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ACBL Bridge Beat #7 – The masterpoint is first introduced…

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In 1931, the masterpoint award system was first introduced at the World Masters Individual Championship event. All new players today celebrate their first fraction of a point with enthusiasm. Could you imagine the American Contract Bridge League today without the masterpoint?

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January 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

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  1. Actually, I COULD imagine the ACBL without masterpoints. We COULD us a system that rates players according to the rated strength of opponents they’ve beaten (or lost to), lately—similar to chess player ratings. I’d prefer using BOTH masterpoints (a measure of lifetime achievement) AND a chess-like system. The chess-like system would serve for stratification, flighting, and determining (along with current ribbon qualifications and high finishes in major events) eligibility for qualifying events for major national, continental, and international championships.

    Masterpoints would continue to measure non-decreasing lifetime achievement—successes against essentially equal or superior competition over a lifetime. As in chess, the individual player rating would estimate each player’s strength in the recent past. It may rise (as one beats more and better opponents) or fall (if one loses focus and falls short against weaker opponents or loses ones edge through lack of practice or failing stamina). Each would serve a good and useful purpose.

    James Brian Potter

    January 16, 2012 at 10:35 am


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