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National 49er Pairs

The National 49er Pairs national bridge championship was held at the spring American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC).

The 49er Pairs was a matchpoint pairs event. The event typically started on the Wednesday of the NABC. It was restricted to those with fewer than 50 masterpoints.


The National 49er Pairs was a one-day matchpoint event in which players competed for the Fifth Chair Trophy.

The first National 49er Pairs was held in 1998. Winners' names were added to the Fifth Chair Trophy. The Fifth Chair Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting bridge on the Internet and attracting new players to the game.


Winners of National 49er Pairs
Year Winners Runners-Up
1998 Roberta Lyon, Jim Washburn Marsh MacMillan, Lois MacMillan
1999 Linda C. Bell, Kristina Bohdanowicz David Hooey, Kas Dykstra
2000 Daniel Taylor, Judith Hunt Frank Paynter, Jo Anne Paynter
2001 Bill Nabors, John Balog Wanda Brooks, Jim Rinck
2002 Brian Duran, Stephen McDevitt John Redford, Tricia Bradford
2003 Paul Weintraub, Marilyn Weintraub Barbara Albert, Judith Broder
2004 Candace Carlton, Terry Carlton Kay Jenkins, Cary Jenkins
2005 James McKay, Hans Verveer Bernie Weiss, Joan Dixon
2006 Eric Sieg, Jim Thompson Nadine Barker, Suzie Herman
2007 Ann Gruver, Sara Fabick James Carey, Eric Bardin