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North American Bridge Championships

North American Bridge Championships (NABC) are three annual bridge conventions sponsored by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). The "Spring", "Summer", and "Fall" NABCs are usually scheduled in March, July, and November for about eleven days. They comprise both championship and side contests of different kinds (e.g. matchpoint pairs and knockout teams, one-day and two-day) in many classes of competition (e.g. open/women/senior or defined by masterpoints). Host cities in the United States and Canada are selected several years in advance.

Competitions and awards

Open team competitions - the premier events

Vanderbilt Cup

Awarded to the National Knock-out Team championship winners at the spring North American Bridge Championship (NABC)s. It was donated in 1928 by Harold S. Vanderbilt, who won in 1932 and 1940. The event was contested annually in New York as a separate championship until 1958, when it was incorporated into Spring NABCs.

Spingold Trophy

Awarded to the Master Teams championship winners at the summer North American Bridge Championship (NABC). Knockout Teams have been held since 1930, when players competed for the Asbury Park Trophy. In 1934, 1936 and 1937, there was a separate Masters Teams-of-Four event. The two events were merged in 1938 and renamed Spingold Master Knockout Teams. The trophy was donated by Nathan Spingold in 1934. Since 2001, there has also been a Mini-Spingold I (0-5000), restricted to those with less than 5,000 masterpoints, and a Mini-Spingold II (0-1500) ("Micro-Spingold") restricted to those with less than 1,500 masterpoints.

Reisinger Memorial Trophy

Awarded to the Open Board-a-Match Teams winners at the fall North American Bridge Championship (NABC), it was donated by the Greater New York Bridge Association in 1965 in memory of Curt H. Reisinger, a great benefactor and official of the ACBL, and replaced the Chicago Trophy. Reisinger teams is the only major team competition with board-a-match scoring. It is an open team event scored with two qualifying sessions, two semifinal sessions and two final sessions

Other competitions, awards and trophies

Over the years the format of competition and masterpoint accumulation has changed. Accordingly some trophies, originally awarded for particular achievements in specific categories, have been reassigned or retired. Below is a summary of past and current tophies at the national level.

North American Bridge Championships' seasonal itinerary

The following are the current general itineraries of the NABCs.

Spring Summer Fall
The spring championship, formerly called the Spring Nationals, is held in March (occasionally April), and first convened in 1958. It is contested over 11 days.

The following national events are/were contested at the Spring NABC:

The summer championship, formerly called the Summer Nationals, have been held since 1929 and take place in July or August. In the thirties, they were played in Asbury Park, NJ, and lasted eight days. Now the location rotates and they are played over 11 days.

The following national events are/were contested at the Summer NABC:

The fall championship, held since 1927 takes place in November or early December. The Fall Championship began in 1937 as a four-day tournament and is now nine and one-half days.

The following national events are/were contested at the Fall NABC:

Discontinued championships

Recent tournament highlights

During each event, the ACBL publishes a Daily Bulletin highlighting attendance, results, schedules, people profiles and interesting hands.

