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Red Ribbon Pairs

The Red Ribbon Pairs national bridge championship is held annually at the Summer American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) North American Bridge Championship (NABC). Prior to the 2015 Summer NABC, the Red Ribbon Pairs event was held at the Spring NABC.

The Red Ribbon Pairs is a four-session matchpoint (MP) pairs event with two qualifying and two final sessions. The event typically starts on the second Thursday of the NABC. The event is restricted to those with fewer than 2,500 masterpoints and have earned a red ribbon qualification.


The Red Ribbon Pairs is an ACBL event with national rating open to players with fewer than 2500 masterpoints.

Players earn qualification by placing first or second overall in regionally rated events of at least Flight B status. Neither member of a qualifying pair may hold more than 2500 masterpoints at the time of qualification.

The four-session event began in 1986 and winners have their names inscribed on the Percy X. Bean Trophy. The trophy was designated by the ACBL Board of Directors in 1996 to honor Bean, ACBL president in 1972 and chairman of the Board in 1973.

Bean (1916-1992) represented District 19 on the Board from 1964 until 1988 and served as president of the ACBL Charity Foundation from 1974 until 1981. He was a member of the National Goodwill Committee and the National Board of Governors and general chairman of arrangements for the World Team Olympiad in Seattle in 1984.

Bean was the editor of Mad, Mad World of Bridge, a publication that strongly championed players of less than expert class.


Winners of Red Ribbon Pairs
Year Winners Runners-up
1986  Wayne Perrin, Martin Newland Hugh Ogle, Charlie Cargile
1987 Jim Gaarder, Jimmy Ritzenberg Charles Moser, Paul Bratton
1988 Leni Holtz, Guy Green   Anthony Trafecanty, Michael Trafecanty  
1989 Lu Kohutiak, Yvonne Hernandez 2/3. Charlie Cargile, Warren Haynie
2/3. Bill Goldberg, Bill McKenna
1990 Phil Gordon, Mike Grodsky Rajendra Agarwal, Don Chilrud
1991 Dan Marthaler, Robert Johnstone Steven Gaynor, Art Ardy Bakshian
1992 Duncan McCallum, Peter Peng Andy Goodman, Steve Zolotow
1993 Ron Weinstock, John Gillette Hank Meyer, Marty Graf
1994 T.C. Petty, Steve Altus Grant Robinson, Joe Walden
1995 Marc Umeno, Hank Youngerman Bernie Greenspan, Keith Sechler
1996 Vinay Sarin, Ringo Chung Burton Lipsky, Arnold Goldstein
1997 Tony Miller, Diane Miller Mark Bumgardner, Nagy Kamel
1998 Paul Spear, Jim Johnsen David Halasi, Mike Nadler
1999 Jenni Hartsman, Andrew Rosenthal Martin Hunter, Andy Stark
2000 Nie Wei Ping, Christopher Leung David Yang, Xiaodong Shi
2001   Brandon Carpenter, LaToss Carpenter   Mike Nadler, Gurhun Baykal
2002 Rich Atwater, Chris Pesce Bob Sievers, Georgia Heth
2003 Chi-Yen Lai, Bin Dai Edward Leach, Bruce Schwaidelson
2004 Martin Harris, Jacob Morgan Mark Brighouse, Harvinder Sidhu
2005 Yeong-Long Shiue, David Margolin Jim Lyle, Robert Todd
2006 Chris Buchanan, B.J. Trelford Everett Boyer, Mansoor Gowani
2007 Jack Hawthorne, Paul Spear Jim Kehoe, Chuck Michalski
2008 Mike Develin, Li-Chung Chen Sidney Kanter, Ron Nelken
2009 Daniel Jackson, Bill Gervais Steven Towner, Mitch Towner
2010 Robert Levey, Jimmy Ritzenberg George Dragich, Rosemary Dragich
2011 David Amsterdam, Brad Barry Neil Cohen, Eric Goff
2012 Daniel Neill, Jason Rotenberg Steve Hirsch, Gregory Thorpe
2013 Brian Cummins, Blake Sanders Rich Brandenburg, Jeff Dater
2014 Mike Miedema, Ted Bain Erli Zhou, Zhuo Wang


"ACBL - NABC Winners". ACBL. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

List of previous winners, Page 20 Daily Bulletin (PDF) 52-7 (7), March 19, 2009 

2009 winners, Page 1 Daily Bulletin (PDF) 52-9 (9), March 21, 2009