clubs contest is limited to points won in club games within a calendar year.
In addition to the regular ranks, players in other categories - Youth (age 20 and younger), Junior (age 26 and younger), and Senior (age 55 and older) - are recognized.
OTHER MASTERPOINT PLANSComparable masterpoint plans are in effect in many other bridge-playing countries, although rankings and requirements differ from country to country. In addition, the World bridge Federation (WBF) has adopted its own masterpoint plan for the ranking of players of international calibre.