Year Spring Summer Fall Annual Total
Location Tables Location Tables Location Tables
1952 Not Held n/a Cincinnati 3,093.00 Miami 2,017.00 5,110.00
1953 Not Held n/a St Louis 3,054.00 Dallas 1,798.00 4,852.00
1954 Not Held n/a Washington 4,496.00 Atlanta 1,775.00 6,271.00
1955 Not Held n/a Chicago 4,619.00 Miami 2,359.00 6,978.00
1956 Not Held n/a New York 5,679.00 New Orleans 2,777.00 8,456.00
1957 Not Held n/a Pittsburgh 5,625.00 Los Angeles 6,154.00 11,779.00
1958 Atlantic City 3,076.00 Miami 4,068.00 Detroit 4,046.00 11,190.00
1959 Seattle 4,124.00 Chicago 6,939.00 Coronado 5,838.00 16,901.00
1960 Jackson 3,485.00 Los Angeles 8,462.00 New York 6,391.00 18,338.00
1961 Denver 4,910.00 Washington 7,989.00 Houston 4,967.00 17,866.00
1962 Lexington 4,703.00 Minneapolis 5,820.00 Phoenix 6,468.00 16,991.00
1963 St Louis 6,556.00 Los Angeles 12,486.00 Miami 7,129.00 26,171.00
1964 Portland 6,950.00 Toronto 11,150.00 Dallas 8,686.00 26,786.00
1965 Cleveland 8,128.00 Chicago 14,511.00 San Francisco 11,198.00 33,837.00
1966 Louisville 7,929.00 Denver 10,112.00 Pittsburgh 8,896.00 26,937.00
1967 Seattle 7,098.00 Montreal 10,926.00 New Orleans 8,904.00 26,928.00
1968 New York 13,535.00 Minneapolis 9,857.00 Coronado 7,858.00 31,250.00
1969 Cleveland 8,958.00 Los Angeles 11,470.00 Miami 9,069.00 29,497.00
1970 Portland 7,025.00 Boston 12,584.00 Houston 7,994.00 27,603.00
1971 Atlanta 9,706.00 Chicago 13,566.00 Phoenix 6,600.00 29,872.00
1972 Cincinnati 8,100.00 Denver 11,449.00 Lancaster 11,545.00 31,094.00
1973 St Louis 8,415.00 Washington 16,043.00 Las Vegas 13,464.00 37,922.00
1974 Vancouver 8,329.00 New York 15,310.00 San Antonio 8,419.00 32,058.00
1975 Honolulu 10,234.00 Miami 10,368.00 New Orleans 11,705.00 32,307.00
1976 Kansas City 8,790.00 Salt Lake City 10,722.00 Pittsburgh 8,787.00 28,299.00
1977 Pasedena 12,713.00 Chicago 13,170.00 Atlanta 10,701.00 36,584.00
1978 Houston 9,388.00 Toronto 18,408.00 Denver 9,467.00 37,263.00
1979 Norfolk 8,273.00 Las Vegas 18,517.00 Cincinnati 9,262.00 36,052.00
1980 Fresno 9,669.00 Chicago 11,889.00 Lancaster 13,521.00 35,079.00
1981 Detroit 8,216.00 Boston 14,079.00 San Francisco 11,377.00 33,672.00
1982 Niagra Falls 9,020.00 Albuquerque 9,776.00 Minneapolis 7,465.00 26,261.00
1983 Honolulu 11,697.00 New Orleans 10,519.00 Miami 10,555.00 32,771.00
1984 San Antonio 8,829.00 Washington 15,228.00 San Diego 12,071.00 36,128.00
1985 Montreal 10,184.00 Las Vegas 19,827.00 Winnipeg 5,533.00 35,544.00
1986 Portland 9,222.00 Toronto 21,075.00 Atlanta 11,285.00 41,582.00
1987 St Louis 10,828.00 Baltimore 17,072.00 Anaheim 13,948.00 41,848.00
1988 Buffalo 9,156.00 Salt Lake City 11,500.00 Nashville 13,214.00 33,870.00
1989 Reno 13,807.00 Chicago 14,901.00 Lancaster 12,580.00 41,288.00
1990 Ft Worth 11,302.00 Boston 15,325.00 San Francisco 13,239.00 39,866.00
1991 Atlantic City 11,279.00 Las Vegas 24,221.00 Indianapolis 9,267.00 44,767.00
1992 Pasedena 12,505.00 Toronto 16,680.00 Orlando 14,980.00 44,165.00
1993 Kansas City 10,132.00 Washington 18,270.00 Seattle 11,456.00 39,858.00
1994 Cincinnati 11,003.00 San Diego 15,800.00 Minneapolis 7,181.00 33,984.00
1995 Phoenix 11,945.00 New Orleans 12,840.00 Atlanta 10,269.00 35,054.00
1996 Philadelphia 10,995.00 Miami 9,395.00 San Francisco 12,984.00 33,374.00
1997 Dallas 11,101.00 Albuquerque 11,355.00 St. Louis 8,632.00 31,088.00
1998 Reno 13,967.00 Chicago 13,022.00 Orlando 12,035.00 39,024.00
1999 Vancouver 13,180.00 San Antonio 12,281.00 Boston 12,749.00 38,210.00
2000 Cincinnati 10,830.00 Anaheim 13,712.00 Birmingham 8,214.50 32,756.50
2001 Kansas City 9,370.50 Toronto 16,079.50 Las Vegas 16,818.00 42,268.00
2002 Houston 10,656.50 Washington, DC 14,650.00 Phoenix 12,458.50 37,765.00
2003 Philadelphia 10,840.00 Long Beach 12,246.50 New Orleans 12,402.50 35,490.00
2004 Reno 14,954.50 New York 13,351.00 Orlando 14,651.50 42,957.00
2005 Pittsburgh 9,593.00 Atlanta 13,463.00 Denver 10,141.75 33,197.75
2006 Dallas 10,318.50 Chicago 13,373.00 Hawaii 8,606.00 32,297.50
2007 St. Louis 10,232.00 Nashville 12,879.00 San Francisco 14,858.50 37,969.50
2008 Detroit 8,553.50 Las Vegas 19,720.00 Boston 10,636.00 38,909.50
2009 Houston 9,728.50 Washington, DC 14,115.00 San Diego 12,927.00 36,770.50
2010 Reno 12,196.50 New Orleans 10,995.50 Orlando 12,647.50 35,839.50
2011 Louisville 9,547.00 Toronto 13,194.00 Seattle 11,429.00 34,170.00
2012 Memphis 9,626.00 Philadelphia 11,913.00 San Francisco 13,410.50 34,949.50
2013 St. Louis 9,661.00 Atlanta 12,363.50 Phoenix 12,565.00 34,589.50
2014 Dallas 9,891.00 Las Vegas 16,616.50 Providence 9,573.50 36,078.00
2015 New Orleans 11,402.00 Chicago 13,684.50 Denver 9,058.50 34,145.00

Future tournament locations

For specifics of upcoming tournaments, refer to the ACBL website .

Year Spring Summer Fall
2016 Reno Washington DC Orlando
2017 Kansas City Toronto San Diego
2018 Philadelphia Atlanta Honolulu
2019 Memphis Las Vegas San Francisco
2020 Columbus Montreal Tampa
2021 St. Louis Austin
2022 Washington D.C. Orlando
2023 Atlanta
2024 Las Vegas
2025 San Francisco
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