To become a life master in Bridge, a player must belong to the American Contract Bridge League and actively pursue earning masterpoint awards.
Masterpoints are earned by winning first, second or third place in most club games, or regional or national bridge tournaments. Masterpoints are awarded in all stratified games with A&B status earning more points than the C group for a win or placement.
Members who have belonged to the ACBL since January 1969 are required to possess at least 50 red or silver, gold/platinum masterpoints in any combination plus other black points to reach a total of 300 points. Any new member or player in an unpaid status for six months or more after January 1, 1999, will be required to earn 50 black points, 50 silver, 25 gold/platinum and 25 red or gold/platinum points with a total of 300 points to become a life master.
Silver points are awarded only at sectional tournaments. All of the tournament’s participants, who earn masterpoints, earn silver. A sectionally rated event may be only one session, but there are different types of sectionals.
There is the open championship which is at least a two-day event open to all players and awarded full masterpoints. The invitational game open to those invited and masterpoints awarded are 20 percent less than those of an open sectional.
Restricted sectionals are the most common; senior, junior, women, etc. And these sectionals also award 80 percent of the masterpoints awarded at an open sectional. There are limited sectionals, and in these sectionals players must be under a certain masterpoint limit; for example, the 299er sectional play at Naples Bridge Center last week.
There are non-championship games which are not run by the ACBL tournament directors and masterpoints awarded are 65 percent of an open championship sectional. Sectional tournaments at clubs are comprised of different sections and each club that participates has one or more sections and the scores for each section are ranked as overall.
The last way to earn silver points is at the progressive sectional, like STaC’s which is comprised of many sections. Each club that participates has one or more sections. The winners from these sections qualify into a final that is run by an ACBL tournament director.
Audrey Grant is coming to speak at the Naples Bridge Center on Dec. 9 & 10, and reservations are required.