The pitched battle between Mark Itabashi and Chris Compton for 2013 Barry Crane Top 500 honors drew closer on Monday as both players continued non-stop play on opposite ends of the country. It is unlikely that the race will be settled today. All totals are unofficial because some results may be unreported. Points won in […]

In one of the most lively contests in recent years, two of ACBL’s top professional players are racing to the finish line in the 2013 Barry Crane Top 500 contest. With two days to go, the outcome is too close to call. Through Sunday’s events, Mark Itabashi has an unofficial total of 2718.30 masterpoints for […]

Building on the success of the 10K Swiss introduced at the Spring NABC last year in St. Louis, several new events for the 0-10,000 MP crowd have been added to the calendar. • The Spring NABC will feature the 10K Swiss Teams and the 10K Knockout Teams. The Swiss will be played on the first […]

With bicycles, dolls and more, the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) made its yearly donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toy for Tots program Wednesday, December 18. This is ACBL’s 10th year participating in the charity drive, which provides new toys to less fortunate children in the Mid-South at Christmas. In that decade, the […]

The passing of the gavel ceremony took place at the Palm Springs regional on December 14. Outgoing President Bill Cook presented the gavel to 2014 ACBL President Phyllis Harlan. Harlan will travel extensively when she starts her term as president on Jan. 1, and she has messages she wants to take to the ACBL membership […]

The third edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games started today. Competing for the U.S. are Cynthia Balderson, Cheri Bjerkan, Lynn Deas, Hjordis Eythorsdottir, Carol Miner, Rozanne Pollack, Steve Beatty, Tom Carmichael, Mark Cohen, Doug Doub, David Grainger and Adam Wildavsky. Bridge Base Online ( will be showing vugraph of the events. Visit for […]

Former ACBL President Glenn F. Smith died of complications from a stroke on Dec. 7. He was 81. Smith was elected to the ACBL Board of Directors in 1993 and served as ACBL President in 2000. A full obituary will be published in the February issue.

The Reisinger Board-A-Match Teams starts Friday, Dec. 6 at the Fall NABC in Phoenix. This will mark the 48th time the event has been contested for the Reisinger Trophy and the 82nd time the event has been played — it was the Chicago Board-A-Match Teams from 1929 to 1964. The Reisinger is contested in six […]

Two of ACBL’s most efficient and caring volunteers were announced on Monday, Dec. 2 as co-recipients of the Nadine Wood Volunteer of the Year Award. Silvana Scotto of Syosset NY and Kitty Gottfried of Silver Spring MD were unable to attend the meeting in Phoenix, but it is customary to announce the recipients at the […]

In the wee early morning hours of November 24, 1994, the six-man squad captained by Richard Hunt (Russ Arnold, Zeke Jabbour, Dan Morse, Chuck Said, John Sutherlin) fought off a halftime deficit to pull even in regulation, then won an eight-board playoff to capture the inaugural Senior Knockout Teams. This was the first North American […]