The North American Pairs (NAP) is a national bridge championship held each spring at the North American Bridge Championship (NABC) convention. This national tournament requires players to qualify to play and qualified players must go to the spring NABC in Memphis, Tenn., to participate.
The NAP is a four-session matchpoint pairs event with two qualifying and two final sessions. The event is restricted to those who have qualified in their local American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) district. Qualifiers at the club level advance to the unit competition and onto the district and national competition from March 14-15 for A players and March 24-25 for B or C players.
Club level competitions for June have finished, but July and August should find a few more opportunities to compete; then, the unit level is scheduled in August and the district level competition must be completed by Jan. 3, 2012.
The game is flighted and players can compete in their flight or a higher flight, but to be eligible to play in a unit or district qualifier, each player must have played in a club qualifier and earned qualification in the level of play which they desire to compete. Flight A/B earns gold masterpoints and, flight C earns 25 percent gold and black points. Flight A is open to all players, Flight B open to players with less than 2,000 points and Flight C is open to non-life masters with less than 500 points.
Winners have their names inscribed on the Baldwin Memorial Trophy and receive certificates of recognition. The Baldwin trophy is presented in memory of Col. Russell J. Baldwin (1889-1969), a U.S. Army officer and expert on tournament procedure.
Summer “Basic Bridge” lessons start Monday, July 11, from 9-11 a.m. at the Naples Bridge Center on Golden Gate Parkway. The chat game which allows you to ask for help during the play has been a great success and will continue Wednesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings.